The Weekend Report: Jan 15-18

Fashion

Rag & Bone sample sale this week
Rag & Bone sample sale this week

The Rag & Bone sample sale returns to Chelsea Market (410 West 16th St, New York) this weekend. The sale opens on Wednesday (January 13) and runs through Sunday. Hours: Wed-Fri 10:30-8:00PM, Sat 11:00-7:00PM, Sun 11:00-3:00PM.

Museums

Archibald Motley at the Whitney
Archibald Motley at the Whitney

Last chance – Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist currently at the Whitney Museum of American Art closes January 17th.

Archibald John Motley Jr. (1891–1981) was a bold and highly original modernist and one of the great visual chroniclers of twentieth-century American life. He first came to prominence in the 1920s during the early days of the Harlem Renaissance—the cultural flowering of African American art, music, and literature that extended beyond the New York neighborhood of its name to other cities, notably Chicago, where Motley spent most of his life.

Motley was born in New Orleans, but his family moved to Chicago when he was quite young, and he later became one of the first black artists to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His training there was academic, rigorously focused on the human figure, and steeped in European tradition. Motley’s sophisticated understanding of art history is especially apparent in his sympathetic portraits, but it was a history that he challenged and advanced with his raucous scenes of everyday urban life.

As the work on view in Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist eloquently attests, Motley rightly holds a place among the great American modernists. The artist created a far more daring visual language than many of his contemporaries, fusing vivid narrative with dizzying spatial distortion and jarring hues to produce striking settings for characters of diverse racial backgrounds and social classes.

Movies

Best bets for a few recently opened movies . . .

Anomalisa
Anomalisa

Anomalisa – A lonely motivational speaker goes on a business trip to Cincinnati, where he meets an extraordinary stranger who might be able to change his negative view of life. This stop-motion-animation feature was penned by lauded screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, who also co-directs alongside Duke Johnson. I am not normally a fan of animation but this movie is getting great reviews and buzz.

The Revenant
The Revenant

The Revenant  – In 1820s America, frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) joins a pelt-gathering expedition along with his teenage son Hawk (Forrest Goodluck). When attacks by Arikara Indians claim the lives of many of the men in the party, Glass leads a small group on a new path back to a U.S. fort. While attempting to hunt game on the journey, Glass is mauled by a grizzly bear and horribly wounded. Assumed he’ll be dead soon, Glass is left under the care of roughneck John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), and the young and inexperienced Jim Bridger (Will Poulter) as Hawk watches on in horror. Fitzgerald betrays Glass and leaves him for dead, alone and unarmed. Glass nurses himself back to health and charts a course of revenge. Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu.

The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight – Bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his dangerous prisoner Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) encounter a treacherous blizzard en route to her sentencing in Wyoming. During their stagecoach ride they come across another bounty hunter, Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), and former Confederate rebel leader Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins). Seeking refuge from the weather, the group chart a course for a mountain cabin to wait out the storm. There, they meet four other traveling strangers (Tim Roth, Demián Bichir, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern) with whom they must share the stuffy confines until the end of the blizzard. Tensions eventually boil over as each individual has his or her own agenda in this inventive Western, which is set in the aftermath of the American Civil War and written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Sisters
Sisters

 

Sisters – SNL alumni Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-star in this comedy about two daffy adult sisters, one an irresponsible single mom and the other a kindhearted nurse, who decide to throw one last wild party at their childhood home before it’s sold by their parents. However, their bash ends up going disastrously awry.

 

The Mr Porter Seasonal Sale: Get it Before It’s Gone!

Mr Porter Seasonal Sale

 

Mr Porter just reduced sale prices from 50% to 70% off retail prices. They usually take one last markdown to 80% off but the pickings are pretty slim by then. There is still a decent selection of great brands at great prices. A few favorites:

Balmain Peacoat - was $5270 now $2635
Balmain Peacoat – was $5270 now $2635
Tomas Maier Faux-Shearling Lined Jacket- was $1250 now $625
Tomas Maier Jacket- was $1250 now $625

 

 

 

Boglioli Blazer - was $1345 now $673
Boglioli Blazer – was $1345 now $673
Lanvin Wool Blazer - was $1450 now $580
Lanvin Blazer – was $1450 now $580

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard James Herringbone Shirt - was $290 now $87
Richard James Shirt – was $290 now $87

 

 

 

 

Bottega Veneta Cotton Shirt was $680 now $204
Bottega Shirt was $680 now $204

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neil Barrett Sweater was $525 now $210
Neil Barrett Sweater was $525 now $210
Tomas Maier Sweater was $690 now $276
Tomas Maier Sweater was $690 now $276

Top “Best of” Lists of 2015

This is the time of year when every organization and person creating some sort of content comes out with their “Best of 2015” lists. Rather than come out with my own lists I have culled a few interesting ones for you to enjoy.

First up – a compilation of GoPro videos from the team at GoPro. Some truly awe-inspiring and amazing footage. I think I need to get out more.

And for an overview of the best in pop culture from the past year: Wired’s top pop culture in 2015 .

Best Pictures 2015

Some great images but even The Atlantic couldn’t avoid a cat pic (see number 8): 2015 in pictures from The Atlantic. And if the 40 from The Atlantic isn’t enough for you feel free to wade through the top 100 photos of 2015 from Time magazine.

Best Movies 2015

A few best movie lists : NY Times best movies of 2015Rolling Stones Magazine’s top 10 movies from 2015Vulture.com best movies of 2015

With a few days off this week I am catching up on movies and have seen Spotlight, The Big Short and Carol. The first two are great (but be prepared to be angry after seeing The Big Short). Carol is beautifully shot and acted but I didn’t feel the connection between the two lead characters that apparently everyone else on the planet did.

Best TV 2015

Best TV: Vulture.com best TV shows of 2015TV Guide best TV shows of 2015. For those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of binge-watching the Netflix series Jessica Jones – do yourselves a favor and take some time this weekend. The episode “Twelve Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer” is also a hilarious classic.

Best of Broadway 2015

Best of broadway 2015: New York Theater blog best of 2015. And conveniently all in one place – top reviewers give their top 10: Top 10 of the top 10 – best in NY Theater 2015. My picks: Hamilton, Fun Home, An American in Paris, King Charles III, A View from the Bridge, Skylight, Something Rotten and Constellations. Hir showed up on a number of lists – I thought the play was a little strange but I love just about anything with Christine Nielson.

Best in Food 2015

Eater NY best new restaurants in 2015. I am embarrassed to say I have been to only a few of these. I am most looking forward to Bruno, Santina, Lupolo and Upland (see link to best new burgers below. . . )

Best new burgers in 2015 (limited to New York City unfortunately): Eater NY best new burgers in 2015. Sad to say I have had none of these – the Upland burger is the one I am most interested in trying!

The Lighter Side of 2015

For a little comic relief – the video below is a few funny clips early on.

And last but not least – a bit of eye candy (and yes I think Racked knows that no one really cares about the resolutions . . . ): Racked NY hottest trainers and their resolutions for 2016