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Lately I’ve been doing more comedy shows and trips but missing out on when I used to go to random music shows. In LA the Satellite had a fun cheap night of music (which I wrote about a lot here) and I really miss that. I decided to look up the calendar to the hippest+cheapest local music venue (The Ballroom on Treadwell St in Hamden,CT), and I picked out a random midweek concert to check out. I googled Adrianne Lenker, listened to her Spotify station and got tickets to her show for March 1st, 2018.

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I for sure felt like one of the oldest people in the room, which I didn’t expect given the mature mellow songs that Adrianne Lenker and Henry Jamison (her opener) performed. I guess I anticipated an older crowd, but I was wrong.

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Adrianne’s opener was Henry Jamison, who was really excellent. You should check him out on Spotify. He also has a song playing at Starbucks (or so he mentioned at the show). Henry’s stories between songs showcased what a hilarious weirdo he is, and I really mean that lovingly. He’s a quiet, chill, unique guy and I loved his antidotes.

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Henry will be back to New Haven at Cafe Nine on April 6th. Check out his music video here for Real Peach.

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Adrianne Lenker came out next. She was having some anxiety, as this was the first stop on her tour and she’d been living the last year as an introvert. One of the first things to happen as she took the stage was to have a guitar string snap as she was tuning up. Thankfully there were at least 5 visible guitars on stage with her so it was an easy swap out, although Im sure it didn’t help with her anxiety.

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Once she started playing, she got back in the groove of things and she played beautifully and confidently. We got to hear a lot of new music that will come out later this year and she even let the audience tell her what to play as she closed out the night. Check out this link to see if she’s coming near you soon!

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Dragaret, February 17, 2018

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Yale’s Dragaret (aka Drag Cabaret) took place this last weekend at the Yale Cabaret on York Street. I got a hard-to-get ticket to the 10pm showing, braved a snow storm to check this event out… and it was totally worth it.

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Going into this I had no idea what to expect, other than a good time. I’d never been to the Cabaret before (although I’ll for sure be back) and walked into a basement room of a Yale building with a few tables, a few chairs, and a runway with matching giant LCD screen on the ceiling.

I learned two things I wasn’t expecting. First, they had a celebrity host from RuPaul’s Drag Race season 4, Jiggly Caliente (new album out 3.6.18)! I had no clue there would be a guest host and was shocked it wasn’t in the advertising for the event.

Second, bring those dolls’ bills girl! No one’s stripping (well, not everyone) but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve tips for how they’re workin’ it on stage. The dancing, singing/lip-syncing, the theatrics… they deserve some $$$. Plus most audience members knew the drill had had packed a wad of $1’s in their pockets in anticipation. I felt like a schmuck, cash-less (Im all digital) and it would have been too hard to coordinate everyone’s Venmo accounts.

I should also note that the 10pm show was only including Yale students in the Cabaret. I think the Thursday night even featured drag performers from around New Haven (not exclusive to just Yale).

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Here she is, Miss Jiggly Cliente! She was very funny and definitely kept it real with the audience. She came out at the beginning and between each of the performances to introduce the next performer.

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I need to apologize to the first few performers, because the images I took of them were so blurry they weren’t really quality enough to share. In the beginning I was timid taking photos because I didn’t know the level of audience participation and didn’t want to end up part of the show. Thankfully the show was totally about their performances and not a ton of audience participation (except for the accepting of cash guests were handing out). Because of my timidness, I didn’t take as many images and super regret it. My sincere apologies to the performers who’s photos I am not able to share here.

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People have since asked me, “What kind of performing did they do on stage?” and it totally varied. Some performers actually sang (and tough songs too!) while others lip-synced. Some did dances and sang. There were a couple that felt like interpretive dance, where they were singing and dancing but also telling an abstract story.

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The above two girls performed a detailed choreographed dance to a Beyonce song together.

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Then the next performer danced and lip-synced to a Taylor Swift song with two backup dancers. It was so hard to chose a favorite at the end of the night because they were all so good and different, but this performance was very memorable and I enjoyed it.

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The above two images are Michael Costagliola doing a broadway worthy performance.

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There were several impressive song and dance numbers leading up to Jiggly Caliente’s big finish. She did an AMAZING Missy Elliot impersonation. She lip-synced to  medley of Missy Elliot songs and danced in a very Missy Elliot way.

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After Jiggly Caliente’s medley, the rest of performances came out onto the stage and danced it out. They invited the audience to join them and we had a blast. Since there was a midnight show, the theater needed to empty out so the next audience could roll in. I have to imagine the midnight showing really ended in a longer dance party.

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Thank you Yale’s Dragaret for a super fun night! I can’t wait for next years and now know… BRING SINGLES!

Because it was too hard to hear and remember who was which performer, Im going to list their names here and just say they were all fantastic:

Stella Baker, Michael Breslin, Jiggly Caliente, Michal Costagliola, Error Crawford, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Al Hartley, Courtney Jamison, Rachel Kenney, Ciara McMillian, JJ McGlone, Hudson Oznowicz, Ilia Isorelys Paulino, Jakeem Powell, Riw Rakkulchon, Arturo Soria, Alex Vermillion, and Emma Weinstein.

