Get Your Pop Culture Fix at Vulture Festival Los Angeles

Calling all pop culture lovers: Are you feeling a little empty inside after realizing you blew through the new season of Stranger Things this Halloweekend? Did that fresh new trailer for Annihilation leave you chomping at the bit for Natalie Portman’s next performance? Perhaps you’re already missing the cast of Scandal even though there are still three episodes … Continue reading Get Your Pop Culture Fix at Vulture Festival Los Angeles

Moonlight Reimagines the Classic Coming-of-Age Story

The saying “Art imitates life” or vice-versa doesn’t accurately describe Barry Jenkins’s critically-acclaimed Moonlight, although many early reviews and interviews with the filmmaker make it seem that way. To succinctly summarize, the film chronicles the journey of a young black boy as he traverses into manhood. The overall plot is that simple, but where Moonlight … Continue reading Moonlight Reimagines the Classic Coming-of-Age Story

Fringe Benefits: A Review of the Hollywood Fringe Festival

In the month of June, I attended three productions at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Truthfully, I didn’t know if any of them would be worthwhile, considering it was a little difficult navigating the Fringe’s seemingly never-ending schedule online. There were so many shows listed, I didn’t know what to choose or how to even begin to … Continue reading Fringe Benefits: A Review of the Hollywood Fringe Festival

Period Party, Volume One: Diva Cup Disaster

Today, we’re starting a multi-part feature here on Dinner Party to talk about a quintessentially female experience: your period. First up, we have an essay by Marci Weber, which was originally written in 2014 for a live performance and subsequently adapted for publication on this site. I’m a huge fan of tampons. The commercials are … Continue reading Period Party, Volume One: Diva Cup Disaster

The Return of the Riot Grrrls

On September 22, the pioneering riot grrrl band, Bikini Kill, reissued their original demo, Revolution Girl Style Now! The album is available through their eponymous label on vinyl, CD, digital download, and for full '90s nostalgia—cassette tape. Drummer Tobi Vail largely credits the demo with the band’s success. She told The Olympian in a recent interview, “The band … Continue reading The Return of the Riot Grrrls

Brooklyn Renaissance at the Brooklyn Museum

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend “Brooklyn Renaissance,” a talk at the Brooklyn Museum about the role storytelling plays in the visual arts. The panel featured three of my favorite artists working today: portrait painter Kehinde Wiley, a superstar in the art world; Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, a young multimedia artist whose name … Continue reading Brooklyn Renaissance at the Brooklyn Museum