Book: Almost Famous Women, by Megan Mayhew Bergman
Megan Mayhew Bergman’s second collection, about 13 women whose lives touched fame and lived on the fringes of history, tells each story with memorable and moving compassion and empathy. Among her stories, Bergman follows Ernestine “Tiny” Davis, the “hottest female trumpeter in the universe” and Allegra Byron, Lord Byron’s illegitimate daughter.
Movie: Fifty Shades of Grey
There’s no shame in having marked this one on your calendar ever since you saw the first (very sexy) trailer. After all, EL James’ book sold more than 100 million copies, which is hovering in Twilight territory. Whether you plan to see it loud and proud with a hubby or your girlfriends or slink into the theater to watch Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele do their little BDSM (lite) two-step, you will surely be in good company.
Media: Netflix Explosion
February 27 (House release date)
With the return of hit series House of Cards and Orange is the New Black (both nominated for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards) and the release of highly anticipated titles such as Marvel’s Daredevil and Bloodline, a dramatic thriller starring Kyle Chandler, it might be time to check the couch for spare change to get your subscription to Netflix streaming.
Don’t make that face. We know this is the most over told tale in the history of fairytales. But that’s because it’s so good. And in the capable hands of director Kenneth Branaugh, Lily James for a Cinderella, Fairy Godmother Helen Bonham Carter, and the incomparable Cate Blanchett as the evil Lady Tremaine, we have a very good feeling about this live action version.
Sporting Event: FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015
Sports fans or not, most of us remember Brandi Chastain hitting the World Cup-winning penalty shot against China, ripping off her jersey, and thrusting her fists in the air in victory. It was a huge moment for women in sports, even if soccer—or futbol—isn’t your thing. This year, Abby Wambach, Megan Rapinoe, and team USA open against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, followed by Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg and Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver.
It’s true that the book <spoiler alert> didn’t leave our beloved Katniss Everdeen in the cheeriest of places, but the movies depicting The Hunger Games trilogy have been worthy and exciting screen portrayals, so we can’t wait to see how director Francis Lawrence wraps this one up.
Tech: Google Glass
Sometime in 2015
Think Tony Stark or the Terminator (minus all the killing). Now apply all that intel to regular daily activities—jogging, golfing, driving. With Google Glass, your eyes will tell you how far you’ve run and how fast, how many feet to the next hole, and the fastest route to the office. This year will see Google launch a new model of its Glass headset, and with a shift to an Intel processor, compatibility with prescription lenses, and double the RAM of the original, the new version could catch on with the masses.