one night in wales.

audrey and her girlfriend erica came down to rainy chilly portland for the weekend. i think they wanted a break from rainy chilly seattle, also audrey was my guest for rufus wainwright’s solo performance at the newmark theater in downtown portland. they got to our place just in time for us to grab a quick slice of pizza, and get to the show.

the newmark is a very small theater in the portland center for the performing arts. we only had to wait about five minutes for rufus to come out and start the show. he said he was a little groggy from just waking up ten minutes before the show, and it showed a little. rufus is still an entertainer and he delivered a fantastic show. we got songs from all of his albums, including a few from is first, which is still my favorite. thankfully he didn’t focus to much on release the stars, and sadly we didn’t get any of his judy material. of course he also told amusing stories involving crack addled couples fighting, and scolded people for ripping him off on the internet. he knew this because many people already knew his newest song “zebulon”. the best part of the show for me was when he played rebel prince, which he said was writted about said crack couple having an argument in a hotel here in portland. but while he was fumbling through the unrehearsed song he had to apologize for changing it to los angeles. he put on a wonderful show that was unfortunately too short.

setlist.
Grey Gardens
Maker Makes
Beauty Mark (so nice)
Sanssoucie
In My Arms
California
Going to a Town
Matinee Idol
Nobody’s Off the Hook
Gay Messiah
Rebel Prince
Not Ready To Love
April Fools
Little Sister
Zebulon
Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk

encore
Art Teacher
Dinner At Eight

after the show audrey and i met up with erica who was hanging out with her cousin james. we met his wife, baby and friends. strangely spent a bit of time checking out sky mall and suprisingly conservative international male sites. not really what i would of expected to be doing if i ever met the lead singer of the shins, but hey, what can you do.

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