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Archive for November 23rd, 2007

Tomorrow/Saturday: Altu’s 11th Anniversary

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

My friend Altu’s restaurant is celebrating the 10+1 year Anniversary of the restaurant Saturday Nov. 24. I am very excited because we have a full day of events, including music from seven acts including The Fabulous Heftones (me and hubby Brian).

She also will be repeating an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony from 11:30-4pmcoffeeceremonyforweb50.jpg. In addition, there will be special snack foods available at no cost. If you are more hungry than that, the regular menu will be available all day long.

There will be a short lull from 4pm to dinnertime. Then at 6:30-8:30 we will have none other but the incredible Jen Sygit as our musical headliner.

Jen just got back from a tour out to Boston, she’s a big name even though she’s a Lansing resident. Do not take this talent for granted!

I am very excited to have Jen at Altu’s this weekend!

Here is the musical lineup:

And from 6:30-8:30,

Jen Sygit!


If you are out and about at all in the Lansing, Michigan area on Saturday, November 24, please take the time to stop by and say hello. I will be there the entire time we have musicians in the house.

If you have not been to Altu’s before, it is on Michigan Avenue (click for map), the last building in East Lansing. Facing it from the street, it is on the right side of The Dollar, tucked back behind a small parking lot.

At Altu’s, the food is great, the welcome warm, the music lively. Please join us in this celebration.

Disclaimer: Altu is my dear, dear friend. She took me to Africa three years ago this week. I took the photo of the coffee ceremony in December of 2004, in Gondar, northern Ethiopia. It’s the real thing, folks.

I line up the music at Altu’s restaurant and I do her website/publicity and her menus. Not on payroll, for hugs and food and occasional chances to perform there myself. The only real economic gain I might have from this announcement is possible tips if you came while I was singing.

So do humor me, come on by, and have a great time while I know I spent my time well… see you then!

An Artful Chuckle from NYC

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Thanks to Howlin’ Hobbit of Ukulele and All That Jazz, I laughed a bit as I was trying to get my day started. Quite a bit, actually.

There is a website called Improv Everywhere which I’d never heard of before. I can’t speak about Improv Everywhere other than this one project I just checked out. I’m guessing I would not be all wrong to say they create performance art events. This is what their website says:

Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 70 missions involving thousands of undercover agents. The group is based in New York City.

Apparently in NYC, the Abercrombie & Fitch clothing store has a shirtless store greeter, a model at the front door. They also use “well-sculpted” shirtless men in their promo images (I don’t watch TV or shop at malls, and mostly stay out of the “cool” media stuff so I did not know their shirtless image until I came across this event).

Well, Improv Everywhere assembled 111 guys in NYC (mid-October 2007) who were willing to take their shirts off in public. They went to the Abercrombie and Fitch store and at a particular time they all took their shirts off, and went around the store shopping for shirts.

In the end they were told they had to leave. Two shirtless guys attempting to buy $45 shirts were forced to leave before their purchases were completed.

Of course, management and security didn’t enjoy the event, but apparently at least a few of the employees enjoyed it quite a bit. The shirtless guys had quite an experience as well. This could perhaps have been predicted.

On this blog I talk about art being a much broader thing than paintings in frames on the wall at a museum. In this case, it was performance art/improv. I found it very funny.

If it sounds amusing or interesting to you, check out the link to No Shirts at Improv Everywhere and check it out yourself. There are several videos which make the concept more real (I do not enjoy videos as a rule, yet I am very happy I watched them all)… and there are a few flickr photo sets you can view as well.

Or not. This one is guaranteed to only intrigue a percentage of you. It made me laugh out loud enough times that it was worth blogging.

Yes, I’m still knitting… the first ribbed legwarmer. It’s long enough to be a normal one but I want it to be really really long… so I’m still knitting. I did not seam anything yesterday, though. Sigh…