Friday, February 17, 2012 |
The day I accepted a position at Indiana University, I began following all possible social media connected to IU. My husband probably thought I was crazy, my parents thought I was hilarious, many of my friends found out I accepted the position through the obscene number of IU "likes" that began cluttering my Facebook. But I've always been a huge advocate for social media, and this is one of the benefits to being in-the-know.
Through my social media connections, I discovered that IU has an excellent music and theater program. I also discovered the IU Auditorium. So I followed all of these places through their various social mediums. Through social media, I discovered their email lists. I signed up for them. Thus, I was one of the first to know about the likes of Jon Stewart and Anthony Bourdain coming to our very own Bloomington, IN.
Eric and I were driving to Kansas to meet a potential new family member (who we now refer to fondly as Huxley) when I received an email from IU Auditorium announcing the 2011-2012 schedule. On the list? Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert (among others.) I mention it to Eric and an hour later we have tickets to see some of the biggest names in comedy, cooking, music, and theater. It was the best decision we've made. It has made our first year in this town unforgettable.
Which brings me to last night. We were privileged to watch Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert banter back and forth, subject each other to interrogations, and playfully tease each other for over two straight hours. I could watch brilliant people talk for days, and these two were definitely brilliant. They discussed everything from El Bulli (which I first heard about through the True/False film festival), Guy Fieri, Rachel Ray, Martha Stewart, truffles vs. truffle oil, thoughts on being a celebrity, television shows, and more. The show was simple, just the two of them and a set of chairs. No glitz and glamor, just brilliant minds sharing their thoughts.