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A musical film written and to be directed by Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, God Help the Girl is set in Glasgow, Scotland over one lazy summer, following "a girl called Eve who is in hospital dealing with some emotional problems and starts writing songs as a way of getting better." (Better if read with sexy Scottish accent.) Eve's music leads her to James and Cassie, two fine folk with musical talents and dreams all their own. In the works since 2007 with the support of superproducer Barry Mendel (Bridesmaids, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Sixth Sense), the film features some tracks released on an eponymous 2009 album. A decade-long Belle & Sebastian fan, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Stuart for providing the soundtrack to my very first adolescent spooning. Coupled with yesterday's launch of the BriAnna Olson Grand Guignol Documentary featuring The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt — his second KSR appearance! — my still-in-progress formative years are breaking out (acne pun) all over the place! This is the internet equivalent of The Wonder Years, except Winnie does all the voice over, and preferably in a Scottish accent. — Elisabeth H.
Cakeland is a perfect replica of my deepest, darkest fantasies. It's a huge art installation by Scott Hove, featuring full length mirrors, chandeliers, theatrical lighting, moving parts, sound, and cake. Lots of cake. Cake walls, cake ceilings, cake taxidermy pieces, and cake with teeth. With all the mirrors, it looks like a world in which you can get lost and be surrounded entirely by cake for all eternity. Unfortunately, the cake is fake (though I won't call it a lie). That's probably actually a good thing. — Nicole H.
Colombian social media activist Oscar Morales organized the largest protest in global history; it began with a Facebook group called "One Million Voices Against FARC." Today Morales' internet smarts and eccentric personality have made their mark far beyond Colombia, as he works with activists around the world to mobilize millions of people around political causes. One Million Voices puts the spotlight on the man behind the masses, talks to key players in the world of social media, and explores the successes and dangers of a hyper-connected political world. —Daniella J.
No one can hate a library — it's a purely communal, nice, good-feeling thing. The People's Library that grew "out of thin air" but also out of Occupy Wall Street, has been replicated in cities, in movements, across the U.S. There are dozens, and the stories of their destruction and rebuilding are perhaps the most universally compelling of all of the OWS coverage. Melissa Gira Grant has been covering OWS, with particular attention to the People's Library and the librarians who make it go, since its inception in September. Take This Book is a #longread, a big piece filled with little stories about the libraries — a history of the libraries that isn't complete because it's still happening. Every backer gets the epub version as soon as the goal is met, and for more you can get a copy of the print edition, which will go in all the different people's libraries across the country. I think a library having a short history of itself on-hand is a nice, important, good-feeling thing. — Meaghan O.
While indie-rock and the like is all well and good, the avant corners of contemporary music are always pushing the limits of what can, or does, work, though often in the shadows. Boston's Non-Event concert series does just that, by collaborating with experimental artists from across the new music spectrum, the series works to showcase everything from modern composition to modular electronic improvisation to tonal drone and beyond, as evidenced by the amazing lineup, including Phil Niblock, Florian Hecker, Bill Nace and Keith Fullerton Whitman, amongst others. The result: the people of the Boston-area will have their minds utterly destroyed and rebuilt by the undulating tones and rhythms produced by this no holds bar concert series. Think I might have to take the Fung Wah up a few times and see some of these in their natural habitat. — Mike M.