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Frey in “The Wilde Years”

from TAXI

SVA Presents “The Wilde Years”

11 Sep 2009

Bookmark and ShareSchool of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “The Wilde Years: Four Decades of Shaping Visual Culture,” an exhibition that celebrates designers, art directors and other creative professionals who have graduated from the BFA Advertising and Graphic Design Department at SVA.

Designed by Kevin O’Callaghan, chair of 3D Design at SVA, the multi-media exhibition space of “The Wilde Years” will place familiar advertisements, book covers, CD packaging and posters within everyday settings. A comfortable reading nook will highlight book jacket design and feature covers for James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces, Hilary Rodham Clinton’s Living History and Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, among other best sellers. Subway advertisements, including theatrical posters for Broadway hits like Rent, Chicago and John Leguizamo’s Freak, will be on view within a mock subway platform. A life-size bus shelter will include advertising campaigns for Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi and Showtime, while a mini-screening room will project television commercials and music videos.

[ click to read full blurb at designTAXI.com ]

Posted on September 11, 2009 by Editor

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Buster Balloon @ HALF GALLERY

from Huqleberry Redux

Your Dress is Frey’d

Yesterday I went to see Buster Balloon at the Half Gallery.  The display was mildly entertaining from the perspective of a 23-year-old but wildly fascinating to the three year old in a stroller next to me.

elvis balloon

Among the creations were a miniature Elvis, an ice-cream cone, water faucet, gorilla, and a monkey smoking a cigarette (my favorite).  Now I know why Jeff Koons proclaimed Buster, “The top balloon twister in the world.”

Yeah, Jeff Koons would say that wouldn’t he.

James Frey, half-author and a third of the partnership that comprises the gallery, was moping around outside.

[ click to continue reading at Huqleberry.com ]

Posted on September 10, 2009 by Editor

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Help Fight Spinal Muscular Atrophy @ Yankee Stadium Tonight

Greater NY Chapter’s Awareness Day with the Yankees
Wed 09/09/2009 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

FSMA Greater New York Chapter
along with
The New York Yankees

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SMA AWARENESS DAY

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Yankees_Cuevas Fam

 Spinal Muscular Atrophy is the number one genetic killer of infants.  SMA destroys the nerves controlling movement and breathing.

1 in 40 people carry the genetic cause of the disease – 500,000 are carriers in New York State.

1 in 6,000 live births are affected.

There is no cure or treatment for this brutal disease.  But there is tremendous hope for a breakthrough in the near future from ongoing research and clinical trials.  Families of SMA is the leading charity supporting research to find a cure. The Greater NY Chapter of Families of SMA supports over 500 families in the local area.

CLICK HERE FOR INFO – DO WHAT YOU CAN TO HELP

Posted on September 9, 2009 by Editor

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Army Archerd Gone

from Deadline Hollywood

R.I.P. Army Archerd

By NIKKI FINKE

army archerdLongtime Variety columnist Army Archerd died this afternoon at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center of a rare form of cancer. He was posting on his online column as recently as July 27th. But he was best known for his “Just for Variety” column in the print edition of Daily Variety from 1953 to 2005. And, long before Ryan Seacrest even held a microphone, Army was a fixture on the Red Carpet at the Academy Awards as the interviewer of record. Conventional wisdom had it that an Oscar campaign wouldn’t be successful without multiple mentions in Archerd’s column. Among his countless news exclusives was the tragic 1985 news that Rock Hudson had the AIDS virus. This, like everything showbiz, Army handled without sensation. Though Hudson’s publicist Dale Olson had tried to cover up Rock’s illness, Archerd learned of Hudson’s hospitalization in Paris and “wrote one of the most carefully written pieces I have ever seen,” Olson recalled to Variety when Army retired his print column. “That’s one of the secrets of Army’s success. He would do a story, even if it was a difficult personal story, and not write it like gossip. The message was there, but it was gentle. His column will really be missed. There is no way to replace Army Archerd.” I, too, thought Archerd one of the last true gentleman journalists working in Hollywood, and one of the most accurate. He was always sweet and supportive towards me. My condolences go out to his wife of many years, Selma.

