& asked if i would be interested in going to
the movie premiere of 'blue like jazz' in portland...
she couldn't go & thought i might be interested
(it should be noted that susan & i have only met in person once
but we are facebook friends & i can only guess that at some point
when she was trying to think of someone who might like to go
the 400 oscar posts that i do annually through january & february might have
popped into her mind...
that or i'm the only person that she knows who lives near portland...
gotta be one of those)
after i stopped squealing like an 11 year old at a 1D concert
i took off my neon rubber panda headband (or whatever kids are wearing these days)
& said 'yes, please!' & 'thank you' & 'yahooooooooooo!'
(& he is a committed coach, i am a less committed but supportive coaches wife)
& my dad really liked the book (& i like hanging out with him)
so we headed up I-5 on tuesday afternoon...
we decided to park near the theater & have dinner
i also wanted to see the red carpet before it was filled with hollywood royalty
(yes, a red carpet!
another squeal when i saw that on the invite)
as we walked up to the entrance i strained to see
the big luxurious carpet that is always so lush & wide
so as to accommodate the stars of stage & screen...
i loved it!
it's about the size of the one that i pieced together for my oscar party...
it's totally portland & i LOVED it!
after dinner at bread & ink
& a stroll down the street, peaking in cute shops
we headed to the premiere
i should mention that the premiere was at the bagdad theater,
an awesome old theater in the cool hawthorne area
it's also a mcmenamin's theater which means it's just plain awesome
& it's where brian & i went the day after our wedding before we headed off on our honeymoon
so lots of great things about the location...
just in case everyone attending forgot that we were in portland
it started to rain
& of course, we all just stood there, happy as can be
so it was funny that we had all been out in the rain just a little bit earlier
(note: most people in line didn't have umbrellas
but a photo of soggy, shivering portland-dwellers wouldn't be as cute)
after limos dropped off the actors & director
the line started moving...
as we walked down the sidewalk the director, steve taylor
came out & shook hands with everyone & gave out licorice!
does the guy eating the licorice look familiar to you?
yep, it's chris browning!)
no surprise that as we hit the red carpet
there was a shot that i HAD to get
so i'm just pretending it's an instagram filter
i'm calling it 'portland fuzz'
as we walked in, there was a real live photographer taking pictures
with a real live hollywood-ish background...
i loved that too!
it was really just ads for good stuff & postcards
but for fun purposes we will call it a swag bag...
there was a poster & pin in it, so it was definitely swag-like :)
before the movie started
all of the actors & director & donald miller, the author of the book
sat on stage & introduced it...
after the movie they did a Q&A time with them all, too...
it was awesome!
the main guy is on 'true blood'
& the girl who plays his friend was on 'lost'
so that was cool!
also their was one actor who was so familiar to me
& i couldn't figure out where i had seen him
but i finally realized that he was on a great halloween episode of 'will & grace'
(love that show)
the movie was good!
it was funny & sweet & thought provoking
always great in a movie!
& it has one of the best endings i've ever seen
i loved how it ended...
it opens on friday so check it out if you're looking for something great to watch...
as we walked out there was a man on the corner playing a saxaphone
& so we strolled back to the car with jazz tunes swirling around us...
& then we drove 2 hours home :)
thank you so much, susan!
it was so sweet of you to think of me
& i LOVED every bit of the experience!
if you haven't read them already i would highly recommend
'blue like jazz'
& 'a million miles in a thousand years'
which has some parts about writing the script for 'blue like jazz'
which was cool, the whole book is really great...
“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.”
― Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life
just like the whole night!
thanks, donald miller!