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#650: Watch Nothing Lasts Forever

According to its entry on Wikipedia, Nothing Lasts Forever is “a 1984 science-fiction comedy film starring a number of Hollywood actors who were popular at the time of its production.”

According to blogs and websites yesterday, it’s an unreleased Bill Murray film that suddenly popped up on YouTube.

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Posted by on July 10, 2014 in Movies

 

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#593: THE(UN)FAIR

It’s Armory Arts Week, which means art shows, benefits, and events throughout the city.  I’m me, which means I will attend a free show because even though I want to support art and artists and creativity, I’m too much of a sucker for free things.

Luckily for me, there’s THE(UN)FAIR, a show full of slightly off (though when we’re talking about art, who can really determine what is or isn’t “normal”?) pieces. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2014 in Art

 

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#444: Flux Factory

I guess I should have known what I was getting myself (and my innocent friend) into–the mission of the Flux Factory states that it “is a non-profit art organization that supports and promotes emerging artists through exhibitions, commissions, residencies, and collaborative opportunities. Flux Factory…functions as an incubation and laboratory space for the creation of artworks that are in dialogue with the physical, social, and cultural spheres of New York City.”

But still, when I read about the event going on there last night, I thought it sounded like a good alternative to the “hang out at a bar talking to friends until they get tired and leave around 9pm which is really just an excuse to go home to their boyfriends, leaving you alone and lonely as always” practice. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2013 in Art

 

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#424: Headscapes

There were no skewed expectations here.  Headscapes was an art installation representing what goes on in the minds of artists.  I knew it was going to be insane.

So when I first arrived and saw glass doors leading to a normal-looking exhibit space, I was surprised.  The doors were locked.  Disappointed at having come to Long Island City specifically for this show, I walked a few more feet and noticed there was another door.  I went in that one.  Then I pushed past the curtain and entered a dark warehouse full of craziness. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Art

 

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#414: Read insane writing

This is kind of fascinating: a book from 1870 analyzing writing from people in an asylum.

If you’re too lazy to read it yourself, let me summarize: this doctor proposed that there was some value in studying the writing of the clinically insane, which seems to be a notion before his time (though, having not lived in the 19th century, I can’t say for sure).  And he had come up with several–really seven–different things he thought studying their writing could tell us about these people.

Pretty intriguing, but while reading the book, I was less focused on these particular cases and more interested in what the author’s conclusions might mean today. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2013 in Books

 

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#329: Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Aside from the addition of live music, this “bazaar” was pretty much like every other craft fair in the city: half of the vendors are fairly talented artists in some capacity; a quarter are people trying to make money selling you something you could easily make yourself; a quarter of the people have just shown up with whatever they found in their closet as they were cleaning it out last week.

Understand I’m not complaining.  We need artists who are confident enough in their abilities and early enough with the rent check signed by their parents to come to these fairs and remind us of how we never had it quite so easy.  They do us a great service by reinforcing the idea that the only difference between them and us is that they had the guts to bring this stuff to a public place and put a price tag on it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2012 in Art

 

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