Showing posts from April, 2012

Lucky Ladies Launch Party

Lucky Ladies Launch Party  Saturday April 28, 2012 1-5pm
Hey, we're having a party!
RSVP and more info:
Postcard by Gwen Harlow Design
Photo by Sarabek Cross
Location- Rhythmix Cultural Works  2513 Blanding, Alameda, CA 94501
1:00pm - We are Open - Let's Party

1:30pm - Ahimsa Community Yoga Class

2:00pm - Welcome Announcement by Host Mel Waldorf

2:30pm - Mini Crochet Class by Enchanted Square (Ruth Tillman)

3:00pm - First Raffle

3:30pm - Ruby "Baby" Bennett Performs!

4:00pm - Lucky Ladies Fashion Show

4:30pm - Final Raffle - Don't Miss it - this is the biggie!

5:00pm - Farewell - thank you for joining us!

A Fashion show on the main stage featuring Desiree Salas vintage inspired attire, Gwen Harlow Design Jewelry, accessories from the Enchanted Square and Calliope. Professional photos at our photo booth, a raffle to win awesome Lucky Ladies swag and plenty of oppor…

Kissing A Stranger; Strangers Kissing; Famous Kisses

We never were We'll never be Strangers kissing in the pouring rain Chasing after your leaving train  -from Our Song by Spill Canvas
Have you ever been kissed by a stranger or kissed a stranger? Someone you have never met and probably will never even see again?  Yes. I have been. I was the kissee. Three times kissed on my lips-and all took place when I was well past that certain age when I had stopped celebrating my birthdays 'cause there were a whole lot more than 40 candles on the cakes.
All three kissing events were different. One was when I was sitting parked in my car at a Walgreen's, once at a sophisticated, local German restaurant when I was with another man, and the most recent happened at a local outdoor Oktoberfest with my grandkids. I still do not know why I got kissed. All kisses were fast and quite spontaneous. I later did inquire at the restaurant about the well dressed gentleman in his mid 70s who had planted his beer-y lips on mine and discovered from the w…

Hot Chicks and Homeless Peeps: The Art of Ange McLane

The FLOAT Gallery is Proud to present…
Hot Chicks and Homeless Peeps: The Art of Ange McLane

Opening party Friday 4/27/12, 6 to 9pm
Featuring the music of Tyler Jakes
Show runs 4/16, through 5/26/12

FLOAT, Floatation Center – Art Gallery
1091 Calcot Place, Unit # 116
(located in a store front loft of the historic cotton mill studios)
Oakland, CA 94606

“Hot Chicks and Homeless Peeps,” takes risks with the borders of the acceptable and the risqué.

About Artist Ange McLane
Born in Mexico City to a Mexican mother and American father, Ange McLane grew up first below the border, and then above, in Texas—finally choosing to make her home in the Bay Area, in 2005. Her experience of the two cultures, and an early exposure to art-making, heavily influence her current photographic work.

Ange began carrying a camera with her daily at the age of 8, photographing her friends as well as her own installation art work, which was com…

New Museum Opens-The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia

The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia in Big Rapids, Michigan Soon Open to the Public
Grand Opening April 26, 2012

The Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University • 1201 S. State Street, Big Rapids, Michigan USA • 49307 • Main Switchboard (231) 591-2000

The Museum's exhibits and artworks address racial stereotyping, attempting to create a dialogue about this subject and to break the wall of racism. There are six exhibit areas -- Who and What is Jim Crow, Jim Crow Violence, Jim Crow and Anti-Black Imagery, Battling Jim Crow Imagery, Attacking Jim Crow Segregation, and Beyond Jim Crow. The Museum also offers a timeline of the African American experience in the United States.

The Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University strives to become a leader in social activism and in the discussion of race and race relations. It also already has an immense collection of art that is worth viewing.

