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Ms. Meltingpot Recommends: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Ms. Meltingpot Says Yes to the Marigold Hotel

Hi Meltingpot Readers,

If unlike me, you’re not racing around the city this afternoon looking for a beret for you son’s Halloween mime costume and then spending the evening in a church basement carving pumpkins with your kids, you might want a recommendation for a good movie to watch tonight.

If that is the case, I highly suggest you rent, download, borrow a copy of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, brew a cup of chai and snuggle in for the night. I watched this movie last weekend with my mom, who was in town for a visit. She actually selected the movie, and as a recent retiree, I can see why this was her choice.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is about life after retirement. It kind of asks and answers the question; What do you do with the rest of your life, once mainstream society is done with you? What do you do with that second act? In the film, a random group of English elders decides to find their answers in India.

With a stellar cast of British heavyweights, including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy, as well as Indian cutie, Dev Patel, the movie is quietly appealing. Each character travels to India with their own hopes and dreams for Life 2.0 and of course, none of those dreams come to fruition, starting with the shabby state of their new home away from home, the titular Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. On the one hand, the movie could be seen as depressing as death, widowhood, and the loss of physical strength and beauty are major themes of the film. But on the other hand, each character champions their demons in their own way, with the chaos and beauty of India guiding them down divergent paths. Here’s a link to the trailer. Check it out!

I really liked this movie, and watching with my mom was really insightful, as it sparked a conversation about her own impending Life 2.0. And of course I enjoyed the visuals of the Indian landscape. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you spend the night in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

Let me know how you like it. I’m listening.


Fela! on Broadway: Hurry And Go See It!

Hi Meltingpot Readers,

I know you’re dying to know. How was Fela! on Broadway? People, it was AMAZING. I laughed. I cried. I danced. I fell in love with the music.

Even if you don’t win a free pair of tickets from me, I encourage everyone to go see Fela! on Broadway before it closes on August 4, 2012.

The reviewers haven’t lied. The show is vibrant and thrilling. At one point, before the second act even, the entire audience was on their feet, dancing and singing with the actors on stage. If you love world music, a good story, and fabulous dancing, Fela! will satisfy.

But here’s why I LOVED the show so much. Fela Kuti has a truly fascinating and important life story. His contribution to music, politics, civil rights and the Black aesthetic is so huge, I can’t believe more people, myself included, don’t include him in the same conversations with Malcolm X, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. He used his art as protest. But make no mistake, he was an innovative and groundbreaking musician first. Clearly the show on Broadway didn’t get into all of the controversy of Fela Kuti’s life, after all, it’s about entertainment first, but nonetheless, they give you enough information to make you want to know more. To come home and find out for yourself who the man behind the music really was.

The other reason I loved the show was that there were just so many beautiful Black people on the stage.  The African aesthetic was on full display, from the brilliant costumes, to the set design, to the AWESOME hairstyles. Afros, dreds, braids, oh my! It made my heart sing.

So, dear readers, you have until midnight tonight to leave a comment on Monday’s postto be entered in the drawing. Five lucky readers will win a pair of tickets for next Tuesday’s show.

Good Luck!