Category Archives: Weekend Wind-Down

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Weekend Wind-Down #188

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This past weekend we checked out the first-ever TV GALLERY POP-UP SHOW at the newly minted INDIE SOUTH boutique in Normaltown, here in Athens, Georgia. Had a great night hobnobbing with friends and looking at art from local Athens and Atlanta artists. In true pop-up style, the exhibit was up for only a scant 2 HOURS – blink and you missed it!

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Life imitates art:

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A couple of weekends before that, we met up with our friends LEIA and MARTIN who were in town to attend the Athens Popfest, all the way from Oberlin, Ohio. We met at the ROOK & PAWN, which is a great little cafe/bar in town where you can play games from their immense collection of board games. We were going to try this game called “OH GNOME YOU DON’T!” but decided that it would take too long to learn (too many rules and details). So we decided to go with JENGA, which is incredibly fun to play when you’re either drunk or jittery from too much coffee…

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After a while, we just started improvising our own versions of Jenga…

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FAVORITE MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Hanging out with Ruth and Cotton (and MonkE and Hank!) at the dog park at the VFW Hall.
RAOUL – TV Gallery Pop Up Show.

WORST MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Oreo getting a tummy ache.
RAOUL – Our bunny, Oreo, getting sick right before we were leaving for work.

FUNNIEST MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Making up business names for Missy Town.
RAOUL – Watching Lil Tasty answer questions live on Facebook.

WORD OR PHRASE OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – “Monday Gold”
RAOUL – “Smudge, don’t judge”

FAVORITE MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Your nachos from The Grit!
RAOUL – Nachos from The Grit for dinner.

WORST MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Noodle bowl from The Grit…but only because I liked your nachos better.
RAOUL – Special omelet for brunch at The Grit. It was just ok. I should have just stuck with my usual.

THE NUMBER-ONE THING ON YOUR TO-DO LIST FOR THIS WEEK?
MISSY – Get rest.
RAOUL – Post the missing “Weekend Wind-Down” that was supposed to go up during Christmas break.

PERSONAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – The Smiths, My Bubba, Calvin Johnson, Kate Bush, Siouxsie & The Banshees.
RAOUL – The Cure, April March, The Smiths, Morrissey, New Order, Flying Lotus, “Modern Wild Dub – Dread Meets Disco Punk Rocker Downtown” compilation.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Weekend Wind-Down #186

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Geez Louise, it’s been forever since we’ve done a WEEKEND WIND-DOWN post…been a rough time trying to get back on that horse! So without further ado, we’re flashing all the way back to July 18th…that Saturday, we headed out to THE HIGH MUSEUM in Atlanta to see the ALEX KATZ exhibition, as well as the “SPRAWL!” show, featuring the museum’s recent purchase of locally-created drawings and illustrations. But first, we decided to take a little detour to check out the ATLANTA ZINE FAIR at the EYEDRUM in downtown Atlanta…

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It was hot and sweaty as we made our way through the warren of little shopfronts and galleries that make up the Eyedrum complex. There were talks and workshops happening in a few of them and those rooms were filled wall-to-wall with people. We finally found the main room where all the ZINE action was happening and we were told that even more sellers could be found on the next street over at the MAMMAL GALLERY…

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We loved the woven STICKS AND BRANCHES in the lobby that made up the entrance into the gallery:

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Across the street from the Mammal Gallery, there was an art exhibition going on in another little gallery in conjunction with the zine fair. The exhibition, by artist NINA DOLGIN, investigated the relationship between the perceived memory of her childhood and her re-constructed childhood composed of artifacts from that time period – photos, videos, and physical souvenirs from a bygone era. In our photos, the actual artist can be seen wearing a black dress…it was a trip seeing the adult artist standing near an over-size cut out of her childhood self:

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We left the zine fair with a few new zines and this EVIL-BANISHING FLY SWATTER…it reminded me of that scene in the original “Amityville Horror” movie with all the flies gathering on the windscreen…and of course, the Depeche Mode song, “Fly On The Windscreen”…I had to get it:

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We were hella thirsty by the time we got to THE HIGH. So we spent the first 20 minutes there just re-hydrating and cooling off from the summer heat before heading up to see even more art:

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Having recently been to PARADISE GARDENS, we had a new appreciation for the gallery dedicated to the works of REVEREND HOWARD FINSTER:

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The museum purchased art from our friend LESLIE SNIPES to add to their permanent collection. What an honor! We had featured some of Leslie’s works in our inaugural exhibition at MINI GALLERY almost two years ago…crazy. The two pieces that the museum collected Leslie are the big black LEAF-LIKE SHAPES seen in the top center of this display:

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Here’s Leslie and Missy posing underneath her works:

