This week spring came for real, it has been in the upper 60s and lower 70s. We wandered to Old Gold in North Portland for dinner and scored a corner patio seat, a rare commodity on a warm day and a Friday night. The building across the street is unusual to begin with, odd lighting and shape, satellite in the front, etc. No idea what the building is used for, but today for some reason, the door was briefly open.
…unexpected James Brown.
Brian designed the TED iPhone app, it’s Apple’s app of the day! They specifically call it out as “beautifully designed!”
The next show we went to last week was Ministry. I have seen them a few times (actually, they may be the band I have seen the most times) but Brian hadn’t yet so we got tickets. And I hadn’t seen them since the 90’s. I won’t lie, I was a bit nervous about this show – would they phone it in? Given where we are right now, would there be complete loonies there?
It was probably my favorite Ministry show. They were amazing. The lead singer from Fear Factory did a few songs with them too. They surprised me by singing a current song that choked me up. I very nearly went to see them two nights later in Vancouver BC, I liked the show that much. I am super happy I went, and came away thinking I was a smart kid to like them in the 80’s. Whew.
Unfortunately, not very many photos, and few of them clear. I was too into it and dancing. And for some reason, there were more tall men at this show than any other show I remember (over 6’4″, a ton of ’em), usually just in front of me.
Oh, and I baked bread that morning:
Finally got to check out Revolution Hall, which is predictably cool. I am so glad they saved and repurposed that building. It was formerly a high school, and I have friends whose relatives graduated from there. I would drive by it on my way home as it sat empty and it always seemed a shame. Not a small project though, they had to retrofit it for earthquake safety, not cheap. The view from the second floor bar was great, overlooking a dog park with great views of downtown, so I am excited to see the rooftop bar this summer.
We were there to see Dylan Moran. He was as funny as I thought he’d be, although some of his “I’m old” jokes bother me as we are the same age.
Some quotes on the building I liked. It was dark, forgive the blurriness.
Random shot from when we were waiting for a Lyft:
Busy week! I won’t add everything here but here’s a few things.
We finally saw Star Wars Last Jedi. On our walk to Laurelhurst Theatre, I caught a picture of a new Forest for the Trees mural.
On the way back, it was raining pretty heavily and we were headed to Beulahland for a beer and to talk about the movie, when we caught the mural again, with a tree shimmering in the rain, looking like it was a continuation of the mural. I didn’t really capture it (I’d’ve needed more time and a better camera) but in real life, it completely took my breath away.
Editing this to add a link to an article about murals around Portland.
Friday, friends surprised us with tickets to see a magician. I am not going to lie, I was nervous about it as I am not a huge fan of audience participation. Mostly because I tend to get chosen (and that was true this night too, I was chosen to do things second most!). Venue was tiny – it was in the bar area of Hawthorne Theatre:
That’s the back row, nowhere to hide!
The show was great, thanks Marcio and Abby!! Nate Staniforth surprised me again and again, and was kind to people. I’d see him again for sure.
In December, we had the shortest trip I’ve ever taken to Wisconsin. I was able to see a good amount of Brian’s family and spent some time with mine, but seriously short (basically less than two days per family).
The flight out started with us seeing Pedro the Lion at Mississippi Studios. Great show! But we definitely were out a bit late for a 4 a.m. flight to Chicago.
Pedro the Lion!
Switching between families, we managed to swing by Madison just long enough to check on our duplex and get bloody marys and walnut burgers at the Harmony. Seriously last second so we didn’t have time to give anyone a heads-up. But I got a walnut burger with fried onions, sooooo good as always.
The Harmony has the best walnut burgers.
Also seriously last second, my sister scored four tickets to Hamilton in Chicago. It meant that we drove to Chicago, back to Wisconsin, back to Chicago the next morning, but needless to say, so worth it. I was skeptical that I’d be amazed by Hamilton because of how much everyone has been raving about it. It was as good as everyone told me. My only complaint is that I can’t go see it again due to how hard it is to get tickets.
Hamilton in Chicago
St. Vincent – Fear The Future Tour at the Keller Auditorium
Great to see family over the holidays, but cozy and happy to be home. This will be only the second Christmas Brian I have spent together, and the first one where it is just the two of us!
May your holidays be filled with joy, laughter, and light!!