If you're like me, Valentine's Day is an annual source of tension with your significant other. I find the whole thing tiresome. If I wanted to exhibit strong passion on cue, I would have become an actor. Or a prostitute. Being an editor is bad enough.
But thanks to City Councilor Bill Peduto, my wife and I have this year's Valentine's Day plans all set.
Tomorrow night at Cappy's -- the Walnut Street watering hole that is his personal domain -- Peduto will be conducting the latest installment of "Pedutube," his monthly sight-and-sound spectacular.
What is "Pedutube"? As the councilor describes it, it is "an exploration of 80+ years of classic video culled from the new media trash heap," with Peduto playing the part of Google-era VJ.
Peduto used to be part of a two-man DJ team called "Music to Go" back in the mid-1980s. But Pedutube transcends requesting mere songs -- a hopelessly outmoded technology for imparting information. Instead, you request videos downloaded from Youtube (and perhaps God knows where else). Peduto uses alternating laptops to cue up the footage, and beams it onto a video screen for the appreciation of the audience.
"Maybe you want to see MLK's 'I Have a Dream,'" Peduto suggests. "Or just maybe you are pining to see that opening trailer for 'Bigfoot and Wildboy.'"
Well, I wasn't before. But I sure am now!
The event is charity fundraiser in which attendees shell out $5 to request a clip. An extra $5 expedites your request and brings it to the top of the heap ... much like a campaign contribution to the mayor.
Needless to say, money contributed tomorrow night goes to a much better cause than anyone's political ambitions. The proceeds from tomorrow night's event will benefit the Women's Center and Shelter of Pittsburgh.
Personally, I'll be putting $5 on "The Nomi Song." If you want to head that off at the pass -- and trust me, you do -- come with a couple portraits of Hamilton.
I love Mel Packer!