Archive for April 2006

4.26.06

Inspiration: GOWN SILHOUETTES

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My friend Michelle’s husband is giving us a private painting lesson next weekend. Very exciting! Inspiring me are these simple silhouettes painted by Marlana Hendrick. She sells her work on ebay and the price is right.

In the spirit of petticoats and (headless) silhouettes, here’s a new trailer for Sofia Coppola‘s Marie Antoinette posted by Fashionolgie who also posts this gorgeous Dior/Galliano creation:

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Also, CFM Gallery just put up this early preview of Anne Bachelier’s latest exhibit, Variations on a Variation, inspired by trips to Tibet and Carnivale in Venice. I love the ship in the sky.

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4.25.06

May 23:

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Click on over to Krissy’s. She’s just informed us that Tilly and The Wall’s new album is out May 23 and links to track three, “Bad Education.”  Olé olé !
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4.23.06

west village church

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NYC, November 2005. Church courtyard on Hudson.

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4.23.06

Power to the people

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My dad sent me this intense photo essay, Nuclear Nightmares: Twenty Years Since Chernobyl, by Robert Knoth with reporting by Antoinette De Jong. (You have to roll your cursor over the pic to read the captions.)

Usually, I’m guilty of not clicking on this kind of thing because it exhausts me. I feel deeply sad, powerless, feeble. Yet, this time I looked because I was overcome with the feeling that I HAD TO. Otherwise, won’t these people would be suffering in vain? The victims of the Chernobyl melt-down are (yet more) powerful evidence that the research and creation of renewable and sustainable energy sources should be our A#1 priority.

After looking at these pics, I did feel sad and feeble, but not powerless. I actually felt determined – a stubborn, resolute, pissed-off kind of determination deep in my bones.

Here are a few facts that blow the mind:

*Trace deposition of released radionuclides was measurable in all countries of the northern hemisphere.

*Zones around Chernobyl will have to remain closed for 900 years.

*Victims of the Chernobyl nuclear accident “must also face the fear that the genetic damage they have suffered may be passed down to their offspring.”

*Simply closing down these complexes is not an option, the Russian Federation will have to look after their nuclear plants for another 24,000 years.

*”Many grave accidents, near disasters and countless incidents have not halted plans to further expand the industry. The Russian Federation has far-reaching ambitions to provide knowledge, technology and services to a number of nations.”

OK, Russian Federation, I’m aware that 3rd and 2nd world countries need cheap energy, and that everybody on this planet has an inalienable right to power. But, we only have one planet here. If we are going to export this apocalyptic fire, shouldn’t it be somebody with a decent track record? WTF? 900 years is not a reasonable buffer-time for accident recovery, and nobody should be creating vast amounts of anything with a half-life of 24,000 years.

Yesterday, I was talking about needing a paradigm shift. Isn’t it becoming obvious, I mean winds-of-change-blowing-in-your-face obvious, that the whole planet needs a paradigm shift? Do we think we are indestructible? Where is the foresight? Where are our priorities? Where are the leaders?? Why aren’t enormous teams of international scientists putting their heads together to figure out how to efficiently tap the sun? Why isn’t renewable energy more important than “the war on terror” (I have to laugh whenever I type that farce.) When I ask that question, people say, “Well, that’s not realistic” or “That’s naive and idealistic” or “The world has always been a miserable, wretched place” or “When there’s market demand our priorities will shift.”

YEAH, BUT WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN TO SHIFT OUR PRIORITIES ???

This Chernobyl photo essay was disturbing, but it increased my determination to do what I can, in my own way. I can certainly think about, tune into, promote, support and discuss the importance of developing new, cheap and forms of energy. History shows, bottom line, public demand (or acquiescence) sets the tone for progress. Maybe if more of us have the courage to look at photos like this, it will help us prioritize on a personal level? When these issues remain on the forefront of our minds, it will grease the wheels for change. I am determined to believe this because I still have hope. We’re not lacking ingenuity and vision. We’re lacking a sense of priority.

Posted at 1pm on 4/23/06 | no comments; | Filed Under: environment, photography, the shift (of ages) | read on

4.22.06

HAPPY EARTH DAY

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We’re the proud guardians of this Cornus florida “Cherokee Chief” (pink dogwood) and Prunus y. Akebono (cherry blossom.) Aren’t they pink and perfect?

We celebrated Earth Day today by filling up an entire car full of junk and bringing it the recycling center. I’m glad we’re motivated to recycle, but disgusted by how much unnecessary crap we accumulate even with a fair amount of awareness that we shouldn’t. I need a paradigm shift. I need to go live with the Amish.

Posted at 6pm on 4/22/06 | no comments; | Filed Under: environment, my photos | read on

4.22.06

GRACE

MOJO Magazine names the best 100 modern classic albums, and Grace is #1.

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4.20.06

Inspiration: HORSE

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No, I’m not promoting Keane’s new album, but thanks to XO for bringing the beautiful Finnish folk art on their album cover to my attention! The other two horses were designed by Kunihiro Amano (top right) and Christophoro Sklavenitis (bottom right.) I’m enamored with their graceful, rounded necks and the delicate stem-like legs. What’s frustrating is that I can’t remember which obscure internet grotto I found the Amano woodblock print; all I have is this miniscule two-inch version. I’ll have to buy a tiny frame.

The Greek horse by Sklavenitis (supposedly a student of Modigiliani) is a statue I found years ago at The Museum Company. They don’t sell it anymore and I can only find it wholesale at this greekfleamarket. If I take an etching or woodblock class this summer, I’ll have to plagiarize the design.

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4.19.06

Lost sweaters and howling bells

stein.jpgSeems the music of the Howling Bells has already woven it’s way into my subconscious along with, apparently, Kristin Cavallari. The other night I dreamt I was back in college where Kristin and I ran around campus looking for my lost cardigan sweater to the sounds of the Howling Bell’s “Low Happening.” According to dream interpretation, lost property indicates a threat to your body or emotional well-being, and dreaming of Kristin Cavallari indicates you’re reading too much Pink Is The New Blog.

The Howling Bells sent me an email today claiming I could preview their “entire” new album (out May 8) here, but I’m only getting one-minute previews of each songs. What the hell? 60 seconds is such a tease!

Must listen: “A Ballad For The Bleeding Hearts.”

Posted at 1pm on 4/19/06 | 1 comment | Filed Under: female voices, music | read on

4.18.06

Regina

regina.jpgI’ve been waiting for Lauriet to post about her recent Regina Spektor show, but it’s all kittens and airports in the land of Laurie.

Of course, Laurie, always the pioneer of original, quirky music, is the one who introduced me to Regina. I didn’t exactly get into Soviet Kitsch. I found it, well, kind of annoying. It was one of those albums where I knew there was *something* there, but didn’t have the patience to forge a connection. My point being that I’ve just now heard two tracks from Regina’s new album Begin To Hope (June 13), and I’m hearing with new ears. (Laurie has a record for introducing me to artists I initially dismiss and then rediscover like, er, Jeff Buckley.) Granted this album has a “produced” sound that’s less raw/wriggling than Soviet Kitsch, but maybe as I get older I’m more inclined toward easy listening.

I won’t make comparisons to Fiona or Tori (will I?), but Ms. Spektor is worth a listen if you have a piano-songstress thing.

Go to Regina’s MySpace and listen to “Fidelity” and “Better.” Actually, before you do that, download her lovely cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Chelsea Hotel.”

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4.12.06

You’ve got to wonder… was Peter’s mom a Pink Floyd groupie?

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