Wednesday, August 17, 2011

We Analyze Kanye West and Jay Z's "That's My Bitch" / BARRR Throws a Heaven Party / Pop Up Restaurants and Larryville's Dinner Under the Stars

Watch the Throne, the new collaboration between Kanye West and Jay Z, has been getting a lot of press. Today we "unpack" (as academics like to say) a few of Jay Z's lyrics from "That's My Bitch."

"I mean Marilyn Monroe, she’s quite nice
But why all the pretty icons always all-white?
Put some colored girls in the MOMA
Half these broads ain’t got nothing on Wyldna
Don’t make me bring Thelma in it
Bring Halle, Bring Penelope and Selma in it...
Now shoo children, stop lookin’ at her tits
Get your own dog, ya heard
That’s my bitch"

Our feminist readers: "What begins as an admirable call for more representation of African-American women in the art world ends up sabotaged by the conventions of the genre, with Jay Z's politics simply fizzling out in a burst of objectification and ownership that's no different to that of the white establishment being critiqued."

Richard: "True up to a point, but what we're seeing in these lyrics is only the beginning of a powerful reclamation process. The point is that once Z is in charge of female African-American representation he can begin to free it from the animalized ('get your own dog') imagery long-imposed by the Man and create a new way of seeing black women. The final, angry outburst of 'That's my bitch' should be read most importantly as a battle cry, not merely a sexist remark."

Chip: "I too would like to see more sexy black women in museums."


The question on everyone's lips in Larryville this week is: "What the hell is a Heaven Party?"

Well, it's sort of whatever you want it to be. But it's also a performance/dance/interview installation by @BARRR taking place at the Granada at 10:00 on Thursday and being recorded for an ADD podcast. It's also probably the only event this week that's likely to culminate in some sort of hallucinogenic-fueled orgy. In fact, we predict the whole affair will look like something out of Eyes Wide Shut. Let's hope it looks like this:

But it's likely to look more like this, which is one of the top images you'll discover if you run Google image searches for "Heaven Party" (Chip: "The angel on the left has a boner.").


Pop-up restaurants are so hip right now in major cities and Kansas City is getting in on the act. Former R Bar chef Alex Pope will open Vagabond "from Wednesday, August 24, to Sunday, August 28, in the Orange event space at 1815 Grand" (Pitchweekly).

Some of the items on the pop-up menu include "whole pig confit — a whole hog from Windhaven Farms that Pope will be breaking down with students from the Art Institute in order to make his own sausage. The menu also features late-summer nightshades with olive oil and tofu, as well as bay scallops with truffle and popcorn" (Pitchweekly).

Chip: "When I see the eccentric students at the KC Art Institute, I have never once thought to myself, I'll bet they would be good at making sausage."

We keep hoping that some of our favorite Larryville chefs from Burger Stand, Esquina, 715, and Pachamama's will bring a pop-up joint to Larryville. But in the meantime we recommend you pay $250 for Robert Krause to cook you "Dinner Under the Stars" on September 17 in a field 15 minutes east of Larryville (Chip: "Near the Outhouse?").

Get the details here .

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