Full circle.

August 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

A while ago, I posted the video of Marina Abramovic’s video of her performance art piece, that was sharing one minute with a person, no words, no touching, just staring into each other’s eyes.

Jay-Z apparently liked it as well, and took it to where he needed to take it – adding music, and interacting with someone.

Interacting with someone through art is a powerful tool. These are both incredible examples of some of my favorite things.



April 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

Ada Louise Huxtable. Look her up. She is brilliant.

I was a bit disappointed to pick up her book on Frank Lloyd Wright (prairie style holds a special place in my heart, growing up down the street from a Purcell/Elmslie house, and living in the Midwest.)  It turns out that she researched it, but did not write a chunk of it; instead preferring to reprint some of what others have written about his life. Nonetheless, her perspective on him is comprehensive and I appreciate how she integrates his life with his work.

But honestly, how can you go wrong with a woman who fiercely defends the recognition of how the built environment impacts our lives? Not just from the architect’s perspective, but the community as well.  This is the epitome of sustainability.

I recommend reading her, if you haven’t already. She put a voice to an inanimate perspective. 

Evolution of music.

December 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am a fan of Beck.

To which anyone who knows me would immediately snort and say, “Fan? More like fanatic.” 

But I’m not a fanatic in the sense that I stalk people and my life revolves around them. More that I truly appreciate everything that person does, and will immediately purchase whatever they put out into the world.

I have a lot of memories with Beck – with my father, with my husband, with ex-boyfriends, with friends, with old jobs… I can tell you what was going on in my life based on which  one of his albums was out at the time.

He evolves with every album. It is very different, but uniquely different. Ranging from super raw, hard, nearly punk to symphonic and almost operatic to hip hop to pop…sometimes all in one song. Music is very personal to him, and that comes across easily to the listener.

Which is why his new album is both brilliant and odd. He is releasing it only as sheet music.

Song Reader is 20 new songs presented only as sheet music, in the hopes that enterprising musicians will record their own versions.” (NPR has the full article, and interview with Beck.)

I’m so intrigued. Which is why I love Beck to begin with.

Archinature cont.

December 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

I was trying to find this when I posted previously, but could not for the life of me remember where it was and what it was called. I saw this on a post recently, and it completely embodies “archinature” to me.

photo by Kristof Vrancken / Z33

This church, designed by Gijs Van Vaereburgh, is in Belgium. It’s called “Reading between the lines”.

It’s so beautiful for so many reasons.

Check out more photos at Architecture Lab, and the story at the architect’s website.


November 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Stick with this. All the way through. It is so worth it.

here’s your evil.

November 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Friday night, I went to the Wits show (seriously, check it out. It is awesome. I used to do marketing for them for a season, and the shows are super fun.)

Anyway, Friday’s episode was a decade later than Follow that Bird…traveling into the early nineties now. It was Dave Foley, and Mike Doughty from Soul Coughing. Before we moved to Minneapolis a couple of years ago, the last time I was in Minneapolis, I saw  the Kids in the Hall perform. It was AWESOME, and one of the best skits of the night was Simon and Hecubus.


here’s your sad.

November 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Follow that Bird showed up on Netflix tonight. I don’t know if I can watch it.

I just told Jeff, my husband, that blue Big Bird makes me so horribly sad. It was the first time I really recognized what “sad” was when I was tiny. That emotions were so much more than just happy, or angry that I wasn’t getting my way.

So, instead of the T-Lo version of “here’s your pretty”, here’s your sad.

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