Friday, June 29, 2007

I Carry Your Heart With Me


i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)

i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

e.e. cummings

I first heard this poem while watching In Her Shoes. Now it's one of my favorite poems... it speaks of truth, human spirit and love.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

I Don't Know You, But...


Here's the situation: Con Edison has been working in front my building for a week now, fed up with the noise I go to see how long the project will take. Luckily two police officers are there as well. Turns out ConEd will be there all summer. But the real noise problem are long metal plates placed on the road for cars to drive over. Each time a car rolls over the plate, it makes a loud noise and this is consent throughout the night. This is the city's problem, hence the police officers. Normally, I hate when guys try to talk to me on the street, but I take this as compliment.
Officer: I don't know you, but you seem like the type of woman a man would ask to marry him.
ConEd worker: She's probably taken.
Me: No, I'm not taken.
ConEd worker: So, what are you waiting for?
Me: I don't know, someone to ask me to marry him.

I jet off, realizing I'm already late for work. And I am wearing a white dress. I thought this would be a fun story to share. I hope everyone has a great day!

Coney Island


I've been in New York three years now, and last weekend was my first trip to Coney Island. To be honest I can't wait to go back! I went for the Mermaid Parade, it was superpacked, but a lot of fun! New Yorkers love an excuse to play dress up.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Liz Claiborne



Liz Claiborne, the designer of indefatigable career clothes for professional women entering the workforce en masse beginning in the 1970s, died Tuesday in Manhattan. She was 78. Click here to continue reading story from The New York Times.

826NYC


I recently found out about 826NYC, a free writing center for students ages 6-18 in Brooklyn. The above photo is from Giant Mutant Dragon's Birthday Surprise by Collette, Alex, Sebastian, Anand, Luke, and David, ages 6-8 and was written during Talking Heads: A Puppet Play and Workshop. Click here to read the entire story.

Great Minds Think Alike


So, I hate voice mail. I hate seeing that red light when I step into my office. There are numerous passwords and codes to go through, and then the actual messages, most of them meaningless. If you can't hear the person's name or number, you have to listen two or three more times. All the while, I'm thinking why didn't this person just email me? And that's where Apple comes in. "On the iPhone, you don’t check your voice mail; it checks you. One button press reveals your waiting messages, listed like e-mail. There’s no dialing in, no password — and no sleepy robot intoning." Brilliant!!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Summer Movies



To be completely honest, I was a little hesitate about seeing Knocked Up, but it was hilarious. I loved it! Katherine Heigl (aka Izzie) was great! I know people find her annoying on Grey's, but she has a knack for comedy. For something a little more serious, I'm looking forward to seeing A Mighty Heart with Angelina Jolie as Marlene Pearl, who embarks on a frantic search to locate her journalist husband, Daniel, when he goes missing in Pakistan.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Good Morning Sunshine


This was the first email sitting in my indox this morning from photographer Adrian Wilson.

Aprés Katrina


"In the Sun," a six-song EP created to generate proceeds to benefit the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, was conceived by REM frontman Michael Stipe. This documentary, codirected by Stipe and Danny Clinch, presents interviews with many of the artists heard on the EP - including Chris Martin of Coldplay, the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am and Smashing Pumpkins alum James Iha - set against a visual narrative of Katrina's aftermath. What emerges is a revealing look at a region still fraught with human suffering and scarred by government neglect.

Monday, June 18, 2007

230 Fifth Ave


Fresh air meets stale pick-up lines at the city's largest rooftop drinkery. Since it opened last year, a steady stream of finance types have flocked here for the Miami Vice-like decor of palm trees, stuffed safari animals, and an endless expanse of wooden benches. 230 Fifth Ave., 20th fl, New York, NY 10001 at 27th St. Best to go on a work night to avoid the weekend crowds.

