New Projects Are Filled With Sweets
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It's Monday morning and we're all starting to panic about our Halloween costumes. To distract ourselves, we spent the morning checking out all the great projects that launched over the weekend. We've got a few devastating films about romantic love, a lamp to turn off so no one sees you crying, and whiskey and cupcakes to numb your feelings. Well, looks like we've got your weekend all planned out for you! Enjoy!
While Chinese cuisine isn't generally known for its desserts, Chinese baked goods are crazy delicious and something that I will travel great distances to find. And trust me, unless you live in a city with a serious Chinatown, they are hard to find! Terry Chen's new baking venture spins the traditional flavors of Asian desserts into cookies and cupcakes and more, spawning delightful sounding combinations like "chocolate five spice","vanilla taro", and "matcha black currant." Among the rewards you can choose from are a special edition dessert bento box and a private dessert party. Isn't it time you treated yourself? — Cindy A.
Whiskey 'n Ditch is Katrina Whalen's second year NYU Tisch MFA film. A funny family drama set in 1970's Wyoming, Whalen will follow three generations of modern Western folk. Dorothy is a young mother whose dad, the local deputy sheriff, employs Dorothy's son and all his cub scout friends to get petition signers on board to save ye olde red light district. There's gotta be a John Wayne version of this film that is not at all funny. Lucky for us, Whalen is of a more whimsical mind, the Wyoming native having worked for the likes of Michel Gondry, Julie Taymor, and having had her animations featured in Charlie Kaufman's Synechdoche, New York. (Ok, so that last one wasn't particularly funny, but youknowwhatwemean. She draws 'n stuff. This film will be good. That is all.)
"You told me I had a weak chin."
"That was the spring I stopped loving you."
Yesss! I'm not sure if it's because I'm a child of divorce or just a human being, but I could listen to breakup stories until the end of time. And Five Ways to Leave Your Lover gives us not only five breakup vignettes for the price of one, but devastating dialogue (including the bit quoted above), and characters whose experiences are as varied as New York itself. We've got couples in Brooklyn, Bucharest, Chinatown, Brighton Beach, and the Bronx. There are teenagers, a gay couple, 70-year-olds, Russians at a picnic, bikes, beaches, and more, all rendered beautifully with a super-16mm camera. Pass the popcorn. And the kleenex.
An updated version of the mid-century modern lamp, ya don't say? To be honest, I didn't even know such a thing existed, but once Shannon Guirl starting waxing on its history, I said to myself, "Man, oh man, I've seen these my entire life and never really thought about them as anything but an apparatus that conjured light." Yet, her vision is clear, taking hints and philosophies vital to the original mid-century lamp and bringing it into the future. Also, I'm really into the idea of porcelain horseshoes, so, ya know, I had to get involved.