Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Yesterday, on the way to taking a nap on the grass at the Christopher street pier, I suggested stopping into this gallery to check out this video. We sat there transfixed for a half hour or 40 minutes or whatever, it was one of the funniest, smartest, most beautiful artworks I've seen in a long, long time. It gave me chills....
heres ken Johnson's review from Friday's Times
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
620 Greenwich Street, at Leroy Street, West Village
Through June 28
Do yourself a favor and don’t miss Dara Friedman’s exhilarating one-hour video “Musical.” It is based on a series of live performances that Ms. Friedman, based in Miami, orchestrated in New York last fall. During a three-week period she paid people from different walks of life — including office workers, cabdrivers, young mothers, schoolchildren and tourists — to sing without accompaniment in public places throughout the city. They did so in daylight and at night on sidewalks, in coffee shops, in parks, on church steps and on office building plazas.
The film is an engrossing, often deeply moving documentary montage of 60 different people singing mostly romantic pop songs. Some of the singers look and sound like professionals, and even the ones who don’t are impressive. Passers-by look quizzically at them or at the camera. A man gives money to a scruffy youth singing “Ave Maria” in the busy main hall of Grand Central Terminal. In the final scene a young blond woman in a red dress sings “God Bless America” on a Park Avenue corner with a passion guaranteed to create a lump in your throat.
Beyond the entertainment factor, Ms. Friedman’s film produces an uncanny layered effect. Its resemblance to a Hollywood musical and its documentary realism combine to produce a curious blurring of fiction and reality. And as the performers sing their songs of love and yearning, the wall between the emotionally charged inwardness of the individual and the vast, mechanical anonymity of the modern metropolis momentarily falls. KEN JOHNSON
Yesterday we took the free water taxi to the new Ikea in brooklyn (Info Here)
And along the really pleasant 10 or twenty minute ride we saw all four waterfall sites at once.....for about half of the ride.
So once they are up and running....after thursday I think, This would be an awesome, convenient and free way to experience this piece!
One hint though...GO EARLY in the day as the boats fill up as it gets later!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Last evening I was walking down by the east river and ran across one of Olafur Eliasson's frestanding waterfalls on the east river. The project dosn't open till next week but I guess they must have been testing this one...it was pretty cool! A crowd gathered and they were all laughing and smiling and pointing. I'm sure this is gonna be a huge success, deservedly so!
Monday, June 16, 2008
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Saturday, June 14, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
After friday night's Butt Party we took the 8:07 train to Asbury park. Is it mere coincidence that the last story in the new issue of Butt is a tale of Michael Bullock's wild weekend in ASBURY????
The Baker Boys in Ocean Grove supplied the cupcakes
Friday nights Butt party was a great way to usher in summer nights on the Eagle rooftop. Slava was charming and gracious as he and Brian took time off from autographing my issue to pose for Les Simpson's camera. Check out Les' Website, MY COMRADE, here.