Working for the week...

Trip Start Jun 25, 2011
Trip End Dec 24, 2011

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

We get lazy with our blog and busy with New York. Sorry.

This week is as close to a working week as we're going to get with Jo at Dixon Place every night and Claire making up the publicity for Sh!t Theatre's performances in a few weeks. Nevertheless we manage to fit in a few extra bits in around work so here's the highlights:

On Monday we go to a gig in a bar in Brooklyn that one of the bar men from Iona's is running. His band are playing when we arrive and they are very good. The band that follow them are not. 
With an audience of 5 (we should have known something was wrong when everyone left before they began) the front man whine's, out of tune, through a terrible song and then talks for 10 minutes about how great it is that they have been together for so long and how today is there one year anniversary
Half way through the next song (whilst we are planning how to leave), the lead singer begins to complain about a bad amp on stage (which is actually his shit song), culminating in him shouting into the 'crowd' at someone unseen: "YOU CAN TAKE YOUR SHITTY AMP AND PLAY YOUR FUCKING BOB DYLAN (we wished!) SHIT DOUCHEBAG". 
Claire considers shouting back "Happy Anniversary!" but resists.

On Wednesday Claire gets her peg tattoo from a lovely guy called Jeb Maykut. The photos show it as a lot darker than it will be when it heals. Sorry James and Liz, its not a transfer. 

On Thursday we go to Moma (New York's Museum of Modern Art) during the day. The highlights of what we see there are 2 video artists; 
One who records himself chasing tornadoes in Mexico and walking through the streets of Mexico City with a gun to see how long it takes to get arrested. 
The other, Harun Farocki, has a series of video called Views of War from a Distance which explore computer games not for entertainment, especially those used to train the American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

On Friday Claire has a sore head (and a sore bum from doing a comedy fall down the stairs) from going to a rooftop BBQ at Robert's the night before whilst Jo was at Dixon Place, so in the morning Jo goes to a meeting in the West Village for a job that Lori has given her on the coming Monday. The meeting is interesting (getting to see inside a west village apartment itself is pretty brilliant) and the people lovely. The woman organising the event Jo will be sorting out lights and projection for is well known in the dance and performance community in New York and her husband is Stephen Daldry (director of Billy Elliot and other big films) and he walks in half way through to make his breakfast which is pretty surreal.

Today we run (literally) to make it to Accomplice: The Village which Jo got Claire tickets for months ago as a birthday present. We really have no idea what to expect as all we know is that its an immersive promenade performance...
When it begins (with a group of 8 audience members) we both think its going to be a bit naff. The fake tour guide you are given directs you into a bar to 'use the restrooms' where the show begins with a girl falling off a bar stool. Shortly afterwards you find yourself alone as a group of 8 to walk through the street meeting other characters and finding clues (some very small and un obvious). We would strongly recommend it to anyone and there is in fact a London version so go!


Fag butts do not mean the same thing here, as Claire discovers when telling our flat mate Dan that she is clearing them out of the ashtray. He is amused.

Every Friday at sun down an air raid siren sounds loudly in the area around our apartment to mark the beginning of the Sabbath when all the Hasidic households (which is most of our street) have to turn off their power. Dan warns us about this so we don't assume its the coming of some nuclear war.            
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sophie on

can't believe you met stephen daldry! He's a total hero in my eyes! xxx

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