So last week I went to Chicago for a few days for work. Most of the time I've spent so far in Chicago has been around the airport, this time I was actually based downtown for three days. I didn't have a ton of time to explore but I did hit up a couple of record stores (I bought some awesome soundtracks at Dusty Groove) and wander around a little bit. The architecture there is interesting and we ate at some fantastic restaurants. Tomorrow I leave for Boston for a day, then Friday I head to Colorado for a week after which I won't have much travel for a while. Here's a couple of goofy pictures of me in action at a company dinner, both before and during.
In other picture related news, I've been into photographing random old theaters and stuff around the city. NYC has such a great history in that area and it changes so quickly that it's entirely possible that an old theater that's there one week could be torn down the next. The closet one to Alison and I's apartment is The Eagle. This is an old art deco style theater that was a porno movie house for a long time. A couple of years ago it was bought and changed into a Bollywood theater catering to the large Indian population that live ten or so blocks from our pad. As you can see, it's not in the best of shape and has a nice seedy vibe to it. Plenty of 'grindhouse' appeal going on in a city that was once famous for that and which is now fairly sanitized in that regard.
On a semi-related note, I dug the way that this shot turned out. This is the entrance to a smut shop in Manhattan, down in the village. The lights play off of the entrance way nicely and gives it a strange sort of happy, colorful look to it. A neat combination of chrome, colored lighting, and urban scum. Or maybe I read too much into it.
Alison and I went and saw Pineapple Express this afternoon and we both had quite a bit of fun with it. It's a little long (a common problem with Apatow's theatrical productions) but it's funny enough that you can overlook that easily enough and Seth Rogan just makes me laugh. His chemistry with James Franco carries the film but a few stand out moments (including an awesome 'death by Daewoo' scene!) help it rise above the average Hollywood comedy. It's a film I think I'd like to see again at some point.