Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…

Renkoo Tip of the Week

Just because Wednesday is the New Thursday is going to the archives now, doesn’t mean you should quit looking for fun things to do five days a week. We usually start with Upcoming and then we check out Time Out New York and Chicago, Go City Kids (which isn’t just for kids!) and the calendar sections of all the major U.S. papers. That’s just for starters! So keep on keeping the fun in your life.

I would like to thank everyone who read this newsletter for the past 75+ issues! My name is Jessica and you can always email me at jnichols621@gmail.com. Ciao tutti!

Wednesday


The Troubadour Theater Company has a mission to entertain always, educate sometimes and never take itself seriously. To that end, they bring you Alice in One-Hit Wonderland 2 at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank. This is a musical parody of Lewis Carroll’s famed story set to the “greatest one-hit-wonders of all time.” Hurry for tickets, the show ends in four days.

Thursday


San Francisco hosts a grand celebration of the armed forces in its annual Fleet Week. The weekend will be chock-full of exciting events and demonstrations from the Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. This is fun for the whole family and your humble author will even be there on Sunday with her five-year-old son getting splashed and awed by the Blue Angels.

Friday


We’re heading to the Northwest’s Long Beach peninsula today for the Wild Mushroom Celebration which starts today and runs through November 15th. There will be tastings, dinners and discussions featuring the local varieties including the Prince and the Puffball. With names like those, how could this not be worth your time?

Saturday


Let’s go hang out with Things To Do D.C. again. This time, they’re hosting a Secret Agent Day. They say the event is a day-long race for young professionals that is unique, athletic and fun but we are secretly hoping they will teach us to reach across the aisle without catching any germs as we head into the election, err, we mean cold & flu season. Okay all kidding aside, there will actually be teams formed to catch a spy on the loose and there will be clues, checkpoints and scavenging for items.

Sunday


Our very last event takes us to North Carolina for the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival. This party has been going on since Thursday and features more than 40 bands and performers. It is family friendly and they ask that you keep your booze in a cup or coozie so as not to set a bad example for the young ones. Camping is encouraged and there is a biodiesel shuttle to bring you to and from the event.

Renkoo helps you make plans with your friends.

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…

Renkoo Tip of the Week

Life is short and can be full of worries. WITNT is aware of the gloomy headlines lately and would like to take this opportunity to remind you of Corrie Ten Boom’s wise advice: “Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength.” So try to stop worrying about the economy for a few days and have some fun with us. If you can’t let it go completely, worry for part of the day, and have fun for the rest.

Wednesday


When you think of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), you might think of it as a fun and educational place to spend a day with children. But OMSI encourages you to bring your inner kid to its OMSI After Dark event. This is your chance to enjoy the museum in the evening with other 21+ folks, have a glass of wine and shoot off water rockets!

Thursday


Today you do want to be with the kiddos, so those of us in or near Chicago can head to the Chicago Botanic Garden to play in the garden as part of their Little Diggers program. It can be hard to find things to do with the toddler-set, and this is geared towards two- and three-year-olds. This week is “Fruits & Veggies” involving planting lettuce to bring home, digging for vegetables and pumpkin walking.

Friday


Are you tired of hearing about the Big Earthquake that is going to hit California and force it to sink into the Pacific? No worries this time because we’re talking about Litquake instead which opens today and runs through the 11th of October. This literary festival in San Francisco really got going in 2002 and brings together more than 300 authors and fans for readings, panel discussions and performances. To encourage attendance “from children to seniors,” more than 80% of the events are free. Don’t miss the three-hour Lit Crawl through the Mission District.

Saturday


Philadelphia is hosting the Big Bang Film Festival this weekend. This is the celebration of a devotion to all films action, adventure and suspense, fictional or documentaries. Grab your BFF and head to the BBFF (got that?) for the world premiere of Jim Ford’s “Wiffle Ball” about the “beauty and beast of competition and how some people take some things waaay too seriously.” Seriously, how can you think of skipping out?

Sunday


Since we’re on the east coast, let’s scoot over to Brooklyn for some grub today at the Atlantic Attic Street Festival. This festival is ten blocks of yummy foods from around the world including baklava, funnel cakes, grilled sardines, pulled pork sandwiches, fried mozzarella (that’s what we’re talkin’ about!) and fresh lemonade to wash it all down. There is so much food, they’ve made you a handy Food Map. Lest you get bored stuffing your face, there will be music on ten stages. That’s one stage per block, impressive.

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Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…

Renkoo Tip of the Week

Answer: “All good things must come to an end.” That’s right, you guessed the proverb but did you know it dates back to 1374? The newsletter dates back awhile with this, our 74th issue, but we’re not going to compete with that kind of longevity. And while Renkoo is still going to be there for you to plan fun things to do with your friends, your humble newsletter author will be moving on to write Hey It’s Monday, Have Some Coffee! Just kidding. Stay tuned for the last two issues because this cute little box here will have another big announcement for you.

