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Friday, May 31, 2013
Friday Night in Bushwick: Bushwick Arts Festival / House of Oops presents Loganne Bond, Hype Wonder, MC Eleven, and Eskimeaux at the Tea Factory
(Videos courtesy Warrentertainment)
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
This Memorial Day at 9 AM, we were standing by the Boys and Girls Club on Forest Avenue in Locust Valley watching the North Shore town's annual Memorial Day parade.
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Sunday Night in Williamsburg: Twin Cyster, Sediment Club, Cellular Chaos and Adam Markowitz (of the Dreebs) at Death By Audio
Sunday Afternoon in Rockaway Park: The Boardwalk and Beach Are Not Quite Ready Yet at Beach 106th Street
Despite Superstorm Sandy's devastation to the Rockaways in general and to the destroyed boardwalk in particular, the city said the beaches here, as in other parts of New York, would be open this Memorial Day weekend.
The parks department people taking a break on the steps told us this was all technically off-limits but they kindly allowed us to stay to take some pics.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Fire Island ferry terminal in Bay Shore today. But we liked the scene, so different from the bustling crowds on hot, sunny weekend summer days.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Saturday Night in Bushwick/Bed-Stuy: Todd P presents Narwhalz of Sound and Cammisa Buerhaus at the Market Hotel Tag Sale
Thursday, May 16, 2013
We loved hearing his stories about Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, John Ashbery, and other writers he knew. As his colleague from Meridian Books, the legendary editor Aaron Asher, once said, "Louis Strick was a guy who loved books and publishing and fiction" (Kenneth C. Davis, Two-Bit Culture: The Paperbacking of America 296).
Our mom was a calligrapher, as were some of our friends, and Louis Strick more than almost anyone was responsible for the flowering of calligraphy in mid-century America. (See this 1974 New Yorker "Talk of the Town" piece called "Everyman's Art.") He had an incredible career and a rich life.
Here is the obituary from Westport Now:
Louis Strick, a 32-year Westport resident, died May 12 at the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield following a brief illness. He was 87.We will miss him a great deal and offer our deep sympathies to his family, especially to our friends Wesley, who was the editor of our first book, and to Ivy, who designed the book's beautiful cover.
Strick was raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Rosalind and Charles Strick. Growing up near Ebbets Field, he was an ardent fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1940, he became a member of the first class of Midwood High School.
Strick went on to attend Cornell University. His college education was interrupted by World War II, and at age 19 he served as a staff sergeant in occupied Italy. After the war, Strick completed his undergraduate studies and went on to Columbia Universirty to pursue a Master’s in economics.
He then wrote a weekly column on the stock market for the Journal of Commerce. Next he worked as a financial analyst for the investor Fred Stafford. In the late 1950s, he purchased H.M. Storms, a manufacturer of ink ribbons; their primary customer would become the National Cash Register Co.
During this period, Strick bought a radio station in St. Louis. WAMV was the first American station to play the hit song “Volare.” In the early 1960s, Strick co-founded a pioneering quality paperback line, Meridian, publishing Philip Roth among others. After selling H.M. Storms, he acquired Artone Ink, whose distinctive bottle featured the letter “a” in the form of an ink drip, an idea of Strick’s that was designed by Push Pin Studios and gave rise to a popular typeface.
In the late 1960’s Strick began importing calligraphic art supplies, distributed through his Pentalic Company. By making special nibs, pens and instruction books widely available, Strick spearheaded a revival of the calligraphic movement in America;. He also established the Calligraphy Workshop, a school on lower Fifth Avenue.
In the late 1970’s, Strick purchased the Taplinger Publishing Company, bringing out works of literary fiction as well as volumes on modern art, reflecting two of his passions.
Strick himself was an artist who focused on collage; several of his pieces were exhibited in juried shows in Westport where he lived with Elizabeth for 32 years.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Elizabeth, his three children, Ivy, Wesley and Charlotte, a stepson, Simon, seven grandchildren, and two younger brothers, Walter and Stanley.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Sunday Afternoon in Riverside Park: Alexa Babakhanian's "Chiaroscuro for two moving toy pianos" at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument
(Video courtesy Alexa Babakhanian)
1. Chiaroscuro for two moving toy pianos.Shot in Riverside park. Featuring Stephanie Sleeper, Dance/Choreographer, Taka Kigawa and Giovanni Koll. May 12th, 2013. Produced, Directed and Edited by Alexa Babakhanian.
2. Excerpts from "...so runs my thought." for Gagaku Instruments, voice, piano, electric guitar and percussion, dance and theater. Featuring Takeshi Sasamoto, Ryuteki, Mayumi Miyata, Sho, Hitomi Nakamura, Hichiriki, Sumie Kaneko, Koto, Oren Fader, Electric Guitar, Yuval Edoot, Percussion, Sahoko sato, Mezzo Soprano, Alexa Babakhanian, Piano, Stephanie Sleeper, Dance/Choreography, Melissa Maxwell, Actor/Oration, Carl C. Bettendorf, Conductor. March 10th, 2013 at St. Mark's on the Bowery.
3. "There Was a Child Went Forth" based on Walt Whitman's Poem. formultiple keyboards-performers ages:1-18, 65-99. Featuring: Lee Legett, Grace Babakhanian, Janet Wolf, Joseph Lovullo, Michael Boyle, Hermi, Tina Ekstrom, Lila Cheung, Annie Mcveigh, Sam Matlovsky and Jake Matlovsky, Yue Fang, Alexa Babakhanian and Eten Babakhanian. June 21, 2013 MMNY outside the Calvary Church on Gramercy Park.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
We spent a wonderful time this afternoon at beautiful Stehli Beach in Bayville. It's still not quite warm enough for someone who's spent winters in Florida and Phoenix but it's getting there, and today we can see the promise of summer.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Sunday Afternoon in Long Island City: Sunday Sessions presents Ragnar Kjartansson The National performing "Sorrow" for six straight hours at MOMA PS1
Saturday, May 4, 2013
This afternoon we were lucky enough to be in Rockaway Beach to attend the seventh annual Earth Day Rockaway event at MoMA PS1's VW Dome 2.