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The Moon? [Sep. 5th, 2008|08:36 pm]
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Hi everyone,

I'm Ian, pursuing my MLIS via distance learning from SW Florida. I was wondering if anyone actually in Tallahassee could tell me anything about The Moon as a concert venue. My wife and I are going to try to get up there for the Nov 2 Drive By Truckers/The Hold Steady show, and it might be nice to have a sense of what the venue is like. (OK, I just found moonevents.com, which answers some of that, but it's always nice to hear from real humans.) Also, it looks from the Club Downunder web-site like the show is a Union Productions show, and so might be free for students (like myself)? If anyone has firm knowledge of that, and could give me a sense of how that works ... just show up with my ID, or what? Should I order a ticket for my wife? Those are the questions that come to mind right now, but information's always appreciated. Thanks for taking the time!

(I may well cross-post this to fsu_coi, though I have not yet. And I'll probably end up calling Club Downunder some time on Monday anyway, but I'd still enjoy hearing folk's impressions of the venue. Thanks!)

[User Picture]From: casbahrocker9
2008-09-06 01:57 pm (UTC)
I haven't actually been to the Moon for a concert, but I have gone on a Friday night (when it magically turns into a country bar called Stetsons). It's a decent size for a show (much bigger than Club Downunder, which is probably why they're holding this show there and not at CDU). It's basically your normal, medium size concert venue.

And yes, the show is free for students. That typically means you just show up with your FSU ID. Sometimes they'll ask you go get tickets in advance from the fine arts box office on campus, but I can't find anything on the website specifying which way they're doing this one. My guess is you just need to show up to the venue. I'd suggest buying a ticket for your wife in advance since it's a couple dollars cheaper.
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[User Picture]From: life_unexamined
2008-09-06 05:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info ... good to know that I probably don't have to worry about just showing up. I'll follow up Monday with one of the phone numbers off the web. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: morphinex
2008-09-06 05:03 pm (UTC)
I have no comment about The Moon since I've never been there, but as a fellow DBT fan, I have to thank you for posting this. I had no idea about the show, since it isn't on their website, and since they are (finally) coming to Tallahassee, I won't have to travel to somewhere crazy to see them this fall! I had been planning to try to go to the Oxford, Mississippi show.

Also, since you are traveling from out of town, let me mention that there is a hotel or two walking distance from the Moon.
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[User Picture]From: life_unexamined
2008-09-06 05:59 pm (UTC)
You are welcome. And thanks for the info about the hotels. Unfortunately my wife has some things scheduled in Ft Myers some time Friday morning, so I'll be driving us as far back as my mom's house in Sarasota. My wife really should sleep in the car, because she'll need to then drive the rest of the way back to Ft Myers for work while I collapse into bed, to return home with the kids later in the day, once I've recovered.

Ok, when I put it like that it sounds utterly insane. And I'm not even considering what I might have due the couple of days thereafter.

Edit: Never mind, I'm confusing that show with a Thursday night (10/23) Avett Brothers show in Tampa, for which the wife needs to be back for things Friday. That's FAR more reasonable. And the hotel tip for the DBTs/THS show becomes even more relevant ... thanks!

Edited at 2008-09-06 09:54 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: morphinex
2008-09-16 02:02 am (UTC)
I know this is long after the original post, but I think the info will still be helpful. Although there are several hotels very near the Moon, that particular part of town can be somewhat confusing. Some hotels close to the venue won't be easy walking/driving distance because of the configuration of the roads and so on.

Anyway, I was driving around that part of town today, and noticed that the hotel that seems the closest is the Motel 6. I believe that Motel 6 calls it the "downtown" Tallahassee location, and it should have an Apalachee Pkwy or St. Augustine Street address. I've never been in there, but the outside looked acceptable to me.

Can I ask you another question? You said that you are pursuing an MSLIS via distance learning -- do you happen to also have an assistantship?
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[User Picture]From: life_unexamined
2008-09-16 02:14 am (UTC)
Thanks again for checking it out. We actually ended up in B&B downtown, 'cos that's just the way we like to travel. We'll be in a day early, which will give us enough time to figure our if it is walkable or not.

I do not have an assistantship ... I would have loved to have done one, both for the money and for the "real" grad-student experience, but I ultimately decided that being a full-time stay-at-home-dad didn't allow enough time to really do an assistantship justice. They're not easy to find, either, though there is occasionally one that'll work for a distance-learner.

How'd you like Miami University? (Or "Miami of Ohio" as they call it in the vernacular.) My wife's family is from around Dayton, so Ohio's an attractive option to us, and I think they've got a residency program for recent MLIS graduate there.

I think I'll add you, if only for the recipes. Hope you don't mind.

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[User Picture]From: morphinex
2008-09-16 03:46 pm (UTC)
You can feel free to add me, but I've unfortunately not updated much in a long time. I may start again though, since I'm moving across town to a much more cooking-friendly apartment in the next few weeks.

I liked Miami quite a bit. Oxford isn't the greatest town for folks older than your typical college student, but Dayton and Cincinnati are both relatively nearby and have lots of stuff going on. I also thought that as a graduate assistant at Miami, I was well-treated even though the school is primarily focused on undergraduate education. I can't really say the same about FSU, where I feel that I've been taken advantage of and inadequately supported at a grad assistant.

I think a school Miami's size offers some nice "quality of life" advantages too, such as a somewhat simplified bureaucracy, better parking, a more transparent decision-making process, and an easier to navigate campus.

Of course, I am also mad at them for canceling the the small but excellent MA program I recently graduated from...
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