Photo: Simon Mein/Courtesy of Miramax Films
In Mike Leigh's seriocomedy Happy-Go-Lucky, British actress Sally Hawkins goes bravely over the top as ever-peppy Poppy, whose relentless optimism and good cheer should come with a warning label.
— Jessica Winter
Print your cell phone photos using a Polaroid PoGo, the pocket-size device that connects to Bluetooth-enabled phones to make inkless (and therefore smear-proof) copies of your pictures (TheNewInstant.com).
Wine lovers, unite! You can browse countless reviews, get personalized recommendations, or connect with fellow imbibers at Snooth.com, a social networking site for wine connoisseurs.
Sitting at the cosmetics counter for a makeover can leave even an extrovert feeling sheepish. But you can revamp your looks in private at Taaz.com—just upload a digital photo of yourself to start playing with the site's broad palette of hairstyles and makeup shades (O's editor-at-large, Gayle King, recently gave it a whirl). And the most fun? Tweaking photos of your favorite celebrity, your kid, or your husband. Go on, a little eyeliner never hurt anyone.
Swim into The Opposite Side of the Sea (Quarter Past Wonderful), Oren Lavie's seductive new CD. "Her Morning Elegance" was featured on a Chevy Malibu commercial, but there's nothing assembly-line about Lavie's sensuous cello and whispery voice.
Hardball tactics, broken promises, teary confrontations...it's all in a day's work for the brave Chinese third-graders running for class monitor in the documentary Please Vote for Me, excerpted on Wholphin No. 6. The latest DVD collection from Dave Eggers' publishing house, McSweeney's, also features a look at tropical reptiles (Safari), an adaptation of a Roddy Doyle story (New Boy), and Juno's Michael Cera as a sweetly flummoxed gentleman caller in the surreal Darling Darling ($20, Store.McSweeneys.net).
Go out for a (local!) night at the opera.
In 1910, the Metropolitan Opera hosted the world's first-ever public radio broadcast, featuring the great tenor Enrico Caruso. Nearly 100 years later, the New York institution continues to evolve with the latest technology: Returning for its third season is the series The Met: Live in HD, which will beam simulcasts of 11 productions in some 800 movie theaters worldwide MetOperaFamily.org).
Hi-def opera is the closest thing to a live front-row seat. Imagine yourself onstage and inches away from Renée Fleming, who will sing three famous roles—in as many languages—during the Met's opening night gala, screening on September 22: the doomed courtesan Violetta Valéry in Verdi's La Traviata; the fickle, tragic title character of Jules Massenet's Manon; and the love-seeking countess in Richard Strauss' Capriccio. The season also includes five new productions and a Met premiere, John Adams' Doctor Atomic (about the race to develop the A-bomb). Did we mention no formal wear required? — Richard Gehr
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Consider adopting a pet. October kicks off a three-month-long campaign headed by Felicity Huffman and Iams to find homes for some of the million rescued animals currently in shelters (IamsHome4theHolidays.com).
From the October 2008 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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