* Labor Day weekend of MST3K Gamera & an introduction to Homicide. Not at the same time.
* Dan Mangan & Rhett Miller at the Triple Door. Thank heavens for advance tickets, or I might have talked myself out of going to this at the last minute, and that would have been tragic. Dan played his last song out in the audience, standing on a table in the first row of booths, something I’ve never seen there before. Rhett wound up doing two songs off mic & acoustic thanks to technical difficulties. They were both fantastic.
* The Puyallup Fair for the first time in *years*. The more things change, the more the Puyallup stays the same. Fair food! Rides (including my favorite, the classic wooden roller coaster)! Handcrafts! Random, purely American ridiculousness! And this year, much needed purchases of a grey fedora & a plaid belt for my Cocky buckle.
* Seeing Drive with Joy, & then having to explain the plot on the car ride home because she spent half of the movie with her coat over her head. (I thought it was a great movie. But it is a little bit on the blood-soaked side.)
* My first year attending MIFFF (the Maelstrom International Fantastic Film Festival), which was a total treat. Click through for my post on that.
* A week in NYC, mostly helping Kat pack up her entire life & move across the world. The only picture I took was of a gluten free cookie label so I could remember the brand. Oops! But in addition to the packing and cleaning and moving we did a bunch of awesome stuff, including eating All of the Tacos and the Gluten Free Cupcakes, checking out Pig: A Restaurant at the UCB theater, attending the Peter Mulvey concert at ChurchKorner (which would be pretty fantastic on its own, but especially because it turned into a mini-Fruhead reunion), the obligatory trip to the Strand, an adventure to New Jersey, finally seeing Times Square, hanging out with yogis, and most of all, forking over the extra dough for the priority admission to Sleep No More. Ask either of us about it some time and we will rave about it forever.
* Then we came back to Seattle & headed to a lovely weekend up in BC, even though everyone was sick. Julie’s house is the best place to be sick at. She takes very good care of us! Kat & I had some Seattle adventures, and now she is off around the world, which will be her Worth Getting Up For for the entire next year or more.
* The new National Theatre Live season, kicking off with One Man, Two Guvnors, then The Kitchen. I’m so glad that SIFF booked the series again this year. The member pass is $75 for… 5 plays? Cheaper than going to London, for sure.
* The Cinerama‘s 70mm festival, with Lawrence of Arabia on the gigantic curved screen. It was the third time I’ve seen it, the third time I’ve seen it *there*, and I can’t imagine seeing it anywhere else. I also finally saw Playtime & Tron, which was great. Playtime I had tried to watch on DVD once and could not do it. If you ever have the chance to see a Tati film in the theater, you must take it. It is the only way to see them.
* Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, where I kicked it up a notch & was volunteer staff, which meant I spent a more time selling tickets than seeing films. Which was fine! I actually quite like working box office & will call at festivals. People tend to be super nice, both the film goers and the other volunteers.
* The reopening of the Uptown Cinema by SIFF. I promptly moved in, as you can all see on Twitter. No really. I am the mayor & everything.
* Halloween awesomeness, including my witch-playing-electric-guitar pumpkin.
* Peter Mulvey again, this time on my coast at the Fremont Abbey, a lovely small concert space. I’ll have to pay better attention to their calendar; sadly I missed Jeffrey Foucault there.
* Muppets! Three weekends of them at SIFF, then midnight at the Cinerama. My crush on Jason Segel is nearly unmanageable.
* Another non-traditional Thanksgiving, with a Friendsgiving on Wednesday night, brunch on Thursday, and Black Friday starting Thursday night. No, really. Judge away — everyone else has — but now I have a Wii. So bite me.
* Cinderella at the Fifth Avenue, mostly because my office got tickets to the final dress rehearsal, and so we got to see many children have their first live theater experience. Super cute!
…and that’s it for now! Stay tuned for Worth Getting Up For: The Winter which will likely include Twilight, the holidays, my birthday, and probably a movie or seventeen.