Harbor Lights

In case you’re not keeping score at home, tonight is our 7th Interpol show in as many months. We’re seeing them as part of some WFNX music poll crap, despite my aversion to the entire Phoenix media empire. They’re at the [insert name of financial institution here] Pavillion, formerly known as Harbor Lights. Which I was thinking about the other day, because I was thinking about Jonathan Richman’s song “I love hot nights” (which uses the phrase “harbor lights”), because we had our first official hot night of the summer on Saturday night.

Murnau’s Faust at the Coolidge

faust1-450wWe caught F.W. Murnau’s Faust at the Coolidge Corner last night, with live music by Cul de Sac. Some of the music in the first part seemed kind of arbitarily timed with the film, but things seemed to work together a lot better from about midway on. There were some very nice touches, like the way the music sounded a little Americana/down-home when Faust comes back to his home town, or the sampled and sort of acultural religious singing that was mixed in when Gretchen went to church (was it some sort of Hindu thing? Eastern European? Middle Eastern? Korean?).

I feel a little less competent to talk about the film, since one of the big holes in my cultural literacy is that I’ve really read or otherwise encountered any version of Faust until this. But, cinematographically, it was pretty fantastic. My favorite shot was of Mephisto bringing the plague to Faust’s town (pictured). And effect-per-effect, I think Revenge of the Sith‘s special effects broke my suspension of disbelief more often than Faust‘s.

Target redesigns the pill bottle

From New York Metro:

… Yet the standard-issue amber-cast pharmacy pill bottle has remained virtually unchanged since it was pressed into service after the second World War. (A child-safety cap was added in the seventies.) An overhaul is finally coming, courtesy of Deborah Adler, a 29-year-old graphic designer whose ClearRx prescription-packaging system debuts at Target pharmacies May 1.