I’m Bringing Spring Back

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You heard me right- I’m bringing Spring back (imagine those lyrics to Justin Timberlake’s “Sexy Back”). I’m back from my week away in Los Angeles! And while I was out there enjoying the sun, good company, and vitamin d, I decided to bring a little bit of warmth back to Connecticut with me! I had such a fun week exercising, and being out in the sun but I’m SO excited to experience Spring in New Haven. When I left for LA I was scrapping snow off my car and right now I’m back from the trip seeing 50 degree temps! IT’S HERE!!!

I had this weekend to (try) to get back on the time zone, do laundry and catchup after being away. It was rainy on Saturday (you heard me right, RAIN not SNOW!) which was perfect for errands and seeing What We Do In The Shadows (hilarious!). The film is by the Flight of the Concord guys and has the same comedic timing. Check out the trailer below:

On Sunday it was the perfect time to make spring official: buy plants and flowers for the house! Since I moved in I’ve been needing plants as I feel like plants make a house feel cozy and warm, but given the winter temps I’ve been waiting for spring to officially fill the house with life.

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Above you can see I went a little nuts with it (and I bought more not pictured) but as I started putting it all together it really made a difference in each room. I’ll have to share some “after” photos with you in the next week.

Next I want to share with you my tiny adorable balcony. Since I moved in it’s basically been covered in leaves, dirt and snow. This past weekend I swept it out and took inventory of what needs to go, and what needs to be added.

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Above I hope to add a plant stand, outdoor rug, side table (as the one in the photo above is broken) and a loge chair. I want to make this a nice place to sit outside, read and drink coffee.

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The other side of the balcony (above) is the perfect size for two chairs and a mini table, perfect for dinner on the balcony. I’ve even already purchased a citronella candle as I day dream about those warm summer nights on the balcony. Im considering fixing up the existing table above, but it’s very fragile and might not be worth the effort.

On Sunday, after my big plant purchase and balcony cleaning, I met up with good friends and walked over to Edgerton Park in New Haven. They have a great green house with a variety of tropical plants and even plants for sale at great prices. The money goes to support the greenhouse which is teaching adults with special needs to care for plants. It’s a great place to visit and the staff was very knowledgeable (and I imagine it’s volunteer based which means you get plant/community lovers). It was a great afternoon field trip and I hope to go back in April when the snow is gone and really explore the fields.

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Weekend Guide: Two Roads Brewing Co. Igor’s Dream

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On Saturday January 24th, check out Two Roads Brewing for their release of their new Imperial Stout! It’s aged in rye whiskey barrels, and if you are a stout lover like I am, it’s gonna be goooood. If you go in the mooring, hit them up for breakfast, or come around noon when the beer is released and grab lunch at the food trucks coming: Bodega and Firehouse Grill. Should be a fun Saturday!

Event: Two Roads Brewing (event link)
Location: Two Roads Brewing, 1700 Stratford Ave, Stratford, CT 06615
Time: Saturday January 24, 2014, Open at 10a bottles available at 12p

Do This Today: (un)Bound Walking Tour

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There’s an artist New Haven walk being hosted by the Yale University Art Gallery. Here’s their write up of the event via eventful:

“Join artists Jo Yarrington, Morgan Post and Sam Dole on a Walking Tour that features an interactactive demonstration with their installation at the Artspace galleries and a tour of the larger exhibition, CT (un)Bound on January 22, 2015. The tour starts at Yale University Art Gallery. Visit Odd Volumes, at the Yale University Art Gallery, on your own, meeting in the lobby of YUAG at 4pm. Then walk with Jo, Morgan and Sam to Artspace from 5-5:30pm. As you stroll, the artists will talk about their contribution to the show and how it relates to the Allan Chasanoff Book Art Collection and the State of Connecticut. End the walk with a tour of the Artspace galleries at approximately 4:30pm. Jo, Morgan and Sam will lead a demonstration of their new interactive commission, Containment and Spillage. The tour is free and open to the public. Please RSVP for this event.”

Event: (Un)Bound Walking Tour (event link)
Location: Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven CT
Time: January 22, 2015, 4pm
Cost: FREE!

Do This Today: Escape New Haven

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I’m so excited to share this “Do This Today” activity with you! Have you ever played those “escape the room” games on your phone or iPad? They created a real life version of the game and it’s launching in New Haven TONIGHT! They are having huge FREE launch party starting at 8 at Ordinary and then heading over to the Moroccan Room at Briq at 9:30. Expect games, food, puzzles and fun! Plus you can book an “escape”!

Event: Escape New Haven  (event link)
Location: Ordinary, 266 College Street, New Haven CT at 8pm
Briq, 990 Chapel St, New Haven after 9:30p
Time: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 8pm
Cost: FREE event! RSVP HERE to snag a spot!

Do This Today: Happy MLK Day

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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day everyone! The New Haven Museum is hosting free events from 12-4p today, specifically storytelling events. At 12:30p, Joy Donaldson will perform “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Word and Song”. At 1:30p Waltrina Kirkland Mullins will perform “More than Black and White: Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. King”. Lastly, Karen Johnson will perform “Thriving in the Harvest” at 2:30pm.

Event: Storytelling at the New Haven Museum (event link)
Location: The New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave, New Haven CT
Time: Monday January 19, 2015, 12p – 4p
Cost: Free! Head on over!