Ran over to Park Day School and found Dylan and Edward under a tree at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire, holding a stone and a hichiriki, respectively and looking bewildered at the low-rider car booming to the left, the yurt with a tesla coil inside playing a bon jovi song to the right, and Andy Strain’s brass ensemble ripping through a crowdpleaser up ahead. I had a set of timpani mallets and a violin bow, no rosin. We talked things through four or five times, kind of unwilling to admit the East Bay Mini Maker Faire might not be ready for our sound, man, then headed out for a walk to find other places to play:
-- under a giant magnolia tree with shimmering ribbons descending from its interior branches
No. A couple had just sat down there to eat lunch
-- Inside the Magnolia Building near some lockers, we thought, but actually in front of the bathroom entrance
Yes. We tore it up on the bathroom stage, to point where people had to dance a little to hold it because they were too polite to walk by and get to the toilets.
-- Inside the elevator to the 2nd Floor of the Magnolia Building
No. Ride was too brief and thinking too slow.
-- On the 2nd floor of the Magnolia Building, vacant and under construction
Yes Indeed. We tried to ride the elevator back down but it was locked, so we walked around until we found an exit that looked very Alarm Will Sound, but acted very Alarm Not Gonna Sound. It led to a sunny courtyard above the fray, and a flight of stairs into the fray. We stowed our momentary anxiety of being locked on the second floor of the Magnolia Building forever, having to extend this piece.