Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

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Minoring in theater in college, marrying someone who went to art school, and now living in NYC means I know a lot of people who make a living in the arts, which is a pretty cool thing to experience, even if indirectly. In the last couple of weeks, I got to see a modern dancer friend of mine perform in the East Village (or, actually, didn’t see her perform, as the case was), watch a full-length documentary at the Tribeca film festival that a couple friends of Drew’s from college spent a few years making (it’s released on Netflix today — watch it!), and celebrated the broadway debut of an old pal of mine from college who’s spent the last 16 years pursuing a career as a musical theater lyricist.

It was at that celebration, where a bunch of us from school, some of whom hadn’t seen each other in nearly twenty years, took that photo above. We’d just spent the last hour and a half catching up, basking in the glow of each other’s successes, adventures, and happiness (multiple broadway gigs, cool jobs, travels, relationships, marriage and kids) and were taking a group shot on the stoop next to the restaurant where we’d just had dinner when the door behind us opened and out walked Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater! For the record, that makes about five times in the last year that I’ve run into Ethan Hawke, a guy whom I’ve been watching on the big screen since I was a teenager, and in that moment, after re-connecting with all these people from my somewhat distant past, it almost seemed like he was part of that reconnection — just another person I feel like I’ve known peripherally all these years and now see on a semi-regular basis (even if he has no idea who I am), and it was seriously all I could do to not shout “Ethan!” as if he were a friend I hadn’t seen in months and then give him a hug. (I’m so glad I didn’t do that.) As for Richard Linklater, he’s my favorite director and I have to admit I didn’t realize that was him until I examined the photo later and compared the picture to Google images of him. Probably a good thing I didn’t know in the moment or I really may have made an ass of myself. Anyway, they were both very nice. Someone told them we were celebrating our friend’s Broadway debut and they congratulated him and shook his hand and it was all very friendly and exciting. (I’m sharing all this not because it’s the most thrilling story, but because Addie Pray saw the photo on Instagram and requested details. There ya go, Addie. Between you and me, we’re in agreement that Ethan is maybe stalking me, right?)

Anyway, today is Jackson’s last day of spring break, tomorrow we’ve got Joanie’s baby naming, tomorrow night I’m celebrating two different friends’ birthdays, and then Sunday I hope to rest. As much as one can with a 4-1/2 year-old and a baby in tow. What are you up to this weekend?

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray April 29, 2016, 3:34 pm

    Richard Linklater is also one of my favorite directors but I disagree – that is one of the most thrilling stories ever! Now, if you had just made out with Richard or Ethan, then it would have been THE most thrilling story ever…

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray April 29, 2016, 3:39 pm

    But, like what was that a door too? Do you think of them lives there? Were they exiting or do you think they just saw you and decided to photo bomb? And who were all the other people behind them, you think? And how tall are they in person? And…. that’s it for now.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy April 29, 2016, 4:58 pm

      So, that door leads to a speakeasy that’s popular among the broadway/theater/actor crowd. Apparently it’s hard to get into — at least that’s what someone in our group said when were were posing on the stoop — but I’ve actually been there a few times (our friend — the one whose documentary we watched at tribeca last week — knew a bartender, so maybe that’s why we didn’t have any problem getting in). I do think they probably saw us taking a picture and wanted desperately to be part of it.

      They aren’t particularly tall. Average. No idea who the rest of their entourage were.

      I like to think they were writing part of the screenplay for the next Before series which, by my calculations should come out in 2022, just six years from now.

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    Kate April 29, 2016, 3:46 pm

    Um, you know how dangerous the internet is. I mean it’s dangerous for Ethan to read things you write on your site, which he obviously does, and remember stuff about you, and it’s dangerous for you when creepy people like Ethan Hawke creep upon and stalk you. And there’s your weekend PSA.

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray April 29, 2016, 4:00 pm

      This weekend is my 5th (5th?) weekend in a row of being a single mom! I mean, I’ve always been a single mom. “Always” for 7 going on 8 months, that is. But I have had help from family seemingly all of those months, except the last month, I’ve been solo. And I’ve found it has been… hard! Well, it was hard at first. I realized after my sister left how much she helped around the house in terms of washing bottle parts for me and going grocery shopping and cooking and cleaning. But I picked up those chores and found a routine so we’re good now. But what’s been really tough about being alone with a baby the last month has been the part where I am ALONE. Like, solo, with just le bebe. And it’s so quiet, and I hate that! But, she and her boyfriend are coming to visit this Sunday and I’m so happy! In other news, my nanny’s mother is sick so she needs to take a few weeks off to go visit her (she’s from another country), and I’m sad, both about her mom and about losing her help for awhile. I gotta figure something else out, stat. Good thing my sister will be here so we can tag team until I figure out something more permanent (for 3 maybe 4 weeks, TBD). … I’m rambling. I’m rambling and talking to myself. I’m procrastinating because I got to get this thing out the door. I wish it were already out the door so I could shut down, go buy some bananas (my son’s favorite food) and get home, to my boy! And our quiet home. Who wants to come over and make my place loud?

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray April 29, 2016, 4:01 pm

        Sorry, didn’t mean to reply to Kate. But since I did, I”ll add: Kate, I know you’re Ethan Hawke, aren’t you?

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        Kate April 29, 2016, 5:06 pm

        I’m bey.

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  • Diablo

    Diablo April 29, 2016, 11:32 pm

    M and I are in Toronto this weekend for a reunion concert of the Rheostatics at Massey Hall, partly in celebration of my 50th birthday, which was last weekend. The Rheostatics are one of Canada’s most interesting bands of all time, a mixture of quirky humour, intelligence, passion and northern imagery that was the backdrop to my 90’s. For my 50th, we threw a swell bash at ours, with about 30 of our friends. Right now, we are just relaxing in the hotel room after the show, listening to the Rheos’ best known album, Whale Music. The show was a gorgeous catastrophe, like all their shows. If technical perfection is death to music, then this was rebirth: painful, joyous, explosive, a moment that changes everything. Tomorrow: art galleries, more live music, funky shops on Queen Street West.

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    • Diablo

      Diablo April 29, 2016, 11:37 pm

      PS – Yes, I am old as fuck.

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      • veritek33

        veritek33 May 2, 2016, 8:33 am

        yes happy birthday you old man! 😉

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      Snoopy128 April 30, 2016, 7:05 pm

      Happy belated birthday!

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      • Diablo

        Diablo May 1, 2016, 2:01 pm

        Thanks!

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy May 1, 2016, 10:22 am

      Happy belated 50th!

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      • Diablo

        Diablo May 1, 2016, 2:02 pm

        Thanks!

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    Snoopy128 April 30, 2016, 7:07 pm

    This weekend is the bfs birthday. I made two dessert for his bday BBQ tonight. Tomorrow I plan to make a crepe stack for breakfast and then take him on a bike ride.

    And because I need to spill this somewhere before I drink tonight….the bf and I approved the final designs for my engagement ring! Eeeeeep.

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