Best Times for Visiting New York City

Geoffrey Scovil of Albuquerque, New Mexico, has nearly two decades of legal experience and is committed to protecting his clients’ constitutional rights and providing indigent criminal defense. In his free time, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys traveling outside of Albuquerque, and he has been to such domestic destinations as San Francisco, Portland, and New York City.

There is no real off-season when it comes to visiting New York City, but depending on the budget for your trip, some months are better than others. Typically, hotel prices are cheaper between January and April and from July to August because of the cold winters and high summer humidity. The Christmas season is one of the most expensive times to visit the city, as are spring and fall.

In terms of activities, summer often brings free admission to a number of cultural institutions, such as the Lincoln Center, while fall and winter typically have the highest number of theater and performing arts shows. Getting tickets for Broadway shows is easiest near the beginning of the year, while getting reservations at the city’s best restaurants is easiest during the weekends in July and August. New York City also hosts numerous annual events, including Shakespeare in the Park in June, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March, and the New York Film Festival in September.


Top Books by Haruki Murakami

A habeas corpus attorney with his own solo practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil is a leading contractor for the State of New Mexico Public Defender Department. When he is not busy protecting the constitutional rights of his clients in Albuquerque, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys reading, and his current favorite author is Haruki Murakami.

The works of Japanese magical realist fiction writer Haruki Murakami have been translated and sold in countries around the world and have been best-sellers in Japan and internationally. The following are just a few of Murakami’s best novels.

1Q84. Focusing on a fictional cult called Sakigake, 1Q84 follows two heroes as they come together before the backdrop of Sakigake’s attempt to connect with earth spirits. The novel is the first in which Murakami deals with fringe religious groups and focuses on the idea that an individual’s entire life can change as the result of just one action.

Norwegian Wood. Responsible for Murakami’s sudden rise in fame, Norwegian Wood is set in 1960s Tokyo and focuses on the story of a man who is caught between his relationship with a mentally disturbed woman and his lust for another woman. The novel was particularly popular among students during the 1980s when it was published.

A Wild Sheep Chase. Seamlessly incorporating Japanese religious traditions, A Wild Sheep Chase showcases themes of post-WWII Japanese cultural identity through the lens of a mock detective story. The hero remains unnamed, and the novel follows him as he takes on a large syndicate that has its hands in both business and politics.

Haruki Murakami Republishes Original Novellas Wind and Pinball

With more than 15 years of experience helping to defend the constitutional rights of his clients, attorney Geoffrey Scovil operates his private Albuquerque practice and contracts with the New Mexico Public Defender Department. Away from representing his Albuquerque-area clients, Geoffrey Scovil pursues a variety of interests and enjoys reading fiction by Haruki Murakami.

The author of such works as 19Q4 and Kafka on the Shore, Haruki Murakami recently published a compilation of his debut and sophomore novellas–Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973–together titled Wind/Pinball. In 1979, the former earned the Gunzou Literature Prize, awarded to emerging writers, and established the foundation for The Trilogy of The Rat, with Pinball, 1973, serving as the first sequel.

Available in a new English translation, Wind/Pinball explores themes of loneliness and obsession through the lives of man called the Rat and a nameless narrator. Additionally, Murakami has written a new introduction that details his decision to write professionally and his early creative processes.

Three Italian Festival Opportunities for the Month of November

Geoffrey Scovil is the sole practitioner at his defense law firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he concentrates on habeas corpus law. When not busy with his professional responsibilities in Albuquerque, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys traveling internationally to such locations as Italy, which offers visitors a variety of festival opportunities throughout the month of November.

Truffle and Chestnut Fairs. Truffle and chestnut festivals occur frequently throughout Italy during November, and Italians consider the truffle the festival star of the month. Restaurants often offer specials menus featuring the two items, making fall one of the most optimal seasonal times for Italian cuisine. Notable truffle events include the Alba White Truffle Festival in the Piedmont town of Alba and the San Miniato Truffle Fair in Tuscany.

Cioccolatò chocolate festival. Held annually in the city of Turin, the Cioccolatò festival highlights the history of Italy’s chocolate-making traditions. The two-week event attracts hundreds of chocolatiers from throughout Europe and features a range of entertainment events and chocolate demonstrations, with a focus on traditional Piedmontese chocolate.

