Take today to rest, fellow late night entertainment seekers. Make yourself a Mimosa for breakfast or a delicious Bloody Mary as described in today's column, pop in a DVD and stretch out on the couch. Don't even change out of those pajama pants. Just relax and rest up because there's plenty happening the rest of this weekend, and you'll need your strength.
SPOTLIGHT ON A SUNDAY BENEFIT EVENT - Just three days before Christmas, an electrical fire destroyed the home of Teal Weatherly and Caitlin Clark. Luckily, Weatherly and Clark, and the two children, Drake and Ambrosia, were not at home, but they lost their dog, Cosmo, along with most of their possessions and the children's Christmas presents.
A past member of the local cover band Two For Flinching, Weatherly's former bandmates immediately began planning a benefit event upon learning of the fire. Set for Sunday, the concert will run from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Fluvanna War Vets in Jamestown. The show will kick off with Ken Hardley at 1 p.m. and will also feature King Rail, Amanda Barton and Friends, the Porcelain Bus Drivers and Two For Flinching.
Two For Flinching will headline a benefit event Sunday at the Fluvanna War Vets for former band member Teal Weatherly.
Donations of children's clothes and toys would be greatly appreciated. Drake wears size 4T-5T and shoe size 3. Ambrosia wears size 12 to 18 months and shoe size 9. A benefit fund has been set up through HSBC in Jamestown.
THE PLACE TO BE THIS WEEKEND - Drake, a five-piece experimental jazz and hip-hop group from Philadelphia, bills itself as live, sophisticated modern music.
Mixing an MC and traditional singer with cello, trumpet, bass and drums, Drake walks a line between tradition and innovation resulting in a sound unequivocally robust in its expression. At the band's MySpace, Drake describes itself as blending hip-hop, jazz improvisation and classical chamber music with the shove of rock music. Think Common, Bjork and Bach's 5th Cello Suite combined with the Venetian Snares and the Bad Plus.
On Saturday night, Drake will play the Labyrinth Press Company. For more information, visit MySpace.com/LabyrinthPressCompany or MySpace.com/DrakeOnline.
SO LONG, 2008 - Like a pair of jeans that have been worn for a week straight, I'm ready to be rid of you 2008. You're stained, slept-on and starting to wear around the edges. So I'll be brief. Your highlights have already been praised by a million magazines and blogs. And if I have to hear one more year-in-review, I'll throw myself in front of a train. But the cultural critic in me can't let your passing go unremarked. What follows is a list of three things I've come to love in the last 365 days
SIGHT: Christopher Nolan's second Batman movie, ''The Dark Knight,'' was by far the best thing visually about 2008, but two other, more under-the-radar, films caught my attention and are worth mentioning. Tarsem Singh's ''The Fall'' is a fantasy film in the vein of ''The Princess Bride,'' ''The Neverending Story'' and ''Pan's Labyrinth.'' Simultaneously a fantasy fairytale and adult action adventure, ''The Fall'' is visually arresting and simply enjoyable if you let its story enfold you. Also as beautiful to look at is footage from ''On A Wire,'' a documentary about the Frenchman who walked a tightrope between the two World Trade Center towers in the 1970s.
SOUND: So much quality music came out in 2008. And it's more than likely I'll post a Top 10 list tomorrow at ''The Dean's List'' blog. But for now, I'll just mention Sune Rose Wagner. Half the Danish duo The Raveonettes, Wagner followed up his band's February release with a scaled-back and so far understated solo album. For all the My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain distortion and haze of the Raveonettes music, Wagner's solo stuff is vintage hazy rock 'n' roll that's been described as (Phil) Spector-esque.
SAVOR: I discovered Bloody Marys in 2008. And discovered that many places make them differently, and almost no places make them the way I like them. A near-pink drink in a skinny or small glass is not a Bloody Mary. The adult beverage should be served in a pint glass or something larger and should be a deep red color from all the tomato juice and Bloody Mary mix. Skip the garnish. Just pour two shots of vodka into a tall glass, pack with ice and fill the glass nearly to the top. Next add a splash of olive juice and a splash of beer, the darkest of whatever's available. Waitresses always look at me quizzically when I ask for that last part, but the beer, preferably Guinness, gives the drink a heft. Sprinkle a little Borsari on top and you're set.
MORE SHOWS HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND - In need of more entertainment ideas for this weekend? Dig the following 10 event recommendations:
10. Ken Hardley will play Starry Nites Cafe in Rochester on Friday. 9. Only Humen will play the Lakeview Hotel and Restaurant in Mayville on Friday night. 8. Fojar will play the Labyrinth Press Company on Friday night. 7. DJ Fish will spin tunes at Shawbucks on Friday night. 6. Mojo's has an Intensify dance party on Friday night.
5. The Cab Drivers will play a Saturday night show at the Jamestown Moose Club. 4. Sweet Ass Cream Corn will play the Bullfrog Hotel on Saturday night. 3. Ken Hardley will play Shannon's Tumble Inn in Frewsburg on Saturday night. 2. Shawbucks has Hey You, a tribute to Pink Floyd, on Saturday night. 1. Sunday should be spent at the benefit for Teal Weatherly, Caitlin Clark and family, which was detailed earlier in this column.
DELICIOUS DRINK OF THE WEEK - In lieu of making resolutions we'll never stick to, let's say goodbye to 2008 with a simple toast. My favorite involves wishing champagne for real friends and real pain for sham friends.
Though it was more appropriate for last night, here are two twists on the traditional New Year's Eve drink which I'm sure will taste just as good this weekend:
First, try adding a half ounce of the orange-flavored liqueur triple sec and a half ounce of brandy to four ounces of champagne. Add a bit of sugar and bitters to the mix and you've got what idrink.com calls a ''Champagne Celebration.''
Similar and a little simpler is Chambord Champagne, which requires only a splash of Chambord raspberry-flavored liqueur to be added to an otherwise regular flute of champagne. The drink is commonly called, at least in my circle, a Cham-Cham.
COMING NEXT WEEK - Mojo's will have the American People next Friday night. A new band, the American People is comprised of former members of Big Leg Emma, the New Dylans and the Mills. The group features Dan Warmbrodt and John McGuire, formerly of Big Leg Emma, Reese Campbell, formerly of the New Dylans, and Paul Liuzzo, formerly of the Mills. For more information, visit MySpace.com/MojosJamestown or MySpace.com/TheAmericanPeople.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK - Name the American author best known for his 1951 novel about antihero Holden Caulfield as well as his reclusive nature. The Manhattan native was born Jan. 1, 1919.
In answer to last week's question, Annie Lennox is the woman who gave the world ''Sweet Dreams'' in 1983 as part of the Eurythmics. The Scottish singer and Academy Award-winning songwriter was born Dec. 25, 1954. She shares her birthday with the Pogues' original singer, Shane MacGowan, who was born Dec. 25, 1957, and Josh Freese, drummer for the Vandals and A Perfect Circle, who was born Dec. 25, 1972.
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