Archive for March, 2012

That Time When Mad Men and Game of Thrones Came Back

Posted in Dragon*Con, Television with tags , , , , , , , on March 28, 2012 by The Dilettantista

GUYS.  Popular culture is being so good to me right now–and no, I’m not talking about the disappointing film adaptation of The Hunger Games.  I won’t go into it too much, because most of the reviewers have already said what I felt, but basically the books are great and gutsy and have a real sense of risk and urgency to them.  The film, however, is sort of flat and lacks any sense of violence or urgency or terror.  This is mostly because the film is PG-13 and so you have to lose all the insane stuff that makes the book so unusual so that the little children can go see it.  Anyways, see the movie because Jennifer Lawrence and Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland are all great, but also read the book because it is pretty awesome.

Anyways, popular culture is being so good to me right now because Mad Men is now back (after a hiatus of almost a year and a half, DISASTER) and Game of Thrones is coming back on Sunday!  This is amazing!

Mad Men on Sunday was super great, did y’all see Megan’s crazy song and dance scene?  Oh you didn’t?!  Well here you go:

That’s Jessica Paré as Megan, and that scene could very well make her a star.  Anyways, Mad Men‘s two hour premiere on Sunday was awesome, I’m so happy this show is back.

I am also happy because Game of Thrones is returning this upcoming Sunday, which means that for ten blessed weeks Game of Thrones and Mad Men will play back to back.  I am excited for many reasons, such as the Blackwater episode that was written by George R.R. Martin himself and is being directed by Neil Marshall, and also Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, and also dragons.  It will all be incredible.  Also, Melisandre will be on this season!  Remember Melisandre?  Remember how I dressed up as her for Dragon*Con?  And then remember how I marched in the Dragon*Con parade with the Game of Thrones group and then I was in a big Game of Thrones photoshoot at Dragon*Con?  Don’t remember?  HERE IS A PICTURE!

Anyways, like I said, Melisandre will be on this season!  She is being played by Carice van Houten, and she looks like this:

Yessss she looks great y’all!  Who is super excited for the show to be on so I can get lots of screen shots of Melisandre to create my screen-accurate Dragon*Con costume (among other reasons?)  This girl!

Enjoy your Sunday night television y’all!

Marry Durham One Year Anniversary

Posted in Durham, Jewish with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2012 by The Dilettantista

On March 19th, 2011, a mass of Durhamites gathered on Rigsbee near Motorco and Fullsteam to marry Durham–to pledge to live a conscious, sustainable, community-focused, Durham-loving lifestyle.  I was not at Marry Durham because I was in D.C., visiting some friends.  Luckily, Marry Durham held its one-year anniversary this past Saturday, and I was able to attend.  Since Saturday was St. Patrick’s Day, the anniversary celebration had a green tinge to it, but for those of us think St. Patrick’s Day is dumb (truly, it is the frattiest and bro-iest “holiday” ever) the event thankfully had more of a Durham feeling than a frat-boy Irish feeling.

We arrived a little late, and so missed the parade and the brief vow renewal service.  However, we got there in time to grab a pretzel from Cafe Prost (a new-ish food truck that does good, fresh soft pretzels) to see the klezmer band Freylach Time play at Fullsteam.  Klezmer is the music you associate with traditional Jewish celebrations–Hava nagilah etc.  I was all over that, lord knows I love my people’s music.  They were awesome.  People danced, I danced too!

There was a lot of anti-Amendment 1 protesting going on at the event, which was positive; Amendment 1 is this horrible thing that is maybe happening in North Carolina that not only will write a statement defining marriage as ONLY between a man and a woman into the state constitution, but will also do a bunch of other awful things that you can read about here.   Anyways, I’m all about anti-Amendment 1, but all the lovely people–including this woman and her awesome cake hat–were basically preaching to the choir.  The Marry Durham celebration wasn’t really a place where pro-Amendment 1 people would hang out, I’d love to take the message to them. Regardless, VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 1 FOR REALSIES Y’ALL.

Anyways, enough politics, here are more dancing photos.

A lot of people were dressed up, either in St. Patrick’s Day themed garb or in wedding garb, like the very committed woman above and this awesome lady in her awesome dress and awesome mask.

