Saturday, October 31, 2009

EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

OK so maybe its really Halloween but I am channeling the day of the dead over here!! I was in the mood... bought a dickies work wear onsie and painted it by hand. I started out with an image of a skeleton from google image search... laid out my work wear suit flat on the floor with some plastic underneath.. mixed a little white primer with water in a plastic cup.... and freehanded it!!! see progress pics below....




Tape it up Tape it down:

Ever wish your phones flash would tone down?? That flash can do some ugly things to your photos. Really. So here is a little tip: Get out the scotch tape and cover that flash with a few layers... test it.. see if its to your liking.. remove add... experiment. And be relieved that you will now have nicely exposed photos with no flash overload!!

REWIND!!! GRACE JONES: THE ULTIMATE COSTUMER


Grace Jones LOVES to wear a costume. And she does it RIGHT!!! So for a little Halloween inspiration here are some photos from a show she performed in New York in July.
a little note I sent my girl Marla who couldn't make it out that night:
"The show was so insanely amazing - you would have LOVED tht show!!! It was everything that is cool about fashion and music and being different and creative!! Everything we love about new york was there!! It made me think oh yes I love this about new york!!! It was the biggest group of gay men and hags and drags I have ever seen!! The outfits and people watching... oye!! And Grace seriously took down the house the costumes changed almost every song from bare ass naked to swarovski lasar hat! Girl it was fierce!! Her body was incredible her voice perfection and the band killed...you have to look up pictures... Made me think you would have loved xoxoxoxox I wore my new Missoni shirt and Yves gold collar and literally queens were touching my shoulder, tagging me and whispering "fierceeee" !! What a riot!!! Xoxoxoxooxoxox Sent from my BlackBerry® smartphone with SprintSpeed"
PHOTOS: COMPLIMENTS OF CLAUDIA DE SOUSA BAPTISTA

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Everybody needs a little stuffed cabbage sometimes...


THE BEST STUFFED CABBAGE I HAVE EVER HAD.
THANK YOU COLIN ADRIAN FOR POINTING IT OUT.
915 Manhattan Ave. Greenpoint Brooklyn
For years I have bought meat at this amazing Polish butcher shop in Greenpoint Brooklyn. In fact the last time my mother was in town she bought a dozen kielbasa and flew home with them to California. Two weeks later she wanted a FedEx shipment..... Seriously! Well the Stuffed Cabbage is even better... rice pork cabbage some tomato sauce what could be better for a cool fall evening... Get 4 to go for $6 dollars and you will have a killer comfort dinner for 2 that will put you in a warm delicious food coma.

Matthew Ritchie


Matthew Ritchie. An artist who works in all forms it seems... and yet within his work there is a beautiful continuity... the sculpture the drawings the paintings the installations all bring you an organic clash with industrialism. He is currently directing The Long Count at Brooklyn Academy or Music. Here is a link to his site: http://www.matthewritchie.com/ All photos courtesy of matthewritchie.com

The Long Count at BAM : Beautiful Projections


An awesome show last night. Featuring Bryce and Aaron Dessner and Kim and Kelley Deal with a handball opener by local twin tweens Racquel and Joshua Garcia. A bit of a twin fest I guess you could say. Beautiful haunting music. Beautiful projections. A show loaded with symmetry. A projection screen unlike any I have seen before which was like a cross section of a geodesic dome...or the inside of a cut gemstone... The projections back projected on this beautiful screen stole the show.... by Matthew Ritchie, Nick Roth, James Case and Jim Caffrey. The projections were the result of a multimedia project by Matthew Ritchie called "The Morning Line" AMAZING PROJECTIONS. See video about Matthew Ritchie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja2CUVJmQ48

Photos of the show below courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/brassland/

MACtastic!!!


Who needs to dress up when you can get MACtastic with a little Ruby Woo... Matte Red Lips by MAC. Thank you for this revelation in oldschool vibrations... Embodying the 50's but dressed in denim and nike high tops... nice!
http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/spp.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT168&PRODUCT_ID=310

SOFTSATIONAL!!!! Shhhhhhh!!


