#Randomosities | The "Lazy, Hazy...CRAZY?!" Edition

Is it the middle of August already?!  

Guess it's true when they say that time flies when you're having fun.  While my summer was certainly spent greedily sleeping in (thank the lawd!) and roaming lazily around the city, it also had its share of hectic-but-eventful memories, the full extent of which I'll give its proper due in another post soon.
Until then, here's my usual list of random things I found fun, fascinating, and everything in between:

You Aren't Lazy -- You're Just Terrified, Jenni Berrett claims in this interesting article she wrote for her #OCDame column on Ravishly, which explores the emotions and hidden (or maybe not so hidden) anxieties behind productivity, perfectionism, and the paralysis often induced by both as a result.  The thing about working in the fast-paced world of social media is being faced with a constant stream of information -- and having to keep up with it.  

This can be tough for people who, like myself, tend to pore over every detail meticulously before a piece of work gets seen by (quite literally) the world.  While this is enough for even the most productive, well-structured person in the world to beat oneself up, sometimes it just has to be as simple as Berrett ultimately puts it: "Do the work.  Write the story.  Wash your dishes.  It will never be perfect, but that doesn't mean that it can't be good."  via Ravishly

Puffs at New World Stages.   And with that in mind, I'm glad to say that my latest review is now up on Off Off Online, this time covering a show inspired by a certain literary phenomenon about a boy wizard called Puffs!  It retells the familiar story from Year One to Year Seven -- with much hilarity.  I highly recommend the show, for fans new and old!  Puffs runs at New World Stages until January 14th.  (Tickets and info here.)   via Off Off Online

And speaking of theatre...

From Chorus Girl to Leading Lady.  ...check out this great feature in the Los Angeles Times on Emmy Raver-Lapman, who went from her first professional theatre job in Astoria Performing Arts Center's production of Children of Eden in 2010 (yay, #APACAlums!) to Broadway stardom, and beyond!  She currently plays the role of Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton's National Tour, which opens its Los Angeles run at the Pantages Theater tonight!  via Los Angeles Times

Hamilton is Known for Its Music, But What Did Alexander Hamilton Listen To?  Continuing on the Hamilton train, here's an intriguing article by the New York Times' William Robin wrote about the music missing in Lin-Manuel Miranda's opus: that of the 18th-century classical baroque the founder father and his ilk would have likely listened to.  Robin talks with music director and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire on how he and Manuel worked together to incorporate an Old World sound into the show that ushered musical theatre into a whole new world.  via The New York Times

HAIM's 'Want You Back.'  While we're on the topic of music, this song by indie band HAIM (consisting of a trio of sisters Alanna, Danielle and Este -- in all their '70s vintage-cool, Wilson-Phillips-esque glory) has been the one stuck in my head practically all summer (unlike that other song everyone's been talking about)!  Watch the video above (which equally oozes of california cool), or on YouTube here.  I'll admit, while the band has been on my radar since their debut in 2013, it's only now that I've checked them out -- so watch this space for a possible #ArtistOfTheMoment feature soon!  (In the meantime, check out Switched on Pop, a podcast in which Fordham University professor and musicologist Nate Sloan breaks down pop music, piece by chart-topping piece.  This episode on the musical architechture of HAIM's hit -- along with Charlie Puth's 'Attention' -- is just as enthralling as the song it analyzes.)  via YouTube

@Caricakez on YouTube.  Recently whilst browsing the threads on the Haruki Murakami subreddit (I'd been re-reading Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki & His Years of Pilgrimage), I stumbled upon a post linking to YouTuber Cari Clark's vlog on Murakami-themed cafes in Seoul, South Korea.  Needless to say, I got interested in the other videos on her channel, and pretty much went on a binge through most of them.  A native to San Diego, California, Clark moved to Seoul a few years ago -- first, as a student and intern; then later, as she started working for a local start-up there.  Her vlogs are part-travellogue (we see her not only roam the themed-cafe scene, but also to other cities and islands outside of Seoul) and part-personal diary (she talks about daily life as a foreigner abroad), peppered with lovely imagery and great indie music.

This past Monday, Cari had a New York City meetup she was planning in Koreatown's Grace Street Cafe -- which yours truly was able to attend, along with fellow fans and subscribers!  She bought us bingsu, gave each of us packets of tea from Jeju, and chatted with us about her trip to Nashville to watch the solar eclipse with her family.  (More on the meetup in my next post -- in the meantime, check out her channel and this interview she did on tbs' Koreascape [episode 1264].)  via Cari Clark/Caricakez

Sonic Memories: A Conversation with Ryuichi Sakamoto.  Now, from Korea to Japan (sort of)!  Criterion Collection's Hillary Weston sits down with the renowned Japanese film composer shortly after his recent concert at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.  They talk about his battle with cancer, his new album, and his career retrospective at Quad Cinema.  via Criterion

Criterion Collection x NYPL.  While we're at it, it was recently announced that anyone with a New York Public Library or Brooklyn Public Library card can now stream films through the library's online database, including the features in the Criterion Collection!  While streaming site Filmstruck makes its name as the official home of Criterion on the web, it requires a paid membership.  Meanwhile, the libraries' partnership with Kanopy offers a 10 (NYPL) and 6 (BPL) movies per month subscription for patrons eager to get their film geek on.  (If you don't have a card, you can get one through the SimpleE App.)  via Gothamist