This week, I wanted to start off with a big congrats to newlyweds Jo and Darrell on the birth of their daughter, Emma Grace!  She was born on Saturday, October 18 after a very long labor (you’re a tough one, Jo!).  We are very excited about Emma’s birth and can’t wait to see the new little one.

Starting to plan your Halloween party but don’t know how to start?  Don’t forget to check out my earlier blog post with some fantastic party planning tips.

And now, without much further ado, let’s check out the culture scene:

CULTURALLY SPEAKING, for October 21, 2008:

  • Take a break from the craziness during the work week at Sunday brunch at the Beehive in Boston’s South End.  The mimosas are a little pricey at $10, but almost all of the delicious, filling brunch food is under $13 and there’s great jazz to keep you entertained.  (I was just there to enjoy their smoked salmon egg yumminess this weekend with Mark, Colleen, Todd, Melyssa & Jeff.)
  • Want to see Boston back in 1903 but can’t afford a time machine?  Check out this cool video here.
  • Ooh la la – Architect Zaha Hadid’s traveling Chanel Pavilion made its U.S. debut Monday in New York’s Central Park. The structure is designed to display art that was inspired by Chanel’s 2.55 handbag. (courtesy of Culture Monster)
  • Looking for a women’s mag that’s maybe not so glossy?  Check out Bitch Magazine, a cool, slightly feminist reaction to the media.  It puts a new spin on what we see and read everyday while being funny & empowering.  And it’s a zine, not a standard magazine, so picking up a copy is a great way to help support the strong writers out there who can’t always make it to the mainstream.
  • Another nod to the indie scene: the CMJ music fest kicks off tonight in NYC.  Pay bottom dollar for hip, upcoming top rate bands.  Who knows – you could catch a great live act like Black Eyed Peas before they hit it big (it happened to me in ’97!).
  • New book about Fred Astaire!  The NY Times review is not too favorable, but the second to last line about the amazing dancer is a good reason why picking up a classic Astaire flick like Top Hat will bring a smile to anyone’s face, especially in these times: “But in [Astaire’s] total disregard of the hardship and squalor of the ’30s, he let it be known that art need have nothing to do with life. That’s where “Citizen Kane” betrays itself. It is heavy-handedly about “America.” “Top Hat” and the others are strolls through Arcadia. “

What are your plans for Halloween?