Fan*Betty – Steve Ward

I posted this last December, but having just seen the infrequently performing Steve Ward last night I decided to bump it up- have a listen!

Steve Ward!

See and Be Seen

See and Be Seen

Opening Night

Opening Night

Cherry Twister

Cherry Twister


August 29, 2009. I can't get it out of my head, I like!, muse kiss. Leave a comment.

I Can Go For That, Can Do

Now if only they had the video of Inara and Mike Viola doing their duet from Just Before Dark. My 2 fave tastes that taste great  together!

July 7, 2009. I can't get it out of my head, I like!, muse kiss. Leave a comment.

It’s Our Boy, Howdy!

Staff photo by Tom Kelly IV - Howdy

Here’s an article from the Daily Local paper about the art exibit Cliff and I went to a few weeks back, and where I was tickeled to almost death that we were able to buy 1 of the 6  Jeff Schaller originals being shown (as an early birthday present for me!)

We call him Howdy, that’s him in the left hand corner (photo courtesy of the Daily Local and Staff photographer Tom Kelly IV) and if you’ve seen photos of The Hacienda you know he’ll fit in wonderfully. Check out the show while you can- it’s up ’til the 27th of this month!

July 2, 2009. Art, I like!. Leave a comment.

OMG I’m only 35% White!

Well at least according to the website Stuff White People Like!

The whole list is pretty hysterical, one of my many fave quotes, from #93 Music Piracy (which I do not like) but this part kills me because it’s so true in my circles:

Because of the availability of music online, a very strict social hierarchy has been created within white culture whereby someone with a large MP3 collection is considered “normal,” a large CD collection is considered to be “better,” and a person with a large vinyl collection is recognized as “elite.”

These elite white people abhor the fact that music piracy has made their B-sides, live performances, and bootlegs available to the masses. Their entire life’s work has been stripped of its rarity in terms of both object and sound on the record. The best thing you can say to them is: “vinyl still sounds better.”

However, it is recommended that you do not let this conversation drag much longer. If you let them continue talking to you they are likely to spend hours talking to you about bands you’ve never heard of and providing you with a weekly mix CD of rarities that you do not want.

There are 126 things on the master list but these are the ones I could honestly say I had to admit to!

#126 Vespa Scooters – they’re so cool looking!
#123 Mad Men – also so cool looking, and vintage
#119 Sea Salt – well, I love all salt
#116 Black Music that Black People Don’t Listen to Anymore – jazz, Stevie Wonder, but no Blues
#114 America – I do get all teary eyed at parades and patriotic songs
#113 Halloween – I like to dress up, but am afraid of trick or treaters
#111 Pea Coats – I had one, guilty!
#109 The Onion – of course
#106 Facebook – a necessary evil
#104 Girls with Bangs – I’ve got ’em!
#103 Sweaters – I’ve got so many cardigans, I’m always cold
#99 Grammar – there, their they’re!
#97 Scarves – again, see the always cold remark, but only in winter
#94 Free Healthcare – you have to read the entry for this one, it’s hysterical
#92 Book Deals – I won’t be afraid to admit I’d love my own book deal
#88 Having Gay Friends – I’ve got ’em!
#84 T-Shirts – of course
#83 Bad Memories of High School – well who doesn’t have ’em?
#82 Hating Corporations – stick it to the man
#79 Modern Furniture – well not all but some
#77 Musical Comedy – Allan Sherman, Tom Lehrer, yep.
#74 Oscar Parties – only the one at the Colonial Theatre
#71 Being the only white person around – guilty at restaurants
#67 Standing Still at Concerts – force of habit, but you have to read the entry on this one
#64 Recycling – I’ve even got my own recycling bin under my desk
#53 Dogs – better than cats and kids, imho
#51 Living by the Water – ocean preferrably
#50 Irony – ironing?
#49 Vintage – guilty of telling folks I picked it up for a steal at a thrift store
#47 Arts Degrees – So useful! I have one.
#44 Public Radio – I listen all the time, am I being brainwashed?
#42 Sushi – Cliff’s fave, I’ve become a fan
#41 Indie Music – can I help it if the music  I like never gets popular?
#39 Netflix – who doesn’t like Netflix?
#37 Renovations – wish we could have some done to the Hacienda
#36 Breakfast Places – I love all food places, breakfast is fine by me
#34 Architecture – buildings are cool!
#28 Not having a TV – guilty
#26 Manhattan (now Brooklyn too!) – we had our first date in NYC other than that I’d pretend I didn’t like the city
#23 Microbreweries – indie beer
#22 Having Two Last Names – well Cliff has one last name and I have another, so there you go
#13 Tea – not a coffee drinker so what’s a gal to do?
#8 Barack Obama – someone’s got to help the country!
#5 Farmer’s Markets – yep, tho I can never buy as much as I want to
#3 Film Festivals – sure!