Regular hours are Monday through Friday 12-5 p.m. and by appoin…

Art That Moves ~ Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog
I am not going to write about movie director Werner Herzog from a scholarly point of view. It's not that I can't do that. I can. That's what I got my college degrees for. I prefer to just keep it simple and remind us what a great artist Herzog is. Of course, creating films is his art.

I have only seen four of his movies-Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, Grizzly Man, and Into the Abyss, but I have netflix so I am going to watch as many of his works that I can.

The movies I have viewed are beautiful-even when tackling difficult subjects. Timothy Treadwell is unforgettable as the star of the documentary about the last years of his life in Grizzly Man. Another documentary, Into the Abyss, is about the death penalty using a real criminal case with Herzog interviewing the criminals and others about the case.

If you have not seen these movies, do. If you have, watch them again. You will see new nuances every time. Herzog's powerful works can affect you p…

Art You Can Drink-and Look At

"Sunset Beer Garden"  by Erik Niemann

Unless you have been asleep like Rip van Winkle, you must have noticed all the new cocktails available to the imbiber. All colors of the rainbow, crazy concoctions, ancient liqueurs revived, and more. No one could try every alcohol option unless their liver is cast iron. I have been involved with some local distillers' ADI events at Hangar One in Alameda and at one conference I was fortunate to taste at least 50 different vodkas--one was even made from maple syrup. ADI -- The American Distilling Institute was founded by famous photographer Bill Owens. ADI's mission is to disseminate essential information regarding the art and science of distilling and is the place if you want to learn how to craft artisan whisky, brandy, rum, and more. Personally, I just like the drinking part and will leave the creation of alcohol to the experts!
  "Smooth Champagne"
    by Erik Niemann

       "Summer Condens…

Monet Owens and Tony Lindsay! Together Live in San Francisco

Hey you San Francisco Bay area fans, just want to let you know that I will be performing with one of my favorite female singers Ms. Monet Owens this Saturday night April 21st at Rasella's Jazz Club on Fillmore Street in the City. Monet and I sing in Brazil together every year for the past 6, and we also did the first Dancing with the Stars tour together. 

Monet Owens and Tony Lindsay  Saturday April 21, 2012 9pm Rassela's Jazz Club 1534 Fillmore St San Francisco, CA USA 94115 Open daily 5pm-1am 415/346-8696

Tony's website-

Artists Who Are Something Else ~ Paul McCartney, Anthony Hopkins, Steven Tyler

Artist-Steven Tyler resting from an art show and signing

Two of these artists whose art is shown here are Sirs and the third could be-if he were British.  I don't mean "Sir, do you want some pepper on your salad?" that type of sir. But sirs with a capital "S". But that is not what this post is about.

                                                                      Artist-Paul McCartney

It is so fascinating that so many celebrities are artists or try to be artists!  In here are examples of work by musician Paul McCartney, actor Anthony Hopkins and bringing up the rear-rocker Steven Tyler.

                                                                  Artist-Anthony Hopkins

I don't have to explain what these folks do for a fat paycheck in their real careers,  but take a look at their artwork and tell me what you think.Do you like these artworks?  Are they marketing vehicles are true expressions of the artist? Would you go to see one of these works--…

Fado + Ramana Vieira

First if all-what is Fado? A quick overview follows with help from Fado expert and singer Ramana Vieira and Wiki.

Fado (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈfaðu], "destiny, fate") is a music genre which can be traced to the 1820s in Portugal, but probably has much earlier origins.

In popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, infused with a characteristic sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia (loosely captured by the word "saudade", or longing). However, although the origins are difficult to trace, today fado is by many regarded as a simply a form of song which can be about anything, but must follow a certain structure. The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word saudade which symbolizes the feeling of loss (a permanent, irreparable loss).

Several singers of the traditional Portuguese fado have appeared in Canada and the United States.One of these, Ramana Vieira, r…

A Lively Art Scene in Latvia-Artist Evelīna Deičmane is Part Of This!

