[Sorry for the delay in today’s newsletter—my mailing list service went down and it took a few hours to get it fixed, argh!]
It would be the understatement of the century to say this last week was a rough one. I know we are all processing a lot, reading a lot, tweeting, protesting, making calls, posting, getting angry, furious, worried, frightened, crying, exhausted, and a whole gamut of other emotions, all at once. It’s a lot to sort through. I am so grateful I am home with my community, family, and dear friends right now—it would be so hard to process all this away from home.
A few things that have been helping me clear my mind this week: daily power walks (a few of them with sis, or calling people while on my walk), going to see the absolutely riveting Moonlight (there were moments when I had to remind myself to breathe—what an extraordinary and important film), listening to the new and oh so timely A Tribe Called Quest album (loud and on repeat), and special thanks to Saturday Night Live for hitting it out of the park with Dave Chappelle this past weekend—you gotta watch the sketches if you missed it.
We all feel a bit helpless right now, but we’re not. We gotta look out for each other, now more than ever. Smile. Be kind. Start thinking about your alliances, your causes, and what you want to show up for. I have been trying on my new motto: “Heels on, heels in, double down.”
For that reason, I am dedicating today’s column to women. All women. So every piece of news and my two reviews are about supporting the amazing women in our industry (well, except the event announcement about the Tibetan Taste & Tribute fundraiser—but we need their wisdom in this world, so I gave that piece a pass). This isn’t an anti-male statement, but it is pro-woman. Pro-humanity.
Now excuse me while I get back to playing David Mancuso mixes and treasured tracks all day—he was one of the world’s most pioneering figures in dance culture, club culture, disco, and sound engineering, famed for his Loft parties in New York. He made a huge impact, and his message was all about love. Sadly he went up to the big disco in the sky at 72. Terrible timing. It’s so NOT the news I wanted to start the week with. Gotta send him up properly.
Love to you all. So much. Marcia Gagliardi
Feels about right: Massimo Bottura’s Oops! I Dropped the Lemon Tart at In Situ. Photo: © tablehopper.com.View tablehopper Newsletter from Tuesday, Nov 15 2016