Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 12:55 pm
<a href="http://www.baratunde.com/">Baratunde Thurston</a> is an American comedian and the digital director of <em>The Onion</em>. He co-founded the black political blog <a href="http://www.jackandjillpolitics.com/">Jack & Jill Politics</a>. He is also a prolific <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/baratunde">tweeter</a>.
This week, we're visited by the marvelous Barrie Hardymon for a show about the nature of suspense — brought on by Stephen's and my enthusiasm for the new Ben Affleck film Argo -- and about cover songs. We play a lot of music, including covers we love and the raw materials to put together covers that don't exist except in our dreams.
In 1983, Berkeley poet and journalist Mark O'Brien wrote an article about sexual surrogates — women and men trained to help people with disabilities learn to use their bodies to give themselves and others erotic pleasure.
For O'Brien, the subject wasn't academic. After a bout of childhood polio, he had spent much of his life in an iron lung. He could talk, and tap out words on a typewriter holding a stick in his mouth. He could feel things below the neck. But he couldn't move his muscles.
Linda Haberman (L), Director and Choreographer of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular directs The Rockettes at the 2012 Radio City Christmas Spectacular Rehearsals this week in New York.
Credit Rob Kim / Getty Images
I have no particular wisdom about this photo; I just think it's interesting to see that the Rockettes are never not regimented. I thought maybe you'd be allowed to wear your own dance clothes, but it makes sense that they'd want to see the effect of everyone looking the same, even in practice. These women work hard.
Originally published on Thu October 18, 2012 8:32 pm
The development firm Panoramic Interests is building about two dozen "micro-apartments" in San Francisco. The company is poised to offer even smaller units if the city approves a proposed new minimum size of 220 square feet.
Credit Artist's Rendering of Smartspace Unit Courtesy of Panoramic Interests
In many large cities, like Dallas, Phoenix and even parts of Chicago, $800 a month is enough for a clean one-bedroom apartment, decked out with a living room, washer and dryer — and maybe even a pool, in a larger complex.
But if you want to live alone in San Francisco, getting those amenities at that price is practically a pipe dream. With the region's resurgent high-tech industries luring many well-educated, well-paid workers to the Bay Area, the averagerent for a studio apartment in the city now runs around $2,000.
Five friends decide to move in together as an alternative to retirement-home living in the French-language dramedy <em>All Together</em>.
Credit Huma Rosentalski / Kino Lorber
Like the characters in this year's indie feel-good The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel — British pensioners who decide to spend their autumn years living communally and on the cheap in India — the French seniors of the charming yet melancholy All Together face aging in a time of banking crises and austerity measures.
Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 8:50 am
A married Hollywood sound man (John Krasinski) falls for his collaborator and house guest (Olivia Thirlby) in <em>Nobody Walks, </em>a messily mortifying study of emotional impulse.
Credit Magnolia Pictures
October is normally a time for watching movies through your fingers, knowing something grim is about to happen. Ry Russo-Young's new film, Nobody Walks, is no exception — except that at a horror movie, you're guarding against images that are sure to be terrifying. In this intimate, quietly compelling indie drama, they're mortifying.