Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Sahr Ngaujah and company do songs from Fela! at St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn

This Monday evening, Sahr Ngaujah and the band from the Broadway show Fela!, a tribute to the Nigerian musician and political activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, considered "the father of Afro-beat" (there's a good short biography here), performed music from the show at St. Ann's Warehouse, a theater venue in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. The show was meant to be performed outdoors, in Brooklyn Bridge Park, but was moved indoors because of rain. My friend and neighbor Karl Junkersfeld was on hand to make the video above. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

MLB playoffs begin: a salute to the Minnesota Twins

I'm not a Twins fan, and my only significant contacts with Minnesota are: (1) having married my first wife there; and (2) as a fifth year law firm associate with very little litigation experience, being tapped on a day's notice to fly out there and take two depositions in a fiercely contested private antitrust suit, in one of which the deponent was implacably hostile. Nevertheless, once again picking up a cue from Eliot Wagner, I feel compelled to post the above video of The Baseball Project doing the Twins anthem "Please Don't Call Them Twinkies", featuring a lead vocal by Twins fan Craig Finn of the Hold Steady. Last Wednesday evening, again through the good offices of Eliot, I had the pleasure of meeting TBP co-founder Steve Wynn and drummer (and Twins fan) Linda Pitmon, at the Amygdaloids concert at Don Hill's (about which more in a later post).

I was hoping also to find a video of an earlier Twins song, dating from the run-up to their first World Series victory in 1987, "My Baby Waves the Homer Hanky", obviously based on the 1966 Tommy James and the Shondells hit "Hanky Panky". Unfortunately, no such video exists, but I did find this clip of hanky-waving when the Twins won the tie breaker for the American League Central title last year:

Tomorrow the Twins, once again AL Central champs and having the league's best record, will face the wild card, and defending world champion, Yanks at the Twins' new stadium, Target Field. I hope to see lots of hankies waving in this series.

As for longer-term loyalties for these playoffs, the Mets having fallen short yet again, I'm pinning my hopes on my old home town's team, the Rays.

Update: Based on the results of the first two games, it seems I've managed to curse both the Twins and the Rays. (Think of the '04 Red Sox...the '04 Red Sox....)