Archive for May, 2010

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Show #3: Fanfarlo!

May 17, 2010

2010 is the year that I only go to see music with Jenn, evidently. I have absolutely no problem with this, since she introduces me to music like Fanfarlo. They played the Great American Music Hall, and they were even better live than recorded. Even with the lead singer sick. I instantly fell in love and have been listening to Reservoir on repeat.

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Show #2: Persephone’s Bees!

May 17, 2010

Oh man, am I ever behind on, well, EVERYTHING. But I’m finally mentally prepared to get back into this, I swear.

I love Persephone’s Bees and hadn’t seen them for a few years, which is odd, considering they’re a local band. They had a ton of new material and as always put on an excellent show. IN JANUARY. Jeeeeeez.

I love Cafe du Nord.

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Movie #11: THE ROOM

May 17, 2010

Viewed at Midnight at the Red Vic Movie House (http://www.redvicmoviehouse.com/), last Saturday of every month

There are no words to describe how awesome this is, so you’ll just have to go and see it yourself.

(15 of 5 stars)

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Movie #10: Hot Tub Time Machine

May 17, 2010

Viewed in an actual theater! But I can’t remember which one.

I have this weird feeling that there were some other movies in there before this one, but I can’t find any evidence of them. So that is that.

I laughed really hard at this movie. Sure, it was full of dumb humor, but it also had some really funny and clever throwbacks to movies of the time, many of which I’ve actually seen. I’m pretty sure this movie would have been ever better NOT sober, but I’m of the opinion that if you pay that much money for a movie, you should remember it. And man, John Cusack is looking old. Still great, but old.

(4 of 5 stars)

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Movie #9: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

May 17, 2010

Viewed via Netflix Movie Viewer

A sweet but completely unrealistic little movie. 2010 seems to be the year I overload on Micheal Cera, since I’m heavily anticipating the release of Scott Pilgrim.

The soundtrack was of course great, and the acting cute, but I couldn’t stop wondering how on earth all these teenagers were getting into all these clubs, and why they were out until dawn without their parents completely freaking out. Pulled me away from the story, you know?

(3 of 5 stars)

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How to touch my toes

May 17, 2010

“Oh hai toes.”

How I did it:

It’s not that I’m not flexible – it’s just that I’ve never been flexible ENOUGH in the hamstrings and calves. How did I do it? I stopped trying. That sounds silly, but instead of thinking about my fingers hitting my toes, I instead thought about two things:
1. getting my head as close to my knees as I could and straightening my legs
2. Perfecting my downward dog
After doing this a few times a week for a few months, I realized one day that I could touch the ground. Now I can curl my fingers and put my knuckles down, but I have to be pretty warmed up.Totally exciting!

It took me 10 years.

It made me ecstatic

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How to take a new dance class

May 17, 2010

“Hip-hop can even be done by white girls in their thirties.”

How I did it: I’ve been dancing for ten years, but almost exclusively Flamenco, so I feel very comfortable in that. It was extremely difficult to get out of my comfort zone, but it was worth it! I did a lot of research, watching videos of local hip-hop/house/vogue teachers, to see their styles. I picked one who looked nice, fun, and with a style I could actually see myself doing. I took one class, and then signed up for the rest of the 8 week session. Seriously, it took about five classes before I felt relaxed and could look in the mirror and seem even somewhat like I knew what I was doing. I’m certainly no professional dancer now, but I can walk into the class with a smile on my face, knowing I won’t look a total fool.

Lessons & tips: Do research! Luckily, with youtube, you can check out a LOT of teachers before trying a class. And a lot of teachers/studios will let you take a class for free, just to see if it will be a good fit. If it’s not, if you’re not having fun, you have other options!

That’s the most important part – remember why you’re there. TO HAVE FUN. To learn something new!

Resources: youtube!
local dance studios (in SF, rhythm and motion is great, with a lot of different teachers and styles)

It took me 5 months.

It made me