Wednesday


At the end of a long day, we like to unwind by moonlight with a glass of….canoe. That’s right, instead of zoning out on the couch with the tv tonight, how about unwinding with a paddle and some quiet water? Portland’s Environmental Services are hosting an evening tour of the Columbia Slough. No cash needed, just bring your own gear (including watercraft) and find your worries slipping away into the wetlands.

Thursday


The Idea Festival kicks off today in Louisville, where “if it can possibly go together, it comes together here.” LOU-a-vull (remember “Elizabethtown”?) is the physical home to the three-day meeting that only happens every two years. However, the IF is all over the place online: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and the list goes on. At IF, it seems great minds think different, not alike, and strong support from sponsors makes the event affordable and accessible thereby increasing the pool of thinkers.

Friday


Seattle and grunge, scratch that, Seattle and electronic music go hand-in-hand at the fifth annual Decibel Festival. Organizers have gone all out this year booking 120 acts representing 12 different countries assembled within 25 showcases at 11 venues around the Capitol HIll district. Phew, got all that? But wait, there’s more than music. You also get a two-day conference, a BBQ, a park event, a dinner theater, visual art AND new media! We’re wondering why we made any other plans this weekend actually when we could just stay busy and entertained in Seattle.

Saturday


Icanhascheezburger.com and lulzftw.com are going photowalking at the San Francisco Zoo today. If you are already a LOLcat fan and are around town, you’re probably charging your camera battery already and have joined the Flickr group. New to the world of LOLcats? Bone up here so you’ll know how to speak Conversational LolKitteh. Then put on your walking shoes, and enjoy a day with the animals, writing inspired captions and sharing them with the interwebs.

Sunday


Get Halloween costume ideas at Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park today during their Medieval Festival. The park is a natural choice for this festival as it is home to the Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum housing thousands of medieval works in a reconstructed medieval monastery. Mostly go for the marketplace, crafts and the knights, jugglers and jesters bounding here and there and everywhere. The big event of the day comes at the end: a joust between four knights on horseback even. These people are out on horses! with swords! not falling on their heads! and here we’ve been spending all our time on Facebook.

Renkoo helps you make plans with your friends.

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…

Renkoo Tip of the Week

Quiz: Name a proverb about something, preferably good, not lasting forever. Guess correctly and you’ll win three more installments of Wednesday is the New Thursday. Guess incorrectly and you still receive three more installments of Wednesday is the New Thursday. The answer will appear in your in-box on Wednesday, September 24th.

Wednesday


Founded in 2002, little black dress (no uppercase letters are invited) is a L.A. shopping extravaganza with heart. This year it grows up from a one-night event into a four-week “boutique” in three cities (Chicago and New York after L.A.). The boutique has luxury clothing, accessories and home decor from fashion icons and new designers. Versions of the designer’s LBD, a universal wardrobe essential, are a highlight and proceeds benefit selected charities.

Thursday


Are you interested in the future of publishing? Do you like hosted bar tabs? Are you near Seattle? Then get thee to The Pitch tonight at the McLeod Residence. The actual pitch up for discussion is “There is no business model that will support a print daily product.” So go thirsty and don’t leave your opinion at home. The Pitch is hosted by Eat Sleep Publish, a blog dedicated to the topic of “the challenges (and no doubt opportunities) facing newspapers, books, and magazines as they…strive to find ways to support themselves in the digital age.”

Friday


After a postponement, the Graphic Content Tee-Shirt Show is going on today in San Francisco’s Space Gallery. Local artists get a chance to expose their work on a different medium and last year they drew a large crowd and featured around 1,000 shirts. Prices average around $20, you support an artist and get a superfly shirt in return. The gallery features a wine bar too. Could there be more of a win-win-win between art, fashion & shopping?

Saturday


If you have a faint heart, please proceed to Sunday’s event. Today is all about daring adventures on the high seas; okay it’s more like a crazy white water rafting trip on the Savage River in western Maryland. This is a continuous class III-IV seven-mile run and the dam is being released for the last time this year. If you have to read the FAQ that asks if you’re going to get wet, it’s probably not how you want to spend your Saturday.

Sunday


This weekend it’s all about two southern favorites: shrimp and grits. The Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival is happening in the historic district of Jekyll Island. All shrimp is fresh and wild from Georgia. There are cook-offs, shrimp excursions and the required shrimp eating contest. Did you notice how we refrained from making any Forrest Gump comments?

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Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…

Wednesday


We’re winding down tonight at the Hollywood Bowl with the last sultry sounds of summer. Oscar Castro-Neves and his special guests study the 50-year history of bossa nova and its mix of samba, jazz and abbreviated guitar rhythms. Wear something cool because the sounds are gonna be hot.

Thursday


We want to know how anyone could possibly resist our next event with a name like Yellow Daisy Festival. Clearly not many people do resist going to Stone Mountain Park near Atlanta as this is the 40th year for the YDF. With more than 500 artists and crafters, this is a key choice if you’re the type that likes to get a jump start on your holiday shopping. We know school has barely started but really Halloween is only 8 weeks away, and then it’s practically time to celebrate the new year. They even provide a handy tip sheet for the ultimate shopping experience.

