|St. Vincent in San Diego 1.27.2018 - GRAMMY winner a year later|
Like so many people pondering Facebook these days, I was wondering if I'd be better off reverting back to the days when all my whims and thoughts were shared here on sddialedin.com instead of on Facebook or social media in general. I love getting Voice of San Diego's weekly review and so I started kinda bookmarking some things I've been reading and noting what I've been watching. I don't know if I'll keep doing it here, but for today, this is what I'm gonna do. In all honesty, I've been stewing on a post like this for a few weeks (months?), but my keyboard is finally fixed, I got a new power cord for my laptop, so my excuses for not writing are diminishing. All of it after the jump.
Everyone's worst fears about the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger have come true (Written by Representative Bill Pascrell Jr., who represents New Jersey’s 9th Congressional District, who argues that LiveNation-Ticketmaster is a monopoly and should be broken up.)
Can the Congo save itself, and its mythical okapi, from destruction?
During the first couple weeks of "fitness circuit" at Nova's middle school, she told me how the boys would taunt the girls for being "weak" and making fun of them in PE. And this is a school without locker rooms so that isn't even part of the equation, which made this such an interesting and sad read:
Gym Class Is So Bad Kids Are Skipping School to Avoid It
Not only does P.E. do little to improve physical fitness, but it can also lead to truancy and other disciplinary problems.- The Atlantic
I watched all four hours of the GRAMMYs Live. Lots of people have lots to say but I'll just say that I loved the opening with Camila Cabello because it was the closest to "political" that the broadcast could get. It was a giant F You to the administration, particularly the person reading the newspaper with headline, "Build Bridges Not Walls." Full List of GRAMMY winners - Also, how about that super hot performance by St. Vincent and Dua Lipa? You can watch the entire broadcast on CBS.com (free, for now)
There was a shooting on Saturday after the "Art Leboe Love Jam" at Pechanga Arena. WTF?
If there is one good thing about the 2016 election, it's that I've read more books in the past 2 years than I had in all of my years of schooling. Terrible news and tumultuous times made us all find new ways of tuning out the constant onslaught of bad news, I guess. But one I just finished reading is by Dorothy Carvello called Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman's Story of Surviving the Music Industry and it is ugly, brutal, and might make you hate and question (or affirm, as the case may be) everything you thought you knew about the music industry. It came out mid-2018, but I had requested it from the San Diego Public Library and they finally ordered it. It is a very quick, though anger-inducing read, but I highly recommend it. And here's the Lefsetz Letter about the book that turned me on to it in the first place. (He also interviewed her on-air on Lefsetz Live on SiriusXM. It's archived if you have satellite.)
You might know that I'm a Bravo addict and watch all the Real Housewives franchises (except for New Jersey), but I probably watch far too much TV altogether, mostly as background noise while I read my seemingly infinite daily emails or work on show listings and social media posts for work, and also fueled by listening to LA Daily on EW Radio on SiriusXM, where they talk about TV and movies for two hours a day, and then I add to my list of things to watch. Right now they're watching and recapping one episode of Game of Thrones every day, so Darren and I are doing a full rewatch, timed so that when we're done with all of them, the new and final season will arrive.
I watch a lot of other broadcast and streaming shows, too. Some terrible ones that I hate-watch (like A Million Little Things and Manifest,) some that are kid-friendly that I like and can watch with Nova, like Single Parents, One Day At A Time (the remake on Netflix), The Neighborhood, and Blackish, plus our nightly fix of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.
Then there are some that are just for me, that I either binged or watch on the regular when it's just me and the TV. Some of my recent comedy favorites are I'm Sorry (the funniest show on TV, IMO), You're The Worst, 2 Dope Queens, Insecure, Sexual Education, Love, Catastrophe, Atypical, and Younger. I've also started Derry Girls and Moone Boy. For drama, I finally watched the first season of Killing Eve, loved YOU (one of the many books I read last year), Dirty John (but listen to the podcast first), any of the HBO miniseries' like Sharp Objects or Big Little Lies, The Handmaid's Tale (though my interest is waning after the creator said he has TEN seasons planned), and I never finished Man In The High Castle (too real?) or the final season of The Americans, but one of these days I'll get back to them.
All this to ask, what are you watching? What am I totally missing out on? I'm always looking for new stuff, so I've started watching PEN15 but haven't loved it, I hope to watch Russian Doll before everyone ruins it for me. What else?
I don't go to the movies. The last movie I saw in a theater was Eighth Grade and it was great, but I can't sit still with just one screen in my face for that long of a time. I'm actually blanking on any movies I've seen lately besides an older movie on HBO called Bad Parents which was about soccer moms/parents and was mostly hilarious, more in the caricatures and not necessarily the over-arching plot. Funny if you've ever had a kid trying out for travel or academy athletic team.
OK, enough stalling. Off to do this week's listings.