Sunday, September 16, 2012

Rufus Wainwright- Out Of The Game Tour

Last night I headed off to the Arts Centre for Rufus Wainwright's sold out show at Hamer Hall.  This was my first time seeing the newly renovated Hamer Hall and the building is much more open now and looks great.  I managed to get a seat in the stalls close to the front so I had a good view of the stage.  The opening act was US singer-songwriter Krystle Warren, who is also a member of Rufus' band.  She played a half hour set of bluesy songs on acoustic guitar and had an expressive and soulful voice.

Rufus and his band emerged onto the darkened stage and started with an a cappella version of "Candles" before launching into "Rashida."  Rufus was wearing a sparkling white suit from his recent wedding that he said made him look like a snowflake.  The set featured many songs from his fantastic new album Out Of The Game, including my favorites "Perfect Man," "Montauk," and "Out Of The Game."

Rufus was very funny with his between song banter.  We were treated to some old favorites such as "April Fools," "Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk," "Going To A Town," "The Art Teacher" and "14th Street."  There was also a portion of the set which featured songs from Rufus' parents.  Teddy Thompson and Krystle Warren each sang a Kate McGarrigle song (Teddy's version of "Saratoga Summer Song" was amazing), and then Rufus and Teddy did Loudon Wainwright's "One Man Guy" (which was also on Rufus' album Poses).

The encore for the show was probably one of the biggest spectacles ever.  The band came out in costumes along with a man dressed as cupid, and they had everyone get up on their feet and dance in order to summon Rufus Apollo to the stage for a dance party.  Rufus eventually appeared in the crowd wearing a toga, blond wig, eye mask and glitter all over his body singing "Bitter Tears."  He wandered around the section I was sitting in and gathered a group of people from the crowd and led them in a conga line up onto the stage.  Towards the end of the song Teddy emerged with a giant lightening bolt and struck Rufus down.  He then proclaimed that he was in fact the "Gay Messiah" and they finished the night with that song.  It was another fabulous Rufus show and a fun time as always when he plays with his band.

Here's the video for "Out Of The Game" featuring Helena Bonham Carter

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Trivia at The B.East

A group of us from work decided to gather for an evening of trivia tonight at The B.East, a newish burger place on Lygon Street in East Brunswick that has taken over the space that used to house Turkish restaurant Baba.  Onagh and I threw caution (and diet) to the wind and ordered ourselves burgers and chili cheese fries to share.  Both were decent but the make or break dish for me was the ice cream sundae, which was an absolute disappointment.  News flash to the owners: if you are going to charge $9 for a sundae you better be using gourmet ice cream and lots of hot fudge sauce.  Instead we got budget vanilla ice cream, one spoonful of fudge sauce, some Freddo frogs, whipped cream, and a sparkler that must have been an attempt distract us from the disaster we were about to eat.

Thankfully the Rock and Pop Culture trivia was more entertaining.  The evening was hosted by Triple R’s Jess McGuire and Shock Record’s George H. and we had three rounds of film, tv and music trivia.  It may just be that I'm getting old, but many of the questions seemed kind of easy to me.  By the end of the night our table managed to tie for third place, which was pretty good considering the number of teams playing.  To make up for the sundae we stopped and got some gelati from Gelobar a few doors down before heading home.
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