57Re: Seeking Spanish info
- Jan 31, 2001
> > have several books on Arabic and Islamic poetry, I was going to calligraphThank you! I'm a huge fan of themed events that expose people to something
> > several poems for guests to read.
>Wow, you're going all out! Congratulations on putting together something so
new, and have run a few over the years, mostly from the Middle east or
Byzantium. They involve a lot of research and are a lot of work, but I
think are very well worth it.
For this particular feast I'm looking at Moorish banners and tiraz curtains
for the walls, the floors will have rugs, cushions and a few low stools.
I'm considering making a latticework screen to seperate male and female
diners, but that may not end up being practical. Lighting will be provided
by several polycandelon/mosque lamps we have, and I'd like to have a go at
a really sexy pryamidal chandelier style based on an example in a Spanish
mosque. The food will be served on low tables in accordance with the
etiquette of Ziryab although I draw the line at fine leather being used for
tablecloths!), and I'm hoping to hire some green-glazed Islamic/Byzantine
serving dishes reconstructed from archeological finds by a local potter.
Knowing my kitchen team the food will be sumptuous and blessedly free of
non-period middle eastern items!
As well as that, I hope there will be lots of poetry reading, games (chess,
zatrikion, alquerque, sirret), I daresay plenty of lighthearted flirting
through the screen, music, singing and dancing. I hadn't thought of a
puppet show, but it's a good idea, if I'm not exhausted with all the
rest of the preperations!
>Hey, where are you going to be putting it on? If it's near the SanIt's in Sydney, Australia. Not very close to the bay area, but you've got
>Francisco Bay Area, myself and some others would be happy to perform, I'm
eight months to save up your plane fare and come over! :o)
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