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Pattie's Top 10 Cultural Hits of February

In no particular order.

1. We get a taste of Isabelle Huppert’s turn as a whacked out collector of purses in Neil Jordan’s Greta with some very dark and very funny trailers.

Here are two:

2. The Monkees -- The death of Peter Tork triggered one of my family’s tallest tales --

The Monkees saved Pattie’s life! My Monkees Blog

And thoughts of The Monkees, who were once my valentines, also inspired me to watch the first episode featuring some classic character actors and the song “Giant Step” by Carole King and Gerry Goffin. The Monkees: Season One, Episode One

3. A Huey P. Newton Story -- Instead of watching the Oscars we watched the Peabody Award winning film of the stage play directed by Spike Lee. Written and performed by the excellent Roger Guenveur Smith (Smiley in Do the Right Thing) at The Joseph Papp Public Theater. Smith and Lee show Newton as a real man trying to create change despite his discomfort with being in the spotlight.

"In this mesmerizing portrait of the complex co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, Huey P. Newton’s words still speak profoundly to us today. From unpublished manuscripts, recorded interviews and correspondences, Roger Guenveur Smith developed this brilliant, critically acclaimed stage performance."

-- Peabody Award Website

4. The Cripple of Inishmann by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) presented by The One - Time Players - this is their third production - at Port Townsend High School as a fundraiser for the high school’s drama program. I’ve known most of the cast and crew for over a decade. There is really nothing better than seeing your friends do well with a play - on and off stage. The play tells the story of an small Irish town that gets swept up in the prospect of being cast in a Hollywood movie.

To give you an idea of this excellent story here is the trailer for a production with Daniel Radcliffe: The Cripple of Inishmann Trailer

5. Going to the Korean Women’s Spa in Tacoma -- Heaven! I need to emphasize that for five bucks you have access to an endless amount of tea all day in the well-appointed tea room.

Five more tomorrow. Thanks for reading.

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