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Monday, May 24, 2010

Silverlake Garden

Vegetable Patch
May 22, 2010 (see posts: March 31, April 11 and May 3, 2010)
Developing a garden requires patience and tolerance. Plants from seed need constant moisture until they sprout. And plants from the nursery must be treated like welcomed house guests - their places prepared and ready for occupancy. Aged plants, both edible and ornamental, must be respected. They have earned their right to position and distinction in the garden.
So, we water and feed. We watch and enjoy. We take pleasure in knowing this is our creation and all is perfect in our world.
Zucchini Blossoms, ready for stuffing
String beans, young and tender
Baby arugula, mild and nutty
Blue Nile Lillies about to blossom
Succulents in bright blue pots
Many baby cucumbers, too young for picking
Eggplant flowering
Lettuce, several heads already made into salads

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Santa Fe, NM

Some would suggest that it was artist, Gerogia O'keeffe, who brought minimalism to northern New Mexico. Her paintings, which pair down subject matter to its essence, perhaps are more a product of the geographical austerity and beauty of the landscape - which may, instead, have affected the artist and her work.
Nonetheless, there is something interesting that happens to us when we begin to spend time in Santa Fe and regions north of the City Different.
When visiting a place for the first time, particularly if charmed by the culture, the people and their customs, we tend to assimilate to it, temporarily. However, with an abbreviated visit we tend to view a place only from one angle or viewpoint. With each subsequent visit, our view changes and with more scrutiny, we begin to see the "real" place. And, although the original charm still exists, we have incorporated ourselves more fully into the reality of place, thus giving us a fuller, more truthful viewpoint.
This is how one falls in love with a place. This is what happened to Georgia O'keeffe and this is what happens to many people when they visit Santa Fe and northern New Mexico - over and over, again.
So, one might begin with loving vigas and coyote fences, brightly painted wooden snakes, etc., and end with loving another, more palpable, City Different.
Here are some ways to get to know minimal Santa Fe:
Tai Modern

Izanami (at Ten Thousand Waves Spa) - added 10-1014

Bouche Bistro - added 10-2014

Dulce Bakery - added 10-1014

SantaCafe - added 10-2014

Collected Works Bookstore and Coffeehouse
Garcia Street Books

Site Santa Fe

Georgia O'keeffe Museum

Restaurant Martin

Downtown Subscription

Santa Fe Opera

Santa Fe Clay

Saturday, May 15, 2010

James Franco interviews Marina Abramovic

As actor, James Franco interviews artist, Marina Abramovic, we learn what it means to work and live as an artist.
Ms. Abramovic explains how she began as a painter and evolved into a performance artist. She states that art develops out of life and not in the studio. The studio is a safe place. However, in life, the artist faces fear, moves through it - and in doing so, learns and changes. 
In performance art everything is part of the work - whether intended or unintended.
For the past two months, Ms. Abramovic sat in the center of her exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, as visitors lined up, waiting to sit with her - sharing intimate eye-contact and communing silently. Perhaps for the first time, each visitor finds truth in the eyes of another person - and within themselves. See earlier post, March 19, 2010.

Marina Abramovic at MOMA: The Artist Is Present
Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
Wall Street Journal Online

Thursday, May 13, 2010

San Francisco Jazz Center

Architect's rendering of SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ is planning a 35,000 sf building - a 700-person auditorium, with rehearsal hall, digital laboraratory, black-box theater (also see Ronald Frink Architects - Geffen Playhouse - for more information regarding black-box theater) and restaurant.
The new jazz center's location will be at 205 Franklin Street, within San Francisco's Hayes Valley district. The building is designed by local SF architect, Mark Cavagnero and is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.
The project was originally started with an anonymous donation of 20 million dollars and underway is a 60 million dollar capitol campaign to raise money for the construction of the building and SFJAZZ endowment.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

