These Days: Monday, May 29th, 2017
The First Lady: Melania, the woman with regrets she’s had a few, and a Roman Catholic, got a sweet smile from Pope Francis, and wore $50K outfits. But despite her glazed eyes and brooding demeanor, like a woman who slept her way out of poverty (and communism) and is now deeply concerned with her life decisions, she remains the only Trump I can stomach. Actually, that’s not 100% true, I kinda like Barron as well…
Sports: Two months into the 2017 season and the Yanks are still winning. 3 games in first, with the Sox right behind them, sure any losing streak can send them back down. But when they come from behind like they did yesterday, winning via an Aaron Judge grand slam, it just makes you wanna stop struggling and let hope rise eternal in the heart of man. Maybe just maybe…
Theatre: “Puffs” -off Broadway at the Elektra, is an almost successful variant on “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” in which Matt Cox’s minor members of the Hogwarts School -they are all in the Hufflepuff House, not the coolest one by a longshot, who live lives of quiet desperation parallel to Harry, Hermoine (a broomstick here) and Ron (a mop). If they had remained just a little truer to the concept it might have been hysterically funny, as it is the interceptions are too often and finally “Puffs” because another Potter story told from a different viewpoint. Wayne (Zac Moon) is the head loser, followed by his best friends Oliver (Langston Belton) and Megan (Julie Ann Earls). Some of it is inspired, Wayne’s crush on Ginny Weasley is an inspired way of viewing the reality of High School relationships from the other side, from the side of the guys who just weren’t cute enough to stand a chance in hell. Grade: B
Movies: Except for the first one, I’ve seriously disliked “Pirates Of The Caribbean” and, I might add, Johnny Depp -whose entire career feels like the final third of Robert De Niro’s. However “Dead Men Don’t Tell Tales” is as good as the first. I am well sick of Depp’s boozy Captain but in a sense he takes a bit of backseat to the fraud with interest fathers and their children plot, it moves at a cracking pace as the dead raise from the sea and a search for buried treasure leads to a well earnt and emotionally satisfying conclusion. Kaya Scodelario is lovely as an astronomer and Brenton Thwaites, another Aussie cutie, is cute as the love interest. Look, Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” (not to mention “Kidnapped”) is worth every single “Pirates” movie combined and nthed out, but so what? It is a fun little movie. Grade: B
New Music: Finally getting around to this week’s singles and it isn’t the revelation last week was but even so. Active Chilc and Alt-J are both worth your wild. Active Child is the perfect example of a man who sounds better vastly superior over a single than he does over an album.
Old Music: I gotta get to the Prince review. Tomorrow I promise.
Concerts: Liam Gallagher, who has been circling the world of music like water circling the drain in the sink, is performing a concert for and releasing an album to benefit the victims of the Ariana Grande terrorist attack.