Saturday, May 29, 2010
Run, don't walk, to go peruse this amazing catalogue of her work which ranges from children's book author and illustrator to seamstress to mural artist. It's called Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World).
I interviewed the genius Ms. K for Creative Times. Check out the interview HERE.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Special time is the practice of regularly setting aside time to follow a child's lead in play. This article originally appeared on the new-launched blog of Park Slope Parents.
It’s no mystery that one of the biggest gifts you can give to your child is the gift of time and your undivided attention. It’s tough to give our complete attention these days, given that our adult plates are spilling over with projects, chores, errands, and concerns about what’s going on in the world. And with all of our portable electronic devices at hand, it’s getting harder to slow down the pace at which we live our lives.
There’s a great ritual you can add to your routine that will make it easier to protect the “undivided attention time” you give to your child, whether he is an infant or a teen. It’s called Special Time, and it has a huge and visible impact on the quality of your relationship with your child.
Here’s how Special Time works:
Tell your child in advance that you are setting aside a particular day and a certain length of time – somewhere between 30 minutes and an hour works well – to do exactly what he or she wants to do. By letting your child know ahead of time, you give your child a chance to start working on how to use the Special Time. Ideally, you can carve out this time on a regular basis – whether it’s weekly or a couple of times a month. Make it something your child can depend on and you’ll both reap the best rewards.
Follow up on your promise! Do not answer the phone, scan messages on your BlackBerry, chat with other adults, or wash the dishes during that allotted amount of time. It’s your job to fully respect your child’s mind and see where it takes the two of you. Pay close attention to your child’s verbal and non-verbal cues about what role s/he wants you to take on during Special Time. One child may want to you watch him in whatever he chooses to do; another might want you to play a more physically active role in her chosen pastime.
Believe me, it’s going to be tempting to guide or tweak the play in some way. Resist the pull to say “Hey, here’s an idea” or “Let’s do it this way.” Really see and follow where your child’s mind takes the two of you. If feelings of discomfort, boredom, or frustration arise for you during Special Time, just take mental note of them and keep going. Later, when you’re out of earshot of your child, you can vent to another adult about whatever came up for you. That way, you can keep coming back to Special Time with a fresh perspective.
Special Time, especially if done on a regular basis, has enormous benefits for your children and your relationship with each of them. By providing a safe space to try out ideas without reprimand or interference, you help build your children’s trust in you and the world around them. By following their minds completely, you help them gain confidence in their own thoughts and initiatives.
Special Time strengthens your connection to your child by letting you get to know your child in a different way. By paying close attention to facial expressions, gestures, words, and ideas, you learn more about skills your child wants to master, information he or she aims to make sense of, and tensions or fears to work though.
Over time – or maybe even right away! – your child may use something that happens during special time as a pretext to work through some big emotion that’s built up over time. Even if you don’t know where the upset is coming from, stay close during the tears or the anger, and let the feelings show until s/he is done and ready to go back into the play.
If you decide to give Special Time a try, let me know how it goes! I’d love to know about your successes and what you learn. I’ve been doing Special Time with young ones for 17 years, and I still discover something new about them, about me, and about the process each time.
You can reach me at ETraubman@aol.com
Thursday, May 20, 2010
RE/Mixed Media Festival 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010 • 2 PM – Midnight
FREE TO THE PUBLIC
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street DUMBO, Brooklyn NY 11201
GENERAL INFO: 530-330-LOFI (5634)
May 19, 2010 – LOFI (League of Independents), an arts organization dedicated to supporting independent media in New York City, has announced that Moby and Elizabeth Stark, 2 major players in the world of remix and free culture, are confirmed for the RE/Mixed Media Festival 2010. It will be held on Sunday, May 30th in partnership with Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. The event will begin at 2 pm and will continue throughout the afternoon and evening. The festival will celebrate remix/mashup artists of multiple disciplines and will feature curated film & video remixes, a remixed fashion show, a silent art auction of remixed visual art presented by Jan Larsen Art, DJs and live sound art, live video remixing, an “Artists Only” panel discussion, sponsor tables, a “roots room” illustrating remix throughout the history of art, and live musical performances. The festival will culminate in the screening of the work of selected entrants from around the world who have submitted their video remixes to the festival. Highlights are the NY premiere of Perry Bard’s Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake, and a special performance by legendary sound remixer, Steinski. Please see the attached talent roster for a more detailed listing.
