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A chance meeting blooms to romance, via the Internet: Sophie Blackall's whimsical drawings capture what we love about reading Craigslist's Missed Connections page. The Brooklyn-based artist specializes in winsome girls in pale pastels with just a touch of the absurd -- as in a recent post where an M train rider laments that he looked "offal" and thus didn't approach the girl of his dreams. Here are some subjects we think Blackall should tackle next:
· Queens Museum of Art (Corona Park): Because we've always wanted to run into a girl wearing "a blue and white checked toga" when it wasn't laundry day. You could have your first kiss in front of the new Colin Powell mural!
Love is in the air and it's floating over the Airport WiFi Network. Utilizing a killer combo of Boingo Wireless, iTunes and Facebook, a young Austrian lad has proven that a tech-savvy European can school any humble American in the fine art of meeting someone at an airport.
Here's what went down: after a trip to Vail, I'd headed back to New York through JFK on December 29th without any major issues. After grabbing my luggage, I parked myself in a seat inside the baggage claim area to finish up a post on HotelChatter. Naturally, I was connected to the Boingo wireless network and had my iTunes open so my girl Beyonce and her jam, "All the Single Ladies" could come through my headphones as I worked.
A little over a week later (January 7th), I received the following message in my Facebook inbox:
is it possible that you were at JFK airport on Dec 29th. If so, thank you for sharing your iTunes Library on the Wifi Network...I enjoyed your music greatly!!
Since you're 1 of 3 Jenna Brombergs on Facebook and the only one from NY I thought I'll give it a try and write to you ;))
Greets from Austria,
We couldn't resist squeezing in just one more Jaunty in honor of our Craigslist-crazy Friday series. Here were the top places to meet and be met in 2008:
On the campaign trail:
Elections mean roving packs of staff going to where the primaries are for brief, frenetic, sleepless visits. If you're at your best on nine cups of coffee and two hours of sleep, you probably followed our primary series from Charleston to Indianapolis--and even to the president-elect's hometown of Chicago.
You didn't have to see "What Happens In Vegas" to let whatever happens, happen in Vegas. Don't forget that brawl on the set of "W." that made us happy to be alive or our Chasing Michigan series. We even followed the mustache to the scene of its hairy crimes.
· Chicago Hearts Obama, How About You? [Jaunted]
· Missed Connections in Shreveport: Mr. and Mrs. Bush Edition [Jaunted]
· Missed Connections: American Airlines Hubs Edition [Jaunted]
Christmas has come and gone, and the Pacific Northwest is still digging out of its winter cataclysm. Need three reasons to venture out? (Besides delicious food, cabin fever and the desire to take pretty pictures, that is.) We've got you covered with these hot spots. You could also try the bus, the ferry or offering strangers a ride, but it'll be a lot warmer at...
Fifth Avenue Theater: Come for the show (it's the classic musical "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers"), stay for the short-haired girls. 1308 5th Ave.
Re-bar: See the sights beyond your snowy driveway at this DJ-driven bar. 1114 Howell St.
Honorary Xmas/Possibly Fake Missed Connection: We're not sure if anyone could really fall in love with a Salvation Army bell ringer, but it warmed our coal-black hearts all the same.
SIGH. This week marked the last day of shooting for "Men Who Stare At Goats," George Clooney's forthcoming CIA thriller costarring Kevin Spacey and George Clooney's mustache. It must feel as deflating to the state of New Mexico as a Bill Richardson's failed presidential bid or every time someone confuses it with the old country to the south.
Well, we found at least three good reasons to visit Albuquerque, the last set used for "Men Who Stare At Goats," and they have nothing to do with the above-named bachelor:
You shouldn't need the excuse of a new Virgin America route to head to Boston; it's such a charming town! But if that purple-lit plane convinces you to visit, we're happy for you--and whatever lucky guy or girl you can find at one of these hot spots:
Trident Cafe: Pick up a sweet artist at this purveyor of coffee and teas attached to an indie bookstore. 338 Newbury St. in the Back Bay
Ned Devine's: Get your makeout on at the locale where area brewery Sam Adams chose for a Beer Appreciation Dinner. 1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl.