Music Festivals. November serves as the host for one of the Italian capital’s largest cultural events: the Romaeuropa Festival. A month-long festival celebrated throughout Rome, Romaeuropa is a multi-artistic fair that features dozens of performances and theater exhibitions. In addition, November is also the start of opera season for many of Italy’s top opera houses.

The Basic Characteristics of Jazz Music

An accomplished lawyer in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Geoffrey Scovil focuses on habeas corpus law and protecting the constitutional rights of citizens. When he’s not busy with his professional responsibilities, Geoffrey Scovil enjoys listening to jazz music.

Although defining jazz is often more individual than universal, the genre is distinguished by a few basic traits. Improvisation is an important part of jazz music. As many jazz musicians perform, they are also spontaneously composing a fresh version of the piece. This results in parts of the music sounding more unorganized than practiced parts. One of the easiest ways for musicians to improvise is to embellish or alter melodies that are already familiar to them. The tune is often played as a progression of consistent chord changes, typically by a bass or piano, and the other musicians build upon it.

Many bands and jazz musicians do write and rehearse their music, so improvisation alone is not enough to characterize jazz. The feeling that the music creates, frequently called the jazz swing feeling, is another basic characteristic. The use of accented beats and syncopation in jazz makes people want to dance and is a big part of what sets the genre apart. This is often combined with a steady tempo to create the jazz swing feeling, but rather than having a precise rhythmic element, the combination of the two creates a more fluid change that takes listeners through repeated feelings of tenseness and relaxation.

Key Differences Between the Guitar and Bass

For nearly two decades, Geoff Scovil has headed his private practice, Geoffrey D. Scovil, Attorney at Law, out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Beyond his activities as an attorney Geoff Scovil enjoys listening to John Coltrane and other jazz musicians. He is currently learning to play bass guitar.

The major difference between the standard electric guitar and the bass guitar involves the pitch range each instrument is capable of producing. The bass guitar can achieve a much lower pitch, and in fact the same note played on a guitar and bass will reverberate a full octave lower on the bass. For amateur musicians, the song “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen is a good reference point. Not only does the opening bass line represent a memorable sequence of bass playing, but it also demonstrates a few of the lowest notes that can be played on a traditional bass, including the low E.

When played as part of a band or musical group, the role of the bass differs considerably from that of the normal electric guitar. While guitarists frequently engage in flashy solos and other melodic adventures, the bassist is primarily concerned with rhythm. It is the job of the drummer and bassist to keep the beat and provide a song’s foundation; more often than not, individuals nodding their heads or tapping their toes to a song are following the bass line.

Vegetarian Substitutes for Meat

Attorney at law Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil practices Habeas Corpus law in New Mexico as a solo practitioner. He is one of the State of New Mexico Public Defender Department’s leading Habeas Corpus contracting attorneys and is highly familiar with trials and appellate research and writing. In his free time, Geoff Scovil enjoys trying different foods. He is especially fond of brick oven pizza and vegetarian cuisine.

When it comes to meat substitutes in vegetarian dishes, most individuals first think of tofu. However, there is a much larger variety of vegetables and even fruits that make great substitutes for meat. The following are just a few examples of meat substitutes and protein sources other than tofu.

-Mushrooms: With a rich and sometimes even meaty flavor, mushrooms, specifically Portobello and cremini mushrooms, are a great vegetarian substitute for meat in nearly every recipe. They can be eaten either as the main dish or can be used in place of meat on a sandwich or bun.

-Legumes: Beans, lentils, and other legumes are packed with protein and a number of healthy nutrients and minerals. They can easily be made into burgers or sausages and are great for adding to salads and soups for a little boost in flavor and nourishment.

-Cauliflower: When seasoned and cooked right, cauliflower can provide some of the same tastes found in various meat dishes. It works as a substitute for Buffalo wings and pizza crusts and can be sliced and prepared as a piccata dish.

-Potatoes: Although potatoes are commonly seen as side dishes, they can also be the star of a dish. Potatoes are great for soups and can even be added to burgers. They are versatile and come in a variety of types, making it easier to match their flavor to a dish.