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Plants and Animals at the Park Theatre, Winnipeg

Plants and Animals photo

Plants and Animals at the Park Theatre, Winnipeg, March 24 2009. Mike Latschislaw photo

Review and photos – Plants and Animals at the Park Theatre, March 24 2009

– text by eugene osudar/photos by Mike Latschislaw


park theater
tuesday night

car sliding
rink skating
streets and avenues
of winnipeg

ice pellets
wind gusting
faces stinging

sold out show
325 bums
of winnipeg

local boys
crosstown rivals
cody, anthony, louis and jon
plants and animals
warren, matthew and nic

the p’s and a’s
barely slid their way
across ice dangerous
from saskatoon
sound checking
for the assembled
lobbyist yum/yum
bums of winnipeg
at 7:40 PM,
like the coffieman says,
“showtime” 8 PM.
a just a little late.

crosstown rivals
burn the new wave
dance groove
i suggest no breaks be/
songs. one
new wave
“Hold Tight”
here are the other songs:
billy mitchell/don’t look up
waste of time/move on/chests
and hands and (yum/yum/bums
of winnipeg) friends/
dead controller
exiting with “exits”

jon keep the sticks
cody go/go/go
louis and anthony
don’t say a word
just burn the dance
house down
and i promise
i’ll be upfront
instead of

sweat soaking my
holy f#ck
kool kitty
from the first beats of Hold Tight!
to the last bang
of Exits
dancing at the back
\sly,ding! across the smoooooth
(bums of winnipeg)
new wooden floor

an intense set.
thank you.

for plants and animals
i moved to the front
to lead the dance chaos

warren was worried
it was going to be
a movie house audience
all seated with a gap
on the floor
the stage.

(i like to fill that gap
and dancing
by myself
billy idol)

the park was an old style
movie house in a previous
business life
now it’s a venue for
music and comedy
theater and dance
pretty, much, anything
with a cafe in the front
dvds for rent too.

i took the set list
ink scribbled on a
park theater napkin
in front of nic
good friend
(in the field)
a l’oree (des bois)
faerie (dance)
bye (bye bye)”
and “guru”
was part of the unwritten
encore songs

setting the tone
right from lola
moving and oops
stepping on a toe
“i’m sorry,” says me
says she, “that’s okay, you’re grooving.”
her hand on my shoulder
softly, this is for the propagandhi/ist
crowd (read, “i’m getting too old for this”)
oh the yumyumbums
of winnipeg
so many dancing
in front of the stage

3 of first 4 songs
hard grooving for
the yumyum/bums
of winnipeg
to find their courage
watching me break/down
the beat and
to join the otis redding “shake”
with their yums/yums
joining the mayhemmmmm

another tshirt to go/go/go
gogol bordello

oh bums.
of winnipeg.\
ice storm
sticking to my windshield\
at least my face was
on the drive home.

oh winnipeg
will this winter
ever end?

thank you
plants and animals
safe journey
on the icy highways

perhaps i’ll see you at the juno
(you’re playing the railway club
on saturday)
celebrations in vancouver.

Montreal’s beast
you say party we say
die! saturday at the biltmore
and ellllliottttt brooooooooooood
friday night
in vancouver!

if i was in winnipeg,
the set i wouldn’t miss
saturday night at the pyramid
a wedding social
with The (sizzzzzzzzzzzzling) Weber Brothers
now talk about
the yumyumbums of winnipeg
shaking it
that will Be Hot. Sweaty.

and patrick alexandre and the f-holes
cd release at the times changed
highly lonesome bar
friday and saturday night
4 shows,
early and late shows
magnificent 7s joining
them, opening the
late show saturday.

and if i wasn’t dancing
in vancouver
i’d be dancing
in winnipeg
here and there to:

friday night at cavern,
sask’s brilliant
with local heroes
The Nods opening.

thursday april 2nd,
the academy: nathan and
patrick keenan

friday april 3rd
the albert, radio ethiopia
tribute to patti smith!!!!

saturday april 4th
junior boys at the pyramid

sunday april 5th,
crescent fort rouge church
hosts one of the great songwriters
guy clark
with slaid cleaves (damn)!

and please
while i’m away,
and thank you.

and thank you
of winnipeg

Plants and Animals photo

Plants and Animals at the Park Theatre, Winnipeg, March 24 2009. Mike Latschislaw photo

Plants and Animals photo

Plants and Animals at the Park Theatre, Winnipeg, March 24 2009. Mike Latschislaw photo


About Eugene Osudar

“born, august 16, 1963. i’m 45, and yes, i’m getting too old for this. bring out the rocking chair. my first concert, november 1978, elvis costello and the attractions. i was 15. their blisteringly brilliant 65 minute set only served somebody to affirm my new direction in the musical parallel universes, new wave punk alternative, oh sanctity oh celebration (!Freedom!) college radio! i’m old, i’m used up and i’m free. i see 50something Full sets of music every month and dance most of them. and when i dance, i mean to say, I Dance and Celebrate, 2/3/4 hours a night. The Gaslight Anthem. The Boss. The Weber Brothers. The Wind Ups. i’ll dance with Los Campesinos. i’ll move to The Long Winters. The Replacements. Husker Du. The Pogues. oh elvis costello, oh Clash! i could go/go/go Gogol Bordello forever. L(eonard) Cohen. come, Dance With Me (Old 97s) wherever you may be, sincerely, eugene
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