We won’t judge any adults for devouring these charming YA books. Whether you like sci-fi, romance, or fantasy, there is something for every reader on this list. From fearless female heroines to ghoulish monsters, these picks will satisfy your Fall reading bug and bring out your inner badass.
Everything was coming up roses…and daffodils and daisies at the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show Opening Night Gala, with a nod to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, naturally themed FLOWER POWER: Floral Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design.
The Show’s Grand Entry Hall featured four Designer Vignettes from renowned designers Jay Jeffers, Kendall Wilkinson, Pamela Babey and Edward Lobrano. Each incorporated items borrowed from exhibitors, along with custom designed wall coverings developed by the designers in collaboration with the specialty wallpaper store, de Gournay.
Benefitting Enterprise for Youth, the event celebrated its 36th year of bringing top-notch vendors together from around the world to showcase the best in fine and decorative arts, from antiquity to contemporary. Exhibitors included San Francisco’s Lang Antiques & Estate Jewelry, Joel Cooner Gallery from Dallas, London’s Jesse Davis Antiques and Butchoff Antiques, Trinity House Paintings from New York, Il Segno del Tempo Srl from Milan and Hayden & Fandetta Books from Los Angeles, among many others.
A highly anticipated lecture series included “Mix Masters,” an interior design panel moderated by the show’s Chair Suzanne Tucker along with Beth Webb, David Phoenix and Ellie Cullman. Photographer and author Miguel Flores-Vianna spoke about Haute Bohemians: At Home with Important Interior Design Trendsetters, while architect and author Gil Schafer discussed his inspiration for the art of living and his book Creating Places to Call Home: How Tradition, Style and Memory Can Inspire Ways of Living.
Guests included Mariel Hemmingway, Hannah Cecil Gurney, Aerin Lauder, Nina Campbell, Denise Hale, Yurie Pascarella, Douglas Durkin, Paul Pelosi, Adam Lippes, Yuka Uehara, Jeffrey Allen Marks, and fashion designer Andrew Gn who served as Honorary Chair, as well as event Co-Chairs Ken Fulk, Alexis & Trevor Traina, Diane B. Wilsey, Allison Speer & Dr. Fred Moll, OJ & Gary Shansby and Laura King Pfaff.
With Halloween on the horizon, we’re looking for ways to give you nightmares all season long. You may have already perused our collection of books like American Horror Story and our crop of modern murder mysteries, but if you’re looking for even more scares, we’ve got a collection just for you. We reached out to our editors to find out what books scared them the most; some of them just came out in the past few years, and some have been around for decades.
As a Greek-American travel writer who lived in Athens as a child and returns to the country every year, I’m constantly asked for advice about visiting Greece. But what always seems to intrigue Americans most is Mykonos, the site of all those postcards of whitewashed churches with blue domes, and paparazzi shots of celebrities sunbathing on a yacht or frolicking in the apothecary-blue sea. My advice is always: “You should absolutely go. And you should do it in the fall.”
It’s hardly a secret that Mykonos, like many other well-trafficked locales, truly shines in September and October, when the crowds have gone back to work and school but the weather is still warm. The beaches are more peaceful, the streets more serene and everything from the best hotel on the island to the hottest table in town is more affordable and accessible. But traveling to Mykonos in the fall is the kind of thing everyone knows they should do, and few manage to achieve, because the kids are in school, or work gets busy, or, well, everyone goes in the summer, don’t they?
Not if they can go in autumn.
Spending September on Mykonos feels like getting to extend your summer vacation after everyone else has gone back to class and, with some of the background noise removed, offers the chance to actually engage with the vibrant local scene. The weather is in the 80s, and the open-air cinema, Cine Manto, shows Hollywood hits al fresco through the end of the month, so you can indulge in the beloved Greek summer pastime of eating souvlaki, drinking local wine, and watching movies under the stars. (The theater then runs a program of documentaries for the first week in October, before closing for the winter.)
I know what you’re thinking—what about the beaches, and the beach clubs? Will I be able to swim in the sea, lie on the shore and dance on the sand, like everyone who’s been popping up in my Instagram feed all summer? Absolutely. And it will be fabulous.
In September, the water temperature is in the mid-70s, and while the coasts are less crowded (which means you won’t have to reserve a deck chair a day ahead on see-and-be-seen Psarou beach), Scorpios beach club on Paraga beach grooves on all month, hosting DJs and what they describe as “communal happenings” including yoga, meditation and “sunset rituals” (read: dance parties).
