Tuesday, August 9, 2011

shout it out.

Yesterday I had a lunch date with Taylor Hanson. No, I promise I'm not lying. You see, I'm like almost friends with Hanson at this point in my life. After being a lifelong fan since the fifth grade, my sister Nicole and I have seen them everytime they've come to Portland (or Seattle for that matter). I've flown to LA to see them at the Viper Room. Took a train to catch them in New Haven, Connecticut. I mean, it's pretty amazing. I've loved their music forever and more recently --I've loved the entrepreneurs they've turned into.

My sister arranged an interview with their management, so yesterday I drove to sit in her office conference room and overhear their interview. For the second time, we have been scheduled to speak with Taylor, the middle and heartthrob bro. Have you seen him lately? Fogetaboutdet. Long gone are his bleachy-blonde locks, and he's just...sigh.

Catch Hanson when they come to town on The Musical Ride Tour on September 5 at The Aladdin. What's different about this show? They're allowing fans total control over the setlist. Log onto their website and vote for your favorite album out of the three options, and whichever album wins will be played in its entirety as part of the set.  Each concert will also include musical highlights from their 20+ year career and more! I'll be there with my equally as obsessed girlfriend appropriately named...Taylor. MMMBOP!

Monday, August 8, 2011

"Seven Days was all she wrote..."

Today's guest post is from one of my favorite people --Veronica Medici of Veronica Booking. But we go way back. Even though we went to the same high school for a hot second before she transfered, we were only hallway acquaintances. Although I do remember her complementing my Urban Outfitters pants while shutting my locker (random vivid memory). But it truely all started with a mutural girlfriend and an extra ticket to see Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. Flash forward to countless mixtapes, shopping adventures and exploring our favorite city together on our 20th birthday and then again when I spent a semester at NYU while she was in the Fashion District at FIT. Her recent trip to the Big Apple will make you jealous.

My guy Mitch and I recently flew back to New York City for a quick week of work and visits with friends, family and all the spots we miss so much when we’re away. Luckily we landed in the city right after the thunderstorms and right before the stretch of record heat. Let’s just say, the stars aligned for this trip. Here it is in seven days…

Tuesday: We arrived early on the red eye from Portland, bright with energy (even with 2.5 hours of sleep each). Popped into City Diner for some breakfast, dropped our bags and headed to Central Park to laze in the sun and watch a baseball game. Later, we took a walk through my old college stomping grounds, the midtown Fashion District.

Wednesday: Checked into the Ace Hotel NYC, a fun West Coast transplant hotel. Mitch had his first show with good friend Cat Stephani (Janis in the recent Portland Center Stage Production, One Night With Janis Joplin) at Googies Room on the Lower East Side.

Thursday: Show #1 went great! We spent Thursday strolling through the West Village, then on to feast at one of my favorite eateries at their new location in Chelsea, Westville.

Walked through one of Mitch’s favorite neighborhoods, the Flatiron District, where we ran into an AMAZING 44-foot high statue in Madison Square Park. The sculpture, created by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa is modeled after the Greek myth of Echo (a nymph in love with her own voice). It looks unreal, even when standing directly in front of it. Quite a view.

Friday: Big show #2, I booked my client Nick Dothée for his CD Release Show at Canal Room, very cool venue in China Town, check it out sometime if you’re down there! Mitch plays drums for Nick, so all around a very exciting time! There was a photo booth set up from Dirty Sugar Photography which was of course a fun addition.


Saturday: Relaxation after the show #2, and a visit to see the Frick Collection on Museum Row. A little shopping on the East Side, including a favorite of ours Trash & Vaudeville on St. Marks. (My dad used to work there in the late 70’s!) Mitch picked up a couple pairs of perfectly fitted rock star pants, and a red miniskirt for me!
Sunday & Monday: We filled our last days with some family time and visits to every other neighborhood that we had missed. Had to stop in at Bleeker Street Pizza for a slice, and pick up a dirty water dog somewhere in Midtown. Overall, a perfect week, just too short! Already making plans and schedules for the next visit…


Friday, August 5, 2011

I love Lucy.

Who doesn't love Lucy? The comedic actress would have been 100 years old tomorrow, August 6. It also marks 60 years since "I Love Lucy" first aired.

Check out the Washington Post Article, 100 years later, we still “love” Lucille Ball

In celebration of all things Lucy, I hope to watch a few old episodes of her hilarious sit-com this weekend...talk about a true comedic legend!