Sunday, July 5, 2015

Broken Goddess



I rarely wax dictatorial, but today if you're able, I'd like to recommend you do a good turn for a great lady.

Friday, July 3, 2015

'Neath the Red, White, and Blue


I don't normally approve of ostentatious displays of patriotism - but in this case, I'll make an exception.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

She May Have 99 Problems...


...but at least this year Joan Fontaine isn't one of them.  Many happy returns on her 99th to the one and only Miss Olivia de Havilland.  I hope that she's up for a little celebration; Paris, after all, is lovely this time of year.  As, I'm sure, is she.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Possessed, or Cherry Ames Goes to Hell


From the first moments of 1947's Possessed, Joan Crawford sketches a character different from, deeper than, and profoundly stranger than any I've seen her play in what was even then her two decades on screen.

Friday, June 26, 2015

O Happy Day


Rings on a nightstand, Cairo, 2008

"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were."
- Obergefell v. Hodges

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bad Girls, or a Tale of Two Cousins


Even though, alas, I have returned to the grindstone (mostly - I still sneak home for the occasional nap; I'm finding that a wan expression and a faraway look can get me almost anything I want, now that I'm an Established Invalid), I don't want you to think I've given up all the habits of leisure that I enjoyed this spring.  For example, I've just finished doing something I rarely do, reading a recently published book.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Whatever Happened to Finnan Haddie?


Here to celebrate this festive day we have an old familiar number in what I imagine is a rather unfamiliar setting.  As Mr. Cole Porter rolls in his grave, the one and only Miss Violetta Villas and her Double-Knit Dancers give us their interpretation of "My Heart Belongs to Daddy."

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Flores, Flores...


This has been the kind of week that has made me, today, want to do nothing much more than look over pictures of flowers that I've taken.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Strange and Bitter Crop


It's just this side of unbearable to watch and hear this; today, it would be unbearable not to.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rachel, Rachel: Black Like She


Well, I've certainly been wasting more than enough time on the strange saga of Rachel Doležal,* that Jenny Stewart for the Post-Modern century.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Now We Know How Happy We Can Be


Yes, it's two cute boys singing a ukelele-based cover of the Monkees' immortal "Daydream Believer." Just in case you don't think we're up on all the hipster trends here at the Café.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Anna, Mata, Pia!


Here's a little treat for what is, at least here in Our Nation's Capital, a gray but rather pleasant summer Sunday.  I can't think of a more refreshing way to spend eleven minutes or so, at least not in mixed company...

Monday, June 1, 2015

All the Morning Glories or the Fez!


This little gem has been making the rounds lately, so I can make no claims to originality in featuring it; it's just that it is, after all, the first of this lovely month, and it makes me laugh like few other clips.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Apparently, the Revolution was Televised


This unnerving slice of '70s life in the USSR is either a particularly hapless commercial for portable TVs or a harrowing glimpse into one family's unhealthy interpersonal dynamic.  You be the judge.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Deviled by the Details

The Entrance to the Tautira River, Tahiti. Fisherman Spearing a Fish, John La Farge (detail)

So, under the twin thumbs of mandated exercise and my impending return to the grindstone, I decided earlier this week to hie myself downtown to reacquaint myself with the city.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Birthday Girl: Hot for Teacher


Many happy returns to the peerless Miss Peggy Lee, who joined us - in the almost comically unlikely form of Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota - on this day in 1920.  I don't know about you, but I never had a math teacher quite like this...

Monday, May 25, 2015

Café PSA: A Timely Reminder


While I know that such Gentle Readers as regularly pass by here hardly need such basic information, once again I feel obliged to remind a broader cher publique...

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wedding Belles


A little tableau en style Warhol, in honor of yesterday's good news.  Café regulars are well aware of my longstanding amusement with American's vinyl sweetheart...

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Join the Jubilee!


Well, it is, by all indications, a great day for the Irish, and who better to sing us in than St. Judy?