Yes, but what does this have to do with me? you are probably wondering. It means that there will be no Friday Night Swing on January 2, of course. But Autumn will soon be defrosted, so the party will be back with a vengeance on January 9.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The Maya believed in a 26,000-year cycle composed of five sub-cycles and one red bicycle. Each of the five sub-cycles lasts 5,125 years and is considered to be its own World Age. The bicycle consists of a frame, handlebars, two wheels, and a banana seat. Sometimes called "The Time of Great Purification" or "The Shift of the Ages," our present cycle (3109 B.C. - 2008 A.D.) culminates on Lucas' thirtieth birthday.
"This makes Lucas a sort of religious icon," one woman told reporters late Wednesday. "Get out your galoshes and non-perishables -- the end of the world is nigh!"
Not so, according to Buford P. Snible, professor of something at Cut-Rate University. "Lucas' thirtieth birthday does not mark the End Times. Rather, it is on this date that one great cycle of Earth transitions to the next."
Total malarky? Pure pointlessness? A mountain of hogwash the likes of which the world has never seen? Perhaps. Will there be cake and a birthday jam, or will a plague of locusts descend upon lindy hoppers as they boogie to "Ain't That Love"? You'll have to come to Friday Night Swing to find out just what, exactly, Lucas' birthday has in store for civilization as we know it.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The cube is now available at retailers nationwide, with international sales set to begin in September.
The standard-sized cube consists of six faces, each with a sticker depicting 1/9 of a photograph of the Friday Night Swing poster. A pivot mechanism allows each face to turn, which mixes up the picture and causes frustration to the person holding the cube. Agitation leads the person to further mix up the picture, making it impossible to solve.
"Don't move anything and you'll be fine," Autumn suggested at today's press conference. "Just take it out of the box and leave it like it is."
As the popularity of its standard-sized cube grows, Friday Night Swing plans to unveil the mind-bending puzzles in other versions, including the Pocket Cube (2x2x2), the Master Cube (4x4x4), and the Professor's Cube (5x5x5).
According to Autumn, cubes with different Friday Night Swing images are also in the works, but when pressed by journalists, he would not reveal whether or not a future version of the cube would feature a close-up of his face.
Monday, July 7, 2008
The ceremony took place on the Presidio and was followed by a reception at the Officer's Club. After dinner, Friday Night Swing's own Autumn LaVarta, along with Jane Fields, led the newlyweds' family and friends in a swing lesson to prepare them for a night of dancing to live music by the Royal Society Jazz Orchestra.
"I nearly broke my ankle," one guest was overheard saying. "But it was so much fun, I didn't care!"
While Glenn's spokesperson confirmed that the wedding took place, she laughed off rumors that the cast of ABC's Grey's Anatomy attended the ceremony.
"Glenn and Dawn have never even met the cast of Grey's Anatomy," she said. "In fact, I don't know if they've ever seen the show. That rumor is completely absurd and 100% false."
Controversy aside, be sure to congratulate the newlyweds next time you see them!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Well, you are sort of correct. Drafted by lindy hop enthusiast Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence actually declares that swing dancing is the awesomest dance ever. The following excerpt from this monumental document nearly makes you weep:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all dance genres are not created equal, that swing dancing, and in particular the lindy hop, is endowed by its Creators with certain unalienable awesomeness, that among these are swing-outs, swivels, and the pursuit of stylistic flourishes.--That to secure this awesomeness, Friday Night Swing was instituted among men and women, deriving its just powers from the consent of the dancers who gather there."
To celebrate the 232nd anniversay of this momentous day in our nation's history, Friday Night Swing is cancelled this week. Go watch your fireworks and eat your potato salad, okay?
But wait -- there's more! Friday Night Swing will be held informally on Thursday, July 3, from 7-10pm at Le Colonial. You'll do what you do best -- boogie, that is -- to live music from the Martini Brothers Band and deejayed tunes from Hep Jen. Thomas Jefferson and several of his founding-father buddies will return from the dead for one last swing-dancing bash, so don't miss out on the fun!
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Yes, after plumbing the depths of her soul, Jane has confessed to being one of the original cast members of TV's long-running sitcom The Brady Bunch.
