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Orchid Frenzy at the New York Botanical Garden
Orchids are the original, literal hothouse flower, and they’re headlining their 11th annual exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden. This year’s Orchid Show (through April 22) is a homegrown affair, conceived, designed, and executed by the Garden’s own team rather than outside artisans. Certainly a return to epiphytic roots. Take a look behind the scenes, from the creative exhibition work on display to the Garden’s own onsite “plant factory” that produces the floral cast of thousands on display.
Trapped in the Tumblr Closet: Chilly Gonzales
Chilly Gonzales is a musical genius. Or so he says. This alt-rocker cum piano virtuoso (née Jason Beck) freely admits the name’s just a front — a brand that calls attention to the persona one adopts as performance artist — and prefers to err on the side of outrageous in his work.
Gonzo was born in Canada, lives in Paris, and collaborates regularly with the likes of Feist, Daft Punk, and Drake. He raps while he plays, wears bedroom garb during performances (imagine the juxtaposition of his bathrobe and slippers to the rigid penguin suits of his accompanying orchestras), and broke a Guinness World Record a few years back (for the longest concert by a solo artist — 27 hours, 3 minutes, 44 seconds). His stuff is moving and soulful; he’s turning young people on to the power of the orchestra. And when the orchestra’s rapidly aging current audience is dead and gone in a few decades? The concert halls will be filled with Chilly fans, he predicts. We don’t doubt it.
Strumming Along With Musician Andrew Bird
Once upon a time (the mid 90s) in a gloriously music-laden land (Chicago), a lanky, sharp-witted, sharp-featured tenderfoot (Andrew Bird) graduated from Northwestern’s acclaimed music conservatory and dove into the sea of indie rock. Inhabited by hard-edged musicians who took pride in their lack of skill and almost-affected amateurishness, it was about passion — forget technique. Live shows were supposed to be truly live, and in-concert mistakes were nothing less than standard. “Experience the sound in its raw, unadulterated form,” they’d say. And Bird — despite his “super-trained” background — fit right in, rolling with the sonic tides to the eventual mid-ocean calm of celebrated musician status.
Why You’re Wrong About the Oscars: Best Original Song
Welcome to “Why You’re Wrong About the Oscars,” a series of rhetorical exercises illustrating the finer points of internet-style debate — live! Each episode of WYWAO features a pair of movie enthusiasts with opposing views about who will win a particular Academy Award. The catch: Each cannot explain why he or she is right. Instead, he or she can only enumerate the many reasons why the other person is wrong. So very, very wrong.
Today’s episode concerns the music of the cinematical spheres. Asie Mohtarez believes “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi should get the nod, while Abbas Rattani favors “Skyfall” from Skyfall by Sky Fall, er, Adele. Fight!
Shot on location at the Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Letters to Newtown: Preserving 500,000 Messages of Hope & Sorrow
Walk into the Newtown town hall, and you see bin after bin of cards and letters — some 500,000 at least, more arriving every day. They line both sides of the long main hall and fill up the branching halls and offices. Posters, paintings, quilts, and flags cover the walls. There are banners from students at Columbine and Virginia Tech; there are letters from school kids across America and from people as far away as France and Australia. And there are boxes of Kleenex on every table for those who read them.
Trapped in the Tumblr Closet: Matt Hires
These days, life consists of bitter winter winds, undulating snow drifts and the desire to remain burrowed under bedsheets. But Matt Hires — a minstrel of poppy love songs with a cheerfully bass-heavy pulse — hopes to change that. Hires makes music so upbeat it might just remind you of breezy summer nights. Today, a few weeks out from the launch of his tour with Matchbox Twenty, Hires brings some sunshine (Florida sunshine, as that’s where he’s from) in the form of a new EP (available Feb. 12). Check it, and the premiere of “Restless Heart,” here.