Friday, December 29, 2006

There is a Santa Claus!

Not only is the film, Inland Empire, showing in Silver Spring in a few weeks, but David Lynch will be there for a Q&A. How awesome is that!

This is too exciting.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Wanna Smell Like Play-Doh All Day?

Well, now you can! You can also smell like a cigar, sawdust, glue, paint, vinyl, mary jane, or sushi. Although, I don't know where the appeal lies there.

If you desire, you can order them

Overheard in Baltimore

There's this hilarious website called Overheard in New York where people submit various interactions between people they've overheard. Hence the title...

Last night, I had my own little version of that in Baltimore. I attended an open house for a gym with my friends. This was not your grandmother's open house. There was tons of free food and beer. Yes, beer. Specifically Christmas Ale from the Wharf Rat, which is quite good this year, I might add. The Ravens Cheerleaders were there and so were some bellydancers. I'm not quite sure how belly dancers fit into this event, but they were there nonetheless.

There was this guy walking around who was dressed kind of like the question mark man. Come to think of it, it might have been him, only in a beige blazer and fake Burberry plaid pants.

The DJ started playing this song and a bunch of people got up to line dance to it. A majority of these people were African American. The plaid pants wearing question mark man look alike turned to his friend and said "Look, there's a whole herd of them out there."

It was the most racist thing I've ever heard in public. The guy kept talking (loudly) to his friend...but after that "statement", I didn't hear anymore.

So, I am officially starting "Overheard in Baltimore". For all of my 20 readers (I think I might actually be up to 20 now) 'em here.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Funny Dream

Last night, I had a dream I went to Manderley again.

That's not true. I had a dream that I was a contestant/judge on Project Runway. The other contestants I remember were Alison from season 3 and Carson, also known as the fashion guy with the incredibly shitty fashion sense from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. (and might I interject here...WHY is this show still on the air? It was funny at first, but after a quadrillion seasons, I think they're finished)

So, the challenge was to dress up in an outfit that didn't match and see what the public reaction was when you walked the streets. I wore a yellow stretchy Morrisey Pop 1994 skirt, and this incredibly gaudy and heavy yellow beaded necklace ala Wilma Flintstone.

There was another team too, and they were dressed like 50's sock hop people.

Flash to the judging. I was a judge and the lowest scoring people were Alison and Carson. The judges were telling Alison that she thought she was a talented designer, but that she had to be eliminated. Immediately, I started throwing a fit saying "But, Carson doesn't even know how to dress HIMSELF. Let alone design for other people!"

and, then I awoke to the sounds of npr and my beeping alarm clock.

If anyone has some insight as to what this means other than I need to stop watching television, please let me know. Thank you.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

I Had Almost Forgotten

there was a new David Lynch movie coming out! I remember reading some stuff about it. Now, I'm too excited! It opens this Friday in limited release. Bunny rabbits in living rooms? Altered realities between one or more people? Laura Palmer's mother spouting off some crazy shit?

All this and more, I'm sure.

These Are Too Cute

Someone over at craftster made these. They are so cute! Knitted backyard companions.

Art Show Recap

Both of the shows I participated in last week were a success! Everyone loved the cupcake paintings. A big shout out to Heather for actually buying two of them. Sure, she's my friend, but it was still my first sale, and that counts for something. Also, thanks to Erika for helping to put this event together, and for replacing all of the plastic cupcake adornments with cherries to match my paintings.

My knitted armwarmers and scarves were a hit over at the Columbia Art Center. So far, I've sold 5 pairs of armwarmers! How exciting.

Below are some pics from the Hampden show. The Columbia photos are being held captive on my very cute and fabulous MAC book at home.

It's That Time of Year Again

Time for the end of the year lists. For some reason, 2006 seemed a little musically mellow to me. Maybe it was the Les Savy Fav hiatus (that is now finally over, thankfully), or the fact that I just haven't been out to many shows, but it was a little blah. However, there were some shining moments. Like the Neko Case/Martha Wainright show at the 930, or getting the chance to see one of the last Sleater-Kinney shows ever, even though a blown transformer threatened the show. So, without blabbing on for too long, here's the list of my favorite albums of 2006 (in no particular order)

Beck - The Information

It think this is one of his more creative ventures. When it was first released, I could not get "Nausea" out of my head. Sure, by song 10, it's a little too much Beck, but in small doses, this album is one of his best.

