This week's show starts with a discussion featuring two of my favorite topics-menus and movies. Tenaya Darlington and her brother Andre have paired classic movies with great eats in a book that is fun on many levels.
Whether you need a quiet night to kick back with a friend or two or want to throw a party, Movie Night Menus is chock full of terrific food options that fit perfectly with some of the best flicks ever made.
The book is "...organized chronilogically, so you can eat and drink your way through American cinema," writes Tenaya. I think she and I are going to get along just fine so tune in for our conversation.
Check out their new website HERE for recipes, tips on entertaining, and I'll bet plenty of great cheese recommendations.
Winter on the farm in my youth could get pretty brutal. Especially when we were thirteen miles from Fairfield. The nearest neighbors were a half mile away. And it was just plain dark, snowy, windy and scary (in no particular order).
These days I live in the city with street lights and snowplows and regular weather forecasts on the tv, radio and computer. And guess what--winter is still a struggle some times.
Thank heavens I am now equipped with my official Fairfield, Iowa black stocking cap (thank you, Bargain Box, of course).
Keep it tuned to "The Feed Store" on Thursdays and Sundays for more heroic tales of winters past and present.
THE WEEK THAT WAS w/ the Newsvandal
Russian hack almost brought the U.S. military to its knees
The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S.
Why Are the Media Taking the CIA’s Hacking Claims at Face Value?
Obama didn't retaliate against Russia because he thought Clinton would win: report
Trump picks a supporter of West Bank settlements for ambassador to Israel
Selling bonds, dropping bombs: How China could respond to Trump's Taiwan talk
Is Trump Starting Something With China He Can’t Finish?
Happy happy holiday joy dear Beloveds.
As far as new movie releases go, the elephant in the room is perhaps the most anticipated film of the year- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The Filmosophers on the other hand, (this one, anyway :) are going to continue to "beat-the-drums" for a film most of us weren't even aware of a while back- La La Land. I've only read about it and seen one trailer. I began to learn more after it won the Audience Award at the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF). "Written and directed by Academy Award (R) nominee Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), La La Land tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams." I'm prone to hyperbole (cause it can be fun) and jumped on La La Land as THE film of 2016. Since then I've become very confident in a few things. First, I believe it will win the Oscar for Best Picture; Damien Chazelle for Best Director and more. This is a musical, a genre that was almost dormant, so the box office outlook may be comparatively muted. I think it will surprise at the box office and do big business. Then, La La Land's success will reinvigorate the musical genre. We can anticipate more musicals. Perhaps most importantly, just by knowing the story and catching a glimpse of what Chazelle has created convinced me: a divided-weary nation dealing with sharp, post-election emotions will resonate with and yearn for this retro/modern/magical/musical love-story experience. La La Land will soon become a cultural phenomenon. There, I've said it. Now, in the Christmas Carol words of the immortal Tiny Tim: "God bless us... everyone." Love ~B
New Album by
(formerly of the Civil Wars)
With Beulah, White emerges as if drawn by song from a quiet life, drawn with that romantic regret. If White is out of practice, he doesn't show it. The songs on Beulah strike a tricky balance between precision in their craft and a loose folksiness in their sound and delivery. Longtime fans will recognize the pure tone of his voice and the finger-thrumming parlor sound of his acoustic guitar. -- NPR review
I am very happy to announce that Centripetal Sounds officially moves to a three-hour program with the next show. It will now be 2-5 PM on Thursday afternoons. It will be an extended version of the current show when I must record the show ahead of time. When I am live in the studio, the third hour will be called 'In Root'. In Root is an examination of roots rock, the roots of rock and roll, and the precursors to rock music. If you heard the audition on December 1st you will know what I mean. Tune in tomorrow for the next installment. The first two hours is part 3 of my ten year celebration of the show, and it includes the following types of music, according to itunes: Jazz, rock, psychedelic, folk, pop, country, classic rock, indie, progressive, art-rock, and funk. You may be familiar with the Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble, Damien Jurado, Dr. Dog, Thee Shams, Haunted Leather, and Lake Street Dive. No? Tune In! I am completely excited about bringing the proof!
Whenever I think of chestnuts the first image that pops into my mind is a street vendor in Rome selling fresh roasted marroni (chestnuts) in little brown bags. The smell of a wood fire wafts into my nostrils, and my heart fills with longing to walk the streets of Roma on a cold December night with my wife, and stroll from piazza to piazza experiencing the wide variety of stalls filled with a myriad of items for Natale.
Next I am transported to a small woods in Cerro, a tiny town above Verona at the foot of the mountains. Our family is walking with Severina, our Italian mother, and she is instructing us on how to find and pick up chestnuts. She turns the leaves over with her cane uncovering more and more of the prickly cases that encase the nut. We stuff our bags full, and head to her apartment to roast some, and get warm.
It may not be quite as romantic, but John Freeberg, Michael Havelka, and a few other folks joined me at Green Building Supply on Tuesday, December 13 for our own local chestnut festival. John turned out a quite delicious apple/chestnut soup. Also, he made a chestnut hummus, a chocolate cake with chestnuts, and the live audience enjoyed a triple cream cow's milk cheese (Trillium from Fox River Dairy)with a honeycrisp apple, and hot spiced apple juice.
Michael Havelka talked about the chestnut, its history in the States and Iowa, growing chestnuts for profit, and John chimed in about preparing them in numerous ways. We also tackled such lofty topics as the future of agriculture with Avi Pogel, Dr. Thimm, Chef Eric, and one or two other folks contributing to the lively discussion.
Next month join me and Chef Eric from Everybody's Cafe LIVE at GBS at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, January 3.
Mystery writer Martha Grimes & her son Ken tackled their alcohol problems using different strategies. They share their struggles and their successes in Double Double: A Dual Memoir of Alcoholism. In this episode of The Studio, which first aired in 2013, Ken Grimes also relates his experiences learning the writing craft while a student at The University of Iowa and while writing this nonfiction book with his mother. Her mystery novels have achieved more than ten million sales in the U.S. alone.