I have set lists from Julia Murney’s album release concert, a Tom Kitt Band concert, and a Daphne Rubin Vega concert already framed. #theatrenerd

But now I have these that I also need to frame and then I thought I’d make a collage on my wall. From left to right: Ted Leo, Guster, and Jeff Daniels.

Above was my morning at Birch Coffee while I typed away on my laptop, writing about a half-dozen shows I’ve seen lately – reviews coming up this week.

I’ve spent a lot of this weekend trying to sleep off this cold that I’ve had since Tuesday or Wednesday. It’s getting better, but I’d like it to be gone. 

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opens on Broadway tonight. I saw the second preview and it was absolutely brilliant. Get your $27 balcony ticket ASAP before it sells out. 

I was going to go see Ted Leo in Central Park today but it’s just. too. cold. Sorry, Ted. Next time when I’m not sick and you’re performing indoors!

I bought these boots in both brown and black because Lord and Taylor was having a huge sale and I had a gift card. I was able to buy both pairs for $129. 

Before I went to see The Fortress of Solitude last night, I headed to Finnerty’s in the East Village to watch the Giants/Nationals game. There also happened to be a Stanford football game on and the bar was packed with rowdy Stanford grads. Two of them asked for my number within ten minutes, which is odd because I don’t spend a lot of time in bars so I’m not used to having dudes ask for my number. I’m going out with one of them on Tuesday. This should be interesting, to say the least.

I’m heading to a few hours of easy yoga tonight to stretch out my body from sleeping for most of this week. How was your weekend?  

“For some reason people think I’m a Merchant of Cheer.”

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Last Sunday a friend and I trekked out to a tiny space called Silent Barn in Bushwick to see a solo show: Ted Leo. (The Pharmacists are currently on hiatus!) It was a benefit show to save the space and it’s a cool space, but they need to really get a better air conditioning system. (It was hot as hell in there.)

Ted Leo played an awesome setlist (see below) with a lot of new songs that he was trying out . He proclaimed that people thought he was a “merchant of cheer” and then he played his “darkest song” he ever wrote – but sadly (?) it wasn’t all that dark. After about a dozen songs, he gave us permission to leave if we wanted, “I think I’ve played enough to fulfill the social contract we’ve made with one another, so I’m going to keep playing but if you need to move on with your night, feel free!” Needless to say, none of us left. 

Ted Leo has been one of my favorite artists for the last decade, so to say it was awesome to see him in such a tiny space with only about 50 other people would be a massive understatement. I talked to him briefly after the show and he’s a massively chill guy. 

He’s performing tomorrow at the Bell House in Brooklyn with Julie Klausner on her weekly show. If you’re in the area, you should definitely check it out. 

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Last Friday as part of the weekly concert series “Celebrate Brooklyn!” in Park Slope, Ted Leo (of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists) made his way to Prospect Park to open the show.  I try to catch Ted Leo in concert whenever he’s performing in the city, and when it’s free? That’s even better. He was playing by himself, and had “only 40 minutes and a load of songs,” as he put it, to which we all cheered. 

He loves his stage banter and had a really hard time not talking in between songs (his words, not mine), but he was able to make it through a ten song setlist. He played two of my favorites of his The High Party and Me and Mia, amongst other fan favorites like Timorous Me, Bottled in Cork, The Little Smug Supper Club, and Bleeding Powers. He played a couple of new songs too, always prefacing them with, “I just finished this one last night, so… Yeah!" 

And they were always fantastic.

The forty minute set was certainly worth the thirty-five minute train ride. The ride home took approximately thirteen Ted Leo songs. A good time indeed.

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