When a 6,000-pound Stefano Ferrara brick oven arrived from Naples, Italy, this past spring, O’Toole jumped up on the flat-bed trailer to hug it. While you wouldn’t want to hug the oven when it’s in operation — it maintains a temperature of about 900 degrees — you could feel pretty affectionate toward the pizzas it turns out in 90 seconds.
And the oven, which looks like a brass igloo with a fire burning at its center, does make a dramatic cornerstone for the casually elegant restaurant O’Toole indeed opened last summer in downtown Hyannis.
My friend Robin and I recently celebrated our birthdays there over a late lunch, as we do each year.We decided to splurge, taking time to split an appetizer and finish with desserts. In deference to it being a work day, we did skip the wine list — a small, but eclectic, group of offerings sold by the glass or bottle. Pizza
Where will you be when the clock strikes midnight? Yuma County residents will have several options for ringing in the New Year.
Some local celebrations will feature live music, dancing, karaoke, party favors, midnight balloon drops and even cash giveaways.
• Celebrating the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, the Fraternal Order of Eagles-Yuma 398 will host a New Year’s Eve dance Monday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Eagles Hall, 225 S. 1st Ave. A no-host cocktail hour will be held from 8 to 9 p.m.
Music will be provided by Big Boss Band. Party favors will be handed out, and pozole will be served at midnight.
Admission is $25 per couple or $20 per person.
The Talking Heads, Chronology (Eagle Vision). 3 stars
You cant tell a book by it cover and thats correct when looking at the new Talking Heads DVD as well.
What abysmal cover art. The audience looks like they were pulled from a Lynyrd Skynyrd outtake.
Thankfully, the music is a lot better than the packaging.
Consider a few highlights of the 18-song set: Psycho Killer from CBGBs in New York in 1975; Take Me to the River, from American Bandstand in 1979; and Burning Down the House from Late Night With David Letterman. All those and much, much more. A perfect companion piece to Stop Making Sense, Jonathan Demmes masterful 1984 film thats widely considered one of the best rock films of his generation.
Editor’s note: Book Groupie will feature more Colorado authors in April.
Here’s a look at “Griffin Rising,” the recent debut of Darby Karchut, a teacher at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School.
The title character of this young adult fantasy is an angel in training. Griffin’s first tutor, the angel Nicopolis, abuses the young angel-to-be. Basil takes over Griffin’s training, and eventually, Griffin and Basil become close. Griffin blossoms, as does his love for a mortal girl, Katie. The romance is difficult, but what weighs on Griffin more is the coming angel exam: If he fails, he becomes mortal. And Nicopolis will administer Griffin’s final angel exam.
Here, Karchut talks about the book and his plans for a sequel.
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