Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tuesday Tidbits

So what a last few days it's been. I've been to tons of shows, found out information, still haven't seen a movie in a while, covered things, eaten food, slept, played softball, smiled and have done a lot of other things ....

Let's talk about that. Tiffany Michelle, my good buddy Shiloh's sister, came in 17th at the World Series of Poker this week; she was, by far, the last woman standing and will surely get tons of TV time come October, when the event will air on ESPN. It's too bad she didn't hold out a bit longer and make the final table, but it's not that bad. I mean, she did come in 17th of out of more than 6,800 players and receive a prize of more than $300,000 for her efforts. Here's a video of her talking about her bad luck yesterday, which is a day she entered with the third-best chip count out of the 27 remaining at the time.

What else? Well, I saw four concerts this weekend and, honestly, all were terrific. On Thursday, Aeroplane 1929, the Mountain Movers and Jay Russell played at Cafe Nine. It was one of the best local shows I've seen in months. Really good. I've gone on and on about the Movers and Jay a lot here and in print, so I want to take a moment and remind you that Aeroplane is going to be huge. Seriously, these guys are really good, and have the ability to get really popular, if they get lucky.

On Friday it was on to the People's Center in New Haven, where I saw great performances by Bottle Up & Go and, especially, O'Death, which was even better than I hoped. Elf Power came to The Space Saturday and, as usual, the band did not disappoint. I always love seeing the Elf Power, and here's hoping the guys come around again soon.

Lastly, Wye Oak came to BAR Sunday. This might have been my favorite show of the four. The Baltimore band was much better than I expected. And, I think this was the first time I've seen a show at the Crown Street venue with a crowd-forced encore. It was something.

So we lost at softball last night, which makes us a pathetic 4-6. We started out the season so well, but things have snowballed downhill. Either we can't hit, or we can't field, or ... We hope to get things back on track next week.

Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis has announced the details for her upcoming, hugely anticipated solo record. It's going to be called "Acid Tongue," and it's coming out on one of the big boys — Warner Bros. That's her on the left.

Sadly, Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman have broken up. You know what that means? It means she's available for me. So I guess this is good news? She is much older than me, though.

According to this story, John Mellancamp is trying to make the transition from rocker to songwriter. Well, when is he going to make the transition from truck jingle writer to artist?

I'm going to end this entry by linking to this piece by Rick Moody, which is a profound, profound statement that I wholeheartedly agree with.


ChrisB. said...

Whatever Ferrucci . . . "she is much older than me." What the heck does that mean?


37 year old Chris Bousquet

Pat Ferrucci said...

You know, Chris, I hoped you'd catch that. Typing it made me laugh. I mean, she's like so much older than me. She could be my grandmother.

29 year old Pat Ferrucci

Anonymous said...

Greetings Pre-30:

A quickie review on an advanced screening of the Dark Knight - I liked it (not loved it). I think it is a case of overhype. I thought it was a bit long, and I'm still not crazy over Bale. Yes, Ledger is scary weird, but I can't help wonder if critics would be raving over this performance if he were still alive. Aaron Eckhart didn't sell Two Face to me. Guess I'm a comics purist. Don't get me wrong - it's good, but... Anyway, when all was said and done, I enjoyed it. Oh yeah - no matter what I think, it'll make a trillion dollars this weekend. I'd say $60M easy. But for my $$, Wall*E is still the better flick.

Oh yeah - Sarah Silverman is really just Janeane Garofalo with perkier lady bits.

Pat Ferrucci said...

So you really think $60 million is a good basement? I honestly feel like this flick makes at least $130 this weekend. Am I nuts?

sj said...

I have to say that the news of the split was sad, sad news.

If those two kids can't make it, it's just bad news for the rest of us. You know. Those of us that are really just like those two in every way except for the money. And the success. And maybe the sense of humor. But otherwise - *just* like them.

Anonymous said...

Sorry - I've been away.

I was being conservative - but you're probably closer than I am. I'm sure with all the hype, Dark Knight will crack closer to $100M than $60M. I'm just not sure it's a "date movie" or one that's not likely to freak little kids out.

Honestly, after seeing it, I wouldn't taking kids under 10. Then again, I can't think of a movie I would take a kid under 10 to - even Wall*E.