Last night, Weiss and I kept up with one of our favorite Second City traditions…
We saw Casiotone for the Painfully Alone perform.
This was my 3rd concert, Weiss’ 4th. (I was out of town or something for one of them…)
The night was really great. We met up early for dinner at Piece, and decided that we could actually finish off a medium pizza (which we did). I got a beer that Adam had introduced me to on Friday (also at Piece). Our waiter described it as “a campfire in a bottle”, it’s also been described as “liquid bacon”… it’s a smoked beer, absolutely amazing, but I can’t finish a whole bottle.
Because we met up two hours before the show started, Weiss and I had time to discuss a whole array of topics. One of which being this upcoming holiday and my lacking of costume. We decided to think of “Sexy _____”… but not your standard ones (anyone can do “Sexy Nurse”, “Sexy Cop”, “Sexy Witch”, and even “Sexy Hobo”). The list will eventually be on Shoup. But I think I’ve got my costume picked out… I just need to make some purchases.
Anyway, we eventually left Piece and headed over to the Bottle to see CFTPA. Apparently Weiss and I are showing our age — or rather, someone else’s, because being out late like that should have been natural for 20-somethings. When we got there, the first group had just started — sBach. Definitely a unique group. At first I wasn’t sure, but I quickly decided that I indeed liked them and even purchased their cd after their set. I feel this will be perfect SMASH & KILL music for when I eventually start playing more video games (more on that in a future post). After sBach was Ill Ease, who definitely took some getting used to. Great musician though — a one woman band. So much energy too.
Finally it was time for CFTPA to take the stage. As always, Owen provided an amazing show. I think I’ll be purchasing his newest release… He never played my request, but I won’t hold it against him. And as always, I’m already looking forward to his next show in the city.
When all was said and done and Weiss had two CFTPA cds, we boarded a bus, departed ways at Ashland as Weiss headed to the southern lands of Pilsen and I went off to the Brown Line.
Okay. Here’s the thing. When I left work yesterday, there was some notice about the Red Line and something happening from some place in or near the Loop all the way up to North/Clybourn from 9pm to 2am. So I just assume that it’s closed and rerouted, so I’ll just take the Brown to Fullerton and switch…. well, I get to the Brown at 12:50am. The last train is scheduled for 12:58. It’s 1:10a and the train hasn’t come. So the CTA worker comes out and says she’s going to lock up the station and that the train isn’t coming. I pass this message on to the other guy who’s waiting… so we walk together to the Red Line. (Which was nice… not walking alone in an area just 15 minutes before I saw a man push a woman — I couldn’t tell if the woman was on something and harassing him, or what was going on, I didn’t stick around.) We get about 2 blocks from the station, turn around, and there’s the Brown Line train, just leaving… Yeah. So Red Line it is.
The Purple Line has already stopped at this point, so I’m just concerned about just eventually making it home my whatever means. At Howard, I just miss the N201 bus — which would have taken me about 4 blocks or so away from my apartment… rather than waiting about 30 minutes for the next, I contemplate walking the 8-12 blocks home. Daytime, not a problem. 2am. Eh… maybe not the best of ideas. Luckily there’s a cab there… $5 later I’m home.
Anyway. Now I’ll leave you with your tribute…. I’ve seen this artist before, and to have her paired up with CFTPA is just awesome.