Super awesome day of celebrities (pineapple, premieres, paris, and spam)

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Pineapple Dance Studios' conspicuous exterior
I sought to escape my depression, lonliness, and anguish about the future (yes, I pretend I'm really happy here, but let's be honest, I'm mostly not), I went into the city to take a ballet class, hoping to take my mind off things. I went to the Pineapple Dance Studios by Covent Garden, which has a very, very good reputation. The studios are tucked away on Langley Street behind the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden. It's organized on more of a vertical basis, so there are five floors of studios... there are 12 studios, I think. There's a lot going on there. They have a lot of different types of classes, and have a pretty prestigious teaching staff. Thank goodness, you can do drop in, so I was able go. It was funny being around "dancers" again. I've never really been one of those kinds of people, but you can always pick them out when you go to classes.
My feeble attempt at capturing the absolute madness of the Casino Royale premiere
They work really hard, though, and that's worth admiring... and the companionship between people who go to the same studio together religiously is very strong. ANYWAY, so I went to ballet, and it was hard for me, because I haven't done any ballet for about a year and a half and my body was getting angry. Afterwards I felt really, really good though. I think I'm going to try to go back. I like being in shape. I really wish my knees weren't stupid, because I'd love to get really good at ballet someday. It's so, so beautiful.

After I got out of my super sweaty tights and leotard, I went to meet Stephanie in Leicester Square for what turned out to be a night of really awesome events.
Yay! It's like I actually got to see it or something!
In Leicester Square tonight they were having the world premiere of Casino Royale, which is a HUUUUUGE deal, apparently, because EVERYONE famous was going to this, and they had the entire square blocked off, and huge barracades up everywhere. There were so many people there, I can't even begin to explain. There were a very large number of people who had been staked out there all day waiting for things to begin, and then everyone else who saw what was happening as they walked by immediately joined the outer crowds to see if they could sneak a glance at any of the festivities.... of which there were plenty, might I add. It was wonderfully theatrical. There were a whole bunch of colored lights, and really amazing James Bond-esque music accompanying the screaming fans.
The Palace Theatre, adorned with Spam-a-lot goodness
.. We didn't stay for too long because it got frustrating that every time we heard people screaming inside the barracades, we found it impossible to see anything that was happening. At least we know that there were a lot of super famous people (including the Queen!) in the same area as us.... AND, through the cracks we DID see some guy interviewing Daniel Craig, the new James Bond himself, which was thoroughly satisfying.

Then I really needed ice cream (you know, like you do), and we went on the unfortunately unsuccessful search for something not too expensive... we were walking down a street a couple blocks away from the square, and Stephanie noticed a couple of guys with cameras waiting outside a building. We stopped there, because she thought maybe someone famous was about to walk out.
What I thought was going to be the best picture I got of Tim Curry
We were very excited about trying to see famous people, as a result of all the craziness we'd just been around. It's such a strange, almost animalistic thing... kind of sick, in a way... that we are so excited about trying to see these people... get a piece of them.... anyway, we stood across the street from this, and we saw a fancy car waiting for whoever was inside. Stephanie saw someone blond inside the lobby (of a hotel, we thought the building was), and she said, "Hey, maybe it's Paris Hilton," and I said, "Shut up, of course it's not, that's dumb." But it TOTALLY WAS. NO JOKE. She walked out of the hotel, saw the dudes with cameras, said, "What's up guys," really casually, and then got into her car. I can't tell you how completely and totally in shock I was.
The happiest picture ever with my new best friend Tim Curry. He is most definitely my friend.
Coming from a small town, I think I get pretty star-struck, and I don't even like the idea of Paris Hilton, but I was so excited that we saw her. We were really close, too. So close we heard her talking and stuff. GEEZ, it was ridiculous.

Then we went to see Spam-a-lot, which neither of us were too enthusiastic about, but ended up being great fun. It's way more fun to see live than listening to the cd... I suppose you can say that for most shows, though. The Palace Theatre was really beautiful... really old, but very big... the kind of theater you'd see in older movies. Or, movies about older times. We had cheap seats at the edge of one of the balconies, but we got to lean over the edge the whole time to be able to see, which, for whatever reason, made us feel like little kids. The show was surprisingly good... really funny, really good performers, great singing, and, TIM CURRY. I LOVE Tim Curry. He's freakin incredible in Rocky Horror, and I've seen Clue about a million times. Not to mention his wonderful performance in Muppet Treasure Island. Come on, guys. Anyway, I got super giddy when he came on. He wasn't even doing it in New York when I was there, so I figured I'd never get to see him as Arthur, but, I had good luck today. He was really, really good, too. He has such a wonderful voice. After the show, Stephanie and I shyly waited out by the stage door for him. I don't like doing that, I decided. I just feel really awkward about it. We waited for a really long time, but finally he came out. He was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO nice. Seriously. Not that I've met a lot of famous people, but out of all of them that I've seen, or even sort of famous people that I've seen, he was by far the nicest. He made sure to get signatures to everyone, and was more than happy to let us take a picture with him, and when he was signing my ticket stub (because Steph and I are too poor to buy programs... yes, you have to BUY the programs here, they don't just give them to you), I was SUUUPER awkward, and told him, "I really enjoy your work, as corny and stupid as that is to say," but he only caught the end, but asked me what I said, and when I repeated myself, he said, "Oh no, that's lovely! Thank you!" Man, he was so happy. And then when he left, he said, "Bye girls! God bless!" What a nice guy! I almost cried. I probably would have cried if Stephanie wasn't there. I'm so dumb.

Moral of the story-- everything cool happens in London. Everyone cool comes here, and all the cool things that are happening are happening here. Why should I leave when I'm going to miss all the fun?
londonstudent says:
Yesterday I was wondering how you'd managed to see more celebs in 5 weeks than I've seen in 5 years. But today, who was I standing next to in the supermarket checkout queue? BRITAIN'S TALLEST MAN!!!! He was HUGE! Not quite in the Tim Curry league as regards fame, perhaps, but he sure improves my celeb count ...
Posted on: Nov 17, 2006
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