A global guide to LIVING CREATIVELY

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Silverlake Garden

March, 2010, Los Angeles, California

Home gardening is usually considered a past time or hobby. However, we decided to plant a vegetable garden this year because we love the taste of freshly picked vegetables. It's as simple as that.
Friends look at us, askance, wondering why we would want to use our precious time working with soil, planting and waiting several months to start picking a fresh tomato or zucchini. Our answer is "nothing tastes better than a tomato or zucchini, picked and eaten in the same hour." Also, we find it gratifying, after a few hours of work, to immediately see the results of our labor - and to know that one day soon, we will sit at our table - with good friends - enjoying a wonderful Caprese salad, made with our own tomatoes and basil.
So, we share two photographs; one of our small urban veggie plot and the other of our ornamental garden. And as time goes by, we will post progress photos - as part of our "living creatively" blog.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Deva Premal

photo:Courtesy Prabhumusic

What is it music does when it transports us into another realm?
Recently, we attended a concert given by Deva Premal, her husband Miten and flutist, Manose Singh. As they performed, we listened to each beautiful passage and were taken into another dimension. As neophytes, we had no idea audience participation would be a part of the program. Fortunately, Miten fed us each line - and with a lovely group sound, we, the audience sang along.
Deva Premal's voice is so pure and strong. Miten sings with a soulful, resonant voice. And the sounds Manose extracts from his various flutes is beyond "heavenly". Together, the performers blended into a sound of ecstatic poetry.
As Deva notes, "The Sanskrit language is energy based - it is sound medicine. It has a harmonizing and balancing effect on the energy centers in the body, both physically and metaphysically."
Perhaps this is why we left the concert feeling so uplifted!
Please visit the Deva Premal and Miten website to find out more about their music and tour dates.
Manose Singh website
Also, Prabhu Music 
Manose Singh performs on YouTube

Friday, March 26, 2010

Jane Goodall

Photo:Animal Planet
Jane Goodall recently appeared on the program, Bill Moyers Journal. Ms. Goodall lives a creative life - with passion and love for our planet and all it's inhabitants. (As you may know, Mr. Moyers will be retiring soon and we can only hope his website remains online for future generations to view.)
There is a lovely story in this interview about how one of the chimpanzees communicated with Ms. Goodall. When she offered David Greybeard (a name she gave to one of the chimps) a palm nut from her hand, the chimpanzee, at first, ignored her offer. She persisted. David Greybeard turned to her, took the nut, allowing it to fall to the ground, while, at the same time, pressing his hand to hers - reassuring her; a way to say no, thank you.
You will find out about her childhood, her life and research in the jungles of east Africa and her current work.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Andy Warhol

After 22 years, the Daimler-Benz commissioned art works of artist, Andy Warhol, are on exhibition at the Albertina Museum in Austria. Eighty works were, originally, commissioned by Daimler-Benz in 1986 - however, only 35 silkscreens and 12 drawings were finished, prior to the artist's death on February, 22, 1987.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

BMW Showroom + Offices-RFA

AUTOMOBILE SHOWROOM AND OFFICES - Recognized by Glendale Beautiful
Photos:©Benny Chan, fotoworks
RONALD FRINK ARCHITECTS designed a new, 4 level, 200,000 sf auto dealership and service center for Pacific BMW, located in Glendale, CA. The project design is minimal and modern to compliment the sleek aesthetic of BMW. The exterior facade integrates exposed concrete, clear glass, metallic silver aluminum, smooth white plaster and stainless steel cables. A grand two-story sales showroom fronts Brand Blvd. under a sleek curved soffit with a but glazed space framed store front. The executive and administrative offices overlook the showroom from the 2nd floor balcony.
The 400' long structure spans over Windsor with the new car showroom and customer service on the ground floor of Phase 1 to the north and the Certified Pre-Owned Sales and Customer Parking on the ground floor of Phase 2. Some fifty service bays are provided on the 2nd level along the parts department and administrative offices. The 3rd and 4th levels provide parking for serivce, sales inventory and employees. From Windsor Street, and auto ramp leads up to the service center. The upper level access is also enhanced with a car inventory equipment lift.
 Ronald Frink Architects website

Artist, Robert Voit

Artist, Robert Voit, documents cell phone towers pretending to be trees. We've all seen them in our cities. Faux Palm trees appear throughout Los Angeles (and an occasional Pine Tree) and each time we encounter one, we ponder their jarring silliness - but, viewing them in a series of artwork, all at once,  gives us pause...
Please read Philip Gefter's article in The Daily Beast: More here
Photo:Robert Voit, courtesy of Amador Gallery, New York 

Monday, March 22, 2010

Almost Veggie Pizza

As promised, here is our pizza recipe...


