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Friday, May 1, 2015

Documentary, Iris

Iris Apfel in IRIS, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo credit: © Bruce Weber
I'm not a fashionista. I seldom wear other than jeans and T-shirts. I'm comfortable and like it that way. Oh, I do know how to coordinate colors - but, when it comes to wearing something interesting - well that's not, necessarily, of interest to me - I don't like standing out in a crowd.
However, I do appreciate the unique eccentricities of those few people who do stand out on our planet. I've written about a few of them - such as Anna Piaggi, who styled herself in a world all her own.
And now, another fashion icon, Iris Apfel, will be immortalized in the documentary film, Iris - produced by Magnolia Pictures.
Synopsis, from Magnolia Pictures:
The latest film from legendary documentarian Albert Maysles (GREY GARDENS, GIMME SHELTER), IRIS pairs the late 88-year-old filmmaker (who passed away on March 5) with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life's sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. "I feel lucky to be working. If you're lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows."
To find out more about this iconic woman - who stands out - please direct yourself to Magnolia Pictures.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


• Think about this: You are walking and in need of a rest. You notice a bench and sit down. Then you hear music (and more). After awhile, you are rested - you rise from the bench, loving the experience it has given to you.

• Next, a booty twerks. It twerks, again, again, again. The movement of that booty, plugged into a sound machine of sorts, is transformed into beats - booty beats. The actual rhythm of tweaking is translated into music.

• If you drink wine - or Champagne - you know about food pairing. Now, something new - pairing Champagne, specifically Krug Champagne, with music. Call them Champagne notes, if you will.

• And last, but certainly not least, we remember the sounds of musical genius, Amy Winehouse. Her voice was (and is) uniquely different. Soon, we will all have the pleasure of learning more about Ms. Winehouse in an upcoming documentary about her life and music.

Four music related postings for your listening pleasure - links below.
Bibliophonies - a musical (and more) public bench
from Inhabitat

Twerking rhythm makes Real Booty Music
from Designboom

Pairing Krug Champagne with music
from CoolHunting

Amy Winehouse documentary
from Pitchfork

Monday, March 16, 2015

Pricey Classic Cars

Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
As seen on Wired, classic beauties from eras past.
In the photo, above, a fiery red 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV. Restored to its original condition and valued at over 2.3M - RM Sotheby's.
Visit our links, below, to view more classics and to find out more about the Amelia Island Concours!

Thursday, March 5, 2015


Spring Awakening, Silverlake
"In winter, I plot and plan, in spring, I move."  by Henry Rollins
Signs exhibit themselves throughout our Silverlake garden as spring emerges. From a new hydrangea which we thought was gone, to a brightly colored Kolanchoe, to pink azaleas, our little patch of heaven begins to renew itself.
Roses have been feed once already - and soon we begin to tidy up. Dead leaves will be picked up and weeds, pulled - as we ready for the oncoming growth of deep spring and early summer.
And so it begins - year after year after year. Spring emerges.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

And In This Corner...

And the winner is?
Photograph: Food52
From Food52, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt reviews two beautiful cookbooks. I own only one of them, My Paris Kitchen, by David Lebovitz.
Each time I enter the cookbook section of our local bookstore, Vroman's, I am tempted to purchase Bar Tartine, as well. And no matter what the judgement of this reviewer, I can agree with everything Mr. Lopez-Alt says about My Paris Kitchen. I see eye-to-eye with him, when he writes,
"Personality? Check. His book, like all of his work, is brimming with it. He's your host, your guide, and your partner in crime in the kitchen and around town, simultaneously showing profound respect for his adopted country while playfully challenging traditions and reveling in the looks of quoi?that his American questions earn him from French colleagues."
We are entertained and educated by David Lebovitz' descriptive writing and lovely photographs - and while we have attempted only a couple of recipes, we can safely attest to thoroughly enjoying this cookbook.
So, please make your way to this review at Food52, read it and decide for yourself.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Flow Hive

Are you concerned about the loss of bees, worldwide? Might you be interested in tending to your own bees and gathering honey for your own pantry? Then you might want to find out more about Flow Hive. 
Below is a video and text from their campaign to raise money. Please take a look at the video and follow the links below to find out more!
From the Flow website:
"Flow™ is the most significant innovation in beekeeping since 1852.
Flow is a revolutionary beehive invention, allowing you to harvest honey without opening the hive and with minimal disturbance to the bees.
It’s the beekeeepers dream…"
Enjoy beekeeping and collecting your own honey, the easy way - by supporting Flow
Website: HoneyFlow

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Four Quarters

Enter the world of four imaginative artists / designers.
"Know Thyself" via the work of Daniel Ramos Obregòn and astral project using these handcrafted porcelain body casts.
Light, "Let There Be Light" via the Armstrong Light Trap by Constantin Bolimond.
Light under glass or an exhibition of Gazing Globes, by Artist and Landscape Architect, Paula Hayes.
Unique custom glazes on porcelain vessels, created by Milan Pekár
Today's four selections from the world out there - just use our links below.
Outrospection, by Daniel Ramos Obregon
The Armstrong Light Trap, Constantin Bolimond - CFile

