The Filtered Excellence: February 14, 2019

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.


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At Home With Amy Sedaris. The actress, comedian and author’s satirical look at cooking and craft shows is back for a 2nd season. Expect more offbeat crafting sessions, twisted cooking tips plus the return of memorable characters such as Patty Hogg and the always drunk Regional Wine Lady. There’s also more great guest stars slated to appear includingMatthew Broderick, Susan Sarandon, Ellie Kemper, Juliette Lewis, Martha Plimpton and Jeneane Garofalo among others. A welcome return to one of TV’s most twisted shows. Season 2 of At Home With Amy Sedaris premieres February 19th at 10:30pm on TruTv. You can also go to www.trutv.com for more information.

The Many Lives Of Nick Buoniconti. The life of Pro Football Hall Of Famer Nick Buoniconti is the subject of this new HBO documentary. It details how the son of a baker from Springfield, Massachusetts became a captain and All-American at Norte Dame, and later, anchored the Dolphins’ famed ‘No Name Defense’ to the NFL’s only perfect season. There’s also a look at Buoniconti’s life away from football, as a successful attorney, sports agent, and co-hosting Inside The NFL for over 20 years. A significant portion is also devoted to how Buoniconti has personal pain and grief into hope: After his son Marc was paralyzed while playing football, Buoniconti co-founded The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, which is now a world-renowned spinal cord and brain research center. Today, he’s turning his current neurological problems into developing comprehensive studies into finding a cure for CTE. With appearances by family, former players, coaches, colleagues and Buoniconti, this is a moving tribute to an NFL great. The Many Lives Of Nick Buoniconti is available now on HBO, HBO Go and HBO Now. You can also go to www.hbo.com for more information.

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Live In London by Mavis Staples. Recorded at London’s Union Chapel, the R&B/gospel icon is fine form as she performs material that covers her decade plus recording run at Anti Records. Whereas her last live album captured the hope and optimism of a country having it’s first Black President, this album features songs that look to keep that promise at a time where intolerance and bigotry is rearing it’s ugly head around the world. Featuring a diverse range of songs written by Jeff Tweedy, Ben Harper, Talking Heads, and Funkadelic, this set shows that Mavis is still on her game, with no signs of slowing down. Live in London by Mavis Staples is available now through Amazon, Itunes and all major streaming services.

Electric Lady Sessions by LCD Soundsystem. Led by James Murphy, the New York City dance-punk band stopped by the legendary Electric Lady Studios to perform songs from their critically acclaimed American Dream. The band hardly the well crafted sounds of the album with ease, coming off like Boy-era U2, Talking Heads in total Remain In Light mode, vintage Kraftwerk and with the anything goes experimentation of David Bowie. This is the sound of a group in the midst of a full blow creative rebirth. Electric Lady Sessions by LCD Soundsystem is available now on Amazon, Itunes and all major music streaming services.

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New York City. Green Screen. As New York continues to relax restrictions and limitations on marijuana, BBQ Films has launched a new series that will literally take your love of TV, movies and weeds to a higher level. This Sunday, they will screen the classic Friday starring Chris Tucker and Ice Cube featuring guest commentary form Chanel Ali and Jim Search. There will also be a nostalgic arcade, speciality snacks curated around the movie speciality drinks and much more. For those who like to partake, no need to worry about the city ban on smoking: Chelsea Music Hall is a smoke-free facility. High times abound. Green Screen will happen each Sunday through March 3rd. Doors open at 4:20. You can also go to www.bbqfilms.com for tickets, a complete rundown of films and additional information.

Los Angeles: Annie Leibovitz: The Early Years 1970-1983. For nearly 50 years, the photos of Annie Leibovitz have captured pivotal moments and people in popular culture. This new exhibit at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery will feature Leibovitz’s formative years as a staff photographer for Rolling Stone. Over 5,000 photos will be displayed including her shots from The Rolling Stones’ 1975 tour, Patti Smith surrounding in flames, a naked John Lennon embracing Yoko Ono shot hours before he was murdered and much more. There’s also a series of personal photos featuring family members, photography heroes and mentors, among other items. It’s a dynamic look back at one of the giants of the medium. Annie Leibovitz: The Early Years 1970-1983 will be at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery February 16th through April 14th. You can also go www.hauserwirth.com for more information.

Los Angeles: Charles White: A Retrospective. After blowing away audiences at MoMa here in New York, the first major museum retrospective devoted to White’s 30 year career makes it way to L.A. County Museum Of Art. It covers the work of the virtuoso draftsman, painter and printmaker, who used his talents to make definitive statements about the African-American struggles for racial and economic justice in the U.S. The exhibit contains over 100 drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, illustrated books and album covers along with audio featuring White, long time friend Harry Belafonte, Kerry James Marshall and much more. White’s work extended across creative communities in Chicago, New York and L.A. with an impact that is such being felt in the art world today. Charles White: A Retrospective will be at the Los Angles County Museum Of Art through June 9th. You can also go to www.lacam.org for 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 Blurb.com.

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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 Blurb.com.