“Come and See,” Lean Year
–a meditative and profound song with lilting vocals and a mesmerizing melody. Powerful and elegant. Lean Year is Virginia-based singer Emilie Rex and filmmaker/musician Rick Alverson [The Comedy, Entertainment]. The duo co-wrote the album at home in Virginia and recorded it at the home studio of Chicago musician and engineer Erik Hall [In Tall Buildings, NOMO]. Lean Year’s self-titled album is out now.
“Oh Marie,” Misty Boyce
— This is an aching, sad, beautiful, winding song. The Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter’s full-length album, Get Lost, will be released on February 16, 2018. As a popular keyboardist, Misty Boyce backed Sting, Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles and BØRNS. She recently lost her brother to an opioid overdose and her step-father to suicide. The indie-folk artist turned to writing music to work through the varied emotions she felt after these losses and hopes to reduce the stigma associated with drug addiction, mental illness and suicide. Boyce said: “Sometimes, I write to get the things I don’t want to feel out. And then maybe somebody else hears it and feels the same way, and it makes us both feel less alone. I get very frustrated with how disconnected we all are from each other, and how we’ll use whatever we can get our hands on to other people, whether it’s religion or our phones or what you like on Pinterest—anything to make us feel right and prove other people wrong. And then we don’t have to listen anymore. We can just tune out and focus on our own self-obsessed worlds. Nobody’s listening. It’s a scary thing.”
Project Runway. Season 16 Episode 10 on LIFETIME. judges: Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen. Guest judge: Rachel Brosnahan. Host: Heidi Klum. Mentor and co-host: Tim Gunn.
Episode 11: Warrior Fashion
Final five: Ayana; Brandon; Kentaro; Kenya; Margarita
Designers meet Tim Gunn in a boxing ring where an AVON representative introduces them to breast cancer survivors.
challenge: create a high fashion editorial look inspired by these warrior women
Designers have 30 minutes to sketch, $200 to spend at Mood and 2 days to complete the challenge.
Margarita says that she knows what Brandon and Kentaro’s collections would look like and she’s not that interested in seeing pleats and Dolman sleeves. After the trip to Mood, Kentaro’s struggling again with designing for a plus-size model. Brandon works on drop crotch pants. Again. Brandon says: “Kentaro is my biggest competition. I just think his clothes are clean and they’re cool. But I’m confident. I’m one of the only designers here who have a consistent story on the runway and I feel like I’ve been the most well-received here.” The judges do love his work. Brandon and Ayana have two wins. Ayana’s are more recent which bodes better for her. Margarita and Kentaro have one win. Kenya’s the only designer left with no wins. I can’t recall if anyone’s made it to NYFW without winning a challenge.
Kentaro notes that Brandon’s design looks similar to his. Both have hoodies. They should work together after the show.
Tim checks in. He tells Ayana: “I’m crazy about the top. For me, it’s a real wow moment and I do not say that casually you know that.” He tells Kentaro to make sure he doesn’t have “too many competing ideas” and notes he likes his color palette more than black or navy. Brandon says he’s designing a nomadic, androgynous warrior. Tim asks Brandon if he’s doing enough that judges will think it’s “beyond” what they’ve already seen. Tim reminds Kenya she’s the only designer left who hasn’t won a challenge and tells her: “On a scale of 1-10 this needs to be a 20.” Margarita wants to capture chaos and despair associated with cancer or major illness. I love this idea but not what she’s doing at the moment. Tim likes it. He also tells Margarita: “We don’t have any control over where they get it or not. It’s what you want to say and it’s a powerful message coming from you.”
The models arrive and Liris is excited to work with Kenya. She says: “A model connects with a designer in a certain way and it translates to the runway.” Kentaro has scrapped his design to make a new one “quick like Cup of Noodle.”
Ayana—chic, bold, great print
Margarita—don’t like gold with red or like the corset
Kentaro—looks like a hair salon smock
Guest judge this week: Rachel Brosnahan
Heidi: “I love the way Liris looks today. Finally someone gets her 100% right.”
