It’s Fangirl Friday, hosted by Nancy Drew Is My Homegirl. Basically this means I get to talk about whatever strikes my fancy in pop culture (or personally). Here we go!
1. The Academy Awards! Ages ago I wrote about how the Oscars are kind of a big deal in my family. We have an annual pool, and my siblings all make a point of seeing the top contenders before the big night. During the ceremony, my sister Diana and I call or text each other constantly to remark on the fashions, speeches, and surprise wins. I wouldn’t have a job writing about entertainment if it weren’t for my older sister (and brothers, but mostly my sister), who instilled in me a love of film and pop culture. So this Sunday, as always, we might not be together physically, but we’ll be with each other technologically to bond over the year’s best performances and movies. Who am I rooting for? I loved “The Artist,” “The Descendants,” “Hugo” and “Tree of Life,” but I also have a soft spot for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer — although it would be lovely for Meryl to finally win a third trophy. But I will add that my kids want “Man or Muppet” to win Best Original Song!
2. “Pink” by Lili Wilkinson: As part of our Awards Challenge, I decided to check out one of the Stonewall Book Award honorees, and I picked “Pink.” It was fantastic. While of course there are many connotations to the word (insert furious blush here), in the book it signifies what the lesbian (or possibly bisexual) protagonist Ava wants to wear at her new school without facing the wrath of her dark and broody girlfriend. I loved Ava’s journey of self-discovery and her relationship with the “Screws” (Stage Crew “freaks”). It was well written, full of fabulous pop-culture references, and such a fast and enjoyable read.
Ava is ready for something new. Tired of a wearing black and remaining outside of the social norm, she wants to reinvent who she is. She wants to wear the pink Argyle sweater hidden in her closet. Maybe even date a boy. When she transfers to Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence she thinks she’s found the perfect opportunity; a place where no one knows her and she can try on a new “Ava”. The only problem? She must hide it from her changes from her parents and her girlfriend, Chloe. They’d never understand her new desires, plus they’re a nice safety net in case her new personality doesn’t work. The thing about secrets is they’re hard to keep and Ava risks everything if her two worlds collide. But as the dust settles Ava will discover who her real friends are…and maybe even a step closer to discovering who she truly is.
3. “The Five Year Engagement” I adore this trailer, and I think if anyone can pull this romantic comedy off it’s Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, who are friends in real life and seem to have darling chemistry. Can’t wait to see if Tom and Violet finally head down the aisle together; they must, right!
4. San Francisco: My husband and I are heading to a close friend’s wedding in Napa Valley in late March, and we’re so excited about the wedding and the opportunity it provides us (kid-free vacation!). The only glitch is that this means seeing the midnight showing of “The Hunger Games” somewhere in San Francisco, and I have no idea about the movie theaters there. I will have already seen it earlier in the week, but I always go and write about midnight screenings of huge franchise films, so there’s no way I’m missing this one. Since the wedding festivities are Fri-Sun, we have Thursday and Monday to do as we please: eat at amazing restaurants, visit museums, have Blue Bottle coffee, and enjoy being a couple. We’re basically thinking of it as an early anniversary present, since our 11th is in June.
5. “Name” Songs: Thanks to Spotify, I have an awesome playlist of songs with name titles. It’s pretty impressive, even though my siblings scoffed at some of my choices (hey, it’s not my fault my daughter’s name inspired a song about a dead woman). Songs with my name are all in “Grease” (you know, “lousy with virginity” and all that). Here’s one of the lesser-known songs on my playlist. It’s by Laura Marling, whom I love, even if she and Marcus Mumford are no longer together (they would’ve made the cutest little indie-folk-rock babies! Oh well, he’s marrying Carey Mulligan). We sing it a lot, because one of my daughter’s favorite people is named Sophia.
Do you have a cool name song?