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Richard Thompson

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 8, 2007 11:12pm | Post a Comment
Richard Thompson
Friday night, December 7th, 2007
Performing at the Montalvo Arts Center in the Carriage House

I know all of that is true not only because I looked it up on the net to verify my facts, but because I was there.

An intimate run of shows in this adorable town goes by the name Saratoga. Mind you, us Amoebas are in California, though I certainly would love to see Richard Thompson perform in an intimate venue in Saratoga, New York. I always loved that town. In Saratoga, California there are wineries and some really nice shops and no snow in December. (Unlike Saratoga, N.Y., though I haven't been to New York since this wacky global warming craze started, so for all I know it was colder in California last night.)

I grew up back East and I hate being cold about more than I hate anything except huge things like injustice, starving children and being stabbed. I do not mean to downplay how much I hate being cold, but luckily --although I have spent much of the last month freezing my damn ass off  --the intimate theater that Richard Thompson played in this week was only a chilly place. Not freezing, not really even officially cold.


Richard playing at Amoeba Hollywood

One December, I went to see Charles Brown perform at Kimball's East also here in California and it was freezing in that damn venue. I am well aware of the massive tangent I am on right now, and I don't give a damn. I'd had my face smashed open by a car dashboard when I was about 16, and that night at Charles Brown, it was so damn cold, my face ached so, and I watched the whole show holding the right side of my face because, frankly, it was sheer agony. Now Friday night, December 7th, 2007, in Saratoga California, I was not holding my face at all. I will admit to occasionally rubbing my legs and wearing a few layers, long johns and all. But it's been a cold December here in Northern California. This all popped into my head because I was at the Charles Brown show with the same person that said, "Hey, I have an extra ticket to see Richard Thompson, drive on down here."

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From Beyond

Posted by phil blankenship, December 8, 2007 10:31pm | Post a Comment
 





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Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 8, 2007 08:35pm | Post a Comment
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We Miss You, John

Posted by Miss Ess, December 8, 2007 03:33pm | Post a Comment
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No Reservations For Anthony Bourdain, Just One Gigantic Ramones Obsession

Posted by Miss Ess, December 8, 2007 12:54pm | Post a Comment
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Anthony Bourdain
sure has a high opinion of himself.  I mean, Ianthony bourdain love watching his show No Reservations on the Travel Channel and I think he is a smart, open minded traveler for sure, but wow, he really loves himself and his image (see photo, right-- classic)!  I find myself rolling my eyes at him but adoring the program just the same.

As someone who rarely has the opportunity to travel anywhere, much less to destinations like Namibia, Sicily, Iceland, Peru, New Zealand and, uh, New Jersey, I find myself swept away in the show's exotic locations, locals and of course, food.  Bourdain was a chef for many years so a major focus of his show is indulging in local cuisine.  I really appreciate the fact that he tries to get off of the beaten path and hang out with people who know their city/country like the back of their hand, and I think this is what plays a major part in making the show so addicting-- Samantha Brown, be damned!  This show is no Tourist Board advertisement.

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The Uzbekistan episode where Tony literally gets pummeled by a masseuse is a favorite.

Bourdain likes to present himself as someone dark and edgy, someone who's seen it all before, ramones anthony bourdain no reservationssomeone who is tough enough to scrap through any given situation and then light up a cigarette. anthony bourdain no reservations [Although I recently heard he quit smoking when his daughter was born this April!  That's a huge deal.] Some portions of the show are so self indulgent!  I can forgive Bourdain's Ramones obsession, which seems, incredibly,  to come up in about 50% of the episodes, but in Shanghai we got an entire segment of Bourdain swinging from wires in fighting style and edited into a fake movie.  It got a little much.   His Dante's Inferno fascination in the Tuscany episode quickly becomes grating. Where's the food??

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