Monday, June 25, 2012

Weekend Report: Big Easy Express and CAR Party

On Saturday night I saw Big Easy Express at the SilverDocs Film Festival and it was awesome. Essentially it was an an hour-long music video of three incredibly talented bands I like, shot on film so it was beautiful. (Weekend soundtrack.)

Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show took a thousand-mile train tour from Oakland to New Orleans, with six concert stops along the way.  It was excellent. The best part was when they enlisted the Austin High School marching band to play with Mumford and Sons -- the audience applauded and it was so happy!

After the film two of the producers answered questions, moderated by NPR’s All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen. They talked about how lucky they got to have the film come together the way it did, and also that one of the main factors was that all the musicians involved are extremely talented. Agreed.

I highly recommend seeing this movie. Unfortunately it looks like SilverDocs was its last film festival screening, but it’s being released on iTunes on June 26th.

On Sunday I puttered the morning away until it was high noon and high time for some exercise. I then proceeded to embark on my most epic bike ride yet – two hours and ten minutes, 48 miles!!! I went from Eastern Market past RFK Stadium, through the Southwest Waterfront, then to Mt. Vernon and back. It was long and hot and by the end all I wanted to do was drink an entire liter of Diet Coke and lie on my floor. I did neither – but cold water, my couch, and a bowl of pesto pasta did the trick quite nicely.

Too soon it was time to head out for the bi-annual Capital Area Runners Happy Hour. I have been quite the MIA on the running scene recently, SpeedyKate providing my only link to this group of friends, so I had a lot of people to catch up with on life and running and all things in between.

From the sound of things all is well with my CAR friends – a few injuries but also some new faces and great recent performances. Thinking and talking about track workouts makes me want to workout like woah…it’s only a matter of time till I’m back at the track! :)