Project Runway season premiere, Lifetime, Jan. 24
If the Project Runway formula has been feeling as tired as your winter wardrobe, Season 11 may be as invigorating as a new pair of pumps. First, it’s auf wiedersehen to Michael Kors — the beloved king of snark is out and designer Zac Posen is in when the show returns on Jan. 24. The other major alteration: every challenge will be a team challenge. Cue the cutthroats.
Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives
Any parent who’s contemplated natural childbirth knows just how heated the hospital vs. home debate can become. This inspiring documentary illuminates the issue by tracing the modern midwifery movement to its origins on a commune in Tennessee. There, in the early 1970s, Ina May Gaskin and her friends taught themselves midwifery by delivering one another’s babies — giving birth to a model that changed a generation’s approach to childbirth.
12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief
Those of us who couldn’t make it to Madison Square Garden for this historic show in December sat glued to the tube to watch the dream lineup of rock icons — including Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters, Jon Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones — strap on guitars and belt out the classics to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims. Now you can relive those once-in-a-lifetime performances with this 24-track, two-disc set. The best part: 100 percent of the net proceeds ($6.50) from every sale goes to the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life, Adam Phillips
Through his clinical practice, psychoanalyst Adam Phillips reached the conclusion that many of us obsess over the experiences we didn’t have, things that didn’t happen, our “unlived lives.” As a result, says Phillips “what was not possible all too easily becomes the story of our lives.” Drawing on the works of Shakespeare, Freud and other deep thinkers, these essays explore the nature of frustration and satisfaction, a topic sure to fascinate anyone who’s ever wrestled with regrets.
WORTH THE TRIP
The Who, Staples Center, Los Angeles, Jan. 30
It may be tough to fathom that 48 years have passed since Roger Daltrey first sang “I hope I die before I get old.” But it’s easy to see how the Who became legendary by tapping into the disaffection of post-war baby boomers that still resonates with us today. When Daltrey, 68, and Pete Townshend, 67, take the stage, they power through some of the most seminal rock hits of all time with such swagger and zeal, returning us all to the halcycon days of "My Generation."
Pamela Miller is a freelance writer who lives in Los Angeles.