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Sunday, March 21, 2004

Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars

I had a chance to see the Klezmer Brass All-Stars last night at Mehanata; Balkan Cultural Club. Nice second floor bar in China town. It was a party for the movie Divan. The place was a bit small for everyone who wanted to dance. All in all it was a fun time. They had a DJ afterward, and normally I can't stand DJ's. But he was spinning so cool Balkan tunes, and even some Jewish shit. The Balkan Brass Band version of Hava Negila was really good. And there is nothing like a bunch of Yidn dancing the hora in a really tight circle and singing. I wonder what the normal people where thinking?

The weird thing was they had a TV at the bar that was showing some French show that to quote a friend was showing lots of teykhesls (pl. for Tuchas). It fit in really well with the band talking and their repertoire of drinking tunes.

Sunday, March 14, 2004

Jackie Mason thinks I look Irish and not Jewish.

Go out for brunch to see the pianist Irving Fields and I get insulted by Jackie Mason. What more could one want out of life. Some people might complain that Jackie Mason insulted them, it made my day. Everyone should get insulted by such a master equal opportunity insult tosser. If I talked to the man and he didn't insult me I would have thought something was wrong.

(I wonder if he would have thought I looked Jewish if he had seen the yiddish newspaper in my pocket.)

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