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Queen Amaranthine

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  1. My first Tweedy show! So forgive me when I don't get what the amazing occurrence that bbop mentioned--to me, just making it to a show and the whole experience was an amazing occurrence. :-) The Englert is the smallest venue I've seen Tweedy (including Jeff w/ or w/out Wilco) in, possibly excluding Otto's in DeKalb. Beautiful rennovated, theater, though. It's like the Minneapolis Orpheum on a smaller scale. Enough about the architecture, though. Awesome show. Jeff was in good spirits and smiled a LOT, even when he called us assholes, lol (for not applauding enough, if I recall? Sorry, I get tired, busy, and details blur together). Even when he chastised the 2nd row on one side for not standing like everyone else during the end of the show. He joked about how we should ignore Liam, how he shouldn't be there, and he was actually unplugged but we shouldn't hear him, then of course admitted he was awesome. Before "Wait for Love" he announced a 3/4 coming up, then pointed out a woman yawning in the front row and gave her good natured grief. Spencer too was awesome. The entire band was fabulous for reasons that I'm sure have been covered extensively in other show threads here. I especially enjoyed Darin Gray--he brings a lot of personality and style in bass. Sima seemed to be having a really great time--her face just shined, especially during the encore. Oh, and halfway through some guy yelled out that he was the mayor's son, which got big laughs. A couple of years ago some drunk girl yelled out that she was the daughter of the mayor of Cedar Rapids and was otherwise generally annoying. I wasn't at that show but the mayor's daughter outburst must have been memorable because even before the show started my friend and some of the people around us were talking with each other about that. Laid back crowd for a venue that serves alcohol. Overall an old crowd (nothing says old like yawning during a Tweedy show, right?), but a mix of ages, including a few kids. "Loud Loud Loud" might have been a way to comment on the Indianpolis bill controversy?? The lyrics were read by the roadie dude with the big mustache (I remember at the Val Air once someone in the crowd yelled out to him, "Turn up the mustache!" when he was on stage doing his thing before Wilco took the stage). He stood back where Liam is and read it while the band and, at Jeff's direction the audience sang, along to the words "Loud Loud Loud." Lyrics here for anyone such as me who isn't readily familiar: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/a/aphrodites+child/loud+loud+loud_20233104.html I did see Glenn's name on the marquee and at first thought there was a change of plans and that he'd be opening for Tweedy. Not the case, but I did think it was funny that they were there back-to-back nights. Wish I could have stayed in Iowa City another day! Work and family call, though. Juan Wauters was a fun opening act. Unique vibe. This site http://littlevillagemag.com/wilcos-jeff-tweedy-performs-with-son-at-the-englert/ describes his style as "simple folk vibe and air of silliness," and that is a fitting description. Some of lyrics were goofy, simple, awkward, funny (on purpose?) and at first I wondered if it was just something about translation but now I think it might have been a mix of serious and silly. I really would like to see him open for Tweedy or Glenn or someone in the future again. He fits a small venue and was perfect for Iowa City-like artsy college town fare. Or, if anyone is familiar with Des Moines, he would be a perfect fit for Vaudeville Mews. I don't know how he would come across in Chicago or a much larger venue. But then, I only saw him the one time and have no firsthand comparison. Jeff said that they "will definitely be doing this again" but first (with humorous eye roll) "I have to go back to work with Wilco." Good news on both Tweedy and Wilco fronts there!
  2. Congrats, ripthisjoint! I can't top Lotti's advice. However, something I've learned from a guy I work with: follow your artistic passion, but pay the bills too. The custodian where I work is first and foremost a professional artist...but he admits it's not enough to pay the bills to live a comfortable lifestyle. Although custodial work might not be glamorous, it pays fairly well and enables him to purchase art supplies and still have time and living comfort level to be an artist and make contacts to be able to sell his work. And he produces genuinely awesome paintings and photographs!
