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OMG OMG OMG!!!! NICK LOWE IS PLAYING THE GREAT AMERICAN MUSIC HALL!!!!!!

This is a major squeeeeeeee for me. I've been crazy about this guy since the first time I heard "Cruel To Be Kind." He's an amazing singer/songwriter. All his albums are weird and witty and wonderful. I just got my tickets and I'm downloading the new album right now. It's on Friday, October 5. The website says he's going to be in Golden Gate Park the next day, which means he's ALSO playing the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, where I saw him two years ago. That's a FREE one, people, so if any of my San Francisco peeps want to hook up for that, let me know.

Also the new Bryan Ferry album is out and I picked that up at Virgin yesterday. It's all Dylan covers. I LOVE Bryan doing Dylan covers. His version of "A Hard Rain's A Gonna Fall" on his first solo album, "These Foolish Things" is beyond amazing, and on "Frantic" he did "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" and "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right." I hopehopehope he's going to tour, as well.

And now to show my age and completely embarass myself---Rick Springfield--long before General Hospital and Jesse's girl he was on this animated series called "Mission Magic," which I used to watch on Saturday Mornings. I picked up the CD for ten bucks at Virgin. I can remember watching this thing and singing along so this is much major nostalgia for me. Please tell me I'm not the only one who remembers this thing. No karaokegal, just you.

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New restaurant around the corner on Valencia Street. (The spot used to be a middle eastern place with belly dancing.)It's called Frijtz. It's a Belgian place specializing in Belgian Fries with various dipping sauces and Crepes. All the dishes are named after artists. (Example-The Kandinsky is a crepe with Nutella, fresh strawberries, topped with whipped cream.)

We went for breakfast yesterday. Not terribly impressed, but maybe we need to give them a little more time to get it together. Hubby had The Prado (Iron steak with Cilantro-Pesto, Roasted Peppers, fuffy eggs and house potatoes.) The Iron steak was awfully dry and cilantro-pesto was almost tasteless. The potatoes were yummy.) I had the Le Pompidou, "Brazilian-styled French Toast (Rabanada)" It was not very good. I thought it was somehow too rich, slightly burnt. Just not great, which is too bad because I love French Toast. In fact, to compensate I made some this morning and it was really yummy.

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Harry Potter and The Order Of The Phoenix-NO SPOILERS.

The Line-Up
So we got the tickets on Fandango, but forgot to bring the printout. Luckily Hubby was able to get them from the ticket machine as well. Somehow I had delusions of this being a "normal" movie experience where we just cruise in and get our seats. Nononononono. At about 45 minutes before showtime, we were meandering around the Metroen when we found the line for our showing already formed, circling around, going upstairs etc etc. I HATE BEING HERDED, but I guess it was the only way to avoid a Who in Cincinatti style rush for seats.

Once they moved us into the theater (mooooo, mooooo) we managed to score our favorite seats in spite of being way back in the line.

Previews: Get Smart-This got a lot of applause and looks like a much better fit for Steve Carrell than Evan Almighty.

Spiderwork Chronicles, Dark Rising, Golden Compass.
OK, I get the idea. Kids love movies that are all about misunderstood, unloved kids saving the world. WHATEVER!

The Movie-Keeping in mind that I'm not a HP reader or fanatic in anyway. The effects were amazing, but most of the adults should have sued for unemployment insurance, except for Imelda Staunton (YEAH IMELDA) and a bit of Gary Oldman, who was totally working the mustache .I know a lot of my F-listers are Snapettes, but while Alan Rickman is DA BOMB, he didn't have much opportunity to show his stuff.

I also feel bad for Ralph Fiennes. He normally has such a nice nose.

I think there's an inherent problem in this kind of a movie, in that you have to recap a bit of what has gone before, move the plot a bit, but you can't really resolve anything, so the ending has to be slightly disappointing. I felt the same way about the 2nd LOTR movie.

At one point in the movie, someone in the audience called out "Dick Cheney" to great applause.

Hubby liked it and of course he's waiting avidly for the last book.
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