Wednesday, March 26th

Is Spring sprung? The official First Day of Spring has come and gone and yet our fashionable spring trench continues to be an insufficient barrier against the elements. Nonetheless, brace yourselves, sister girlfriends: Skinny jeans tucked into knee-high boots are about to give way to day-glo flesh tucked into knee-high boots, and we’ll again be forced to stop eating dinner. … Can someone just marry us so we can get fat? Meanwhile: Who’s next for a sex scandal? This is fun! We haven’t felt so invigorated by the news since … well, since we learned about gay Morse code! (We wish we’d known earlier that all you have to do to get radio play for your single is … Eliot Spitzer!) And in more intellectual news: Someone thank the film nerds at Film Society of Lincoln Center for giving us something to talk about besides socialite-studded museum galas, which are always laboring to raise money for the preservation of old paintings or to Save Venice while simultaneously sending a black cloud of carbon monoxide up into our warming atmosphere via their army of idling town cars! After all, arty films really are the perfect choice for those rainy, hung-over Saturdays when all you really want to do is sit back and ponder mortality and your dysfunctional relationship with your mother! The Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA premiere 26 films and seven shorts as part of its New Directors/New Films Festival. The heady lineup includes such gems as Momma’s Man, about a “couple who offer domestic refuge to their thirty-something son when he finds himself in midlife inertia.” (Hmm, this one may be a tad close to home …) Later, N.Y.U.’s Maison Française hosts a colloquium on “The Rising Significance of Race in France.” (Ha, the French are still struggling with race! How quaint!)

[New Directors/New Films 2008, Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, www.filmlinc.com for screening times; Maison Française event, 16 Washington Mews, 6:30 p.m., www.nyu.edu/maisonfrancaise]

Wednesday, March 26th