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On our way out of the museum, Missy couldn’t help but play on the SPINNING SCULPTURES in the museum’s courtyard:

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We capped the night off with dinner at our most favorite Atlanta restaurant, CAFE SUNFLOWER. Missy couldn’t help but start things off with this funky drink called “Turn The Beet Around” (Missy loves her some beets, LOL). We had these delicious fried avocado tacos as an appetizer (BEST TACOS EVER), and then I had some sort of chicken-fried “steak” dish made out of seitan (D E L E C T A B L E) while Missy had a stuffed squash. Even after all that, we still ended up ordering dessert, knowing full well that we would be bringing most of it home with us. I guess walking around all day long without lunch definitely built up our appetite…

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FAVORITE MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Being asked to participate in a zine-art exhibition in New Zealand!
RAOUL- Finally taking a bunch of stuff to Goodwill.

WORST MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – My usual. Not being able to sleep.
RAOUL – Paying bills. HA!

FUNNIEST MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – When Oreo flopped in her bunnel.
RAOUL – Crackin’ wise on blog commercial clichés.

WORD OR PHRASE OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – “Swan arms”
RAOUL – “Shitting in your own shoebox is hard enough…”

FAVORITE MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – Veggie tacos from Cali ‘n’ Tito’s!
RAOUL – The Veggie Tacu-Tacu from Cali ‘n’ Tito’s.

WORST MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – I feel like we’ve been eating left-overs for a long time.
RAOUL – Cut-up veggie patty over rice for lunch.

THE NUMBER-ONE THING ON YOUR TO-DO LIST FOR THIS WEEK?
MISSY – Tofu Baby comic for tomorrow.
RAOUL – Re-organize cds.

PERSONAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THE PAST WEEK?
MISSY – The Monkees, Cate le Bon, Kate Bush, Pulp, Henry & Heidi podcast.
RAOUL – Sebadoh, the Shivas, The Hive Dwellers, Major Organ and the Adding Machine, The Pastels, Section 25, Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, Wild Flag, Velocity Girl, Tight Bros From Way Back When, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Alright This Time Just The Girls compilation.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Weekend Wind-Down #185

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The Friday before last, we had dinner at THE GRIT in order to get a better idea of how much art work Missy would need to bring the following weekend for her art show…

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After dinner, we spent some quality time with the pets before passing out in bed…

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The following day, after running our usual Saturday morning errands, we started to crave Indian food, so we went to A TASTE OF INDIA for their lunch buffet, where we stuffed ourselves with pakoras, samosas, and biryani…

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Later that night, we headed over to FEDEX/KINKOS to pick up some art work that Missy had scanned and copied onto a FLASHDRIVE. The pieces were too large to fit on her own scanner, so we took them to Kinkos where they had a large format one. We neglected to bring a flashdrive with us, so we ended up buying this cute little “DJ OWL” flash drive there…

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We capped the night off with a quick stop at EARTHFARE to get some cat food. It wouldn’t be a proper Weekend Wind-Down post if I didn’t post at least one shot of Missy in the middle of some aisle somewhere…

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In the morning, we had breakfast with our friends, Cindy and Quinton, at their house. Then, later that day, we had dinner at CALI ‘N’ TITOS. We endured their usually long line just to savour a bite of our favorites: warm tortilla chips with a side of their signature pico de gallo, and an order of vegetarian tacos…

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FAVORITE MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – Valentine’s Day at The High and Oreo’s Day! And putting up my art show at The Grit and meeting Nathan!
RAOUL- The High for Valentine’s Day.

WORST MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – The ice storm.
RAOUL – Us being cocky and not making reservations at Cafe Sunflower.

FUNNIEST MOMENT OF THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – That dream I had where you bought the weird pants from Urban Outfitters.
RAOUL – Missy asking me if I “knew any songs by Pitbull?”

WORD OR PHRASE OF THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – “Besties!”
RAOUL – “Frylock Saggy Jeans”

FAVORITE MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – Veggie tacos, chips, and pico at Cali ‘n’ Tito’s.
RAOUL – Lunch buffet at Taste of India.

WORST MEAL OF THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – I’m sure I had a frozen meal that wasn’t the greatest thing…
RAOUL – Microwave burrito.

THREE THINGS ON YOUR TO-DO LIST FOR THIS WEEK?
MISSY – Tofu Baby comic, wash bunny towels, read my new book.
RAOUL – Pay bills, downsize our magazine stash, vaccuum.

PERSONAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THE PAST WEEK-AND-A-HALF?
MISSY – Kate Bush, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Rebecca Pearcy, Morrissey.
RAOUL – Plastics, New Order, Gary Numan, The Normal, Grace Jones, Flying Lotus, Parliament, Kate Bush, The Smiths, The Drums.

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