A couple of art hits to hopefully make your weekend more fun! If you are in NY, run over to El Museo del Bario for their exhibit, "Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraits", featured in today's NY Times. From the brief glimpse the paper and website offer, it looks beautiful!
Another gem, one slightly harder to find, is the soundtrack for the new Wong Kar Wai move, 2046. I haven't seen the film yet, but based on the strength of his earlier In the Mood for Love movie and soundtrack, I picked it up on faith. It is great; seamlessly weaving music from Xavier Cugat, Shigeru Umebayashi, Nat King Cole, Zbigniew Preisner, and Dean Martin among others. It is a 21st century masala, music without borders, and it works. God knows when the movie will open in theatres, but YesAsia.com has the DVD release listed on their site.
The third treat is a hold over from last Friday, an NPR interview with girl singer, Diana Krall. Aside from a wonderfully candid conversation about her new music and her old fans, the real gem here is the web-only extended version of the interview. It really lets Diana get inside your head with both her words and her music - as well as giving a great example of the editing process that goes into putting together a segment like this.