Nina: “This is an example that you don’t need hijinks to communicate power. Here is power on the silhouette. Her is power in the color. Here is power in the tailoring.”
Rachel: “It’s just stunning.”
Zac: “You delivered on the power of fashion.”
Heidi: “It is out there but I feel you are creating something new.”
Nina: “It is extremely editorial. I think you really have a sense of what is happening in fashion and that is really important in fashion.”
Zac: “You knocked it out of the park. You played with a lot of elements and it worked.”
Zac: “You have some really nice draping. The containment of the corset did almost the opposite of what you intended.”
Heidi: “To me it is very literal of the wonder woman. This looks a little messy.”
Nina: “She looks like she’s stuffed in there. This looks very much like a costume.”
Rachel: “I can’t see her body at all and I wish I could.”
Nina: “I see more monastic than majestic.”
Heidi: “From waist down I like this look a lot. From the waist up there’s not enough.” Heidi also notes that Kentaro’s design looks a lot like Brandon’s design.
Zac: “Wacky buy it’s impeccable and I’m blown away.”
Rachel: “It is bold certainly.”
Heidi: “She looks so strong, powerful and sexy without showing any skin.”
BRANDON is the WINNER
MARGARITA is OUT but Tim uses his Tim Gunn save
Hey if you have middle-aged nostalgia, there are plenty of good shows! UK native Lloyd Cole will be in Boston on November 15, 2017 for an acoustic set at City Winery for his Retrospective Tour. New venue and should be an excellent setting. I ‘m most familiar with Lloyd Cole for his solo work from the 90s– he released an eponymous album in 1990 and Don’t Get Weird on Me Babe in 1991 and Bad Vibes in 1993. Revisiting. It’s solid. Brooding, assured. Bit of glamrock/Britpop elements combined with folk style. Although I didn’t remain tapped in on The Easthampton, Mass.-based musician’s career throughout the years, he’s not stopped regularly putting out music. I really like the song “Women’s Studies” which came out on Standards in 2013.
$22-26, Wednesday, November 15, 8 p.m., City Winery Boston, 1 Canal Street, Boston, citywinery.com.
Project Runway. Season 16 Episode 10 on LIFETIME. judges: Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen. Guest judge: Carly Chaikan. Host: Heidi Klum. Mentor and co-host: Tim Gunn.
Episode 10: Driving Miss Unconventional
Final six: Ayana; Brandon; Kentaro; Kenya; Margarita; Michael. I’ve liked Ayana from the beginning. Otherwise I’m not terribly excited. This lackluster season will easily be forgotten.
Unconventional challenge sponsored by Lexus. Tim reminds designers to create “looks that do not conform to rules” and to “think outside the box.” No driving around this time. Instead designers have three minutes to grab rescue/safety materials for their designs from a few SUVs. Margarita says she plans something with an “athletic vibe.” Michael is fetish-inspired. Is that his aesthetic? I don’t know and should by this point. Kentaro tells Brandon that Lyric has “trunk in the junk.” He’s working on a crop top and pleated skirt. Blah. Kenya plans to make a dress out of seatbelts. Ayana wants to make something big.
Tim comes in for critiques. He tells Margarita she’s over-thinking and he was “at first dubious” but once she explained her plan he understood. To Ayana: “This has the potential to be incredibly chic.” He questions Kenya’s textile construction and her all-black look. He tells Michael that it looks like he’s creating two different looks. Tim’s concerned that Kentaro’s using fabric as fabric and it’s not unconventional enough. Tim says to Brandon: “This is the second challenge in a row that you’ve been visibly flummoxed.” Brandon replies: “It’s tough one Tim.” One of Tim’s favorite words is dubious.
The model chit-chat to the mirror isn’t adding anything to the season. Maybe if it were edited better it might work but I don’t find much merit in it. This is a show about fashion designers not models. If we want to find out about modeling then we watch America’s Next Top Model.
