Thursday, October 31, 2013

All Hallows Eve

Today is one of our most favorite days! While we're pretty disappointed that we didn't find more time to do Halloween related activities, that doesn't mean we can't make up for our lack of time to devote to the holiday today.

As far as tonight's plans go, here are our recommendations:
  • On the top of our list is Solid Plackout at House of Loom. This mash-up includes performances from Digital Leather, Solid Goldberg and our Plack Blague. Seriously, this is the place to be tonight. You just can't beat that line-up. We recommend you pre-game it at home before you head down.
  • Who doesn't love the cult classic The Moster Squad? Head to Filmstreams to watch the flick and receive a coupon for a drink special at...
  • Yep, the Slowdown is hosting its annual BOO GOO. This is bound to be where you'll see the most drunk folks and questionable costumes, but sometimes it's just fun to let loose on a dance floor and tell the world to eff off.
  • Up in Benson there's a dance party at the Sydney, which should be lots of fun since this venue also plays host to one of our favorite monthly events, Soul Night.
  • Jake's is also having a costume party and one way to get up there would be your bike with some cools kids who are meeting down at The Trap Room at 7:30.
If you're in the mood to stay at home and hand out candy, we recommend entertaining yourself with the following activities:

Movies to watch:
  • Psycho
  • Homicidal
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Rosemay's Baby
  • The Shining
  • Evil Dead (any of them)
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Halloween
  • Scream
  • Ginger Snaps
  • Seven
  • Nightmare of Elm Street
  • The House of the Devil
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Beetlejuice
Listen to:
Dead Man's Bones - "My Body's a Zombie For You"



"I Put a Spell On You" We always recommend the Hocus Pocus version



Tracy Jordan - "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah"



This is just hilarious -


Drink -

Here's what Cooper and I will be dressing up as tonight (yes, we're being pretty lazy and cheap this year), more photos to come later!


Kraftwerk Outfit


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy {Early} Halloween!


I pass by this rotating sign off of Dodge Street every day on my way to work and I wait with bated breath for months to see what hilarious signage B & G comes up with. They never disappoint.

WO + SF Gimme! Gimme! List

Have you fallen into fall yet? We definitely have. As of late, all we want to do is sit around in leggings/tights, warm socks, and boots while making warm soups and 'zerts. Throw in an outdoor fire, bourbon drinks, some blankets and now you're really talking. There's nothing more comforting than retreating to your home (or your kitchen) as the crisp fall air surrounds us. Here's a look at what we'll be cooking up this upcoming month. 

Wise Owl Picks - 
fall foods



Sly Fox Picks - 

Cool Weather Foodz

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

On a Dark and Dreary Evening - Wilson & Washburn / Beertopia

It seems like forever since we've treated ourselves to a nice meal at one of Omaha's newer eateries. We've been meaning to check out Wilson & Washburn since our local food reviewer touted it's deliciousness. Let's just say W&W got their hashtag right with #seriouscomfort







The restaurant is a bit dark inside, hence the fuzzy pictures, but the ambiance really set the mood for a relaxing evening, especially since the weather outside was so cool. We started our meal with a glass of wine and cider which was selected from their extensive beer list. 

When it came time to order, we struggled with what to get, even though the menu is pretty small. We ended up going with their cheeseburger and Rueben paired with french fries (we ordered the large portion and split it between us which saved us $1) and Wilson & Washburn's house-made smoked ketchup. For two classic dishes, they still packed a lot of flavor. The cheeseburger came out on a pretzel bun from Le Quartier which really made the dish unique. The Rueben was massive, which was welcome as it means you get to take half of it home for a second meal. 

Wilson & Washburn is open until 2 am most nights and while it's not in the heart of the Old Market, it does make for a great late-night meal option. Especially since you could eat half of it and then help nurse your recovery the next day with the left-overs. All in all, W&W is a place we can see ourselves visiting frequently over the course of this winter. 





