The Weekly Edit #8: Ikea Ferry, Barry’s Bootcamp, and Palm-Print Pyjamas
There is nothing I love more than planning. Even when I am home, in addition to meticulously plotting travel itineraries, I spend tons of time researching new restaurants, intriguing events, and just-announced exhibitions to drag my friends and family along to. I am always on the lookout for a stimulating read, a must-listen podcast, and a new work-out to try. So, I figured I may as well put all those hours of research to use and share these things with you as well!
The Weekly Edit will be a to-do list of sorts selected directly from my own calendar and personal interests.
Because I am based in LA, there will always be one “Do” and one “See” for LA, as well as a couple of other events from places I am in or have recently traveled to – at the moment that is NYC! The other categories of eat, read, watch, listen, move, and buy will normally be applicable wherever in the world you are (hey international and east coast readers!). I really hope you enjoy this series and let me know what you are getting up to this up-coming week!
Donald Trump’s promise to crack down on immigrants in America, especially the undocumented, is one of the most divisive issues of his administration. Zócalo Public Square’s latest lecture, “What Does Trump Mean for Immigrant L.A.?“, looks at Trump’s war on immigration, from the travel ban to his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, and how it affects Los Angeles, where immigrants make up more than a third of the population. Moderated by New York Times correspondent Jennifer Medina, the panel discussion features L.A. Times reporter Cindy Carcamo, L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, World Trade Center Los Angeles president Stephen Cheung and USC Tomas Rivera Policy Institute director Roberto Suro. The event is on Wednesday August 9th at 7:30pm at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and is free to attend!
As a (current) Brooklyn resident, I am gung-ho on exploring as much of this borough as possible. Which isn’t proving to be too difficult, as everyone has plenty of recommendations for how to spent our time on this side of town. This week I would love to take the free Ikea ferry down the water (it serves cheap beer and wine and so is basically just a booze cruise to the meatballs), dance my bootaaay off at the House of Yes, smell the flowers at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (it is free on Saturdays before noon), and stroll the Coney Island boardwalk, Nathan’s hotdog in hand.
Developed out of a concern over the scarcity of black roles in Hollywood and movie theatres marked by segregation, early African-American cinema gave rise to several regional initiatives with all-black casts and afforded an opportunity for filmmakers of colour to represent themselves on screen. The California African American Museum is currently showcasing several key works from this period with an emphasis on the contributions of women. At least one of them, Oscar Micheaux’s The Symbol of the Unconquered, is a direct response to D.W. Griffith’s controversial The Birth of a Nation. The films will play on a loop during the museum’s hours of operation through Oct. 15, which means I will have a chance to go and see them when I return to the City of Angels!
Yesterday we ventured out of Brooklyn and over to the Meatpacking District to take a look at the current exhibits on display at The Whitney Museum of American Art. In all my previous trips to New York, I never managed to visit The Whitney, so I was excited to spend some time in a new-to-me museum. They currently have a couple of amazing exhibits, one an immersive retrospective of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica and another a beautiful display of Alexander Calder’s sculptures.
However, my favourite was Where We Are, which displayed selections from the Whitney’s permanent collection from the years 1900 to 1960. Organized around five themes — family and community, work, home, the spiritual, and the nation — the exhibit seeks to trace how different artists have responded to the changes in America. Interestingly, there were several Edward Hopper pieces that just blew me away and I have a new found love for his work. Looking forward to watching this Sky documentary about him asap!
Brooklyn has a new food hall and you better believe that I am rather excited to spend a few hours there this weekend stuffing my face! The whopping 60,000 square foot Dekalb Market Hall showcases 40 vendors who together reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the borough. Katz’s (the location of apparently the best pastrami in NYC) has made its Brooklyn debut here and is the stall that draws the most people. Personally, I am interested in Arepa Lady who serves arepa (a yellow Colombian corncake) topped with all sorts of meat and poultry stews, Daigo Hand Roll Bar where you can get pristine seafood wrapped in nori with vinegared rice and the Lanzhou Beef Noodle Soup at Hana Noodle Station (a classic soup from central China. Yummmmmmmmy!
While we personally gravitate towards very different books, Tristan and I are always recommending our latest reads to each other. One book that he has been suggesting I read for months is Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford. Tristan originally heard Harford being interviewed on a podcast (I believe it was Hidden Brain, one of my favourites) and then immediately ordered his book. From what I have gathered, using examples from art, invention, office buildings and workspaces, the book takes a look at how disorder and uncertainty spark creativity.
In other words, why having a messy desk might aid your creativity! I am hesitant to believe it, knowing the way I work and the fact that messiness is, for me, a distraction. However, whenever I get overwhelmed by my various lists and calendars and “supposed” organisational tools (which is at least 5 days a week), Tristan mentions again that I should “really read Messy”. So, I am ready to give it a go — adds to to-do list.
As a sucker for anything Quentin Tarantino, I am rather excited that Jackie Brown is now streaming on Netflix. Based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, the movie stars Pam Grier as an airline stewardess who gets mixed up in a smuggling operation gone wrong and Robert Forster as a bondsman who could be falling in love with her. The film follows Grier’s titular character through a complex hustle to outwit both a criminal (Samuel L. Jackson) and his right-hand man (Robert De Niro) while trying to turn a nice profit. Naturally, it’s all set to an incredible soundtrack. That’s this week’s movie night sorted!
I am definitely slightly late to this party, as I only just started listening to it yesterday evening, but ohhhhh goodness Lana del Rey’s new album Lust for Life is absolutely fantastic. (I am clearly not alone in thinking this, it just debuted as the no.1 album in America!) Along with her usual haze of lazy pacing and flowery melodies, on this album she collaborates with a variety of artists, including The Weeknd (on the title track), A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti (on “Summer Bummer”), Stevie Nicks (on “Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems), and Sean Ono Lennon (on “Tomorrow Never Came”).
So far, I think “Love” and “While The World Was At War We Kept Dancing” are my two favourites, but I need to have about 10 more listening parties until I can fully commit to a statement like that. This weekend I am going to make time to curl up with a cup of tea and read this interview with her in in Pitchfork.
I am still going crazy and doing Inferno Hot Pilates multiple times a week, but this week I am also going to use Classpass (I got a new member price of 3 classes for $9!) and try out some new studios around New York. At the top of my list is a Barry’s Bootcamp class, a workout I have been dying to try for about a year. Touted as “the best workout in the world”, the high-intensity class is said to burn up to 1,000 calories. The class combines 25 minutes of cardiovascular work on the treadmill with 25 minutes of strength training on the floor — a blend that sounds intimidating ,but also slightly exciting.
We have Barry’s in LA, but I can’t ever bring myself to pay $36 for a “try-out” class — mainly because I have heard it is addictive.
After collaborating with Romwe on this post and this post, I find myself frequently refreshing their new arrivals page and immediately adding things to my wishlist. Right now I am coveting this this tassel hem knit cami top for the rest of the summer days, this darling floral cuffed shirt, this figure-flattering wrap dress for cooler summer nights, this sheer mesh top for some daring layering, and this palm-leaf pyjama set so I can wake up in the happiest of moods! If you haven’t checked out their site before, I highly suggest giving it a look for an affordable update to your closet.
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