Friday


You know how you and your BFF quote lines from your favorite movie all the time? Well take that, add a group of people sharing a bad tattoo convention and suddenly you find yourself attending the Lebowski Fest, born of that mystifying combination of stars aligning in 2002. This is a bowling event about all things related to the Coen Brothers film. They have one every year in Louisville and host an additional few around the nation. This weekend they’re festing in south San Francisco at Classic Bowling.

Saturday


Nathan Sawaya, the LEGO Brick Artist is exhibiting his work at the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia. The Art of the Brick features more than two dozen samples of his work, including some life-size sculptures. All of Sawaya’s work is made entirely from standard LEGO bricks and this exhibit alone uses almost one million.

Sunday


Book makers and lovers gather for the sixth time in Ann Arbor’s historic Kerrytown district. The Kerrytown BookFest is an event by the people for the people and has grown every year by pages and chapters. It is now the largest one-day book festival in Michigan (at least they didn’t claim in the world, we like that realistic sense of self). There is a design binding exhibit displaying more than 50 decorative and artistic books and a focus on Hemingway in Michigan. Part of that focus is a contest to redesign the dust jacket of his book, The Nick Adams Stories and the judges include his grandson Edward Hemingway. Click here for a complete schedule of events.

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Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…

Wednesday


Tonight is the last concert of the summer concert series Music Without Borders in Chicago’s Millennium Park. These concerts are a celebration of world music and the final show features Bajofondo Tango Club, an electric tango project from Buenos Aires. The music starts at 6:30 p.m. and tickets cost zero, zip, nada (otherwise known as free).

Thursday


School has started and therefore summer is winding down but Portland isn’t giving up yet. Those guys know how to hold on to summer no matter what. This time it’s Riverfest to the rescue, so leave your kids’ backpacks at home along with the new carpool schedule. Instead go out on a river tour, learn more about the history of the Willamette, clean up a little litter and do a little grooving to some live music.

Friday


If you’ve earned your Loyal Newsletter Reader Badge, awarded after one year of readership, you’ll remember that PAX happens at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle in August and it’s all about the game. If you’re a new reader, PAX is the Penny Arcade Expo. They call it a festival but it’s really about the game. And remember we told you about awesome prizes for Omegathon? Yeah it was an all-expenses paid trip to Japan. For more gaming.

Saturday


It’s time to come out and watch the bats in Austin under the Congress Avenue Bridge. Did you know that this is the largest urban bat colony in North America? You see, the mama Mexican Free Tail Bats migrate to Austin in March all knocked up and then in July they all give birth and in August, all those babies (1 million plus!) go out to fly with their mamas in the evenings to look for food. Their nightly take? Some 10-30,000 POUNDS of insects. So if you take bat viewing and add live music, you get an Austin tradition: Batfest. Admission is only five bucks and helps the bats!

Sunday


The largest celebration of food in America is taking place in various San Francisco venues, including Fort Mason. And this is not some combo meal we’re talking about; it is about slow food — local, affordable and sustainably produced. It is the food from yesteryear that is making a comeback. It is Slow Food Nation. There will be a marketplace with dozens of farmers and food artisans showcasing the range of American food. There are lots of interesting workshops, almost all sold out already. Maybe the “value experts” from Whole Foods (hello oxymoron! nice to meet you!) need to open up a few more sessions for the rest of us. Luckily there is way more to do at Slow Food Nation than space for me to write about it.

Renkoo helps you make plans with your friends.

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…

Wednesday


San Diego is a fairly idyllic place what with its beautiful coastline and predictably pleasant weather. So it’s not really a hard sell to get you out to its Festival of Sail, which starts today at the San Diego Maritime Museum. A $20 souvenir passport gets you on board the participating ships, and the Parade of Ships begins at 10 a.m.

Thursday


We hope you didn’t thaw anything for dinner tonight because it’s time for the Easter Seals South Florida 20th Annual Festival of Chefs at the Miami Conrad Hotel. Participating restaurants include Atrio at Level 25, Anacapri on Ponce, Brochettes, Nobu, Oceanaire, Ortanique on the Mile, Preston’s Brasserie and We Take The Cake. A signature painting by artist MANO will be auctioned at the event also.

Friday


Even Dooce is heading to Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park this weekend. Check out the lineup and tell us you don’t want to clear whatever it is you had scheduled. We know we want to clear ours! Even if school is starting across the land, parents just want to have fun. If you already have your tickets, well then you obviously didn’t need to read this entry.

Saturday


What is it with kids and balloons? We don’t know exactly, something about bright colors and things that float but the best balloons of all are hot air balloons which tickle kids and their grownups. This weekend is the Rocky Mountain Balloon Festival at Chatfield State Park near Denver. If you get there early enough (as in the 6 a.m. hour), you can go on one of two morning mass ascension flights and all it costs is the $7 state park fee!

Sunday


The Mount Hope Estate is the host of the ever-huge Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire which boasts more than 90 shows per day, some for kids and some for adults (these are clearly marked in the program guide). Now in its 28th year, they’ve got the 16th century down pat with jousting exhibitions, sword swallowing and a village glass blower. Of course this faire serves Elizabethan fare like steak-on-a-stake and the ubiquitous turkey leg.

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