Happy Sunday and happy Pride weekend y’all! Lizzo just released the most fun music video for her single “Soulmate” featuring the men of Queer Eye. It’s the perfect upbeat song to end the weekend and it’s a music video that includes animated versions of the six of them throughout. Whether you’re celebrating pride with a loved one or celebrating your own self-love, it’s hard not to like this song.
San Francisco summer has arrived! The fog has rolled in and the skies are a deep gray. I got out this morning for a little bit to pick up flowers, coffee and pastries, but I’ve basically been sitting on my couch for the past few hours with the candle burning. How is it that San Francisco’s spring season is so much more forgiving to us than summer? I’ll never understand it.
What We’re Watching: Sorry to Bother You
Ok, we’re cheating a little bit because technically we watched this last night. “Sorry to Bother You” has been on my list for some time and I decided I wanted to make time for it last night and take a break from K-dramas. The film is smart, witty, and overly quirky. While it leans more on the humorous side, there’s a bigger message in here to grasp. We’re also huge fans of Lakeith Stanfield. You can watch the film currently on Hulu.
What We’re Listening To: Teyana Taylor – The Album
This came out just last week, but I’m excited to dive into this. We’ve been long time fans of Teyana and seeing all of the collaborators on this album – Kehlani, Big Sean, Eryka Badu gives us promise.
I ordered this pair and another last month, but this was the first time I’d ever purchased this kind. My normal leggings from Aritzia are usually less than $30 so for the longest time I would ask myself why I needed to shell out over double for a pair that was likely going to be the same. Turns out, the jokes on me because they are very different! The fabric is so light and smooth. For a day of errands or even just wearing them around the house, I’ve felt comfortable all day. In fact, I like these so much that I don’t even want to change out of them for bed.
What We’re Eating: The Pasta Shop’s Ravioli
We’ve done our fair share of cooking this week so when it came time to head into the weekend, I really wanted to make things easy for myself. I picked up a package of [The Pasta Shop’s] ravioli at Bi-Rite along with a Bi-Rite Romesco sauce to pair it with. The Pasta Shop is based out of Oakland and while this was my first time trying this brand, I was impressed. For being a packaged product, it’s quite fresh and comes in so many varieties. There’s really something for everyone.
It’s not a secret that we’ve been leaning into Korean culture since quarantine started. Between Korean dramas and KPOP, it was the gateway step from our foundational love of Korean food. After a year-long hiatus, BLACKPINK has returned not only with a collaboration with Lady Gaga, but also this single from their forthcoming album due in September. “How You Like That” is the edgy summer bop that we need and does a great job of highlighting the personalities of every member. Watching the music video is an explosion of visuals and fashion inspiration. We can’t wait to see what these ladies will serve us with next!
It’s official, Outside Lands 2020 is cancelled. Attempting to build anticipation, the festival organizers have already released the lineup for 2021 and will begin selling tickets. With everyone going on, it’s unlikely that we’ll see any live musical events before the end of the year. It just means that we’ll have to take full advantage of the next year given all that we’ve endured. Readers, how are we feeling about this lineup? I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been out of the loop, but I recognize very few of these acts. Lizzo was a major player in last year’s festival circuit, but I have been wanting to see Kehlani for years!
Phase 4 and what we know to be live performances like the one above are still far off. However, there may not need to be a reason for events to be postponed any longer if we can ensure they are done in a safe manner. Instead of performing to a crowd of people, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu filled the venue with 2,292 plants. All participants involved were safe and it resulted in the best photo op.
Can you imagine what it would have been like to be in this opera house with your sense of sound, smell, and sight all being ignited? Following the performance, all plants were donated to health care workers who have been in the trenches tackling the virus.
It’s going to be awhile before we have a chance to go to a live concert or an event, but for the time being, this will do. Many of my favorite Seattle musicians, bands, and celebrities are coming together for All In WA for an evening of music. If you’re local to Washington, you can watch this directly from your TV on your local channels. For people like me, we’ll be streaming it online or from Amazon Prime.