Friday, October 28, 2016

Milestone Halloween Fiasco Night 1

Halloween Fiasco Night 1:

The Bleeps as MADONNA
Van Huskins as SUPERCHUNK
Glimpses as OASIS
Tom, Hanks as TOM WAITS
plus Gore Gore Luchadores wrasslin' for charity as

Are you kidding me?????  What a line-up!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Netflix Pick: What Happened, Miss Simone?

This is a great little doc about the legend herself that includes archival footage, audio interviews with Miss Simone and many interviews with living friends, family and collaborators.  You can tell that it only grazes the surface of a woman and performer who had a lot to offer and a lot of depth.  The bio pic came out sometime back, but all I heard of it was the controversy in casting.  This documentary here seems to give the straight dope, some of it in Nina's own words, as harsh as some of them may be at times.   

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

Be Ready, Vote Early!

Check your local Board of Elections for info
on early voting, polling places, voter ID requirements,
and any other voting questions.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.
Don't miss out!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Heather Himes Tonight at Hattie's

Probably my favorite local songwriter....
Check her out!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Carolina Renaissance Fest Weekends Are Here!

Carolina Renaissance Festival
is still going on now through November 20th.
Check their website for info, ticket prices,
vendors, special events and more.
It's a pretty awesome weekend festival
that we're pretty lucky to have here in the Charlotte area!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Netflix Pick: Amanda Knox

Beware: this documentary is gritty and shocking. 

I thought I'd pretty much decided for myself that she was not guilty back when I read this book, but this documentary makes me think again.  But then I have to wonder why she would go along with this documentary if she really was guilty.....why put the question out there again?  And to be fair, she was ultimately acquitted.

I still stand by her not being very likeable and not making very good choices......this doc puts that on full display.  But again, as I said in the previous linked post, being stupid isn't a crime.  I felt like this doc tried to humanize her and was really working to make the audience empathize.  I mean, there she is in her lint-picked sweater, cooking in her small kitchen, surrounded by cats.  That's cute and all, but skeptics still have questions.

This case reminds me a lot of the West Memphis Three case and its subsequent books and looks like a local inept police department rushes to judgment in order to put the quiet town at ease.  In the end, the saddest thing of all is that there's still no closure on who killed any of the victims in either case.  (Even the guy who went to jail here still maintains his innocence.)

This piece also makes a case for the torrential current of media on the case and how inappropriate it can be at times.  Maybe we all just have too much of a thirst for blood and salaciousness.  Maybe that's why fictional crime shows are so popular.  We're begging to be shocked and titillated. 

And all at the cost of young lives and freedom.  When crimes like these are committed what can we really do once it's done?  Other than pursue justice, of course.  But can we ever go back to the more kinder and gentler time when some details remained in the records and for private audiences only?  And privacy and respect were valued above tawdry headlines?  That's a journalistic pipe dream of mine for sure. 

And even though I doubt she would ever read this post, I really don't wish a single bad thing to Amanda Knox.  If she's truly innocent, I truly feel sorry for her.  Her life has pretty much been ruined by simply having a roommate who was murdered.  But if she is guilty or is implicit in any way, the personal hell she is living in is deserved.  Not all crimes are punished by imprisonment behind walls and bars.  Some are of our own making.  

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Book Pick: Riding in Cars With Boys

I would never call Beverly Donofrio the most lovable of writers that I've read, but there is a definite honesty in her work that I'm sure a lot of women can identify with.  There's a plucky scrappiness to her anecdotes that make me both admire and fear her.  And I think I have to give big snaps to any woman that pulls herself up by her bootstraps like she did.  And even though I would describe myself as a very different kind of mother than her, I do relate to her partnership/friendship type relationship with her son.  Even with my son's disability, I do feel that.

I remember not liking the 2001 film adaptation of this book.  But now that I'm older and a mother myself and have actually read the memoir, I can see where both have their merits.  At its heart, this memoir and film are about motherhood, womanhood and ultimately survival.  And even as disagreeable as some of her choices may be, which of us women can't benefit from that?