Best Weekend: Carrie Brownstein’s Memoir, Witch Movie Marathon + More
What we'll be listening to, watching, and reading to sate our pop culture needs.
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Grab that candy bowl, we’ve got everything you need to get the most out of this ghoulish weekend.
In reality, witches were just some very powerful ladies that made the (white male) Church way too nervous. So why not raise a Kit Kat to these women with a super witchy movie marathon? Camp it up with Hocus Pocus’s Sanderson Sisters, channel the magic of teenage angst with The Craft, and get real ’70s spooky with Suspiria. Brooms up!
Riot grrrl icon, sketch show genius … now Sleater-Kinney guitarist and Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein can add author to her epic resume and hot damn if we’re not about to devour every page of this long-awaited memoir. In it she covers growing up as a music nerd, family dysfunction, heart-breaking romance (albeit in the vaguest of ways), and the force that was (and is!) Sleater-Kinney. We’re happy to spend this Halloween with a far less vengeful Carrie.
FINALLY, a superhero show with a female lead. We’ve basically been waiting for this moment since Wonder Woman went off the air in 1979. And it does not disappoint. This overtly feminist show (starring Melissa Benoist as the titular character) was watched by 13 million people when it premiered on Monday night and it is so worth another go around (or an initial viewing now that it’s streaming on the internets). Action-packed and femme-filled, this is one fall premiere that makes us all feel like we’re wearing a cape of empowerment.
Did you know that our Supreme Court savior Ruth Bader Ginsburg was once a baton-twirling Brooklyn teen named Kiki? We didn’t either. But this book, by writer Irin Carmon and Notorious RBG tumblr creator Shana Knizhnik, is full of gems like that. And it will leave you with a whole new appreciation of woman who launched a thousand memes (all while protecting our basic rights as women).
Who knew that Edie Brickell on vocals with Steve Martin on banjo could be such a perfect pairing? Anyone who listened to their first Grammy-winning album we guess. This time, on So Familiar, their second LP, the duo’s melodic folk is accompanied by strings, a sax, and even special guests like Béla Fleck. With an emphasis on narrative and character, the record gives us a bluegrass-tinged taste of Bright Star, the Brickell-and-Martin-penned musical hitting Broadway in the spring.
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