Press-shy celebrities from Marlon Brando to Johnny Carson always sought out Archerd. According to a 2005 tribute to the journalist written when he retired as a print columnist, when Carson was about to celebrate his 25th anniversary on NBC in 1987, he told his publicist: “I’m not doing any interviews, because if I do one, I’ll have to do them all. But if Army calls, I’ll speak to him.”

[ click to continue reading at Deadline.com ]

Posted on September 8, 2009 by Editor

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Disco At The Bowl

from The Los Angeles Times

Posted on September 8, 2009 by Editor

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Saatchi On Saatchi

from The Telegraph UK

Charles Saatchi: secret life of a collector laid bare

With the publication of a new book, the publicity shy art collector Charles Saatchi answers questions about art, pornography and sleeping pills.

Published: 5:29PM BST 07 Sep 2009

Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson

Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson: ‘Without the BBC Britain would have become a very barren place’

Do artists deserve to get as rich as Damien Hirst, who I read is worth £100 million?

Only if you think of art as entertainment, in which case his pay scale sits alongside Tiger Woods, Harrison Ford, Roger Federer, Johnny Depp, Madonna and the other superstars.

Do you have colours you dislike, that you find put you off a painting?

Not really. But paintings with skulls or children’s dolls put me off. Celebrity faces are only OK if your name is Warhol. Scribbled words are only OK if your name is Twombly. Harlequins are only OK if your name is Picasso.

You are meant to be tyrannical about installing the art in your exhibitions, and don’t let artists interfere. Why?

There are very few people who know how to install art. David Sylvester was a master and we talked of little else except how inept most artists are at showing their work to best advantage. Sadly, nearly all professional curators are caught short in this deptartment.

I may not be much good at most things, but if I didn’t have the pleasure of planning and installing shows, and doing it better than anyone else, I would have stopped buying art many years ago.

Apologies if that sounds a shade immodest, but there it is.

[ click to continue reading at The Telegraph ]

Posted on September 8, 2009 by Editor

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Get Your Babas Runnin’

from The Coolhunter

September 8 2009

Learning to ride a bike is one of the most valuable skills a child can learn, helping them master the art of balance, a skill crucial to so many other physical activities and sports. UK based Kiddimoto has created a range of cute-looking wooden bikes which are designed to teach young children precisely that – balance. The slimline, lightweight birch plywood bikes are easy steer and manoeuvre and feature proper rubber tyres, providing a smooth ride for little bottoms by gliding across outdoor surfaces.

[ click to continue reading at thecoolhunter.net ]

Posted on September 8, 2009 by Editor

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“I’ve only ever read two books in my life, and one of them was Jerry’s [the other was James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces].”

from the Times Online

Gunslinger back to give it his best shot

On the eve of his comeback to racing, Kieren Fallon has his sights set on Ryan Moore’s champion jockey crown

David Walsh, Chief Sports Writer

“I ain’t like that no more, I ain’t the same, Ned. Just cause we’re going on this killin’, that don’t mean I’m gonna go back to being the way I was. Ned, you remember that drover I shot through the mouth, and his teeth came out the back of his head, I think about him now and again. He didn’t do anything to deserve to get shot, at least nothin’ I could remember when I sobered up” — William Munny (Clint Eastwood) speaking to Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) in Unforgiven

Keiron FallonA friend persistently asks why I bother with Kieren Fallon. Here is the answer; as clear as the summer light on this Tuesday evening at his apartment in Newmarket. We had played golf earlier in the afternoon and, only half-interested, he’d won 3&2. “Come back for something to eat,” he said, “Geraldine is cooking dinner.” He called his sister to warn her but it was too late; Geraldine had been expecting just him. “It’ll be all right,” he said. “Just divide what you have in two, there’ll be plenty.”

Dinner is wonderfully Irish: bacon, cabbage, a delicious white sauce and the flouriest potatoes. You mention the potatoes, and Geraldine lists the five best varieties, all by their names.

In the hallway, on the living room walls, everywhere there are photographic testimonials to his genius. Fallon on Russian Rhythm, Kris Kin, Ouija Board, Fallon on any number of Henry Cecil fillies, Fallon in the silks of Coolmore, on Hurricane Run, George Washington, Dylan Thomas.

