Skip to content

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and you will receive our stories in your inbox.

(5) Things we love…#52

Posted in Things We Love, and Uncategorized

grace+and+frankieTV – Other than seeing Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin reunited on screen, I had few hopes for “Grace and Frankie”, a new Netflix series on 70-year-old women left by their homosexual husbands who, having been in love for 20 years, finally decide to marry. It’s a 30 minutes fairly straightforward sitcom but one worth watching for so many reasons beside the fine acting (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston play the husbands): it’s funny; it hurls so many truths about aging while keeping these women (and men) still very engaged with life and it shows an aging homosexual couple outside of the usual stereotypes, and within an intimacy rarely seen on tv. Needless to say, I have been bingeing and am now on the last episode. Hope they renew.

burden LacmaArt – The Los Angeles County Museum is a brilliant place to visit but a hodgepodge of graceless buildings (until it finally gets a makeover in the next two years). To anchor the buildings and create a visual center, years ago the Museum green-lit an installation of lampposts, a forest of them, that has become one of LA’s more recognized vistas. The artist responsible for the installation was Chris Burden, a performance artist known in the 70s for many physically gruelling pieces – for this project, Chris collected 19th century lampposts from all over Los Angeles and neighboring cities, painstakingly restored himself and brought them back to life. If you happen to visit, notice how no two are perfectly alike. Chris Burden passed away last week in Topanga.

nell-zinkBooks – Somehow, I have been reading a lot about Nell Zink this week, mostly because she has a second novel out. Her first, “The Wallcreeper”, is still on my to read list. Apparently it is intensely funny and its topics cover marriage, homosexuality, free love, ecoterrorism and bird watching. I came across this quote that did make me laugh out loud. When the protagonist’s husband asks his wife for a baby, she retorts: “Sounds tempting. If I could lay eggs and you agreed to sit on them, I might even do it.”
saudi princessShopping – Could there be such a thing as too much retail therapy? If you are a Saudi Princess, there might very well be. This short piece in Vanity Fair on the Saudi Princess Maha bint Mohammed bin Ahmadal al-Saudi who “terrorized” stores across Europe, leaving behind a trail of unpaid purchases (in the $20 million region) leaves all judgement at the door. It goes to show that being a wealthy princess is not all that is cracket out to be.

Photoshop – When we look at magazines, we expects all photos to be retouched, to a certain extent. But what is this extent? Enter Elizabeth Moss, a professional retoucher who has condensed hours of retouching into 90 seconds videos. Be prepared to pick up your jaw and, when you are done, walk to the mirror and express eternal appreciation for the way you look. Nobody, not even the most celebrated women on earth, can look that perfect (nor are they blemish free). You can see more of Elizabeth Moss videos here.

Share on Facebook

8 Comments

  1. I’ve only finished the first episode of Grace & Frankie and I thought it was great — the cast is just perfect. I’m dying to find time to binge watch the rest!

    May 23, 2015
    |Reply
    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      It actually gets better as you go along.

      May 23, 2015
      |Reply
  2. I heard “Grace and Frankie” was good. I’ll try to make some time to watch it. I did hear though there were some issues about pay equity–all four actors got paid the same. I’ll check out the other things on your list too. Thanks! Great tips!

    May 23, 2015
    |Reply
    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      They all got paid the same? That sounds awesome….the four of them pretty much have equal screen time. It’s not just about the girls.

      May 23, 2015
      |Reply
  3. camparigirl
    camparigirl

    I can’t watch sitcomes anymore but, at least, this doesn’t have a laugh track. It’s not laugh out loud funny but it’s nicely written and I can’t see it fitting in mainstream tv. Lily Tomlin is pretty damn funny. I have watched a few episodes of the Comeback but I have to be in a cringe-worthy kind of mood. As far as Hollywood portrayals, I actually liked Matt Leblanc’s series better, Episodes. Love the hapless English writing couples and the parody of the Hollywood status system. Listen to me, I sound like I spend my life watching tv. Oh, wait. I do.

    May 23, 2015
    |Reply
  4. “Payment to follow” Love it! Can’t wait to watch Grace and Frankie. PS – I love your lists.

    May 22, 2015
    |Reply
    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Thank you! We have fun sharing what we stumble along that becomes part of our lives.

      May 23, 2015
      |Reply
  5. You’re the third person to recommend Grace and Frankie in as many days and although I grew weary of sitcoms some time ago I must give it a look. I’ve been bingeing on The Comeback, first and second series. Have you seen that? Being in LA, you’d probably identify with so much 🙂

    May 22, 2015
    |Reply

Got some thoughts? We would love to hear what you think

%d bloggers like this: