Having heard several advance cuts of the debut album (due out this fall) by the UK's Rumer, we're smitten. Distinctly and devotionally in the '70s mold, there are moments that sound like Karen Carpenter singing early Laura Nyro. On repeated listenings, though, the influences give way to the generous spirit of Rumer herself. Can this kind of artist get a foothold these days? Here's hoping. And regardless, her song “Aretha”—the tenderest of hat-tips to Franklin and to the healing powers of music—is one of the best pop songs down the pike in a long time.
The Brooklyn Bridge Park continues filling in the pieces after the opening of the two gorgeous bookends earlier this year. What a gift to the city! And speaking of gifts, Jane's Carousel, a gift of Jane Walentas, is due for a permanent home in the Empire-Fulton Ferry section of the park, housed in a Jean Nouvel-designed pavilion. You can get a sneak peak on Tuesday, September 28th, at a cocktail party for the park's Conservancy, 6-8pm. You'll get a preview of its new site, including a model and renderings of the Nouvel design, plus cocktails and hors d'oeuvres from the River Cafe. Tickets start at $100.
What if you're a movie star whose fame is suddenly appropriated by someone else? Fame, by Daniel Kehlmann, is nine interconnected stories, funny and revelatory, on the quest for, the dilemmas and consequences of, recognition. It's better than waking up a fly, right? In stores September 14th.
Boardwalk Empire: Scorsese, 1920s Atlantic City, HBO. Sold.
Colman Andrews has written the first biography of the great innovative chef, El Bulli's Ferran Adrià: Ferran, The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food, out October 7th.
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