Wet flowers, Vidrio, and beautiful dancing
by Rob Tiller
For Earth Day on Saturday, I took a walk on the trail at Swift Creek Bluffs, and found a few late wildflowers, including the pair above. Lots of birds were singing. On Sunday morning I looked in at Raulston Arboretum right after it had rained and before it rained again. I had a close look at some freshly showered irises, a few of which are below.
On Saturday night, Sally and I tried a fairly new restaurant, Vidrio, on Glenwood Avenue just three blocks from us. It was excellent! The decor is stylish and eclectic, with an entire wall of large colorful glass serving dishes, ropes, tiles, frames, and other whimsies. Our server from Argentina had a winning mix of personal warmth and professionalism. We had an amazing foamy cocktail called an amortentia. The food was a spin on tapas, with several vegetarian (though not vegan) options. We particularly enjoyed the agnolotti and the black rice risotto.
Afterwards, we saw the Carolina Ballet do works by director Robert Weiss and choreographer-in-residence Zalman Raffael. Weiss’s Mephisto Waltz, a pas de deux, was his last work created on Lilyan Vigo, who is retiring after nineteen years with the company. This waltz that had the smoldering intensity of a tango. It’s always been hard to take one’s eyes off the beautiful Vigo, and she was magnificent. But her partner, Yevgeny Shlapko, was highly charismatic as the Devil.
Raffael’s Rhapsody, set to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, is a brilliant jazzy ensemble piece, with excellent solos performed that night by Jan Burkhard (back from maternity leave and most welcome), Lindsay Purrington, Marcelo Martinez, Amanda Babayan, and Miles Sollars-White.