My favorite beach is the idyllic, desert island–like Agios Sostis, which has no lounge chairs or umbrellas, much less DJs or beach clubs; nothing but a monastery at the top of the hill, and Kiki’s, a taverna halfway up that has no stove, only a refrigerated case for the salads and an open-air grill for the fish and meats. Kiki’s serves lunch into October, weather permitting—and you might be the only customers there, as opposed to having to stand in line behind the bikini-clad vacationers who have their yachts tied up below in summer. Even though there won’t be a wait, before lunch you should, without fail, scamper down the hill to jump in the blue-green ocean; October is still warm enough to swim most days, as temperatures dip into the 70s and sea temps into the high 60s.
Diving lessons may be harder to come by, but water sports aside, virtually all of your Myconian must-sees can be enjoyed in autumn. Take, for example, the sacred island of Delos, a satellite isle off the coast of Mykonos that is said to be where Apollo and Artemis were born, and which is now a massive archaeological site encompassing Doric temples, a Hellenistic agora, Roman mosaics and what many consider to be the world’s oldest known synagogue. It’s open year-round, except for Mondays, so you can spend the morning sailing across the Aegean, then climb Mount Kynthos for the best view over the ruins of several civilizations and across the sea to Mykonos.
In Little Venice, the seaside neighborhood that is one of the best places on earth to watch the sunset, cocktail spot Veranda Bar is open through October. Sit on the balcony and watch the sun dip into the ocean and stain the windmills across the bay pink (these views are the stuff of legend), or, if you come later in the season, when Veranda is closed, go to the neighboring spot Rhapsody, and sit on their balcony, watching the waves crash against the wall below as a large boat passes, or, if you’re already several days into your Mykonos mood, leaning forward to try and catch some of the spray.
From there, it’s an easy walk to dinner, whether you want to go gluten-free on the seafront at Nice n Easy (open through early November), dance on tables at Sea Satin Market or follow the locals to what might just be the island’s best meatballs at To Maereio (open year-round). Part of the reason that the walk is just so pleasant is that the crush of tourists, both those staying on the island and those disgorged into town from cruise ships stopping in the harbor, decreases dramatically come September. You’ll no longer have to dodge the same people you might have bumped into at the Whole Foods at home as you wander the twisting alleys of Mykonos Town (also called Chora). Instead, you may stumble across one of the pelicans that are the mascots of the island.
Without the crowds, Mykonos Town is a delight at any time of day; be it at dusk, when the candles inside one of the town’s many little chapels are all aglow, or in the early morning, when the fishermen and vegetable sellers hawk their wares in the open-air markets next to the picturesque waterfront chapel of St. Nikolaos. You don’t need to understand Greek to enjoy watching them trade insults and anecdotes with each other, rubbing their luxuriant moustaches when they get in a particularly good dig, while old ladies from town and chefs from yachts docked nearby manhandle the produce.
There’s so much to see in Mykonos Town beyond the crashing waves and the roaming pelicans, from the high-end boutiques of Matogianni Street (check out the made-in-Greece label Ergon) to bakeries selling amygdalota, the local almond cookies, to museums carved out of old mansions (the Archaeological Museum is open daily except Mondays all year). In order to make the most of it, stay in or within walking distance of Chora—my favorite place to do so is the Belvedere, a luxury boutique hotel open year-round in the quiet neighborhood near the art school. (And if you prefer sea views to whitewashed roofs, Villas of Distinction offers expansive private villas for rent through November and, in some cases, into December.)
Once the tourists taper off, it’s easier to dive into the life of the island: the days get slightly shorter, and you don’t feel compelled to spend all of each one at the beach. On September 23, there’s the Mykonos Run, 5- or 10K road races which are an incredible way to get to know the surroundings. The wine harvest goes all month long—you can join in the grape-stomping at Vioma Vineyard. And October 28th brings the national holiday of Oxi Day, when there’s a parade and dancing on the waterfront to commemorate the date in 1940 when the Greek prime minister, Metaxas, was asked by Mussolini to surrender to the invading Italians during World War II, and answered, “Oxi,” or “No!”
When I think of Mykonos, I always remember when my daughter was three, and we stopped at a shop in Chora for a bottle of water. When the shopkeepers held a shell up to her ear, she was amazed to discover that she could hear the ocean as clearly as when we’d made sand castles on Agios Sostis beach earlier that day. Coming to Mykonos in fall is like holding a shell up to your ear—it suddenly becomes easy to cut through the background noise and tap into the essence of the island.
Just be warned that when you do, you may start looking for any excuse to visit year-round. Spring is amazing, too, what with the wildflowers and all the pageantry of Orthodox Easter (which falls on April 8th in 2018). But who can wait that long? Surely there’s something unmissable going on next week.
Of the many movies coming out this Fall, lots of them are based on books, proving once again that Hollywood’s best material comes from the page. There are always a ton of great books in the process of being adapted, so for the new season upon us, we have a brand-new reading list with titles that are becoming movies very soon or which were recently optioned or in the development stage. Either way, get your page-turning fingers ready!