Over the past decade, digital technology has allowed artists and consumers access to media-creating tools previously only available to professionals. The result has been not only an explosion of user-generated media, but an explosion of creativity. Artists began remixing and mashing up existing media, creating new works of art using elements from other sources. The result has been a flurry of controversy over intellectual property and copyright. RE/Mixed Media Festival aims to continue this conversation by bringing a public awareness to the myriad disciplines of art that remix touches and its respected place in the history of art.
LOFI (http://www.lofinyc.com/) is an art/film/media collective established in 2009 devoted to preserving the tradition of independent creation in the arts and to supporting independent artists. Empowered by technology, more artists are creating media than ever before, but their works are often seen only on sites like YouTube and social networks. LOFI aims to create a real face-to-face community for these artists to screen their works, and to discuss and critique the works of their peers. We hope to have a permanent home by 2011.
Jan Larsen Art (http://www.janlarsenart.com/) is a Brooklyn-based gallery providing discerning clients with fine art, interior elements, development services, entertainment production, fashion, and logistics services of the highest caliber. With a total of 19 locations in New York, JLA is ready to expand to London and Los Angeles.
RE/Mixed Media Festival, May 30 2010: Highlights of Talent and Events:
Moby is an American DJ, singer-songwriter, and musician. He sings and plays keyboard, guitar, bass guitar and drums. Moby became a successful artist on the ambient electronica scene, and achieved eight top 40 singles in the UK during the 1990s. His MobyGratis.com website, which licenses film music for free for non-profit and independent films, funnels proceeds from films which do go on to produce revenue to The Humane Society. Moby will not be performing, but will participate in the Artists Only Panel Discussion at 3:45.
Elizabeth Stark is a leader in the global free culture movement. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project and a Lecturer in Computer Science at Yale University. Elizabeth is a co-founder of the Open Video Alliance, and producer of the Open Video Conference, whose inaugural event garnered nearly 9000 participants in person and across the web. Elizabeth will be doing a presentation on Content ID, Remix, and Downfall Memes with Kenyatta Chesse of knowyourmeme.com.
Perry Bard will be exhibiting the NY Premiere of Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake; http://dziga.perrybard.net/
Steinski: legendary remixer and sound-art pioneer; http://www.steinski.com/
Ricky Powell: fourth Beastie Boy and legendary hip-hop photog will present his “World Famous Ricky Powell Slideshow”; http://www.rickypowell.com/
“Artists Only” Panel Discussion: Artists debate the pros and cons of remix, appropriation, and copyright reform. Moderated by Deanna Zandt, author of Share This! http://www.deannazandt.com/
Roots of Remix: An exhibit continuing throughout the day, displaying remixed works throughout art history, including Bruce Conner, Joseph Cornell, Andy Warhol and others.
Game Culture Panel and Demo: Moderated by Josephine Dorado (funksoup.com), this panel will explore the world of machinima and video game modding. Panelists include game guru Jesper Juul (http://www.jesperjuul.net/)
Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung: Politically charged video remixes and visual art; http://www.tinkin.com/
Sweatshoppe performing live 3-D visuals that will blow your mind! http://www.sweatshoppe.org/
Elisa Kreisinger Extraordinary pop culture remixes; http://www.popculturepirate.com/
Jon McIntosh Often hilarious, sometimes scary, political remixed video; http://www.politicalremixvideo.com/
DJ C-Tor & Dan Winckler will perform brilliant live music and visual mixing and make you dance!. http://www.danwinckler.com/
Seth Carnes: Incredible video sampling and mixing. Seth’s work has been seen at MoMA and at galleries around the world. http://www.sic.ph/
Mad Happy: electro hip-hop with influences from Hasidic folk melodies to Public Enemy; http://www.madhappy.com/
Remixed Fashion Show: Elizabeth Pulos & Rachel Hospodar present remixed fashion from another galaxy; http://www.mediumreality.com/
Hobo Tech depression era techno - contemporary music that nods to a forgotten America...Hobos Arise! http://www.hobo-tech.com/
Kat Fitzgerald local girl with a keen vision and mad skillz; http://www.spygirlpix.com/-- http://www.lofinyc.org/http://www.blythe-artists.com/
Friday, May 14, 2010
Devoting time each day for happiness will change your day and change your brain chemistry.It can be so easy to get caught up in the rigors of modern life that we tend to forget that happiness need not come with stipulations. Happiness becomes something we must schedule and strive for—a hard-won emotion—and then only when we have no worries to occupy our thoughts.
In reality, overwhelming joy is not the exclusive province of those with unlimited time and no troubles to speak of. Many of the happiest people on earth are also those coping with the most serious challenges. They have learned to make time for those simple yet superb pleasures that can be enjoyed quickly and easily. Cultivating a happy heart takes no more than five minutes. The resultant delight will be neither complex nor complicated, but it will be profound and will serve as a reminder that there is always a reason to smile.
So much that is ecstasy-inducing can be accomplished in five minutes. Alone, we can enjoy an aromatic cup of our favorite tea, take a stroll through the garden we have created, write about the day's events in a journal, doodle while daydreaming, or breathe deeply while we listen to the silence around us. In the company of a good friend or treasured relative, we can share a few silly jokes, enjoy a waltz around the room, play a fast-paced hand of cards, or reconnect through lighthearted conversation.
The key is to first identify what makes us dizzyingly happy. If we do only what we believe should bring us contentment, our five minutes will not be particularly satisfying. When we allow ourselves the freedom to do whatever brings us pleasure, five minutes out of 14 wakeful hours can brighten our lives immeasurably. It is often when we have the least free time or energy to devote to joy that we need to unwind and enjoy ourselves the most.
Making happiness a priority will help you find five minutes every day to indulge in the things that inspire elation within you. Eventually, your happiness breaks will become an established part of your routine. If you start by pursuing activities you already enjoy and then gradually think up new and different ways to fill your daily five minutes of happiness, you will never be without something to smile about.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
MOMASPHERE TO HOST LUNAFEST: SHORT FILMS BY, FOR & ABOUT WOMEN AT BROOKLYN ARTS EXCHANGE ON SUNDAY MAY 23
The award-winning films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women’s health, motherhood, body image, sexuality, cultural diversity, and breaking barriers: http://www.lunafest.org/the-films.cfm
All proceeds from Momasphere’s LUNAFEST will benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and the BAX Artist in Residence program. To date, LUNAFEST, which is created and funded by LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®, has raised over $470,000 for local women’s community nonprofit organizations and over $285,000 for the national Breast Cancer Fund.
WHEN: Sun, May 23rd, 2010
Momasphere Events, founded by Ellen Bari and Melissa Lopata, serves to empower, enrich and enlighten moms at all ages and stages. Momasphere offers creative consulting, niche marketing and event planning services to businesses that want added exposure to the dynamic mom market, as well as customized, targeted in-house programming for their mom employees. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit http://www.momasphere.com/
Host Contact: Melissa Lopata or Ellen Bari Email: Info@momasphere.com
Friday, May 07, 2010
Met with artist and art teacher Cecilia Andre in her Upper East Side art studio. This is a place where young people and adults come for art classes. They are more like art workshops, because young people get to decide what art experiments they want to engage in. They tell Cecilia "This is not like school at all."
Strolled over in the early evening breeze to an old Upper East Side fav, Pintailles Pizza, for a slice. Watched UES goings on from the window.
Now over to the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which is covered with a huge bamboo sculpture and throngs of people. Giant cocktail party!!! I want to go back when I can climb on the structure, which you can only do you if you are part of a tour.
And over to St. Ambroeus for gelato.
On the way back to the subway, I spot one of the Olsen twins tossing her cigarette onto the sidewalk before going into a Richard Prince opening.
Final stop - Zitomer's - a candy shop for people who love cosmetics and sparkly hair bands. Alas, I am there for the unglamorous item of earplugs. A girl's gotta sleep.
And back home to Brooklyn.
It was one of those perfect days.
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Why should The Oscars get all the play? Be a friend of theatre and watch the 2010 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 13th, on CBS!
For more info, go to: http://www.tonyawards.com/
In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Author: Sarah Ruhl Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Bernard Gersten
Author: Geoffrey Nauffts Producers: Elton John and David Furnish, Barbara Manocherian, Richard Willis, Tom Smedes, Carole L. Haber/Chase Mishkin, Ostar, Anthony Barrile, Michael Palitz, Bob Boyett, James Spry/Catherine Schreiber, Probo Productions, Roy Furman, Naked Angels
Author: John Logan Producers: Arielle Tepper Madover, Stephanie P. McClelland, Matthew Byam Shaw, Neal Street, Fox Theatricals, Ruth Hendel/Barbara Whitman, Philip Hagemann/Murray Rosenthal, The Donmar Warehouse
Time Stands Still
Author: Donald Margulies Producers: Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove, Nelle Nugent/Wendy Federman
Producers: Tom Hulce & Ira Pittelman, Ruth and Steven Hendel, Vivek J. Tiwary and Gary Kaplan, Aged in Wood and Burnt Umber, Scott Delman, Latitude Link, HOP Theatricals and Jeffrey Finn, Larry Welk, Bensinger Filerman and Moellenberg Taylor, Allan S. Gordon/Elan V. McAllister, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Awaken Entertainment, John Pinckard and John Domo
Producers: Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth & Stephen Hendel, Roy Gabay, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Edward Tyler Nahem, Slava Smolokowski, Chip Meyrelles/Ken Greiner, Douglas G. Smith, Steve Semlitz/Cathy Glaser, Daryl Roth/True Love Productions, Susan Dietz/Mort Swinsky, Knitting Factory Entertainment, Alicia Keys
Producers: Junkyard Dog Productions, Barbara and Buddy Freitag, Marleen and Kenny Alhadeff, Latitude Link, Jim and Susan Blair, Demos Bizar Entertainment, Land Line Productions, Apples and Oranges Productions, Dave Copley, Dancap Productions, Inc., Alex and Katya Lukianov, Tony Ponturo, 2 Guys Productions, Richard Winkler, Lauren Doll, Eric and Marsi Gardiner, Linda and Bill Potter, Broadway Across America, Jocko Productions, Patty Baker, Dan Frishwasser, Bob Bartner/Scott and Kaylin Union, Loraine Boyle/Chase Mishkin, Remmel T. Dickinson/Memphis Orpheum Group, ShadowCatcher Entertainment/Vijay and Sita Vashee
Million Dollar Quartet
Producers: Relevant Theatricals, John Cossette Productions, American Pop Anthology, Broadway Across America, James L. Nederlander
Best Book of a Musical
Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott
Jim Lewis & Bill T. Jones
Million Dollar Quartet
Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
The Addams Family
Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lippa
Music: Adam Cork Lyrics: Lucy Prebble
Music: Branford Marsalis
Music: David Bryan Lyrics: Joe DiPietro, David Bryan
Producers: Carole Shorenstein Hays and Scott Rudin
Lend Me a Tenor
Producers: The Araca Group, Stuart Thompson, Carl Moellenberg, Rodney Rigby, Olympus Theatricals, Broadway Across America, The Shubert Organization, Wendy Federman/Jamie deRoy/Richard Winkler, Lisa Cartwright, Spring Sirkin, Scott and Brian Zeilinger
The Royal Family
Producers: Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove
A View from the Bridge
Producers: Stuart Thompson, The Araca Group, Jeffrey Finn, Broadway Across America, Olympus Theatricals, Marisa Sechrest, The Weinstein Company, Jon B. Platt, Sonia Friedman Productions/Robert G. Bartner, Mort Swinsky/Joseph Deitch, Adam Zotovich/Ruth Hendel/Orin Wolf, Shelter Island Enterprises, The Shubert Organization
Best Revival of a Musical
Producers: David Richenthal, Jack Viertel, Alan D. Marks, Michael Speyer, Bernard Abrams, David M. Milch, Stephen Moore, Debbie Bisno/Myla Lerner, Jujamcyn Theaters, Melly Garcia, Jamie deRoy, Jon Bierman, Richard Driehaus, Kevin Spirtas, Jay Binder, StageVentures 2009 Limited Partnership
La Cage aux Folles