John Lautner

The Architecture of John Lautner
Palm Springs Art Museum - Annenberg Wing


Referred to as, "one of America's most significant Modernist architects", the exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum, showcases the work of John Lautner.
In a quote from online:
"John Lautner designed his buildings in concert with nature relating each structure to its particular setting. In so doing, he transformed the experience of shelter for his clients and their visitors; providing living, dynamic environments that were never static. In a career that spanned six decades and produced more than 150 built works, Lautner created an architecture that valued plasticity, transparent boundaries, freedom in form and plan, and continuity between building and landscape."
Additional information about this exhibition, which runs only until the 30th of May, may be viewed at the Palm Springs Art Museum website - link below.
We highly recommend this exhibition to our readers. You will enjoy this show and the museum, as well.

Great Economical Wines

Outstanding choices from Argentina and other regions

A good friend said, "It doesn't take great intelligence to pick a good expensive and renowned  wine, but it does to pick a good inexpensive wine."
Why pay more than twenty or thirty dollars when you could purchase a wonderful bottle of wine for under twelve dollars? In this economy, we all need to get creative and smart in our consumer choices.
We hope after trying one of our recommended wines, you will discover you can add something new to your already well-stocked wine cabinet. We welcome your accolades or criticisms as we present these and future selections.
Some of the very affordable wines we have recently enjoyed include:
  • Solex 2007, Chardonnay by Billington Wines in Graton, CA (04/10 - $7.99 at Wine House, WLA) Dry with ripe fruit and fresh aromas
  • San Telmo Esencia 2009, Torrontes IP White Wine (04/10 - $7.99 at Wine House, WLA) Marked fruit intensity w/delicate notes of oak - fresh, light and long lasting finish 
  • La Yunta 2007, Tinto Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec/Bonarda from Mendoza, Argentina (04/10 - $9.99 at Wine House, WLA) - Blend of best known red varietals w/a delicate touch of Torrontes to enhance the aromatic and fresh fruit character, packed with juicy, ripe fruit, medium tannins and fresh aromas.
  • Trapiche Varietals - Malbec, Violet hues, plum and cherry notes with a touch of truffle and vanilla.
Wines of Argentina
Wine House, West Los Angeles

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Stephen Levine, "A Gradual Awakening"

SOMETHING OLD, ALWAYS NEWA Gradual Awakening by Stephen Levine
In 1979, a book was written to instruct in the method of meditation-namely, vipassana meditation. Author, Stephen Levine wrote, A Gradual Awakening, with such quiet simplicity, it is almost as if, as we read, we are meditating.
In the preface, Ram Dass writes, "Stephen Levine deals with meditation and social responsibility in a way that is neither abstract nor hollow: This is practical stuff for day-to-day living..." 
Levine begins his book with, "Meditation is for many a foreign concept, somehow distant and foreboding, seemingly impossible to participate in.  But another word for meditation is simply awareness. Meditation is awareness."
In this elegant book, we learn about breath, sitting quietly, watching our drifting thoughts without judgment - and growing into awareness.
For anyone interested in learning about meditation, this book could be all you need.
Cover Photo: Robert Weinreb
Cover Typography: Cathy Saksa
A Gradual Awakening:Amazon.com
Ram Das
Vipassana Meditation

Monday, May 3, 2010

Silverlake Garden

(See posts, April 11 and March 31, 2010) 

As our garden progresses, we should mention it is all organic. Fish emulsion and other organic fertilizers are used on all plants, edible and ornamental alike. We have listed the products we use, below.
Recently, we planted arugula seeds - already sprouting - red romaine lettuce, another Japanese Eggplant (already sprouting 2 vegetables), and several herbs, including parsley, cilantro, thyme and sage. 
The pole beans and tomato plants are beginning to flower.  So far, so good.
In the ornamental garden, we installed a spring-like fountain, sited below a statue of Buddha.
More, next month.

Alaska Fish Fertilizer from Planet Natural 
Dr. Earth 
E.B. Stone Organics
Whitney Farms Orgnics

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