Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Come to Your Senses at the Fountain Gallery

Caught the latest Group Show at Fountain Gallery...

Martin Cohen (pictured) has some cool collage work in this show... On plexiglass to add a three dimensional effect. Hand of Fate Other Mixed media on plexi glass 30 x 21 in $ 1,800.00

Fran Lebowitz is a Goddess

My friend Donner shared this interview with Fran Lebowitz on his Open Trench blog... And now I share it with you...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010

Went to a Member Preview of Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010. Opens to the public April 19–August 3, 2014 The exhibit is a wow.  Here's the website

The Museum of Modern Art presents the first comprehensive retrospective of Sigmar Polke (German, 1941–2010), encompassing Polke’s work across all mediums, including painting, photography, film, drawing, prints, and sculpture. Widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of the postwar generation, Polke possessed an irreverent wit that, coupled with his exceptional grasp of the properties of his materials, pushed him to experiment freely with the conventions of art and art history. Constantly searching, Polke studiously avoided any one signature style or medium; his method exemplified the definition of alibi, “in or at another place,” which also suggests a deflection of blame. This exhibition places Polke’s enormous skepticism of all social, political, and artistic traditions against German history and the country’s transformation in the postwar period. Four gallery spaces on MoMA’s second floor are dedicated to the exhibition, which comprises more than 250 works and constitutes one of the largest exhibitions ever organized at the Museum. The exhibition is organized chronologically and across mediums, ranging from the intimacy of a notebook to pieces that test the architectural scale of most museum galleries. Among the many noted works on view are 13 films by Polke, including eight which have never before been available; a performance made for West German television that was last seen when it aired in 1972; and a group of monumental paintings made entirely of soot on glass that have never been exhibited in the United States.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Set the Tone: On Refueling

"I have to be alone very often. I'd be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That's how I refuel". - Audrey Hepburn

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Monday, April 07, 2014

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Yes: Older Means Wiser

I found this interesting:

Unfortunately, research shows that cognitive functioning slows as people age. But speed isn’t everything. A recent study in Topics in Cognitive Science pointed out that older people have much more information in their brains than younger ones, so retrieving it naturally takes longer. And the quality of the information in the older brain is more nuanced. While younger people were faster in tests of cognitive performance, older people showed “greater sensitivity to fine-grained differences,” the study found. It stands to reason that the more information people have in their brains, the more they can detect familiar patterns. Elkhonon Goldberg, a neuroscientist in New York and author of “The Wisdom Paradox,” says that “cognitive templates” develop in the older brain based on pattern recognition, and that these can form the basis for wise behavior and decisions. According to Dr. Vivian Clayton, one must take time to gain insights and perspectives from one’s cognitive knowledge to be wise (the reflective dimension). Then one can use those insights to understand and help others (the compassionate dimension).

Read more here: The Science of Older and Wiser in The New York Times.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Celebrity Sighting: Dominic Monaghan

Dominic Monaghan in Times Square... Yesterday morning.

Generously stopped to autograph Lord of the Rings memorabilia for fans, and to pose for selfies...

What a guy!

See his Wikipedia here.

Dominic Monaghan on IMDB

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Friday, March 21, 2014

TGIF Music Break: Conchita Wurst

Here's the Joe My God take on this phenomenon...

"Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst (real name Tom Neuwirth) is a longtime performer on local reality shows. In 2007 he was part of the short-lived boy band Jetzt Anders with other cast members of the singing competition show Starmania. That year Jetzt Anders scored a couple of local chart hits with Neuwirth performing lead vocals. Enter Conchita Wurst in 2011, when Neuwirth's bearded drag persona appeared in the reality shows The Hardest Jobs In Austria and Wild Girls, the latter of which was a Survivor-style show set in the Namibian desert."

Read more.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pamela Druckerman is a Guru

What You Learn in Your 40s by Pamela Druckerman  

If you worry less about what people think of you, you can pick up an astonishing amount of information about them. You no longer leave conversations wondering what just happened. Other people’s minds and motives are finally revealed. •

People are constantly trying to shape how you view them. In certain extreme cases, they seem to be transmitting a personal motto, such as “I have a relaxed parenting style!”; “I earn in the low six figures!”; “I’m authentic and don’t try to project an image!” 

