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Silly me: thoughts on the Emmy nominations
Thu Jul 19
Kyle Chandler, the most egregiously screwed-over TV actor of the 2006-07 season In retrospect, it seems ridiculously naive of me, but up until the second before the Emmy nominations were revealed at 8:30am today, I was positive that Friday Night Lights would be up for more than two awards (or that if the series got just two nominations, they'd go to the superlative Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton). Of course, as travesties go, the TV academy's lack of FNL love is minuscule compared with their scandalous failure to give the fourth season of The Wire—the only TV series thus far to get TONY's coveted six-star rating—to land so much as a single nomination. At least 30 Rock and The Sopranos performed respectably (with 10 and 15 nods respectively), but otherwise the Academy generally continued its depressing practice of renominating usual suspects while ignoring literally dozens of more deserving actors and programs. But enough with the negativity (for a little while). Here's a...
Le Petit Bon Bon
Thu Jul 19
It's dreary and rainy today in Montreal, giving the scores of Just for Laughs talent, industry and fans an excuse to get some much needed rest before the gamut of shows and beers begins anew tonight. The English-speaking portion of the 25-year-old festival, which runs through Sunday 22, just got into full swing Tuesday night. But, of the dozens of show options, I think I've already seen the funniest (check back daily for confirmation). As much as I advocate vulnerability onstage, I was howling at David Cross's tongue-in-cheek impression of a "typical" Montreal resident during last night's sketch revue. He and Bob Odenkirk are hosting the Lineup, a collection of performances by various young troupes; it's also the stand-up-heavy festival's first foray into sketch showcases. New York groups Hot Sauce, the Buffoons, and Kurt and Kristen all had strong performances, as did L.A. duo Karla (which also managed to exemplify some of that rare earnestness). Additionally, two...
33 hours, 48 minutes and 5 seconds...
Thu Jul 19
If you're The New York Times, you can apparently obtain a copy of the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series from a shady bookstore (and yes, that link has spoilers), but the rest of us are waiting for its scheduled release on Saturday at 12:01am. TONY's resident Harry Potter geek—and by that I mean me—will be at the Barnes & Noble on 86th Street and Third Avenue, counting down the minutes (obviously) until I can get my grubby little hands on it. Expect a full report on the festivities as early as possible Saturday morning. No spoilers, because I'm nice...and I can't read that fast. Stay tuned! (And by the way: Yes, I know I'm a dork.)
Garfield and rainbows at MoMA, oh my!
Thu Jul 19
Cory Arcangel revels in obsolete technology. Is it nostalgia? Just short of 30, he hardly seems old enough to yearn for the good ol' days. The artist, who first made waves at Deitch Projects in 2005 with Super Mario Movie (a video played live off of an altered Nintendo Entertainment system), is now showing at MoMA. In celebration of his quick rise to exaltation, the king of the '90s will be joined by his court (well, friends), the impish Paper Rad kids, to host PopRally, MoMA's late-night art/music/performance extravaganza on July 24 from 8 to 11pm. MoMA calls it an opportunity to "reflect on the ways in which the 'new-media era' of the recent past has changed the way we comprehend art, music and culture." A more apt description might be simply "a raucous good time." Tickets are available at MoMA and online at TicketWeb.
News from Smoke Joint: a (not so) general store
Thu Jul 19
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Little Piggy (Market) to the stage. The drawling baby porker from Brooklyn 'cue bosses Craig Samuel and Ben Grossman is set to open next door to Smoke Joint (pictured) before August 1. Described by Samuel as a reimagining of a country market, Little Piggy (Market) will feature simple Southern fare like cheesy grits, homemade biscuits and a range of artisanal hams. Lemon and pecan squares, cupcakes and penny candies fill Smoke Joint's dessert void. The tiny, 320-square-foot space will also feature a retail element, with items like Anson Mill grits, Kentucky ham and produce from the Fort Greene Park and Grand Army Plaza Greenmarkets available. Welcome back, boys. Little Piggy (Market), 64 Lafayette Ave at South Elliott Pl, Fort Greene, Brooklyn; 718-797-1011