September’s the New January

Gia with her suffrage slogan backpack

The last few months have felt like eons, so I'm taking a page from Gretchen Rubin's Outer Order, Inner Calm (page 213, as a matter of fact) and proclaiming that today, September 1, is the new January.

Sure, this September-through-May school year may be based on an outdated agrarian calendar, but considering the living dumpster fire that 2020 has been, I'll take any chance I get for a clean slate.

Here I am with my trusty backpack (painted thusly when I was 13), ready for Day One. My class schedule is still shaping up, but I'm signed up for Intro to Electric BassAdvanced Executive ProducingIntersectional Environmentalism, and two (!!) PE classes: yoga with Grace and golf with Denny.

The Scirens (Tamara KrinskyTaryn O'Neill, and I) released our final show of the season today. Check out all 12 episodes on YouTube.

We are so grateful that quarantine allowed us to bring our mission to life: encouraging curiosity and critical thinking in a rapidly changing world. Thanks for watching!

Scirens Show - Season One

Host Jason Feifer looks back at the resistance to compulsory mask wearing during the 1918 pandemic and stops by the Louve for a history lesson on the fork (fun fact: Jesus didn't use one).

Plus, here's an animated version of the original song Brent Rose and I recorded for the episode about refrigerators. You're welcome.

"The Night" to Screen in Iran

"This is a historic benchmark for the country's filmmaking community as it is the first U.S.-produced film to receive a license for theatrical release in Iran since the revolution," writes Deadline. Congrats to the whole Mammoth Pictures family!

To learn a little about how I wound up speaking Farsi in a film with one of the world's great actors and my friend Shahab Hosseini, check out my blog.

That's it, my loves! Keep your spirits high, and be prepared to get into some good trouble. We still have nine weeks before the election.

Stay healthy, stay safe, and remember: none of us are free until we are all free.

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