Category Archives: entertainment

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Weekend Wind-Down #167

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A week ago, MARGARET CHO performed FOUR BACK-TO-BACK SHOWS over the course of two nights at the WORLD FAMOUS here in downtown Athens, Georgia. Missy and I were lucky enough to get tickets to the last of those shows…I say lucky because The World Famous is a cozy little venue, and there was only room enough for about 60 people at each performance. The last time I got to see Margaret Cho perform was with my sister, Cynthia – we saw her at this huge auditorium in Koreatown in L.A., the summer before I moved here to Georgia. So it was pretty special to see her in such an intimate setting. Her friend, a hilarious Australian comedian named Jim Shore, opened the show. He set us up and then Margaret came and knocked us down with a set that seemed to be especially crafted for the local Athens crowd. There were many references to local landmarks, living in small college towns, Athens’ hipsters, and our very own storied music scene. She worked the crowd, brilliantly poking fun at the audience. We even got to see her destroy a drunk heckler…

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Then, the following night, our friend Leslie put out the word on Facebook that someone had left a perfectly good METAL FILING CABINET behind the dumpster at her apartment complex. Missy and I couldn’t help but jump on the opportunity and rushed out fetch the cabinet. Luckily, it just barely fit in the back of Missy’s compact and mighty Yaris…

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MISSY – Getting my new website done!
RAOUL – Seeing Margaret Cho at The World Famous.

MISSY – Having to get up early on Friday.
RAOUL – 6AM meeting on Friday.

MISSY – Margaret Cho!
RAOUL – Margaret Cho!

MISSY – “Fred Schnieder Store”
RAOUL – “Dick Hater”

MISSY – Chocolate pudding!
RAOUL – Baja Burrito at Taco Stand.

MISSY – I didn’t like these granola bars…
RAOUL – Left-over pasta with watery sauce.

MISSY – Make list, sew Tofu Baby dolls, clean up.
RAOUL – Laundry, jury duty, tidy up the house.

MISSY – Alpine, Laura Marling, Kate Bush.
RAOUL – The Smiths, Morrissey, Beat Happening, Ultra Vivid Scene, MARRS, Grimes.








Sunday, May 19, 2013

Adios Frida & Diego, Pt.1

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Last weekend, Missy and I headed out to HIGH MUSEUM OF ART in Atlanta for ADIOS FRIDA & DIEGO, the big 31-hour long party extravaganza that served as the "closing ceremony" to the FRIDA KAHLO and DIEGO RIVERA exhibition. Of all the events scheduled for the celebration, the one that I was really pumped for was LUCHA LIBRE, or mexican-style wrestling. When we arrived, it had stopped raining and workers were busy drying off the ring...

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Before long, the masked LUCHADORES took to the ring and it was ON. The action was fast and furious. We were pretty close to the ring, and every time one of the wrestlers would hit the mat, they would hit it LOUD, sending a shock wave through your core...

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Best shot of the night. It reminded me of that scene in NACHO LIBRE, when Jack Black leapt off the ropes and soared like an eagle:

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The best move of the night was also the one that closed out the match - one wrestler did a flip off the top of the ropes, landing on his opponent with a mighty THUD. Afterwards, Missy had her picture taken with the losing LUCHADOR (because he had the better looking mask):

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Adult Swim Fun House

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If someone offered you FREE BEER AND TACOS and a FREE T-SHIRT if you stood in line for an hour and then made your way through this crazy and creepy INFLATABLE FUN HOUSE, you would do it, right? That’s exactly what the fine folks at ADULT SWIM did when they brought their ADULT SWIM FUN HOUSE here to Athens, GA, last weekend (on 4-20, of course) and parked it at the end of Washington Street, right in front of the 40 Watt club. A couple of years ago, they premiered their ADULT SWIM BLOCK PARTY in Athens and this year they came back to test run the fun house that they would be taking to the SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON this July…

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The fun house was set to open at noon – by the time we got downtown, it was almost 1PM and they still had not let anyone through. The line stretched down the street and as everybody waited in line, workers wearing dark MONK ROBES passed out hold harmless forms for everyone to fill out. We took a quick walk around the INFLATABLE CASTLE and then decided to come back later that afternoon after running some errands…

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When we returned later in the day, the line was still long, but the mood was much more festive with the free beer and taco party going full-steam. We got in line and slowly made our way towards the fun house…

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The first room we went into had these ALIEN-LIKE OCTOPI all over the walls…they were Alien-inspired versions of the SQUIDBILLIES, one of the animated shows on Adult Swim. I foolishly shoved my hand into the mouth of one of the monsters and found out, to my chagrin, that it was filled with SLIME…

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In another room, we came across a mysterious person in a monks robe, sitting in a living room, watching an ADULT BABY SLEEPING IN A CRIB on television. Turns out that you could actually crawl INTO THE TELEVISION if you wanted to…we opted not to, and decided to exit through the kitchen instead…

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We found the TICKET ROOM, which was encased in clear plexiglass. In the middle of the ticket room was this machine that blew all these tiny tickets around the inside of this box. You were supposed to stick your hand in the box and try to catch as many tickets as you can. Each ticket could be traded for either a FREE BEER or a FREE TACO. Lucky for us, Missy has small hands – she was able to stick her whole hand in the box and grab a whole mess of tickets. At the end of the night, we had way more tickets than we needed so Missy started to give pass them out to strangers, like she was some sort of magical TICKET FAIRY…

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In a hellish red-lit room sat a CREEPY SANTA CLAUS with a hooded figure sitting by his side. He invited people to come sit on his lap. Another room had a flashing black light in it that cause the patterns on the walls to move like pixels in a video game…

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We ran into one of the CHILDRENS HOSPITAL CLOWNS who was escorting people through this exit that forced you to crawl out from between these two HUGE INFLATABLE LEGS and then on to a GURNEY, as if you were just newly born. Having already crawled through a GIANT VAGINA several weeks ago at the BULLDOG INN ART SHOW, we decided to turn back and try a different exit:

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We found the exit that had the GIANT INFLATABLE SLIDE, but first we had to make it through a gauntlet of WACKY WAVING INFLATABLE ARM FLAILING TUBE MEN before climbing a rope to the top of the slide…

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The exit between the legs – if you exited this way, you got a BIRTH CERTIFICATE to commemorate the occasion:

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Another exit forced you into a CAGE where you were forced to sing Karaoke before they would let you out:

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After we made it through the fun house, we queued up in three more lines – one for the free t-shirts, one for the free beer (we didn’t drink, but traded our tickets for souvenir plastic cups and coasters), and one for free tacos, which were kindly provided by the YUMBII truck, one of our favorite food trucks from Atlanta. All in all, it was a truly awesome night. Adult Swim is doing a great job promoting their brand of entertainment, and we can’t wait for the next time they roll into Athens to test out one of their crazy ideas…cheers to them!

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