The Problem of Leisure…

Written by  //  February 29, 2008  //  The Conservatory, The Problem of Leisure  //  18 Comments

Sometimes during Problem of Leisure forums, other important life issues get discussed. Things get solved. Lives are changed. In this session of P.O.L., we decided to change Nathan & Stephen’s name back to Nathan & Stephen for them (hope they get the memo), and we also talked about the violent misuse of apostrophes in words like TVs, Hot IQs, and the ’70s. But that’s for another lesson.


As you can tell, we love Amanda here. Happy Birthday, gorgeous! Onto the task at hand: what are you guys doing this weekend?


This is a fine weekend for hip film. The Starz Film center is showing a ultra chic post-punk thiller Diva! A film that shows the all to real dangers of bootlegging (and added bonus for this film is that when you buy a ticket for it you get free ticket a screening of the Marx Brothers classic A Night at the Opera on March 5th. . . note – these two films have little in common beside their greatness and the opera)

For those seeking heaping amounts of style, an unknown recording artist named Bjork has a little film Drawing Restraint 9 playing the Midnight Movie at the Esquire.

If you are feeling too good and feel your life needs a swift kick in the direction of depression, head over to the Chez and check out 4 Months, 3 Weeks and Two Days. This film should have won best foreign film at last weekend Oscars, but somehow failed to even be nominated (more on that to come). Anyone who takes American freedom for granted has to check out this film, though it is set in fall of Communism in Romania of the late eighties, it could very well be a portrait of the Neo Con future of America .


As much as I dislike their new name I’m still super-excited to hear new songs from Nathan, Stephen and the rest of the amazing Hearts of Palm.

Hearts of Palm (Nathan and Stephen) CD release party!
Date/Time: Saturday March 1, 2008
Time: 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Illegal Petes lodo
Street Adr: 1530 16th St


Can we start a petition for them to pick another, better name? I just can’t take it seriously. It’s a goddamn vegetable, and how unoriginal is it to name your band after an album from a band you like? The answer: very unoriginal.

…that being said, I’ll probably go to that, too.

28 DEEP:

me too:

Hearts of Palm (Nathan and Stephen) CD release party! 1.jpg


I second the petition idea. Hearts of Palm is a horrible name for a band–especially a band that’s talented.

Were I in Colorado, I would have conflicting plans for Friday night. I’d like to think I would head to the Laughing Goat in Boulder to see my friend Stoobs play with his fabulous folksy/rock band Wadirum. But, I’m usually too lazy to drive to Boulder, so I would most likely check out Cafe Nuba at the Roxy. I haven’t been to Cafe Nuba since I swore off the spoken-word poetry “scene”, but I always had a good time and their poets are pretty damn impressive.

Of course, I’m not in Denver, so I’m actually gonna go to Charlotte to watch lesbians play guitars.


I don’t care what else is going on this weekend, you should really be at Rockbar on Friday night celebrating Tall Amanda’s 30th birthday. I know you all know her, she’s probably bought you a drink at some point because she’s nice like that. So come show your appreciation for her awesomeness and be there. 3015 East Colfax,

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Bad Luck City CD Release Show! This Friday!

Bad Luck City is rad
man, that sextet is cool
Radio 1190 loves Adelaide
and the Truth does too

Friday 29 February 2008
at the fabulous 3 Kings Tavern
with Monofog and Oblio Duo


I’m covering the Bad Luck City CD Release party for Reverb – haven’t been back to 3 Kings for too long, since the Boyfriend/Girlfriend days it seems. Then I’m going to go make my manservants give Amanda a birthday lapdance.

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18 Comments on "The Problem of Leisure…"

  1. Bang Tango'ed February 29, 2008 at 8:43 am · Reply

    Since the Rockbar is my goto dive, I will most likely be lurking around there after taking in City of Men Friday night.

    So what the hell else are we supposed to do this weekend? Everyone’s picks revolves around Friday night. My vote is an impromptu lawn bowling tournament/sausage cook off Saturday morning in Wash Park. Buried somewhere in Wash Park is a groomed lawn bowling arena complete with bleachers and pretty flowers to look at. I’ve only been able to find it once, as I’m convinced a team of small gnomes moves it from location to location if only to unravel me.

  2. Bang Tango'ed February 29, 2008 at 8:44 am · Reply

    Oh how dense I am. Nathan & Stephen is on Saturday night. I wonder if they will mind us simply ignoring their new moniker.

