SPOILER ALERT: She learned nothing.
As you all know, Trent and I went to see Kara Walker‘s latest exhibit in Brooklyn yesterday, titled “A Subtlety Or the Marvelous Sugar Baby…” Trent loved it, I loved it. And when I say “I loved it” I mean I stood in that space very upset that my mother (formerly a professor of African, African-American, and Women’s History, a woman who took me to my first protest—against domestic violence—when I was 8, and marched in her last protest—for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal—when she was 52, and nearing the end of her battle with cancer) and her twin sister, my Aunt Grace (also a fierce activist and journalist) were not there to experience it with me. I thought of the words of a brilliant professor of the Sufi sect of Islam who I studied with at Sarah Lawrence, when she described certain ancient, preserved places of worship in other countries, saying, “The air is different in there.” The air was, indeed, different out there. And I had some experiences (some positively breathtaking, and some disturbing) that I want to share.
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So … my Saturday? Amazing! I got to hang out with a bunch of great people, I got to experience breathtaking artwork and see an amazing Broadway show … but all of that was rendered irrelevant by the fact that I got to hold in my arms the Pink is the new Blog baby Josev!!! OMG. I can’t even express how much I love that baby! Oh yeah, I got to hang out with his mom Shannon, too, but … OMG JOSEV! Adriana and I did get to enjoy a great brunch with our friend Oriana before I met up with Shannon and Josev and then it was all about that baby. The bunch of us made our way out to Brooklyn to see the Kara Walker exhibit … then it was back to Manhattan so I could see Hedwig and the Angry Inch … and then dance into the wee hours of the morning at Baracuda with music by my friend Jon Ali (with an extra special cameo by my homie Bradley from MuuMuse). Saturday = epicness. More »
Manicures, Pedicures and Art
It’s 4th of July weekend here in the US (Happy Independence Day, fellow Americans) and while many folks will be celebrating with family and friends at BBQs, pool parties and/or with fireworks, Beyoncé and her family are celebrating in a bit of a different way. Bey uploaded a set of photos to her official website that feature her daughter Blue Ivy and hubby Jay Z enjoying some family time together this 4th of July week. Bey and Blue pampered themselves by getting matching manicures and pedicures before they met up with daddy Jay for a family trip to see the Kara Walker exhibit A Subtlety at Brooklyn’s legendary Domino Sugar Factory. Click thru the gallery presented here to see what Beyoncé‘s family got up to this week. Happy 4th, all!
Ariana Grande fans, rejoice! Geez, I can remember when I was first kind of “discovering” her awesomeness way back in the day. I thought she was great, but I definitely had no idea she was going to blow up like this. The lead single off her sophomore project, Problem, is still sittin’ pretty on the Billboard charts at #2, and she sat down with Ryan Seacrest to share some big news about the album. Click inside for more!
*Or, at least, much more fun
Emoji icons have been popping up everywhere we look … in TV show recaps, in music video remakes and inside Miley Cyrus‘s mouth. Today we get to check out a batch of BRILLIANT mash-ups that show us what some of the world’s greatest works of art look like with emoji icons in them. From Nymphs and Satyr by William-Adolphe Bouguereau to Son of Man by Rene Magritte to The Kiss by Gustav Klimt and more, these clever works of art look MUCH MORE FUN with emojis, don’t you think? I know that some people may find these mash-ups blasphemous but as a fan of emojis, I love these cute updates on classic works of art.
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James Franco, Hollywood’s Jack-of-All-Trades, is readying the debut of a new art show that will go on display in NYC and LA sometime soon and to generate interest in the show, he has released photos of two of the paintings he created for the exhibit. James chose his BFF Seth Rogen as his muse and decided to paint him in the nude. I suppose, technically, the paintings can be considered NSFW (after all, one painting features Seth’s testicles) but honestly, they’re really more hilarious than anything else. And they’re not bad paintings at all, if I’m being totally honest. Have a look below, see what you think. More »
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Yesterday afternoon I met up with my friend Adriana for a late lunch/early dinner at Petty Cash for some tacos and convo before we made our way to her friend Michael Decker‘s art show opening. His exhibit is called New Car Smell and it is currently on display at the AMBACH & RICE on Wilshire Blvd. here in LA. After the opening, Aide and I parted ways so that I could meet up with my friend Genevieve at El Cid in Silverlake so that we could see Kay Hanley of Letters to Cleo play an intimate solo concert. After that, Gen whisked me away to West Hollywood to do a bit of dancing at Giorgio’s inside The Standard Hotel. It was a long but very fun day/night. More »
Blast from the Past
The Andy Warhol Museum announced today that they happened to find an old computer sitting in their archives that housed floppy disks from 1985 that contain previously lost computer artwork created by Warhol himself. The art was commissioned back in the 80′s by Commodore International to show the power of their Amiga personal computers and was previously thought to be lost. Amazingly, the floppy disks were found and the information stored on them has been retrieved … so we now have access to newfound artwork by Andy Warhol. Wow. Click below to see 3 of his computer created pieces and learn more about how this artwork was salvaged from that old computer. More »
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After my very successful morning at Amoeba Music for Record Store Day yesterday, I did a bit of work in the afternoon before I met up with my friend Adriana and her friends Jenny and Lila for an art opening by Adam Villacin + Ashkahn (who are also friends of Adriana). The event was held in Chinatown at a space called Happy Lion … so I got all dolled up in my best 90′s gear and headed out. The art show as a great success, we all had fun. After the show, we made our way to DTLA for a late dinner. I ended my night doing a bit of dancing and, well, I ended up enjoying a really fantastic Saturday. More »