Outlander on Starz at 8:00pm ET.
The Simpsons on Fox at 8:00pm ET. 29th season premiere. Television is back with a vengeance tonight so apologies if I missed your particular favorite show to insult. I promise I’ll cycle around to it sometime this season. And here, we have The Simpsons back so they can premiere before it’s time to go off air for baseball playoffs.
Sunday Night Football: Indianapolis Colts at Seattle Seahawks on NBC at 8:20pm ET.
Ghosted on Fox at 8:30pm ET. Series premiere. The new series starring Adam Scott and Craig Robinson as… inept paranormal investigators. I understand this conceptually but since I consider most paranormal investigators to be inept generally I feel like this may be skewing too close to reality to actually be funny. But they are more than welcome to prove me wrong.
Wisdom of the Crowd on CBS at 8:30pm ET. Series premiere. This is a new series where Jeremy Piven crowd sources crime solving via «technology» to solve his daughter’s murder and prove that who cares about dedicated police officers, amateurs on the internet are just as good if you get enough of them together!
The Fall season is synonymous with brand-new TV, and even though quality programming comes out all year long, Fall is still very important, especially to broadcast TV. There are a ton of new shows this season, and as they premiere and either land — or bomb — we also get news on whether the new series are getting picked up for a whole season (or longer). We have the first news on the new shows, plus some updates on your favorite shows that were previously renewed. (Not seeing what you’re looking for? Check here.)
What’s Been Renewed
- Young Sheldon: The Big Bang Theory‘s spinoff series has already been picked up for a full season after premiering in late September.
- This Is Us: This is technically old news, since This Is Us actually got renewed for two seasons back in January. Still, now that the show has begun season two, the reminder is necessary.
- Will & Grace: The rebooted series was renewed before it even returned.
- American Horror Story: The series, which is in its seventh season, was renewed for seasons eight and nine back in January.
What’s Been Canceled
- The Mist: The Stephen King TV adaptation has been canceled after just one season.
I owe you all an apology. I feel I’ve let you down. You see, Disney XD aired two brand new episodes of their delightful Ducktales reboot this weekend (you know, the one featuring the voice talents of literally everyone that matters) and I missed them. I’d been waiting since that special premiere in August, and then I totally dropped the ball. I’m just… so, so sorry.
But the good news is that I just caught up, and am ready to discuss them at length! So let’s dive into that Money Bin together, shall we?
The channel was smart to pair «Daytrip of Doom» and «The Great Dime Chase» together, because they both feature more grounded, everyday shenanigans than the globetrotting Atlantis adventure of the premiere. They also have some nifty character expansion and a few anticipated introductions. «Daytrip» focuses on the burgeoning friendship between Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby, as well as the growing pains at Scrooge’s mansion as he and Mrs. Beakley get used to the additional houseguests.
«I’m pleased to have you here as long as it in no way inconveniences me.» — Scrooge, but also anyone who has ever had houseguests stay for longer than a night, amirite?
He defers the real house rules to Mrs. Beakley, who has… a lot of them. And Donald isn’t into it, so he tries to become as completely independent of the mansion as he can get whilst still living in a houseboat parked in Scrooge’s pool. It involves a lot of generators, and an oil fire. «That idiot is going to get himself killed,» was Beakley’s response. And then she giggled. YOU GUYS I THINK MRS. BEAKLEY MIGHT BE MY FAVORITE NOW.
And that’s some mighty stiff competition, because Webby is shaping up to be the show’s secret weapon. Literally. She’s downright lethal. Her proficiency with night-vision goggles, wall-scaling and grappling hook guns comes at a cost, however. She doesn’t really know how to have normal kid fun. She says things like «If you’re not a player, you’re a pawn,» turns every game into a war game, and manages to knock down a tree with a hacky sack. She’s, frankly, intimidating. So it’s no surprise that the boys don’t quite know how to keep up with her, or get a little scared to play with her, or even question whether they should take her out in public. But take her out into public they do… to Funso’s Funzone (where fun is in the zone, duh!).
There’s video games («Uke or Puke,» which is like «Guitar Hero»… but with a ukulele) and snacks and a ball pit, and Webby embarrasses the boys in each scenario, eventually causing enough damage (grappling hook gun ftw!) that they get kicked out for life. And that’s when Beagle Boys kidnap them, to impress Ma Beagle (Margo Martindale, who seems to be having a fucking blast). This family of ne’er-do-wells are petty crooks with a bone to pick with Scrooge, and they see their meal ticket in ransoming off the kids. Donald and Mrs. Beakley join forces to respond to the ransom note, only to find that the kids don’t really need saving at all — thanks to Webby and her danger-skills. The boys tell Webby to just be herself, which makes sense because «herself» knows how to escape from restraints and fuck shit up.
