Archive | September, 2009

It’s a Saturday night

27 Sep

The parents are in town. They came to visit me and see my new pad. They approve, which is great, and they love the new Eastlake neighborhood.

We’ve had great dinners since they got here, at Ray’s Boathouse and then, tonight, Elliot’s Oyster House. Fantastic copper river salmon, and dad had the sockeye and he said it was fantastic.

I’m hard on my dad, and I’m not exactly sure why. I criticized him already for trying to open something with his teeth … and just find it’s easy for me to snap at him about little things. Something to think about and improve on in the future. My parents are good to me, and we’ve not always been BFFs. Of course we are not BFFs now, but we have a good and solid relationship. And I’m fortunate for that. And they even brought some amazing silver flatware out for me – I’m lucky and the set is beautiful. It belonged to my grandmother.

In other news, I watched two episodes of Glee tonight … and love LOVE love it. The Josh Groban jokes, the new jack swing/ older guys acapella group. Just too funny, sweet and sometimes touching. And I love LOVE love LOVE the Beyonce Single Ladies’ dance. It’s a current small obsession … maybe late to the game but have loved that song for a long time and the video. So now, I got to learn those moves.

And in other other news, I got an email back. From a guy I think is cute. After I told him I think he’s cute. Yes, I am back in 7th grade. Almost.

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Bumbershoot highlights, and the Hurt Locker

8 Sep

My Bumbershoot strategy paid off this year. Last year, I was burning out every day, and never stayed to hear final performers. This year, I decided to go a little later every day. It wasn’t too difficult since I am still settling into the new place, and had a dresser to build. AND it helped me not feel so tired with all the music at the B-shoot. AND I sort of felt like I really did have a long weekend. A successful approach!

Highlights for me include fresh-faced Eric Hutchinson, and his soulful approach to music. A DC boy, for real (Takoma Park-raised).

Old 97’s are always a pleasure to see, and actually fun to see them on the main stage (despite me thinking that would be a *bad* idea). Rhett gave a shout-out to his 30 Rock performance and played my favorite song ever, Question. He also said it was his birthday over the wknd (Sept. 6).

And Elvis Perkins was a treat to see live again. He was channeling Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Madonna … seemingly. His quirkiness might be annoying if he wasn’t such a great musician, with an awesome backing Dearland band. A guitar guy from Cold War Kids also joined them for a few tunes.

Sunday, I dug seeing the Dutchess and the Duke in Exhibition Hall. I had heard about them, but never saw them play … and I guess I didn’t pay much attention to their looks. I say that b/c they didn’t look like what I expected … hipster and sophisticated. They were definitely Seattle hipster, but lower-key than the royal band moniker. And who doesn’t like some constant tambourine?

Todd Snider capped off the night, and he was a treat to see. I read an interesting feature on him in the NYT a few months ago, and was amused to see he has a track on his new/ latest album called “Greencastle Blues.” He wrote it while in jail in Greencastle, Ind. for marijuana possession. I went to college at DePauw in Greencastle, so the song holds special and humorous significance.

Snider was funny, entertaining, insightful … and a great musician. I think most anyone would love listening to him for hours. And if you look up his back story, you’ll be even more intrigued. Hope he continues to make music and share his wisdom.

Today, I went to see Hurt Locker. Several friends had recommended it, and I was talking w/ my friend, Clare, at Bumbershoot about going to see it. I must admit to being a fan of Kathryn Bigelow’s work … dating back to Point Break. Yes, I will admit it. The NYT also had an interesting feature on Bigelow and the new movie. I can’t say I was drawn to it at the time, but am glad friends changed my mind.

It was mesmerizing, depressing, scary … all of the above. I left the film a little shell-shocked, which may be the point of it. All thumbs up, and great performances by lead actor Jeremy Renner. Amazing, in fact. And nice cameos from Evangeline Lilly, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes and Christian Camargo … who of course took me back to his Dexter days.

OK. That’s a wrap for now. An entertainment-filled weekend, for sure.