Thanks to the mad hot connections of H. and her new music gig, we saw a preview screening of Outkast's Idlewild movie tonight at the Kips Bay theater, then attended a private party at Providence on the West Side featuring Andre 3000 and Big Boi themselves, along with a live set by Sleepy Brown. Open bar, crabcakes, spicy shrimp, mac'n'cheese, peach cobbler: what's not to like? I'm not normally a hip-hop fan, but I can appreciate good musicianship as much as the next person, and I really found myself enjoying the music featured in the movie, which is a Jazz Age gangster musical starring the two main members of Outkast as lifelong friends who work in a Georgia juke joint called Church, which inevitably reminded me of TheBurg episode that features such classy fictional bars as Office, Gym, and Temple. There are some cliched moments, of course, but the movie has enough style, flair and pizzazz to stand out as a worthy descendant of the great movie musicals of yore. Terrence Howard stars as a mob villain deserving of some hearty boo-hisses. Several dazzling music video type set pieces throughout the film. The party was crowded, but not absolutely wall to wall with people, and I ended up having a really great time, which isn't always a guarantee at such glitzy events. Kudos to the planners who effectively brought the Prohibition-era theme of the movie into the party.
Random item in the post-movie goodie bag: How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.