Charlotte, North Carolina – MWF and I got our calendars in sync to check out legendary blues artist, Taj Mahal (an artist on MFW’s bucket list). Although I enjoyed Mahal’s show, I must admit that I had never heard his work before. It turns out Mahal is a wonderful storyteller and amazing musician. Even if it’s not my style, I appreciate what he does.
The show took place at the McGlohon Theater [Uptown]. Inside of the venue are several panels of stunning stain glass [See photo above]. Naturally, the bar was pricey but my pour of Makers Mark was on point. Due to my ambulatory issues, the seats originally booked for us upstairs were switched to seating downstairs in the orchestra pit. [side note: The upstairs ushers were sweet as pie. Many thanks.]
Lang Van’s [Eastland] – Coming from California, I’ve had a fair amount of Vietnamese food. Pluses: The service at Lang Van’s is fast. Their peanut sauce was killer. Minuses: The Pho I ordered was too sweet. I’ve never had sweet Pho. Fine if that is a way it can also be prepared but I was not expecting it. All of the potions were at our table to knock it into shape, kick up the spicyness.
Aloft hotel [Charlotte, N.C. – Uptown] – Check it: This hotel is built into a weird maze of an open air mall. Pluses: The room was clean. The bed was comfortable. The wifi and cable worked without issue. Minuses: There are no microwave ovens in any of the rooms. To re-heat food and/or drink, you must go down to their lobby. The Aloft chain has a low key party vibe while housed in a faux boutique hotel setting. Ask for a room above the twelfth floor, on “the quiet side”. You will not regret it.
We weren’t able to check out any of Charlotte’s local record shops but did get to check out Tamales La Pasadita. I urge you to check this place out if you are into authentic Mexican cuisine. I ordered one of every tamale combination they had available. Each offering was on point. Highly recommended.
Athens, Georgia – There won’t be very much sourness or bewilderment from me on the year that was 2017. So sad if you did not enjoy it. But for me, I actually had a decent year for once. Deleting my Facebook account permanently at the start of 2017 helped me immensely.
With that said, it is New Years Eve and I am on my way out the door. I will be dipping in and out of my usual hangouts, ending the night at Go bar to ring in the new year and cut a rug.
Tonight’s outfit harkens back to the early 1970s, glam rock razzle-dazzle. I wanted to go with mixed textures alongside muted tones and insane metallic shine. The liquid silver long sleeved minidress, I purchased online. Although the material is thin, it surprisingly hangs just right [which for me is loose fitting]. The cut is simple which is why I fell in love with it. The black velvet tuxedo jacket is an Ann Taylor creation. It is another favorite piece in my wardrobe because it is a tailored classic. I purchased it secondhand for a little over fifteen dollars. The hefty 1940s vintage mink coat is sublime. It’s sad that it is falling apart. If I could get replicas made of it, I would in a heartbeat.
My hand-selected accessories are sharp and clean. The smoky grey pvc and metal wide choker is a ripoff of someone. Who that is? I don’t know [seeing everyone at this point in the history of creativity is copying someone living or dead. That’s just my take.] The rose gold metallic box handbag is just the most. Easy to hold, nice closure, just chunky enough for my jittery hands. Last but not least are a pair of black faux suede booties with silver embroidered stars. They are super comfortable. Absolute showstoppers for the feet.
Happy New Year to you and yours.
Athens, Georgia – Feeling fine and mellow. Tonight, I dined out with a friend, stepping out in a deep green midi length dress with full mutton sleeves, orange velvet smoking jacket with floral embroidery, jet black gladiator block heeled pumps and black circular handbag with gold hardware. Costume jewelry worn was sparse.
I found out about home.made’s supper club through one of their posts on Instagram and had to check it out. I don’t dine out much yet have been to home.made a handful of times. For a two course meal at the advertised price, I was not going to pass it up.
In short: home.made offers delicious, not-too-pricey southern-American cuisine in a modern rustic, clean and spacious setting. Parking can be a bit tight. If you are disabled, there is only one space designated in front. The waitstaff is always pleasant. The dining room isn’t loud and you won’t feel claustrophobia immediately setting in. As for the food, home.made always have those dishes [or, items] that stay on your tongue and you want more of. Tonight’s meatloaf offering did just that for me.
If you live nearby [or, may be visiting soon], give home.made a try.
Athens, Georgia – Having a gentle morning with jam on toast and black coffee. The skies are sunny and clear. And, my heart is full.
