The TueDo List: Make Cake, Party, Imagine

It’s been an exhilarating week of celebrating TueNight’s first birthday. We got to take our festivities offline for the party we threw at We Work Park South in New York City. It was so much fun and filled with so many wonderful women.

We see no reason to stop celebrating, especially since the weekend is here. So go ahead, be the girls with the most cake. We plan to.

Eat (and Make) Cake

I’ve always said I’m a decent cook and not a baker, so the Piping Perfection cake decorating class at L’Academie de Cuisine here in the D.C .suburbs would be good for me to try. My sister got me a gift certificate for one of their classes, which is a fantastic gift for the wannabe baker in your own life.

(Photo: Courtesy Lacademie.com)

If you live elsewhere, you can try the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC, the San Francisco Cooking School, the Chopping Block in Chicago or the Seasoned Farmhouse in Clintonville, Ohio. (Their Dia de los Muertos event sounds amazing.)

Party On

The party I’m picking this weekend (on the East Coast, anyway) is a show by Austin favorite Bob Schneider. I’ve seen him several times and he never, ever disappoints. He’s hitting Alexandria, Virginia tonight, and moving on to Boston, New York and Philly before heading back home and then to California in November. Schneider is one of the best songwriters and (occasionally raunchy) live performers I’ve ever heard.

Dress to Kill

(Photo: Courtesy ModCloth.com)

It’s far too early to think about that word that starts with h- and ends in –oliday, but our birthday is the perfect occasion to dream about the perfect party dress. Modcloth never disappoints. This brand new arrival, called “You Jazzy Thing”, is pretty sweet. Love it. Want it. There are loads of other new dresses there, too, if this one isn’t your style. Check the Family Astrology option for a stylish Halloween option.

Look Up

If you’re in NYC, don’t miss the Open House New York Weekend, this Saturday and Sunday across all five boroughs. In their 12th year, this amazing, architectural event opens up important (and often closed to the pubic) buildings, homes and sites to peruse. Our faves include the TWA terminal, the majestic Snug Harbor on Staten Island (free ferry!) the Apollo Theater and the Barbarian Group Superdesk (what is that thing?). Get out and look up!


John Lennon would have been 74 years old yesterday, and we dig sharing a birthday week with him. The John Lennon Tribute at Symphony Space in New York City, which will be  headlined by Debbie Harry and David Johansen of the New York Dolls, isn’t until December 5, so in the meantime I’m enjoying the John Lennon Real Love Project, run by musician and event co-producer Stephanie Carlin. It offers children and young adults in medical care centers, schools and communities in need the unique opportunity to compose their own songs.

You should also check out Stevie Nicks’s new release, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault.

(Photo: Courtesy Allmusic.com)

Johnny Marr and Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have new releases of note this week, too.

Other weekend plans include hanging on every word that is hashtagged #bindercon, as 500 brilliant women and non-gender-conforming writers converge on Manhattan Saturday and Sunday.

Happy birthday to us! Wherever you do, we hope it’s a party.

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Laurie White

Laurie White is a writer, editor, photographer, and occasional college professor and counselor. She found the internet in the late 90s and has not emerged since. A contributing editor at BlogHer.com, pop culture writer for Babble.com, and community and communications manager for Mom2.0 Summit, she is a professional aunt who lives in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. You can find her at LaurieMedia (lauriemedia.com), on Twitter @lauriewrites and on Instagram @laurieanne.