Michael says that Ayana’s looks is “so beyond, so over-the-top in the worst way possible. She might be in trouble.” Oh Michael, you HOPE she’s in trouble but that look is amazing and you’ve designed some Frederick’s of Hollywood off-the-rack look. He’s been pretty catty all season. Margarita too. Bringing the drama. A sleeve falls off Ayana’s design right before the runway. She glues it. Kenya has a zipper break. Eek.
Heidi reminds the designers: “Every single stitch counts. There’s no more room for error.” Was there ever room for error? Isn’t that the point of this competition?
Brandon—great colors. Not flattering. Bell shape.
Kentaro—bad cultural appropriation costume
Michael- pretty blue
Ayana—yaaas girl! Gorgeous, amazing shape and textile
Guest judge this week: Carly Chaikan [Mr. Robot]
materials: liferaft; hose
Zac: “I adore this. This is spectacular work.”
Nina: “I love seeing you play with movement.”
Heidi: “It’s flirty but hard at the same time.”
materials: lifeguard float; reflectors; mesh netting; danger tape
Heidi: “This look is so fantastic. It’s sleek. It’s modern. It’s chic.”
Zac: “This is hot. This is bold. This is big.”
Nina: “She looked like she was on fire. There’s a sense of drama, a sense of elegance.”
materials: seatbelts; plastic boat
Heidi: “I think this is very good. It has a lot of detail. You created a cool dress.”
Nina: “This is an example of ow you can do drama and not put everything but the kitchen sink in.”
materials: caution tape; reflectors; knee pads; hard hats; safety harness
Nina: “I really like this. I’m getting a superhero vibe.”
Heidi: “This girl is very modern.”
Zac: “The textile you created was really inventive. Your use of materials is quite wonderful.” He says that he doesn’t know Margarita’s style yet.
materials: bungee cords; harness straps; ace bandages
Nina: “It lacks drama. She looks like a backup dancer for a music video.”
Carly: “She looks very hookerish. A little tacky and cheap.”
Heidi: “It looks like you didn’t work as hard as everyone else.”
materials: firehose; yellow cone
Nina: “I see a lack of vision.”
Heidi: “She almost looks like a doll.”
Carly: “It feels a little basic.”
AYANA is the WINNER
MICHAEL is OUT
Tuscon, Arizona band Calexico released a new video for the song “End of the World with You” from its upcoming album The Thread That Keeps Us [Anti- Records] which will be released on January 25, 2018. Assured, laid back indie rock/ American song with lots of Wilco and The Replacements influences. love these lyrics: “Love in the age of the extremes/ there’s nothing better that i’d rather do/ then scatter all the myths/ and walk to the start of the end of the world with you.”
About the new album, guitarist/ vocalist Joey Burns said: “There’s a little more chaos and noise in the mix than what we’ve done in the past, Whenever we’re writing and we come up with something that feels too familiar, someone will end up saying, ‘That feels good, but let’s keep going and see what else we can uncover.’ It’s been really important to the arc of this band’s evolution for us to always keep on trying new things.”
Joey Burns [vocals, guitar, cello, upright bass]
John Convertino [drums, percussion, vibes, marimba, accordion]
Jacob Valenzuela [vocals, trumpet, vibes, keyboard]
Martin Wenk [trumpet, accordion, guitar, synth, vibes, backing vocals]
Scott Colberg [double bass, electric bass]
Sergio Mendoza [piano, farfisa]
Jairo Zavala [bazouki, baritone guitar, vocals]
The Thread That Keeps Us Tracklisting:
- End of the World with You
- Voices in the Field
- Bridge to Nowhere
- Under the Wheels
- The Town & Miss Lorraine
- Flores y Tamales
- Another Space
- Unconditional Waltz
- Girl in the Forest
- Eyes Wide Awake
- Dead in the Water
- Thrown to the Wild
- Music Box
Set your DVR! Some interesting movies are airing on Lifetime this fall.
