Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Editorial Favorites for Hump Day

Just a shortie, but my life's been busy lately, and here's a couple reasons why:

Slide Ranch: My band played a benefit for and at this "experiential learning facility" in Marin County a few weekends back. What it really is is a sustainable teaching farm cut out of some of the most beautiful landscape California has to offer. They invite schoolchildren to spend days at their spot between Muir and Stinson Beaches -- kids see chickens and turkeys being born, milk goats, help work the gardens, and hike all over the marvelous beach in the shadow of massive black rocks. They have open days for the public -- visit http://www.slideranch.org to find out when the next one is. And if you volunteer for an event, you can camp out above or on the beach, and sit in a hot tub made out of a round horse trough, set on a fire; you'll feel just like Bugs Bunny in the cauldron.

Brick: IIt's a noir! Set in a SoCal high school! It's not the deepest yarn, but as style-over-substance films go, this one rules. Bonus points for costarring Claire from Lost. "You know where I eat lunch." http://brickmovie.net/

Sandman: Rogue Reporter and I are both totally addicted to these comics right now. Neil Gaiman's probably not the first comics writer to realize the potential of using the world of dreams as a backdrop, but he's definitely done the best job at harnassing it. Reading these before bedtime is key. http://www.neilgaiman.com/, http://www.dyve.net/sandman/

Old Tapes of 120 Minutes, Dancing in your Living Room to "Stigmata": Thanks, guys.

Gregoire: The affordable gourmet takeout joint in Berkeley just opened an Oakland location, on Piedmont at 40th St. The potato puffs are every bit as ggod as they say. http://www.gregoirerestaurant.com/

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