Despite its title, Eleni Mandell’s eighth solo album, I Can See the Future, is the opposite of forward-looking, in a good way. A lovely trip into the past, it’s deliberately old-fashioned, lo-tech, and rooted in mid-century country and pop sounds. “Magic Summertime” has vintage R&B-style chord changes that could have soundtracked a slow dance at the prom in Grease, while Mandell’s sultry phrasing on songs like ... Read More
We all know the drill: You’re walking down the street when a sketchy-looking guy and his “boys” look you up and down with their prying eyes. More often than not, sexual epithets and crude motions follow. And if you happen to be holding hands with another woman, expect anti-gay slurs to be tossed around without a second thought. It’s no secret that street harassment is a pervasive problem across the United States. In my very own city, the ... Read More
Four new documentaries profile leading ladies from all over the globe--and they're coming to a TV near you!   Director Jonathan Demme captures the verve and perseverance of a civil-rights activist and lifelong Ninth Ward resident in PBS POV’s I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful (premieres September 20, 10 p.m.) as she works to rebuild her New Orleans neighborhood post-Katrina.  Two-part PBS series Half the Sky ... Read More
We know, we know--if you see one more Fashion Week-related Instagram, you're gonna puke. But it's worth checking out this antidote to the NYFW blahs: Fashion Week Internationale, VICE’s documentary series devoted to exploring fashion weeks outside NYC.    Fashion Week Internationale takes us to Uzbekistan, South Korea, Jamaica, Israel, Brazil, and more to uncover what VICE calls “the freaky, the weird, the shocking, and the raunchy fashion ... Read More
Women take over, reads the provocative headline on the website for the Seattle Art Museum’s new Elles exhibits. Two photographs of blonde women stare out from the screen as a video begins playing: a woman violently displaying her kitchenware as she names it in alphabetical order.  Semiotics of the Kitchen, Martha Rosler, 1975Elles began in 2009 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which holds the largest collection of modern ... Read More