The Wateher in the Woods
Starring Anjelica Huston, Tallulah Evans
Directed by Melissa Joan Hart
Written by Scott Abbott
Premieres October 21 at 8pm ET/PT
In this reimagining of the ‘80s cult classic, Jan Carstairs (Tallulah Evans) and her family move into idyllic Aylwood manor for the summer, Mrs. Aylwood [Academy Award winner Anjelica Huston] thinks she looks a lot like her daughter who vanished 20 years before. The family is warned against entering the woods, but Jan and her little sister Ellie (Dixie Egerickx) hear voices coming from the forest. Jan starts to investigate the weird things which start happening.
Starring Queen Latifah, Betsy Brandt, Jill Scott and Marin Ireland
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Written by Barbara Stepansky
Premieres October 28 at 8pm ET/PT
Inspired by the Time Magazine story, “The Toxic Tap,” by Josh Sanburn, Flint focuses on whistleblowers who exposed the environmental scandal. After discovering that Flint, Michigan water is contaminated and has been causing major illnesses to themselves and their families, LeeAnne Walters (Betsy Brandt), Melissa Mays (Marin Ireland) and Nayyirah Shariff (Jill Scott) join forces to expose the wrongdoings committed by their government officials.
Lifetime has partnered with the United Way of Genesee County on a PSA, featuring the cast of Flint, to encourage viewers to donate to help the people of Flint. Funds raised will go to much needed short-term, immediate relief, including purchasing filters and bottled water, and long-term health and development needs for the children of Flint and their families. More information HERE.
The Lost Wife of Robert Durst
Starring Katharine McPhee and Daniel Gillies
Directed by Yves Simoneau
Written by Bettina Gilois
Premieres November 4 at 8pm ET/PT
Based on the book A Deadly Secret: The Bizarre and Chilling Story of Robert Durst by investigative journalist Matt Birkbeck, The Lost Wife of Robert Durst tells the story of Robert Durst’s first marriage. Kathie (Katharine McPhee) falls in love with real estate scion Robert Durst (Daniel Gillies). When Kathie disappears in 1982, her family and friends become concerned and disturbed that the police aren’t taking the case seriously. While Durst is currently in jail awaiting trial for the murder of his close friend, questions remain and The Lost Wife of Robert Durst explores what may have happened between Durst and Kathie.
Oscar Pistorious: Blade Runner Killer
Starring Andreas Damm and Toni Garrn
Directed by Norman Stone
Written by Amber Benson
Premieres November 11 at 8pm ET/PT
Oscar Pistorious: Blade Runner Killer tells the story of the sprint runner dubbed the “Blade Runner” who rose to fame after winning a gold medal in Paralympics and being the first double-leg amputee to participate in the Olympics. Oscar (Andreas Damm,) had a fairy tale romance with model Reeva Steenkap (Toni Garrn) until he shot and killed her one morning. Told from the perspective of Reeva and her mother gives viewers a glimpse into what happened that night.
I Am Elizabeth Smart
Starring Skeet Ulrich, Deirdre Lovejoy and Alana Boden
Directed by Sarah Walker
Written by Tory Walker
Narrated and Produced by Elizabeth Smart
Premieres November 18 at 8pm ET/PT
This year marks the 15-year anniversary of Elizabeth Smart’s abduction. Part of a cross-network event with A&E, Lifetime’s I Am Elizabeth Smart is an authorized movie about the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, told from her perspective and with her full participation. In June 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Ann Smart (Alana Boden) was abducted from her Salt Lake City home by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell (Skeet Ulrich). He brought her to an encampment where he and his accomplice Wanda Barzee (Deirdre Lovejoy) held Elizabeth captive. Elizabeth Smart narrates the movie and is also a producer
The two-part documentary special, Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography debuts on A&E on November 12 and 13.
Project Runway. Season 16 Episode 9 on LIFETIME. judges: Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen. Guest judge: Kate Upton. Host: Heidi Klum. Mentor and co-host: Tim Gunn.
Episode 9: A “Little” Avant Garde
The twin saga continues. After Michael storms off because Claire won, Margarita goes to find him while Batani starts to tell Heidi about the measuring that Claire [and Shawn] did. Michael tells Tim Gunn that Claire has a retractable ruler and measures garments back at the hotel. Michael comes back onstage. Heidi looks titillated that there’s a storyline, that there’s drama.
