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The Pleasure Principle

Coming back from vacations can be a tricky business to begin with. But over this past long weekend we packed in lots of fun, and soon the kid is flying off again for an extended visit with the grandparents. And while he’s away I’ve got a little trip to take up North, a pizza cruise happy hour on the Mississippi, a stack of books to read and more. And we’ll hit up the State Fair together, for sure. We won’t be getting to get back into the normal swing of things until after Labor Day, when school starts. And that is ok.

Five fun things:

  • Thursday night we took the kid to a performance of Showdown at Circus Juventas (we all enjoyed it despite it being 3+ hours long). Performers start training there as children and many go on to the Cirque de Soleil.
  • Friday night the boyfriend and I saw a band called Nü Sensae at the Turf Club. They were wonderful (download a free song here). But after watching their video for I’m a Body I don’t think I’ll ever be able to look at peanut butter and jelly in the same way again.
  • Saturday we attended the Square Lake Festival. I hadn’t been since 2006! I didn’t get to stay until the end this time around because the boy was tired. But we stayed for International Novelty Gamelan performing the score for Lotte Reiniger’s Adventures of Prince Achmed (which we had seen once before, years ago, at the Walker). Today a friend just posted her animation of Cinderella. Neat.
  • Yesterday we walked down to the neighborhood movie theater to catch a screening of The Bourne Legacy. It was a little slow to start but Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz were great, and once the action scenes kicked in I was hooked. Plus, how awesome is it that I have a movie theater within walking distance? Life is so much better now than it was just a year ago.
  • Speaking of movies, the valtari mystery film project is really cool: “sigur rós have given a dozen film makers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the band’s new album valtari. the idea is to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. among the filmmakers are ramin bahrani, alma har’el and john cameron mitchell.”

Huh. “Insert Coins, video-game-themed nightclub, coming to Minneapolis.” This sounds like something I would enjoy, in theory. Playing video games and drinking. But the location means it’s likely to attract the sort of crowd that would annoy me. I’ll stick to Rusty Quarters Retro Arcade instead. And that reminds me, I should probably reserve it for my son’s birthday party. My boy will be thirteen next month already!

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