We seem to be over the worst of this heat wave, but it’s a hot summer all around. Stay cool at Yoko’s shows. At Les Zygomates, you can cool off with oysters or scallop ceviche from the raw bar, or with a classic French salad of goat cheese, beets and walnuts on greens. Or, order a hot entree and soak up the air conditioning. At Ryles, you can enjoy the a/c with a hot brunch, or one of their summer cocktails, like the frozen peach bellini.
The word “cool,” used to mean “not warm,” has been around since the 1400s, but it only got its informal uses more recently. The word started to mean “fashionable” in the 1930s in American Black English, but it wasn’t until the late 1940s that it started to be a general term of approval, originally in the jazz community. “Hot” describes a lively, hard-driving, bebop sound, and “cool” describes smoother sounds that focus on emotion as well as expression and classical influences in jazz. Around the same time these terms arose for the music, jazz musicians started to use them to apply to people and ideas.
So stay cool in the air conditioning, with some cool food, listening to music that can be both cool and hot, but that’s definitely cool! (Whew!)