Whenever I lost a baby tooth, the tooth fairy used to leave me DVDs. My first three were A Hard Day’s Night, Funny Face, and That’s Entertainment. Then, for my left front tooth, the tooth fairy left me Xanadu, which became my favorite movie of all time. The best part was the final number in the brand-new roller disco, which was all shiny chrome with polished wood, curved velvet seats and walls made of shag carpet.
Told from the point of view of the narrator Bee, who is Bernadette’s daughter. (p. 264 in the hardcover edition)
Author Maria Semple used to write for Arrested Development. Where’d You Go, Bernadette skewers the west coast middle-upper class but remains lighthearted, clever, and entertaining while peppering in lots of Beatles and music references. Also, I love the character of Bernadette; I kind of relate to her though I am a bro and nowhere near as famous as she is.
Semple, Maria. Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel. New York: Little, Brown and, 2012. 264. Print.
(photo of the book taken from nytimes.com)
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March 8 – Four Tet (Mezzanine)
March 11 & 12 – Tool (Bill Graham Civic)
March 20 – Tycho (Fillmore)
April 1 – Zucchero (Great American; link to calendar)
April 11 – Classixx (The Independent)
April 15 – Blood Orange (Great American; link to calendar)
April 16 – Factory Floor (The Independent)
April 17 – Queens of the Stone Age w/ opener Warpaint (Bill Graham)
April 18 – Motörhead (Warfield)
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June 1 – The Faint (Independent)
June 14 - Metronomy (The Fillmore)
July 7 & 8 – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (Warfield)