Rick Bayless stopped by the Google campus as part of their Authors @ Google series to talk food, barbecue, the remarkable regionalization of Mexican food, and more. Via Ezra Klein.
It's hip to hate Manny Ramirez, but look at it this way. Shorter FanGraphs: DH Mark Kotsay. According to Baseball Prospectus, Kotsay has the second-lowest VORP (Value Over Replacement Player) on the team at -1.3, just ahead of Jayson Nix . . . who isn't on the team anymore . . . and the lowest WARP (Wins Above Replacement Player) at -0.9. By almost any measure, Kotsay is worse than your typical major league hitter this year.
(h/t Steve Rhodes)
UPDATED: Here's a link to the segment.
I'll be on WBEZ's Eight Forty-Eight tomorrow morning to talk about Chicago fashion, including trends, the local industry, how stores and designers are doing in the economic downturn, and more. The show starts at 9 AM but I'll be on later in the hour.
On their way from Dakar, Senegal to St. Louis, seven travelers sing their stories in Saint Louis Blues (Un Transport En Commun), the 48-minute 2009 Jacques Demy (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg)-style musical and Sundance Film Festival selection by Dyana Gaye (Ousmene).
Zimbabwean dancer-choreographer Nora Chipaumire is showcased in Alla Kovgan and David Hinton's 35-minute 2008 short Nora. The New York Times said it "succeeds in combining a rough personal narrative with poetic, allusive imagery."
Saint Louis Blues and Nora screen tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the 16th Annual Black Harvest International Film and Video Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. $9.
The Jeff Awards committee has issued its list of Equity nominees, covering union theater productions that opened in the Chicago area between August 1, 2009, and July 31, 2010. Drury Lane Productions leads the field with 26 nominations for four musicals, followed at a distance by Court Theatre with 18. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held Monday October 25 at, coincidentally, Drury Lane Oakbrook. The full roster of 162 nominees:
Right now there's a small but nonzero chance that any given working musician in the world will get an out-of-the-blue invitation from Kanye West to fly out to Hawaii and contribute to one or another of his recording projects. Or at least that's the picture I'm getting from the tracks he's been releasing to the Internet, which highlight both his eclectic tastes and his occasional bursts of prolificacy. Like for instance this weekend he released two songs that include appearances from artists as varied as Rick Ross, Justin Bieber, Raekwon, and Bon Iver.
Friday night, hot on the heels of his announcement that he and Jay-Z are about to drop a five-track EP, he leaked one of the songs intended for it. Jay and 'Ye get top billing on "Monster," but Nicki Minaj runs away with the song, as she so frequently does. In terms of simply drawing attention, indie-folk standard-bearer Bon Iver takes the prize, by virtue of being the last person on earth whose name you'd expect to see right after Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj's.
And then, as if to prove that he's just fucking with us, this morning he dropped a remix of Justin Bieber's "Runaway Love" built around the beat to Wu-Tang's "Ain't Nuthing ta Fuck Wit" and a verse by Raekwon, which again suggests that 'Ye is choosing collaborators by rolling dice or maybe throwing darts at a Pitchfork RSS feed.
Next up for Kanye is a track with Too $hort over a beat that samples Gang Gang Dance's "House Jam," with vocal contributions by Attila Csihar. Or something like that.