Monday, April 28, 2008

A Concert & A Send-Off

We had a bittersweet weekend. The sweet part. My parents and Jon and I had dinner Friday night at a super yummy Brazilian restaurant in the city called Yemanja. I highly recommend it. Jon says, "It is the best Brazilian food I've had in a long time. The best empanadas. Really good caipirinhas. The only bad thing was they didn't give me enough rice with my feijoada." The best part was they gave us free pão de queijo (cheesy bread) even though it's not even on the menu.

After dinner, Jon, my mom, and I went to the Lucas School House for a great concert. It certainly wouldn't appeal to everyone but we all really enjoyed it. We went to see Jake Shimabukuro, an amazing ukelele player from Hawaii. Considering the show was just "an Asian guy playing 4 strings," (Jake's words), it was an incredibly diverse show. He used his ukelele to imitate a Japanese koto, a snare drum (which he used to play in his high school marching band), and a banjo. He covered Cyndi Lauper, Led Zeppelin, and the Beatles, and played bluegrass, classical, and Hawaiian.

After the concert, we got the opportunity to go up and shake Jake's hand. He's very generous with his time and it was great to chat with him for a moment. My mom tried to take some pictures - all I can say is that we're going to have to have a camera lesson because this is what we got for the shot of me and Jake together.

I did get my ukelele signed and my copy of hula girls, a Japanese movie that Jake composed the music for. (By the way, the ukelele as been signed by several awesome Hawaiian musicians - Cyril Pahinui, Amy Hanaiali'i Gilliom, Eric Gillion, Patrick Landeza, and Willie K.

We ended the evening with a trip to channel 5 and Jon's first visit to the set. This is the SportsPlus set that my dad helped design.

The bitter. On Saturday, we went to a good-bye party for our good friends Matt and Vicki. They're off on their adventure to Guam. You guys will be missed. We expect lots of posts/pictures/skyping/etc. Have fun and hopefully we'll get over there to see you sometime soon!


Carlos said...

Your Iemanja review "me deixou com agua na boca" however I must correct you -it is not empanadas but "empadinhas" (One very distinct from the other)

HI said...

your mom takes good pictures.