A Capital anticipations list: The Promise Ring, 'The Killing', the Yankees
Each week, Capital's editors and writers will offer a list of the events, activities, releases and personal obsessions that we are looking forward to during the next week. Here is a list of our anticipations.
The Promise Ring
Joe: I used to be a little cynical about how all these punk and hardcore and indie bands from the '90s are doing reunions. But now I'm mostly into it. I mean, those Refused shows last month, right? Next up is The Promise Ring at Irving Plaza on Sunday. (Read more about that here.) The Promise Ring was an "emo" band back when emo was something that does not really resemble what emo is considered to be today. Also, remember answering machines? And how when you were in high school you'd have your own phone line and you'd put music on the answering machine instead of some generic "I'm not home" message? The Promise Ring song "Red Paint" was definitely on my answering machine at one point. I last saw this band in 1999 at the Wetlands on Hudson Street with Jets to Brazil, Joan of Arc and Kid Dynamite. It does not seem like that was 13 years ago.
Reid: My only plan for this weekend is to trek up to the Bronx for what I hope will be a sunny Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. I wouldn't normally go out of my way to see the Yankees play the Cincinnati Reds, but I have a friend who's visiting, and we used to watch a lot of baseball together. That was back in D.C., when the Nationals fielded a miserable team in their first year, and played at the converted concrete dump that was R.F.K. Stadium. So, this should be an upgrade in almost every way (though I confess that I don't love the staid confines of the new Yankee Stadium). It'll be my first game of the season, and, as luck would have it, we drew a matchup of Opening Day starters: C.C. Sabathia against Johnny Cueto.
The Rockaways and "The Killing"
Dana: I've been watching "The Killing" lately, the AMC show starring Mireille Enos (you might know her as JoDean Marquart from "Big Love"). Enos plays a homicide detective whose obsession with finding the killer of a young girl ends up damaging her relationships with her fiance and her son, not to mention the lives of various people she initially fingers for the murder, only to realize that they were indeed innocent—by which point their lives have pretty much already been ruined. I finished season 1, which ends on a cliffhanger that I will not describe so as not to ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen it, but I'm pretty excited to start season two this weekend.
Also, I'll probably go to the Rockaways, which I visit pretty regularly these days. In recent weekends, the beach has been getting more and more crowded, which can mean only one thing: summer is officially almost here.
Girls Write Now's Chapters reading
Gillian: As I've mentioned before in this column, I volunteer with Girls Write Now, an organization that pairs underserved New York City high schoolers with professionals to attend monthly creative writing workshops together and work one-on-one in writing sessions once a week. This Friday, I'm reading a piece I co-wrote with my other half, Mary, at a Chapters reading at St. John's Church in the Financial District. It's the end of the school year and the readings are like little graduation ceremonies for the mentees. Mary is a senior and will be moving on from the program in June to attend Manhattan College on a full scholarship! Of course, Mary and I will stay in touch beyond the walls of the Girls Write Now office in Midtown and the Crown Heights library where we met for our writing sessions. I'm helping her shop for her prom dress on Saturday, actually. But I'm honored to be behind the podium with her on Friday. We wrote a story about our dogs. Bring tissues.