Few people know that there was never intended to be a "Greg Brady." The original eldest son of Mike Brady was not a son at all -- she was a daughter named Greta, played by our very own Jane. According to scripts obtained from a high-security vault, the lyrics to the second verse of the infamous theme song originally went like this: It's the story of a man named Brady who was busy with three kids of his own. They were three men and a little lady, but they were all alone.
After just one episode -- in which Jane's character Greta is kicked out of a ballet recital for being too clumsy and then takes up tap dancing, only to annoy her whole family while practicing her new tap moves at home -- the creator, Sherwood Schwartz, determined that Jane was "far too modern" for the show, and that she seemed to have "come from the future." He tore up her contract and hired Barry Williams to take her place -- not as Greta, but as Greg.
"I'm glad this is finally out in the open," Jane told a crowd of onlookers. "Unburdening myself of this double life is my birthday present to myself."
(Please join us in wishing Jane the very happiest of 30th birthdays!)
Friday, May 16, 2008
But let's get to the point here. Are you thinking of staying in tonight to watch the "Ice Worlds" episode of Planet Earth with a cold, wet washcloth around your neck? Because if you do that, you may stay cool -- but you will also be uncool, if you know what we mean. Don't risk it. Come on out and dance!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Clocking in at a distant second place was Ray Charles' Ain't That Love with 31% of the votes, followed by Lou Rawls' Fine Brown Frame (25%) and Cab Calloway's Everybody Eats When They Come to My House (12%). Louis Jordan's Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby, Martin Sexton's 13 Step Boogie, and Roger Miller's King of the Road tied for last place.
"The people have spoken," said Autumn LaVarta, who has agreed in writing to play the hugely popular Sam Cooke song at least once per hour at every Friday Night Swing from here on out.
According to Wikipedia, the first published version of the music to Frankie and Johnny appeared in 1904 and was credited to Hughie Cannon. The online encyclopedia also notes that there are at least 256 different recordings of Frankie and Johnny, including versions by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, and Count Basie. But Wikipedia also claims that elephants are egg-laying invertebrates. Which they aren't. Right?
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Friday Night Swing's own bubbly blonde, whose performance in last year's "Jingle & Rock" brought audiences to their knees, has been a lindy hop devotee for about two years. She made headlines earlier this month when she publicly denounced "boring old walking" and now perambulates exclusively by doing the Charleston, leading herself in a swingout, or spinning in an eight-count beat. She is pictured here doing the Charleston on her way to a pick up some drycleaning.
"It takes a little longer, but it's plenty more fun," Angie said.
Join us this Friday as we celebrate this Momentous Occasion with a birthday jam to Martin Sexton's "30-step Boogie." With your help, this will be a birthday jam to remember!
*Please note that this is distinct from turning 9 x (3 + 3). That won't happen until 2032.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
"Sure, we've got fancy footwork," Autumn explained. "But that doesn't mean we should have a fancy carbon footprint."
Compiled by lightbulb specialists, this graph (click to enlarge) shows that incandescent 240V and 120V lightbulbs consume what scientists call "a crapload" of energy. But while most consumers think they're doing the planet a favor by replacing their standard bulbs with compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL), they're really just kidding themselves -- and sticking it to Mother Nature at the same time.
According to new research published by the Christmas Lights Institute of Technology, Christmas lights use less than half of the energy consumed by CFLs, last fifteen times as long, and have an unprecedented Initial Luminous Flux.
"When you're dancing, you're in the moment," Autumn said. "But when it comes to protecting our planet, you've got to be forward-looking."
Speaking of forward-looking, you have a lot of Friday Night Swing to look forward to -- and we look forward to seeing you there!
Friday, April 4, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
What do you love about Friday Night Swing? The venue? The people? The music? The teachers? The snacks? The slick floor? The snowballs and birthday jams? The, ahem, amazing blog? Whatever your reasons for loving Friday Night Swing, we invite you to go tell it on the mountain!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
The not-to-be-missed event in question is--dramatic pause--the first-ever birthday jam in our new space!
