by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Orange Is the New Black is back and it’s better than I imagined. The Netflix
series centered on a women’s prison premiered its second season Friday and,
despite my earnest intentions to pace myself, I couldn’t help but get through
12 of the 13 episodes (Thanks a lot, autoplay). One of the
striking differences this season is the fact that this is no longer The Piper
Show. Yes, our blonde convict is still a major player, the thread throughout
the series. But as Piper becomes more acclimated to prison life, she begins to
share much more in common with her fellow prisoners, and we get a look into
those women’s backstories — in such a fulfilling way. If you weren’t already
invested in Red, Poussey, Morello and the other inmates, you will be after
learning the very different and often surprising reasons they ended up in
Litchfield. As for Piper, she’s hardened (perfectly if not cheesily represented
by her selection of a 40 over a bottle of champagne on a night out during her
furlough)— but not to the point where last season’s character is
unrecognizable. If anything, the shift makes her more likable. For now, I’m
holding off on the finale. I don’t want it to end!
Photographer Jeff Friesen has shot series of fun images using LEGOs for what’s
culminated in an upcoming book, The
United States of LEGO, available this September. In the series, each state
is depicted in a scene full of colorful bricks and plastic yellow people (See Ohio here). Another, titled “Bricksy,” uses the popular toy to recreate various Banksy
Poet and thespian of our
generation James Franco basically recounted Lindsay Lohan’s pursuit of him for Vice’s Fiction Issue. This “work of
creative writing” that I’m just going to assume is completely
true claims LiLo shamelessly came after Franco while they were both staying at
Beverly Hills’ Chateau Marmont. In the end, she settled for a bedtime story
reading of A Perfect Day for a Bananafish.
I’m not sure which part
crushes my childhood memories the most: The fact that the Parent Trap ginge has
fully blossomed into a desperate trash monster; or that Daniel Desario is
actually a pseudo-intellectual douche/tattletale; or that I now have to burn my
entire Salinger collection.
Nicolas Cage may have done
his share of shitastic films in recent years, but you have to hand it to him:
dude has a sense of humor about himself. This fact was illustrated recently in
a photo of Cage, at a Guns N’ Roses concert with Andrew Dice Clay, dressed to
the nines in a T-shirt with his meme-face on it.
Anyone remember Clone High?
The MTV toon depicted a
high school for clones of historical figures throughout time, was weirdly
hilarious and, thus, was cancelled after one season in 2003. The creators, Phil
Lord and Chris Miller, have since put out a successful string of productions: 21 Jump Street (and its sequel, 22 Jump Street, in theaters tomorrow), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The LEGO Movie. They talked recently of
revisiting Clone High as either a
show or movie — read more here.
Lil' Kim welcomed a baby
girl this week, Lil' Lil' Kim. Sorry. But seriously, Blue Ivy, North West,
Jermajesty, all y’all epic-named babies watch out. Royal Reign is in the house.
In things that are making me feel feelings this week: the Dumb and Dumber To trailer.
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Nothside Tavern's birthday, LEGO Fest, Robert Moses' Kin performance and more
Stop by the hipster haven that is Northside Tavern this weekend as it celebrates 10 years as a neighborhood bar and live music staple. NST's 10th Birthday Bash runs 6:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday with treats from Take the Cake both nights. Tonight, there's music from You, You're Awesome, Ohio Knife and Lydia Burrell. Saturday features music from Wussy and The Tigerlilies, the first band to rock the Tavern's stage a decade ago. As always, no cover. HB, NST!Independent Spirit Award-nominated film In The Family opens at The Esquire tonight. Writer, director and star Patrick Wang will be in town for the premiere weekend, and will host a Q&A after this weekend's screenings. Check out the 8 p.m. screenings Friday and Saturday and the 1 p.m. show Sunday to meet and chat with the star. Read our review here.San Francisco dance company Robert Moses' Kin performs in town this week with Contemporary Dance Theater's Guest Artist Series. Faith and Fable was inspired by choreographer/artistic director Robert Moses' children – fairy tales, in particular. Moses reexamined moral tales and translated them into a multi-genre dance piece for all ages. Performances are tonight at Saturday at the Aronoff Center. Go here to read our interview with Moses.
LEGOs are one of those iconic toys that kids still think are cool and adults still secretly want to play with. This weekend's LEGO's KidsFest may be marketed toward youngsters, but LEGO fans of any age can be entertained for hours at this construction block convention. At the fest, you'll find a LEGO model museum (clearly not built by kids), a master builder academy, activity area, challenge zone and much more. Saturday's sessions have sold out, but there's still tickets available for tonight (4-8:30 p.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3-7:30 p.m.) All sessions feature the same fun exhibits and activities. Find ticket information and event details here.Saturday morning, Park + Vine hosts a Grow Your Own Garden Class. Greensleeves Farm's Gretchen Vaughn will dish the dirt on growing vegetables and herbs at home with a hands-on demonstration on sowing and transplanting seeds. After the class, you'll take home a starter kit with seeds, soil and a plant. The class limited to 15 people, so RSVP at email@example.com. The workshop is $15 and runs from 10 a.m.-noon.The Newport Aquarium welcomes Mighty Mike, a 14-foot, 800-pound American Alligator this Saturday. Mike is the largest gator in the U.S. outside of Florida. The new Gator Alley exhibit will feature many species of alligators and crocodiles from around the globe. The aquarium is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Find admission and other details here. Purchase your tickets in advance to save time at the door.For more theater, visual arts and music events this weekend, check out our To Do, Music and Arts coverage.