Dream Apartment


I've always wanted to live downtown, specifically on Jane Street. I think I may have found my dream apartment. West Village. $449,00. 41 Jane Street (near Hudson). 13 weeks. 550-sq-ft.; co-op in a prewar buidling; living-rom fireplace; 10-ft ceilings; h/w floors; laundry room in building; maintenance $766, 40% tax deductible; listed at $449,000. Broker: Citi Habitiats.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Fast Food Nation


Last night I watched Fast Food Nation. I hated it. There was too much dialogue and for so much emphasis on the characters, I wasn't impressed. The whole movie left me sad and depressed. I didn't expect a happy ending, but a little hope would have been nice or some sort of solution. Maybe I should have read the book. Update: I haven't eaten beef since!

Monday, June 11, 2007

What Happened to US?



For his first solo museum exhibition in the United States, the Romanian artist Dan Perjovschi was invited to create a large-scale drawing installation, executed over a period of two weeks directly onto the wall of The Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium of MoMA. Inspired by current events reported on television and in newspaper and tabloid headlines, Perjovschi explores political topics including the Middle East conflict and the recent extension of the European Union. Through concise phrases and wordplay, his sketches and skits portray reality with a sense of criticality and pointed humor. The work's rhetorical title, WHAT HAPPENED TO US?, offers a textual pun, in which US may refer either to the subjective pronoun "us" or to the proper noun "United States of America."

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Personal Space


I make my way (through the Puerto Rican Day Parade) to MoMA to see the Richard Serra exhibit. Although I am familiar with Serra's work, I find myself in awe of the monumental sculptures, as if I were seeing them for the first time. I am delighted and curious about surface and texture. I am in wonderment as I travel through curves to no particular point. The sculptures become personal as I am alone, amongst many other viewers. I want to sit and sketch, and ponder what or who is on the other side.

A Paris State of Mind


See: La Vie en Rose. From the slums of Paris to the limelight of New York, Edith Piaf’s life was a battle to sing and survive, live and love. Raised in poverty, Edith’s magical voice and her passionate romances and friendships with the greatest names of the period - Yves Montand, Jean Cocteau, Charles Aznavour, Marlene Dietrich, Marcel Cerdan and others - made her a star all around the world. But in her audacious attempt to tame her tragic destiny, the Little Sparrow - her nickname - flew so high she could not fail to burn her wings.

"Paris is an air and a scent and a state of mind." — James Cameron

Friday, June 8, 2007

Twenty-five


For the first time in my life, I did not welcome a birthday. 25 seemed like a big number and proved that I was in fact, getting older. I'm supposed to have a fashionable life... great job, the perfect guy, expensive clothes, a stylishly furnished apartment, partying at the newest and hottest clubs/lounges... the Sex and the City dream. I want it all, and yet "it all" seems so far away. Of course, I'm not the only one who feels this way, we now have our own term, the quarter-life crisis. Lifetime TV composed a segment on this very topic called Spotlight 25.

Mid-25, I ask myself, "What can I do that's important for society?" Once I figure that out, I don't think I'll worry about my age.

Tell It Like It Is


Last night, I had the opportunity to preview Talk to Me, a Focus Features film. Don Cheadle plays Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s. Slated to be released October 2007, I encourage everyone to see Talk to Me for capturing the true spirit of the people during the civil rights movement.

Of Self


No Miracles
by J'Sun Howard

an alabaster chrysanthemum obscenely painted
impressionistically against a fuchsia sky,
osculating the moon,
assuring him your love but crying all night long,
and dreaming of becoming god,
clouds migrating and stomping like brontosaurs,
flightless birds, flightless angels
attempting magic
after seeing their own deaths-
seeing your own death,
transmigrating into ghosthood,
walking in the rain because you had no umbrella
and the lightning erupting like god's spies
made you flinch — its eeriness,
somewhere close two consternating feminine male voices are arguing
the purpose and agenda of intimacy,
forgetting to lock the door behind you,
forging your signature on his skin
but squeezing a pillow between your thighs
and waking alone,
more incessant dreaming of becoming god,
morning burping up unicorns
bright as Baroque chandeliers,
and all this forfeiting of self,
are no miracles.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Women in Art


A friend sent me this link. It's a moving collage of 500 years of female portraits in Western Art.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Smile


Tomorrow I'm having my photo taken. I'm a little nervous about the whole thing, mostly because I like to think of myself as a behind-the-scenes person and I don't know what to wear! Regardless, I am thrilled to have Jeff Barnett-Winsby as the photographer. Jeff's work, specifically, the Craig's List project has received much deserved attention, including a solo exhibition at the Sol Koffler Gallery in Providence. For the portrait series, “Upon First Meeting,” Jeff recruited 38 subjects by placing a personal ad on the ubiquitous Web site, seeking people willing to be photographed at home, for either a print or payment of $15. Online viewers of the series enter via the Craigslist page. Brilliant.