Evelīna Deičmane

Evelīna Deičmane is a young, very talented  Latvian artist who can lightly, as if playing and experimenting, operate with new media, while at the same time, filtering everything through intimate, personal experience.

Evelīna's exciting work, whether installations, or videos, experiments with sound or drawings, speaks about her country Latvia in some aspect.

Evelīna Deičmane graduated from the Latvian Art Academy's Department of Visual Communications in 2007 and is a part of the young and talented group known as the “viscom's”. Berlin has become a second home to her; there she studied at the Berlin Art University, in the Experimental Media Department (2004, 2007-2009).

She has taken part in several notable international art exhibitions, such as the 15th Sydney Biennial (2006), the 2nd Moscow Biennial (2007), Manifesta 7 (2008) and the 12th Cairo Biennial (2010). Together with the artist Miks Mitrēvics, she represented Latvia's pavilion at the 53rd Veni…

Art You Can Drive

Fastest cars this year~

1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sport: 267 mph, 0-60 in 2.4 secs. Aluminum, Narrow Angle 8 Liter W16 Engine with 1200 hp, base price is $2,400,000. Although the Bugatti Veyron lost the title to SSC Ultimate Aero on March 2007, Bugatti challenge the record in Germany on July 10, 2010 with the new 2010 Super Sport Version and the Veyron once again claims the title of the fastest car in the world at 267 mph. The original Bugatti Veyron has a top speed of 253 mph, priced at $1,700,000 and equipped with 1001 hp.
2.Hennessey Venom GT: 260 mph, 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, has a 6.2-liter LS9 Turbocharged V8 Twin Turbo V8 Engine producing 1200 hp, has a price tag of $950,000. The Venom GT has yet to be tested and proven, but could possibly hit a top speed of 275 mph. This might just be the Veyron Super Sport's closest competitor!

Banned Art in Russia! Is it 'Good' Art

Alexander Kosolapov - This Is My Blood, 2002 - Screen print on paper - HOT BUTTON: RELIGION

Banning a work of art does wonders for the artist and the exhibit or venue that banned it. 99% of these banned images from a Russian art show are pretty bad and I found myself laughing when looking at them.

What are your thoughts. Banned American photographer Mapplethorpe was truly a great artist, but this collection are not of that ilk.

Tell me what you think.

Not Clowning Around~Red Skelton as a Serious Painter of Clowns

Red Skelton was all over TV and radio from the 1940s through the 1960s. I always loved to watch his TV show. His boyish giggle, mistakes on camera, and his self-effacing persona were endearing. I found out he painted clowns when I was very young. As I wound my way up the art historical ladder at New York University and Columbia, I have to admit I found his artwork a little laughable at the time. I was suffering from art snobbism which I have recovered from now that I am older.
Don't get me wrong, Red Skelton is no Michelangelo or great artist, but his work deserves study. 

It appears he is self taught and uses himself as a model. The clowns emit a simple poignancy probably coming from the artist himself. Are clowns really happy or sad--or both. His art addresses this dichotomy.

Richard Bernard "Red" Skelton (July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997) was an American entertainer best known for being a national comedian between 1937 and 1971. Skelton,  began his show business career…

Sherlock Holmes Trying To Save House Of His Creator

Interior Today
Sherlock will have to solve this puzzle fast! 

Developers along with a sympathetic City Council in Surrey, England want to turn 'Undershaw' , the crumbling former home of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, into flats. The actors from the brilliant TV show Sherlock have gotten involved and are helping to get the word about this on facebook.

Exterior Today
Author Doyle commissioned the construction by architect Joseph Henry Ball and Doyle lived there for many years with his ill wife. Bram Stoker, who wrote Dracula, visited in 1907 and found the house "cozy and snug to a remarkable degree", and added that the many curios and artworks created an effect like a "fairy pleasure house." 

                                                                 The way it used to look
Undershaw was converted into a hotel not long after Doyle sold it. During 2004, the hotel closed and the property was purchased by Fosseway Limited - it has remained unoccupied since that …