Eight hours of continuous, unmedicated sleep is one of life’s great pleasures.
Actually, scratch “unmedicated.” •

There are no grown-ups. We suspect this when we are younger, but can confirm it only once we are the ones writing books and attending parent-teacher conferences. Everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently. •

There are no soul mates. Not in the traditional sense, at least. In my 20s someone told me that each person has not one but 30 soul mates walking the earth. (“Yes,” said a colleague, when I informed him of this, “and I’m trying to sleep with all of them.”) In fact, “soul mate” isn’t a pre-existing condition. It’s an earned title. They’re made over time. •You will miss out on some near soul mates. This goes for friendships, too. There will be unforgettable people with whom you have shared an excellent evening or a few days. Now they live in Hong Kong, and you will never see them again. That’s just how life is. 

Emotional scenes are tiring and pointless. At a wedding many years ago, an older British gentleman who found me sulking in a corner helpfully explained that I was having a G.E.S. — a Ghastly Emotional Scene. In your 40s, these no longer seem necessary. For starters, you’re not invited to weddings anymore. And you and your partner know your ritual arguments so well, you can have them in a tenth of the time. •

Forgive your exes, even the awful ones. They were just winging it, too. •

When you meet someone extremely charming, be cautious instead of dazzled. By your 40s, you’ve gotten better at spotting narcissists before they ruin your life.

You know that “nice” isn’t a sufficient quality for friendship, but it’s a necessary one. •

People’s youthful quirks can harden into adult pathologies. What’s adorable at 20 can be worrisome at 30 and dangerous at 40. Also, at 40, you see the outlines of what your peers will look like when they’re 70. 

•More about you is universal than not universal. My unscientific assessment is that we are 95 percent cohort, 5 percent unique. Knowing this is a bit of a disappointment, and a bit of a relief. •But you find your tribe. Jerry Seinfeld said in an interview last year that his favorite part of the Emmy Awards was when the comedy writers went onstage to collect their prize. “You see these gnome-like cretins, just kind of all misshapen. And I go, ‘This is me. This is who I am. That’s my group.’ ”

By your 40s, you don’t want to be with the cool people; you want to be with your people. 

Just say “no.” Never suggest lunch with people you don’t want to have lunch with. They will be much less disappointed than you think. 

You don’t have to decide whether God exists. Maybe he does and maybe he doesn’t. But when you’re already worrying that the National Security Agency is reading your emails (and as a foreigner in France, that you’re constantly breaking unspoken cultural rules), it’s better not to know whether yet another entity is watching you. 

Finally, a few more tips gleaned from four decades of experience: •

Do not buy those too-small jeans, on the expectation that you will soon lose weight. •

If you are invited to lunch with someone who works in the fashion industry, do not wear your most “fashionable” outfit. Wear black. •

If you like the outfit on the mannequin, buy exactly what’s on the mannequin. Do not try to recreate the same look by yourself. 

It’s O.K. if you don’t like jazz. •

When you’re wondering whether she’s his daughter or his girlfriend, she’s his girlfriend. •

When you’re unsure if it’s a woman or a man, it’s a woman.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Set the Tone: Let Go

“Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.” ― Ann Landers

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Transition to Green

"You can’t keep blaming yourself. Just blame yourself once, and move on…" — Homer Simpson

It's a whole week after a Daylight Savings Time switch and it still feels awkward as hell. Closing into the end of the most intense winter in over a decade... David Brenner died... May he Rest in Peace... "Did you ever notice...?" A big part of 70s show business. He lied about his age so much to appeal to different audiences... But when the family says Brenner was 78 at his death, I believe them... Harsh winter is finally about to end. Astronomically at least. Spring officially arrives on Thursday at 12:57 PM. Black Party has it's final hurrah at the slated to be torn down Roseland Ballroom next weekend...

St Patty's Day is tomorrow... No doubt, some bars along Ninth Avenue will start pushing the Irish drink specials today... (If they didn't yesterday, but I didn't notice).

 I thank God for every day of my parent's continuing good health and independence...

Confronted a Doorman yesterday in the neighborhood for constantly kicking, throwing, sweeping any sidewalk debris in front of his building into the street. He grumbled, and acted fierce... But really, I'm not sure anyone has ever confronted him before... I told him, he can keep it up, but I'm gonna start making a movie for You Tube...

