Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sunday's Song

{Friday night, a bill to legalize gay marriage in NY was passed, and celebrations erupted all over the city!}

A part of me and I am sure a part of many others are saying, what took so long!  Regardless of how overdue this bill is...I along with many other NY'ers feel very proud to live in a state in which all love is created equal.  It is unfathomable to me that we live in such a country which will recognize the marriage of two drunk strangers by an Elvis impersonator yet will not recognize the true love, companionship and trust between a couple purely based on their gender.  Thank you NY for recognizing this hypocrisy and helping right the situation.

I am proud to live in a state that recognizes the basic human rights of all of its's about time!

Now time to celebrate!  Saturday there was Gay Field Day in Prospect Park, rallies and marches in the city, and today is the parade!

Friday, June 24, 2011

1 thing I love about Summer: Film Screenings Outdoors!

{How could I replace those frequently rained out Movies on the Block from my summers spent in Providence? NYC there is SUMMER ON THE ROOF!}

Every Tuesday June through August on the rooftop of the Bohemian National Hall. 

This Tuesday I went to see Jak utopit doktora Mrácka aneb Konec vodniku v Cechách (or, in English: How to Drown Dr. Mracek, the Lawyer) a hilarious Czech film from the 70s.
The film is about a family of water sprites and their efforts to save their water filled household from demolition.  We gathered on the rooftop with beautiful views of the sunset over the city, sat down with our water, wine and soda and prepared to giggle and smile, and be completely envious of the amazing outfits sported by the cast! 
The film was so so funny, and really campy  and being outside on a roof in this beautiful city laughing with family and friends is just a perfect addition to summer. 


Thursday, June 23, 2011

This Friday, June 24th at 12PM!

Participate in cultural advocacy! This FRIDAY, June 24th at noon, art locations all over the world will set off flares of coloured smoke in the air as a symbol of our artistic presence and as a dissonance to the harsh slashing of support. Read more to participate.


Express the value of art! Show your support for culture!
On Friday the 24th June at noon local time, we need you to join this initiative in shrouding art locations across the world in coloured smoke. This visual act will be a sign of resistance against the growing disdain for the arts within societies and governments worldwide, and a sign of support for colleagues who face major cutbacks. Now is the time to act to show your appreciation and the necessity of the arts!
ARTBOMB is a peaceful art intervention initiated in The Netherlands. The Dutch Government is about to cut 40% of all cultural funding. This will result in the disappearance of a multitude of organizations that excel internationally in their field. This loss will be felt not only by the Dutch public but by the international community.
One signal, one moment, one act to show support. You can contribute visual ammunition against the disproportionate cuts to the arts budget. This visible intervention will rise up around the world where people value the arts and want to express their support for artists and cultural organizations.
Everybody who joins the ARTBOMB intervention will become part of this chain reaction and is invited to upload the photos and films of their own intervention to the website as a token of solidarity and a symbol of strength.


Home Kitsch Cabin

{If you like kitsch, and let's face it...we know you should definitely check out the current opening at the Czech Center New York. And lucky for you out of towners, if you can't get over here...I took lots-o-photos for you!}

The exhibition, called Home Art, is up from June 16 until September 15, 2011.  It is an amazing exhibit of folk designs found in the Czech home from the 1950s to the 1980s. 

On the left, that is a vase made entirely of these sticks that for some reason are a common household item in the Czech Republic. Behind the vase is a pattern rolled on with a special roller, there are a few different designs shown at the exhibit..all super 70's and awesome.  Very sputnik.
This is so glittery and amazing. 
Left: Christmas tree stand, Right: poodle cover for secret drinkers.
See! You can hide your bottles with this creepy crochet or knit poodle, genius!
Left: hilarious device to keep coins, put coin on little weighted area and hand comes out and grabs it. Fun for the kids!
Band made of bottle caps.
Ridiculous and elaborate cigarette dispenser, made of those sticks again!
The handle on this purse is just amazing.  On the right: why yes, that is a boob wood...with a crown.

I highly suggest you check this out in person if you are in the NYC area.  Don't forget to grab a traditionally poured beer at Hospoda,  after checking out the opening.  This exhibit made me want to create my own hideous Chemlon tapestry or poodle vodka cover.  Time to get to work!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

it is officially summer break!

{Nothing screams summer to me more than walks in the woods, and visits to swimming holes with friends. This particular beautiful swimming hole is in Rhode Island, where I just visited this weekend. It is a nice walk through the woods followed by super clear and clean water, the sound of frogs croaking and a beautiful clear sky above.}


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

hip hip hooray!

{I have FINALLY mastered making enough for only one smoothie consistently. It was so annoying to have those little extra sips left over, and I do not like to measure when I am making such goodness as a raw cocoa & banana smoothie (aka yumsville)}

Also, in regards of my closet revamp: here is the perfect example of an item I just couldn't part with: my vintage cheerleading romper. Where you ask am I wearing this? Eh, a rooftop film. Wherever I want!