Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Grown and sexy

Cinder Bridge is doing a couple of benefits this month. The first one, on Saturday, December 10, is Gift of Love, a Christmas toy drive.

In addition to being a good cause, Gift of Love has introduced me to a term I wasn't familiar with. The print is probably too small for you to read here, but there's a note about the dress code on the poster:
This is an exclusive "grown and sexy" event
Dress to impress
I'd never encountered "grown and sexy" before. Maybe that's because I'm out of touch with the new and happening slang. Or, maybe it's because I've been living in Tucson, the capital of casual, for too long. At any rate, I made a mental note to dress up. And then it hit me ...

There's a reason I wear jeans and sensible shoes to gigs. I mean, besides the fact that I wear jeans and sensible shoes everywhere it's permissible to do so. Gigs aren't just sauntering onto the stage and playing. They involve much hauling of equipment. This is not something easily done in a dress and shoes that are designed to be worn with a dress.

I might be able to pull it off with slacks. But jeans are just better when it comes to manual labor. Before the fashion industry noticed that jeans existed, that's what jeans were for.

So, Ron and I look forward to seeing the audience decked out ... but we'll be dressed as the working class heroes we are.

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Just in case you're in the vicinity and can't read any of the fine print on that poster, here's the relevant info for Gift of Love.
When: Saturday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. (We play at 8)
Where: Whisky Tango, 140 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ
Why: Toys for kids who can't afford 'em!
Cover: Free if you bring a toy donation

3 comments:

GreyLupine said...

Fight the good fight! ;)

As someone who literally wore holes in the knees of dress slacks at his first IT job because the company believed *everyone* should dress "professionally." They were reinsurance adjustors -- the closest they came to manual labor was picking up the check for a client at lunch -- so it was fine for them. But it was just a perfect window on the mentality of those who obsess about dress.

Man, I sure don't miss that aspect of the east coast.

Anonymous said...

If one chooses to dictate "grown and sexy" dress attire, one should choose a classier-named host facility than Whisky Tango. Many folks who tango with whiskey are dressed more to the tune of "inappropriately immature and desperately wardrobe-malfunctioningly sexy" ... So, Susan, go with those sexy be-yourself jeans! ~ Beth in Florida

cinderkeys said...

Update: We saw one of the performers dressed up. As far as I could tell, though, no one in the audience wore a suit or a dress. Go Tucson!