I'm not counting on the fact that my "mean reds" have been banished. But tonight I'm a little giddy; this is "happy" like I haven't felt happy in a while. And it's all due to the fact that I have embarked on a week-long journey that has the potential to be the Best Week Ever.
It all started with the final Waterfront Wednesday of the season, tonight. They Might Be Giants put on a joyful, silly show that I'd been looking forward to since their performance was announced in late spring. I've loved TMBG since I was in high school. The band opened with "Birdhouse in Your Soul," a song that I quoted on my high school yearbook page (my school was so tiny that each of the 36 seniors got their own full page in the yearbook). I met up with a bunch of friends; I danced and sang along. And what a fraking beautiful night, Louisville. After four days of nearly unrelenting gloom, we had clear skies and sundress weather for Waterfront Wednesday.
If you missed Waterfront Wednesday, you still have time to hop on my "best week ever" ride. Here's how:
I took two days off from my Meatspace Workplace to attend IdeaFestival. And the best news is, my workplace considered the request "professional development" so I am not burning personal days. IdeaFestival is in full swing and there's still two and a half days of the event. As I have always said, IdeaFestival may very well be the most wonderful time of the year here in Louisville. Read my love letter to IF circa 2009 here. I have been granted a media pass to the festival, so expect a bunch of blog posts and a flurry of tweets from me about IF over the next couple of days. But don't just stay tuned to the blog-- GO! experience IdeaFestival for yourself. Individual tickets are available for each of the events; some events are free. Check out the website for the schedule and for ticketing.
Thursday night, after all the great sessions at IdeaFestival, is one of my favorite IF events: the Taste of Innovation. Michelle at Consuming Louisville has a great post about this year's event. It's $30, but I have been to three Tastes of Innovation, and I swear it is worth every penny. This year it is being held at Millionaire's Row at Churchill Downs-- how lovely is that? And my date for the event is none other than Ms. Michelle from Consuming Louisville. As I said: Best Week Ever.
Friday is another full day of IdeaFestival sessions. Then Friday night I get to go to dinner with some of the festival presenters and national media thanks to the Louisville Convention and Vistors' Bureau.
Saturday-- again, IdeaFestival stuff-- concludes with the NULU Festival, the IF "after party." Yes, I love the Jug Band Jubilee, but NULU Festival ranks high on my list of favorite annual festivals. Check out this blog post from the year that a nigh-monsoon squashed the end of the festival. The headliner for this event is a band that might be my favorite local band: The Pass. Check out the NULU Fest website for more details. The event is from 2pm til 11pm. Unless a monsoon occurs.
Sunday I rest. Because that's what you're supposed to do. IdeaFestival is over.
Monday I am back to work, and normal life resumes. But Monday night, the Kentucky Authors' Forum is producing an event at the Kentucky Center where Rosanne Cash will be interviewed by Nick Spitzer. I will be tweeting/blogging about the event, thanks to the delightful folks at the Forum. Tickets are $20 or $100 for a VIP dinner. I couldn't be more excited about this event. Cash is not only an amazing singer-songwriter, she's a transcendently beautiful thinker. If you're on Twitter and not following @rosannecash, you're missing out.
Tuesday: Again work. But Tuesday night the Moth comes to Louisville. Another fantastic night in Louisville. The Moth Radio Hour has long been one of my favorite NPR programs. And this particular iteration is being produced by one of my favorite people in the world. Tickets are $8 in advance. Visit the Headliners website for more details.
This week might be the Best. Week. Ever. Maybe it will chase the mean reds away?