Saturday, June 10, 2006

Broadway

I've been on a Broadway musical kick lately. Maybe it's because of the Tony's coming up on Sunday, but I just downloaded Parade (Jason Michael Brown... my fav) and am currently listening to Wicked. I really need to go to a show. I don't think I've gone in about a year! I used to go at least once every other month. That's AT LEAST!

I'm not even up on what's out there right now. I used to really know all of the great shows. I've seen some great original casts:

Wicked
Into the Woods (revival w/ Vanessa Williams)
Thoroughly Modern Millie
The Boy from Oz
Gypsy (revival w/ Bernadette Peters)


I need to add to that list!!!

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Cool Article on Us Bohemians

Gen X memoir brings bohemia in from the fringe
BY DAVID DALEY
Hartford Courant

BROOKLYN, N.Y.

WHO WANTS to be a bohemian?
Just as Gen X has become Gen Ex -- and those
first squeezed by the baby boomers have been marginalized
again by the boomers' babies -- along comes Ann Powers' memoir,
``Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America'' (Simon & Schuster, $23).

Powers, a pop-music critic for the New York Times,
argues that the wary, media-savvy Gen X-ers, who
would never identify themselves as bohemians, have
actually helped bring the fringes into the mainstream.

Powers points to writers such as David Foster Wallace;
comedians Chris Rock and Janeane Garofalo; filmmakers
Todd Haynes, Todd Solondz and Kevin Smith; and musicians
Tori Amos, Beck, the Beastie Boys and Yo La Tengo as
examples of artists who have not only made a living by
doing what they love, but also pushed stylistic boundaries
in the process.

``This was the great renaissance year for films, the
best since the 1970s,'' Powers said, referring to 1999
breakthroughs such as ``Being John Malkovich,'' ``Magnolia,''
``Boys Don't Cry,'' ``Three Kings'' and ``South Park: Bigger,
Longer and Uncut.''

``Almost everyone who made one of those great films --
Spike Jonze, David Russell, Kevin Smith, the South Park
guys, Paul (Thomas) Anderson -- is someone of the
generation I'm writing about, and that sensibility is there.
That post-punk, '80s and '90s bohemia is totally running the
film industry, as far as art films go.''

Powers, 36, finds bohemia everywhere, even as the alternative
media continue their path toward irrelevance; the Village Voice
gets purchased by an investment company; America Online and
Time Warner merge with hopes of dominating the Internet; and
Starbucks, the Gap and Barnes & Noble continue their inexorable
malling of America.

Writers like Tom Frank, who edits The Baffler, see no room for
alternative in a culture that immediately makes all that is cool into
something that can be sold. Powers instead chooses to see the
latte cup as half full.

Even in private life, Powers suggests, the Gen-X sensibility has
begun to transform traditional definitions: of family, work, love
and consumerism.

She extols the idea of ``chosen families'' and group houses, of
friends who create their own families after their own parents'
divorces taught them that the suburban ideal was a dangerous
illusion. She applauds the cultured slacker proletariat who work
as record- and video-store clerks and sometimes cough forth a
Quentin Tarantino. She lauds the collector-geek chic and thrifters
who have turned their styles into obsessions and even into
entrepreneurial careers as trend-setting designers or shop
owners.

``My bohemia, and I say `my' bohemia because I think there's more
than one, has a real fascination with sifting through pop-culture
history,'' Powers said. ``The style tends to be thrift-store vintage,
remaking history. . . . Finding gems in the junk pile is a big theme
of bohemian life, whether it's through collecting weird objects,
wearing certain clothes, or enjoying different activities.

``I've always felt frustrated that there wasn't more of an effort
from the cultural left to respond to people like William Bennett
or the Christian Coalition, and conceive of how we live as a
thoughtful, thought-out way of life that has parallels in terms of
the idea of family values, work and all those things,'' she said.
``Family, community and religion set forth paths most people
just follow. Even conscious drug use and sexual adventurism
I'd like people to see these as choices, not problems.

``The culture has changed step by step, from individual people
deciding to do things a different way. That's how things like our
values about sex change,'' she said.

