Columbus has No Shame

     No Shame is a part of an art underground here in Columbus, and what a shame I had never even heard of it. I have to give a thanks to @amanda_rad over on Instagram for making me hip to this event!

     No shame is basically a semi-latenight live art show that features the original works of 15 artists that are lucky enough to be the first to register. The art presented includes spoken word poetry, comedy, song and soliloquy- this is definitely for 18+ because some of it is definitely not for little ears. Signup starts at 10:00 pm with the show beginning at 10:30 pm, for the interested.

     They actually have a surprisingly long history, I’ll paste that below for the curious!

     The first No Shame started 28 years ago in the back of a pick-up in Iowa City, Iowa. Since then, branches have sprung up in New York, Miami, Chicago, Cleveland, Austin, Charlottesville and other cities. Well-known No Shame alumni include John Leguizamo (“Ice Age”), Camryn Manheim (“The Practice”) Rebecca Gilman (“Spinning into Butter”), Naomi Wallace (“Things of Dry Hours”), Rick Cleveland (“Six Feet Under”) and Jonathan Larson (“Rent”).

     In less than five years, the Springer’s weekly No Shame Theatre has become the most successful in the country, premiering more than 2,500 original acts with more than 170,000 people in attendance. (Read more HERE!)

No Shame Greeter
Not what I expected with “a lady bathed in strobe light”

     I arrived much earlier than either the signup for show starting time, at 8:30 due to just being around the area and having nothing better to do to kill time. As the time ticked nearer a gaggle of excited locals congregated at the door. The gathering crowd held debates and talked about societal issues, there wasn’t too much light conversation going on. At about 9:45 pm the volunteers brought out their “lady bathed in a strobe light”, which surprisingly wasn’t what I was expecting. I think my expectation was an actual lady hanging out in a spotlight, I guess I should have paid attention to their site. To be fair, I did want to go in as blind as possible. So mission accomplished?

     At promptly 10:30 pm with several debates being in full swing, the doors opened to let us in. I was one of the first through the doors, and declined participation in the performance. I do plan to attend at a later date and share my own writing, as a personal goal.

     There’s a bar at the back wall of the entryway, for those visitors who have a designated driver. I, unfortunately couldn’t since I was driving. The throng of people made their way to the auditorium, which was nothing like the auditorium I’ve seen. In the center of the room was a setup that was perfect for an introspective piece, and luckily one of the performers took advantage of the room’s existing atmosphere. 

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The waterfall that held my attention for a while!

    My favorite thing about the props that were accenting the room was this well-made waterfall with faux-moonlight. I spent part of the time there just admiring the folds in the fabric. Maybe I’m just easily impressed, but I really think they did a phenomenal job. 

    I want to make a quick heads up to future attendees of No Shame Columbus. Despite the room being fairly sizable, the volume of people filling in and the cacophony of voices makes this a stressful place for those who have a hard time handling being around lots of people. Usually, I’m okay but honestly the noise combined with the number of people made even the large room feel so cramped. Warning aside, once the performers started and everyone was silent the room returned to its size.

     The spokesman took the stage at about 10:45 and I want to commend him on his charisma. He legitimately looked so at home in front of a nearly full house. He rang off the names of the performers with the help of the audience and called up any newcomers for a small initiation. I actually was able to convince myself to make my way up to participate, but did not have a partner for a rock-paper-scissors style game so I found myself seated quickly.

    The first couple performers were comedians. The first being stand-up while looking intentionally disheveled. some of his humor was definitely intended for 18+, so just another heads-up! My favorite part of his segment was his Three Rules of Tinder.

Be Attractive

Don’t be Unattractive

                                                                             Don’t say “Hi”

The third is definitely pretty solid advice, that I wonder if the second performer followed. He serenaded the audience with his tale of heartbreak and falling in love with no less than 3 different women having the same outcome. It was a tale of woe if ever there was one, to love someone who’s not capable of loving you because of orientation. Sadly, I can’t remember any lines from his piece, but it was quite good! At  the bottom of this post, I’ll put a slideshow of all of the performers so I don’t crowd the text or stretch the page!

     Acts 3 and 4 were a little more on the serious side. The first was a guy who stated he has only 1 or 2 more visits to No Shame before he’s gone. He gifted the audience with a thought provoking soliloquy about that which is hidden. His attire and the backdrop of tstage” was just perfect. He paced the stage and really drove a sense of urgency. He accomplished his goal wonderfully! Thankfully, I did manage to get a couple of decent pictures of him in (what I thought was) a prime location. I want to say this gentleman was my favorite act. When I go back, I’ll be saddened by his absence.