Flat Top Johnny's: Bounce back from a brush-off at this MIT-area pool hall. 1 Kendall Sq. in Cambridge
· Sorry, Chicago: Virgin America Is Headed To Boston [Jaunted]
· More Missed Connections In Boston [Jaunted]
· Boston coverage [Jaunted]
OMG! Art Basel started yesterday but there aren't any missed connections for it yet? Let's face it, you can admire the W Models but you aren't going to be painting beautiful pictures with them this weekend. There's always this sad sack, in case you like works in progress.
Twist Bar: This South Beach institution has something for everyone in its seven bars, though it's dangerous for scarves. 1057 Washington Ave.
BT's: Put on your best bustier because you'll be competing with the strippers for attention. 5922 S Dixie Hwy.
· W Models in Hummer Golf Carts Will Be Asking "What's Your Wish?" [HC]
· Fall Culture Travel: Art Basel Miami Beach [Jaunted]
· Missed Connections coverage [Jaunted]
Whether your weakness is for po-boys or something less likely to be celebrated with a citywide party, the Big Easy has what you've been craving at hot spots like these:
Cafe Rani: Work it or get some work done at this healthy cafe installed in an old Salvation Army building. 2917 Magazine St.
Little Tokyo: You won't have to resort to ruses to get your hands on some delicious tempura at this Asian restaurant near City Park. 310 N Carrollton Ave.
Bulldog: Apparently, talk is precious at this Uptown sports bar. 5135 Canal Blvd.
Now that the election's over, Mom's going to start asking you about your love life again. (Or Dad! We support the right of fathers to ask personal questions, too.) Why don't you start a campaign to get the next person who catches your eye to go out with you? Jaunted hint: Why not take them to Vidalia? You can impress them with your insidery know-how, especially if you're between administrations.
Beacon Bar and Grill: Rooftop martinis? Check. $17 pasta specials? Check. Literate guys? Check. 1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Rocketbar: This Penn North sporting bar boasts shuffleboard, pool and darts, but in the sport of conversation, you're on your own. 714 7th St. NW
Apex Nightclub: A gay club established enough to be listed in Fodor's, it varies by the night, so take your chances on Hot Asian Guy. 1415 22nd St. NW
[Photo of a detail from the Mary McLeod Bethune statue: jcolman]
On Tuesday, 52 percent of the nation decided (though it may not have loved him necessarily) to elect Barack Obama the nation's 44th president. "Our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared," Obama told the crowd at Chicago's Grant Park that night at a massive rally watched by millions around the world.
Hit Grant Park today and you will probably find many tourists, but no leftover Democratic parties. Good thing Chicago's Craigslist is there to find that hunk you met at the rally. Here were some other places Obama fans met that night--may you all find a love as publicly adorable as the new First Couple:
Wow Bao: Make personal history at this Asian fusion Loop stop. Order the coconut cream bao, we hear they're spectacular. 835 N. Michigan Ave.
Third World Chicago: This coffee shop in Obama's soon-to-be-former neighborhood (also the home of the University of Chicago) isn't the classiest joint in town, although that works for some people. 1301 E. 53rd St.
In honor of our Live Arts In Brooklyn series, find a date to see the best of Brooklyn with our hot spots:
The Levee: This dive bar bills itself as an alternative to hipster Williamsburg, so if you're so uncool as to still like Halloween parties (like us!) look no further, 212 Berry St.
Brooklyn Masonic Temple: We weren't able to cover this Ft. Greene concert hall in our round-up, but if you can drop Broken Social Scene lyrics, there's a girl here for you. 317 Clermont Ave.
Kitchen Bar: Looking for an epicurean to watch "Top Chef" with? This place gives new meaning to the word dive bar, and also apparently to "nice conversation." 687 6th Ave.
[Photo in Grand Army Plaza, at the northeastern end of Prospect Park: smoothdude]
Why are we so obsessed with "High School Musical: Senior Year"? We're not really sure, especially since we weren't one of the crazy children who ordered advance tickets weeks in advance.
Certainly the adorable moppets in the Disney juggernaut would never stoop to posting about that cute boy from the school play on Craigslist--and they'd be even less inclined to do it in scrubbed-clean Salt Lake City--but the rest of us, well, we're all in this together: