Street Art Retrospective at The Helenbeck Gallery

The etymology of the word graffiti is of Italian origins, stemming from the word graffiato, meaning to scratch or scribble. In the early 20th century, graffiti was relegated to scratches on the wall, Yossarian Lives! or some other political message. In the 60’s and 70’s, graffiti emerged from the underground mostly as a public nuisance, … Continue reading Street Art Retrospective at The Helenbeck Gallery

The Brooklyn International Film Festival ends this weekend!

                        The Brooklyn International Film Festival is currently underway with more than 100 films and daily social events. If you don’t already know, the competitive festival includes experimental films, shorts, animation, documentaries and of course, feature films. The ten-day festival, now in its 12th … Continue reading The Brooklyn International Film Festival ends this weekend!

My Interview with Marco Ursino

I visited the relaxed Williamsburg offices of The Brooklyn International Film Festival to speak with its creator and Executive Director, Marco Ursino. I was greeted by friendly faces, smiles and the intermittent clicking of computer keys. Susan Mackell, Director of Development for the festival, ushered me into a comfortable leather seating area and offered me water when a spontaneous … Continue reading My Interview with Marco Ursino

My Memorial Day

This year, to honor the memory of all of our servicemen and women, I decided to forgo the regular barbecue hopping and take a serene, introspective walk all over New York City, sans company. Here’s where my little feet took me:   And here’s what I saw:         Please keep in mind … Continue reading My Memorial Day

Weekend Rundown

This weekend, don’t sit home, being depressed about the economy (and your bank account). Get yer ass outside and enjoy life, albeit on a responsible budget. Here are a few, low-cost events to float your boat this weekend: Listen to opera singers compete for cash and prizes! Symphony Space, May 15 6:30 pm Harlem Opera Vocal Compitition … Continue reading Weekend Rundown

Rooftop Films 2009

Start your summer right, the way it’s supposed to be: under the stars. Rooftop Films can help you. For the 13th year in a row, Rooftop shows independent, underground films at unique locations. This years kick-off is tonight in the Lower East Side, with music and free beer at Fontana’s. Shows are usually Friday and … Continue reading Rooftop Films 2009

Meatpacking District Does Cocktails (and Design)

Most of us know the Meatpacking District as the 24-hour party zone, but this weekend the focus will be on design, architecture and yes, cocktails. Meatpacking District Design 09 is a cocktail-filled weekend event showcasing tours of new hotels, the historical neighborhood and shops. It’s an event designed to invite the public to share in what The District … Continue reading Meatpacking District Does Cocktails (and Design)

River to River Festival

The new schedule for this summer’s River to River Festival is finally available (after many annoyed e-mails) and there’s something for everyone: adults, children and  adults who act like children. Live music, outdoor movies (The Seven Year Itch is one of them!) and poetry are some of the wonderful activities you can enjoy this summer, downtown of … Continue reading River to River Festival

Shakespeare in the Park

Yes. It’s back. Shakespeare in the Park; your chance to see a professional production of Shakespeare, with real actors, for free! This years production is Twelfth Night, the screwball comedy of mistaken identity. It’s a lot of fun, and just for extra giggles, the lanky, dorky, awkward Ms. Anne Hathoway is in it. I’m not … Continue reading Shakespeare in the Park

The Model As Muse

Thank goodness the supermodel craze is over. I thought  we’d never get rid of Cindy Crawford. Now, aside from her weird Raymore & Flanigan commercials, advertising denim sofas (what?), we really don’t have to see her too much anymore. You miss her, you say? You really miss the way the same 5 models were used by every … Continue reading The Model As Muse