Saturday, April 14th, 2012

We celebrated Friday the 13th with not just the usual one, but TWO special events, and they were so conveniently close to one another we walked across the street to get from the first to the second. Sweet.

The first event was, as My Darling B so eloquently describes it, Two Rubes Dine Fancy Night. We returned to The Blue Marlin, our new favorite since our very enjoyable visit during Restaurant Week last winter. It’s such a cozy little place – the dining room is just big enough for about a dozen tables, and although it gets a little crowded and a little noisy in there once the dinner crowds show up, the food and the service more than make up for those little inconveniences.

We started with a couple drinks to wind down a bit after a long week pressing our noses to the grindstone. B sipped on a Bumblebee while I went with a whiskey Old Fashioned. Then we ordered some crab cakes, our traditional appetizer when we celebrated FT13th at Peppino’s. They came with a pepper sauce that My Darling B and I sopped up with the crusty bread, because we are Two Rubes, after all. Gotta keep up appearances.

For her main course, My Darling B ordered soft-shelled crab. There were actually two. Two whole crabs on a bed of Arugula and beans. The trick here was, B didn’t know how to eat soft-shelled crabs. They came breaded in corn meal and fried, so it seemed to be implied that she was supposed to eat the whole thing, shell and all, which she did. There wasn’t much meat in them, she said, and the arms were mostly just corn meal, but she enjoys trying new things and she enjoyed the crab just fine. She isn’t in any big hurry to try them again, though.

I ordered bouillabaisse, because the description on the menu was irresistible: “Mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops, crab meat, fish, baby octopus, roasted fennel-saffron-tomato broth.” Zow! I had to see that! And I wasn’t disappointed at all. It really was the cornucopia the menu made it out to be – mussels and clams in their shells, a great, big, fat scallop, generously large chunks of white fish, and a whole baby octopus smack-dab in the middle. And the broth was so tasty I could have sopped it up with my bread, if I had had any left over.

For dessert, B oooh’d and ahhhh’d over the creme broulee while I gobbled up a delicious wedge of key lime pie. Then we relaxed while we finished our coffee and slapped our bellies, burping heartily. I could’ve used a toothpick just then, but the waiter didn’t offer me one. I’ll have to bring my own next time.

After dinner, we crossed the street to Adult Swim at the Madison Children’s Museum, where I felt even more like a hayseed in my Dockers and pullover rugby shirt. The theme for last night’s Adult Swim was red-carpet night at the Oscars, or something like that – nearly everyone was dressed to the nines. First thing we wandered into was a darkened back room where they were showing Star Wars Uncut, which I really can’t describe any better than the blurb that accompanies the video on YouTube:

In 2009, Casey Pugh asked thousands of Internet users to remake “Star Wars: A New Hope” into a fan film, 15 seconds at a time. Contributors were allowed to recreate scenes from Star Wars however they wanted. Within just a few months SWU grew into a wild success. The creativity that poured into the project was unimaginable.

Most of the scenes were painstakingly re-created, line by line, right down to the facial expressions, but most of them took place in people’s back yards, garages, living rooms, wherever, with costumes and props cobbled together from card paper, discarded appliances and lots of duct tape. Every scene change brought laughs from the audience as they realized the crazy amounts of imagination that went into it. I figured we would stay for a few scenes, then wander around a bit, but we ended up watching the movie to the end.

Then it was back into the crowd of well-dressed people to feel even more out of place. Taking the elevator up to the roof to see what was going on up there reminded me just how much I miss the piano party we found going on in there at our first adult swim. B said hi to the chickens and even got to hold a chick that peeped and peeped until she turned it on its back and stroked its neck. The rooftop garden was nice and green and it’s always fun to stand on the corner of the roof and pretend we’re flying, but it was breezy and just a little too cold to stay out there very long, so we went back down after just ten minutes or so, and after playing with the ball gizmos in the lobby we decided to call it a night.

13th | 10:34 am CDT
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