Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Sunday Recap: The Visual Underground at the Casbah

Sunday was a lazy relaxing day at home. I cooked some, cleaned some, and caught up on some of my shows that I missed over the 24 hour news cycles of fire coverage. In case you weren't aware, ABC, CBS, and MTV all have full episodes of many of their shows online. NBC and Fox probably do, too, though there's not really anything I watch on those networks.

Later in the eve, I made my way to the Casbah. Somehow, even though I was there by 7:30, all the free food was gone. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that in the 5 years of that Visual Underground has been around, I had never been to one in the past. There always seems to have been something else going on.

I was really impressed with the set up. The patio was already pretty full, the pool tables were turned into a full on gallery with beautiful art. Pyles was in the back area and after chatting, that's when he put me on air to plug my blog, my CityBeat column, and my one year "blogiversary". Jake, Malinda and I were hungry, so we left to get some Bronx pizza. When we I watched a couple of the short films, but the sound was so piercing, I couldn't last long in the main room. There also seemed to be some tension in the bar between the Visual guys and the bar staff which made for awkwardness I've never really experienced there. Still, I stuck around. I wanted to see the costume contest because there were some great costumes. It was disappointing then to discover that only three contestants were chosen for the contest. Everyone I knew was rooting for Nate's He-Man costume, but the winner was a pregnant Wonder Woman (with a store bought costume). Boo. From that point I was a little was already 11 before Operator X was even close to hitting the stage. As much as I wanted to see them, I decided to head home and get some shuteye. Visual Underground has been an institution in the local music community, and I wish I could say I was sad to see it go, but after this night, maybe it is better that the event comes to a close. We'll just have to see other events and promoters rise to the top.

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