Posted by Claire Felter on March 25, 2013 under Arts & Living, Columns | Comments are off for this article
Seen The Shawshank Redemption, Erin Brockovich, Finding Nemo, The Help, WALL-E, The Green Mile, Cinderella Man, American Beauty or Skyfall? It’s likely you’ve been to the theatre for at least one of these, and if so, then you’ve heard Thomas Newman – you probably just haven’t heard of him.
Newman is both composer and conductor, but is best known for his work on numerous film scores…and his last name. He is a member of the Newman film-score dynasty, which includes his father Alfred, uncles Lionel and Emil, siblings David and Maria and cousin Randy (everyone’s favorite Pixar composer – “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” anyone?).
Although Tommy Newmz (as only his biggest fans refer to him) has been nominated for Best Original Score at the Oscars an astounding eleven times, with his first nominations in 1995 for The Shawshank Redemption and Little Women and his most recent this year for Skyfall, the man has never won. And while this may be one of the largest crimes committed in film awards history, there is no use in quietly going mad because of this injustice. Rather, it may be a better use of time to spread the love. The best way to spread the love? Spread the music, of course.
So instead of busting out your favorite Ke$ha album and pressing play, open up Spotify or iTunes and check out any of the hundreds of songs by this wonderful, wonderful man. However, a better way to indulge in the magnificence that is Thomas Newman would be to head over to Tisch and pick up one of the dozens of movies he has scored. That’s what the music is for, after all.
Want to bask in the glory of some Newmz tunes? Check out the examples:
Posted by Claire Felter on February 5, 2013 under Arts & Living, Columns | Comments are off for this article
I can’t really blame you if you aren’t a Swahili speaker or if you haven’t journeyed to Kenya lately. Mitai are small, delicious doughnuts that serve as a fantastic dessert on the Kenyan coast. Think munchkins, but not round – and so much better. To make right this unintentional ignorance of the top East African fried sweet, here’s the recipe:
Ingredients: 2 cups flour, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 ½ tablespoons melted butter, 1 teaspoon instant yeast, ¾ coconut milk, ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup water, ¼ teaspoon vanilla
(Note: you can get away with using regular milk, but there are some Kenyan mamas who would find it unthinkable to do so.)
Instructions: Put the flour, salt, yeast and melted butter into a bowl; mix. Add the coconut milk in small amounts while mixing. Knead the dough (and I mean put your back into it) until it is soft, and let the dough rise for ten to fifteen minutes. Once risen, roll out the dough until it measures about ¼ inch in thickness. Cut the dough into rectangle or diamond-shaped pieces about 2-3 inches long. Drop squares in heated oil and fry on both sides until doughnuts are a light golden-brown. In a separate pan over strong heat, add the sugar, water and vanilla. Once the sugar mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat and add the cooked mitai to the pan. Carefully (I’m not kidding – that sugar can burn) shake the pan until all doughnuts are covered. Let cool, if you have the staying power, or else ‘nom’ your way to a mitai food baby. Also, if you are feeling a little more daring or just love really awesome flavors, add ¼ teaspoon cardamom to the dough mixture. You will gain authenticity points and you will not regret it.