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Ironically (or maybe not), my Writing and Editing for the Web class is kicking my ass. I mean, it's difficult, probably because

A) my last experience with journalism was back in college

and

B) I have a more-than-full-time job, several extracurricular activities, and a life.

But on a more positive note, some of the fun things I've been doing with these late, great days of summer. Last Thursday night some friends (including [livejournal.com profile] matt_rah) and I went to see a triple bill of Main Squeeze Orchestra, Mucca Pazza, and Slavic Soul Party. Things were a little dicey at the beginning, with doors opening over an hour late due to a last-minute "inspection" of the venue. But we got in, got a table, got our obligatory drinks, and then... well, there's nothing like an all-accordion "Bohemian Rhapsody" to warm the soul.

Saturday I went to Warm Up at PS 1, this outdoor afternoon dance party at a contemporary art museum. Big summer fave. This year the courtyard's been done up with what look like Dr Seuss-inspired beach cabanas (and sand). Not to mention the sculptures that drop a ton of water on your head if you time it wrong (or right). My friends wouldn't dance, and I wasn't ready to leave them behind, so we ended up back in Central Park at a free jazz concert to benefit New Orleans. Not bad.

Sunday I got up before some of y'all went to bed, and waited in line to get free Shakespeare in the Park tickets w/ my equally insane friends (and a few hundred of our fellow New Yorkers). The show was absolutely worth it, though--they're doing A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the outdoor setting was MADE for that play, I swear. This was one of the few shows in recent seasons that hasn't relied on a few big names from movies and TV. Nope, these were actual stage actors, and it showed. Great lighting, costumes, music....

Now I'm happy 'cause my friend loaned me her They Might Be Giants double-CD set. And suddenly everyone's my friend in New York City.

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