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The changing landscape of music and education

… Boston.  There was a delay of about six months in jumping over the Atlantic.  Now of course there is zero delay.  You can find and listen to music from all over the globe on Soundcloud and other music sites.  Technology has given musicians a platform to share their sounds with the world without having to …

Best Music of 2012

Music is everywhere and so easy to access.  Making play lists 20 years ago was not the easiest.  Now with a click you are good to go.  My top fave album of the year is hands down Frank Ocean, Channel Orange. Second in line would be a dog fight but I would probably go with …

Fave music of 2011

… news is that there is always amazing music being played in our house.  I pay attention but not like they do.  Maybe 2012?
Here is my fave music of 2011 in no particular order.  I have to say that the lists with singles make the most sense based on how we listen to music these …

Top 10 Music List of 2010

At one point it was Top 10 records, then it became Top 10 CDs and now it has to be Top Ten Music List because all our music is totally digital.  I am pretty sure we have not bought a physical CD this entire year.  Doesn’t mean we aren’t paying the artists because …

More music

Fred posted his top 10 albums of 2009 which I had my fair share of listening to.  As we have become more and more play lists listeners, I really liked the top 25 song list he put up. 
Enjoy…

Here are the tracks.

Top music for 2009

Although the way we listen to music has changed so
dramatically over the last decade, I still feel the need to do best albums of
the year.  I have noticed that many
of the critics are doing best songs of the year which makes sense.  The music industry, who is still trying
to hold on …

Music of 2008

 I have always been a fan of indie music.  Continue to listen to new stuff, go to see live music, and always have music on in the house.  Funny thing is, in years past, I used to be the music maven.  Now, I really just follow suit to what is happening in the house …

A Year of Change in Food Writing, Carla Lalli Music, Podcast #156

Carla Lalli Music is a chef, cookbook author, and YouTube personality. We got together to discuss her constantly evolving career in the food industry, from foodservice to teaching, food writing, YouTube influencing, and finally cookbook author.

You can also listen to the podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud.

Our next guest on PGG will be Francesca …

Art and Music

Our friend, Casey Cook, who is not only a talented artist, is in a band too.  She sent me this very cool performance art piece she did with Harrison Haynes.  Unfortunately I can’t embed it in my blog so here is the link.  It is worth letting it load up and watch.  I thought …

Music of 2007

… the pop.Voxtrot, Voxtrot Indie pop from Austin, TX. Listened to it again and again and again
Bishop Allen, The Broken String Brooklyn Indie. Good songs, good music.
Bright Eyes, Cassadaga Been listening to Oberst for years. Like the music, like the sound, like the lyrics.
Ben Lee, Ripe Maybe not his best but I …

Best Music of 2005

Music comes and goes in our house like water. Today I asked the kids what did they think the best CD’s of 2005 were? We were basically in sync. The list is longer than I thought it would be, but here we go.
Death Cab for Cutie, Plans. The ultimate alternative band. Love their …

After the Night and the Music

… can’t all be fantastic. It is impossible. You can’t make great theater without making bad theater.
We went to see After the Night and the Music at the Biltmore Theater, one of the Manhattan Theater Club performances this year. This goes under the not so great.
This was 3 separate short plays, 2 …

Music Plasma

… know, hate to admit it, but their music tastes have been stuck in their college years. I love when you meet people who say that they love music and they reel out about 5 bands that you are pretty positive peaked in 1975. Love music? I’d say their passion for music pooped out a …

Books and Music

I decided a few days ago to add books and music to my blog. I like it b/c not only am I a voracious reader but I have continued to buy and listen to new music for as long as I can remember.
Also, books that people read, and like and music that they …

Wicked, the Musical

… 3 of it. The book was not edited well. The sentences dragged on and it took forever to get anywhere.
Move forward a few years, and the musical, Wicked, comes to Broadway. As a rule, I don’t like musicals. But, the kids do. So, yesterday off we went.
Fantastic! So clever. The whole concept …

New Music

… for music at the end of this year. I have always been a big music fan. When the lists come out, I generally know most of the music. My son was absolutely mortified that Outkast was not on every top ten list. As I scanned the lists, I knew most of the music and already …

The Human Spirit

Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark is the first album I bought. She was warbling to poetry. Joni also broke the glass ceiling. Few women broke into the music industry at that time. Fast forward to now, women are rockers.

I am sure the industry has the same irritating issues as every other industry, but …

What Exactly Is the Great Resignation?

There is so much conversation about this issue. Is it people resigning because they are miserable in their jobs? Or is it the great retirement of the baby boomers? Or are people realizing that the life they want to live is not what they are doing?

Restaurants are being forced to change, and that isn …

The Shed

… other. Fred and I had two chairs together, separated from other small groups. The show was only 50 minutes long. The group of musicians was smaller than normal.

The conductor was Esa-Pekka Salonen. It was a serious performance without a lot of fanfare. Yet sitting there, hearing live music brought my senses to life.

Playing with a New Audience

I love this picture. I read about this on Axios this morning. I might have to watch and listen this morning.

In Barcelona, Spain, this string quartet is rehearsing at the Gran Teatre del Liceu for the first concert since the lockdown.

Instead of people, the UceLi Quartet played Giacomo Puccini’s I Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums …

Adam Schlesinger, RIP

… Ben Kweller rocked.  They literally had to tell him his time was up to get him off the stage.  He played old songs and new songs.  The guy is seriously talented.  He probably thinks about new music all the time.  I like his lyrics and his sounds.  He is what, 22 years old if a

Last Day in Budapest

… went to see Gabor Frakas play Chopin and Listz at the Listz Academy. The facility was honestly not much fancier than a high school room but the music was incredible. Definitely one of the highlights.