“Have you read Jerry Bailey’s book?” he asks. It’s the autobiography of the great American rider. “I’ve only ever read two books in my life, and one of them was Jerry’s [the other was James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces]. I loved Jerry’s book, his story. He had problems, he sorted them out, he came back and enjoyed the best part of his career. Look at Garrett Gomez now, the best jockey riding in America today, and look what he’s come through.”

[ click to read full story at the Times Online ]

Posted on September 7, 2009 by Editor

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Graffiti In The Main

from TIME Magazine

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When it starts inspiring the motifs that adorn designer handbags, graffiti’s entrée into the world of mainstream culture is no longer in doubt. It is in this spirit that the expansive exhibition “Born in the Streets — Graffiti,” which runs until Nov. 29 at the Fondation Cartier in Paris, is being held. At the same time, curator Thomas Delamarre says that he isn’t about to “hang some canvases on the wall and say, ‘That’s graffiti.’ Graffiti exists because it was born in the street.”

The show recounts the art form’s inexorable spread, from the New York City tenements of the 1970s to the streets of São Paolo in 2009. Pioneers like PHASE 2 and Seen, who by the 1980s were transforming New York subway cars into traveling canvases, here reproduce their works in full scale. Pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring from the same period reveal graffiti’s impact on fine art. Rare films and headlines describe the deaths (spray-painting on busy subway lines is hazardous) and municipal cleanup efforts that ended graffiti’s golden age, at least in New York, by 1989.

[ click to continue reading at TIME.com ]

Posted on September 6, 2009 by Editor

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“The library building isn’t a warehouse for books.”

from CNN

The future of libraries, with or without books

By John D. Sutter

(CNN) — The stereotypical library is dying — and it’s taking its shushing ladies, dank smell and endless shelves of books with it.

Libraries are trying to imagine their futures with or without books.Books are being pushed aside for digital learning centers and gaming areas. “Loud rooms” that promote public discourse and group projects are taking over the bookish quiet. Hipster staffers who blog, chat on Twitter and care little about the Dewey Decimal System are edging out old-school librarians.

And that’s just the surface. By some accounts, the library system is undergoing a complete transformation that goes far beyond these image changes.

Authors, publishing houses, librarians and Web sites continue to fight Google’s efforts to digitize the world’s books and create the world’s largest library online. Meanwhile, many real-world libraries are moving forward with the assumption that physical books will play a much-diminished or potentially nonexistent role in their efforts to educate the public.

Some books will still be around, they say, although many of those will be digital. But the goal of the library remains the same: To be a free place where people can access and share information.

[ click to continue reading at CNN.com ]

Posted on September 4, 2009 by MJS

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Candied Bacon Ice Cream

from David Lebovitz’ LIVING THE SWEET LIFE IN PARIS

Candied Bacon Ice Cream Recipe

Who doesn’t like bacon and eggs?

Ok, maybe vegans. And folks who are kosher. And people who don’t eat eggs. Or those who don’t like bacon. But I’m not sure that’s possible. (I have a great bacon joke, but it’s not ‘pc’, so I’d better keep it to myself.)

I’m a big fan of both bacon and the beautiful, bright-orange yolked eggs we get in France, so why confine them to breakfast? I was pretty sure Candied Bacon Ice Creamwould work. I mean, it’s got salt. It’s got smoke. So why not candy it? Inspired by Michael Ruhlman, l wanted to see what would happened when they all got together.

Candied Bacon

Candying the bacon was a hoot. Being in an experimental mood, I tried everything from agave nectar to maple syrup to dark raw cassonade sugar.

I lined up five strips and baked them off.

[ click to read full post at DavidLebovitz.com ]

Posted on September 3, 2009 by Editor

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“Watch again as the thieves show a skilled practice at the art of bringing down that plate glass door.”

Posted on September 3, 2009 by Editor

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India Number 4

from the Pakistan Defence Forum

Spielberg unveils his ‘dreams’ for India

MUMBAI: As far as the Indian entertainment business goes, it doesn’t get bigger than this one. Reliance ADAG will get cult Hollywood director Michael Bay — of the superhit ‘Transformers’ franchise that grossed over US $700 million worldwide — to direct a film for it. This will be followed by two more films in which Steven Spielberg will be actively involved — the legendary director will even wield the megaphone for one.

