Monday, September 29, 2014

pirouettes and tutus

how lovely is this? the first ever world ballet day, to be held online on october 1.

five world famous ballet companies - australian ballet, bolshoi ballet, royal ballet, national ballet of canada and san francisco ballet - will be live streaming from their rehearsal studios. 

it's a workday, but i just may be watching on my ipad.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

all the rage

source: spin

five. it's my fifth time seeing interpol in concert. and it's just as fresh as the first time. my love for this band still has no bounds. 

and they officially kicked off their north american tour in vancouver! plus three years ago when they last played here, they were not very active on twitter. i thought it was pretty cool seeing all the tweets from guitarist daniel kessler, on his impressions of stanley park and downtown.

the band were as tight as ever. consummate musicians playing their hearts out to a sold out crowd. besides debuting a new look, paul banks was uber-relaxed. i've never seen him so interactive with the audience - which was fantastic. the dance floor was just heaving with people, so i watched the entire show from the balcony. because of the unobstructed views, i was really able to appreciate just how talented a drummer sam fogarino is.

and i don't know whether it was the type of crowd or a change in concert etiquette, but there were not as many cell phones being collectively hoisted up in the air, in the futile and ridiculous attempt to capture a live performance. there were a few blue screens here and there but not nearly as many. could it be the interpol crowd or maybe we finally remember what it was like to be present and just take in the gig? 

here's the setlist:

and if i didn't have to go to victoria for my work's conference, i might have contemplated hitting their seattle show the following night. three years between gigs is a long time. got to get my interpol fix whenever i can.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

insta-cali: art on the wall

clarion alley and the mission district is a must if you're a graffiti/street art fan.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

insta-cali: monterey aquarium

attack of the 50' cephalopod. the puny humans have no idea what's about to befall on them.

Friday, August 1, 2014

insta-cali: hearst castle

might be the most beautiful and opulent indoor pool i've ever seen. fancy a dip in william randolph hearst's roman pool?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

insta-cali: meeting a jedi master

do. or do not. there is no try. but of course, i had to go on a star wars pilgrimage to lucas films and industrial light and magic. 

insta-cali: clear as fog

it just wouldn't be the golden gate bridge without the fog now, would it?