How You Should Have Fun This August
Preview* the revival of Romeo and Juliet, starring Orlando Bloom. Preview is August 24.
Who doesn't love it when a movie star hits the stage? Who also doesn't love revivals? No one! You're right! Especially since R&J is the only Shakespeare play we can pretend to follow without a scholar near by. This play, full of all the teenage melodrama and angst you can't bare to feel but can't help but enjoy from afar, will be all the better with
Legolas Orlando Bloom playing none other than young Romeo himself. Get tickets here.
*A theatrical preview is a paid show where the director and writers sit in the back and gauge audience reactions to see what works and what doesn't. It's kind of like being part of the show, or at least as much a part of it as an audience member can be. Funnn.
Planes. Premiers August 9.
In the same universe as Cars, we follow Dusty Crophopper, a crop duster/underdog that competes with sleeker planes in a race around the world. This flick was originally developed as a direct-to-video release, but according to Entertainment Weekly, the studio deemed it "flightworthy" enough (har har) to take it to the big screen. This is a good reason to see it, because when the folks at Pixar make a decision like this, it means they have faith in the film's quality and its future success. Despite the underwhelmed response to Cars 2, I think it's worthy of our time. Pixar's award history alone is enough to credit their judgement, and as a lover of movies intended for children a full decade younger than me, I believe this is good news.
What the Family Needed. Released March 21, 2013
A book with superpowers, and without the melodrama. Follow seven members of a dysfunctional family as they acquire curious abilities ranging from telepathy, to flight, to making people fall in love at the touch of hand. What makes this supernatural story so refreshingly "normal" is that the powers don't give the characters an easy out from their problems. In fact, the powers only exaggerate them to the point where they have no option but to confront their biggest issues and accept who they are. This is a story with brilliant nuances, twists, and a realness that reads too good to put down. See my full review on Goodreads if you're not convinced yet--I could go on about this one all day.
Listen to this:
Gavin Degraw's new single, "Best I Ever Had"
Equal parts soulful and energetic, Degraw's latest single sounds like a war cry for love. It was released in June, but on account of how little I've heard about it, I'm guessing you might not have made its way on to your radar either. If you need to sing at the top of your lungs, stomp your feet and tell someone or everyone in the room that you love them, this is the song you'll be beating your chest to. Check it out:
The Civil Wars' new album, The Civil Wars. Release date: August 6.
For anyone who remembers/still blasts "Barton Hollow" in the car, you are excited about the folk duo's second album debut. And for those of you yet to experience the sultry, bad assery that is this deep country gem, have a listen:
It's the kind of music you drink whiskey to--whiskey, the kind of drink you cheers the end of summer with. When it releases, this album is sure to have tracks that you'll add to various playlists.
U.S. Open. Starts August 26
If you haven't given tennis a chance, do it. It might seem like a glorified game of ping-pong now, but trust me, you'll be engrossed, or at least hypnotized. As the yellow ball rockets back and forth, meeting a loud, "URGH!" from the players on each side, you'll be brought to more the edge of your seat than you might expect.
Nom on this:
Skillet Peach Cobbler
August is Peach Month, which means you better get ready to stuff your face with the fuzzy fruit, lest you bring dishonor to this clearly established month-long dedication. Try the masterpiece pictured above with this recipe and you won't be sorry. SIDE NOTE: How do we get to peach-picking? Can that be the summer alternative to apple-picking? Please?