Friday, May 16, 2008

MoCA and All That JAZZ (but I'm early)


It's the last Friday of the month. As usual I'm early but the portable stage is ready to go, the chairs all in place, and the sound techs and musicians are setting up, tuning up, and doing their sound checks. On this night the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) was going to be open late so you could view an art exhibition as well as spend a couple of hours listening to some great jazz. Off to my right, just out of frame, is a Starbucks with outdoor tables and chairs, but most people just buy a drink and sit in one of the chairs more directly in front of the stage.

If you're looking for a bit of a more intimate atmosphere then cross 125th Street, which is right behind me, and get your capucino at the Luna Star Cafe. Alexis also serves a variety of imported beers and wines as well as food. You can sit outside if you want to enjoy the jazz or go inside if you want to listen to the extertainment there. It can range from Nicholas The Story Teller to various varieties of folk music. Warning! There is a nominal cover charge on nights when the Lua Star Cafe has live entertainment. Jazz At MOCA is free.

It's legal to smoke outside at the Luna Star, as well as in the audience in front of MoCA's stage, but try to seat yourself on the down wind side so you don't get cursed out and screamed at by the minions of do-gooders who don't realize that nicotine increases the brain's cognitive abilities and seems to prevent Alzheimers as well. Maybe if they smoked they could figure it out?

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