Berthnath & Fahrion
People in the audience who expected just another piano recital were in for a surprise. Stacy Fahrion, a tall woman dressed in black with long black hair and a wry smile, arrived at the Church last Saturday night like trouble for the orthodoxy. With stunning agility, Ms Fahrion performed her original arrangements of Bach and Mozart jig-sawed together with nursery rhymes, evoking the late piano comedian, Victor Borgia. Toward the end, with apologies to a staff member soon to be ,married, Ms Fahrion offered a rendition of Mendelssohn's wedding march that suggested, loudly, that marriage might be a bad idea.
Jimi opened with a recitation of Whittier's
"Orphant Annie" (An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you Ef you Don't Watch Out!), belying his appearance as an elder hippie. You know you're in the right place when a poet actually recites poetry. Jimi Bernath's most recent book, face of the snail, is a collection of haiku--all beautiful, some that strike home:
on my page
saves me from cleverness
Open mic readers: Jerry Smaldone, Kit Hedman,Cyndeth Hedma, Guillermo Lazo,
Great turn out!