Friday, April 30, 2010

Art From and For The Children

Have You Heard About Givology?
Givology partners with leading grassroots non-profit organizations, local communities, and schools to sponsor education grants and innovative community-based education projects.
This is where the Art comes in...
There's  was an online exhibition What Would You Buy with $50?  that features more than 150 works by East African villagers and students from the Circle of Peace School in Uganda, where that price covers a year’s tuition.
The project was the brainchild of artist Jiashan Wu and Joyce Meng, CEO of the volunteer-based online organization Givology. On a recent volunteer mission, they asked the local kids to draw what they would buy with $50, and now each drawing is being sold to help provide continuing education for students at the school.
The exhibition has closed, but there is still plenty of artwork available for purchase.
Of course, the art may not have mass appeal, 
however, their website offers many other ways
 to be involved.
Have a great weekend...
Grow,  Laugh, Enjoy. 

Art on Film...And Inspiration For Many

Art's Immortal Rock Star Forever remembered 
as one of the art world's
brightest-and fastest burning-stars,Jean-Michel Basquiat
was in equal measure a masterful painter,
inspired poet, cult celebrity and style icon.
Jean-Michael Basquait
The Radiant Child
This film is brought to fruition by Tamra Davis,
 who befriended Basquiat in the 80's, originally a short tribute
produced in conjunction with  MOCA’s retrospective. It was apparent, 
with it's intimate and rare footage this was clearly worthy of a feature length film. 

  He began his meteoric rise to fame in the late 70s,
 when he ran away from home to live on the streets of New York. 
Branding himself as a graffiti artist under the mysterious moniker 
“SAMO©” (a portmanteau of “Same Old”), he soon attracted the city’s 
counter-cultural royalty, collecting friends such as Debbie Harry, 
Keith Haring, Glenn O’Brien and Andy Warhol, 
before turning to painting and storming galleries in
 New York and Los Angeles with his brightly hued, neo-expressionist works.
Here is a preview, recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival










       via Nowness On a similar but different note:
The (notorious) street artist, Banksy
has a new  film- Exit Through the Gift shop.
It is an exhilarating look into(a behind  the scenes)
the illicit world of street art.
Banksy is internationally known and highly influential
and very influential in the world of
high -level and socially conscious
graffiti artists.

Locally the film is playing at the following theaters.
At the Embarcadero Center Cinema, Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael and Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley.)

As a voyeur, it's a must see,

don't you think?

Quote of the Day


No one can ever tell you
you're doing it wrong.
James Leo Herlihy

Thursday, April 29, 2010

It's Thursday- Make It Spicy

Ok, it's Thursday- gateway to the week end
so how about a little spice, just a little.
 It has stopped raining here so we're gonna
hit the bbq and grill a little chicken- clip a few herbs
and some evoo, lemon and chile flakes
 (spicy- remember?)
With that in mind I found this great recipe for 
Chile Roasted Cauliflower with Cilantro Dressing
1 head cauliflower
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1/2 small bunch cilantro (leaves and delicate stems), roughly chopped
2 small cloves garlic. roughly chopped
For directions visit here.
The ingredients are a perfect combination-
 fresh and spicy.
Now a cocktail along the same lines
(remember, it's Thursday)

How about one called 
Cool as a Cucumber.
This has all of the right components-
white rum, cucumber, lime and cilantro, 
there is even a suggestion (taking it!)
to kick it up with some red chiles.
Check out the recipe at Drink of the week!

Now for those of you who insist on going out on Thursday,

and keep it spicy, how about the new 
Puerto Rican restaurant in the Haight...

 Parada 22

The food was great!  I had the Cuban Sandwich which was fantastic, 
My friend's steak was succulent goodness. 
The mango and guava drinks were light and refreshing and perfect for the sunny day.
 I ordered Pernil, roasted pork, and the plate came with a salad,
 fried sweet banana, rice, and beans.  So tender and comforting. 
The sandwich was sublime -- smoky, sweet, and perfectly balanced
The highlight of the meal was the beans.  The red ones were cooked with pork,
 the white beans with a vegetable/oregano sofrito, and both were exquisite:
 soft, savory, comforting, smoky-tasting. 
reviews via yelp

Need I say more? 
Ok, the place is super casual,colorful and funky
and...spicy. Just do it! 
1805 Haight Street btwn Shrader & Stanyan


Chalkboard Envy

I am obsessed with chalkboards-
maybe it's because they're 
everywhere, maybe because I love lists.
Whatever- but they have become very accessible 
in so many formats and functions 
and I want one, or two...
Brave artistic interpretation @ mikajornal

A creative room divider@ bernielopes

Simple chalkboard tiles Pottery Barn

Now for the creative soul, some DIY...
Wall calendar from Martha Stewart

Pantry Reminder

Custom Colors How-To
Martha Stewart

OK, is that door not genius?

Quote of the Day

It's spring fever-- you don't 
quite know what it is you want,
but it makes your heart ache,
you want it so.
Mark Twain

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What Goes Around Comes Around

  With David Garcia Studio’s mobile bookcase (Archive II), 
 you can roll your personal library with you wherever 
your feet take you—and it even offers a place to curl up 
and read a few chapters. A gerbil wheel for bibliophiles, 
this interesting  concept was
 “inspired by ancient traveling libraries from the Far East,
 which visited courts and cities,
 Archive II transforms this into a personal space, 
where walking and reading
 coexist as refuge and transport.”



The average reader can read about 240 words per minute
A 300 page book normally takes 9 hours to read, non stop
If you read while you walk, you can read 
a book in about 43 kilometers...

"If you read and walk, watch out for traffic".