Producers: Sonia Friedman Productions, David Babani, Barry and Fran Weissler and Edwin W. Schloss, Bob Bartner/Norman Tulchin, Broadway Across America, Matthew Mitchell, Raise The Roof 4 Richard Winkler/Bensinger Taylor/Laudenslager Bergrère, Arelene Scanlan/John O'Boyle, Independent Presenters Network, Olympus Theatricals, Allen Spivak, Jerry Frankel/Bat-Barry Productions, Nederlander Presentations, Inc/Harvey Weinstein, Menier Chocolate Factory
A Little Night Music
Producers: Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, The Menier Chocolate Factory, Roger Berlind, David Babani, Sonia Friedman Productions, Andrew Fell, Daryl Roth/Jane Bergere, Harvey Weinstein/Raise the Roof 3, Beverly Bartner/Dancap Productions, Inc., Nica Burns/Max Weitzenhoffer, Eric Falkenstein/Anna Czekaj, Jerry Frankel/Ronald Frankel, James D. Stern/Douglas L. Meyer
Producers: Kevin McCollum, Roy Furman, Scott Delman, Roger Berlind, Max Cooper, Tom Kirdahy/Devin Elliott, Jeffrey A. Sine, Stephanie P. McClelland, Roy Miller, Lams Productions, Jana Robbins, Sharon Karmazin, Eric Falkenstein/Morris Berchard, RialtoGals Productions, Independent Presenters Network, Held-Haffner Productions, HRH Foundation, Emanuel Azenberg, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Michael Kaiser, Max Woodward
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Jude Law, Hamlet
Viola Davis, Fences
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Kelsey Grammer, La Cage aux Folles
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Kate Baldwin, Finian's Rainbow
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
David Alan Grier, Race
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Maria Dizzia, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Kevin Chamberlin, The Addams Family
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Barbara Cook, Sondheim on Sondheim
Best Scenic Design of a Play
John Lee Beatty, The Royal Family
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Marina Draghici, Fela!
Best Costume Design of a Play
Martin Pakledinaz, Lend Me a Tenor
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Marina Draghici, Fela!
Best Lighting Design of a Play
Neil Austin, Hamlet
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Kevin Adams, American Idiot
Best Sound Design of a Play
Acme Sound Partners, Fences
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Jonathan Deans, La Cage aux Folles
Best Direction of a Play
Michael Grandage, Red
Best Direction of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, Memphis
Rob Ashford, Promises, Promises
Jason Carr, La Cage aux Folles
Daryl Waters & David Bryan, Memphis
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Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
Regional Theatre Tony Award
The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Connecticut
Isabelle Stevenson Award
David Hyde Pierce
Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theatre
Tony Nominations by Production
Fela! - 11
La Cage aux Folles - 11
Fences - 10
Memphis - 8
Ragtime - 7
Red - 7
A View from the Bridge - 6
The Royal Family - 5
Enron – 4
A Little Night Music - 4
Promises, Promises - 4
American Idiot - 3
Finian's Rainbow - 3
In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play - 3
Lend Me a Tenor - 3
Million Dollar Quartet - 3
The Addams Family - 2
Come Fly Away - 2
Everyday Rapture - 2
Hamlet - 2
Next Fall - 2
Sondheim on Sondheim - 2
Time Stands Still - 2
A Behanding in Spokane - 1
Collected Stories - 1
Looped - 1
Present Laughter - 1
Race - 1
Superior Donuts - 1
Monday, May 03, 2010
Everything we do benefits from intention, which has the power to transform mundane tasks into profound experiences.We tend to associate the energy of intent with complicated or profoundly meaningful actions that require our full attention and effort in order to succeed. For example, walking a tightrope, taking a test, and taking a vow are all tasks that call us to be fully present and single-minded. However, intent can also be applied to everyday events, like eating breakfast or going to work. In fact, everything we do benefits from the presence of intent, which has the power to transform seemingly mundane tasks into profound experiences. You only have to try it to find out.