Saturday, March 22, 2014

Orchestra online

Songs, top dramas, shoe sales, car sales, stock trading and pizza ordering have all moved online, so why not live orchestra concerts too. The Detroit Symphony's concert tonight is available for live streaming, free, right here.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Need a snack?


Need an idea for a meat-astic snack? T happened to make this one with friends in the mountains, when we wanted a salty snack that would at least have an attempt at healthiness. It's that old-time favorite, bacon-wrapped asparagus. We did this one with an oven.

Brush some olive oil on the asparagus, cut into bite-size portions, sprinkle on some ground pepper, and wrap a few of the bite-size pieces of asparagus in bacon.



Throw in the oven at 400 degrees or so.



Ba-bam. Yum.




Thursday, March 13, 2014

Veronica Mars (the movie!)

We caught a sneak peek of the long-awaited Veronica Mars movie last night, and it has plenty of treats sprinkled throughout for avid fans of the show who were left hanging when the show ended without tying up loose ends after a few seasons. The murder-mystery storyline is compelling enough to keep even Veronica Mars novices entertained enough.

The theater where we watched celebrated the screening by giving away marshmallow cupcakes to one lucky viewer.

We hadn't watched enough episodes of the TV show to get the marshmallow reference. In fact T hadn't seen the show at all. Nevertheless, the movie had some other funny jokes (that we won't spoil here) that poked fun at the movie's wildly successful Kickstarter campaign and star Kristen Bell's real life outside the show. (You'll see.) Fans who have seen every episode giggled with delight as familiar faces popped up on screen at our theater last night.  Veronica's trademark snark, the nutty characters of Neptune, Calif., and the dark and light moods of the TV show were all there in the movie.

It'll be interesting to see how many tickets the movie ends up selling.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Highasakite

You've heard "Since Last Wednesday" by the Norwegian quintet Highasakite? Here's the acoustic version. They'll be stateside briefly for SXSW. Go, Norway.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

St. Louis vs Boston brass

A World Series appearance by the hometown team is usually something civic leaders cheer, but a St. Louis Symphony official worried the Cardinals' good fortune would affect ticket sales as people headed to the ballpark instead of the concert hall.

Hark! A marketing campaign is born! Take a look at how the brass of the Boston and St. Louis symphonies are having fun with the World Series with some trash talking.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

What's on our reading list

So many books, so little time. Here's a few we're reading / about to read / hoping to read soon.

Wild, Cheryl Strayed
This memoir by a woman who set out to hike the Pacific Crest trail after losing her mother and marriage was one our book club picked. A movie version is coming soon with Reese Witherspoon.

Moloka'i, Alan Brennert
We started reading this one for book club but got sidetracked, but we're going to read, daggammit. Especially because the first few pages were compelling, but we had to set this book aside to finish Wild.

Vacationland: Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country, William Philpot
KW told us to read this non-fiction book for fascinating tidbits like how I-70 nearly didn't exist and how there's a whole ghost town there underwater at Dillon Reservoir.

A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan
A Pulitzer Prize winner. We're trying to avoid hearing too much more about it before we turn the first page.

What do you recommend reading?

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Naked and Famous

The crowd braved the cold, and Alisa of Naked and Famous braved a cold/flu for a show at the Fillmore in Denver last night. The Colourist started things off with a fun set that had the boys swooning for drummer/singer Maya. Then Naked Famous came out to perform with a full light show. The band said it can be tough being on the road touring a lot, but to feel the energy they get back from crowds like the one at the Fillmore makes it much easier. The night ended with Alisa saying, "This one's for you, Denver," as the encore ended with "Young Blood." Naked and Famous will be back in Denver 3/15 to play with Imagine Dragons.

adidas + snowboarding = ?

As snowboard season gets under way (A-Basin and Loveland have opened for the season, and Wolf Creek is operating on the weekends for now), we're curious to see whether adidas' entry into making and selling snowboard gear will take off.

Some longtime snowboarders are skeptical of a big brand like adidas getting into the snowboard game. Adidas is sponsoring pro riders like Jake Blauvelt to try to build cred.

Adidas has said it was going to go after core snowboarders in its first year of marketing, in part with advertising in snowboarding publications. They've managed to work their way into the editorial pages too.
 
The latest issue of Transworld Snowboarding includes adidas among its very limited number of "best boots you can buy" for both men and women. The issue also has a 10-page article on Blauvelt's new snowboard film, "Naturally," which adidas sponsored, and the issue has some full page ads for adidas. Also included on Transworld's best boot list: Nike.


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Bear Mountain


This song from Bear Mountain isn't too bad. Called "Two Step."

Thursday, September 05, 2013

To Nebraska!

For Labor Day weekend, we ended up in Nebraska to watch Big Red take on Wyoming at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Not quite sure how that happened. It seems like one minute we were nodding along to a friend's "what if we..." conversation about college football over beers, and the next minute we were hurtling down I-80 in a Honda Civic at 92 mph and eating Cheez Frenchees* at Amigos.

There are few places louder than Memorial Stadium on game day. Before the game, a sea of fans dressed in red headed to their seats, and the band riled up fans.



It was so hot in Lincoln (somewhere around 95 degrees before kickoff?), and the stadium tunnel leading to our seats got so clogged with sweaty people that it seemed certain some fan in ill health would faint or pass out. Once we emerged into the fresh air, this is what the packed stadium of 90,000+ looked like:


There is this tradition where Nebraska fans release red balloons after the first score (though some people decided to release their balloons after the first TD, not the first score which happened to be a field goal.) It was quite delightful:



*breaded, fried, grilled cheese sandwiches. Served with pickle slice

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Denver County Fair

The Denver County Fair is a place for the unexpected.

As you enter, you're greeted by Timothy C. Flood's "Stranger Reduction Zone" sculpture, encouraging people to get to know each other, thereby reducing stranger danger throughout the land.


Directions for "Stranger Reduction Zone." When you press the button, funny phrases come out of the speaker, like "Hellooooo, baaaabe!"
Hi! We're now friends! Stranger reduced!

The Denver County Fair does have the usual farm animals....


...but there also was a camel.


And a unicorn? Can't be the Denver County Fair without a unicorn.


Here, the ringmaster of the flea circus sets up the cannon that will shoot a flea that will supposedly be caught by...

...this adorably focused guy who was unwittingly plucked out of the audience. Look at his face! He looks like he's taking his job very seriously, mixed with a little fear that he's not gonna see this flea come out of the cannon and ruin the whole show. (Don't worry. The ringmaster peered really close and somehow tweezed the flea out from the center of the mitt after the cannon went off.)


The best part of the fair, in Robin's opinion, was the indoor racecourse they set up for people to race trikes that really do look like adult Big Wheels. The best part is when the trikes would spin out! They're called High Rollers, and people could race them for free, or give a donation to support people recovering from severe injuries.

The fair also had food trucks, lots of art, a "best tattoo" competition complete with male and female contestants doing catwalk runs to music, R2D2 roaming the grounds, a model train set that took 2 days to set up, and one artist's rendition of PeeWee Herman with crops.

The fair runs through this Sunday, 8/11. You've still got a few hours left.