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Archive for the month “August, 2008”

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This may be the World’s Funniest Commercial

No, really, this commercial for Der Wienerschnitzel is one of TBS’s World’s Funniest Commericals. Tell me if it makes you laugh:

Giant work of art takes over D.C.

People around F and 9th Streets in Washington D.C. probably noticed a crane yesterday morning holding this gigantic blue shape. Here is a pic I lifted off of DCist.com:

The piece is a 31-foot high sculpture called Modern Head by the late pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. You might recognize Lichtenstein’s more well-known works resembling comic book pages:

Lichtenstein’s work is all over D.C. – the National Gallery of Art, in fact, has the largest repository of his art in the world. Now, we get Modern Head, too, which was installed yesterday outside the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The piece’s last home was inside the World Trade Center where it took a few bumps to the chin on 9-11, but by some miracle stayed intact.

Welcome to D.C., Modern Head.

Nick Zinner’s photographs

Most fans of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs know the band’s guitarist Nick Zinner moonlights as a photographer when on tour with band mates Karen O. and Brian Chase.

Zinner has an exhibit right now called It’s OK, Don’t Look At the Road at Fuse Gallery in New York. I swiped these pics from the gallery’s web site. (Click to enlarge):

Okay, so, what do you think? Does Nick’s stuff belong in a gallery?

Richard Kern’s ‘You Killed Me First’

Anyone who owns a copy of Sonic Youth‘s Evol has seen a bit of Richard Kern‘s art. You might even recognize the chick in the video below. She’s Elizabeth Carr, who goes by the name Lung Leg and she’s the girl, uh, freaking out on the cover of Evol in a frame from Kern’s legendary camp fest You Killed Me First. (For a whole post on album covers featuring famous artists’ work, go here.)

Below you’ll find the first 8 and half minutes of You Killed Me First (1985). It has a very John Waters-esque feel. Art buffs, L.E.S. artistes and New York know-it-alls might recognize performance artist Karen Finley as the mother and the late artist/writer David Wojnarowicz as the father. Photographer Jessica Craig-Martin plays the normal daughter and Lung Leg of course, plays the hellbent daughter. (Warning: contains sex, violence and profanity. NSFW at all).

I’ll try to find the last two and a half minutes so you know how this crazy story ends. Enjoy!

Kate Winslet in a few decades?

Here is a pic of actress Kate Winslet on the set of her new film The Reader. It’s a post WWII drama and, apparently, Kate plays an older person. Do you still think she’s hot?

Michael Jackson minus plastic surgery

The kids over at L.A. Rag Mag have gotten genius with the photoshop and created this image of what 50-year-old crackpot pop star Michael Jackson would look like today if he had foregone all the plastic surgery. Which MJ do you prefer?:

It was 88 years ago this week

The 19th amendment giving women in the United States the right to vote was ratified 88 years ago this week. Some smart, tough ladies fought long and hard to get the amendment passed.

When you think about how it’s taken nearly nine decades to have a female nominee finally taken seriously in the race for president, you realize the work of the suffragettes is not over. Let’s honor the memory and carry on in the spirit of:
Susan B. Anthony:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton:

Alice Paul:

And all the brave women in 1848 who were at the historic Seneca Falls Convention, the first women’s rights convention in the United States. I salute you and I thank you.

Let’s cool down with Duke Ellington

Here is Duke Ellington and his orchestra performing Take the A Train, my favorite of his hundreds of compositions. To me, Ellington defines sophistication. He’s the suavest man who ever lived. Check him out back in the 1940s:

Jay McInerney on ‘Gossip Girl’?

It’s true. Former 1980s It Boy Jay McInerney, author of one of the Big Apple’s definitive novels Bright Lights, Big Cities, is going to make a cameo on an upcoming episode of the CW’s insipid Gossip Girl.

Do you think this will inspire the kids to check out McInerney’s oeuvre? Or will it be like the time Tony Dow of Leave It to Beaver guest starred as Sarah Jessica Parker’s dad on Square Pegs? We were all like, “OMG, isn’t that Wally?”

Since Gossip Girl is all about the base instincts and material lust of a pack of well-heeled Manhattan teens, shouldn’t the show have tapped Bret Easton Ellis instead?

Ellis, author of Less Than Zero,The Rules of Attraction, and American Psycho, has such a jones for the troubled rich kid stories.

True story: when I was 14, I read Less Than Zero cover to cover at a B. Dalton bookstore in the mall while I waited for my mother to shop.

A few years later I read Bright Lights, Big City and and was pleasantly surprised.

What about you? Team Ellis? or Team McInerney? Are you, like my girlfriend, a closet Gossip Girl viewer?

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