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Film and Fashion on the Move

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The Museum of the Moving Image just finished their Fashion in Film Festival. Having only heard about it yesterday, I managed to catch one of the last screenings.

Located in Astoria, this museum includes prop, costume, and historical exhibits from the movie industry. In addition to weekend screenings, the museum hosts several events throughout the year, including the Machinima Festival, the Havana Film Festival, and the current Fashion in Film Festival. This current film festival showed films ranging from 60’s parodies about the fashion world to contemporary documentaries about fashion designers.
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Baby, It’s Cold Out

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Welcome, blistering cold. After yesterday’s brush with “will we or won’t we get snow”, I should have anticipated this blistering freeze that assaulted me at the ungodly hour of 5 while walking my dog. My face still hurts.
Strangely, my fairly small pug absolutely loves the cold; the colder, the better! He’s something of a personal space heater, though; I put him in my bed and he’s better than a hot water bottle, which is a good thing since it always seems that NYC radiators lose a little of their oomph when it’s this cold.
Also, in this cold, I enjoy indoor activities and the city affords us plenty of opportunities.
My favorite indoor activity: exploring as many rooms as I can in the American Museum of Natural History. My favorite rooms are the dinosaur and animal exhibits, although I’ve recently taken to enjoying the Native American artifact rooms. What are some of your favorite things to do when it’s too cold for outdoor activity?

[Image from pub.tenkuu.net]

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

JeffreysHookLight.jpg If you are as nerdy as I am, this will interest you… Long before the fancy bridge was built connecting NY and NJ, local mariners lobbied congress to build a lighthouse to warn ships of the shoals of Jeffrey’s Hook in northern Manhattan. The lighthouse was extremely effective for many years, but became obsolete with the construction of the well-lit George Washington Bridge.

Today, the two-story lighthouse still stands below the grey bridge as a reminder of yesteryear. A couple times a year, NYC Parks and Rec Department opens the proud beacon to the public, and this Saturday is one of those times. It will be open from 1:00-3:00. Call to get some more info, and report back on how it went! I am going to try to get out there, but I have to take a trip upstate to go apple-picking. Kill me.

But I’ll know my song well before I start singin’.

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Having just had an impassioned discussion about the career and voice of Bob Dylan, I was pleased to hear about this exhibition at the Morgan Library. Lots of Dylan artifacts and paraphernalia on display, along with viewing and listening stations.

So if you’re a member of the “Dylan was a brilliant songwriter and incredibly talented musician, but oh that voice, that horrible voice” camp, you can go and pore over hundreds of handwritten lyrics, typed manuscripts, handbills, concert announcements, etc. and avoid the recordings entirely.

Or if, like me, you’re a member of the “Not only did he write great songs, but man that voice, that awesomely weird and raspy voice” camp, well then, you can go and revel in the recordings that all those others weirdos are avoiding.

Bob Dylan, with harmonica and guitar, in recording studio, 1963, © Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

I Can’t Believe I Almost Forgot [Posting]…

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[Here’s more images of the space.]

about PS1’s Summer Warm Up which is starting this Saturday, July 1 at 3pm.

$10 gets you all this sweetness.

The winners of the design-the-space-people-are-gonna-party- (and inevitably puke)-in contest also known as the Young Architects Program are OBRA, led by Pablo Castro and Jennifer Lee.

Check the line-up after the jump.
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All Work and No Play

The past few days have been really hectic at work and I haven’t been able to go out anywhere, leaving me with little to talk about and drained of any desire to do anything but veg out and watch the Sopranos. Although the free Starbucks thing was quite a huge stir at the office today – I never even made it out during those hours to get myself a well-earned free goddamned cup of coffee. I must pay half my week’s salary to those mo-effing c-suckaz.

So, besides a ton of work, what’s been keeping me indoors? MySpace. That thing is addictive, my goal was to get as many friends on MySpace as possible (my tally is up to 535) to promote my film production company, but after a while I just sort of lost steam and started looking for any single, vegetarian, Indian chicks within 5 miles of my zip code. Just kidding! Or am I?

I hope to go out this week at least once, maybe I’ll make it out to the Whitney. I definitely wanna do that. That and Barefoot in the Park with Amanda Peet before tickets get sold out, though I don’t think it has the same buzz as the Producers or The Lion King. I’ve taken 3 acting classes and sat through the same dialogue performed from the play and I still want to go out and see it, now that’s saying something. Especially since I’ve only seen one show – Fiddler.

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