February 2008 - Posts
one of the good things about moving to tallahassee is that i live close to gainesville, and one of the good things about gainesville is that the ever-lovely ghost mice relocated there from bloomington. basically, this means i can now take in the awesomeness that is ghost mice more than, like, once every year or two. tonight they make it ever better by coming here instead of me going there. opening for the 'mice is tallahassee's own ha ha hospital, who had me the first time i saw them when they performed a mean sing-along cover of the smith's "ask" as an acoustic duet. luckily for all, this is not a "go tonight or miss out for ever" kind of show. but you should still try to go.
music starts around 8 "rock time" at all saints cafe (903 railroad avenue). all ages.
tonight the moon will enter a total eclipse that will be viewable from tallahassee! the next time this will happen is in two years and nine months (give or take). so if you like this kind of thing, tonight's your night. even if you have to go to bed before the moon reemerges bright and "normal," if you can make it till ten o'clock you can catch the moon completely behind the umbra. and if even ten is too late, you can still enjoy watching as the moon first dims and then turns copper colored. try to stay up till at least quarter to nine to catch the early part of the show, though.
want to crank it up a notch and check out this sky-event through a telescope? or maybe take in what amatur and expert sky-gazers have to say about lunar eclipses? i hear the tallahassee astronomical society will provide telescopes and information to the general public at lake ella beginning around 7pm. whether you take advantage of the telescopes or not, you will still be able to see some uncommon sights as the moon begins dimming, turns copper, and brightens again.
when run lola run first hit american theaters in 1998 it played at the local arthouse theater around the corner and two blocks down from my house. my friend worked for another neighborhood theater and had guest pass privileges, but i deigned to join him on opening night (yes, even despite the free popcorn and lemonade i could've gotten hooked up with). later another friend won free passes and again i declined to see the movie. basically, it was so hyped that i assumed it would be a let down. that happened all the time with movies at that particular theater. it was like all critical viewing capacities would shut down and people would just assume foreign meant sophisticated or intelligent or something (which i can assure you is a fallacy). anyway, i didn't see it until 2005 or 2006, and when i did it was only because a housemate had rented the dvd for movie night.
i'm not sure if it's a shame or not. i mean, when i finally watched it i instantly fell in love with it. but perhaps i wouldn't have appreciated it if i'd watched it those eight or so years before--a point made particularly salient by one of the themes of the movie: timing matters. if you haven't seen the movie, by way of explanation i will offer this: lola makes a series of decisions and actions in an attempt to save her boyfriend's life. the movie goes through three versions of the same story and in each the outcome is altered by seemingly tiny details.
i liked that theme, but i also liked the pacing of the film overall, the frenetic production values, the character development, the storyline(s), and the general "feel." i'm sure there's more than that to what i liked, but i saw it only once those couple years ago, so that's pretty much what i have to say about it for now.
except, this part that i saved till the end: run lola run is one of the only movies made in the 90s that made me think deeply about the role romantic love plays in my life. for this, it is a masterpiece regardless of anything else i liked about it.
have you heard the news? starbucks is testing out dollar coffee and
free refills in seattle. rumor has it to be the result of declining
stocks coupled with "the recession." whatever the cause, if starbucks
likes how it goes and institutes this new move nationally, it might be
the best thing to ever happen to some of my co-workers (like the one i
call "boss" who thinks starbucks is, to rip a line from uncle ben
franklin, proof that god loves us).
but you know, the thing that
bums me out is that, mega-merchant that starbucks is, they can stay
atop the caffeine game with cheap coffee. but what about the "little
guys" who won't be able to meet starbucks' new pricing? did you know
that the second largest coffee chain in america is 1/25th starbucks'
size? did you know that if you combine every single coffee chain (3+
locations) they wouldn't total half the size of starbucks? starbucks
pretty much calls the shots (omg, that was an puncidental). if you want to learn more about how
starbucks grew so large and their general choke hold on the industry but you don't want to read a whole book, you can read about a book about the topic in the november 7, 2007 issue of willamette week. and because i like you, dear reader, i'll make it easy! just follow this link to the starbucked editorial.
meet me at the black dog, where it might cost a little more, but you
don't have to slurp the sludge in a room with all the charm of a
corporate office park lobby or on a concrete patio with a view of an
asphalt parking lot.
in portland one of my darlingest friends used to make me drive him to the sandy river so he could read me walt whitman. now we live in different cities, but any time he thinks i need his advice, this is what he says, "have you been reading your whitman? go read some whitman." now, i never appreciated whitman when they crammed him down our throats in ap english back in the day (i was more of a dylan thomas kinda reader,) but nowadays i know that a day at the river with whitman is hard to beat.
but, know who i love more than walt whitman? john burroughs. if you don't know about thoreau's little brother (as i like to call him) wikipedia has a basic introduction that you should read. right now. go! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Burroughs. this man's writings overflow with the same american exuberance as whitman but center around the more down to earth themes of nature and conservation. he always tells it like it is. and when he says "i still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see" i am right there with him.
hey, look at me procrastinate on those promised movie reviews!
i've just got a quick minute here, but i wanted to plug my favorite exhibit from friday night's visit to the railroad square gallery hop.
"contemporary clay" is a group show featuring the works of league of graduate artists julie guyot, stephen hawks, and brittni wegman. guyot's work in porcelain with laser transfers addresses the heavy question of interaction between craft media and fine art with a light touch, and i adore it. go have a look. on display now at big bend contemporary (open 12-4, saturday and sunday).
for more info on big bend contemporary stop by their web site at www.bigbendcontemporary.com, and for a sneak peek, check out the current exhibits listing (at the "calendar" tab) for a photo of guyot's installation. there's also a link, at the "artists" tab, to the the league of graduate artists web site where you can find artist statements from guyot and hawks.
if you are looking for something to do in tallahassee tonight, why not check out the first friday festivities at railroad square? grab a bite at the renaissance cafe (open late, for first friday!), hop on the trolley for transport to off-site galleries, take the opportunity to hunt for unique valentine's treats, or just browse the art and visit with friends!
not to miss: this month, 621 gallery hosts artists matthew borgen (philly), jeff eisenberg (sf) and charles matson lume (minnesota). if you miss this art opening tonight, you can still check out the show through the rest of month. this exhibit centers around "the internal relationships between language, science
finally, later this month, don't forget the "second sunday fair at railroad square." february's event on the 10th, dubbed "sweet sunday" will features hearts, valentines, romance and fun. on this day, shops and studios will trade tasty sweets and candies for donations to the american heart association.
the railroad square art park is located on railroad avenue in tallahassee, just
south of the amtrak station. for driving directions (including a map) and studio listings,
click here. or, for more details you can contact the art park at 224-1308 or email@example.com.