Things I Saw This Week - Friday, December 10
TISTW is a collection of reads, visuals, and music, curated by Elle Perry, a Memphis-based journalist, featuring art and culture, food, cities, and more. (Issue No. 130)
Cultural critic, musician, and journalist Greg Tate recently died at the age of 64. Many beautiful tributes were published in his honor.
In films to look forward to news, “Jezebel” director and actress Numa Perrier will produce and star in an Audre Lorde biopic, “The Erotic.”
Born February 18, 1934, and sharing a birthday with Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde was raised in Harlem to Grenadian immigrants. She did not speak until the age of 5 and then did so through poems. She worked as a librarian for several years before publishing her first volume of poetry The First Cities. She continued to write prolifically with over a dozen publications that were deeply personal while challenging the politics of race, identity, and feminism.
A self declared “Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet”, Audre Lorde was the 1991 New York Poet Laureate. Numerous documentaries on her life exist including The Berlin Years and Litany for Survival. The Erotic marks the first scripted feature film based on the life, loves, and mischief of Audre Lorde and will be accompanied by an immersive art installation.
And, The New Yorker has the story of “The Kansas City School That Became a Stop for R. & B. Performers.”
Some New York-centric fare:
From Crain’s New York Business: Historic blunder?! State moves to protect Penn Station and MSG, jeopardizing redevelopment
And, in Baltimore, Ron Cassie wrote about the adventures of archaeologist Evan Woodard.
Is the next breakthrough in the “fake meat” industry burgers made from maggots and mealworms?
Another place to put in my invisible travel Rolodex:
Songs I Listened to This Week
TV/Films I Watched This Week
Abbott Elementary | ABC (via Hulu)
In this workplace comedy, a group of teachers are brought together in a Philadelphia public school.