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Carving Initials Into Desks

In album, inspiration, music, romance, smile-inducing, women on April 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Something’s happened. Your day-dreaming quota is through the roof. You’re Facebook stalking like a pro. You find yourself compulsively hugging your knees and grinning like a Cheshire, or pogoing around your apartment and shrieking. Face it- you’ve got a crush on someone.

OH GOD.

What to do, you implore? Not much. Don’t overthink; don’t do anything too stupid; remember to eat once in a while. Your euphoria might not last forever, and it might not last the summer, and it might not last the week, but dammit, right now, it’s new and exciting and all your single friends are jealous. Now is awesome. Focus on now.

To add some extra height to that hop in your step, here’s a playlist for all you twitterpated punks out there (to be played in sequential order).

1. I’ve Just Seen A Face, The Beatles

2. Suddenly Everything Has Changed, The Postal Service

3. First Day Of My Life, Bright Eyes

4. Balance Beam, Blue October

5. Hands Down, Dashboard Confessional

6. Come Down With Love, Allstar Weekend

7. She’s Got You High, Mumm Ra

8. There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, The Smiths

9. As Lovers Go, Dashboard Confessional

10. Die Alone, Ingrid Michaelson

11. Tiger Lily, Matchbook Romance

12. All My Loving, The Beatles

13. I Will Hold On, Moxy Fruvous

14. Giving Up, Ingrid Michaelson

15. Her Beautiful Ideas, The Guggenheim Grotto

16. Never Gonna Leave This Bed, Maroon 5

17. Parachute, Ingrid Michaelson

18. Blue Skies, Blue October

19. 18th Floor Balcony, Blue October

20. Take Over The World, Juliana Daily

Date Night: Down The Rabbit Hole

In breakfast, movie, museum, music, nyc, romance, song, tour, treasure trove, upcoming on March 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm

This plan for your weekend is courtesy of BLoGT.

In honor of the long-awaited release of Tim Burton’s interpretation of Alice in Wonderland, in theaters March 5, BLoGT presents a special themed Date Night, designed to help you OD on Lewis Carroll’s enduring drug trip. Do a little pre-planning and -purchasing, wear your walking shoes, and remember to update your iPod before you go!

Head uptown early to snag a seat for breakfast at…

Alice’s Tea Cup, 102 West 73rd Street, at Columbus Avenue

Praised by Yelp and Glitter Sleuth alike, this themed restaurant has three locations on the Upper East and West Sides. The whimsical decor, dotted with quotes from the original novel, and the menu, overflowing with pots of tea, trays of scones and tiers of delicate sandwiches, are all designed around Carroll’s whimsical world. A favorite for little girls’ birthdays and yoga-fit mommies’ brunches alike, this is no place for hetero men.

Arrive at the restaurant early, or be prepared for a wait of an hour or more; once ten o’clock rolls around, tables are at a premium.

After you’ve munched yourself into an Alice-themed stupor, head northeast through Central Park to find…

The Unbirthday Party sculpture, at 74th Street and Central Park East, north of Conservatory Water

Meet your favorite oversized characters! You’ll have to jostle for place with the dozens of children who constantly clamor all over this beloved sculpture, commissioned by George Delacorte in 1959 in honor of his wife, Margarita. It’s worth the wait, though, so stick around and takes pictures of your date sitting on a giant bronze mushroom. Better yet, steal a quiet spot on the back of a mushroom and read from the original text to one another. While you’re back there, play Spot-The-Tiny-Bronze-Insect; the sculpture’s details are lovely.

For some time away from the crowds, walk southeast through the Park’s eastern side while rocking out to…

  • White Rabbit, Jefferson Airplane
  • Alice (Underground), Avril Lavigne
  • Eat Me, Drink Me, Marilyn Manson
  • Alice, Stevie Nicks
  • Sunshine, Aerosmith
  • Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, Bob Dylan
  • Alice In Wonderland, Wynter Gordon
  • Heads Will Roll, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Alice, Alice,Victim Effect
  • Down the Rabbit Hole, Adam Lambert

Many thanks to Lenny’s Alice in Wonderland Site and Spinner for much of this playlist. Check their sites out for more song ideas, and for Wonderland-inspired music videos!

