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New and Noteworthy: March 2023

by habituallychic

03 . 17 . 23

Spring and Aries season arrive on Monday but I’ve got many films and shows you are going to want to watch before the weather really warms up. There is also a great new store opening, museum exhibitions to add to your to do list, and books you will want to pick up this month.

My Instagram friend Christopher Cawley has just opened a little antique store downtown. I haven’t been down yet but his has excellent taste and I’m sure it will be filled with elegant treasures.

Christopher Cawley
75 East Broadway #231
New York, NY 10002
Friday to Sunday 12:00-6:00pm
And by appointment

I went to The Metropolitan Opera shortly after I moved to New York but hadn’t been in many years so I booked La Traviata in January and was blown away by the performance. They only have one performance left but there are many other wonderful operas on the schedule this month and La Bohème begins in April if you want to get a jump start on tickets.

If you want to take a trip downtown, I highly recommend the new Helen Frankenthaler exhibition Drawing within Nature: Paintings from the 1990s at Gagosian Gallery on view until 15 April 2023. The exhibition brings together twelve paintings and two large-scale works on paper which will be the first time in almost two decades that a group of the artist’s paintings from this era have been presented in New York, with some that have never previously been exhibited.

At The Metropolitan Museum of Art if the exhibition Berenice Abbott’s New York Album, 1929. “Consisting of 266 small black-and-white prints arranged on thirty-two pages, Abbott’s New York album marks a key turning point in her career—from her portrait work in Paris to the urban documentation that culminated in her federally funded project, Changing New York (1935–39). Berenice Abbott’s New York Album, 1929presents a selection of unbound pages from this unique album, shedding new light on the creative process of one of the great photographic artists of the twentieth century. For context, the exhibition also features views of Paris by Eugène Atget (French, 1857–1927), whose extensive photographic archive Abbott purchased and publicized; views of New York City by her contemporaries Walker Evans, Paul Grotz, and Margaret Bourke-White; and photographs from Changing New York.”

If you feel like venturing to Brooklyn, Monet to Morisot: The Real and Imagined in European Art features 19th and early 20th-century artworks from the Brooklyn Museum collection by artists born in Europe or its colonies. The exhibition focuses on a period of significant societal transformation, when artistic techniques, subject matter, and patronage underwent profound changes. Presented are approximately ninety works by Claude Monet, Gustave Courbet, Berthe Morisot, Francisco Oller, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Yves Tanguy, and Vasily Kandinsky, among others.

It’s a shame that Irish film The Quiet Girl was overlooked in the US film award circuit because it was one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. It follows a nine-year-old girl from a dysfunctional family who goes to live with distant relatives for the summer. Living with a middle-aged farm couple, she discovers a new way of living. It’s playing at the Angelika uptown and downtown but don’t go without a handful of Kleenex.

At the end of the month, the Tetris film debuts on Apple TV. It follows Henk Rogers who discovers Tetris in 1988, and then risks everything by traveling to the Soviet Union, where he joins forces with inventor Alexey Pajitnov to bring the game to the masses. It stars Taron Egerton and Toby Jones and the trailer makes it look like a must watch.

In 1977, Daisy Jones & The Six were on top of the world; the band had risen from obscurity to fame, and then, after a sold-out show at Chicago’s Soldier Field, they called it quits; now, decades later, the band members agree to reveal the truth. This sounds like a real band but it’s a fictional series on Amazon Prime Video based on the book by the same name. I’ve watched the available episodes so far and enjoyed it but I wasn’t blown away. It is easy to see how it might have been inspired by Fleetwood Mac and the fictional band is supposed to start an actual tour which is interesting news.

I watched Boston Strangler on Hulu while getting ready earlier today and think it’s the perfect Friday night film. It follows reporter Loretta McLaughlin, played by Keira Knightley, who becomes the first person to connect a series of murders and break the story of the Boston Strangler. She and Jean Cole, played by Carrie Coon, challenge the sexism of the early 1960s to report on the city’s most notorious serial killer. It also stars Carrie’s co-star from The Gilded Age, Morgan Spector, Chris Cooper, and Alessandro Nivola and will keep you intrigued throughout.

The new Marie Antoinette series debuts on PBS this Sunday, March 19th. It follows Marie Antoinette (Emilia Schüle, “Berlin Dance School”) who is just a teenager when she leaves Austria to marry the dauphin of France (Louis Cunningham, “Bridgerton”). With pressure to continue the Bourbon line and secure the Franco-Austrian alliance, she must follow the complex rules of the French court while attempting to charm her reluctant king-to-be, Louis XVI. I watched the first episode when it debuted in France with a VPN and was not impressed so didn’t continue watching but I will give it another chance on PBS.

The third and final season of Sanditon based on an unfinished Jane Austin novel also debuts on Sunday, March 19th. Learn more about what lies ahead for Charlotte Heywood and the beloved residents of this fashionable seaside resort, which fresh characters, and romantic prospects, arrive on the scene.

The fourth and final season of Succession begins on Sunday, March 26th on HBO. I have a love/hate relationship with this show but I will definitely be watching to see what happens to the Roy family.

Now private detectives launching their own agency, Audrey and Nick Spitz, played by Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, land at the centre of an international investigation when a billionaire friend is abducted from his wedding. I’ll just be watching Murder Mystery 2 on Netflix to see what happens when they are in Paris where they actually shot on location last year.

The beautiful new book, Suzanne Rheinstein: A Welcoming Elegance, was just released this week and highlights the client projects of the chic Los Angeles based interior designer.

All the Beauty in the World: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Me by Patrick Bringley is a fascinating, revelatory portrait of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and its treasures by a former New Yorker staffer who spent a decade as a museum guard.

My friend Sarah just introduced me to the perfumer Fueguia 1883 where I fell in love with their scents. The table full of perfume bottles seems intimidating but the employees are great at walking you through the entire range of fragrances. I’m very allergic to a lot of perfumes but since these are made from natural ingredients, I do not have any issue with them. I’m not going to tell you which one I ended up with because you should go through the process to figure out which one speaks to you.

Christina Adamo, a personal shopper who I follow on Instagram, posted her haircare routine using Miriam Quevedo products recently. I decided to give them a try since she raved about how they brought her hair back to life and I could see how healthy and smooth it looked in her posts. I started with the Black Baccara Hair Multiplying Shampoo, followed by the Extreme Caviar Conditioner Balm, and Black Baccara Hair Multiplying Mask. Before I blew out my hair, I applied the Black Baccara Hair Repairing and Multiplying Serum to one side of my head which is how I try new products. I do this so I can see and feel if there is any difference and I was blown away by the results. It was a grey and humid day and the treated side stayed smooth and frizz free while the untreated side got puffy. I also have to say that I was worried these products would make my hair too flat but I still had the volume I prefer. I know they are expensive so I might only use the full line every few times I wash my hair but I definitely recommend splurging on the Black Baccara Hair Repairing and Multiplying Serum.

You guys went crazy over the Ghōud sneakers I posted after my trip to Paris. I know some of you couldn’t get the colors and sizes you wanted which is why you might want to pre-order a pair from Moda Operandi during their Ghōud trunkshow.

Bon week-end!