As I sit here before my laptop, snacking on deeply discounted Easter candy after my walk of shame through the seasonal aisles of Target, I find myself selecting my next live music conquest.
You may have heard/heard of Paolo Nutini when the Scottish singer debuted in 2006 with These Streets that would remain on the album charts for almost four years. With a ridiculous balance of grit and soul in his voice, he's hard to forget. Also, easy on the eyes.
His songs broke through American television on Grey's Anatomy, Scrubs, One Tree Hill, and even the CSI franchise. Then he followed up one hit album with a second in 2011 with Sunny Side Up. Basically he's been around whether you realized it or not. For the last several weeks I've been obsessing over his newest single "Iron Sky" from his third album Caustic Love that released last week in the UK, and is most likely on a 6-month delayed release in the good old USA. But, we have his EP! And it brings me to my knees.
Paolo will play New York's Webster Hall in June and tickets go on sale tomorrow. The recording of "Iron Sky" at Abbey Road below is the only necessary selling point. If you play it, they will come and all that.
Crossing over them is risky, but worth it. By Laura Goehrke
I’m realizing that every new experience I go through is just like a rickety bridge that I’m supposed to cross.
This image popped into my head when a friend and I were talking about the uncertainty and instability of that period of time when you first connect with someone. You know, your stomach is churning butterflies left and right, and when you get a text from them, you question if your heart is a butterfly as well because it flutters. You’re trying to navigate through your feelings, attempting to show interest while simultaneously not overdoing anything too soon. You can become overly conscious about every interaction while you also begin to live in the moment so much that you have lost sight of anything else.
You and this new person are crossing this rickety bridge together, trying to get to the other side of solid ground without falling through the cracks to the strong currents below. Will it hold up or give out underneath you? You’re not sure of the sturdiness, and you won’t know until you begin walking over it. Your partner may be going at a different pace than you—either racing ahead, trying to get to the other side as soon as possible, or tip toeing each step, grabbing tightly onto the rope as a guide post.
You try to coordinate movement, so the bridge won’t snap under your pressure, but it remains tricky because there is another element involved: your surroundings, and the weather of the situation. Distance and timing factor in, and can determine how or if you choose to attempt to cross the bridge.
If you both commit to try to get through the first challenge together, you’ll face risks. Both of you might fall. Or, even worse, one of you will cross, and the other will have cold feet and stay.
But the worst situation would be if the other made it across, and then, while you were hesitating, the bridge crumbles, leaving you no option to get over, besides building the bridge across, in which in that case it may be too late.
New jobs, cities, relationships, projects and opportunities will continually be out of our immediate reach, but a bridge, some more rickety than others, will provide the change to seize them.
Attempt to cross the bridge. It’s worth a try. Don’t let fear or uncertainty freeze you into not taking the first step.
The lastest episode of our podcast where we discuss a new piece of theatre over a slice of cheesecake. By Kimberly Lew (Playwright/Blogger) with Erin Salvi
In the sexiest episode ever of Kim & Erin Eat Cheesecake (And Talk About That Show They Just Saw), we discuss the saucily-titledYour Mother's Copy of the Kama Sutra, currently running at Playwrights Horizons. In this play by Kirk Lynn, engaged-to-be-married Carla and Reggie decide to reenact their sexual pasts with one another before they go to the altar. While digesting our fries and matzoh ball soup (spoiler-alert: no cheescake was consumed during the making of this podcast), we also digest this new play, which explores the lengths people may or may not be willing to go to achieve real intimacy. It's actually not quite as salacious as it sounds...or is it? Join us to find out. (Warning: this podcast will contain spoilers).