     Following him was my personal inspiration to resume poetry. A young poet that was writing imagery- she’s working on a book of poems about Columbus locations. When it comes out I plan to buy it. Her piece included two poems, one that perfectly described Fountain City, and the other that brought Kilwins to mind. She definitely inspired me to try my hand at capturing some of my favorite landmarks!

     Act 5 was there for his second time, and first time performing. Despite that, his taking the spotlight was met with a raucous barrage of cheers that was deafening. He was a comedic act, much like the earlier first 2 acts and his had a veneer of relatability. Again, this is something I don’t remember too much about, sadly. I will say that I do remember how well he composed himself, despite his nerves. I don’t know him, but I’m proud of him! Once he reclaimed his seat, a rapper made his way to the stage and was likewise charismatic. In a similar vein I can’t remember too much. But the picture I captured really shows his comfort!

 

No Shame in ending this here! 

     I don’t particularly want to make this a dauntingly long post, so I’ll cut this short here. I will say that I do recommend this for a fun night out on a Friday. At 5 dollars a head, it definitely not the most expensive thing you can do in Columbus, and it’s in the heart of our Downtown. Big thanks to the people of No Shame! Thank you for creating an environment where people feel safe to share their passions and try something new.

Two for Tea and Tea for Two with Te Amo

Our amazing local tea wizard held a Tea for Two event at his shop, the aforementioned Te Amo Tea, that you can read about here.  I arrived a party of one to record the event, and enjoyed my usual Milk Tea, for simplicity’s sake. The beautiful and talented Bolera was attending as the live music and main attraction. She made the usually relaxing and mellow ambiance unusually intimate with her velvety voice. 

Not going to lie, it wasn’t what I expected but much better. The guitar paired with her voice was delightfully reminiscent of French acoustic, though I could be off the mark admittedly. I’m not a music blogger, after all, but I was definitely feeling the music and will likely be looking into any future events that host her, as well. During a brief intermission, I sat with her and found her quite lovely (and stylish!), you can follow her personal Instagram here. She performs fairly regularly at some other local businesses like our very own Iron Bank Coffee. You can see a gif below and to hear her lovely voice, I did add her to the Adventures story on the Java and Jeans instagram.

Here’s the teaser, check out our instagram story for more!

The venue buzzed with quiet conversation beneath the notes low enough that any crescendo drowned it out entirely. There was a small gathering of about 10 people seated on his various conveniently placed cushions. And the venue held some of its usual welcoming charms. Even when it’s bustling, this locale still finds it hard to feel tense. Sadly, I did have to leave at some point. It was nearly impossible for me to pull myself away, before my other stops closed.

The Tea Wizard
Toshiro, my friend, the aptly named Tea Wizard. Posted with his consent.

The hardworking tea wizard, was quite busy this evening, unsurprisingly. He was ready for the occasion with these adorable blue and white paper straws- I’m a sucker for anything aesthetic so I chose a smaller size. For the Aesthetic!
Click the image below to visit the artist on instagram. 

Milk Tea with a complimentary flower that the Tea Wizard graciously bestows upon his patrons- he switches it up sometimes.

 

Closing Thoughts: 

 

If you were unable able to come down and sample one of Te Amo Tea’s fantastic flavors, there’s always the next event and you can follow that facebook page as well to keep abreast of any updates. Toshiro always leans into the zen aesthetic. It makes for a great place to kill a few hours. He’s not only got an amazing product, which I raved about in my last post, but is a sparkling and knowledgeable conversationalist. For newcomers or veteran tea-drinkers, Te Amo is a must see. If you don’t know what to get, he can quickly make you up something new!

 

Java Jill’s Fantastic Fête

~*~ Birthday Pre-Party ~*~

    

We have a very special birthday post coming at you today! I turned 28 on the 20th and am not happy about it, truth be told. To ease my mood, we started celebrating early! My dear friend and our beloved fashion writer joined myself and my fiance’ for the festivities, most of which was of the consumable variety.

For dinner, we went to O’Charley’s again, and I was treated to their delectable garlic butter filet mignon, broccoli, and Caesar salad, for dessert we had their wonderfully filling and rich Caramel pie. For my drink, of course, I had the Cotton Candy Fizz. On a side note, would you believe that 3 Walmarts and a Target failed to have Cotton Candy so I can recreate this wonderful thing at home? I’m considering buying a cotton candy machine.

