While trying to come up with the headline for today’s post, I realized that all the stuff I have to tell you about involves dancing in some way, shape or form.
Friday night: Chic Productions’ annual spring women’s dance at the Palais Royale (http://www.palaisroyale.ca/): Spice Up Your Spring, featuring DJ Roxanne and Spice Girls tribute band WANNABE (http://www.facebook.com/WannabeSGT). Big, big fun in a beautiful, historic venue. DJ Roxanne spun a nice mix of slow and fast songs, from Bieber and Michael to a two-pack of Adele ballads to dance music of all flavours. WANNABE was gorgeous – performing a set of fave Spice Girls tunes, then hanging out with the folks afterwards. Nice work, ladies!
Saturday night was my pal Kerri’s 50th birthday at The Sultan’s Tent (http://www.thesultanstent.com/). It’s one of those places in Toronto I’ve heard so many good things about, but never been – and what a beautiful restaurant venue! You are literally transported to another place in this opulent Moroccan restaurant. The four-course dinner menu is delicious (I had the olives and maftoul to start, braised lamb for my main and the Moroccan treats for dessert, along with a lovely Long Flats Shiraz with dinner and mint tea to finish). And the best part – aside from the decor – was the belly dancing.
After dinner, we went downstairs to Berber Lounge (http://www.berberlounge.ca/) for a final round of drinks. Again, gorgeous space – and we had a quiet corner section near the bar, so we were able to chat and relax as we continued the celebration. A great evening of friends, food and fun.
This afternoon, I went to see Damsels in Distress, a witty, charming and insightful film by writer/director Whit Stillman. A fine young cast – and I love the smart, Austenesque dialogue from our group of college gals out to civilize the barbaric hordes of frat boys, as well as look after students who are depressed and suicidal. And the most powerful weapon in their arsenal is – you guessed it – dance. Tap dancing, and the creation of a new ballroom dance craze, are featured as the gang ventures to rise above the daily stresses of campus life and romance. Smart, quirky fun, with an excellent cast and a gorgeous campus. Check it out:
All in all, a big fun weekend. And now, on to some Sunday night t.v.