With Love, From Africa



Bono and Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter clearly are thinking big when it comes to the magazine's Africa-themed July issue, which is being guest edited by the rock star-philanthropist. The title will publish 20 different covers, all shot by Annie Leibovitz. The covers will reflect Arica and it's supporters, including: Oprah Winfrey, Bill and Melinda Gates, Brad Pitt, Barack Obama, and Muhammad Ali. I love this idea and am tempted to purchase all 20 covers. This leads me to say, I do believe that we can create change. Let's support and cherish each other, after that, all good things will come.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Won't you choo-choo me home?


Every time I meet someone new and I say I'm from Chattanooga, TN, the immediate response is, "Oh, I drove through Chattanooga on my way to visit my grandmother in Florida," or they sing some remnant from the Chattanooga Choo Choo, and of course there's the cheesy pick-up line, "You're the only ten I see." Still, I am excited by even the smallest mentions of my hometown. I guess it's that Southern pride, I can't help it. So, today I'd like to share with you an article from the Times about my home, kudzu, and goats. Ya'll come back now!

Conjoined, Defunct and Erratic


I used to walk through Madison Square Park everyday. It was always a wonderful treat of mixed senses: the infectious sound of children playing and laughing, the smell of Shack burgers across the way, and various art installations that seemed to pop up out from nowhere.

Currently, internationally renowned conceptual artist Roxy Paine exhibits three stainless steel sculptures—Conjoined, Defunct and Erratic—in the Park. Paine’s long interest in the juxtaposition of nature and industrialization has brought form to an extensive body of work. From his mushroom and plant fields to his art-making machines and large-scale metal trees, Paine continues to see nature through an industrial prism. Through work that combines the organic with the manufactured, he questions our position between the man-made world that we control and nature’s world that we do not.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Perfect Dancer


See Hell's Kitchen Dance with Mikhail Baryshnikov, June 22-24. Baryshnikov is the most celebrated artist in the dance world. His extraordinary, enduring talent prompted Time magazine to proclaim him "the greatest living dancer." Rising to stardom in classical ballet, Baryshnikov has pursued his passion for dancing for over 40 years in a range of dance disciplines.

The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) is located in the performing arts complex, 37 ARTS, at 450 West 37th Street, New York. BAC is an international center for artistic experimentation and collaboration, providing unique opportunities for the professional development of emerging and mid-career artists from around the world and across disciplines. BAC serves as a creative laboratory, meeting place and performing space for a vibrant community of experimental artists from dance, music, theater, film, design and visual arts. Located in the heart of Hell's Kitchen, the Center also offers arts organizations much needed, state-of-the-art studio and office space, while acting as a cultural catalyst in a newly developing New York neighborhood.

The Chelsea Girls


This rare weeklong theatrical run of Andy Warhol's double-projection experimental soap opera, restored by MoMA in cooperation with the the Whitney and The Andy Warhol Foundation, is presented as part of To Save and Project. The Chelsea Girls will be introduced on June 4 by Warhol Film Project curator Callie Angell and on June 8 by art critic and curator Douglas Crimp. Warhol peeps into the sad-glam lives of New York's demimonde, as a fat lesbian junkie, a dominatrix, a striptease Adonis, a dope dealer, the flamboyant "Pope of Greenwich Village," and other beautiful Factory boys and girls act in, and act out, a macabre split-screen burlesque in eight different rooms of the Chelsea Hotel and elsewhere around town. Filmmaker Jonas Mekas considers The Chelsea Girls "a tragic film... full of desperation, hardness, and terror," while Jack Kroll of Newsweek called it "the Iliad of the underground... as if there had been cameras concealed in the fleshpots of Caligula's Rome."