Gazing Globes, Madison Square Park, 2015,
Paula Hayes

Milan Pekar, CoolHunting

Friday, February 13, 2015

Silverlake Spring

Temperature: 86º

This is what I saw in our garden, today. Our birdbath, which is already accepting doves, mocking birds and bluejays into its cool waters, reflects new azalea blooms.
Usually, this transpires in early March. Close enough, I guess.
Poets, in the past, wrote of spring. I wondered if anyone is writing poems, today, about climate change. Certainly, there isn't a poet anywhere on the planet who would write a standard poem of spring. Spring is changing. Weather is changed.
Then, I came across this poem, written (and performed in the link, below) by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a 26-year-old native of the Marshall Islands. Her poem is an encounter with now - and with our future - and more.
What will it take to wake us up from this impending nightmare?

Dear Matefele Peinam
Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
dear matafele peinam,
you are a seven month old sunrise of gummy smiles
you are bald as an egg and bald as the buddha
you are thunder thighs and lightning shrieks
so excited for bananas, hugs and
our morning walks past the lagoon
dear matafele peinam,
i want to tell you about that lagoon
that lucid, sleepy lagoon lounging against the sunrise
some men say that one day
that lagoon will devour you
they say it will gnaw at the shoreline
chew at the roots of your breadfruit trees
gulp down rows of your seawalls
and crunch your island’s shattered bones
they say you, your daughter
and your granddaughter, too
will wander rootless
with only a passport to call home
dear matafele peinam,
don’t cry
mommy promises you
no one
will come and devour you
no greedy whale of a company sharking through
political seas
no backwater bullying of businesses with broken morals no blindfolded
bureaucracies gonna push
this mother ocean over
the edgeno one’s drowning, baby
no one’s moving
no one’s losing
their homeland
no one’s gonna become
a climate change refugee
or should i say
no one else
to the carteret islanders of papua new guinea
and to the taro islanders of fiji
i take this moment
to apologize to you
we are drawing the line here
because baby we are going to fight
your mommy daddy
bubu jimma your country and president too
we will all fight
and even though there are those
hidden behind platinum titles
who like to pretend
that we don’t exist
that the marshall islands
and typhoon haiyan in the philippines
and floods of pakistan, algeria, and colombia
and all the hurricanes, earthquakes, and tidalwaves
didn’t exist
there are those
who see us
hands reaching out
fists raising up
banners unfurling
megaphones booming
and we are
canoes blocking coal ships
we are
the radiance of solar villageswe are
the rich clean soil of the farmer’s past
we are
petitions blooming from teenage fingertips
we are
families biking, recycling, reusing,
engineers dreaming, designing, building,
artists painting, dancing, writing
we are spreading the word
and there are thousands out on the street
marching with signs
hand in hand
chanting for change NOW
they’re marching for you, baby
they’re marching for us
because we deserve to do more than just
we deserve
to thrive
dear matafele peinam,
you are eyes heavy
with drowsy weight
so just close those eyes, baby
and sleep in peace
because we won’t let you down
you’ll see

Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday's Picks

FRIDAY - What's Up?
From Michael Paul Smith's optical illusions to a wild ever moving dark vortex of water by Anish Kapoor to a Huis Marseilleas exhibition of Dancing Light to "unfolding stone" cushions to The Great Glass Sea - this is what's up! Enjoy our end of the week selections from our reading list.
Elgin Park from Animal on Vimeo.
Small worlds: Optical illusion by Michael Paul Smith as seen on Colossal

Anish Kapoor, Black Water Vortex - Designboom

Dancing Light: Let it Move You,
exhibition: Huis Marseilleas as seen on Lensculture

Jule Waibel's, Unfolded Seats - Contemporist

Josh Weil, interviewed by James Scott, The Rumpus
Re: The Great Glass Sea

Friday, January 23, 2015

Gustavo Perez

Gustavo Pérez
We are admirers of Gustavo Pérez' work. And so, we lead you to an essay written in 2004 by Garth Clark, regarding the work of Mr. Pérez - who, at that time was exhibiting at Galeri Silberies, Paris. Last year (November), Galeri Siberies displayed a retrospective exhibition of the artist's work, dating from 2001-13.
Mr. Clark writes (in part):
"Gustavo Pérez’s exhibition at Galeri Silberies (Paris) continues a long journey of wounding and healing pots. His cuts most closely resemble the clean slice of a scalpel, a surgeon’s skill in the precise and measured way in which he cuts into the skin of the pot. The clay then divides and exposes its interior much as our flesh reveals itself when we suffer a deep laceration, breaking the perfect seal of the body’s epidermis. One cannot look at these incisions without the vessel exerting its spell of anthropomorphic transference, making one’s own skin itch with sensations of vulnerability and risk."
To read the entire essay, please follow this link: Cfileonline
Gustavo Pérez on Vimeo

Gustavo Pérez, stoneware vase with glaze, 2012,
11 1/2 x 8 inches, Galeri Siberies

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