06 February 2014

Top Six Picks: January 2014

Holy cats, is it really February 6th?! January, for being a month that has 31 days in it (there should be a name for these months), a month pregnant with the force of polar vortices and a sh*tton of snow, you sure came and went very quickly. And for that, I say bless you.

January was a challenging month, but a good one none-the-less. I spent a long weekend in LA, and I think I want to make it an annual tradition to go someplace warm and sunny if only for a long weekend - every year from here on out. I think this was the most productive post-graduate January to date. I read, I slept, I worked out a bit, I baked a layer cake, I ate tacos, I finished something that was big and weighing on me for years. I feel very very very positively about how I spent my time, and I'm ready to high-five the heck out of February.

Here are the things I loved the most about January:

ONE
Kanye West // Bound 2
I live under a rock, and then I discovered Bound 2. I am amazed by how uncool I can be sometimes. For example, I still have not watched the Beyonce music video album, and I didn't know what/who Lorde was until that ship had already sailed. And now here I am, just discovering this song, weeks after Sirs Franco and Rogan have already spoofed it. But OMFG I cannot get enough of this song, or this video. It's weird, and tropey, and aggressive, and yet I find is incredibly romantic.


TWO
Tortilla Soup via The Kitchn
Hi, it's cold out. I like soup, and it's all I want to eat. I made this tortilla soup a few weeks ago, and am basically addicted. For starters, it tastes good and combines two things I love. Chips and soup. Additionally, it's easy to make. Third of all, it uses an ingredient I have never used before - chipotle peppers in adobo sauce - and I am obsessed. If you eat turkey or chicken, I highly recommend. I'm still brainstorming how to make this soup vegetarian... any suggestions for protein are welcome.
Squeeze that lime on via The Kitchn
THREE
Michael Rakowitz: The Breakup at Rhona Hoffman Gallery
This was, without a doubt, one of the best exhibitions I've been to in the last year. The Breakup examines the breakup of The Beatles down to the very minutiae found in rare footage, moments in their final albums, and other source material. Rakowitz employs the tools of a cartographer to literally map out the events that led up to demise of the Fab Four, which is put on display in various media at Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Rakowitz juxtaposes the unification and breakup of Syria and Egypt with the eerily similar time frame that mirrors the rise and fall of the Beatles. There is also a documentary that accompanies the show, in an upstairs viewing room. If you have the time to view the entire film, I highly suggest.

There will be a gallery talk at 3 PM on February 15th, please attend!



FOUR
I just popped in Lush to pick up a treat for a friend, and wound up walking about with a little treat for myself. I'm a true believer in the Honey Trap lip balm, so much so, that sometimes I slather it on my dry wintry nose. It smells so good, it's so hydrating, and they recently reformulated the balm to melt onto your lips/skin in a more even way. I don't leave the house without this trusty treat in my pocket.
via Lush
FIVE
Breaking Bad
I know. One of my 2014 goals was to continue the Seinfeld Vlog, conquering Seinfeld one-day-at-a-time. But then I succumbed to Breaking Bad, and boy am I deep. I am three episodes in to the final season, and as Miley would say, we can't stop. What the hell is happening? How is a show about meth this good? Bryan Cranston, I just can't! How is it going to end? NO SPOILERS PLEASE! 
Via Mashable.com
SIX
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (LA)
Andrew and I went to a Sunday night show of Shut Up! I Hate You! at UCB LA. The show is a panel of comedians talking about crazy stories in the media. It sort of reminded me of Who Charted meets Wait Wait Don't Tell me, but with a little more pzazz. It was so fun, and we even had a celebrity sighting! Jason Mantzoukas was on the panel, and we laughed and laughed and laughed. Also, it was across the street from the Celebrity Scientology Center which was strange and awesome. 
via TVBlogster

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