At 4am there is nothing more soothing than the sounds of softsational soft rock. What more could one want in life??? Lets face it here VH1 has outdone themselves on this one... A top 40 countdown of some of the all time favorites in softrock with a little docu background on each.... AHhhhhhhh and off to sleep... so relaxing.. Laugh if you want to... but I know everyone of you has at least one of these classics on your ipod... and you know all the lyrics!! Thank you VH1 Classics for this beautiful moving magical compilation!!
40. Bertie Higgins - "Key Largo"
39. David Soul - "Don’t Give Up On Us"
38. Peter Frampton - "Baby, I Love Your Way"
37. Leo Sayer - "When I Need You "
36. 10cc - "I’m Not in Love"
35. Extreme - "More Than Words"
34. Dan Hill - "Sometimes When We Touch"
33. Cat Stevens - "Peace Train"
32. Kenny Loggins - "This is It"
31. Richard Marx - "Hold On To The Nights"
30. Andrew Gold - "Lonely Boy"
29. Debby Boone - "You Light Up My Life"
28. America - "Horse With No Name"
27. Lionel Richie - "Hello"
26. Harry Chapin - "Cat's In The Cradle"
25. Anne Murray - "You Needed Me"
24. Phil Collins - "One More Night"
23. REO Speedwagon - "I Can't Fight This Feeling"
22. Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson - "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love"
21. Orleans - "Still the One"
20. Captain & Tennille - "Do That To Me One More Time"
19. Michael Bolton - "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You"
18. Toto - "Rosanna"
17. Juice Newton - "Angel Of The Morning"
16. Bread - "Baby I’m - A Want You"
15. Journey - "Open Arms"
14. Seals & Crofts - "Summer Breeze"
13. Carpenters - "Superstar"
12. Starland Vocal Band - "Afternoon Delight"
11. Olivia Newton-John - "I Honestly Love You"
10. Chuck Mangione - "Feels So Good"
09. Hall and Oates - "One On One"
08. The Doobie Brothers - "What A Fool Believes"
07. Kansas - "Dust In The Wind"
06. Air Supply - "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All"
05. Chicago - "If You Leave Me Now"
04. Barry Manilow - "Mandy"
03. Rupert Holmes - "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)"
02. Styx - "Babe"
01. Christopher Cross - "Sailing"

http://www.vh1classic.com/view/playlist/1560875/152192/40_Most_Softsational_Soft_Rock_Songs/What_Is_Soft_Rock/index.jhtml

Photo of Yesterday

Laundry Day: Photo by Stephonik Youth

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

MUSIC: A ROSE PARADE @ UNION POOL TONIGHT



A ROSE PARADE
10/28/09 - 11pm - Union Pool - 8$
final show of fall residency with Flowers of Flesh and Blood 9pm and My Best Fiend 10pm



Talk About A Birth Announcement!




I mean really lets put the pressure on early. I still have yet to live up to the hype. But thank you for getting my foot in the door. I was born with crafty credits!!!

Random Facts with Joseph Myles Duran #1 - The Advent of the Toothbrush

Today is the first installment of one of my favorite new segments...

video

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A Film: Senso by Luchino Visconti 1954..... Love, Betrayal, War, Revenge ... all the good stuff really




Senso, 1954, by Luchino Visconti One of the most glorious color films ever made. Best to see in celluloid but the entire film can be viewed on youtube channel "La Mémoire Visuelle" in decent quality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKMq0cJbgKg&feature=related

"Let us not bother with heaven or hell." - Senso, 1954, by Luchino Visconti



The Waning Moon

And like a lady, lean and pale,
Who totters forth wrapped in a gauzy
veil,
Out of her chamber, led by the insane
And feeble wanderings of her fading
brain,
The moon arose in the murky East,
A white and shapeless mass-

-Percy Bysshe Shelley

Senso 1954 Film Still Slideshow (click on title to view)