Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Global Around Town - Anniversary & Award

Hello again Dear Friends.

I've been very bad.

I've been procrastinating.

You see

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

Happy Anniversary!

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.
In Rome

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
Barcelona Pavilion.
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"
Cacao Sampaca.

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 
with works by Mary Hambleton & Ken Buhler.


You were curious about...

Some of

My Works

 And of course there's been plenty of great Music!



And the FOOD!!!!!!

We've dined at many of the finest restaurants in the world.

Shared menus...

... and a recipe or two.

Who could forget my brother's famous

Pineapple Coconut Matzoh Farfel Kugel?

Contributions by the ever generous and completely indefatigable

Global Around Town Senior Travel Correspondent

Doug Wingate

have been nothing short of immense!

Traveling like a spinning top,

almost non stop,

(I'm wondering where he is now)

he brought us:

 Dining tips from Honk Kong
Theatre in NYC
Trips to India, Nepal, Bolivia & Peru...

Thanks Doug!

Global Around Town Senior Music Correspondent
Don Yaffe

assisted with his ruminations on Django Reinhardt.

Creating and working on this blog has been an amazing experience.

I have learned a ton.

At times it has been terribly frustrating.

Most of the time, sharing this beauty, is very meaningful and fun for me. 

Where else could I hope to share this amazing pick up line that I may one day use?

 In Subiela's great film  

The Dark Side of the Heart
the protagonist Oliverio approaches a woman in a bar
with this:

"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."

Where else but on my very own little blog can I point out little delicacies like that?! 

And it seems that

there have been many of you out there

 and around the world

who have enjoyed and participated in my folie,

 Global Around Town.

I have worked with 

and met many amazing people from all over.

In particular,

Lala, of My Castle in Spain


Willow, of Life at Willow Manor

have been great sources of love, support, & inspiration.

Thank You Girls!

Ah yes...

and thanks  for 

The Beautiful Blogger Award! 

It's nice to know that someone out there is sharing this experience 

and appreciates my aesthetic. 

Thank you all for joining me this past year.

I hope you will continue along this path with me as we seek

The Most Exciting Events in the World of the Arts.

All the best,



  1. What a surprise to see little 'ol me included in the celebration! Happy Blogoversary, David!! Best wishes for many more years of classy blogging. xx

    (love that red tanky thing in your second photo)

  2. Hello Willow,

    Thanks for being such an inspiration! Your blog is amazing and it's been so nice getting to know you.

    The picture you like is from a trip I took to Istanbul and it is actually cropped in around half. The whole shot didn't fit well. I'll have to do a posting on Istanbul sometime with more of the shots. It's a colorful, wonderful place.



  3. Dear David,
    in these circumstances, the only one reigning word is Champagne !
    so here's to many more years of blogging, and aesthetic traveling !!

  4. Hello Lala!

    Thanks for popping by! Glad you could make it. And thanks for all the love & insights!



  5. DE,

    Has it been a year already? Yes, by all means, pop the Dom, and thank you for going "Global" ... if more people would do that instead of going postal(?!)

    Tippin' & Sippin"


  6. Hey Don,

    Thanks for stopping by and for your contribution. Perhaps Global Around Town will benefit from more of your intelligent observations? One can hope.