February 17, 2005

They Might Be Gates

On Tuesday night, Rose and I went back to Central Park to check out what the Gates looked like at night. I think the installation looks much better by daylight -- the sun really makes the fabric come to life -- but it was still interesting. Here are a few pictures I took while we were there:





After taking a short loop through the southwest corner of the park, we headed over to the Borders store at Columbus Circle (where I will be reading in a few weeks...but more on that in a future entry) to watch an in-store performance by They Might Be Giants, plugging their new CD and/or DVD, "Here Come the ABCs", which looks pretty entertaining, as far as I can tell from the excerpts I've watched.

The show was very relaxed and entertaining, with TMBG performing as a three-piece combo. "Bed, Bed, Bed" came off particularly well, with drummer Marty Beller producing an impressive cavalcade of noisemaking devices throughout the song. Audience members of all ages seemed to be enjoying the show, from grown-ups like Sarah Vowell (standing to my right, and who I managed to refrain from giving the groupie treatment to) to children like the tiny, tiny girl who was making the "raise the roof" hand motion while looking backward over her father's shoulder, to the teenagers in front of us who apparently had ADD and could not stop talking even though they were clearly fans. (One of the teens remarked that John Linnell was "cute for an older guy...a really older guy." Youth can be so cruel.)

Posted by Francis at 12:20 AM | TrackBack

My favorite overheard bit (besides the crushing assessment of John Linnell's cuteness) was the tiny warbly child's voice saying, "They might be giants? That's *silly*!"

Posted by: Rose at February 17, 2005 01:00 AM

I forgot to mention that I think the Gates, fabric-wise, actually look *better* now that it's rained -- they've lost the wrinkliness they had acquired from being rolled up. They're drip-dry!

Posted by: Francis at February 17, 2005 08:57 AM

Marty Beller, you say?

Wow. He's come a long way from the percussionist in my Movement For Actors I class. Good on him.

Posted by: bpd at February 17, 2005 09:50 AM
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