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My Summer Reading List

Alright, who’s ready to talk summer reading lists?? I know, I know, it’s not technically summer yet.  But after wearing my favorite comfy sundress, paddle-boating around the lake, sitting with friends around a campfire watching the stars, and eating all the watermelon yesterday on Memorial Day, I feel like we’re close enough.  So...

August in Music: Favorites from Eaux Claires 2015

Music festivals are hot, crowded, sweaty, exhausting…and utterly transformative. I spent July 17 and 18 hanging out with a few close friends (and 22,000 new ones) in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, at the inaugral Eaux Claires music festival. Organized by Justin Vernon (the genius behind Bon Iver), the event brought...

Jacqueline Kim in Jennifer Phang's Advantageous. Photo by Jennifer Phang

August in Movies: Films Featuring Fascinating Females

Blockbuster season can be tough on us ladies. The big studios are still lightyears behind in gender equality, both in front of the camera and behind. A quick look at the current box office scores shows only one film in the top ten with female top billing (Trainwreck‘s Amy Schumer)....

July in Movies: Six Unique Flicks Not To Miss

July in Movies: Six Unique Flicks Not To Miss

It’s Fourth of July weekend, friends: we’ve hit full blockbuster saturation. I love this time of the year. You can both lose yourself in mindless CG spectacle and you can find a bunch of interesting alternatives at both the multiplex and art houses. Here are six festival favorites coming...

July Playlist: Summer Chill

We’ve finally hit true summer temps in Kansas City, after suffering through a grey and rainy June. When the heat rises, I start to crave cooler beats. I want something that will make sway…but nothing that will make me sweat more than I already am. My criteria for this July...

Music in June: Wonderful Wanderlust

I know I’m not the only person who gets a bad case of wanderlust the minute the calendar flips to Summer. There’s something about the longer days, warmer weather and childhood memories of three free months that make me want to leave everything behind for open windows and open...

June in Movies: Blockbusters and beyond

I’ve got nothing against blockbuster movies. When done well, blockbusters can bring people together, capture a cultural moment and provide much-needed entertainment. I’ve got a few on my Favorite Movies of All Time list, including Jaws. Of course. But it’s easy to get stuck in the shade of all...

May in Movies: Two Indies To Seek Out

May is the beginning of summer blockbuster season, and it’s starting off big with Avengers: Age of Ultron. Which I will be seeing, of course. May also brings a big Reese Witherspoon comedy, Hot Pursuit; the Mad Max reboot, Fury Road; the highly anticipated a cappella comeback Pitch Perfect 2; Disney’s Bird-helmed, Lindelof-written and Clooney-starring Tomorrowland; and Cameron Crowe’s star-studded Aloha...

May in Music: Savor A Long Stretch In The Sunshine

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about rest. I’m not naturally a restful person. I’m a dreamer, schemer, planner, creator, do-er. Even in my baby pictures, I’ve got my eyes wide open and my fists clenched while my twin sis, Megan, is all carefree smiles. I’ve always been wound...

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April in Movies: Three Festival Favorites To Kick Off Spring

I’ve spent the first quarter of the year watching a lot of movies. A lot. I went to Sundance in Park City; True/False in Columbia, Missouri; and SXSW in Austin. I don’t have an official count yet, but I think I’ve seen 85+ films since the beginning of 2015....

April in Music: New Playlist For Spring

It’s spring! I’m working in a coffeehouse this morning, and the doors are all open. The sun is streaming in. The grass is getting green. Daffodils are everywhere. And all of a sudden, I’m out of winter hibernation mode and up for anything—including staying out late to see live music...

March in Movies: Treasure hunting for answers

Gimme Some readers, sometimes it takes a great movie a long time to make its way to us. I saw Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter in January 2014, at Sundance, and it is finally—finally—coming to art houses this month. Kumiko the Treasure Hunter is a small film (small budget, small cast, small...