42. weekend to-do's

  1. mfa day. it's been a while since i visited the mfa and there are a number of new exhibits that opened last month. currently on view: an extensive selection of works by katsushika hokusai, an intimate collection of drawings by leonardo da vinci and an exhibition of photographs depicting the wake of the massive earthquake that hit japan in march of 2011. hopefully i can fit them all into one afternoon...
  2. playtime. if the light up swings and outdoor games weren't enough to make the lawn on d the perfect sunny day destination, they've added some extra incentive this weekend. pentalum is a massive inflatable art installation created by architects of air. the structure utilizes natural light to create a rainbow-like wonderland as ambient music plays in the background. sounds just dreamy.
  3. pick up my copy of remembering mountains: the unheard songs of karen dalton. karen dalton was a folk blues singer and banjo player who released two remarkable albums in the late 60's. though she was never thought of as a writer and neither album contains original songs, she had been sketching lyrics, poems and chords - all found after her death in 1993. a diverse group of artists including sharon van etten, marissa nadler and lucinda williams have fleshed out and interpreted these songs to create a truly moving tribute.
  4. get schooled in the art of great criticism. after reading this wonderful article, i became fascinated by the role of women in rock journalism and the often uphill path they face. i am excited to dig into jessica hopper's the first collection of criticism by a living female rock critic. hopper, a senior editor at pitchfork, has compiled a selection of 20 years worth of work encompassing aspects of culture, politics and the creative phenomenons that have helped to shape the way we consume music.

  1. porch time. i'm going to be taking advantage of my front porch and this gorgeous weather with some hammock and writing time. i love the size of this leather journal and the best part is you can refill the pages, so it can be reused over and over. li introduced me to this sweet find!
  2. sinatra time. in honor of what would have been his 100th birthday, hbo has released a documentary on the life of frank sinatra. all or nothing at all features numerous intervies and snippets of video with sinatra, so a good portion of it is conveyed in his own words.
  3. pesto time. now that the garden is starting to fill in, i am in pesto making mode. one of my favorite foodie blogs has an easy and delicious pesto recipe that never fails me. i'll be serving this up on grilled chicken breasts with fresh mozzarella, a crispy baguette and grilled asparagus on the side.

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