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Monday, July 30, 2012

Emeli Sandé

Emeli Sandé performed at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. For those of us in Los Angeles and perhaps in all of the US, her spectacular performance was cut.
Her stark and elegant studio performance of the song, "Abide with Me", may be watched via the video link below (Capitol Records).
If you've not heard of Emeli Sandé, you will, very soon.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tintype Photography

Photographer Michael Shindler
Tintype photography, also known as ferrotype and daguerreotype, is produced by making a direct positive on a sheet of metal (in this case, black enamel coated aluminum).
Photographer, Michael Shindler, in his San Francisco studio (Photobooth) creates tintypes for walk-in customers. 
Created much the same as tintypes of the mid-1800s, the contemporary presentation harkens to the past as process superimposes past and present.
The process is described in this video produced by cool hunting.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cindy Sherman

The Most Comprehensive U.S. Exhibition of the Groundbreaking Artist in Nearly 15 Years
Exhibition dates: July 14 - October 08, 2012

SFMOMA - Press Release:
From July 14 to October 8, 2012, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will host the sole West Coast presentation of Cindy Sherman, a traveling retrospective of one of the most significant contemporary artists and arguably the most influential one working exclusively with photography. Known for photographing herself in a range of guises and personas that are by turns amusing and disturbing, distasteful and affecting, Sherman has built an international reputation for an extraordinary body of work. Tracing her career from the mid-1970s to present, the exhibition is the first major U.S. retrospective of the artist in nearly 15 years, introducing Sherman to a new generation of audiences.
Organized by Eva Respini of The Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), Cindy Sherman brings together more than 150 photographs from both public and private collections, including key works from SFMOMA's own holdings. The presentation at SFMOMA is overseen by Erin O'Toole, assistant curator of photography, and is the first major exhibition of Sherman's work ever mounted in San Francisco.
For more information:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Friday, July 13, 2012


Designer, Sruli Recht invited Tony Orrico, performance artist, to participate in his Paris Fashion Week show at  Palais Brongniart.
Fluid fashion meets precision performance art, with an original score written by Nico Muhly.
For more information about each participant:
Please see our earlier story about Tony Orrico, here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Real Food

DEBORAH MADISON - A Passion for Food
Deborah Madison is best known for her cookbooks. However, she is also known for telling the story of food - how it is grown, where it is farmed, how it travels from farm to table. Food has been her passion since childhood. She grew up in a California walnut orchard and later, via Chez Panisse and her own restaurant, Greens, in San Francisco, she taught us about the farm-driven menu.
In the following video from Handpickednation, YouTube, she talks about her passion from her home in Galisteo, New Mexico

Monday, July 9, 2012

Summer So Far

Here it is, almost mid-July, and as we wander in wonder through this lovely southern California summer, we share a few images.
Our garden flourishes in shades of green.
Insects, from hungry wasps, to honey bees, to butterflies large and small - and most recently, dragonflies - bring everything to life with their energetic darting movements.
Birds, from sparrows, to jays to mockingbirds (damn noisy creatures) and more, all fly in from time to time - to sip water, to bathe and forage.
Dogs roam around tables hoping that hungry, tipsy folks drop a few crumbs.
A gardenia grows in the cooler shade of a eucalyptus tree.
Basil is gently cut for tasty green pesto on homemade pasta ribbons.
Vegetables enlarge.
Wine is sipped.
Lawns provide soft cushions for bare feet.
Outdoor furniture is readied for posteriors of all sizes and shapes.
And shoes are left where they belong - inside!

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