    

Jeans and I rounded off the day with some much needed retail therapy- we left H&M emptyhanded but I struck gold later on at Charlotte Russe when I found this amazing tulle skirt, that is already up on Instagram., I’m apparently cosplaying as a Tumblrette tomorrow- tiara and all. I also bought myself a birthday coloring book and sloth journal to keep track of ideas for future posts on the go because I greatly prefer to write ideas on paper. Behold!

 

I am so ready to find my holy grail satchel purse so  I can carry my multiple notebooks around!

 

~*~ Day (two) zero ~*~

   

On the big day, we took advantage of the many birthday offers I’ve gotten in my email over the past month. The first one was Ihop where I was treated to their delicious sweet cream crepes, unfortunately, I did have to tell them it was my birthday so we could get the pancakes, and they ended up coming to table and singing their birthday song (I didn’t know how to even react- just quietly pout and drink my splash berry). 

Jeans and I left there and headed to Plato’s Closet, where I continued my ill-fated search for the holy grail of satchels. My search was fruitless, but we did find some good deals that I couldn’t commit to. One was a 90 dollar bag with the price tag that was being sold for 16 dollars and the other what looked like a knockoff Versace. In the end, I walked out empty-handed and walked right into a Clothes Mentor which was amazing. I didn’t even know we had a place for affordable name brands. I have never seen so many expensive purses for my budget. I didn’t walk out empty-handed this time.

To be perfectly fair, I’m looking for a crossbody satchel to hold my sketchbook, sloth book and maybe my computer (the latter not totally needed, but would be enjoyed). I found a few cute Coach bags in my budget that checked off a few of my boxes, but not all. Is it still settling if it’s Coach? I ended up selecting this gorgeous mid-2000s Coach crossbody. Not really important, but the inside is really pretty pink, which was a box I didn’t know I needed to be checked. And, I may be a peasant but, I’m very impressed by the stanp of authenticity.

grey Coach crossbody bag
Thank you, Clothes Mentor for my first designer bag!

I did include in that picture the birthday gift that my fiance’ gave me this year- Superfight, it’s like Cards Against Humanity but with ridiculous superheroes. I highly recommend this game if you enjoy Cards Against Humanity or Apples to Apples. 

The Peachtree Mall has so many great stores with some amazing selections, but in comparison to Clothes Mentor, the selections fell flat. I guess after being around the high-quality items everything else felt lackluster, I guess I know where I’m shopping on the regular. We did get a good deal on this amazing lotion from Bath and Body Works from their new Water line that’s made with Hyaluronic Acid and is supposed to be great for dry skin- I can attest to that, because guys, my. hands. feel. awesome. 

The last leg of our day was to get dinner, which was unremarkable- but we did get Starbuck’s colored drinks- I got the Pink Drink, because my aesthetic for my birthday is Pretty Pretty Princess. Jeans got the Purple Drink.

I’ll do a brief review on the Pink Drink, but since it’s a bundled sort of review with the entire festivities. Honestly, this drink deserves a spot on my Summer Drink list and if that post hadn’t already gone up, I’d definitely add this. It’s amazingly refreshing and fruity. I felt like I was relaxing on some beach in Florida with this, really, it’s phenomenal. Fruity, light with a slight strawberry flavor underneath what I assume is the Acai. I may or may not be mildly obsessed with this.

Also, as a sort of debut for myself and my questionable fashion taste, a photo of us! As you can see we’re having a blast enjoying our pink and purple berry refreshers at one of the happiest places on earth!

Java and Jeans in their natural habitat
Your writers, Java and Jeans! My aesthetic today was pretty princess, apparently

 

 

 

 

 

Hometown Cravings: It’s a Caramelnilla kind of day

City:  Columbus, GA
Stop: Midtown Coffee
Drink: 
Caramelnilla

Hi everyone, guess what time it is? It’s time to revisit the downhome shops that Columbus has in store for us. Since I already revisited Fountain City for this series, I took a moment to return to Midtown Coffee once again, since they struck gold once.

After a moment of indecision, I settled on the Caramelnilla Latte (iced this time, so no art, sadly- no time to relax today). Since I showed you the interior last time, I won’t bore you with those details. And this post will consist of my thoughts and rating for this Latte.

Full disclosure, this isn’t the first time I’ve had this drink, but my second. But I couldn’t very well, write on it unless I have it in front of me. So onto the coffee.

Caramelnilla Coffee in the wild
Had to come up with a good way to illustrate how delicious this drink is!

The coffee, unlike the imitation coffee drinks I’ve sampled, tastes sweet and strong like a good coffee should. It’s got a nice full body and low acidity, and in stark contrast to the aforementioned imposters, the flavor that lingers is the sweetness of the mingling vanilla and caramel.

