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December 5, 2008


Tonight, I leave for New York City.

New York City. The Big Apple. The Big Cheese. Sin City.

Wait a minute, isn't Sin City Las Vegas? Hmm ... Well, my point is, I' m not gonna be around Baltimore this weekend. If I were, I'd probably go to the Repeal Day celebrations at Kooper's tonight. I went to the Washington Monument Lighting last night. More on that later.

Big plans this weekend, gang? 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:09 AM | | Comments (11)


I too am heading for NYC, my hometown, to see my mom perform with Peter, Paul and Mary at Carnegie Hall. OK, my mom and the New York Choral Society :p

I grew up there and this has been annual show for the chorus, with PP&M joining them every couple of years.

But this year will be bittersweet, because Mary is very ill. She's been battling leukemia for awhile, and she's using a wheelchair and will apparently need oxygen on stage tonight, but she is determined to be there. It may be the last time I see them perform together.


seeing my bro's band at the ottobar tonight (deep cuts)

possibly going to central.

saturday is up in the air.

sunday squidfire artmart at the lyric and seeing a band that makes their own instruments out of junk for free at metro gallery.


I am sooo jealous! PLEASE eat some pizza for me!!!

I'm obessed with NYC pizza, specifically John's and Lombardi's. I was just there Labor Day (pizza and beer for 2 days straight, we literally ate nothing else) and cannot wait to go back in Jan. The first thing I do (after parking the car) is get my pizza.

Can I get an Amen for NY pizza?!?!?

My buddy Josh lives in Brooklyn right by a great corner pizza joint. You bet I'm gonna hit that place up a couple times this weekend.

Tonight, have my company xmas party at Woodberry Kitchen complete with a Yankee Swap gift exchange...check this gift out...Dvds of ghostbusters 1 and 2 and a PB&J kit including a loaf of bread, jar of peanut butter, jar of jelly, and, of course, a jar of marshmallow fluff to go along with ghostbusters to Harrisonburg, VA to tailgate and watch my JMU Dukes in the second round of the FCS playoffs against Villanova...go Dukes!!

Sunday...looking for last minute tickets to the Skins/Ravens game or else staying in to watch the game

Tonight: Egg Babies Orchestra! Unless I have to nurse a sick friend back to health.

Saturday: Ditto. (That is, if I can't see EBO tonight, I might try to catch their kid-friendly show at Creative Alliance. I may need to borrow a kid to do so.)

Sunday: Hopefully the Corcoran Museum of Art's "Portraits of Power" exhibition. Definitely the Washington Revels at the Lisner. It is an Xmas tradition.

PS: Caleb Stine had a solo show last night at Talking Head. Interesting—more dissonant and a tad more rock than his Brakemen stuff. First two or three songs were rock-solid and absolutely killed. The rest felt a bit rougher, though still pleased the crowd. It seems like he's definitely working on structuring each solo piece individually—including playing with time signatures and in at least one case with a refrain that seemed to come from a wildly different place than the verse.

Given that it was at Talking Head on a rainy weeknight, all in all the show felt like an evening of neighbors getting together to watch a good friend explore. Small Sur played as well—every bit as good as advertised!

Tonight: hitting up Midnight Madness in Ellicott City with the husband and the fam.

Tomorrow: decorating for the holidays, running errands, drinking wine.

Sunday: watch the game.

Does anyone know if Baltimore is doing a Santarchy in 2008?

We had one last year and I was out of town for it, and I heard a rumor that it was going on this Saturday.

Can anyone confirm?

Trolling for possible new band mates at Elvis night after a day of hall deckage. Great write-up on the "tree" lighting--yeah, those fireworks look real he-man.

Hey fellow Pizza geeks...

You need to DEFINITELY hit Joe's in the Village. Used to be at the corner of Bleecker and Carmine, then moved just around the corner at 7 Carmine (right near the W4th subway).

In sadder news on that, in looking at
their website I discovered they now have a place in LA. I hope this is not a sign of the apocalypse.

I will be hitting them up at about 2 am on my way back into the Holland Tunnel tonight.

If you go REALLY hungry, you can make it the Holy Trinity of eating cheap down there:

Add Mamoun's Falafel at 119 MacDougal

which is incredible, and Gray's Papaya on 8th Street & 6th Avenue for the most unbelievable hot dog and maybe a banana or coconut drink, and you will have a feast - a slice, a falafel, a hot dog and a drink for about 9 bucks, maybe less.

My other two favorite pizza joints are Five Roses on the East Side (1st Avenue between 10th and 11th).

And Sullivan Street Bakery, actually uptown, at 533 W. 47th between 10th and 11th. It's amazing but decidedly different - no sauce, room temperature, but the flavors are lights out - cauliflower, zucchini, white, mushroom, and my favorite, the potato - very thin slices of potato on their bread. Plus these sticks of bread with cloves of garlic in them, or whole olives - wow...

One more for my future quest is a place that many of my friends say is better than all those (this is always a big debate in NYC, like the best crabcake here) - DiFara in Brooklyn.


On Sunday, Rod Henry at Dangerously Delicious Pies in Hampden is gathering a bunch of his fellow musicians and holding one of his Music Brunches from 12-2. Sunday's Tributee is Waylon Jennings so it should be a rockabilly event, although some of the musicians are more rock than billy. These brunches are an interesting mix of musicians and their friends, family and fans, music lovers and just people wandering in, looking for a cup of coffee and slice of pie. (I'm sure Rod will be selling breakfast pies, whatever that might be, although I recommend the Pecan.)

About the time this winds down, the Mayor's Christmas Parade should be going by.

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