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  Gloria BellCo-written and directed by Sebastián LelioOut March 8       It’s rare to see a movie with a middle-aged woman as its protagonist, much less a joyous, hopeful one who laughs and dances and has hot sex with other middle-aged people—but Gloria Bell is here to fill that gap. Julianne Moore stars as Gloria, a bespectacled office professional who can’t resist a dance floor, a dinner party, or a date with John Turturro’s Arnold, a tender fellow divorcé. That’s not to say that Gloria’s...
  Here at F Yeah History, we love women who boss at everything. Be it literature, politics, art, employment, activism – the two women you’re going to read about next had it ALL. Star of the stage Ellen Terry and her thespian daughter, Edith Craig, were two of the jazziest, energetic, and engaging characters of the early 20th century. From defying social norms to sticking it to theatre censorship laws, Ellen and Edith shook up the world they lived in, and everybody they met along the way. Hooked? Good....
  PATTY GRIFFINPatty Griffin(PGM Recordings/Thirsty Tiger) Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin has just released her 10th studio album eponymously titled Patty Griffin. Since her last release, 2015’s Servant of Love, Griffin has collected songs written during and in the aftermath of her defeat of cancer. This ordeal is reflected in the very personal lyrics and stripped-down sound of just Griffin and guitar, seasoned with little other instrumentation.  As usual, Griffin offers an eclectic mix of styles to enjoy. There’s the whimsical blues of "Hourglass," the straight-up americana sound of "Bluebeard," the haunting piano...

  All anyone seems to be talking about these days is the new Captain Marvel(and honestly, it looks amazing)—but if that isn’t your thing, we’ve got so many other movies, albums, and books out this week to keep you busy, from Alfre Woodard's new Netflix film to a literary deep dive on Lizzie Borden. MOVIES/TV Captain Marvel We’re psyched to see Brie Larson star as the MCU’s Captain Marvel in this new film, out in the U.S. on Thursday, March 8. Gloria Bell   Julianne Moore stars as a hopeful, hilarious office professional...
HELADO NEGROThis Is How You Smile(RVNG Intl.) Helado Negro, the musical project of Roberto Carlos Lange, unravels the threads of Lange’s identity in a cloud of electro-anchored Tropicalia. His Ecuador/Miami/New York ties create a framework for This Is How You Smile, which Lange describes as, “the soundtrack of a person approaching you, slowly, for 40 minutes.” The dream-like journey magnifies scars and snapshots, uncovers auras, affirms familial bonds, and validates existence as a Latinx in America. “Brown won’t go/Brown just glows,” he sings on the flickering,...
  STELLA DONNELLY Beware of the Dogs (Secretly Canadian)     Stella Donnelly’s debut full-length, Beware of the Dogs, blends the personal and the political (which, for many—including Donnelly, one can assume—there is often little separation). The Australian singer/songwriter’s voice is clear and welcoming with a touch of gentle vibrato, but she doesn’t sugarcoat lyrics—unless you count the sweetened guitar that carries them. From the ethereal title track (“There’s no parliament/Worthy of this countryside”), to the cutting “Old Man” (“Your personality traits/Don’t count if you put your dick/In someone’s face”),...
  So says Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth Bennett in what is not only one of the most famous scenes in Pride and Prejudice but arguably one of the most beloved in all of English Literature. Darcy’s anxiety upon entering the room, sitting down, standing up, walking about, and finally declaring his love for Elizabeth in a highly “agitated manner,” has set many of our 21st century hearts soaring. Why is it then that in most modern historical romances the dynamic of the relationship portrayed is the...
  THE COATHANGERSThe Devil You Know(Suicide Squeeze) The Coathangers’ latest effort, The Devil You Know, is everything we’ve come to love about one of the best bands in contemporary punk rock. While the majority of the wrecker bears the bite mark of the signature Coathangers sound (see track “F the NRA”), the band also finds success in its forays into newer sonic territory. “Bimbo,” the album’s opener, and lead single, is sweet and sour in unmistakably pop, wow “Lithium,” the closer, is a stripped-down, melancholic ode/ballad/plea to...
  Sissy: A Coming-Of-Gender StoryBy Jacob Tobia(G.P. Putnam’s Sons) In this deeply personal, lighthearted, and hilarious memoir, gender non-conforming activist Jacob Tobia discusses what it means to live outside the binary and exist in the world as someone who can’t be defined as “male” or “female.” While much of their memoir focuses on their personal experiences from childhood through adulthood, they also challenge commonly held ideas about both gender binary and LGBTQIA identities. Tobia argues that the gender binary isn’t just harmful for gender non-conforming people, but...
  Gingerbread: A NovelBy Helen Oyeyemi(Riverhead Books) In her six novel, Gingerbread, Helen Oyeyemi finds inspiration in fairy tales, as she did with her 2014 novel, Boy, Snow, Bird, and her 2016 short story collection, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours. This time, we follow Harriet, a beautiful woman in her 30s with a teenage daughter, Perdita. Both mother and daughter are prematurely gray, and both find it difficult to make friends. Harriet still feels tied to her childhood companion, Gretel, and Perdita's main confidants are...