monster vs. monster

if you feel young
March 31, 2010, 11:50 am
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today is a slow, grey day.

a day for baking my favorite blueberry muffins, a recipe that never fails me.

a day to use my hands to make something for my home, from a pattern i’ve been waiting to use for two and a half years.

a day to sip coffee and listen to folk music and come down from the high of having the unexpectedly effing fantastic wye oak blow me right off my feet. watch the video. now imagine me clutching my heart while they stand under red lights and harmonize into a single microphone. yeah.


happy happy
March 5, 2010, 4:35 pm
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As I sit here reading an epic 800-page cultural studies tome and waiting for my frozen fruit to de-freeze so I can try my hand at banana-raspberry muffins, here are a few things that are making me happy:

Thinking about what to do with this adorable skein of yarn from cosymakes. When she said they were mini-skeins, I was picturing a tiny little thing, but I think this is actually three mini-skeins combined. It’s a quite substantial bit of yarn and would make a good . . . hat? Cowl? Pair of gloves? Pillow cover?

Waiting for my perfect-every-time tollhouse-type cookies to cool so I can bundle them up for tomorrow’s dinner party. You know you’ve lucked into something when you find a friend who’s willing to cook you a vegan shepherd’s pie. Yum.

And, maybe happy is the wrong word, but staring out the window at the grey day and listening to this song over and over (and over and over) again has been . . . cathartic.

so much to do, so little time
September 21, 2009, 9:55 pm
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After missing the What Cheer? Brigade’s big fall show, the Rise of the Herbivores fundraiser for RIVA (seriously I missed that?), a night of super short stories at WNWN, and the Titless! fundraiser show, I am actually feeling a little overwhelmed with all the things Providence is offering for me to promptly forget. So in the name of organization and prideful city participation, here’s a list of things I’m excited about in the next few days.


China Mieville is reading tomorrow at the inconvenient hour of 2:30 p.m. I’m really only interested because BW was really insistent upon my reading Perdido Street Station, which I never did. However, because he kept repeating the name over and over, I now feel like I’ve read the book and thus feel a great affinity with this author. Also, the Literary Arts events haven’t let me down yet. (By the way, this super random looking picture is actually one of Mieville’s illustrations.)


On Thursday Sharon Marcus, author of Between Women, gives a lecture on the drama of celebrity…


…which is pretty drastically rivaled by a pinup party at Jerky’s. With Live Burlesque. From someone called Sparkles McTitsy. How can I possibly pay attention to a lecture on Victorian identity when I know I could be watching live burlesque from McTitsy?

BeowulfdigitalflyerWaste Not Want Not presents us with Beowulf, performed by the traveling Baltimore Annex Theater. Bands Ambergris and Barkley Dog will open.


Moliere’s Tartuffe plays Sept. 24-27 and October 1-4. I’ve never read Moliere but he was mentioned in an article I read last week for my new very favorite class, and really that’s good enough for me.


Finally Why? is coming to the Middle East Club in Cambridge on October 1. If I can find someone to take me, I’m going for sure. If I can’t find someone to take me, well, I’ll be weighing the joy, familiarity and comfort of seeing my favorite Oakland band against the anxiety of going to a new city alone and the taxi fare across state lines. Hmm.

I am feeling the beginnings of a cold, so really I’ll be lucky if I make it to ANY of these, but it sure is nice to know that so much is available to me. It turns out that Providence has a lot to offer and would be a really amazing city if I only had time to explore it and embrace it with any sort of devotion.

foo fest in photos
August 16, 2009, 12:33 pm
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So Foo Fest was a big ball of music, politics, art projects, and Providence Pride. I’m glad to have had such an enjoyable, jam-packed street fair as my introduction to this city.

The zine-factory bus, where everyone got a chance to contribute to a zine that was published and handed out at the end of the day.

Free screen printing, courtesy of the AS220 community printshop.

John Olmstead’s kinetic human-powered water fountain

Mini-golf provided by Wooly Productions.

Unidentifiable fluffy stuff amid all the kids games.

Sculpture by Will Reeves, who put together sixty silver fitness balls with polypropelyne cord for a massive, mobile, interactive art project.


Umberto Crenca’s Exquisite Corpse project, which invited people to paint one third of a body and then assembled them in Frankenstein-type final portraits.


Junk-mail hat-making with Alyn Carlson.

Make your own video game controller, with AS220 Labs.

This guy was dressed up as his production company’s logo, but I didn’t hear him tell anyone his company’s name or m.o. Still, he was fun to follow around.

Deer Tick played an amazing set as the sun began to fall.

They were the surprise special guest, and John apologized for that before they began to play. I don’t think anyone was disappointed. The crowd was super supportive of this hometown country band.

Especially when they brought a couple of special surprise guest guests onstage.

Do you see the people on the roof?

And the movie playing on the wall?

Made in Mexico played next, and not since The Kills have I seen someone so dynamic onstage.

Another amazing set.

Me, the band, and the rabbit man. Just another Saturday.

I came home with big plans to get involved in the printshop.

I picked up this barely-used copy of Lusitania, which it turns out is from 1992!

I also brought home my awesome screen-printed shirt. I just happened to have a spare plain tee in my bag. The back has the AS220 logo in green but the front, as you can see, was a big fat failure. The skyscraper-pen print, which should’ve taken thirty minutes to dry, had apparently not dried when I wadded it up and stuffed it in my bag three hours later.

So now I’m off to find out whether fabric paint can be removed, and if so, to very carefully tend to my first screenprinting project ever!