A tip of the ol' top hat goes to my pal, Matthew Cordell, for allowing me to borrow his monthly list idea. I promise to feed it monthly and clean up after it.
So here it goes, in no particular order ...
1. MODERN FAMILY, SEASON ONE. I've been a fan of MODERN FAMILY since I found it while channel surfing. I never saw the first season and got it on DVD for Christmas. We dove into it and didn't stop until we finished Disc #4. Good stuff. Highly recommended!
Funny quote: "Phil: Ordinarily I'm a rule follower, but when someone tells me I can't bring my own snacks into their stadium? That's when I get a little... nuts. It's a free country right? Let's just say it Ruffles me when some Goobers tell me I have to spend my half my PayDay on their hot dogs."
3. BIG EASY EXPRESS (Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros). It's a 1 hour and 7 minute movie about 3 fantastic bands, 6 cities, 1 train and thousands of miles of track. The music is great and the behind-the-scenes footage is terrific. We saw the film at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, but you can now buy it online at Amazon.com among other places. Enjoy the trailer below.
4. HELLO! HELLO! by Matthew Cordell. One of my pet peeves is going to a restaurant and seeing members of a family sitting at the table looking at their phones, tablets and other electronic devices. When we were kids, we were not allowed to bring anything to the dinner table. That's where we all sat and talked about our day. This book has an important message. Now get off my lawn and go buy this book!
5. HOW TO DRAW A BUNNY. Do you know who Ray Johnson is? I didn't either. He's been described as "New York's most famous unknown artist." I found this documentary living in my Netflix queue and watched it on a rainy Sunday afternoon. I loved it! There are interviews with Christo, Chuck Close, Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein among others about the life of Ray Johnson. Do yourself a favor and check it out. I am now a Ray Johnson fan.
6. CREEPY CARROTS Written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown. My pal, Peter Brown, recently won a Caldecott Honor for this book. I bought this book on its release date because I love the illustrations. Now I own a copy without the Caldecott Honor sticker on it. Woot! It is a great read and I recently found out Aaron lives in Chicago!
7. BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING. Another documentary about another artist. This time it's Wayne White. All I'm going to say is it's damn good. My favorite quote: "Just leave the awards on the kitchen table, I'm back here painting a fucking masterpiece."
8. THE BOOK OF MORMON. We saw this musical recently in Chicago. It's extremely vulgar. It's satire. And it has won 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, because it's good. And there is a reason you don't see Mormons protesting the musical. You'll have to see why for yourself.
At the risk of posting ANOTHER video ....
And last, but not least....
9. TOM LICHTENHELD'S BLOG. My pal Tom is an awesome author and illustrator! He illustrated Sherri Duskey Rinker's GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE book and it's been on the New York Times Best Sellers List for over a year! If you're on Facebook, you should head over to TOM'S FACEBOOK PAGE and click LIKE.
This concludes my very first 9 THINGS list. Put your shoes back on and get out now while traffic is light.
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