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What We're Thinking of Maybe Considering Doing This Weekend...
…if we’re not too lazy.
- One of my favorite recent albums is by a one man band called Youth Lagoon. The sounds are great for when you’re sitting at home in your pajamas eating cereal on a drizzly Saturday morning (see for yourself). Maybe that doesn’t make for the best live show, but I want to check it out anyway.
- I was lucky enough to score tickets to the Diego Rivera opening on Tuesday night (review forthcoming), and highly recommend getting yourself to MoMA when it opens to the public.
- This is Spinal Tap is the archetype for mockumentaries and the standard by which all other attempts in this genre should be graded. Arguably, it’s also the film that put Rob Reiner on the map before his string of hits in the mid-80s and early-90s: Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, A Few Good Men and Sleepless in Seattle (murderer’s row, ain’t it?). The cast is crazy too: Michael McKean, Harry Shearer (of “Simpsons” fame), Christopher Guest and cameos by Paul Shaffer, Fran Drescher, Dana Carvey, Billy Crystal and more. The film plays on the big screen at BAM tonight, so stuff a cucumber in your crotch and turn that shit up to 11.
- Speaking of BAM, there’s this weird week-long film series starting tomorrow called Puppets on Film, that presents pretty much what the title suggests. The series features a wide array of films involving puppets…everything from Gremlins to Where the Wild Things Are. Puppets just make me happy (anyone else psyched about the new Muppets movie?). And after all, they aren’t just for kids. Right guys?
- I haven’t read work by Jeffrey Eugenides or Jennifer Egan, but I’m going to include their reading this coming Monday (make it a long weekend) at 92ndY Tribeca to make it seem like I’m in-the-know. The Marriage Plot and A Visit From the Goon Squad are both supposed to be solid (as my co-conspirator will tell you), so why not get a sample of the words when they come right out of the writer’s face.