When did surly and cold become the keywords for servers in diners? They used to be friendly, say "Good Morning", and remember your orders. I'll just boil some eggs at home...

"The most valuable thing I have learned from life is to regret nothing…" — Somerset Maugham

Let's see, what else is new?

 Liam Neeson, said the mayor should have “manned up” and joined him on a carriage horse stable tour. Manned up? Really? He said that? ...Liam Neeson is a Jerk!

I got a tricky piece of mail... Deception Alert! US Mail from Domain Registry Service. Looks like a bill. But it's really a way to hijack your Domain...

Trader Joe's Tomato Soup is very good. Low Sodium and all...

De Blasio Pushing for Unusual, 9-Year Contract With Teachers’ Union.

 "In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?" - Buddha

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Robert Heinecken: Object Matter

Robert Heinecken

Shiva Manifesting as a Single Mother,


Magazine paper, paint, varnish

84 × 48 in 213.4 × 121.9 cm

Photo from Rhona Hoffman Gallery 

At MoMA now.

Robert Heinecken: Object Matter

Note: The photo doesn't do this piece justice.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Set the Tone: Bless 'Em All

"How many times today did you consciously bless the person in front of you? Remembering to do that is like exercising a spiritual muscle, and remember: anytime we bless someone else we are blessing ourselves as well". - Marianne Williamson

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Celebrity Sighting: Adrienne Bailon

Saw Adrienne Bailon of The Cheetah Girls on the Upper East Side on Friday afternoon.

She was running and getting into a black car...

Had to ask two dudes taking her picture with their SLR camera (and expensive lens) who she was.

What do I know about Cheetah Girls? 

Last week was National Cheetos Day...

I know about Cheetos and I would recognize one if they walked down the street and got in a black car...

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Thou Shalt Springeth Forward in Hell's Kitchen, USA...

"Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."- Anonymous

Clocks tonight!! Thou shalt springeth forward!

On working in NYC at a city job

On my WATCH list: Jeff Koons and John Waters Discuss Art It's long though. Over an hour.

Shame on Governor Andrew Cuomo for grandstanding in Albany this past week in favor of Eva Moskowitz and her corporate edict to push out city schools to put more money in her own purse. His grabbing the mic at her rally looked desperate, cloying, and amateurish.

Are your contacts getting cluttered in Gmail? In case you didn't know: Gmail Contacts Auto-Save Can Now Be Disabled

"When the needs of one person are being met by the other, there is laughter". - Yakov Smirnoff

Monday, March 03, 2014

Set the Tone: Be Present

"All too often there is something that hasn't happened yet (or something that has happened already), which seems to prevent you from inner peace...This voice in your head takes you away completely from what is happening now. You're out in some future moment where things might go wrong or you are trapped in the past where you are continuously replaying an old movie in your mind about the time you failed a school examination or someone said something unkind. You're stuck, but you can't see it. The movie feels like an absolute reality, and it keeps you from truly acknowledging or appreciating life as it is now. But it's not reality. You can't see the present. You're too busy with where you want to be next (or where you were), which causes continual stress. The only solution is awareness, awareness that the voice in your head is really just repeating thoughts—no more, no less." - Eckhart Tolle

Saturday, March 01, 2014

March, March, March in Hell's Kitchen

"Live so fully that the Westboro Baptist Church will picket your funeral." ~ Ron Garner

Forever grateful that I got to witness The Northern Lights... … Skagway, Alaska. Mid-1990s, I reckon.

NYC Tattoo Convention is moved up to March this year. Has been in May for years. This will be last one at the Roseland Ballroom, before it's demolished.

Man jumps from the W Hotel

World's fastest clapper... 802 claps in 1 minute... Alrighty then....

Lunch yesterday at Fusia. Mixed seafood noodle Tom Yum soup.  Photo by me.

Rest in Peace Erv Raible. Obituary by his friend John Hoglund in After Dark

If I had identical triplets, I would name them Ted, Todd and Tad.

The Best Bagels in NYC? OK, I'll bite.

Subway bathrooms that work?

The light in your room has an effect on your emotions.

Someone tweeted this picture of the Naked Rowers. Always makes me happy.

There's no reason to watch Sunday talk shows anymore. Bob Schieffer agrees: Washington is done for 2014

"We are all puppets in the hands of fate and seldom see the strings" . - Charles W. Chestnut