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Liberty Arts Grand Opening

Posted in Art, Durham, Food, Museums, Music, Nerds with tags , , , , , , , on March 19, 2012 by The Dilettantista

I’ve posted about Third Fridays in Durham before, they are always happening events, especially down by Golden Belt.  This past Third Friday was the Liberty Arts grand re-opening.  Liberty Arts is a metal foundry and iron-working studio that was a Durham institution, until a set of violent storms last year caused its roof to collapse.  Liberty Arts decided to move from its location near Central Park to a fantastic new space in the Golden Belt facilities.  Their grand opening celebration on Friday drew a huge crowd.

A number of food trucks, including The Parlour, Pie Pushers, and Only Burger, were on hand to keep everyone fed.  The weather was unbelievably nice for mid-March, so tons of people were sitting outside.

Lots was happening inside Liberty Arts: glass blowing, metal working, and other demonstrations.  The artists also had lots of pieces hanging around to look at.

I particularly liked this big wax mold of The Last Supper, I thought it looked like a big chocolate bar.

Durham’s own Luchadoras, the group of female masked wrestlers in the Mexican Lucha Libre style, were on hand in black evening gowns and sparkly masks.  I saw a bunch of them roaming around the Golden Belt area, they weren’t there to wrestle, I think they were just enjoying a night on the town.

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I Am Published on the Hairpin!

Posted in Dragon*Con, THE BEST! with tags , , , , , , , on March 16, 2012 by The Dilettantista

Hi guys!  Amazing news!  My article about my run-in with Patrick Stewart at Dragon*Con (if you have ever heard me talk about Dragon*Con you have probably heard this story) is on THE HAIRPIN and you should TOTALLY GO HERE TO READ IT.   I am so excited and grateful to be published on the Hairpin, which is a website that I love! I am also thrilled to be able to share my writing with a larger audience.   And if you are new to my blog then WELCOME, I hope you stick around some and read some of my writing on Dragon*Con and costumes and Steampunk and other fun and nerdy things!

Yay happytimes!

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So, I am Watching Twin Peaks Now

Posted in Television with tags , , , , , , , on March 15, 2012 by The Dilettantista

Twin Peaks happened in 1990-1991.  I was five during this time, so I definitely did not watch any of it.  However, Twin Peaks is now on Netflix Instant, and one of my friends was all “Holy shit is crazy you need to watch it!!!!!” and I said “Okay, I’ll get around to it.”

Well, I finally got around to it.  And guys, to quote a poet, that shit cray.

Just in case you’ve been living in a pop culture hole for the last twenty-five years, Twin Peaks is the David Lynch directed television drama about a small town in the Pacific Northwest.  The town sweetheart, Laura Palmer, is brutally murdered, and the ensuing investigation reveals that the quaint small town is pretty fucked up.

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The cast is led by an awesome, young, hot Kyle MacLachlan (Paul Atreides from Dune or Trey McDougal from Sex and the City depending on your pop cultural tastes) as an FBI agent who comes into town to solve the murder.  When the show aired in the early 90s, it was all America could talk about; people went nuts for this show, which is interesting because she show is insane.  The show pulled an Icarus for its first half, and then it got too close to the sun and it was canceled in its second season, after just thirty episodes.

Kyle MacLachlan at 43rd Emmy Awards ceremony

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This NYMagazine article, from their super-fun Best Dramas of the Past 25 Years March Madness bracket, sums up Twin Peaks pretty nicely.  You should read it, unless you haven’t watched Twin Peaks or Battlestar Galactica.  In which case, don’t read it.

So, I just finished the first episode of season 2.  The first season ended with a bunch of people getting shot, a one-eyed woman attempting suicide, and a big giant act of arson.  Also, one really brutal act of bird murder. And then the second season opened with hallucinations involving the tall dude who played Lwaxana Troi‘s mute servant in the Star Trek series.  The episode ended with this really creepy, rapid-edited rape-and-murder sequence involving demonic screaming and “FIRE WALK WITH ME” written in blood.  The show also includes a lady who has a log (I almost wrote blog there, oops) that she carries around like a baby, and donut buffets, and a secret society, and a bizarre little Canadian whorehouse, and also a dream sequence involving a red room and a dancing dwarf.  THIS SHOW IS CRAZY PEOPLE, I love it and I love that America loved it.

I know lots of random things about pop culture, and even know the twists or endings to things I have never seen (I don’t really care too much about spoilers, in general ROSEBUD IS A SLED GUYS).  However, I somehow don’t know who killed Laura Palmer, SO DON’T TELL ME.   I think I’ll find out in episode 14?  Anyways, I’m almost there.  WE SHALL SEE.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me theatrical poster

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