WELL. As you may have heard How I Learned turned TWO last week. To help celebrate Maggie Estep, James Hannaham, Ryan Britt, and Amy Shapiro held forth on the theme How I Learned I Was Basically in Love With You, and special musical guest members of Lloyd United, played a ukelele and percuss version of Duran Duran's "Rio." Wait. What? I know! The night was wet and slushy and it was fixing to blizzard but you people still packed the room. Thank you, you people. I am basically in love with all of you.
Here are photos from last week. They were taken by the great Jon Boulier. We're off to a great season. Everything is great.
|I stood at the ready holding AMY SHAPIRO's cocktails while she read her ode to booze. See her comedy show AKA Pants every 2nd Tuesday at Parkside Lounge.|
|I told you when I invited you that there might be party hats.|
|We won this book by Maggie Estep! And we love our glasses and our hats!|
|The amazing MAGGIE ESTEP. Wish I had a drink ticket for every girl who told me Maggie changed their life.|
|Half of this table was Hats Only. Cheers!|
|I don't know, I just like it.|
|Those two again.|
|He's looking at his special one-of-a-kind party favor! HE LOVES IT! Also, he was really into the hat.|
|More cuteness. But they weren't into the hats so much.|
|God Says No auteur JAMES HANNAHAM. Oh, man. I am definitely basically in love with him.|
|This is Lloyd of LLOYD UNITED, one part pop ukulele outfit, one part hooligan prog rock experience and one part beer-soaked Irish drinking song mob. Just out of frame is a dude on percussion. His name is Dave.|
|They. Are. Loving. It. And not only because they happen to be friends of mine.|
|They wore the party hats and blew the whistle-horn-whizzer things. I don't know who they are but I'm pretty into their enthusiasm.|
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[UPDATE: The 2011 cals have sold out but you can still donate!] You can buy a 2011 Unexpected Pitbull calendar featuring Maggie Estep and her dog Mickey! (We gave one away at the show.) Maggie says: "It's a great cause, 100% of profits go to helping the hundreds of thousands of pits in shitty situations... So many HUGE misconceptions about these dogs, it's heartbreaking."