The Filtered Excellence: October 17, 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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Sid & Judy.  50 years after her tragic, ultimately death, we are still fascinated with the life and career of Judy Garland.  This new Showtime documentary looks her relationship to producer/manager Sid Luft, whose 13 year marriage produced two children and some of Garland’s biggest professional triumphs.  Narrated by Jon Hamm and Jennifer Jason Leigh, it fuses unpublished recollections by Luft, film clips, rare concert footage and Garland’s own words to show how the personal collided with the professional and how Garland’s vulnerabilities were often exploited by the same industry she helped build.  Yet despite professional setbacks, financial troubles, physical and mental issues, Garland was still able to deliver performances on stage and screen that would make her the quintessential icon.  But at the heart of this doc is a love story between two driven, headstrong people who brought out the best in each other.  A great new take on an entertainment iconoclast.  Sid & Judy premieres this Friday at 8pm on Showtime.  You can also go to www.sho.com for more information.

Scarface:  The World Is Yours.  Brian DePalma’s 1983 remake of the 1932 gangster film wasn’t a big box office hit upon its release.  But thanks to home video and cable TV, it became a cult classic – particularly within the hip hop world.  It also gained more critical traction when Al Pacino went on the record saying the character of Tony Montana was his favorite role to date.  This new DVD set includes a new 4K restoration, deleted scenes, Scarface: The TV Version and much more.  It also includes a panel discussion between DePalma, Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer and Steven Bauer at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival to coincide with the film’s 35th Anniversary.  deleted scenes, Scarface: The TV Version and much more.   Whether you’ve seen the movie or just getting into it for the first time, this DVD set has it all.  Scarface:  The World Is Yours is available now through Amazon and all available outlets.

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Highway 61 by Jessica Lange.  For her third photo book, the Academy Award winning actress goes back to the state – and its accompanying highway – that helped shape her as an artist and a person.  Lange spend six years traveling from the Canadian border in northern Minnesota down to New Orleans chronicling what she says ‘what remains and what has disappeared.’  Road stops, stark landscapes, and portraits of working class people are all beautifully captured in over 80 tritone photographs.  Lange’s eye for detail is outstanding, pulling us into a side of America that is rarely seen.   A must read for any photography lover.  Highway 61 by Jessica Lange is available now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all major book retailers.

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New York City: The Museum Of Modern Art.  After being closed for the entire summer, New York’s Museum Of Modern Art is ready to re-open its doors with a full scale, 450 million dollar makeover.  Galleries are now arranged in a loose chronological order exploring an individual topics; a space for creation and digital explorations geared for younger attendees, a new live, conversational and experimental spaces,  a free ground floor exhibition space and much more.  The crown jewel of New York’s museums is back and better than ever, and ready for the next generation of art lovers.  The Museum Of Modern Art opens October 21st.   You can also go to www.moma.org for tickets and more information.

Los Angeles: Through A Different Lens:  Stanley Kubrick Photographs.  After debuting last year at The Museum Of The City Of New Year, this exhibit of photos by iconic director Stanley Kubrick has made its way to The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.  It features 120 shots – many of which has never been released – highlighting his five year run with Look Magazine.  Kubrick was only 17 when he sold his first photographs to Look, but his shots of sporting events, street scenes, and nightclub reveal an eye and maturity that was well beyond his years.  It also gives us a glimpse at how his years as a street photographer would later show up in some of his best feature films.  It’s a fascinating look at one of cinema’s greatest directors.  Through A Different Lens:  Stanley Kubrick Photographs will be at The Skirball Cultural Center through March 2020.  You can also go to www.skirball.org for more information.

Cleveland: Exposed!  Music Legends 1969-1973: The Lost Rock & Roll Negatives Of Michael Friedman.  As a manager and producer, Michael Friedman got to work with and become friends with The Rolling Stones, The Band, Janis Joplin, Kris Kristofferson, Todd Rundgren and The Butterfield Blues Band.  He was also an avid photographer with access to many of these artists on and off stage.  Recently, Friedman found a collection of negatives in his attic featuring some of the rock’s biggest names at the peak of their creative and cultural powers.  60 of these photos will be on display at The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland.  Shot in black and white, it takes the perfect time capsule of rock at its zenith.  In addition, Friedman will be on hand to talk about the photos, and his career in music.  Exposed!  Music Legends 1969-1973 opens at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame on October 23rd.  You can also go to www.rockhall.com 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.