``How has it come to pass where we're now living in an age
where women feel they can have sexual pleasure? It's come
to pass because of various social movements that started in
this locus of bohemia. It takes the notion of bohemia to allow
for people to feel they can make those changes. It takes the
courage to be weird to change convention.''

http://www.sjmercury.com/premium/svlife/docs/weirdlike28.htm

Published Tuesday, March 28, 2000, in the San Jose Mercury News.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Sophia Jean Kellogg


sophia_05.jpg
Originally uploaded by manonfire.
My buddy Nik sent me pictures of a friend's lil girl. Ridiculously adorable thing... and this one is especially great because she matches her daddy's pants!


I had a great birthday weekend with the crew.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Heaven Scent


Heaven Scent
Originally uploaded by suesue2.
Spring is finally here, even though I don't see it in the sunshine. It's been raining for a few weeks and will continue to rain for the rest of this week. I just want a beautiful and sunny and amazing day for my birthday on Thursday and for the fun on Friday night.

BLEHK!

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Weird...

So I figured that I'm destined to be a billionare... this is what I just found out:

Stavros Niarchos's (dated Mary Kate Olsen and Paris Hilton) mother is a Guiness... aka his mother is the heir to the Guinness company throne. My dad's second cousin Mary Duffy is married to another Guinness, Stavros' uncle (I'm pretty sure of this)... which makes Stavros related to me. WEIRD

Amanda Hearst, the heir to the Hearst publishing billionare empire is Lydia Hearst's sister.
Lydia's best friend is one of my old RAs and Lydia went to SHU. They live in Weston or Wilton or New Canaan or something.

SOOOOOO weird though. The Stavros one is the strangest. Maybe I can get some o' that dough!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Top 5s

I recently read "High Fidelity" for the first time. It was one of those books and movies that I always meant to read and see, but where I just never did. Of course I just adored it. There were so many parallels to people I knew and things I did as a music fanatic.
My favorite thing is the "top five" lists that they make all the time. I think that way a lot but mine are usually in no particular order. I was thinking just the other day of a good top five list.


Top Five People I Want to Punch in the Face:
1. Tom Cruise - just because he's a douchebag and should be in a mental hospital
2. Ryan Seacrest - there's something about his abnormally large mouth that needs a good fist
3. Kelly Pickler - all she has to do is open her mouth and I want to punch her. She proves the inadequacy of the US public school system.
4. Tyra Banks - I think that the fact that she uses the word "girl" as common as valley girls use "like" makes me want to throw darts at her.
5. Tucker Carlson - his name is Tucker, he wears a bowtie, and he's an overly right winged Republican... need I say more


My list isn't because I'm an angry person, believe me, I'm far from being angry. I just get annoyed with some people in the media. There are way more people that didn't make the list, but I know that they have the power to move up into the top five and kick out a competitor, only time and stupid people will tell.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

back in Union Square

Last night I went to Irving Plaza for the first time even though I worked half a block away all summer in Union Square. Margaret and I took the train in and saw Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers. A fun time was had by all. It was a free Bass promotional night so I was able to get 4 beers for free. It was a co-headlining show with Pat McGee Band. I think that Pat McGee looks an aweful lot like John Ritter's son. It's kinda creepy.

I also saw Tyler Hilton. He opened but we missed his set.
He stood right by us near the hallway during Pat McGee's set. He looks like a tool. He had a "faux hawk" and was wearing these Buddy Holly-esque black rimmed glasses. He really has a gigantic head, physically and probably figuratively as well. He just looked like the kind of guy that tries really hard to be cool and hip and stylin', but you know that he doesn't know how to do it on his own so he pays someone to dress him. I have no idea how young he is. He seriously looked 16 up close.

Kyle Riabko also played with Kellogg on a few songs. MAN, does that kid have enthusiasm when he plays.
It kinda freaked me out.


Still, wish I could have said hi to Stephen and Kit. They didn't seem to do a fan thing. I could have waited till the end, but we needed to catch a train.


oh how I miss the city

excellent