It is the month of September, and whether you’d like to admit it or not, summer-lovers, the air is getting crisper, leaves are dancing to the ground, and fall is imminent. Autumn-romantics: rejoice!
Along with this glorious season brings the bustle of back to school. Don’t lie, even if you’ve been out of the classroom for years, you know the utterly blissful feeling of a brand new box of unused, perfectly narrow-tipped colorful crayons, a fresh, un-doodled planner, and pencils, sharp with erasers still intact. Yes, and a new pair of sweet kicks. This feeling of a clean slate, a new beginning and a fresh start is one that is comforting and reminiscent of a simpler time. You might not be breaking out the new zippered AND Velcroed Trapper Keeper, but LUSH Cosmetics has a way you can feel new and young again while getting so fresh and so clean (clean).
Monday night, September 2 was the James Franco Roast on Comedy Central. Roast Master was none other than Seth Rogen, Franco’s long-time friend. Monday night’s lineup consisted of comedians: Nick Kroll, Jonah Hill, Sarah Silverman, Bill Hader, Natasha Leggero, Andy Samberg, Aziz Ansari, and Jeff Ross. A plethora of jokes ensued about Franco’s seemingly blazed Oscar Hosting, sexuality, and project choices, Hill’s weight, and the amount of Jew-dom on stage. Below are 10 of the best jokes from the night to ring in the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah:
Seth Rogen: "Look at me doing all the talking while you sit there and do nothing. I feel like I'm co-hosting the Oscars with you."
The director of The Squid and the Whale and co-writer of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Noah Baumbach, first teamed up with actress Greta Gerwig when she starred in his 2010 film, Greenberg. The two decided to collaborate again on a co-writing project in which 2012’s comedy/drama Frances Ha, directed by Baumbach and starring Gerwig (her first attempt at screenwriting), was born. Filmed in digital and black-and-white to mimic the feel of a Woody Allen film and the cinematography of that of Gordon Willis who worked on Annie Hall along with 1950s and '60s French undertones, watching this movie is like taking is a cool little trip.
A young man with shaggy hair, dressed in a collared paisley button-down and multiple beaded necklaces with a peaceful and “no destruction” attitude walks by you with a cool grin…no, this is not a scene from a Woodstock or Haight-Ashbury documentary, but rather a description of the lead-singer of the psychedelic indie-rock band, Foxygen. The band formed in California in 2005 when Sam France and guitarist/keyboardist Jonathan Rado were just 15 years old playing some local gigs and mainly making appearances at their high school. At that time, The Beatles, other 1960s artists, and The Brian Jonestown Massacre were their main influences.
Earlier this month, Florence Welch (of Florence + the Machine) launched her very own jewelry line, Flotique. The line is inspired by her band’s Grammy-nominated second album, Ceremonials. Like her first album, Lungs, Ceremonials has a spooky and somewhat ritualistic feel to it…similar to the haunting vibe that laces Flo’s baroque-pop music, dancing, and dresses.
The 26-year-old musician has a love for romantic, Renaissance, and vintage styles. Currently, her seven piece capsule collection includes necklaces, earrings, a cuff bracelet, and a ring modeled after her birdcage tattoo, all priced under $100. The line feels very 1920-1930 Art-Deco, (perfect to wear at your Great Gatsby premiere parties!) which is certainly very “Flo”, but I must say, I was expecting even more of her witchy, edgy, magical, and even gothic sides to come through. She has been compared to Kate Bush, Bjork, Siouxsie Sioux, and her musical idol, Grace Slick and is one of the most talented, creative, unique, and vibrant female artists around today. In every way of those words: from her style, to her writing, to her voice, to her music, Florence is bold and refreshing, and I am hoping her jewelry line will convey that more in the future.
I was able to chat with the guys before they played a show at The Living Room late last month and discovered they appreciate the energy and edginess of the NYC music scene that is unlike other big music hubs like Nashville, L.A., and Chicago.
McMorran, who has a long history with songwriting, including having written songs for legends Celine Dion and Joe Cocker, said unlike their first album, “Calling Birds” will be new material and listeners can expect a different and more evolved sound. “We like to get weird and rootsy and mesh those different sounds,” Dunahoo said of their style. They said this album is much more equally-written and evenly-collaborated between all members of the band, which is something Satellite fans are excited to experience.
Trying to pick the best soundtrack of all time or even the top ten is nearly ....nope, it's just downright impossible. However, what's easier to determine is someone whose films will always, without a doubt, be in that category: Quentin Tarantino. Fight scenes, sexy dancing, over-the-top gore, and badass music are what come to mind when someone mentions a Tarantino film. His latest western-themed movie about bounty hunting and slavery, Django: Unchained, follows suit. While many movies incorporate the same music and scene irony for dramatic effect; one might say Tarantino is the Godfather of cinematic juxtaposition with his music and scene choices and their comparability...or rather, their contrast. Any fan can recall the ear cut-off torture scene with "Stuck in the Middle with You" by Stealers Wheel playing in the background, or Urge Overkill’s cover of Neil Diamond’s Latin-inspired “Girl, You'll be a Woman Soon” as the legendary Mia Wallace overdoses.
Whether elbows, shells, rotini, cavatappi, or peace signs—cover any style of pasta with some type of cheesy deliciousness and we won’t say no. Mac’ n cheese is the ultimate, classic American comfort food that has undergone some of the biggest variations and transformations possible. Whether made with gorgonzola and lobster or simply from the blue box, grab a big bowl and get ready to dig in to a winter staple for everyone’s cabinet or check out a few favorite cheesy spots below.
So you were looking for a large plate of mac’ n cheese Queens-style? Look no further, The Queens Kickshaw makes the classic dish with gruyere, cheddar, smoked mozzarella, French green beans, caramelized onions and topped off with tomato cream. It is nicely paired with their Foggy Ridge Serious Cider, giving a new spin on the classic cheddar cheese and sliced apples snack.