Episode 190: Matthew Goode, Dick Cavett, and Tiki Talk
This Week: “Stoker” star Matthew Goode on being a creepy Uncle and devoted Dad… Talk show legend Dick Cavett tells us how to ‘Hitchcock’… Essayist Michelle Orange undergoes a cinematic identity crisis… Ryan Quincy, creator of TV’s “Out There,” comes of age… Indie darlings Adam Green and Binki Shapiro turn scraps and metal into a dinner party soundtrack… How to run away with the circus… And Rico pays his last respects to a Tiki landmark… Plus, fly jokes, upside-downers, and woolly drinks.
A History Lesson with Booze: Nickeled and Dimed, and “The Wooly” This week back in 1879, a young F.W. Woolworth opened the first Five-and-Dime store. Learn about how he turned small change into a massive empire, then drink down a cocktail direct from the source.
“THE DARK AND WOOLLY,” as mixed by Eric Adolfsen at The Wooly, a special-events bar tucked at the back of the Woolworth Building in Manhattan.
Into a classic brown paper cup (the old drugstore variety), add:
- 1 shot Cruzan Black Strap Rum
- 8 oz. Cola
- dollop of ice cream (if you’re feeling fancy, laboratorio del gelato)
Assemble as you would a coke float. Then sidle up to a tall stool, shoot the breeze with your chums, and pretend you only paid a dime for it.
Guest List: Ryan Quincy For over a decade Ryan Quincy contributed to “South Park” as an animator/director. Now he’s launched his own animated show “Out There” (Friday nights on IFC); its mixture of sweetness and slow-burn comedy has earned comparisons to beloved coming-of-age shows like “Freaks and Geeks.” He tells us a little about the project, then lists his favorite depictions of adolescence in all of its angst and awesomeness.
Etiquette: Dick Cavett On his own “The Dick Cavett Show,” talk show icon Dick Cavett traded stories and witticisms with everyone from Grouch Marx to John Lennon. He’s now a featured columnist for The New York Times. Dick talks about being a little kid with an over-sized voice, and then he puts those pipes to use with killer impersonations of Hepburn and Hitchcock. There’s etiquette advice somewhere in there, too.
We’re always looking for new etiquette questions. Would you be so kind as to send them to email@example.com? Thank you ever so much.
Eavesdropping: Michelle Orange Michelle Orange’s articles and fiction have appeared in the New York Times, The Nation and McSweeney’s. (She’s also a founding literary editor of The Rumpus.) Her latest collection, “This Is Running For Your Life,” artfully blends personal essay and her love of pop culture, especially film. We overhear an excerpt from “Do I Know You?” which analyzes an identity crisis, of sorts.
Chattering Class: Duncan Wall When Duncan Wall fell in love with the circus, he fell hard. (Many times.) After undergoing rigorous training - and theoretical study - at at France’s École Nationale des Arts du Cirque, he went on to direct a clown-theatre company and then to teach at Canada’s national circus school in Montreal. His new book “The Ordinary Acrobat: A Journey into the Wondrous World of the Circus Past and Present” relays his experiences alongside a history of the art form - from red-and-yellow stripes to contemporary acts like Cirque Du Soleil. He gives Brendan a crash course, with the greatest of ease.
Main Course: Passing the Tiki Torch This month, Southern California will say goodbye to an institution. Bahooka, one of the few surviving examples of mid-century, South-Pacific themed “tiki”-style restaurants, is closing after 50 years in business. Rico visits the eatery and talks tiki with with Sven Kirsten, the author of “The Book Of Tiki,” a sort of the Bible on the subject.
Guest of Honor: Matthew Goode British actor Matthew Goode made a lasting impression as Colin Firth’s lover in Tom Ford’s “A Single Man.” He’s also starred in Woody Allen’s “Match Point.” This week, he teams with another iconic director - “Oldboy“‘s Park Chan-Wook - for the dark, Hitchcock-ian thriller “Stoker,” co-starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska. Matthew chats with Brendan about blank slates, childish things, and playing the crazy uncle (quite literally).
Dinner Party Soundtrack: Adam Green and Binki Shapiro Adam Green - of anti-folk-band The Moldy Peaches - & Binki Shapiro, singer for the band Little Joy, just released an album called (wait for it) Adam Green and Binki Shapiro. This spring they head out on tour. They serve up a soundtrack shot through with darkness, dinosaurs…and divorce?! Yep.
Other Music In this Week’s Show:
The Sea & Cake - “The Argument”
Aphex Twin - “Boy/Girl Song”
Tipsy - “Liquordelic”
Jurgen Kneiper - “Urstromtal (The Glacial Valley)”
Theme from A Philadelphia Story
Danzig - “Sistinas”
The Oh Sees - “If I Stay Too Long”
Jarvis Cocker - “Leftovers”
Adam Green and Binki Shapiro - “Just to Make Me Feel Good”