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

monterey hijinks

when we were not roadtripping to hearst castle or reunion'ing at mike's wedding, my cousins and i took in some of the monterey attractions.

we did not do the 17 mile drive to carmel, as the weather was overcast and it wouldn't be as picturesque a drive. (bummer) but we did get to walk around cannery row, fisherman's wharf and checked out the dennis the menace park. for the kids.

as we watched them play, us cousins reminisced about how we all used to be so young and carefree together and that we are now in the positions our parents used to be in. we shuttle them around, keep an eye on them, pay for them and try to make them happy as possible. suffice it to say, it was a surreal feeling and one that made me feel hella old. but we enjoyed our childhoods and now we happily can pay it back.

insta-cali: monterey aquarium

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

Saturday, August 2, 2014

did someone say photobooth?

well, that descended rather quickly.

as with most wedding receptions, when you throw in a photobooth, all sense of decorum gets thrown out the window. i could blame it on the handful of us that partook in the open bar. or perhaps we were running off the massive sugar high from wedding cake? but more than likely is that my family is just like this. especially when we all get together. we don't need a wedding to bring out all the crazy merriment in us.

unlike the bride's side of the family, we are neither shy nor reserved. in fact, looking at the photobooth pictures of members on the bride's side, i got to wonder, do they know what she married into? ha.

a wedding and a family reunion

a long-awaited family reunion. plus a wedding. all converging at the monterey plaza hotel. we got to dress up in our finery. and raucously hooted, hollered, clapped and cheered on our cousin mike for getting married to his long-term girlfriend, stella. yes, we were THAT family. the one where we paparazzi'd the entire ceremony and the reception. subtle, we were not. i can say with certainty that between the lot of us, we did the wedding photographer's job for him.

welcome to the family, stella!