“Michael, Why are you running off the stage?” asks Heidi.
“I couldn’t stand here and listen to a win I think wasn’t well-deserved,” Michael responded.
“But are you a judge?” Yolanda asked.
“No but I see what goes on in the workroom and back in the apartments,” Michael stated.
Heidi: “I think you all borrow from each other.”
Nina says: “You all know your own strength and your own creative power.”
BATANI is OUT.
Meanwhile . . . Tim backstage: “If Claire used a measuring tape outside the workroom there will be consequences.” Margarita feels awful about how it all went down and how it made everyone look. She regrets not bringing up her concerns before the runway show. Talk in the green room is pretty tame. No yelling. No tears. Claire’s relatively composed. She’s a restrained upset. Tim comes in and with a crackling voice asks: “Is it true that you have had a measuring tape in your room?” Claire doesn’t look at Tim and in a monotone, responds: “I have a measuring tape.” Tim says: “Is it true that you have been measuring garments in your room.” Claire says that she has done. Tim says that they have to rescind the win and send her home. Dixie will now used dream machine Brandon’s design. Batani will stay after all.
This week’s sponsor is something called Shopkins. Little kids come out with dolls in hand and get assigned to designers. The challenge is to create an avant garde look inspired by one of the young people’s favorite Shopkins “shoppie.” Shopkins will create a one-of-a-kind shoppie inspired by the winning design. Also a 5,000K cash prize. They have 30 minutes to consult with the children and to sketch and one day for the challenge with a budget of $300. Brandon’s kid wants him to put chocolate on and in the design. Brandon looks befuddled. Ayana doesn’t want to be safe anymore. Her design with tiers of ruffles looks amazing.
Amy gets behind because she chit-chatted with the girl instead of getting input on design. There’s a lighter mood in the workroom without the twins.
Tim comes in for critique. He likes Margarita’s smart idea. He tells Ayana “it’s a lot” and that she needs to edit. To Michael, Tim says: “You can’t hide anything with a look like this.” He tells Amy that her look is a mismatch of different looks and her textile looks like “cheap pantyhose.” He wonders why it’s taking Brandon so long: “This challenge is difficult for you isn’t it?” Of course Michael thinks that Brandon’s relying on Kentaro too much for ideas. Just STOP Michael! As Nina said, you need to just MYOB and do your thing. Of course more drama=more camera time.
Guest judge this week: Kate Upton
Brandon—pretty color and design
Kenya—another mermaid dress
Heidi announces, “It was an amazing runway show. Very exciting.” So good that there are four high scores and only two low. Oh, and in his spare time, Zac Posen wrote a cook book, Cooking with Zac. If you follow him on Instagram you’ve seen his dishes.
SAFE: Kenya and Kentaro
Kate: “It’s a show stopper. I love the entire look.”
Heidi: “I love the imagination.”
Zac: “Surrealist Bo Peep. Fun. Expressive.”
Nina: “Sophisticated but child like.”
MICHAEL —he explains that he wanted a disco ball melting away look
Nina: “It looks so well made.”
Kate: “I definitely want to go dancing in that look.”
Zac: “I totally got this liquid melting quality. It captures the imagination.”
Brandon: “I think it’s really cool. I think it’s really great work.”
Nina: “I respect the fact that you kept to your aesthetic.”
Heidi: “I love this look. It is beyond stunning. It is like a cloud.”
Zac: “You can feel the sensuality and emotion in it.”
Nina: “I love that you took different fabrics with different textures and built this 360 explosion.”
Heidi: “I’m not in love. A lot of scraps come together. It doesn’t look intentional.”
Nina: “It looks like you ran out of time.”
Zac: “I wrote down laundry day.”
Heidi: “I was not the biggest fan of this look.”
Zac: “I don’t feel that it’s that risky.”
MICHAEL is the WINNER
Both BATANI and AMY are OUT