and you?

June 25, 2009. Tags: , . I like!, randomania. Leave a comment.

Stardust- Nat “King” Cole / Hoagy Carmichael

Oh the things you find when you’re looking for something else. Sheer perfection. Both Nat and Hoagy are my faves.

June 16, 2009. I can't get it out of my head, I like!, muse kiss. Leave a comment.

I like! Illinois Street Lounge

illinois street loungs somafm.comClassic bachelor pad, playful exotica and vintage music of tomorrow.

Plenty more music on too, check it out

June 3, 2009. Tags: , , , , . cocktail culture, I can't get it out of my head, I like!, muse kiss. Leave a comment.

Holiday in the Sun

dave-perillo-sex-pistols-holiday-in-the-sunMost excellent! one of my fave illustrators that I’ve met at Blobfest Dave Perillo has this for sale at his etsy store HensnChicks – just in time for summer!

June 2, 2009. Tags: , , , . designy, I like!. Leave a comment.

I like! Jeff Schaller

Painter Jeff Schaller is a fave of mine, so you can imagine how surprised I was to see one of his paintings being recreated at the mall in Exton last fall (OK so this post is late, sue me). I am proud to say I overcame my fear of  being in public and joined in, even going so far as to asking the lady for a good square when I saw she was handing me a boring one.

Here’s what I got:schaller-houseas you can see it was kind of like paint by numbers- I got a lil carried away at one point, painting past the edges of my square, but I hope no one minded!

Here’s what the real deal looks like:


Here’s what the real one looks like in the context of the entire painting:


This gets my mind to wandering and wondering where the mural we helped to paint ended up?

January 30, 2009. designy, I like!, photoing. 1 comment.

Muse Kiss- Cartoon Christmas Trio

We went to see these guys here in town on Thursday night, a cool tradition for us since we moved here!They are a trio who play the Vince Guaraldi music from the Charlie Brown Christmas special as well as other holiday music played in the same style. Cliff is musician friends with Rob the bass player, and we had about 8 folks join us, next year we’ll commandeer a big table for sure!

I came up with this new logo for them (Christmas Tree-O, get it?), for pins for next year. Click it to check out their site!


December 20, 2008. Tags: , , , , , . I like!, muse kiss, phoenixville. 1 comment.


A lot of stuff going on this December in Phoenixville mostly, that I wanted to make sure folks knew about!

Wednesday December 3- Cliff Hillis plays Steel City, Clay Bird making at Phoenix Village Art Center

Friday December 5- Repeal of Prohibition! Cocktails for all!

Saturday December 6- Phoenixville Holiday House tour– I made a wrong turn during the first one of these I went to, and found out that the Hacienda was for rent, so you gotta love this!

Saturday December 13- Firebird Fest!

Sunday December 14- White Christmas at the Colonial Theatre

Thursday December 18- Cartoon Christmas Trio at Iron Hill- a tradition for us, the lovers of Guaraldi inspired Christmas music.

(OK so these 2 are not in Phoenixville)

Saturday December 20th Librarian Dance/ Bibliodiscotheque!, Philadelphia
Sunday December 21 Cliff Hillis plays the Tin Angel

(but these 2 are in Phoenixville)

Saturday December 20th, Sunday December 21-  It’s a Wonderful Life at the Colonial Theatre

Thursday December 25 (yes, I know) The Hillis Brothers play Christmas Day/Eve “Get out of the house” at Arenas, Rehoboth DE

December 2, 2008. cocktail culture, I like!, looking fwd2, randomania. 1 comment.

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