Sunday, August 10, 2014

Harvest time!

Tomato harvest from the plant on the balcony!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Obvious Child

If you've been hoping for more projects from Jenny Slate beyond Marcel the Shell with Shoes on, you'll be excited that "Obvious Child" has been turned from a short into a full-length film starring her.

During a preview screening in downtown Denver, the crowd laughed along at just about every joke in this comedy about abortion. Yes, a comedy about abortion.

This independent-minded film stands out for its frankness, uncensored comedy and honest, authentic feeling without trying too hard for punchlines. It's also at times sweet, touching and has touches of sadness. It's not just a one-dimensional movie, nor is it all crass, though there will probably be moments when you say, "I can't believe she just said that." The leads, Jenny Slate and Jake Lacy, are quite watchable.

This isn't necessarily a movie you have to see in the theater, but it certainly is more fun to watch with all your fellow moviegoers, so you can enjoy the jokes together. No matter what, watch this with a group.

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


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.