What better way to warm up on this chilly, nearly-Fall day than with a French woman in a bathtub? No, but seriously! New projects this week are raising our temperatures in all sorts of ways, whether it be dancing all night long, teaching us new skills, or crooning la chanson française in our ears. Check 'em out, below.
In 2009 I ventured north from New York City to Kutsher's hotel in the Catskills for the second incarnation of ATPNY, a music festival that, more or less, breaks the boundaries and dynamics of festivals and re-imagines the festival as a place of true delight for music fans. No massive stages, no VIP area, no $200 bottles of water. Just good tunes, and good times in the comfort of a creepy old, run down resort that may or may not have inspired Dirty Dancing or The Shining. The year I attended, I remember sitting by the lake and seeing Vincent Moon sprinting between the various banquet halls and bars, with a small Panasonic camera in tow, occasionally emerging from full stride to capture someone smoking, or a crew playing banjo's as the sunset on Kutsher's. It was all very care-free, a vibe that manifested itself wholly in the fan film All Tomorrow's Parties. With those visions still dancing merrily in my head, I couldn't be any happier, or more intrigued to see what Vincent produces for these new films from ATP...especially the Portishead one! — Mike M.
I was immediately struck by this project, a documentary about the Indian Whistler's Association. The Indian Whistler's Association is exactly what it sounds like: a collective of whistling enthusiasts based all over India. It was started in 2004 by Rigveda Deshpandey — aka the Lord of the Lips (!!) — and the group welcomes everyone from teeth whistlers, bird whistlers, warblers, puckers, as young as 10 years old and as old as 75. My own whistling skills are incredibly limited, so it is with great jealousy that I urge you to watch this video. I am getting a mixtape of the whistlers at their international whistling summits to play in the background of dinner parties. I would recommend you do the same. — Meaghan O.
There's a naked French lady in the bathtub, woot! (Is there really any better way to reign in the work week? Suis-je droit?) French actress, singer, and writer Adele Jacques puts on a Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot-revival cabaret show called Paris Loves L.A. alongside singer Russell Rinker and LA's "best jazz ensemble," bringing 1960s French Pop culture (glamor, scandal, passion, etc) to the LA-ers that love it. Next on her list of to-dos: her very first music video, "Intoxicated Man," intended to be shot like the musical scene of a feature film in the style of French Nouvelle Vague and 1960s American cinema. Comment cool! — Daniella J.
I usually associate game mods with video games, but if you happen to have mad lasercutting skills, you can completely mod out your Settlers of Catan board. The team at Boardcrafting have designed an intricately-detailed custom Catan board made entirely out of wood, complete with custom tiles and pips. How cool would it be to head out to game night and whip this board out? Even if you can't spring for the complete set, you can still pick up a wooden pip or game tile to throw down if you ever find yourself in a debate over who is the more committed Catan player. — Cindy A.
"Vain Combat" is an anonymous, public dance performance that breaks out spontaneously right on the streets of Manhattan. It's interpretative, disruptive, completely out of the blue, and totally, totally awesome. I am not sure what I like best about this: the random, yet totally premeditated nature of the performance, or lead choreographer Douglas Dunn's declaration that "I came to New York in 1968 to dance, and I'm still dancing." His Kickstarter project is to support the dance piece's grand finale in a publicized performance at La MaMa's 50th Anniversary event. Martha & The Vandella's would be proud. — Cassie M.