Hello again Dear Friends.
I've been very bad.
I've been procrastinating.
it was on
December 12, 2008
that the first edition of
Global Around Town
hit the stands.
And this is the first chance I've had
to thank you for accompanying me
on the first year
of this journey.
So to you I say
And I hope that you're up for
our continued travels
and exploration of The Arts.
My intention in all of this has been to preview events in the Arts
so that you too might enjoy & experience them as I do.
Following are a few of "My Favorite Things" from this past year:
For the first edition we traveled to Paris
for the premier of Richard Dubugnon's Violin Concerto
performed by Janine Jansen with Esa Pekka Salonen and Orchestre de Paris.
We traveled to Copenhagen
to celebrate one of the
Fathers of Scandinavian Design: Arne Jacobsen.
we went to hear -
"A Secret Rose: Concerto for 100 electric guitars Orchestra Contemporanea,
conducted by Rhys Chatam, a multimedia event. Described as "an imaginary jam session with John Cale, Tony Conrad and the Ramones".
Last Spring we took in the tulips in Amsterdam
with trips to The Cobra Museum for all the brilliant works of Jorn, Appel, and Alechinsky.
We dined on rijsttafel at Sama Sebo and enjoyed fine cigars at Hajenius.
In Milan, when we took a break from all of the great Art & Design,
we shopped and dined at Carla Sozzani's
10 Corso Como
while reveling in
The Manifesto Of Futurism
1. We want to sing the love of danger, the habit of energy and rashness.
2. The essential elements of our poetry will be courage, audacity and revolt.
3. Literature has up to now magnified pensive immobility, ecstasy and slumber. We want to exalt movements of aggression, feverish sleeplessness, the double march, the perilous leap, the slap and the blow with the fist.
4. We declare that the splendor of the world has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed. A racing automobile with its bonnet adorned with great tubes like serpents with explosive breath ... a roaring motor car which seems to run on machine-gun fire, is more beautiful than the Victory of Samothrace.
5. We want to sing the man at the wheel, the ideal axis of which crosses the earth, itself hurled along its orbit.
6. The poet must spend himself with warmth, glamour and prodigality to increase the enthusiastic fervor of the primordial elements.
7. Beauty exists only in struggle. There is no masterpiece that has not an aggressive character. Poetry must be a violent assault on the forces of the unknown, to force them to bow before man.
8. We are on the extreme promontory of the centuries! What is the use of looking behind at the moment when we must open the mysterious shutters of the impossible? Time and Space died yesterday. We are already living in the absolute, since we have already created eternal, omnipresent speed.
9. We want to glorify war — the only cure for the world — militarism, patriotism, the destructive gesture of the anarchists, the beautiful ideas which kill, and contempt for woman.
10. We want to demolish museums and libraries, fight morality, feminism and all opportunist and utilitarian cowardice.
11. We will sing of the great crowds agitated by work, pleasure and revolt; the multi-colored and polyphonic surf of revolutions in modern capitals: the nocturnal vibration of the arsenals and the workshops beneath their violent electric moons: the gluttonous railway stations devouring smoking serpents; factories suspended from the clouds by the thread of their smoke; bridges with the leap of gymnasts flung across the diabolic cutlery of sunny rivers: adventurous steamers sniffing the horizon; great-breasted locomotives, puffing on the rails like enormous steel horses with long tubes for bridle, and the gliding flight of aeroplanes whose propeller sounds like the flapping of a flag and the applause of enthusiastic crowds.
In Barcelona we celebrated the birth of Mies van der Rohe
with a visit to his
We continued our celebration with trips to
Gaudi's Sagrada Familia,
dinner at the magnificent
Jean Luc Figuera,
and chocolate and more chocolate
"The Christian Dior of Chocolate"
I've tried to bring great films to your attention, and to point out what a great job
Film Movement does.
Lucky to have attended the US premier of
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
I brought that to you immediately.
I've tried do bring great literature your way...
and great painters
In Subiela's great film
The Dark Side of the Heart
The Dark Side of the Heart
the protagonist Oliverio approaches a woman in a bar
"I don't care if a women has breasts like magnolias
or like dried out prunes.
Or skin like a peach,
or like sandpaper.
I could care less if in the morning her breath is like an aphrodisiac,
or if it's like an insecticide.
I'd be more than willing to accept a nose
that would win first prize at a carrot show.
But there's one thing.
I'm very strict about this.
I will not permit, under any circumstances,
a woman who can't fly."