28 August 2012

Bande a Part; Running through the Louvre

If you haven't seen Bande a Part by now, stop what you're doing and go see it. Let's just say that it embodies everything I love about French new wave or nouvelle vague film : great clothes, spontaneous dance sequences, the beautiful Anna Karina, and a scene in which the protagonists run through the galleries of the Louvre. This movie is fantastic, outrageous, fun, and gives you major street cred if you enjoy it as much as I know I did. And if you're extra dorky - you might remember the scene in which it's recreated in The Dreamers. BRB drooling over a young Michael Pitt.

24 August 2012

Happy Weekend

dancing gif via source

This was my favorite scene from Moonrise Kingdom. Wes Anderson said that every scene was rehearsed - save for the moment when Sam and Suzy finally kiss. That kiss, as tense and amazing as it was, was because it was THEIR FIRST KISS. Awesome right? Hope ya'll have a fantastic weekend. Only two weeks until I get to dance on the beach for a weeklong vacation!

This Weekend

-Shabbat services
-Greek town
-Surprise engagement at the museum
-Play with my new haircut

Awesome People Hanging Out Together

I'm sure by now that everyone and their mom knows about the Awesome People Hanging Out Together blog, and I will admit it is one of my favorites. But beyond the idea of awesome people hanging out, what about all of those awesome people who are actually friends, in the most unlikely of ways.  This Wall Street Journal article about Tavi Gevinson befriending Ira Glass is one of my favorite things on the internet today, and it will probably be a long time before anything can top it. My long-term love affair with Ira is only compounded by the fact that he is the mentor and BFF of my new-found-girl-crush Tavi.

I have had the pleasure of meeting both of these wonderful people, and fully intend on putting myself in close proximity to them in the near future - awesome people hanging out, get my drift? If you're interested in hanging out with either of these folks, and are in the Chicago area, I suggest you buy a ticket to see Sleepwalk With Me (with Ira Glass) at the Music Box next weekend, or snag a ticket to the Rookie Yearbook meet & greet book launch at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple on September 20.

22 August 2012

Chop Chop Chop

Well Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram as well as all of my friends IRL have already seen my new hair-do, thought I might at well post a picture over here for any other readers who like to follow on the Blogger/Blog Lovin' platform.

What do we think? Is Ludwig a genius or what?


17 August 2012

This Weekend

-Swatch band / battery replacement
-Search for a chambray shirt (on sale)
-Cocktails with Ben
-Open a new bank account
-Hang with these guys
-Going away party for my sister (she's moving to California!!)
-Chinatown with cousins
-Reading Tiny Beautiful Things

13 August 2012

Beyonce, Prada Marfa

This only further reinforces my desire to travel to Prada Marfa. Ye, you got it all.


Capote photographed by Henri Cartier Bresson

Last night I rewatched  Capote, and re-fell-in-love with Truman. I read In Cold Blood two years ago, and honestly, when people ask me what my favorite book is, I can't help but admit to loving a book about four murders in Kansas. The book is beautifully written, each page dripping with expertly selected descriptive words. If you're looking for a real page turner, perfect for the rainy days we've been having here in Chicago, I urge you to pick up a copy of this.

10 August 2012

This Weekend

-Lexie visits!!
-Brunch at Lula Cafe or Longman & Eagle
-Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago
-Make A Cup of Jo's recommended Panzanella Salad
-Rooftop dinner with Kelsey and friends
-Maybe doing laundry... strong maybe.

09 August 2012

08 August 2012

Dinner at Au Cheval

Yesterday I had the pleasure of finally dining at Au Cheval, on a long overdue date with Mary, one of my fellow class of 2010 Museum Education intern pals! It was our first time seeing each other in at least a year & our first time dining at Au Cheval. Needless to say, there was plenty to catch up on and plenty to nosh on while gabbing.

We managed to nab a prime seat at the bar, looking on all of the food prep and cocktail making. The kitchen is set up behind the bar, much like the counter at a deli or all-night diner. According to our server, we were sitting at the "Food Network" seats - i.e. could see every dish they were prepping. It was fantastic.

The people we were seated next to had dined there enough times to have some "authority" over the menu, enough in fact to do the ordering for us. We started with chicken liver, gherkins, and toast with butter - which Mary really liked, even though she told me she's not a liver fan! Then we had fries with a fried egg on top and two dipping sauces, one garlicky the other cheesy. With the fries arrived our enormous burger topped with thick-cut strips of bacon and another fried egg. After two cocktails and all that food, I felt like I had to rolled out of the restaurant! Luckily, I had walked a mile and a half in 90 degree heat to the restaurant, so I felt as though I'd really earned my meal.

