The Most Brewtiful Cafes II

Cafe Book Bean

lookbookThere were already so many stunning cafes in Part: I and yet
you will find in Part II that this world has many more incredibly
beautiful and interesting cafes.

Here is part II of The Most Brewtiful Cafes:

Bar Topolski (London)

Topolski gallery-bar-café-venue is a unique London space set in the railway arches near Waterloo Station, in the former studio of artist and illustrator Feliks Topolski RA (1907 – 1989).

Knoll Ridge Cafe (Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand)

Knoll Ridge Cafe is the highest cafe in New Zealand and has incredible views over the upper slopes. Serving a wide array of meals, including a fresh salad bar, hot dishes from around the world, café style snacks and espresso coffees.

Cafe Central (Vienna, Austria)

The café was opened in 1876, and in the late 19th century it became a key meeting place of the Viennese intellectual scene. Until 1938 the café was called…

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The Day As The Doctor

Last weekend, I joined photographer Jeff Stanford on a walk around Downtown Frederick, Maryland, dressed in full Doctor Who cosplay.  I’m continuing to explore what cosplay means to me and what it’s place is in my life.  I don’t really have firm answers for either of those questions/thoughts, but I thought a photo shoot on a sunny, slightly less brisk winter day (though admittedly not warmer by much) sounded like a good idea.

Here are the results.

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Rad Covers

I recently put together a playlist that I’m rather proud of and wanted to share.
The art of covering a song is like a book-to-film adaptation; very common, easy to screw up, rarely taken for what its worth when done right.  These are some of my favorite covers, in attempt to give them some much-deserved love.

RAD COVERS on Spotify

CECILIA
Jesse Cook, orig. Simon & Garfunkel

Cecilia has always been one of my favorite songs by Simon & Garfunkel…one of my favorite songs in general, if I’m honest.  The catchy pace, the usual fantastic harmonies are all wonderful.  This particular cover has a deceptive lead-in that kicks up the Latin stylings to a more distinct level, giving it a richer flavor, enhancing the genius that was already there to begin with.  I heard this song over the speakers, through the din in a crowded cafe on a busy Saturday night.  It’s been a regular on my iPod and Spotify ever since.

 

AS THE WORLD FALLS DOWN
Girl in a Coma, orig. David Bowie (Labyrinth soundtrack)

dearly wish this song was covered more often, and with this much originality.  Girl in a Coma gives this haunting melody (one of my favorite soundtrack songs of all time) a powerful kick of electric guitar, while the lyrics are belted by a female voice.  It’s a great rendition which easily matches Bowie’s original.  I discovered this song by just searching through iTunes, specifically for a cover of this song; I consider myself very lucky to have found it.

 

ANNABELLE LEE
Sarah Jarosz, org. Edgar Allen Poe (poem)

I’ve never been a huge fan of Edgar Allen Poe, let alone this particular piece, but the arrangement, pacing and melody added to it by Sarah Jarosz makes it a whole different beast.  Whether intentionally done or not, also changing the voice to a woman, rather than a man, adds a far more complex layering to the piece and it’s a song I listen to over and over again.

 

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
Jim Sturgess, Dana Fuchs, orig. The Beatles

There’s a lot of conflicting opinion out there about the film Across the Universe.  I, for one, enjoy it immensely, largely (but not only) for the music.  This is one of my favorite selections from the soundtrack.  Doing what a cover does best, it strips away the expectations and gets to the core truth of Lennon and McCartney’s original words, then builds to a wonderful, powerful conclusion.

 

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Gilmore Girls: The Lorelais’ First Day at Chilton

Season 1, Episode 2: The Lorelais’ First Day at Chilton
Directed by Arlene Sanford, Written by Amy Sherman-Palladino
Air date: October 12th, 2000

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I did not realize this until I researched the production details of this episode, but director Arlene Sanford directed three episodes of Nashville, an episode of Friends, and, to my great surprise, nineteen of twenty episodes of little known show The Torkelsons, which I adored as a teenager.  The Torkelsons was very successful at creating a believable warmth by way of an unquestionable sense of home and family, which lends itself naturally to the likes of Gilmore Girls.  

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New Harry Potter Pop! Vinyl Figures in March

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The latest series of Harry Potter Pop! figures are here! Funko has announced the next series that will be out in March.

The new series introduces new looks and additional fan-favorite characters to the assortment, including Harry Potter in his Triwizard Tournament uniform, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in their Yule Ball garb, Dobby the house-elf with a freeing sock, Harry’s godfather Sirius Black, quirky Ravenclaw Luna Lovegood, Harry’s arch-rival Draco Malfoy, a soul-sucking Dementor, and Albus Dumbledore.

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