Richard Muller in Prague, Poezie a Provokace, Full-price second-hand TVs

Over the last few days I’ve managed to do a few things I haven’t done in ages. First I saw Richard Muller perform at the T-Mobile Arena on Friday. I’m not all that familiar with Muller’s work, but I was getting a bit sick of being bound to the notebook. So, when Jitka’s friend Daniela called and told us to join her and her husband Tomas, we figured it was high time to get out and do something interesting. It was the best decision we’d made all week.

Muller had a group of American musicians playing with him and was generous with the spotlight. For instance, guitarist Hiram Bullock laid down a lot of incredible solos, perhaps a few too many. I’ve never been crazy about solos of any kind, even back in my metalhead days. On top of that, a few of the jams that Bullock led sounded very Pink Floyd, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but they all sounded like the end of Comfortably Numb.

Aside from the solos, and the fact that all of T-Mobile reeked of fried klobasa, Muller & co. put on a show that I have to say was far better than Moby’s Prague gig earlier this year. Muller himself is a treat to listen to – he has a far greater range than the casual listener may expect – and his lumbering arrhythmic dancing (rather, ambling or plodding) is kind of amusing to watch. Definitely a performer I’ve got to see again.

Saturday was spent working, then Sunday I performed a couple of pieces at Villa Incognito during the Poezie a Provokace reading. It was all open mic with four or five poets, including myself, some belly dancing and a ukulele-strumming singer-songwriter. It was short and sweet and intimate; the highlight was the belly dancing bit, mainly because Bubu (or is it BooBoo?) provided music for the dancer when her CD crapped out. Hopefully I’ll be able to make it out to more of these as it was great to hear live poetry in Prague again, and it felt good to be onstage again, doing Progress Report and Open to Burn (which I’ll post tomorrow). Though I don’t think I’ll ever be able to shake my pre-performance jittersā??

Finally, I took a day off yesterday and bummed around Prague with Jitka. Well, not exactly “bummed around” as we were busy being consumers, mostly looking for computer stuff and office supplies and furniture and a TV for Jitka’s mom, something that I’ve got to digress onā??

We were originally going to buy a medium-sized Sony at the Globus here in Blackbridge. We discussed delivery arrangements with one of the sales clerks and reckoned we were good to go when the clerk tells us that the model on display is the last model. The display model had been on the shelf and turned on for the last six months. So, can we get a discount? Jitka asks. The clerk looked rather embarrassed when he told us we couldn’t.

Jitka turned to me and asked if we should make the purchase. You’re joking, I said, You realise they’re basically selling us a second-hand TV for full price. The clerk obviously understood English, because he was looking away sheepishly when we looked back at him.

Well, to hell with that, I said. Fortunately, the Sony shop at Karlovo namesti had the same model in stock, not just on display.

Anyway, after dealing with the boob tube, we took a stroll through the centre of Prague, sipping hot wine and perusing the wares at the Christmas market kiosks on Wenceslas Square, then metroed our way back to the ‘burbs.

Dec 13, 11:40 (Filed under: , Prague events )

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  1. just wanted to say check the comments on your post on restaraunts, i posted a suggestion

    try it out, and maybe give a review, i deffinitely thought it was one of the best ones in prague.
    Donn    Dec 13, 14:13    #
  2. Excellent – thanks for sharing, Donn.
    Patrick    Dec 13, 14:41    #