After our dinner date, we decided to stop up at Beertopia to pick up some more cider (what can we say, we LOVE drinking cider during this time of year). In case you've never been, Beertopia is located right next to the Crescent Moon on Farnam Street and is filled with delicious beers and a friendly staff who are more than well equipped to help you find exactly what you're looking for. As a person who doesn't drink a lot of beer, this is one place I trust to make a delicious recommendation that even I'll enjoy.



Monday, October 28, 2013

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

We'll be the first to admit it - we were kind of the worst last week. Intermittent posting was caused by a much needed recharge of our creative juices. Last week, before I departed on vacation, Kerry and I dined downtown at Wilson & Washburn (more on that tomorrow) and discussed our fall plans since this season seems to already be fleeting. Seriously, how is it almost November?! 

So here's to getting back on our regular programming, even if today's post is on the cusp of another work day. In case you're looking for a little distraction, here are our recommendations for wasting some down time. 
  • I recently acquired a fire pit which I can't wait to begin using. I have a feeling that this drink will go perfectly with chilly nights under blankets in our backyard with the fire rolling.
  • Did you know you could turn your Instagram photos into a cute little projector? What a fun gift for the holidays!
  • Are you looking for some new fall clothes? We recommend you check out one of our favorite local online retailers Hello Holiday, who just put up some great new arrivals. Will someone pls buy me the Under the Sunflowers coat?
  • Speaking of clothes, we love a good wrap dress. They are so comfortable and flattering at the same time. Don't know the history behind the wrap dress? Here's a crash course. 
  • Tim Kasher has one of the most unique voices coming our of Nebraska. Cursive has been one of our favorite local bands for over 10 years now, and it's great to see that these artists who supplied the soundtrack for our youth are still putting out music. While Tim Kasher's latest album doesn't feature the rest of Cursive, you can stream it in all of it's glory here
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of our favorite movies to watch around this time of year. We're pretty bummed out the Dundee Theater is still closed, because we always look forward to their October Midnight Movie features. In case you're jonesing for some NBC right now, here are 20 facts you probably didn't know about the amazing film. 
  • We are definitely people who often eat lunch at our desks. These photographs by Stephanie Gonot at least livens up what can be a sad daily occurrence. 
  • In case you needed a reminder that Prince is a complete and utter badass
  • These dresses are absolutely dreamy. 
  • Mmmmm, John Krasinski you are what dreams are made of

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Us.



While we were up celebrating my birthday at Brother's last Friday, my friend PK had a surprise party since his 30th birthday was the previous day. Our awesome friends are responsible for this photo-booth and we couldn't help but take advantage. Boner Donor is pretty much the funniest thing I've heard ever.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Go Sludge Yourself

One of the many perks of living in Omaha is the amount of music our little town puts out. There are constantly new bands popping up featuring collaborations between some of Omaha's scene veterans. This past Saturday, I stopped back again at Brother's to check out PRO-MAGNUM, the latest metal endeavor including members of Digital Leather, Ladyfinger, Perry H Matthews, and The Fucking Party. I had to pick my face up off of the ground following their set, because it was melted off. I honestly haven't had that much fun at a show in, well, I don't know how long.

PRO-MAGNUM has a handful of shows coming up here soon, including an appearance at the next Benson First Friday. You'd be remiss to not attend one of these shows. 



Best. Presents. Ever



My 27th birthday was just grand. In addition to having a lovely dinner with Kerry, Cooper and his sister Willa, I received probably the best birthday gift ever. Cooper and his sister both individually gave me two of Sue's rings, including the one (the black one) I have always loved the most. I'm astounded by their generosity and am entirely humbled that I get to wear these pieces of Sue with me everyday.

I imagine how much these rings accompanied her throughout her life. How many holiday meals they were there to help prepare, how much soil and herbs they've been immersed in, how they touched and helped heal many of the people who came to her with physical and spiritual issues. These rings are my new prized possessions and I have no intention of taking them off. Ever.





Monday, October 21, 2013

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

Typically, I'm not ready for Monday to arrive, and this week is no different. I had a blast celebrating turning a year older with some dear friends and call me selfish, but I never want that feeling to end. It's not a perfect world though, where we can do whatever we please. We have to eventually return to work,  however once you get there, you don't have to jump straight into your day. Here are some internet recommendations to help distract yourself from the Monday gloom. 
  • This post pretty much describes me current situation to a tee. 
  • If you've never seen the Desaparecidos before, you should check out their show at the Waiting Room this Tuesday. The opening band is pretty badass too. $25 is a hair expensive, but I have a sneaking suspicion it will be worth it. 
  • Check out the familiar face that ended up on this list!
  • You know how a really good song can just indicate to you immediately how a scene in a movie is going to play out? Here are the 20 most overused film songs and what they typically mean. 
  • Luckily I don't have to fake my horror movie knowledge, but if you don't want to hide behind your hands watching scary movies, this is a pretty good run-down of everything you need to know so you don't seem like a baby. 
  • This is an interesting infographic about the regional popularity of girl's names over the past 50 years. I guess I have met a shit load of Amanda's, Jessica's, and Jennifer's.
  • Celebrity wedding inspiration, is there no better inspiration than that which comes from the celebrity variety?
  • In case you hadn't heard, Sharon Jones is back with a new song and an amazing music video. Goddamn we love that woman. 
  • Friendly Reminder: Halloween is almost here. Why not try to DIY a costume like this
  • I need this in my life. 
I have some awesome friends who know me pretty well. My lovely Samantha sent me this bracelet from Austin, TX and it contains some of my favorite things - 1) Black leather 2) Gold 3) Badassery

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Saturday Jams #38

Well I survived another birthday. Surprisingly, I woke up in a spry mood this morning, considering we were out until 2 and drank for, I don't know, about 7 hours. If this is how 27 is going to go, then I'm more than ok with it. I'm sitting up at Caffeine Dreams now, enjoying some alone time. I don't know why I always forget sitting at coffee shops for a couple of hours by yourself is so relaxing, and productive.  Currently, I'm listening to the Appleseed Cast on shuffle, but these jams are pretty good too - 


The Rapture - "Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks"
I'm not sure if I've ever posted this song before but it's been one of my favorites for years. I had always been a fan of The Rapture since their album Echoes, but ever since I heard this song in Rules of Attraction, it's been my go-to when I need to pump myself up. Also, I'm not sure what's going on with the cowbell in this video, but I'm pretty into it.


Joy Division - "Age of Consent"
I just can't not smile when I listen to this song. It's definitely in my top 5 faves.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Thoughts on a Birthday

My 26th year held a great deal of extreme highs and extreme lows. I lost a very dear and important maternal figure in Sue Moon (whose birthday also would have been today), but gained a brother I had waited 10 years to become an official member of my family. If this year has taught me anything, it’s to wash your hands of negativity, give no fucks what anyone thinks about you, allow people second chances when they deserve them, embrace the power and support of female relationships, drink whisky or wine as often as needed, and find a couple of close companions to get you through it all, whether they are of the furry or human variety. Sayonara 26. Eat my dust. Watch out 27.  Mommy’s going to crush you.

Wind Down / Wound Up

YOU GUYS IT'S MY BIRTHDAY TODAY AND THERE'S A FULL MOON TONIGHT. If that isn't a sign that this is is going to be my year, I don't know what is. While our weekend is going to be full of celebrating, and then eventual recovery, here are some other local happenings.
 
FRIDAY October 18
  • Big show tonight at Slowdown - see Built to Spill for just $22
  • Head to O'Leaver's to see our friends in Phantom Scout rock the house. It's only $5 and while you're there, if you're a female, take an obligatory shot of you on the toilet #oleaverstoilet
  • If you find yourself in an overpacked bar in Benson tonight, leave immidiately and head to Sweatshop for some drinks and dancing hosted by our friend DJ Butterhips.
  • Feeling like laying low tonight? Head to the cinema to see Enough Said, which is playing at Filmstreams now until next Thursday.
SATURDAY October 19
  • Head to the library downtown to check out some of Omaha's Lit Fest planned activities.
  • If literature isn't your bag, but wine/beer is, head over to Leavenworth St. for the Nebraska Brew/Vine Art Festival.
  • Last year I made the mistake of accidentally being in Benson at the same time the annual Zombie Walk was going on. I won't be making that same mistake this year, but maybe you're into it. Seriously, I wish those folks were actually zombies because then I could have gotten out of there quicker by running over all of the participants with my car.
  • Keep the zombie feeling going by heading to House of Loom for an undead disco party.
  • As if there isn't enough going on today, head to Omaha's newest and most promising record store located in Benson for their grand opening, featuring live music from the likes of Simon Joyner. Seriously y'all, we need to patron this place otherwise we'll lose another great record store.  
  • While we'll be at Brother's celebrating my 27th year on Friday, there's a pretty killer show here tonight that you should all go to. Pro Magnum will melt yo face off.
  • If you're in Lincoln, head to SP CE for a poetry reading in between seeing bands at Lincoln Calling.
 SUNDAY October 20
  • It's probably going to be one of the last Farmer's Markets, so head to Aksarben for some apple butter and gourds.
  • Haunted bike ride anyone? I had no idea Hummel Park was filled with paranormal activity.
  • Uh, is anyone seeing Bon Jovi tonight?
 I can't even begin to tell you how obsessed I've been with this song lately. I have a feeling our weekly Saturday jams this week are all going to be Neko Case songs.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

My Personal Ode to Meatloaf

It might seem a little weird for a mostly-vegetarian like myself to admit, but - I LOVE meatloaf. If there's meatloaf on a menu - I'm ordering it. As a pre-birthday treat, my dad and I went to Clancy's for lunch today to partake in their weekly meatloaf special. Gravy, green beans, french fries and tater tots - food doesn't get more comforting than this.

And I need some comfort today, my last day as a 26 year-old. Oh and because there's no better way to know you have a birthday looming than throwing out your back like I did last night. Croutch-walking around today I saw a glimpse at my future as Old Lady Francis. I think it will be alright once I have the nice porch and the bratty neighborhood kids to yell at.



Monday, October 14, 2013

Web Wilderness / Branching Out

Welcome to my birthday week dear readers! I kind of can't believe another year has passed, but I'm looking forward to my 27th year. While some consider birthdays to be a stress-inducing event, I just don't see the point of letting turning a year older "get to" me. Maybe my opinion will change as I get older, or maybe I'll always hold onto the feeling that the celebration part of birthdays will always outweigh the aging part. 

While I'm excited to celebrate my birthday at the end of the week, I'm not so excited to greet another Monday. If you need a little boost too, here are some internet findings to help buffer the Monday morning haze. 

  • We've always been HUGE Alice Munro fans at WO+SF. We studied her extensively in college and her short stories are just perfect, so hearing she won the Nobel Prize was made us jump for joy. If you're not so familiar with her work, here's a beginner's guide to her genius. Now that it's getting colder outside you'll need some new reading materials, right? 
  • My new favorite Tumblr page which is perfect for this spooky October.
  • There's a new Sharon Jones song out and it's just the best. 
  • Did you see that Lady Gaga released her new album's track list AND a new song? I can't even begin to tell you how incredibly excited I am to hear this collaboration with R. Kelly.
  • Tim Kasher is recently released a new album and the promotional contest for it is awesome. 
  • As you're probably aware, we're still amid a government shutdown. I recommend you drunk dial your state representative and let it rip. I'm also enjoying this site's usage of expletives to describe how ridiculous this shutdown is.
  • If you're wanting to spend October watching horror films but feel like you've seen them all, here are 15 I can guarantee haven't hit your watch-list. Start with May, it's the only movie I recognize and it is pretty damn good. 
  • Oh French women, we'll always be envious of your effortless style
  • Yep, this pretty much sums it up. 
  • Did we share this awesome new clip series where RuPaul drives around with his celebrity friends? The inaugural episode features Henry Rollins and while I'm a little surprised they're friends, I'm kind of not at all. Here's another episode featuring RPDR winner Sharon Needles. 
  • Our newspaper here is taking an interesting turn in what it's "reporting" on and I'm not sure what to think about it, but I want to lean toward thinking it's pretty cool. 
I had some time to kill this weekend so Bebop and I took some selfies together. Like a true teenager, he did not want to have anything to do with it.