Month: January 2020

My pic of Janelle on the Dirty Computer tour, June 2018

Janelle Monáe (The Pearl Theater)

The setlist: Dirty ComputerCrazy, Classic, LifeTake a ByteScrewedDjango JaneQ.U.E.E.N.Electric LadyPrime Time / Purple Rain musical breakdownPynkYogaI Like ThatDon’t Judge MeMake Me Feel / I Got the Feelin' musical breakdownI Got the JuiceCold WarTightrope Encore: So AfraidAmericans As you can see, a little bit of everything from Dirty Computer, the ArchAndroid, and the Eephus EP. Her energy level stayed high, and we were out by 11 or so. You can't ask for more from your favorite artists. During the preshow (I thought St. Beauty was supposed to perform, and I got to my seat around 8, and the tech guys were…

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Love Will Tell Us Where to Go

Rating: PG-13Category: DramaSummary: Louise Ellison's past plays a role in her future.Timeline: sometime after 4.9.Disclaimer: Hell on Wheels belongs to its owners, made-ups belong to me. Ida Greeley felt a surge of uncertainty hit her as the weight of her decision began to grow. She had slipped out of the house like a thief in the night; her face muddied purposefully. Her long, brown hair hid beneath a cap the staff gave to complete her look. They believed in her. They feared her father but not as much as they believed in her. She was Ida's true love, and they…

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My picture of an old-school kitchen at the Tulare Historical Museum

Slanted Suitcase: Visalia

I had been whinging at my best friend for a few weeks that I needed a road trip to clear my head. Visalia's less than six hours away from Vegas, so I figured I'd get out of my routine and go to a junk show on Sunday. I booked a cheap but decent room (less than $100) for one night, down the street from the front. So I decided to leave on Saturday morning. Ma was overly protective of me during this trip. It was seriously an overnight; I needed to get on the road. I figured out why road…

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On White Male Authors Masquerading as Females

Book Riot's podcast episode #219 put me on to the fact that Riley Sager is a pen name for a fella named Todd Ritter. Jezebel broke the story. Every write-up that followed - including Book Riot - made the clipped observation that it's uncool for men to flip the script and create ambiguous-sounding pen names to sell female-led books to women. I agree. Full stop. It's not even up for discussion. Isn't it hard enough for a woman (or a woman of color with a decidedly ethnic name, like me) to get someone to pick up their book, much less…

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ashlee simpson, kanye west, sam sparro

Au Revoir, 2008!

The songs that got me through 2008. This was definitely a transitional year for me so I think the songs reflected that clearly. "About a Girl" by The Academy Is..."Black & Gold" by Sam Sparro"Boys" by Ashlee Simpson"The Call" by Regina Spektor"Click Click Click" by New Kids on the Block"Knights of Cydonia [HAARP Version]" by Muse"Let It Rock" by Kevin Rudolf featuring Lil' Wayne"Lethal Enforcer" by We Are Scientists"Losing Touch" by The Killers"Love Lockdown" by Kanye West