The Filtered Excellence: March 1, 2017

Bob Geldof once asked us, “Where is the filtered excellence!?” It’s right here. Once a week we take a break from comedy to bring you this week’s picks of the best things to watch, the most interesting things to do, great things to try, the best picks to read, our favorite things to listen to and more.


Atlanta. After taking 2017 off, Donald Glover’s critically acclaimed, award-winning series returns for a 2nd season. Plot lines have been largely kept under wraps, but Glover has promised that the show will take a more linear approach this season showing how Earn, Paper Boi, Darius adjust as Paper Boi moves from local hero to being on the cusp of national success. The writing and sharp, surrealist insights has always been the show’s benchmark, so expect biting looks at fame, along with its benefits and pitfalls. A much welcomed return for one of TV’s best shows. Atlanta premieres March 1st at 10pm Eastern on FX.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Independent Spirit Awards is everything the Oscars are not: It’s held in a beachfront tent next to the Santa Monica Pier as opposed to a theater; attendees can dress as they please and the show is loose, boozy, and, at times, profane. It also honors and spotlights films that were loved by critics and fans, but failed to show up on the Academy’s radar. Get Out, Lady Bird, The Florida Project, Call Me By Your Name and The Rider are among those up for Best Feature dominating all of the individual acting fields. Mudbound will receive The Robert Altman Award for best ensemble cast and Nick Kroc and John Mulaney back once again hosting. A great alternative to your standard award shows. The Film Independent Spirit Awards air live, Saturday, March 3rd at 5pm Eastern. You can also go to or for more information.


You’re Not Alone by Andrew W.K. Rock’s most positive party animal is back with his first album in over 12 years. He doesn’t stray far from the formula that made his 2001 debut album I Get Wet such a massive hit, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s a good old fashioned high octane rock n roll record loaded with big, loud guitars, arena rock chorus, pulsating pianos and machine gun drums. But he also offers words of encouragement to party with a purpose, embracing the imperfections that makes us human and offering a soundtrack to overcoming them. It’s an ambitious, bombastic, relentless sonic remedy from the barrage of negativity that invades every aspect of our lives. The same way I Get Wet provided us a respite from our post 9/11 funk, this album offers us a ray of light in the current socio-political climate. You’re Not Alone by Andrew W.K. will be available this Friday through Amazon, Itunes and all major music retailers.


New York City. David Bowie Is. After thrilling audiences in London, Paris, Chicago, Toyota, Melbourne and other global hotspots, David Bowie’s career spanning exhibit makes it final stop at the Brooklyn Museum. Bowie had opened up his vast archive for the project, which reveals everything from artwork, original lyric sheets, outfits, and musical gear from his near 50 year career. There’s also a huge selection of videos, photographs, sketches and oil paintings that show Bowie’s full artistic scope and range. It’s a wonderful summation and celebration of a rock n roll icon. David Bowie Is will be at the Brooklyn Museum March 2nd through July 15th. You can also go to for tickets and more information.

New York City. Then They Came For Me: Incarceration Of Japanese Americans During World War II. Two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the United States entry in the war, President Roosevelt signed an executive order that led to the forced removal and imprisonment of over 120,000 Japanese-American citizens and residents. They would remained detained for the duration of the war, denied due process and other constitutional rights based solely on having Japanese ancestry. Even more incredible was that these abuses were documented. Now The International Center Of Photography looks back at this dark moment in American history with a new exhibit featuring photos by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams and other notable photographers showing Japanese-Americans being removed from their homes and subsequently placed in incarceration camps. It also has the stories of those affected and the long lasting impacted that it had on their lives. Given the current debate on immigration and their role in the American fabric, the timing of this exhibit could not be more perfect. Then They Came For Me will be at The International Center Of Photography through May 6th. You can also go to for tickets and additional information.

New York City. Women At Work: Labor Activism. Women’s contributions to the American Labor movement have been profoundly substantial but, until recently been largely left out of the national conversation. But Hollywood has been captured their efforts to astonishing efffect on screen. BAM Cinematek kicks off Women’s History Month with a one week retrospective featuring 13 films that captured the struggles and truimphs women have made in the campaign. It includes Norma Rae – anchored by an Oscar winning performance by Sally Field; Silkwood starring Meryl Streep and Cher; Harlan County U.S.A., Born In Flames, The Wilmer 8, I Am Somebody and much more. In addition, there will be guest introductions and post screening Q&As featuring those associated with, or famous fans of each film. A wonderful salute to our ladies in labor. Women At Work will be at The Brooklyn Academy Of Music March 2nd through March 8th. You can also go to for tickets, a complete list of films and more information.

New York City. Real People, Real Lives, Women Immigrants Of New York. The Queens Museum partners up with New Women, New Yorkers to present this new exhibit highlighting immigrant women through fashion photographs in prominent locations in New York City, including The Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown and the Lower East Side. As the immigration debate rages on, this exhibit humanizes and thanks the hard working ladies that help make the city run. Real People, Real Lives, Women Immigrants Of New York will be at the Queens Museum through March 16th. You can also go to for tickets and more information.

New York City. Spyscape. If you ever had aspirations to channel your inner James Bond, this new interactive exhibit gives you full experience into the world of espionage. Designed by David Adjaye (who also put together The National Museum of African-American History And Culture in D.C.), it combines the traditional, intimate and interactive to give you the full spy experience. Attendees will get to hear stories from real life spies and how they were able to break codes and decipher encrypted documents, try their hand at decoding, take a lie detector test and run through a hallway to dodge lasers. Then you are debriefed by a former head of British intelligence to determine whether you have what it takes to be an agent handler, hacker or intelligence analyst. Whether you are looking to turn your cosplay skills up a notch or seriously looking to see what you got what it takes to be a spy, this is a load of fun. You can go to for tickets and more information.

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Earl Douglas is a writer/photographer based in New York City. A frequent contributor to The Interrobang, Earl is also Executive Director for the New York chapter of The Black Rock Coalition. Earl worked in radio for nearly two decades at WNEW-FM and XM Satellite Radio, which included being the on-air producer for Carol Miller, Scott Muni and Ron & Fez, and a contributor to Opie & Anthony. Earl has also independently published a number of books including Black Rock Volume 1, Urban Abyss, Mobile Uploads, and For Shimmy. His latest project is the photojournalism magazine PRAXIS, which is available exclusively through

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