Last weekend I was thoroughly surprised and delighted by this little show off-off-Broadway at MTC’s smallest stage at City Center, The Lion, written and performed by Benjamin Scheuer.

I’d read that it was about his life, so I expected it to maybe be a little self-indulgent and full of hyperbole, but it wasn’t. At all. It was deeply honest, at times very sad, with lots of comic relief to get you through the sad points. And Scheuer is a very attractive man who writes beautiful songs, so watching him play these songs is no hard task.

I had no idea what to expect going in to this but I’d be lying if I wasn’t telling everyone to go see it now. It’s really a gem.

Go see it

My office was closed today but I’m taking a staycation this week anyways. I’m doing all sorts of awesome-sauce stuff like seeing shows, going to yoga, and going to whatever coffee shop has room for me (among other things).

I also went down to Rudy’s in Tin Pan Alley (aka 48th between 6th and 7th) today to visit my friend Dave. He knows I love pink so when I walked in, he immediately pointed me towards this pale pink, electric-acoustic Gretsch (I think that’s the maker). It’s only $1295! He took this picture and later posted it on Facebook asking the world to “give this girl $1400 so she can buy this guitar.”

I don’t think anyone’s responded with “Yes! Here’s some cash!” yet, but a person can dream. It was a really, really nice guitar.

Instead of the normal ‘let’s go to a bar and drink for my birthday’ thing, I decided to go a much cheaper (and more fun, IMHO) route: I cooked and invited a bunch of friends over.

I made tabouli, spicy peanut noodles, salad, sweet potato fries, rice-crusted lemony chicken, almond butter chocolate chunk cookies, and bought some apple cider donuts from the Lincoln Square farmers market.

Everyone else bought wine. And cupcakes. 

By the time I dragged out my DSLR, I was several glasses under so most of my shots were blurry. But my best friend signed me up for a Pandora account which we put on my Roku, listened to some rock, played Cards Against Humanity, drank more wine, and eventually my guitars were busted out towards 1am.

Today I started my somewhat-hungover day with a quick meditation, lots of stretching, and an episode of GIRLS. Later I’ll be having brunch with my family at The Green Table in Chelsea Market.