The occasion for tonight's birthday jam? None other than the nth anniversary of my arrival on this weird planet! If you miss out on this momentous occasion, you'll be despondent for weeks--so put on your party face, grab your swing shoes, and come on out to Friday Night Swing.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
You'll have to pardon our stardust, as the venue is not yet in its final form. Afraid you'll get lost trying to find the new space? Well, don't worry! It's right around the corner from the Block Party. Need a map?
Contrary to rumors, presidential drop-out Mike Huckabee will not be cutting the ceremonial ribbon this Friday night. You might say he won't Hucka-bee there. In fact, there will be no ribbon-cutting ceremony -- just a whole lot of swing dancing! So come on out and join in the fun.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
The details remain unconfirmed, but we do know that Friday Night Swing will be moving to a new location in the next few weeks. Don't worry -- we won't be moving far. In fact, you could probably stand at the entrance to the Block Party, throw a rock, and hit the new location. This is not recommended, however.
Of course, we'll be having a grand celebration on the last Friday Night Swing at the Block Party, and a grand celebration on the first Friday Night Swing in the new location. Stay tuned for the latest information on the move. But for now, we will see you tonight at the usual time and place!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Valentine's Day decorations procured at half price -- pink and red balloons and crepe-paper streamers, heart-shaped confetti on the tables, cupid cutouts on the walls -- will set the mood for a spectacular evening of swing dancing. Plus, there'll be special music from Autumn's vast collection, and a table full of mouth-watering delectables -- including Elise's world-famous pineapple upside-down cake.
And as if that weren't enough to tempt you away from your couch and remote control, there will also be a surprise appearance from Valentine, the adorable piglet with a heart-shaped marking, at midnight on the nose.
Want to volunteer to bring additional treats for this special occasion? Of course you do! Email FridayNightSwingSF@gmail.com.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
As always, there are two full days of workshops -- and you know you want to tell your family and friends that Frankie Manning taught you how to lindy hop. The last day to register online is February 13.
Please note that we suggest foregoing the Friday night dance in favor of attending Friday Night Swing. Stay tuned for details about our post-Valentine's-Day dance-stravaganza!
Saturday, February 2, 2008
If you stayed home and watched the Bob Saget-hosted game show 1 vs. 100, you really shouldn't have -- for so many reasons. We expect to see you at the next Friday Night Swing!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
A San Francisco native, Nick is new to the lindy hop scene and boasts fancy footwork, a penchant for Smurf t-shirts, and an uncanny ability to blow up his cheeks and then immediately release the air by slapping his own face. You may recognize him from his jaw-dropping performance in the dance showcase Jingle & Rock.
As previously noted, in a birthday jam, the birthday girl or boy begins in the middle of the circle, dancing with one partner -- and before they know it, dancers on the outskirts start cutting in and stealing the celebrant for as many moves as they can fit in before the next steal.
Friday, January 25, 2008
"Friday Night Swing is not a viable candidate for president," the visibly shaken Giuliani said during a press conference at Burger King this afternoon. "If you vote for Friday Night Swing, the terrorists win."
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
"Going to Friday Night Swing is a terrific investment in your health and well being," according to Dr. Dan Salott, a local physician and avid lindy hopper. "Besides, it's $14 for the whole shebang, and only $8 for the party alone. You can't beat that -- even during a recession."
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
In a birthday jam, the birthday girl or boy begins in the middle of the circle, dancing with one partner -- and before they know it, leads and follows from the circle start cutting in and stealing the celebrant for as many moves as they can fit in before the next steal.
Want to be the center of attention on your birthday? It's okay if you don't. But if you do, be sure to let us know when it is!
Saturday, January 5, 2008
If you're one of the few who stayed home and bundled up with a good book and a hot cup of Earl Grey, don't make the same mistake on Friday, January 11th!
Friday, January 4, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Join Autumn and Jane for a showstopping all-levels swing lesson on Friday, January 4th, from 8:15-9:00, and then dance until midnight to a fun and eclectic set of deejayed swing music.
Lesson & party - $14
Party only - $8
The Metronome Block Party is located in Potrero Hill at 300 De Haro Street, between 16th and 17th. Need a map?
See you on Friday night!