  3. Have a wonderful time at Solid Sound, everyone! It's not in my budget or family's interests (pick your family vacation plan battles carefully, right? ), but someday I'll make it. We have plans to go to the Black Hills this summer. A few weekends here and there in Minneapolis will be fun too. Gardening--last year we wanted something new and thus had our backyard landscaped with lots of flowering plants, and even though we were novices, we did very well with it, even in an extremely dry year (we could use a dry spell now, though--WAY too much rain this spring!). Lots of time with the kids, reading to them and lots of t-ball and baseball. Because my son is is old enough to move up from the first level of t-ball, the kids will be on separate teams this summer, so we'll be spending quite a bit of time out at the local ballpark!
  4. That would work for me! Or a coffee shop in a bookstore.
  5. Emily Dickinson and Jeff Tweedy! I think they'd have a lot to talk about regarding words and poetry. All three of us are/were introverts but I think they would have plenty to say to each other that I could just sit back and listen (I'm generally beyond terrible at impromptu conversation or verbal chit chat). I wonder where they'd want to meet and what would be on the menu?
  6. That is very, very cool--thanks for sharing that! It's fun to see creativity in action from both Glenn and the Delta company personnel.
  7. Thanks for sharing--great commercial, very creative in both visual and audio. Agree! I've seen him open twice for Jeff, that same year or so. Anytime I see the name Glen with one n somewhere, I think, no no no Mr., your parents spelled that all wrong for you.
  8. That's it, Zamfir! A quick google search reveals that he is indeed not Peruvian. Good idea to not go there... Yes, great idea that fits into folk art and way of life. Movie or book? I found a nonfiction book about it as a terrorist group in a quick online search.
  9. I checked those out on imdb.com and all look really good, especially Days of Santiago and Aguirre--interesting material to spark discussion in many ways. Thanks for all these titles and ideas, everyone!
  10. That book looks awesome! Sometime it's tough getting community college freshman to want to read but visuals almost always get them talking. I'm a believer in expanding visual literacy, another way to analyze and critique. Cusine is an art! What little I know about Peruvian food sounds amazing (500 potatoes?! I feel like my local grocery stores are so limited), and there are some wonderful varieties of Peruvian coffee. And I will have to check out the architecture. Portuguese or Spanish influences, I'm guessing? I will have to check out that David Byrne album and Los Saicos too. Cumbia too. And maybe pan flute if it is that common there. Who was the big deal pan flute guy that used to be on TV commercials selling an album in the 1980s or '90s? He had one name, I think. Wonder if he was Peruvian?
  11. The college I work for has an international project, for which I'm on a committee that organizes cultural, artsy events. Every year is a different country/region, and this year it's Peru. One of my coworkers is friends with an artist from Peru now living in the Twin Cities who can do a short-term art workshop in our town later this year, so we're building our theme around that. In the past this project been open to the community, but for whatever reason it seems to be evolving to narrow in primarily on campus, which is fine. It's easier to manage that way, especially since our jobs are so busy anyway. Anyone here know of anything from Peruvian culture? Movies? Music? Dance? Art/folk art? Photography? Architecture? One of my coworkers suggested a collection of short stories by Daniel Alarcon titled War by Candlelight as an all-campus read, and what I've skimmed over so far looks really good. Any ideas are appreciated. I always get such great recommendations from you guys, every year when I ask for ideas.
  12. Yes, my coworkers and I did! I'm trying to think what films we did show...need to think back. I remember we had a book club read of Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You, a fictionalized bio which made a perfect companion to the movie Hotel Rwanda. Black Girl sounds really good and I've added it to my grown-up-must-see movie list for the future. Which reminds me that the next project is Peru and I ought to solicit ideas...
  13. Done for Waterloo. Even though I won't be attending SS, it was nice to contribute in some small way. I do, though, take solace in knowing that in some parallel universe I'm already there, front and center, hearing Waterloo and having a blast.
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