Monday

Entertainment last night: Kirsten Williams + Crash Course Karaoke at Kenny's Castaways. Entertainment tonight: Swagg + Box of Crayons at Manitobas. I'm adding CCK to the list of bands we like. They really rocked Joe's party, and it's such a great idea, giving people the chance to get up on the microphone with a little more structure than an open air jam session. And they're a tight band too, fun to watch, people get excited to come up and sing with them. They're turning every Sunday night into a party over at Kenny's. It's always a laugh to walk through that part of the village too. Kenny's is a good bar, but that neighborhood is such a gaudy tourist trap, there's something silly about walking purposefully into it. Nonetheless, you want to see something on a Sunday check it out. Last night we heard Springsteen sung in Japanese, and two boys from Jersey did that thing where one guy stands behind the other guy, with the front guy singing and the guy in back making all the hand-arm movements. Ian did Dylan. I sang an Edie Brickell song. Kirsten was lovely, her voice beautiful, her songs sophisticated as usual. I love that her between-song personality hasn't really changed from the first time I saw her, but in the songs she's so confident and working the subtleties more and more. Tonight is four for four in the four day weekend that starts the holiday season. Friday The Larch played Laila Lounge. We had a decent turn out despite crazy weather, 70 degrees in December with 60mph winds bringing on the change to today's crisp and wintry air. We stayed late after our show again with DJ FatTony. But that was just the warm-up for Joe's amazing birthday party. Billy put the Beefstock curtains up, changed the lighting to transform the old wood-panelled Gjoa club. Open bar, Patti's food. Them Filosa's know how to throw a party.

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