In the end, Donald impresses Beakley (WHO MIGHT BE A SPY, FYI) with his berserker-rage and single-handedly takes down two of the Beagle Boys, while inside Webby manages to trap and tie up another Beagle Boy plus Ma herself, impressing everyone. And Scrooge? He’s taking a money bath. The episode very easily could have made Huey, Dewey, and Louie out to be little shitheads who need to be convinced that Webby is worthwhile, or who get offended that she’s more hardcore at games than they are, but to its credit it never does. The boys always respect and value Webby while also recognizing that she’s a bit intense and may not fit in to certain situations. Yet they take her anyway, to get her out of her element and expose her to new things. They get frustrated (they’re kids), and her feelings may get hurt a bit along the way, but it’s clear they aren’t surprised when she saves the day. They know exactly what she’s capable of. And while they may be a tad scared of her sometimes, they are more than happy to have her save the day. They know the value of keeping her on their team.
«The Great Dime Chase» focuses on Scrooge taking Louie to work in order to show him the importance of hard work, while Webby and Dewey tag along to access Scrooge’s archives — where they hope to find information about the boys’ mother, Della Duck. And yes, there is definitely a Dewey Decimal gag included.
Louie has been getting a little too comfortable with all the free soda, cell phones, and reality television available at the mansion, so tagging along for a day at the office isn’t his idea of a great time. Things get interesting, however, when Scrooge arrives at the Money Bin (which seems to be a sort of smaller, private office, as opposed to the more corporate headquarters downtown) to find that his board of directors have come to meet with him… about his own spending. Well, it’s interesting for us. Louie is clearly bored out of his skull. So he escapes to hit the vending machine, stealing a mysterious dime from a decorative velvet display pillow on the way so he can buy a soda.
Of course that dime turns out to be the first dime Scrooge ever earned, a.k.a. the inspiration for him coming to America. And so, while Scrooge has to explain the importance of funding for magical/mystical protections on the Money Bin (do you guys even KNOW how many curses he has on his head? DO YOU?), Louie is frantically trying to track down a dime that’s already been collected from the vending machine and is now being moved around a LITERAL MONEY BIN. It’s like trying to find a needle in a pile of other needles, pins, and assorted sharp objects.
Good thing Louie has already met one of Scrooge’s pet inventors, a disgruntled genius named Gyro Gearloose (voiced with the perfect amount of huffy angst by Jim Rash) — who just so happens to have a new invention that might come in handy. Lil Bulb is a lightbulb-headed mini robot does it all, and totally won’t rise up and attempt to overthrow the humans, why would you even worry? Seriously, I’ve never seen a kid’s cartoon mine so many robot uprising jokes in one sitting, but I’m glad someone is out there warning the youngsters about our future overlords.
Louie scams his way into a free trial of the ‘bot, and sets it the task of locating that one special dime. So it… goes ahead and tries to find ALL the many dimes. Then finds some giant machinery to take over, so it can go on a rampage and continue searching for all the dimes MORE EVILLY. Gyro steps in and manages to fix his invention (or at least stop its rampage), while Louie finds and returns that very special dime. Only to find out that it’s a decoy dime! Obviously Scrooge wouldn’t leave something that important just sitting around, that’s preposterous.
The message is obviously that robots aren’t the answer because they’ll just gain sentience and try to take over, and yes you should put in the hard work yourself, and also sugary soft drinks are terrible. Though the only lesson Gyro seems to have learned is that while the robots he creates may turn evil, perhaps he just needs to turn HIMSELF into a robot… hello, «Project Blatherskite»! We’re one step closer to finally seeing Gizmoduck!
Meanwhile, in the b-plot, Dewey and Webby make it into the archives, where they have to perform some tests to prove their worth before the librarian will help them find the information they need. Sure, the tests are mostly a way for the librarian to foist her work off on the kids, but they do gain the knowledge necessary to access a super-secret chamber… full of items related to Della Duck. Who maybe stole something called the «Spear of Selene» from Scrooge? This is shaping up to be a whole overarching mystery for the kids to unravel, and I’m HERE for it.
What DuckTales continues to do well is blend the nostalgia for the original with clever, modern updates. The jokes fly fast and furious, the characters are more defined and nuanced, and yet the focus is still on the kids. No amount of Donald or Scrooge or «Hey, we have the hot Scottish guy from Doctor Who in this, let’s give him all the lines» will distract from the essential balance of the series. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Launchpad, who was barely in these episodes, and there are still new characters on the horizon (GIZMOFUCKINGDUCK), and I’m sure there will be more grand adventures on the way. But it’s great to see that the show doesn’t need to leave Duckburg to be a good time.