All in all, I really liked this place. The decor was fantastic, chic, and felt retro - but not dated. Behind Mary and I's chatter was a fantastic playlist that had Peter Bjorn and John, Jens Lekman (!) and even tunes from the Drive soundtrack. I'm definitely considering coming back, and I'd love to see how the experience holds up on a Friday evening after a night of gallery hopping in the West Loop. Who's with me?

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07 August 2012

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

One of my latest hobbies, if you can call it a hobby, is picking up a whole chicken on Sunday, and roasting it for dinner. It's such a relaxing task, the entire house smells amazing, I have a delicious home cooked meal to wind down the weekend, AND I have leftovers for nearly a weeks worth of packed lunches! I'm not sure if there is anything I love more than cooking things that can be made into delicious and diverse leftovers. With chicken, I have already made chicken salad, chicken broth, chicken fried rice, and BBQ chicken pizza. I am on a roll, ya'll.

Confession: I did not know how to roast a chicken until last month. And since I taught myself, I have made three chickens. Obsessed, right? The recipe I've been working with was sent to me by a college friend, Audrey, and she swears by it. It's from Cook's Illustrated, and though there are some fancy tricks (which I haven't followed...) the recipe is easy and the result is magnificent - finger lickin' good. The meat is juicy, the skin is crispy, and there are even instructions for whipping up a quick gravy with the drippings! YUM.
And as a special treat to myself, I decided to whip up a batch of herb butter. Basil, thyme, rosemary, and a dash of honey whipped into Icelandic buttery perfection. I even rubbed my chicken skin with this mixture. The moral of today's story is that you should not love butter as much as I do. It's unhealthy.
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06 August 2012

Edie and Andy For Chicago Ideas Week

I have an exciting announcement!

I am guest blogging today over at the Chicago Ideas Week blog, with a post on visual art as social commentary. My post focuses on Andy Warhol and Chicago-artist Dan Peterman, and the ways in which they use found media as a means of creating art that is thought provoking and elicits change. Pretty stoked on the wonderful timing of this - it's Andy Warhol's birthday today! And what a way to celebrate his legacy! Check it out!

Happy Birthday Andy!

Portrait of Andy Warhol via Susana Vera/ Reuters
Today would have been Andy Warhol's 84th birthday! Happy birthday to my favorite artist! 
And happy birthday to those who share his birthday, Papa, Anthony, and Jamie the Pug!

04 August 2012

Day One at Spicer Farms

Two weeks ago I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The Spicer Farm in Spring Green, Wisconsin. I'm drawn to this area not only for its lush landscapes, Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin home and studio, and delicious cheeses - but also because my dear friend Moriah was raised here!

Mos HouseLocated about an hour outside of Madison, Rachel and I took the Megabus up from Chicago and after a few errand-oriented-hours with Mo and her brother Isaac, we arrived at the Spicer compound, complete with cows, air-dry laundry, a pool, restaurant club, homegrown vegetables, and a house built by Moriah's father.

The Pool

The pool is where I did some of my best work - bathing, relaxing, and cooling off from the sun. I'd never experienced a true night swim under the stars, which were in abundance out here. But  boy oh boy, nothing beats jumping into a cool clear pool of water after a long day to  float under a clear star-filled mid-summer sky.

rachel camera
mos legs
After taking a dip and a tour of the homestead, Moriah gave us a quick walking tour to survey the property. Check out her wicked bruise and amazing legs. This girl has some of the best gams I've seen! Rachel and I took everything in. She'd been to the farm before, and packed the smartest bag I'd seen. She made her Chacos work for every single outfit. Ladies and gentleman, I think she deserves a round of applause for only packing one pair of shoes, and making it work. Naturally, I overpacked!

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rachel smiling After a quick jaunt around the property, complete with viewing the recently picked store of shallots and garlic (mouth wateringly good smells), and setting up the tent in the middle of the farming patch, we headed to the kitchen to learn how to make matzoh ball soup from scratch without matzoh meal!! We wound up using ground-up thin matzoh like crackers, and though it wasn't the best batch of matzoh ball soup, it was pretty darn good for a beautiful shabbat dinner with the Spicer crew! On the menu was homemade challah bread, farm fresh corn elotes with homemade chiptole mayonnaise, southwestern style chicken chilaquiles, matzoh ball soup, the most beautiful garden salad with beets shallots and raspberry vinaigrette picked from the garden right before we ate it, and two kinds of homemade macaroons. It was pretty amazing.

Moriah Climbing

After a long day of traveling to a new place, meeting lots of new folks, and using the outhouse plenty of times, us ladies carried our tired bodies to the tent, tucked ourselves in, and read Matilda by flashlight until we fell asleep and were awoken by the sounds of Mo's cows mooing. I'm serious. This really happened.

For more details and photos from this weekend, hop on over to Moriah's photo blog.