Things we Love: Jackie Mantey edition

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From the June 27, 2013 edition

Tony Hale as Buster Bluth

Everyone who watches “Arrested Development” has a favorite Bluth. No one I’ve met has ever said it is Buster, which I think is a shamelovethe emasculated youngest brother. ’s the least predictable character on that show, probably because he’s so ridiculous the writers could take him anywhere — to bed with Liza Minnelli’s Lucille 2, to the army, to a fight with a sealmurdering a doll version of his mother while on a juice binge. In the long-awaited Season Four Buster’s storyline gets dark and actor Tony Hale gets more delightful. n a show where writing is king, the physical comedy Hale uses to play Buster is hilarious and underrated. I love how scared Buster always looks, how he’s always leaning backward as if on the defense, and, on the flip side,expressively giddy he gets at the most childish thing. Hale bounces between the two brilliantly. Also brilliant:he way Hale gingerly caresses the tip of his hook whenever Buster gets nervousGive the poor boy some juice already.

Local Cantina’s Pina-Rita

During happy hour today,reat yo’self to some free chips and salsa and the Grandview restaurant’s best cocktail. The Pina-Rita, a hybrid of a pina colada and a margarita, tastes like vacation.

Pharrell

My boyfriend calls Pharrell the Berry Gordy of our generation. Indeed, Pharrell’s got an omnipotent Midas touch just like the famous Motown producer. Plus, he’s behind the two hottest songs of this summer — Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” — both of which I also love. #Pharrell2016

“The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman

Need a beach read? This probably isn’t it, unless you don’t mind reading ragic historical fiction on a beautiful summer day. I don’t, at least not when it’s written as deftly as Hoffman does This novel is inspired bythe legend of Masada, in which, nearly 2,000 years ago, hundreds of Jews cornered on a mountaintop held off Roman armies for months. Ancient history dictates that only two women and five children survived. “The Dovekeepers” tells the story through the voices of four very different women living on that mountain. The book is sad, butthe lasting impression is not of the brutality but of the hope and resilience of traumatized peopleIt’s also a fascinating look into the dynamics of being a woman during that time.

“Modern Comedian”

Watch this documentary web series on YouTube.Do it. The brief episodes analyze an aspect of a comedian’s career — like when Joe DeRosa got heckled and how it affected himThe series brings gravity and introspection to what I think is the most misunderstood art form.

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