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“Girlfriend”

I know this is old news but I’m so happy that “Girlfriend” won the Audience Award at the Gotham Awards Monday night. I love indie movies. Must have been a great victory for Justin Lerner(writer/director) & Shaun O’Banion/Jerad Anderson(producers). Of course, it didn’t hurt that Jackson Rathbone was in the film, playing Russ, a rough-edgy ex-boyfriend, fitted with long greasy hair, tattoos, & that wicked crooked smile of his. Agh! Too much sexy in one place makes the brain explode in one thought.

Anyway, I have yet to watch this film. I was supposed to watch it back in October at a local film festival but my friend got sick & I had rehearsal so we had to cancel. I would still highly recommend watching it as I’ve been following the success of this film since I first fell in love with Jackson last year…ok, well, I’m not really in love with Jackson (that’s reserved for Will Friedle) but I actually would love for him & Ashley Greene to go out. They seem to make a cute couple. Alas, Jackson travels so much & Ashley probably would want someone she doesn’t have to miss all the time. She needs a man she can see almost everyday.

Sorry, tangent. “Girlfriend” is about Evan, a young man with Down syndrome. Evan has a crush on his friend, Candy, who has a child, an abusive ex-boyfriend who won’t leave her alone, and a baby daddy who’s married to another. Basically, Candy has a lot of baggage. Evan comes into some inheritance money when his mother passes away. He decides to give some money to Candy to help her eviction in exchange for a romantic affair with Candy. The story follows how Evan learns what love is & how to live without the assistance of his mother. I only know all this because I read the script & once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down.

Here is an article written by Justin Lerner where he talks about how it felt to win the Gotham Award. I haven’t heard of any other festivals that I can catch “Girlfriend” at. Fortunately, I can watch it here anytime, and I will do that this month. One last thing, Jackson & Jerad’s band, 100 Monkeys, is included in the soundtrack.

100 Monkeys in NorCal

Went to see 100 Monkeys again on Tuesday. I had a blast! So glad they came back. It’s been over a year since I’ve seen them. They also did an in-store appearance at Best Buy in Dublin, CA in the afternoon so it was a perfect day. I picked up Blanca at BART and we headed over to Best Buy. Of course, our natural NKOTB instincts were to go super early but turns out, it wasn’t all that necessary because people didn’t gather around much earlier. There were about 30 people there, I’d say. Afterwards, they did a signing and I got my Liquid Zoo CD signed. I asked them if they would sign it if I brought my “Girlfriend” script over to Slim’s and they said yes. “Girlfriend” is a movie by Justin Lerner in which 100 Monkeys participates in the soundtrack, not to mention that Jackson & Jerad are both in the film as well.

We headed over to Chinatown where we got to grab some dim sum and then we went to Brainwash Cafe and just chilled. Then we went to Slim’s, parked the car, & just waited. The show was exactly the way I remembered them. Energetic, passionate, and jammin’. What bothered me though, was that they had 3 opening acts and they played until 10:20 PM. 100 Monkeys didn’t go on until 10:35 PM. If they were going to have all these opening acts, I think they should have had them start earlier, around 6ish. Because of this, 100 Monkeys performed until past midnight. And it was a weeknight!

The opening acts that performed were Sioux City Kid, Finish Ticket & Bleeding Horse Express. To be honest, I really felt they should have had the opening acts begin around 6:30 PM instead of 8 PM. The opening performed until 10:20 PM. As much as I respect that they are helping out these bands, I think they should have given the audience some type of notice that this was going to happen. It was a weeknight, BART only runs until midnight, and it was standing room only. If I had a seat, things might have been different. I guess I could have sat at the bar but I was close to the front and it was difficult to remove myself from my spot because I was in the front. Enough said.

The show was amazing though, as usual. I was able to record some of it. For some reason, I wasn’t able to take very good photos this time around. I guess I’m a little rusty on my photography. I did what I could and left it at that. Finish Ticket was really good, I have to say. I fell in love with their music after the first song. I even recorded one of their songs! They were that good. I think this band is going be big someday. I can see girls falling in love with these boys, they’re adorable! I wish all the best for them.

Best Buy
100 Monkeys Best Buy

Best Buy
100 Monkeys Best Buy 2

Slim’s
Sioux City Kid
Sioux City Kid

Finish Ticket
Finish Ticket

Bleeding Horse Express
Bleeding Horse Express

100 Monkeys’ Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

100 Monkeys’ Uncle Larry
Uncle Larry

100 Monkeys’ Jackson Rathbone
Jackson Rathbone

100 Monkeys’ Ben Graupner & Ben Johnson
Ben Graupner & Ben Johnson

100 Monkeys’ Jackson Rathbone & Jerad Anderson
Jackson Rathbone & Jerad Anderson

Girlfriend” script autographed by 100 Monkeys & Justin Lerner – It’s Jackson’s messy handwriting at the top, in case you were wondering
Autographed Girlfriend Script

“We’ll Be Okay” by Finish Ticket

“Shy Water” – one of my favorites

“Aim High” – new song

“Invisible Monsters” – one of my favorites

So every 100 Monkeys show, they do one improv song where the audience gets to pick the title of the song. So you can say anything & they might pick it. I could say “Christmas presents suck” or “Tupperware is for losers” or whatever & they might pick it. Then they improv on a tune & Jackson will make up the lyrics on the spot. They are just a bag of God-given talent.

Anyway, I’m really glad they chose “Don’t Be A Bitch” because I felt it was so fitting for the loud, cackling chick who was being rude. She kept claiming that the boots she saw below the projection screen were Jackson’s. The girl in front of my who could see below the projectin screen politely informed her that it was the lead singer of Bleeding Horse Express so that she wasn’t moded. However, she didn’t believe her so all night, she kept claiming that it was Jackson. Her cackling in my ear was horrible.Luckily, my ears were already blown so it didn’t matter. She would reach her arm over & flick the hair of the girl in front of me. So, I’m really glad someone gave that title for the improv song. It was the theme of the night. Thank you, whoever you are.

Don’t Be A Bitch