Monthly Archives: April 2009

Lily Allen Performs at the Ogden Theater

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Apr. 9, 2009

经过了漫长的等待,Lily Allen终于从遥远的英国来到了Denver,今晚的秀是在Ogden Theater,Colfax Avenue上比较杂的那一段上的一个小型演唱会场。虽小但很有传统show的境界:

 
(照片其实是演唱会结束后才照的,因为之前太兴奋忘了照)
 
 
我(Lily)和Allen(哈哈)提前一个小时到,因为怕没位置。比我们早到的人大多聚集在舞台前面,但他们都得站着。我们上了会场的二楼,感觉像阳台。左右两边因为太接近喇叭,怕受不了,就选了离舞台较远的中后方座位。等了一个小时,一直盯着舞台上的音乐器材和不动的白帘发呆:
 

靠近八点了,人越来越多。音乐开始了!我兴奋地站起来,手里抓着相机准备就绪。To my disappointment,不是Lily Allen,只是她的一个Opening Act,从西雅图来的一队摇滚乐团,个个都像吃了摇头丸似的,音乐吵死了。真不懂这怎么“享受”。我的相机拿出来又放回去了,因为手实在没空照相,要拼命捂着耳朵别让它震聋了。乐团的名字我根本记不起来,虽然他们讲话时是没有吵杂音乐的唯一时间,但是听力已经被弄坏了,只听到嗡嗡响。见他们唱了又说,说完喝水,再唱,再说,再喝水….这有完没完啊?我无精打采极了;看到左边那群很enjoy的人摇了摇头,看看右边:两个似是白领的人跟我一样,两眼望空,没有一丝光亮。Allen更像与世隔绝了般,竟然戴上墨镜(遮住强烈的舞台照射灯),耳朵里塞满白白的纸巾,让我觉得又好气又好笑!

快到九点了!简直不敢相信我们等了快两小时!这队一点艺术都没有的“音乐人”答谢了Lily Allen让他们演出,就开始把乐器逐渐搬离。起码又等了半小时重新布置舞台,这时候更多人进场,整个会场满满的,我们的前后左右都挤着人。小歌后果然不让人失望!我们前面的一排座位故意留空,现在只看见一个工作人员钻过封条来到我们跟前的一个很像星空望远镜的东西,原来那是射灯,而他就是负责这个的。他熟练地点燃一根香烟开始舞弄起这个“望远镜”。有三个较矮的女生窜出来,扯着喉咙问她们可不可以也钻到前排来。那个不负责任的工作人员居然跟她们商量,如果可以给他一根香烟,就让她们进来,条件是不能跟别人说。我的天!在室内抽烟已经是很不道德的了,看着他们握手点头,互相介绍自己,我和Allen讨论着今晚要吸进去多少二手烟和他们会不会上床…

….不知不觉,白帘终于落下来,露出挂着的特大 L I L Y,颜色跟着舞台的灯光变化着,她的歌声比人首先出场。刺眼的灯光让我的眼睛白茫茫了好一会儿才回过神来:

(这就是那个吸烟男的手,哼!)
 
 
她大概唱了所有 It’s Not Me, It’s You 的歌吧,第一张专辑的只有一两首,可惜没唱“Alfie”的。虽然看不太清楚她的脸,可是她剪了短发,很可爱,挺适合她的:
 
 
她不像Britney Spears那样会舞蹈,但在舞台上活跃地,跟着节奏地蹦跳的她让人无法不喜欢:
 

 
让我失望的是她今晚的style,不像之前的Lily Allen,穿的极普通,大半场的时间没穿鞋子,最后几首歌时还穿运动鞋,不知是怎么回事。还有哦,她可以和前面那吸烟男为伍了。整场show一路唱一路跳一路抽烟:
 

 
形像好坏还是其次,抽烟多了会不会影响声带啊?我真不希望她的声音变沉!
 
唱到Fuck You这首歌的时候,全场气氛十分热烈,她首先带头举起中指:
 
 
我们粉丝们就有样学样了,很久没这么free了!
 
才表演了大概一个小时,这里已经是安可部分了:
 
 
这大概是她整晚上最大幅度的动作了,后仰身慢慢倒地:
 
 
最后她对我们回眸一笑,祝一声“Good Night, Denver!”,摆出胜利的手势,歪头wink了一下就离场了:
 
 
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Proto’s

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March 12, 2009
 

At Proto’s last night, this is what we had for starter:

It’s called something like "mini mozzarella tomato salad with olive oil", well, it was on the specials menu for only $3. We thought, OK, we’d like to have a salad. When the waitress put it on our table, we were like "what is this?" well, our idea of a "salad" was very different of course, and we thought this was some kind of a dessert. LOL!
 
Instead of taking time to decide, we ordered the special pizza of the day:
 
When it said "pie", it really meant pizza (how strange!):
 

It was pretty good except that the spinach stung my tongue a little bit…
 
Then we decided it wasn’t enough food for us, this 12-inch, medium sized "pie" that had a hand-tossed, really thin crust, so we took a look at the specials menu again and got this mini pizza for $5:
 
It’s called "The Ruby" (I really hoped it was not meant by the color). There were pesto, olives, artichoke hearts, etc. on top. I thought the cheese on it tasted pretty good, but overall, not my type of pizza topping. The reason we ordered it (in addition to the waitress recommending it) was that we had heard of "pesto" on Friends and always wanted to try it! *eyes rolling*
 
Dessert time! My friend Julie mentioned how tasty Italian ice cream is (they call it Gelato), we decided to order the lemon flavor:
 

It was lemon ice cream covered in lemon powder sugar (?) and with lemon flavored syrup… At first I regretted not ordering a pint to take home for only a dollar more. But after tasting it, whooooo, too sour for me!
 
My favorite was of course the cannoli:
 

I loved how they had more of those creamy stuff all over and not just inside. (Later I looked it up on Wikipedia, the creamy stuff that doesn’t taste like cream, nor cheese, nor ice cream, is Mascarpone, or ricotta cheese. It is not very sweet and that’s why I’m crazy about it.)
 
Well, it was a pretty good meal, if not for the $6 a piece dessert, it wouldn’t have been too expensive (it was $44 after tax and tips; we did not even have anything to drink but water). I liked how they gave us the check in a little can:
 
I wonder if that’s how they do it in Italy, or Italian restaurants?!

奇怪了

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读书时候每次要交作文或写论文就皱眉头,最关心的是至少几页才符合要求。现在有了网络博客倒是孜孜不倦地写呀写,日志也好,发泄的也好,反正不记得自己以前曾经爱写日记过。难道这是虚荣心么?日记好像规定是留给自己看的,不应该与人分享。网志就不同了,圆了每人内心的publish梦;作者甚至可以破天荒地让别人对自己的生活品头论足。网络世界的确造就了不少新鲜。
 

 
老外都喜欢早上起来洗澡,然后再上班。一直想不出原因,这不就让自己的床变成最肮脏的一处了吗?现在才了解原来洗澡=梳洗+打扮。洗干净的头发要马上吹才漂亮;隔晚弄好的发型睡一晚不就全没了?没就没,我还是没法改变自己的习惯。最近跟几个在这里的中国人聊天时发现他们也有老外的习惯,就随意添上一句“原来你也喜欢早上洗澡”?得到的回答几乎一致:“哦,我一天洗两次澡!”这么虚伪做什么呢?谁会无端端睡觉前后各洗一次澡?学老外就学老外,床脏就床脏,我不会judge你的!