30 November 2010

25 November 2010

happy turkey day

thankful for my father for taking me yosemite

23 November 2010

22 November 2010

14 November 2010

nine, original broadway cast, and secret garden benefit

Laura Benanti as Claudia and Antonio Banderas as guido

I saw the original broadway cast.

I miss the theatre.

This song, Unusual Way is one of the most hauntingly beautiful songs.

Laura Benanti is brilliant. She was 23-24 when she played this part.

Her voice... Skip to 2:11 to hear the song.
The musical is based the Fellini film, 8 1/2.

Start this one at 1:38
My favorite song from the secret garden.

13 November 2010

tiny furniture: its all about family

When people at a young age create and execute something so effective and in such a great capacity, I find it so inspiring.

This week, I had the wonderful opportunity of attending the New York premiere of Lena Dunham's new film, Tiny Furniture.

With subtle honesty, the film provided an extremely sharp and qitty glimpse into main character Aura's (Lena Dunham) painfully confusing three weeks after graduating college.
Extremely quirky, Aura struggles with thoughts about her future (which to her, is unknown)- and acknowledging that a chapter of her life has ended. So, feeling antagonized by her quirky mother and sister, she ends up in a dreamlike sort of panic, seeking solace in interesting ways: Reconnecting with her long lost crazy friend Charlotte (quite brilliantly played by Jemima Kirke), inviting acquaintance and You-Tube phenomenon Jed to crash at her home while her family is away, and getting a job as a hostess at a restaurant around the block from her home-- and pursuing the chef there. This spurs a whole series of situations which, without revealing too many details (you'll have to see yourself!), force Aura to question a lot about who she is and who it is she would like to become.
For me, Tiny Furnture all comes back to the idea of family-- particularly, its unavoidable and sometimes painful ebbs and flows. While Aura is labeled as different by her mother and sister, and they bicker and fight (and with a wooden spoon!), one can't help but see the familiar distinct love and acceptance in the eyes of all.

The film's honesty could be a result of its autobiographical nature: for Aura's artist mother and seventeen year old sister were in fact played by Lena's own artist mother and seventeen year old sister, and Lena's TriBeCa home was used as Aura's home as well.

Lena wants and hopes that you know this while watching Tiny Furniture.

That, to me, was perhaps the coolest part. It added a dimension the film-- and to Aura's (and the general idea) post-college panic. For, as a viewer, you began to question what was fact, what was fiction, what really happened, and what did not.
Many say that art comes from pain, but in this case, art came from a definite comfort. I watched as Lena and her family re-visited difficult conversations and fights in a comfortable place. Ultimately this served in their favor, and appeared contagious to the supporting cast members- for it clearly nurtured all into delivering truly delightful and quite brilliant performances.

Lena is only twenty-four years old. 

The film, with the support of IFC, opened in select theatres on Friday, November 12th.

I miss the sequoias

10 November 2010

Petty Fest 2010

petty fest 2010 from Meghan Farrell on Vimeo.

This year's concert was unbelievable-- definitely one of the best Dylan/Petty Fests I have ever attended!

Read my interview with Austin Scaggs of Rolling Stone and Matt Romano (Two-thirds of the Cabin Down Below Band) on the OC Blog HERE.

UNCUT Version Below:

08 November 2010

05 November 2010

yosemite spirit

it was like a fairy tale

please note that i didn't touch the colors of this picture.