My outfit? The ‘Edie Sedgwick/Liza with an Z’ smash pack with oversized jet black, sequin t-shirt dress [Alessandro Michele knock-off? Probz.], coal black opaque tights, a pair of almond toe, black granny boots and sparse gems and sunshades complete today’s look. Add the 1940s vintage fur from Bergdorf-Goodman and it means business with a B.
To map out this morning’s soundscape – a few picks from my vinyl collection:
Ravedeath, 1972 [Kranky/ 2011] – Tim Hecker
Capricorn Princess [CTI/ 1976] – Esther Phillips
Beyond the Black Crack [Paradigm/ 1975] – Anal Magic & Rev. Dwight Frizzell
Woman Talk [Mainstream/ 1965] – Carmen McRae
Athens, Georgia – Last night was a self-date night. I took myself out for cocktails at The Manhattan and then sauntered up the street to catch Los Angeles based jazz phenom, Kamasi Washington at the Georgia Theatre.
Washington and his band performed several cuts of his 2015 album, The Epic. The set was gentle and ferocious. He and his band are fire. Not merely “on fire”, just straight up “fire”. [Shout out to the female vocalist. I was near the front and wanted to psychically converse with you to see if you would get all Linda Sharrock on the mic but sadly I do not have those abilities.] Vocalist: Fire. The duel drummers: Fire. That keyboard chemist: Fire. The horn section and bassist: Fire.
Last night’s outfit consisted of dressing for warmth as well as style. I call it: Run D.M.C. meets Grey Gardens. What made the cut: A boldly printed 3/4 length sack dress, burnt orange velvet embroidered jacket, a wide forest green belt and a late 1950s vintage black wool oversized coat with mink collar. Footwear worn was simple as I relied on walking [with the aid of a cane]. No car or Lyft. No feral cats.
By chance I saw Washington and his cohorts were coming to town. This was months ago, online. I locked the details into my mind. I am a fan of straight ahead and experimental jazz. Applause to whoever booked this show.
Athens, Georgia – Easy-breezy, all-black outfit, accented with gold chunky heeled boots. The outfit at its’ base level is comprised of a structured [meaning ‘boxy”] black minidress and black opaque tights. I’m all about comfort and simplicity. Posting a few shots [taken last week] when I was out of town for Thanksgiving festivities which illustrate “The Look”.
Oh! Here are a few hand-selected records I’m listening to today:
Spirit of Ecstasy/ The Way to Nepal [1980, 2012/ Caprice] – Åke Hodell
TP [1980/ Philadelphia International Records] – Teddy Pendergrass
More Than Little [1971/ Dot Records] – Little Peggy
Somewhere in The Carolinas – Here I am. Outdoors. In a vehicle. Standing in a field. Slouching on your couch. Flipping through vinyl. Donning a favorite casual outfit.
This look consists of a black round neck tee, black high waisted skinny jeans, a pair of Chelsea boots and a black oversized blazer. I wear a fat black digital wristwatch. The blazer’s lapel spruced up, sparingly, with simple decorative pins. It’s easy. Old school artsy: All-black [or, close to it], tailored and a touch slept in.
Hand-selected vinyl for solo listening:
Organ Favorites [1957/ Top Records] – Beverly Laine + Eddie Truman
Street Songs [1981/ Gordy] – Rick James
The Sound of Philadelphia ’73 [1973/ Philadelphia International] – Various Artists
Note: More platters were played on this day. Today’s main goal was to secure the Christmas tree and gussy it up.
Lastly…Would someone, give me a hand and please answer the red courtesy phone?!
Athens, Georgia – This album, Extended Voices, is pulling me through. Taking me into opens spaces, blessed by the godfathers and godmothers of the experimental-electronic planes. Step one: Get dressed. Make it clean and sharp. Step two: l-i-s-t-e-n.
The drop-waist overalls I’m wearing have been in my wardrobe for over a year. I had a local trusted seamstress make needed repairs by widening the leg and reinforcing its’ zipper. The overalls I can practically be paired up with most anything – from almond toe brocade booties with a moto jacket to pointy toe slingback flats with a floppy mohair sweater. Such a breeze.
The black and white striped top I scored thrifting some time ago. The material is super breathable which is pleasing to me. I dislike the feeling that my clothes are causing me to suffocate.
All in all, a stylish yet functional outfit with many miles to go.
black + white striped short sleeve top [Chelsea & Theodore]
black drop-waist overalls with metal hardware [Haoduoyi]
black ‘Deeds’ crack leather brogues [Matisse]
Extended Voices: New Pieces for Chorus and for Voices Altered Electronically by Sound Synthesizers and Vocoder [Odyssey/ 1967] – Various artists