Overall the drink feels balanced and pleasing. It’s strong without being bitter and sweet without being overly saccharine. Which is quite the achievement. The underlying flavor is a little nutty, which isn’t a bad thing and adds a lovely bit of contrast in its softness.

Taste; 5 out of 5/5

With all of the good qualities in this coffee, I can’t think of any reason not to give it a solid 5/5 rating. Good job, Midtown Coffee!

 

Auburn’s City Fest; Modern Woodstock?

Auburn’s City Fest; Modern Woodstock?

City: Auburn, Al
Event: City Fest
Hours: 9am-4pm
Dogs Allowed? Yes!!!! So many dogs there.

Welcome to another review of a city event! This one is on Auburn’s City Fest, and right away I got some serious Woodstock Vibes from the people huddled under the shade of the many trees while on their picnic blankets. My other half would have loved it, had he accompanied me but having run all weekend last week, he opted to stay home.

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I met up with Miss Jeans and her husband and we wandered around the many, many booths for a while. Plenty of art and unique treats to be seen. Including coffee candy that was Phenomenal and ties into my theme. I tried the french vanilla and bought a Pop. The inside of the candy has the bean in it. I’m really excited to eat it later. It was a hard choice on what flavor to try, because they had so many different ones. The same booth also had Coffee Butter Lip Balm and… GUYS. It smells so good and it feels so rich. If I pucker up, I smell coffee. It’s amazing.

Aside from the coffee stuff, they had some crinkle fries that were pretty over-priced that we wanted, but couldn’t justify spending 11 bucks on it. What I could justify was some red-velvet keylime cake. I tasted the velvet portion and it was divine. Unfortunately I did drop it, and while one of the MANY dogs didn’t get to it, it did get a little beat up. It still tastes FANTASTIC.

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I really wanted to try some of the food, but unfortunately, I’m on a budget so I had to make do with cake and lip balm. I did really want some italian ice or some pork skins, which had some flavors that you don’t see in stores like sour cream and onion.

The high-light of my day at the event was the dogs. You couldn’t take two steps without running into a dog. Pit Bulls, Huskies, Labs, and Corgies were everywhere. My favorite dog was one wearing sunglasses that I was invited to take a photo of. He posed for me and just looks so relaxed that I wanted to take him home with me.

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There were so many stalls of different crafts and foods, and the entire park smelled absolutely delicious that I was starving within about 45 minutes. We decided to hit the road before it got close to closing so that we wouldn’t have to fight to escape. I took one lingering look back into the park before we left to carry on with our day.

From this point on, since this event had just so many dogs, I’ll be using puppies for my rating system.

Puppies;4 out of 5/5

Market Days on Broad; How Bazaar

City: Columbus, GA
Event: Market Days
Dogs allowed?: Yes!

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Columbus has a few different free or low-cost events, this week I attended Market Days on Broad. It’s a free event that goes from 9 am to Noon every Saturday. The event hosts many, many vendors that sell their wares ranging from handmade crochet items to foods.

I tried a cup of Thai coffee and the same vendor was selling vegan granola- which I happily sampled. I bought both the Chocolate Chip and Blueberry Flax Crunch. I had never been exposed to vegan food before, so it was definitely something new! I particularly enjoyed the blueberry flax. The coffee, being what it was, was quite bitter and not really what I was expecting. I guess that’s on me for expecting Thai coffee like I have at the restaurants. That being said, I did find myself enjoying it as I perused the stalls.

Aside from the granola, there was a vendor selling huge cookies. I purchased Lemon and Snickerdoodle. The snickerdoodle was soft and flavorful- I wish I had a nice glass of milk because that would have been perfect. I didn’t eat the Lemon one, because it was a gift but I wish I could- it smelled amazing.

Those were the only consumables I purchased- there were some delectable looking cupcakes and the smell of barbeque wafted through the air. Had I more funds I would have had to take advantage of that, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to. Next time I attend, I do really want to get some homemade strawberry jam!

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The rest of the stalls that I noticed were full of handmade items and art. Kimonos, earrings, loads of necklaces- some of which were made of old fuses. I walked by a booth with a vendor busily crocheting a Bendy and the Ink Machine hat. Her booth was filled with about 15 or 20 handmade hats.

If you’re in the area on Saturdays and are interested in supporting all of these talented individuals (and more that I didn’t mention!) I can’t recommend this event enough. It was really inspiring walking among all of the creative minds behind some truly unique items, and I’m sure there’s something for everyone there!

*Pictures taken with credit from Market Days on Broadway Facebook page. (because SOMEONE didn’t remember to take pictures)