This list is a mere slice of the fun I'll be having this fall.
- New York Comic Con! It's like prom for nerds, so it's only appropriate that I take my niece Fatso, a black STEM girl of epic proportions that looks like a sub-Saharan African supermodel. (There's got to be a really funny joke in there somewhere.) We go every year, just about. Together, we will meander our way through the Javits and take a lot of pictures. As usual, my blackness will be my costume.
- Diane Arbus: In The Beginning at The Met/Breuer Her images are so iconic at this point that a lot of contemporary photography echoes her work -- when they're not flat out imitating it. Here's my chance to see some of her earliest photographs.
And yes, I saw her mammoth retrospective at The Met some years ago. For a long time afterwards -- too long, really -- I daydreamed about those children frozen in stiff black and white portraits with their blurry twisted faces, like a visual stammer that bounced against an audible one somewhere in the recesses of time and memory and randomness, and I wondered whatever happened to them, and that made me wonder what could have been.
- Luke Cage, Birth of a Nation and Insecure. Enough said.
- The Pumpkin Flotilla at the Central Park Conservancy Who knows? I might make one this year.
- Seedless ThomCord grapes are better than candy. Wild caught salmon skin is better than bacon.
- Juice Press is turning me into a vegan.
- Steely Dan's Beacon Theater Residency in October -- they've got 10 dates, and most of them are themed (October 16th is Aja!)
- Manhattan Vintage This annual pilgrimage must be taken with BFFs who love vintage as much as I do, so we can all flip out over the cool stuff we find, whether we can afford it or not. Lately, I'm a little giddier than usual because I ca fit into more and more of the incredibly dope old cool stuff in my closet.
- Byron Lars Beauty Mark Tackles Size & Inclusion in Fashion I didn't miss Byron Lars' runway show during Fashion Week in September (I took Fatso but she didn't like it) and I 'm not going to miss this, either -- it's a panel discussion that includes: Liz Black (Journalist-Refinery 29)
Michaela Angela Davis (Cultural Critic-CNN & Creator MADFree), Byron
Lars (Byron Lars Beauty Mark), Allison McGevna (Editorial Director - Hello
Beautiful) and Lynne Ronin (CEO-Nation Design).
- ETHEL (and friends) at The Met It'll be nice to lose myself in their take on classical music with MPB -- and since Fatso plays the cello, I'll probably take her, too.