Wedding Shows, Vegan Cupcakes, and Underground Jazz Venues

Lots of stuff happened yesterday. It started out with me skipping a workout (again! need to stop doing that) and monkeying with some Ruby on Rails (geek stuff). I pulled it together in time to go see Chris Guillebeau talk at Chapters about his recently-published book The Art of Non Conformity. He’s a cool guy and I liked his message. I’m all about making your own decisions and not being worried about what everyone else does so it was inspiring to see what he had to say and hear how he’s crafted his life. He’s working towards his goal of travelling to every country in the world which is incredibly cool. I have different goals but it’s always fun to see someone else kick ass and do what they want.

After Chapters I snuck in to the Indie I Do show that Reilly and Miranda and their friends in Lotus Events put on every year at Heritage Hall on Main Street. There’s always cool stuff to check out there even if you’re not in the market for getting married and it’s fun to check it out every year. I met up with Dave there too and we went down to Zigz for a rice bowl before I headed towards Krista and Patrick’s for their housewarming.

Met some new people at Krista and Patricks and had fun there. They’re friends of Sharon so I don’t know many people in their social circle. I did manage to alert a couple of Pixies fans to the tickets going on sale on Friday for the May 3 show at the Orpheum.

Then I went down to Shanman’s where there was a group of friends watching the hockey game. We abandoned that after the third period started and went down to the Factory on Granville to watch the rest of the game and listen to my high school soundtrack being spun by the DJ afterwards. Seriously, Pantera, Iron Maiden, Guns n’ Roses, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were in heavy rotation once the game ended. Guys who run the bar must be in their mid-30’s.

Finally we wheeled over to this communal art space on Granville that hosts jazz shows to help cover their monthly lease payments. You have to find a backdoor in an alcove off the alleyway and then ring a buzzer that’s been mounted on the roof above your head. The whole thing felt very speakeasy-like which is what I enjoy most about the place. It’s $5 to get in and $5 for cans of Bowen Island beer sold out of a fridge in the back. The space is set up with an assortment of 70’s-era couches and chairs that looked as though they’d been liberated from a consignment store and all the furniture is arranged in a semicircle around the small stage where some of Vancouver’s most talented improvised jazz musicians play. I love going there and the band that played last night was very, very good.

Shanman also gave me a copy of the book Girls To the Front – The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution, which documents the feminist punk movement of the 1990s, many bands from which have remained my all-time favorites (Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, and Bratmobile in particular). I’ve been reading obsessively ever since I got home last night and it’s getting me thinking about making music again.

Also, on Friday, I got lucky and managed to get Pixies tickets from their presale after they had to reschedule the presale twice because the volume of traffic from eager fans stampeding to their website kept overloading their servers. Tickets sold out in minutes and out of everyone that I know who tried to get some I was the only one who was lucky enough to be able to purchase any before they were sold out.  Fortunately it was only the first 20 rows that were being sold so I imagine most people will be able to pick them up when the rest are sold on Friday at 10am.

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