Wine tastings, a big Hoosier band, and a tribute to dancing queens
It was the photo seen around the world.
The selfie snapped at Sunday’s Oscars broke the record for the most shared tweet in history. Considering Twitter is just a young 8-year-old on the social media scene — Facebook is the older, more popular brother at 10 years old — there is much more history to make, I’m sure.
History is funny that way.
As Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres put it, the selfie shared worldwide “broke” Twitter, overloading the social media platform as quickly as those random pizzas were delivered to the celebrity audience. The fact that the selfie featuring Hollywood heavyweights such as Ellen, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and Kevin Spacey now has well over 3 million tweets is a sign of the times. The world is connected in ways the Internet’s inventors may have never predicted.
I still want to know how Al Gore did it.
Funny thing is if my grandpa were alive, he wouldn’t have any idea what a selfie is. He was a photogenic guy, but he would probably scoff at the idea of taking a photo of himself.
He would just ask someone else to do it.
I, on the other hand, have been taking selfies since Spring Break in the early ’90s. Back then, my friends and I called them self-portraits. We would choose the person with the longest arm, position ourselves in front of a camera (with film), and smile. Sometimes we would look in the distance as if we were pondering something important.
Maybe rest our chins on our hands for effect.
We would then repeat this several more times to make sure we had it right. Because we couldn’t see if the photos turned out until about a week later, unless we paid for expedited developing.
Then it would be a fast couple of days later.
As trends go, the selfie doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon. Back at the end of 2012, “Time” magazine ranked “selfie” as one of the top-10 buzzwords. Two years later, everyone is still buzzing.
And blowing up Twitter, too.
Friday and Saturday
I don’t know the statistics on how much wine is behind most selfies, but I have a feeling there’s a connection. A few selfies might be snapped this weekend at Cooper Wine and Spirits, 732 Cooper Ave., as the downtown Glenwood business hosts free tastings of French wines, Bordeaux and Cotes du Rhone Friday and Saturday. Starting at 5 p.m. and going through 7, join the Cooper wine aficionados in an educational wine tasting session worthy of sharing on social media.
As a homegrown Hoosier, I was more than over-the-moon to welcome Brown County, Indiana’s own Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band to the summer 2012 Carbondale Mountain Fair. I was lucky to be the emcee that year, so I excitedly announced them to the Sopris Park stage. The band features husband-and-wife rockers Rev. J Peyton and his lady love, Breezy, along with Ben “Bird Dog” Bussell. The Rev sings and plays the guitar, Breezy kills it on the washboard, and best friend Ben bangs on the bucket drums all day. And night. The trio brings its signature roots rock and blues punk to PAC3 Carbondale, 520 S. Third St., at 8 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. so arrive early and order a Boilermaker for me. Tickets are $15 at the door and at http://www.pac3carbondale.com.
When I’m not belting out “Indiana girl on an Indiana night” lyrics from Tom Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” alone in my car, I might choose ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” to sing at the top of my lungs. Like any fan of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, I can’t help but love Sweden’s sweethearts from the ’70s. Sunday, the Glenwood Springs Community Concert Series brings a Tribute to ABBA at 7 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs High School’s Jeannie Miller Theatre. Admission is by membership ticket. Information is available by calling Sue at 945-8722 or Judy at 945-5384, and visiting http://www.gsconcertassn.org. Look for a dancing king named Julian, and maybe take a few spins with him.
April E. Clark likes her wine red, like her licorice. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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