Posts Tagged ‘Intelligentsia Coffee’

Lolla Tease

March 31, 2010

Well, it is shortly to be the new summer concert festival season, (with Coachella to begin a mere 16 days away in nearby Indio, CA) and so the age old practice of selling tickets before revealing the line up is again the way it’s played.

Lollapalooza tickets are on sale, and today, all the Os of band names are up. I see none that looks like it could be Modest Mouse. Look for yourself, and correct me if I am wrong.

The only ticket for a show I have purchased so far is for another show in Chicago, the Pitchfork Music Festival in mid-July, and I bought it because a) it was cheap at $90 for a 2.5 day festival and b) Modest Mouse is playing. What more reasons did I need? We will see if I actually make it.

I say that only in the sense of we shall see how my finances and ability to leave LA are at that point in time. The ticket is usually the cheapest part of a music festival, as getting there, lodging and eating are the other 3/4 of the equation.

If worse comes to worst, I go and attend only Friday to see Modest Mouse, and leave my wrist band with the person I usually stay with in Chicago to enjoy the other two days. Hopefully her wrist is small enough. Or, like I had the inclination to the first time I did Lollapalooza and had an extra ticket, I kept thinking of giving it to one of the baristas at Intelligentsia, before that coffee place invaded Los Angeles and it was still a Chicago exclusive. Someone who was working in the morning, no reason not to go enjoy themselves later in the day. For free!

News You Can Use… if you care to!

April 1, 2009

Lollapalooza tickets are on sale now. They are the early bird tickets, three days of music for less than $200. The catch? You don’t know who is playing yet. That announcement comes in April. When the $170 tickets sell out (expected to later tonight), then the $190 tickets go on sale. Still a bargain, with no service fees. When those sell out, they haven’t announced the price of the next set of regularly priced tickets. Expect it to be over $200.

Interesting concept. Do you trust they will have a good line up? Past experience says yes. But availability of desired bands is always the wrench in the gears. I do not doubt that a huge amount of negotiating has been taking place for months, if not years, to achieve this line up, whatever it may be.

In the meantime, find a place to stay! Book it now, before the rush of wannabee-theres discover the line up and then want to come play. Chicago is a beautiful city, full of other century architectural masterpieces and proud of it. And the festival is right in the heart of downtown Chicago, with in/out privileges, so if the food and music is not your thing for a particular stretch, leave to explore the city and come back later. How can you lose with a deal like that?

Take the chance, buy the ticket, see you there. And remember, Intelligentsia coffee is headquartered in Chicago. Experience it on its home turf, blocks away from the venue. Or go see Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. Or ride the L.

On completely other random news, has anyone else been hearing about the young man doing 50 jobs in 50 weeks in all 50 states of the United States? He’s on week 27 right now. I finally went looking on his website, and saw what he is up to and why. It is a little sad that he had no idea of the still-existing cultural differences within our country, but thrilling that he decided to embrace it as a source of exploration through travel, taking on jobs he feels are stereotypical for the state and just generally getting to know our country. I salute his adventurous spirit, especially since it grew out of his attempts to become employed. Way to turn adversity into opportunity.

And, for us pet owners, have we recently given any thought  to what it is that we are feeding them? Being a vegetarian with the teeth and digestion of an omnivore, I have heard the arguments for forcing my naturally carnivorous cat onto a vegetarian diet (you don’t hear any bias of my particular opinion in that sentence, do you?) but this article I ran across went a direction and investigated an area I had not heard before. An article about ingredients in pet food made me all the more concious of why it is I have chosen to be vegetarian, that individual choices can indeed make a difference. I choose to eat lower on the food chain to enable there to be more food choices available for others, believing that all on the planet can then eat. So now, with this information about fish products in pet food and its impact on the environment, what is the individual choice I can make for myself and my cat consistent with a commitment to the environment and eating lower on the food chain to enable others to eat? It makes the boutique pet stores that whip up individualized food blends less boutique-y expensive and more thoughtful and environmentally progressive than I had originally given them credit for.