  3. Team Donnybrook
    godonnybrook February 29, 2008 at 9:35 am · Reply

    Each time I mention Nathan & Stephen, I feel rebellious against their alleged “new name.”

    So we might see you tonight, Bang Tango’ed. You must reveal yourself! I feel like this is “You’ve Got Mail” and we’re Meg Ryan and you’re Tom Hanks. Or was that Sleepless in Seattle? At any rate, you inspire feelings of bad romantic comedies in me, I guess…

  4. Bang Tango'ed February 29, 2008 at 10:15 am · Reply

    I will be looking for white tennis shorts; however, other than your portrayed avatars on the left hand column of the site I know very little about how to identify you among throngs of people.

  5. Ivyy February 29, 2008 at 11:14 am · Reply

    Oh this is so romantic!!

  6. Bang Tango'ed February 29, 2008 at 11:41 am · Reply

    I’m not sure if I have any pictures floating around, as I like to uphold a specific degree of anonymity, but you should be able to pinpoint me by the leather bound books I carry, the tobacco pipe emitting bubbles into the air, and the horde of people surrounding me as I dictate my latest adventure in the African Savannah hunting the one eyed lion.

  7. Cap'n Colleen February 29, 2008 at 12:44 pm · Reply

    I just found out my friend Pulli is going to Amanda’s party tonight. I love it when I discover that people that I know are friends with other people I know.

    It’s much cooler than being in South Carolina where the people I know number in the single digits.

  8. Goose February 29, 2008 at 12:52 pm · Reply

    Sounds like you folks have a great weekend planned out. I’ll be at Amanda’s dirty 30 party tonight @ Rockbar which I know will be off the hook. I look forward to seeing some of you Donnybrook types meandering through at different points in the evening.

    On Saturday, I just may take up folk’s suggestions on Nathan & Stephen. I may also be toggling between the Hi-Dive and the Skylark on Saturday night as well.


  9. meow February 29, 2008 at 1:08 pm · Reply

    the mistress and i have free TV preview tickets tonite… yeah, we’re driving to a hotel to watch tv. thats just one of the perks of being associated with the Writing accademy.
    tomorrow nite we shall most defiantly make an appearance at the NATHAN AND STEPHEN show at pete’s. burritos, music, free CD’s and all of you? how could i say no?

    i second a saturday afternoon Wash Park romp…. i was already planning to head out there to do some laps, and i would gratefully take a training break to play some lawn bowling or bochee ball.

    (and no, i did not misspell definitely…)

  10. Guido Sarducci IV February 29, 2008 at 1:09 pm · Reply

    Well my weekend has been fucked. I’m stuck at home now with the flu. Happy B’day Amanda. I don’t think I’ll see you tonight. Hope everybody finds a way to have fun without me.

  11. 28deep February 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm · Reply

    the amanda kissing erin photo is one of my favs.

    sooooo adorable.

    meow, rockbar is calling post TV preview…

  12. Ivyy February 29, 2008 at 2:00 pm · Reply

    Awww 28deep and Meow are now making plans via Donnybrook comments section. That’s so cute.

    Oh boy, I must be in one of those “romantic” moods today, everything I see is cute and precious. I just put a picture of a kitten as the background on my work PC. Yup, and I’m proud to admit it.

  13. Bang Tango'ed March 1, 2008 at 4:10 pm · Reply

    Who leaves a party before midnight? I was at the rockbar, leather bound books in hand, around 12:30 or so. Sorry to have missed most of you. Our “You’ve got mail” love affair will have to kick off another time.

  14. Bang Tango'ed March 2, 2008 at 4:21 am · Reply

    Kicked off.

  15. Team Donnybrook
    godonnybrook March 2, 2008 at 2:15 pm · Reply

    It was fabulous to unveil the mystery that is Bang Tango’ed last night.

  16. meow March 3, 2008 at 11:26 am · Reply

    i know its a bit late, but i wanted to suggest a compromise on the nathan and stephen/ hearts of palm debate…

    how about shortening their current cumbersome myspace handle to

    (formerly Nathan and Stephen)


  17. Team Donnybrook
    godonnybrook March 3, 2008 at 12:42 pm · Reply

    That, my friend, is the best idea I’ve heard yet.

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