KIMBERLY LEWis a playwright with two published one-act plays for high schools, as well as full-length Searching for Candi (co-written with Gabriella Miyares), which debuted at Mt. Holyoke college. Her latest play, Other People's Children, was recently featured as a part of The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective's new works reading series and was a semi-finalist for the 2012 O'Neill Playwrights Conference. She also created/manages the Emerging Musical Theatre blog. www.kimberlylew.com EMAIL HER | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | OTHER POSTS BY THIS AUTHOR
ERIN SALVIis a Brooklyn-based writer who enjoys theater, drinking copious amounts of coffee, rocking out to David Bowie, and thinking about the space-time continuum. Her writing has been featured in The Expeditioner and My Dog Ate My Blog. EMAIL HER | TWITTER | OTHER POSTS BY THIS AUTHOR
Originally a webseries by UCB alums Abbi and Ilana who play characters that share their names (and possibly some life experiences), now a Comedy Central tv show produced by the original UCB alum, Amy Poehler- this show is Girls without making you feel bad about life afterwards. Abbi and Ilana are annoying hipsters, sure, but they're lovable annoying hipsters. They're hipsters if the Muppets were hipsters. They don't shop at Prada and make it look like Buffalo Exchange, they shop at Forever 21 and then try to return it after wearing it a few times.
A forgotten 1990's Superhero Movie has a kooky performance of Cole Porters "Let's Do It" by David Gomez (Actor/Singer)
The comic book character Tank Girl is a renegade who's drives a tank in post-apocalyptic Australia. She's also my newest inspiration. The comic strip was inspired by punk visual art and was often absurdist and irreverent in tone.
In 1995 they made a film adaptation starring Lori Petty, who is best known for portraying Kit on A League of Their Own.
In this scene, Tank Girl is out to embarrass the madame of a space-age brothel and makes her perform Cole Porter's "Let's Do It" at gun point. The whole sequence is a fresh, funny mish-mash of Busby Berkley, punk rock, and comic books.
Wanna have one? Add these fie songs to the list... By Jen Littlefield (writer, choraographer, dance party of one)
I rarely talk about dance on here, but that's kind of what I do for a living. I get a little bored with it sometimes because it is my job and we all get bored with our jobs. But then I remember how good it feels to just turn on a good song and dance around your house. Man it basically feels great. So even though you might know these songs, add them to a playlist called Everybody Dance Now, or Dancing With Myself, or I Wanna Dance with Somebody. Just so that when you scroll through your music, you have an instant reminder of something that will make you smile and get you going with your day. This is what I'm dancing to right now:
Anna Sun by Walk the Moon I hate when people say - oh I've been listening to them forever - or something similar, but I kinda have that story. I do a lot of artist radio on Spotify, and when I like a song, I star it and go back to find it later when I'm not busy. I starred Walk the Moon's self titled album a year and a half ago, and then forgot about it. I was reminded of them a few months ago and I can't get enough of this song (or their whole album). A close second and third to add to the lists are Jenny and Tightrope.
Whatever You Like by Anya Marina I love covers. Love love love them. And this one is no exception. Four years ago, three freshmen girls sang this at their cabaret and I did choreography to help them get into the song. It makes me laugh and is perfect for those solo dance parties in heels…
Somebody Loves You by Betty Who This one is a NO BRAINER. I give credit to Matthew Murphy for my introduction to this fabulous song. It's SO GOOD. I love when it comes up on my workout playlist too. I kick it in gear and smile through the pain, because you know what, somebody does love me, Betty Who, they really do.
Hey Love by Quadron This song serves two purposes: dance party and song for class. I struggle to find certain tempos to use in class so the things we do across the floor won't be too fast. And this one is great.
Latch by Disclosure and Sam Smith We all know how high he can sing, and the acoustic version of this song is better than almost anything out there. BUT, the beat on this song is killin' it. And then his falsetto comes in and I'm hooked.
JEN LITTLEFIELDis a freelance choreographer and writer with a few steady teaching gigs at Pace University and Concordia Conservatory. She is the associate artistic director of The Hive Theatre Company and loves cheese and wine. If you see her at a bar, tell her to put her book or writing away and talk to someone, they probably like cheese and wine just as much and would love to talk to her about it.www.jenlittlefield.com EMAIL HER | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | OTHER POSTS BY THIS AUTHOR
To watch or not to watch - that is the question By Joanna Syiek (Director/Producer/Blogger)
From Slings &Arrows,a gem of a show that follows the workings of a fictional Shakespeare festival akin to Stratford's.
Directors like the fictional Tennant are an actors dream - insightful, brave, and brutally honest. The kind that are able to take usher a well-loved, oft-recited collection of words out of an actor frightened of his own greatness. This shows' three seasons only get better as they progress and I would highly recommend a watch if you're in need of a new TV addiction.
How many times have you heard this illustrious speech? What makes it memorable for you?