Belle and Sebastian - The Life Pursuit

I'm a pretty big fan of Belle and Sebastian. I think they're terrific Saturday morning with coffee music. And, their use of the word launderette on this album can't be beat. Who says launderette anymore? Belle and Sebastian, that's who.

Built to Spill - You In Reverse

This is the first Built to Spill album that I had heard. Yes, I know that's an indie-rock listener faux pas, but this made me want to go buy more Built to Spill albums, which I did after listening to this one. Plus, the song "Goin' Against Your Mind" will be in your head all day.

Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country

I just got around to buying this album a few weeks ago. It reminds me of Belle and Sebastian, only sweeter (as if that were possible!). "Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken" is one of my favorite songs of the year.

The Decemberists - The Crane Wife

I think this is certainly their best album yet. Full of different sounds and fantastic songs. "The Island-Come & See/The Landlord’s Daughter/You’ll Not Feel The Drowning" wins my favorite song of the year. It's almost a little too Boston/Journey sounding, but not quite. And, that's why I think it's brilliant.

Love Is All - Nine Times That Same Song

Yes, I know they were pitchfork darlings, but this album is really fun. A good summer driving around album. I listened to this alot in those months. Not so much a winter album, but worth a listen.

Madonna - Confessions on a Dance Floor

Ah, my guilty pleasure album of the year. Just fun and flirty and Madonna. I'm still sad I was denied tickets to this concert, even though she doesn't let venues turn on the air conditioning. I'm sure it would've been a kick ass time.

Morrissey - Ringleader of the Tormentors

I'm not as big a fan of Morrissey as some other people I know, but you can't deny that this is his best album in years. If you haven't heard this yet, go buy it immediately! (or wait until early next year when he re-releases it with all the b-sides)

Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

Her voice can't be beat and she's cute as a button. Need I say more?

Peaches - Impeach My Bush

Anyone who sings about the stuff she sings about deserves a spot on this list. She's raunchy, she's hot, and her music is pretty good too.

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat

Jenny Lewis is a little bit Neko Case and a little bit Aimee Mann. This album is really comforting and great for late night drives.

Honorable Mentions:

Wolfmother (self titled)
Tapes N Tapes - The Loon
Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere

There are several albums that I've either just bought, or haven't gotten to listen to yet. I'm sure that these would've made the list had I gotten around to it:

Tom Waits - Orphans
Bob Dylan - Modern Times
Metric - Live It Out
Islands - Return to the sea
Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs - Under the Covers Vol. 1

Disappointments of 2006:

I know I said I liked these albums at first, but upon further listening, I decided that the lyrics on the Muse album totally sucked, and I've only listened to At War with the Mystics twice. Oh well.

I also felt like the Rapture - Pieces of the People We Love wasn't as good as it could have been, but that's alright.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Programming Note

My knitted stuff and one of my cupcake paintings (pictured above) are currently on display and for sale at the Columbia Art Center. The knitted stuff is going fast! Last night I sold a scarf and a pair of armwarmers...

Also, this weekend is the Last Big Thing in Hampden with five of my cupcake paintings on display. Four of them will be included in the silent art auction.

So, come out, drink some beer and wine, and bid on some art! Thank you.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Okay, It was Called Smurf Berry Crunch


Fruity Cheerios!

I don't know if any of you remember eating Smurfberry Cereal or not, but Fruity Cheerios taste JUST like them. They are so good.

I know I may be a little late jumping on this bandwagon, but now that I'm on...I'm staying.

Belated Happy Birthday!

To my're a little over a year old!

how cute.

To celebrate my blog's birthday, here's a license plate cover I saw last night in Baltimore. It read, "I am USCizen I love USA"

It was weird.