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In preparation for the True Colors Tour 2007 gig on the 30th in Los Angeles, I’m checking out some of the groups I’m not familiar with, and am SOOO now hooked on The Dresden Dolls. WOW! They are so unique and incredible. If you aren’t aware of them you should really check them out. I can’t stop listening to the two CDs I got on iTunes, “The Dresden Dolls” and their new one, “Yes, Virginia.” I love live theater so they are right up my alley, with their very extravagant and engaging performances that I’ve caught online. They describe themselves as punk cabaret and that is pretty much how I’d describe them, too. Totally awesome. Each song on their CDs is like a story, not that all songs aren’t like stories…these are just so intense…love it!

Anyway, here are a few videos for you to check out, along with their web site link (check out their photo galleries for some, um, uh, “interesting” pics…especially #14! ;)) and their MySpace page (which has a great live video of a few songs with striptease in between). Enjoy!

Here’s “Coin-Operated Boy” from their self-titled CD. (As a single gal I’m thinking a coin-operated boy not be such a bad idea…especially if it’s Brian. ;))

And this video, “Backstabber: The Dresden Dolls-vs-PANIC! At The Disco”, is just hilarious, especially since a friend’s nephew is in one of the bands. (PANIC! At The Disco…hey there proud Auntie JD ;))

Here’s The Dresden Dolls “Shores of California” video from their new CD “Yes, Virginia”, which is a total play on…

…David Lee Roth’s “California Girls” video.

(***Added 6/19/07: LOGO will air a True Colors special beginning this Thursday, June 21st.***)

Thanks to a VERY generous and spontaneous friend (Thanks, Jackson ;)), I’ll be hitting the True Colors Tour 2007 when it makes its final stop in Los Angeles at the Greek Theatre on June 30th. Totally something to look forward to, for so many reasons (especially after finding out just today that The Cliks are rearranging their own tour schedule in order to add the last three True Colors gigs–woo-hoo!), but especially since it will be a incredibly memorable time spent with fabulous friends. Btw, the LA stop is SOLD OUT (Not sure if more tickets have been released or what the deal is, but TicketMaster is no longer showing the LA show as sold out), so I would highly recommend jumping on tickets for the other remaining shows NOW!

I’ll let the following Cyndi Lauper interview on The View fill you in on what the True Colors Tour 2007 is all about, and I’ll include links to the MySpace pages of several of the scheduled performers. I do have to say, though, that I continue to shake my head in disgust, dismay, and ultimately sadness, over the fact that so many people continue to harbor such hatred toward others just due to one’s sexual orientation. Sigh. Life is far too short, folks. Appreciate the incredible diversity around you (who on earth wants to be just like everyone else?), embrace it, and for crying out loud just get out there and enjoy the heck out of life!

Cyndi Lauper on The View discussing True Colors Tour 2007

Cyndi performing an acoustic version of True Colors

MySpace Pages

True Colors lyrics

You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged
Oh I realize
It’s hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small

But I see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

Show me a smile then,
Don’t be unhappy, can’t remember
When I last saw you laughing
If this world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
You call me up
Because you know I’ll be there

And I’ll see your true colors
Shining through
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

So I’m flipping through the latest edition of MORE magazine which mom got me a subscription to (yes, am one of those over 40 gals! ;)), and run across a column about great girlfriend getaways (in my opinion anytime you’re with your best gal pals it IS a getaway of sorts). In reading the article I come upon the most incredible find: Yes folks, you read it right–the BATHROOM diaries! And for my friend Jackson, no, it’s not THAT kind of a diary…sorry, babe. 😉

With categories like “The Golden Plunger: The world’s finest public toilets”, and my personal favorite title, “Travel Essays: True tales of tawdry toilets”, (insert music from some black and white, 40s PI flick) you are BOUND to find anything restroom-related that has ever crossed that potty mind of yours! And if you’re planning your next excursion, with the ultimate potty breaks along the way, check out the Bathroom Search area to find reviews on over 8,000 public bathrooms spanning over 100 countries (yes, I admit I did a search on bathrooms in my area). There’s even a Wireless area which assists you in adding a service to your cell phone to get the lowdown on the local loos when you and your bladder are on-the-go.

Since I know you’re just dying to know what my washroom looks like I’ll share it with you now.

Okay, ya got me. It’s not mine. (Big surprise, eh?) It’s actually a picture on The Bathroom Diaries site of the restroom they have deemed worthy of being “The World’s Best Bathroom” for 2003. You can check it out if Mother Nature calls while you’re in Branson, Missouri, at the Shoji Tabuchi Theatre. Talk about a powder room with pizzazz!

I opened this entry with mention of my mom, so it’s only fitting I end it with her. As you head into the outhouse, restroom, loo, can, or bathroom of your choice, may my mom’s words echo in your head as they always do in mine, “Put down paper and do NOT forget to wash your hands!”

Sniffin’ out the info


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