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Things to do for May 21, 2009
Scorsese's New Movie Club, Lego Architecture and Brazil's Answer to the Shuttlecock
This weekend is sunshine and barbecue.
Backyard sports haven't been as fun since lawn darts were outlawed—apparently one too many kids put their eyes out in the '80s. Now bringing back some edge: this shuttlecock-style device, designed to be kicked, tossed and smacked around in a badminton-like game based on Brazil's Peteca. This is the country that gave us Gisele and Adriana Lima, so we'll trust 'em on lawn sports.
If the weather turns rainy this weekend, consider it an excuse to spend time with Martin Scorsese's new film site. It streams dozens of old and obscure flicks, from Buster Keaton's Cops to Harlan County U.S.A.—many of which were rescued from going out of print. Think of it as Hulu meets the Criterion Collection—and something to do until Marty's Sinatra biopic hits theaters.
With all due respect to your childhood Lego masterpieces, none were as cool as Fallingwater, the legendary architect's mind-blowing house in western Pennsylvania. Now's your chance to make up for lost time: as part of its soon-to-launch Architecture series, Lego is releasing Wright's work in plastic-brick form. No word on Lincoln Logs' version of the Chrysler Building.
Ever wish you could sport a set of high-design keys? Frankly, neither did we, at least until we saw these beauties. For just 11 bucks, the company will send you a brass piece, which you can then have fitted to your locks. Designs range from grenades to a Dude-worthy bowling ball/pin combo.
Sure, you could wake up to blaring beeps (or your friend's emails), but it's much more pleasant to be awoken to the dulcet tones of…British character actor Stephen Fry. He famously played a butler in UK sitcom Jeeves and Wooster, where he made "Excuse me, sir" something of a catchphrase. Bring your own Wooster-worthy hangovers.