Baby Arugula
Pine Nuts – toasted
Pepperoncini (crushed red peppers) – pinch
Salt and Pepper
Sherry Vinegar / Olive Oil
Prepare arugula. Add pinch of pepperoncini to taste. Salt and pepper to taste.
Toast pine nuts in a bit of olive oil. Set aside to cool.
Dress salad with approx. one tablespoon of sherry vinegar and 2 tablespoons of olive oil – or to taste.
Tear Prosciutto into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
Trader Joe’s Bell Peppers (optional) – strips or cut into small pieces
Artichoke Hearts – canned in water, drain well – cut in half or quarters
Garlic – to taste
Tomato – 1 or 2– seeded and cut into large dice
Mushrooms – 2 or three, sliced thinly
Basil – Fresh, cut into thin strips
Kalamata Olives – pitted and sliced in half
Goat Cheese – broken into pieces
Olive Oil – drizzled over above – no more than 3 Tbs.
Prepare dough per Food+Wine recipe-Food+Wine Pizza Dough Recipe
 (Will take approx 1 - 1 1/2 hours to rise)
Slice bell peppers into strips or dice.
Quarter artichoke hearts.
Slice garlic into thin slices.
Prepare tomato, basil, olives and goat cheese.
In a bowl, include all “cooked toppings”, except for goat cheese.
Drizzle olive oil over ingredients. Add salt and pepper. Toss gently.
Set aside goat cheese.
Set oven at 535 – 550 degrees. Allow at least half hour for pizza stone to heat.
Place a portion of “cooked topping” ingredients, including bits of goat cheese, upon dough. Bake for about 10 – 12 minutes
Remove from oven.
Top with bits of prosciutto and arugula salad and pine nuts. Enjoy!
(Note: Basil may be added after cooking with uncooked ingredients, if preferred)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Marina Abramovic

Ms. Abramovic is among the preeminent artists of her time. Mr. Anthony Haden-Guest writes (The Daily Beast) about her recent exhibition at MOMA, which includes work from her 40 year career.


Lidia Bastianich's Cooking Lesson - Mo Rocca

Mo Rocca, humorist, and Lidia Bastianich, cook, collaborate in a video where Mr. Rocca learns how to cook his grandmother's ravioli. If you enjoy cooking shows and humor you will love this video.

Lidia Bastianich website:Lidiasitaly.com
Mo Rocca on Twitter

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Architecture and Dance, Noemie Lafrance

from The Wall Street Journal, Digital Network, by John Jurgensen, September 19, 2008

Choreographer, NoƩmie Lafrance, uses a Frank Gehry-designed building as staging for her dance work, entitled, "Rapture". Dance and architecture combine.

Article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122177437992353969.html
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Jklle7ubt8

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Lidia Bastianich

We think Lidia Bastianich is one of the great teachers of cooking. If you don't know her... If you have never seen one of her Italian cooking shows, tune in and get ready to be enchanted. Enchanted? Yes, she teaches without fanfare, without any nonsense. You are drawn in and as her program completes, you are a step closer to being an expert in preparing a lovely Italian dinner - for family and/or friends.
Interview by John Gabaldon - Cooking.com
Lidia Bastianich website:Lidiasitaly.com

Pizzeria Mozza

How to achieve a perfect pizza dough
For those of you who enjoy pizza, you will find yourselves in a heavenly state as you devour each delicious slice. Half the ingredients will make enough and more pizza for two people. In the near future, we will provide you with our own topping, in place of squash blossoms... easy as pie! Enjoy the article and recipe from Saveur Magazine:

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