One day on a trip to the park with Princess Peaches, we walked past the swings and heard children squealing with glee. Peaches took note of the squeals: her ears perked up and her tail started wagging that vigorous wag that wriggles the whole back side of her body. “Rowr rowr rowr?” she asked. “Can I get on?”
“Rowr rowrrrrr rowr row,” I answered, nodding my head.
Although I had my doubts that this was a good idea, I unhooked her leash, took off her diamond-studded tiara, and put her in. And that, my friends is what you see here.
THIS is the face of a happy puppy.
(Oh, and I have no idea who that guy is.)
As many of you know, I went to Dan and Julia’s wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden last weekend. And as many of you requested, here are some pictures. There are only a few because I was like, in it and then I wanted to like, enjoy it, but I think I picked out the most important ones:
The little room they put them in after the ceremony, before they greeted their guests. Geez, what’s up with that girl in the mirror?
Walking out to their first dance. Dan is saying “Are you da man? No sucka, I’M da man.”
Laughing at something best man John (one of three) said in his toast.
The ‘stache made an appearance.
(In fact, it was formally invited.)
(this actually happened)
Filed under: New York | Tags: columbia parade, deliciousness, el palacio de los cholados, engeline's, halo-halo, jori klein, max and mina's
You know, friends are awesome for like, company and support and shit. But friends are even more awesome when they invite you out for free dessert, like Jori “Best Photog Alive” Jacobs did last weekend when she let me tag along on an assignment to shoot unconventional ice cream in Queens.
We first stopped to taste the result of some molecular gastronomy at Max and Mina’s in Flushing, where we tried (kosher) horseradish and grass flavors.
Apparently Rosie O’Donnell and Kevin James love this place. And when Izaac Mizrahi tried their vanilla ice cream with strawberries and balsamic vinegar he exclaimed “…Oh my God that’s the most delicious thing I ever tasted in my life. That is a miracle of taste that is so unbelievable!!!” And I believe it too. I mean, it’s not that Isaac is prone to exaggeration or anything.
This is where real men get their hairs cut. And sell their unwanted gold. (In case you can’t read it, the script says “Who’s the man?”)
The next stop was El Palacio de los Cholados at 83-18 Northern Blvd, where we also ran into the 9th Annual Columbia Parade. This LGBT float was awesome.
A cholado is kind of like a souped-up snow cone, with the shaved ice drizzled with cream and topped with fruit. It’s so intense, it comes with both a straw and a spoon. This was the only one of the three that we ate all of. Rather quickly, too.
The third stop was Engeline’s in Woodside, where we had halo-halo with a scoop of mango ice-cream. Halo-halo is a Filipino dessert that combines beans and shaved ice and fruit (oh my!) and really, the only reason we didn’t finish this one is because we were full.
(This is the face of a happy Jori.)
John Oliver is surprisingly high-energy as a stand-up comedian. My favorite part of his set last night at Comix was when, to illustrate a point about the useless crap we have stored in our brains, he sang a portion of R.Kelly’s “Ignition Remix.” If you have a Brit lying around, get them to sing “So baby gimme dat “toot toot,
…And lemme gi’ ya dat “beep beep…”
Trust me, it’s worth it.
Oh, and contrary to [somewhat? one person’s?] popular belief, Oliver is not the voice of the GEICO gecko. That honor currently goes to a British comedian named Jake Wood. But did you guys know that Kelsey Grammar has also voiced the gecko?
Hey, don’t fight it. You learned something today.
Check out Oliver in his regular gig on the Daily Show, and in the upcoming Joel McHale/Chevy Chase NBC sitcom, Community.
Let’s do a photo shoot.
Cute. Okay, now look at the camera.
No, not that way, over here.
Please? Camera? What are you guys looking at?
Oh. Yeah, that’s pretty awesome.
Seriously Dan? You’d rather smell her armpit than look over here?
Fine. Whatever. Congratulations, you crazy kids. I love you guys.
Filed under: Music, New York | Tags: daniel collas, joe's pub, NPR soundcheck, phenomenal handclap band, sean marquand
Joe’s Pub, Tuesday 7/21/09.
I happen to know a few things about the two underground club DJs-turned-main-guys in Brooklyn’s Phenomenal Handclap Band. I know that Sean “Medicine Man” Marquand’s favorite muppet is Forgetful Jones and Daniel “Witch Doctor” Collás’s favorite Sesame Street character is Grover. Collás loves The Food Network and once ate at Li’l Frankie’s every day for two weeks while Marquand wanted to be a scientist when he was younger and never steps on cracks in the sidewalk. Fascinating, right? And I can go on (and on and on). But while I can spout off facts about these two and their hand-picked indie supergroup for some reason until this week I had never seen them live.
Enter Joe’s Pub, for a packed NPR-sponsored Soundcheck event. One thing I learned about NPR audiences: they love their beer. I know this because the venue ran out of beer glasses shortly into the night. And I know this because I neglected to make a table reservation and spent the evening crammed up against the bar in the back listening to the bartenders.
But that aside, the show was dance-tastic. PHCB’s throwback disco-funky energy was so intense that it seemed that there were even more people on stage, if that were possible. And I took some pictures, which we’re going to play a fun game with.
Here we go.
One of these musicians in the Phenomenal Handclap Band is not like the others. Can you spot him?
A close-up (The “Casual Accountant?”):
The rest of the band:
Awww, I’m just kidding accountant (although, nice necklace?), just saying that maybe you wanna consult with your band members on your collective look. Especially when there’s seven other people on stage that looks like they all got the memo. And most especially when there are assholes like me around.
Check out the self-titled debut album of the PHCB, out now on Friendly Fire. And see them free today at 3pm at the Diesel store on 5th Ave and 54th St.
Filed under: Music, New York | Tags: amanda blank, frightened rabbit, i ate so much, i wish i could live at coney island, spank rock, wonder wheel
Coney Island. Saturday, July 18th.
SPANK ROCK AND AMANDA BLANK:
THE VIEW FROM THE WONDER WHEEL: