Four Stars & Up: Monthly Favorites

Book: KAHLO by Andrea Kettenmann

This is a short biographical book that chronicles Frida Kahlo’s life, ideologies, and relationships by describing her paintings. Although she lived a tragic life, she had tremendous Mexican pride and a sweet relationship with her father (who was a great mentor to her as an artist). You can read this book in one sitting or you can you can read 3-4 pages a day for a month to finish it. This is such an enjoyable book that I recommend extending your reading experience of it as much as possible.

My subjects have always been my sensations, my states of mind and the profound reactions that life has been producing in me.
-Frida Kahlo

TV Show: The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, directed by Ryan Murphy, Anthony Hemingway, and John Singleton and based on the non-fiction book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin

This show tells the story of the “trial of the century” and has been praised for the spectacular job the directors, writers, and actors did with conveying the courtroom atmosphere, political climate, and facts surrounding this case. I watched several post-trial interviews about this case after watching this show and I continue to be fascinated with what happened during this trial. I’m thinking about reading Marcia Clark’s book Without a Doubt and If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer by Pablo Fenjves & (purportedly) O.J. Simpson.

Movie: Get Out, written and directed by Jordan Peele

This movie received a 99% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Jordan Peele has said that Get Out was an idea in the making since Obama was elected President in 2008. This movie is so thought-provoking and debuts with perfect timing as it parallels (sadly) rising racial tensions in the U.S. Get Out is definitely a must-see.

Recipe: Coconut & Lemon Zest Vegan Donuts by ConnoisseurusVeg

Best.donuts.ever.Even my sister’s non-vegan (borderline anti-vegan) fiancé loved these. I had to add about an extra 1.5 cups of powdered sugar to the icing to get it to my desired consistency.

ExperienceRussian National Ballet Theatre: Swan Lake

I saw this at the Parker Playhouse Theatre in Fort Lauderdale. It was such a good time! I hadn’t been to a ballet since I was 14. I’d like to see a flamenco-themed ballet next.

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