Bridesmaids kicks @$$!

OMFG and LOL – I thought I laughed a lot at Midnight in Paris, but Bridesmaids – whole other ballgame, chickens.

I went yesterday with my pal Kira (who treated me for my b’day) and we laughed so hard that Kira got dangerously close to doing a spit take/nose spew with her pop. This ain’t no chick flick either, my friends – there were lots of guys in the audience as well, and they were laughing just as hard.

Check out the trailer:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrRd2QSsGc4

Bridesmaids has a kick-ass ensemble cast, featuring co-creator Kristen Wiig, as well as Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy. And Jill Clayburgh plays Wiig’s mom; this was one of her last roles. The soundtrack rocks too.

If you haven’t seen it and want a fun, touching movie with loads of laughs – get your butt out to see this!

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Happy Pride! Happy jazz!

Happy Pride everyone! Pride Toronto 2011 kicks off today, with the official rainbow flag-raising ceremony on Monday at City Hall. It’s 10 days of celebration, ending with the parade and after-partying next Sunday. For more info and what’s on at Pride this year, check out their official website: http://www.pridetoronto.com/  I’m looking forward to the annual women’s Pride dance at the Palais Royale next Thursday night.

So much going on in T.O. these days. The Toronto Jazz Festival is also happening – opening today as well – check that out too: http://torontojazz.com/ 

Special shout out to jazz songstresses, and two of my favourite peeps, Shannon Butcher http://torontojazz.com/artist/shannon-butcher-ross-macintyre  and Shelley Hamilton http://torontojazz.com/artist/shelly-hamilton who’ll be crooning as part of the festival.

One last thing: big shout out to Paul V.’s Born This Way Blog, which offers LGBT folks a place to share their coming out stories, along with a childhood photo, as well as offer words of encouragement and support to LGBT youth. If you haven’t checked out the site – or if you have and haven’t visited in a while – take a look: http://www.borngaybornthisway.blogspot.com/

Have fun and play safe, chickens!

kd lang, Dorothy Wilson & Father’s Day

So, wow, what a Friday night/weekend of fun and festivities.

kd lang and the Siss Boom Bang played a free concert on Friday night as part of Luminato, on the festival hub stage in the David Pecaut Square at Metro Hall – and they were fantastic! Their opening band, LA-based The Belle Brigade, fronted by a brother/sister duo were also fabulous. It was a perfect evening weather-wise – and I had a blast with pals Kerri, Tricia, Kira and Tina. And Kerri had the pleasure of bumping into kd on the street near Metro Hall the next morning – and had a lovely chat before heading to work. Here’s a YouTube clip from the concert, featuring one of my favourite songs ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ejjUIgCzHk  (thanks, Tina!).

Saturday – and the reason I was learning Sugar, Sugar – was a mid-afternoon rehearsal (at Margot and Shaun Devlin’s house) of a special birthday song (lyrics by Shaun) for a special birthday lady, Alum pal Dorothy Wilson, a fellow Geminii who turned 80. She threw one heck of a celebration at the Hilton on Saturday night, joined by family and friends spanning decades. I hung out with a gang of Alumnae folks and we had a blast. And the song went quite well too, despite the fact that we finished writing it that afternoon and I’d just learned it (and went up without my reading glasses to help me on the cheat sheet).

Father’s Day on Sunday started with brunch with my sis Colleen at Rustic Cosmo (which she treated me to for my recent b’day), then road tripping to Burlington to my parents’ house, where we were joined by our other sibs Brian (with his wife Anne-Marie, and kids Stephen and Colin) and Sean (with wife Melanie), and Colleen’s husband Brian (yes, we have two). The weather was amazing all weekend – and cooler on Sunday – so we spent a good part of that gathering out in the back yard. And it was perfect weather for a game of croquet. Colin and I played as a team, and when it became apparent that we had no chance of placing in the top three, we followed bro-in-law Brian’s example and wrecked havoc on the field. Good times.

As promised, here’s a photo of my new tattoo (done by artist Jenn Liles at Speakeasy); photo courtesy of my sis-in-law Melanie:

I like Beethoven, but…

… not when it’s played over and over. And over again.

When I arrived at the office this morning, I heard Für Elise playing. Repeatedly. And quite loudly too. After a bit of hunting around, I discovered it was originating from a BlackBerry that had been left on a desk in the cubicle at the end of my row. I e-mailed our IT guy, to see what I could do about this and proceeded to try and ignore the music. Others began arriving and upon hearing the repetitive strains, one co-worker remarked: “Isn’t this what they do to prisoners at GITMO?”

Anyway, by the time I heard back from the IT guy, the same co-worker had already solved the problem (presumably, by touching any key).

Now I like Für Elise as much as the next Beethoven fan, but that was a bit much.

Here’s an audio clip from YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mVW8tgGY_w

What would you pick?

So I was at the Jays game on Friday night (they lost to the Red Sox 5-1) and while the outcome was disappointing, the atmosphere at the Dome and, especially, the company I was in was fun. I was with my friend Dee and four of her co-workers, and – as usual – I like to put an artsy spin on stuff that isn’t inherently artistic.

I posed the following three questions to our group:

What would be your theme song going up to bat?  (Hands down, I would go for Barracuda by Heart.)

Would you rather be immortalized as a bobble head or Pez dispenser?  (Definitely Pez for me – like Dee said: “It’s not just about what’s on the outside, it’s about the inside as well.”)

Short/olde tyme pants or the new fangled long pants?  (I’d have to go for the short pants. There’s just something about them that says baseball to me.)

What would you pick?

I would recommend…

Hey all – busy times and I’m back at the office now, so I’ll be brief. Stuff I’ve seen/experienced in the past week or so that I would recommend:

Movies:  Midnight in Paris; The Princess of Montpensier; Potiche

Plays: InspiraTO festival of 10-minute plays – this is over now, so look out for it next year; Tout Comme Elle (Just Like Her), now on at the Bluma Appel as part of Luminato – tix aren’t cheap, so I’d recommend trying for a rush seat an hour before performance time: http://www.luminato.com/2011/

Tattoo artist: Jenn Liles at Speakeasy: http://jennliles.com/home.html

Food: CocoaLatte (breakfast/brunch/desserts): http://www.cocoalatte.ca/   Julie’s Cuban (Cuban home cooking and amazing mojitos) http://www.juliescuban.com/   Ten Feet Tall (great food & jazz) http://www.tenfeettall.ca/website/wp/

Toronto history: Casa Loma: http://www.casaloma.org/

Photography: Pamela Williams: http://pages.interlog.com/~romantic/