Sunday, February 26, 2012

Photos: Pete & Pete Reunion @ Bowery Ballroom (early show)

Pete and Pete Reunion @ Bowery Ballroom 2/24/12

An Evening with the Cast & Crew of The Adventures of Pete & Pete
Bowery Ballroom - February 24, 2012
Photos: Chloe Lee

On Friday night, the cast & crew of one of my favorite shows growing up reunited at the Bowery Ballroom for two sold out performances. We generally don't cover TV stuff on this blog, but does it really get any more fucking nostalgic than this? I unfortunately couldn't make it because I was at the Sharon Van Etten show (more on that in a bit), but Chloe was there to take photos for us during the early show, and her gallery can be seen below. Here is what the Village Voice had to say about the show:
"Pete and Pete was one of those rare kids' shows that prided itself on defying convention. What started out as a handful of minute-long shorts evolved into a full-fledged series in 1993, celebrating childhood in all its fanciful (and often, bizarre) splendor. It was defined by a particular nonchalant presentation of surreal story lines and oddball characters; childhood trivialities blown-up to enormous significance; adventures far above and beyond the beaten path and, of course, that fantastic indie soundtrack. 
"It was one of the few times in life I was anxious to seeing a script," admitted Hardy Rawls at the event. Rawls is known simply as "Dad" to a generation Pete fans who grew up watching the antics of the two brother Petes -- a red-headed duo of contrasting personalities played by Mike Maronna and Danny Tamberelli. 
After a thorough highlight reel hurled the audience down memory lane, Tambarelli (Little Pete) emerged with rock band The Blowholes in tow, featuring guitarist Marshall Crenshaw (who once appeared a cameo on the show as a musically inclined meter man) and Syd Straw (Ms. Fingerwood, algebra teacher) on bass. The rest of the night was a heartwarming display of camaraderie between the former cast members as they sat on stage to answer questions, reminisce on the show's heyday and disclose some riveting anecdotes that cast new light on old episodes." -- Samantha Shokin
 Check out a full set of photos of the night, as well as some YouTube videos below...