Earlier this year, Reliance Big Entertainment (RBE) and Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios entered into a much-publicised US $825-million deal. The Michael Bay-helmed film ‘I Am Number Four’ is the first instalment of that venture. Says Stacey Snider, co-chair and CEO of DreamWorks Studios, “With the backing of Reliance, we are able to continue developing our slate and producing films for worldwide movie-going audiences…and with ‘I Am Number 4′, we’ll continue our successful partnership with Michael Bay who truly delivers movies that have mass global appeal.”

I Am Number 4’ is based on a novel co-written by ‘A Million Little Pieces’ author James Frey and Jobie Hughes. Al Gough and Miles Millar, the duo credited with scripting ‘Spiderman 2’, ‘The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor’, ‘Shanghai Noon’ and ‘Shanghai Knights’, will adapt it for the screen. The storyline follows a group of teenage alien refugees assimilating into high school on Earth when they discover that their home planet’s enemy is now hunting them on their new turf.

[ click to read full piece at defence.pk ]

Posted on September 3, 2009 by Editor

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The Herbert Pig

from ThisIsAPig.blogspot.com

my name is matthew herbert
and this is the blog of my pig.

in 2010 i will release a record entitled ‘one pig’
it will be made up entirely of sounds made during the life cycle of a pig.
i will be there at its birth
during its life
present at its death
and during the butchery process.
its body will then be given to chefs new and old
there will be a feast
and maybe a pair of shoes and a drum from the skin
and a toothbrush from its bristles
and ink from its blood

it will all be recorded

and then turned in to music

you can follow the project here

Posted on September 2, 2009 by Editor

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Mt. Wilson Observatory

from The LA Times

Mt. Wilson’s famous, and besieged, observatory

Man once viewed the heavens by flickering firelight; now a raging blaze threatens a site where stargazing history was made.

Tim Rutten, September 2, 2009

There has been tragedy and loss aplenty in the fire ravaging the Angeles National Forest, but it has been particularly poignant — and, somehow, humblingly circular — to watch what’s probably the first natural element man subdued to his purpose threatening one of the great monuments of modern science.

The 101-year-old observatory at the top of Mt. Wilson houses some of the most productive scientific instruments of the 20th century, and it continues to play a cutting-edge role in various branches of astronomy, though the ambient nighttime light rising from the metropolis that now sprawls up its foothills makes deep space observation too difficult. Paradoxically, it was the Los Angeles Basin’s inversion layer — and the “stable air” it created — that originally made the mountain a perfect site for the great telescopes that revolutionized mankind’s notion of its place in the universe.

Beginning in 1919, the astronomer Edwin Hubble used the Mt. Wilson Observatory’s famous 100-inch Hooker telescope to prove that our Milky Way was but one galaxy among billions of stellar aggregations coming to life and dying across the universe. It was through his observations on the mountain that Hubble also realized that creation’s most primal impulse, the force of that singular event we now call the Big Bang, continues to echo through our universe, creating new distances where none had existed just a moment before.

[ click to continue reading at LATimes.com ]

Posted on September 2, 2009 by Editor

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MegaBeth – The Roller Derby Reference Librarian

from CNN.com

Tiny librarian is hell on wheels

By Jim Kavanagh
CNN

(CNN) — She’s petite, she’s middle-aged, she’s bookish, and if she gets a chance, she’ll knock you on your keister.

By day, she’s Beth Hollis, a 53-year-old reference librarian in Akron, Ohio. By night, she’s MegaBeth, an ageless dynamo on the roller derby rink.

“All my life, when I tell people I’m a librarian, they say, ‘You don’t look like a librarian,’ ” Hollis said. “And now that I’m a roller derby girl, they say, ‘You don’t look like a roller derby girl, either.’ So I don’t know where I fit in.”

Hollis has been fitting in at the Akron-Summit County Library for 27 years.

“She’s my hero,” said Diane Barton, 48, who has worked with Hollis at the library for 18 years. “I just think it’s so cool she’s doing something so different and so active and so aggressive. You know how we are. We’re librarians, so we tend to have that meek and mild stereotype.” 

[ click to continue reading at CNN.com ]

Posted on September 1, 2009 by Editor

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