Sunday, March 27, 2011
Gabe's Restaurant Postcard — Owensboro KY
Originally uploaded by mrtoastey
I grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky, and worshipped weekly at the Sunday buffet at Gabe's Restaurant. I can almost smell the fried chicken… I wish I could. The building was demolished. I'm not sure when — probably the late seventies, or the early eighties.
On Sundays, the building was rather labyrinthine, and — if you had lassez-faire parents like we did — a great place for a couple of under-10-year-old boys to "explore," after having shaken the hand of Gabe Fiorella himself — always stationed at the threshold to the dining room — and been seated.
A favorite was the lounge (upper right), which was closed on Sundays, due to local ordinance, I'm sure. But the room had no doors, so it was merely darkened, with an eerie glow coming from behind the bar, and the walls lined with heavy red velvet curtains that my brother and I could skulk around behind.
These are some of my fondest memories: playing some concoction of "Man from U.N.C.L.E." and Hide-n-Seek at Gabe's. Downstairs were hallways with offices, a little musty from the common practice of indoor smoking in those days and just creepy enough to enthrall two brothers every week after church on Sunday.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
From one of my grandmother's immaculate scrapbooks of their European travels.
Here's the trailer for the latest — and I think most important — film by my dear friends and former Lexxers Eren McGinnis and Ari Palos, known collectively as Dos Vatos Productions.
Kentucky seems worlds away (NOT, it turns out) from the headline-grabbing Arizona conflict that is the topic of their latest film, but it seems only a matter of time before Lexington — with its vital and under-documented Latino population — comes face-to-face with similar debates.
This month, the film world premiered at the San Diego Latino Film Fest , followed by an Arizona premiere (photos) in Tucson — where the controversy continues to unfold as I write this.
While working recently in Tucson — far from the Bluegrass — on graphic materials for the movie, I was fortunate enough to learn some of the details of a struggle that colors the days and lives of thousands of young Arizonans. I also got to see the charisma and grace of not just some of the "stars" of this film, but also a few of the many who fight on a daily basis for the rights of our country's largest minority population.
Precious Knowledge will be moving through the festival circuit over the next several months. Their Facebook page is probably the best place for info on upcoming screenings. Until you can see it — and you should, I don't care what color your skin is — here's the trailer.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Here's a video look at Day Two of HONK!TX, the amazing festival of community street bands that my own March Madness Marching Band (at the beginning, seen leading a neighborhood parade and then performing The White Stripes' Seven Nation Army) was lucky enough to be invited to play.
Many of (20 or so) wonderful bands are included here, but special attention to some of my heros: Atlanta's venerable (37 years!) Seed & Feed Marching Abominable performs the classic Tuxedo Junction at 2:30; renegade maniacs What Cheer? Brigade (Providence RI) and Titanium Sporkestra (Seattle), perform together at about 4:00. (that's followed by TS performing the Dead Kennedys' hardcore classic, California Uber Alles — wow.)
Finally, at 5:50, Austin's Minor Mishap Marching Band — whom I consider to be kindred spirits (we're both MMMB!) — show their stuff. They were the festival hosts and partial organizers.
Amazing job. Incredible fun. Inspiring beyond words. Thank you, Minor Mishap and HONK!TX organizers ILoveMikeLitt for an unforgettable experience!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
story from the Austin American-Statesman with photos!
Monday, March 14, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
(Rodolfo Gonzalez AMERICAN-STATESMAN)