Things You Will Love: March 2017
Goods for the Study: I'm head over heels with this stationary/desk supply store in the West Village, NYC.
The Metrograph: Indescribable cinematic experience. Come for the movie, stay for their cinema bookstore and upstairs bar.
Tessa: Good god, the food at this Upper West Side joint is not to be believed.
Manhattan (1979)/Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)/Stardust Memories (1980)/Husbands and Wives (1992): Been catching up with Woody Allen's work, and I'm consistently surprised at how similar they can be, yet endlessly watchable, mesmerizing performances, and how much love they show their great backdrop: New York City.
His Girl Friday (1940, d. Howard Hawks): Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant are iconic in this screwball comedy set in the high-pace atmosphere of a Chicago newspaper, but Hawks' weighty drama peppered in that solidify this as one of the best films of all time.
Mildred Pierce (1945, d. Michael Curtiz): Joan Crawford's Oscar-winning performance in this holds up remarkably well, especially in the Criterion Collection's recent remastered release.
Before Sunrise (1995, d. Richard Linklater): Upon revisiting this wistful romance (perhaps the greatest ever committed to film), Sunrise may be in my top 10 of all time. Also recently released by Criterion.
Get Out (2017, d. Jordan Peele): Make like the title and see this in theaters while you still can.
Logan (2017, d. James Mangold): Arguably the best "superhero" film in years, perhaps because it is actually a western.
Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
L'art de le Simplicité by Dominique Loreau
How to Transcend a Happy Marriage: Sarah Ruhl's boisterous new play is trippy, tricky, and deeply thoughtful. Marisa Tomei is a wonder. (Lincoln Center- Mitzi E. Newhouse)
The Play that Goes Wrong: A night of nothing but laughter. What could be more essential? (Lyceum Theater)
Sweat: At the risk of over-selling it, I declare Sweat is the new great American play (Studio 54).
Groundhog Day: As creative a show as you are likely to see, not to mention bitterly hilarious with an added layer of sincere sweetness (August Wilson Theater).
Khalid, American Teen
Stacey Kent: One of my old favorites. Her silky voice matched with the American Songbook is heaven...I'm in heaven.
Doris Day, With a Smile and a Song: Celebrate the old broad's 95th birthday with some of her most endurable classics.
Betty Who, The Valley: She's back.
Xavier Cugat & Orchestra, Cugi's Cocktails: A very easy way to add sexiness to your morning commute.
Celine Dion, "How Does a Moment Last Forever": brb, sobbing.
YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS: Been just dying over Karina Longworth's new season: Dead Blondes. The Jean Harlow episode had me gasping on 8th avenue.
POD SAVE AMERICA: You cannot miss the boys' interview at SXSW with the most tenacious interviewer I've ever heard: Kara Swisher.
S-TOWN: You know by now. If you don't, I dare you to resist one of the best podcasts I've ever listened to.
THE CLOSE-UP: Mike Nichols/Elaine May spitballing is the best strolling audio.
TED RADIO HOUR: Painfully Funny- how comedy can change the world, one smile at a time.
- @newyorkercartoons is a delightful addition to my daily Instagram feed.
- @johannabradford: Caution...swoon-worthy lifestyle photographs ahead.
- The Play That Goes Wrong reminds me that perseverance is worth it. (Michael Paulson, New York Times)
A Wheelchair on Broadway Isn’t Exploitation. It’s Progress. (Neil Genzlinger, NYT)
Lynn Nottage & Paula Vogel: Two Female Playwrights Arrive on Broadway. What Took So Long? (Michael Paulson, NYT)
Does social media really help with real engagement? How The Like Button Ruined the Internet (James Somers, The Atlantic)
The Art of Paying Attention (Michelle Dean, New Republic)
Are we witnessing the death of the modern day comedy? (Violet Lucca, Film Comment)
A fundamental read that sheds light on epidemics in the gay community. A must-read, even if I don't agree with all of Hobbes' deductions. (Michael Hobbes, Huffington Post)
A tremendous obit for legendary newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin (Dan Barry, NYT)
Are we approaching a new Golden Age of cinema-going in New York City? (Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice)
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Artists (Andrew Price at Blender Conference)
- Why a Good Book is a Secret Door (Mac Barnett at TED)