Continue south long enough, and you can spend your afternoon perusing…

Tim Burton at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues

Don’t be one of the only New Yorkers who hasn’t yet seen this exhibit! Funded by Johnny Depp and Burton’s wife, Helena Bonham-Carter, the must-see retrospective of director Tim Burton’s work traces back to his earliest beginnings, including scribblings and drawings on cocktail napkins. Immerse yourself in his weird world.

Remember to purchase timed tickets online before you go; again, in the afternoons, the museum and especially the exhibit become packed.

Finally satiated? Wend your way home by way of…

“Alice: The Way Out” in the 50th Street 1 train subway station

The Central Park Unbirthday Party isn’t Alice’s only artistic appearance in the Big Apple. Keep your eyes peeled on the subway platform for a series of awesome and oft-overlooked mosaics featuring Alice and her friends in Wonderland, installed by Liliana Porter in 1994. There’s loads of cool art in the subway system; see what else you can spy on your ride home.

And cap off your day with the piece de resistance…

A screening of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland at a theater near you! Wear a campy outfit and join the screaming fangirls, or just stand back and take it all in.

As with everything else on this date, buy your tickets online ASAP and arrive at the theater EARLY. Enjoy!

500 Days of Summer

In movie, romance on July 2, 2009 at 8:14 pm

The narrator of 500 Days of Summer warns early in the film, “You should know up front: this is not a love story.” This is not entirely true.

500 Days of Summer is a love story of sorts: a one-sided love story, passionate, desperate, blind. It is about that first, painful love that teaches you how to love all the others that come after it. It portrays a current trend: not the hook-up culture that so absorbs the media, nor the strictly codified dating culture of our parents’ generation. Instead, Tom, the boy, and Summer, the girl, share a relationship without labels; they are a couple in every way but in name. When they’re alone together, their life is idyllic. When they’re apart, it causes problems.

500 Days of Summer, which debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, teeters on the line between indie pop film and a bubble-gum summer chick flick. Not quite mainstream and not quite hipster, the two main characters exist in a slightly antique world, where skinny ties and granny-chic are the norm and all buildings have picturesque winding staircases. The film is endearing and truthful, with believable characters, easy dialogue and some very clever humor. Tom is quirky and naïve, and we fall for him. Summer, conversely, is distant and often cold. She rationalizes her actions with the catch-all phrase, “Because I wanted to,” and Tom trot along behind her. You can almost see his tail wagging happily at the prospect of being near her. Girls who treat boys this way, and boys who let girls treat them this way, will feel a sting at the film’s barefaced appraisal of today’s relationships and their dangers.

The film flip-flops within a 500-day period, tracking Tom’s relationship with Summer in a back-and-forth fashion. The technique fits the film’s style nicely, leads to some fun transitions between good and bad times, and saves the story from being utterly predictable. It is, however, a bit muddled and unexplained at times. The film also dabbles in cinematographic devices usually saved for more artsy films: transforming the screen into animation, interjecting black-and-white documentary-style footage of the characters throughout the film for plot exposition, split-screen scenes. More of a consistent commitment to these indie film tricks would have solidified the film’s style, and would not have cost the film studio too much lost mainstream interest.

Though the cinematography may waffle in style, the film’s soundtrack is firmly planted in the indie rock scene. The stage is set in the opening credits with Regina Spektor’s “Us,” and proceeds to run the gamut of music by sensitive-girls-with-pianos. Both “Quelqu’un M’a Dit,” Carla Bruni’s touching hit, and The Smiths’ anthem “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” are perfectly placed to mirror the onscreen action in their lyrics.

Unfortunately, for all this great set-up, 500 Days of Summer does not satisfy. The story, although nice, lacks purpose or drive, and feels scattered. We are given a glimpse of Tom and Summer’s relationship, but we aren’t shown why we should love it. There are no moments of true epiphany for either character, though the filmmakers try to create some out of banalities. The story’s ending is forced and cutesy, and doesn’t leave room for honest truths that the characters might have been able to gain with a different close.

Ultimately, like the season of summer, 500 Days of Summer is enjoyable, full of passion and resplendent in youth. But, in the end, neither can last or fulfill all our wishes, and we are glad to see them go.

500 Days of Summer is directed by Marc Webb and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. It will be released in select theaters on July 17.