Weekly Culture Report:  Reunions, Reviews, Retrospectives, and some Self-Respect

Weekly Culture Report: Reunions, Reviews, Retrospectives, and some Self-Respect

Hey mom!  I had the best weekend visiting my sister, in Washington D.C.  We ate cheese and sipped cocktails while our kids destroyed her beautiful apartment.  It was bliss.  

Here's some other stuff I'm jazzed about this week:

TV

I'm looking for a new show and Frankie Shaw's SMILF (Single Mom I'd Like to Fuck) is getting great reviews.  It's a series about a 20-something single mom trying to get it done in Boston.  Shaw directs and stars as the leading role (Bridgette).

 Shaw as Bridgette in SMILF, photo via Vogue

Shaw as Bridgette in SMILF, photo via Vogue

Shaw drew inspiration from her early adolescent obsession with woman-centered series like Roseanne; she also read bell hooks, Ann Crittenden, and Ta-Nehisi Coates; reviewed directorial tricks courtesy of Andrea Arnold; and keyed off what she calls a “clichéd” collegiate interest in Gena Rowlands and Cassavetes. The result is a show that is at once raunchy, hilarious, and emotionally challenging. “She’s one of the most sure-footed, confident directors I’ve ever seen,” says her mentor, Paul Feig.
— Kathleen Hale, Vogue 2017

Ok, don't know half of those names but it she me at bell hooks.  Let's watch it here.

LIT & ART

5 writers respond to Stephen Shore photos.  A retrospective of his work is being shown at the MOMA.  His work manages to be beautifully composed and surprisingly narrative, while appearing uncontrived and spontaneous.   See more of it here.

  U.S. 93, Wikieup, Arizona , by  Stephen Shore

U.S. 93, Wikieup, Arizona, by Stephen Shore

FASHION


What to wear to winter weddings.  It's all about texture... get you some velvet, mom!

MUSIC

  The Velvet Underground & Nico , released in March 1967

The Velvet Underground & Nico, released in March 1967

It's the 50th anniversary of the Velvet Underground's first album.  In an act of insane coolness, John Cale (founding member) has asked Animal Collective, MGMT, TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, and many more to join him in playing two anniversary shows on Nov 16th and 17th at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. They are set to play The Velvet Underground & Nico in its entirety both evenings.  Dang.  

Also, Chicago native (and Associate Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors) Jamila Woods, is playing her last show of the year Nov 22nd at the Metro.  This is "Holy." 

Lots of lyrics to love, right?  This is sticking with me:

"The temple you be... You're all that you got."

Take it easy on yourself this week, mom.  

 

 

Cover photo is a still from Jamila Woods' "LSD" video.

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Stay Cool, Mom on Cup of Jo!  Links to capsule wardrobes and work uniforms

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