Frontera Grill: That mole sauce. That guacamole. Rick Bayless is cool for several reasons, but the fact that this place is STILL awesome is pretty high on that list. Plus CVDJ, Mag and I have been sipping Corona Lights and Margaritas together for the better part of a decade now. Makes it feel like May in earnest to be with old school loves.
The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford: I fell in love with the soundtrack first. A collaboration between Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, the piano and cello are nothing short of hauntingly beautiful. Rather Lovely Thing in particular gives me the chills.
Just watched the movie tonight and would say the same. Brad Pitt may be "Brad Pitt" but he's a mighty fine actor on top of it and I've had a thing for Casey Affleck since he put his burger on layaway in Good Will Hunting. Such a stunningly shot movie. NETFLIX.
Iron Man: On top of the sheer pleasure of getting to drive 20 minutes to the center of an intricately built town, I got to go to the movies. One of my very favorite things and Shawn doesn't like to miss the previews either which is another reason we're friends. This is not your average superhero blockbuster. It is witty, it is thoughtful, it is well-done. Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow were perfectly cast and speaking of RDJ...I have missed him.
Seersucker: I wore wide-leg trousers with a matching vest to work today with a black T-shirt and I enjoyed every minute of it. Come on, Chicago...allllmost there.
Colin Hay: Former front man/ songwriter for Men At Work took on my latest favorite Chicago venue a couple weeks ago and Caro and I took front seats. It was the last night of his tour before joining Ringo Starr for his and Colin was clearly enjoying every minute of his own spotlight time. Funny. And still playing it well after all these years. Openers Kate Lamont & blueprint music are now on my radar as well- think Allison Krauss.
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CAPE COD: It may not be warm enough to beach but my entire Irish side of the family will be split between two houses and Susie's even coming over to witness the madness!! Two days!
Dori's Benefit: Tomorrow night I'm putting my hair in hot rollers and donning my fancy black taffeta dress (and probably having too many cocktails with Colleague) to fete one of my favorite fashionistas.
Garden Party: Co-hosting a summer soiree in the garden next weekend for TKTC and Caro's 25th birthdays (a week early for me, a week late for her). Lots of wine, food just as adorable as it is delicious, little vases of big blooms, every lantern/candlestick holder in my apartment and fabulous company on a nice afternoon. I'm bringing the kitchen table outside and setting out blankets to sprawl on. Yes.
Boys Night: All girls in the afternoon for the hostessed portion but the guys are meeting us at Pint later in the evening for all sorts of rambunction. All planes running in a timely manner, one boy in particular will be meeting many friends for the first time. Cross your fingers for both of us;)