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Burlesque in the Barrio

Being always the adventurer, I accepted an invitation from Rashan to go watch Brown Girls Burlesque at a small bar way up in Spanish Harlem. The results: a crammed crowded space, filled with lots of latin flesh, and cigar smoke. The girls: meh. I’d rather go see the ballet, for pretty much every reason. But an adventure, certainly.

Afterwards, we strolled to a Dominican diner and ate mofongo. That’s really a more enjoyable way to spend the eve, if you ask me. Dinner with friends. Good times.

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08 2009

Jay and Steph’s Wedding, 2/3

After sweating it out in the summer sun, we shuffled our way into The Manor for cocktail hour, during which all manner of goodies were available to us. Never before have I seen a full carving station during a supposed cocktail hour.

And in we go. Dancing, laughing, snapping photos, giving speeches, catching up, gossiping, pretending to be Michael Jackson (just for a second), and stuffing our faces with some truly excellent food.

The photos tell the story, I suppose. Except they can’t illuminate the sporadic nature of the DJ, who changed songs every 35 seconds and spun such wedding classics as “Baby Got Back” and messed up the names of the wedding party at least 3 times, by my count. So aside from that the day was rather smooth.

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Easy, Charlie, don’t take her arm off …

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Can’t see my feet, ’cause they move so fast …

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Let them eat cake …

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A Monument to the Jíbaro People

Stopping on the side of the Autopista, we visited a monument to the Jíbaro people of Puerto Rico. The Jíbaro aren’t the natives of Puerto Rico, per se, but they embody a specific home-grown culture that is neither copied from Spain, nor from America. It has to do with the land, and the agricultural traditions, foods, music, etc. Hard to explain really (although Wikipedia does a decent job). Sort of like the American Redneck of, say, Tennessee. It could be seen as an insult, but if you get distill the stereotypes, you’ll find it actually is a unique cultural heritage.

And later in the day we dropped Gabe and Mischa off at a hotel in Patillas, which was actually very nice, although completely empty.

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08 2009

Sunday Night Laughs

Before the week starts, why not pop into New York to watch Keith, Chemda, Mo Rocca, Reverend Jen, Myka Fox, Myq Kaplan, and Face Boy perform in The Match Game revisited. Good times.

Afterwards, we went next door for some tomfoolery. The same old gang, you know how it goes.

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07 2009

Midsummer Night Swing with Charlene

Met Charlene at Midsummer Night Swing in Lincoln Center to hear 90s favourites Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Ended up not dancing at all. And that was ok. Good to catch up with an old Underground Shakespeare pal, even if we did wade a little deep into the depressing subject of healthcare in America.

Sweden is looking more and more attractive by the day.

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21

07 2009

UWS Comedy

Making the rounds of the City’s free comedy shows, this time we find our heroes at the Jazz on the Park Hostel, on West 106th St., for a showcase featuring Ray DeVito, Pat Dixon, Micah Sherman, and other characters. Good times.

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07 2009

Midsummer Night Swing

After years of saying “oh, I should have gone to that”, I actually went. To Lincoln Center, that is, for some outdoor swing dancing and fanfare with live music. Some old faces, many new ones. Who says swing dancing is out of style?

I’ll probably go again later this month, if not this week.

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07 2009

Joaquin Plays Piano’s

Joaquin, my ancient and most noble friend, has found himself part of another up-and-coming indy rock band, Kuroma. First, they opened for old Wesleyan pals MGMT in Prospect Park, and tonight headlined at Piano’s in the Lower East Side. And being the supportive best friend/fake cousin/brother from another mother, I turned out. In spite of smelly hipsters. In spite of crowds. In spite of the general annoying state of the LES. And I’m glad I did, in fact. Their music rocks.

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07 2009

Dinner and Karaoke for my 28th

Once a year, I can harang my old friends into venturing east of the Hudson for an evening out in New York. This year, we headed to dinner at Havana NY before descending on Chorus for Karaoke shenanigans. Good clean fun.

The occasion was my 28th birthday, which technically doesn’t pass until Wednesday the 6th. We missed an organised shindig last year, so it was double-pleasant to see the old gang on my birthday. Thanks for coming out.

This was also the first time that I used Facebook to organise the event. I received something like 18 “maybe” replies, as well as 4 or 5 “yes” replies from people who didn’t show. So in the end I could have just made individual phone calls to all the people I would have expected to come. Shows you who your true friends are, I suppose. Next year, maybe I’ll use Mixergy.com or some other invitation service.

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05 2009

Keith’s Stand-Up 2009

Once a year, a bunch of crazy internet nerds and Canadians descend upon New York to hear Keith Malley‘s annual stand-up comedy show. Drinks and drank, hugs are given. And for the past few years, I’ve been there too.

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04 2009