Dinner was at Koleves Vendegio es Kert which was ok but not great. The best meals we had were at …

A Quick Jaunt to LA

… but it is well worth it. A small outdoor venue situated at the top of a canyon. You drive through a neighborhood to get there. We saw Mac DeMarco. It was a bit like watching your friends play music but the venue is supreme and it was a full moon.

To get down there I

I'm Your Man

I went to the opening of the Leonard Cohen exhibit at the Jewish Museum that will run through September 8th. It is definitely worth the visit. The Jewish Museum is a small gem on upper 5th Avenue that continually puts out really well curated interesting shows.

This show put together work from 12 artists, 18 …

The Mile Long Opera

Diller Scofidio + Renfro and David Lang produced an ambitious outdoor performance project on the Highline this past week.  I do hope that they extend the show or at least bring it back for a longer period of time.
The tickets were free.  You just had to be paying attention to get them.  When the Highline …

Rough Trade Records

I have not seen as much live music as I used to.  I prefer the small venues but I want to sit and be able to see.  It is not that easy to achieve that but it was a perfect storm the other night and I got to enjoy all three.  We made our way …

Spike Lee, Michael Jackson Documentary

… was nil.  Someone cranked up a portable tape player playing Simon and Garfunkel’s America.  Everyone was singing.  They did not understand English but they understood the music.  It was a memorable moment.
Michael Jackson’s music can be heard across the globe and you might not speak his language but you can hear his …

Michelle Obama raps and rules

I love this.  This video shows that Michelle Obama is definitely connected to what is happening in today’s youth.  Super impressive.  Certainly could not see Barbara Bush doing this.  Although I could see Hillary going for it.

Women...note to self, get more press

Years ago when I sat down for breakfast with Nancy Hechinger, my co-founder of WeFestival she commented that there are not enough women entrepreneurs.  I didn’t agree.  I was seeing women founders daily.  The issue is that women network differently.  Women don’t care about going to that dinner where there might be …

Santa Claus is Coming To Town

Jimmy Fallon and One Direction and the Roots using kids toys.  Great wake me up for Xmas morning.

Just one of the guys

I have always been a fan of Jenny Lewis.  Love the song and the video is great just.

A late night

… your ears.  I highly recommend the short ribs too.
Next stop was the Bowery Ballroom which is still one of my all time favorite places to see music.  We had tickets for something there Friday night too but exhaustion set in and so we went with the early to bed mantra that night.  There are …

The Blue Note

… that he wrote.
There are a few musts in the Wilson house growing up and one of them is learning an instrument.  We all love listening to music and go to see live music all the time but having the knowledge of playing an instrument and reading music is important.  Jessica took piano and guitar …

Ben Kweller at the Bowery

We have been Ben Kweller fans starting with his first album.  I actually can’t count the amount of times we have seen him perform.  Years ago we met him in front of our hotel at Austin City Limits.  Then someone I knew was connected to Ben through their wives.  He was coming to town …

Top of my charts for 2013

Music is big in our household.  We share, we discuss and DJ for each other. I am generally not the one in control but music is always on.  I spend a decent amount time listening to hiphop because Fred and Josh do although I tend to prefer indie and pop. There were a few weeks …

Box Story

… rarely think so quickly off the top of their head. Many times I think to myself, if I had only said this.
He continues to find his music genre but again he is only 17. He has a great voice and obviously loves what he does. He feels incredibly comfortable on the stage which is …

The Lumineers

We went to see the Lumineers this past week. Definitely one of my favorite bands last year. They are great in concert. What was interesting about the audience is that more than half of the audience was women. When they played their song “Ho-Hey” it was obvious that every woman in the audience knew …

Week/Weekend Wrap-up

… went to see the Black Keys on Monday night at Webster Hall.  A supposed “secret” concert.  Love that they played in a such a small venue.  Great music.  I love that only two musicians, a drummer and a guitarist, can put out such great music.
Tuesday morning I had the pleasure of having a breakfast …

last day at coachella 2011

The last day I went all out and got to the grounds around 330 to see Wiz Khalifa who might have been my favorite performance of the day.  I didn’t stand in the crowd like Fred, Josh and his friend did.  I sat on the grass in the VIP section with a nice view …

saturday at coachella

The heat is really crazy.  You need to keep seriously hydrated.  The kids went back and forth to the festival earlier in the day but we opted for the later time period.  We got to the festival around 630 and started off with a little something to eat.  The lines were pretty long even in …

one more salad and then out to coachella

The last day in Los Angeles was one of many errands but we managed to squeeze in our last lunch at Huckleberry Cafe.  I love this place and Emily and I were dreaming about opening a place like this in NYC.  Never say never.  Here is our small beet salad that we shared.  A hint …

Ben Kweller at Terminal 5

This past Friday night we went to see Ben Kweller play at Terminal 5.  I am a huge fan of Ben’s.  We have been listening to his music from his first release.  A couple of years ago we met him and over the years have become friends.  On Friday night we did something that …

The Box Story

I have known these kids since they were young. Super talented and just great kids. They recorded this video in our ground floor which we can now refer to as Gotham Studio. The song is pretty damn catchy.

The Decemberists

I have always been a fan of the Decemberists and their lastest record, the King Is Dead, is fantastic.  Serious air time at the Wilsons house.  We were invited to see them last night, last minute, at The Beacon.  Not a huge fan of the Beacon. 
The music was great, his voice is spectactular…and …

thanksgiving weekend

we were supposed to go to los angeles for thanskgiving to be with my brother and his family.  things didn’t turn out that way. instead they had to come to us.  it has been a whirlwind the past few weeks for a variety of personal reasons and getting through the day has been an …

a day in austin before the festival

We opted to spend some time in Austin yesterday before getting out to the festival.  Lots of bands we wanted to see but we have seen so many of them that getting out there later just seemed like the better thing to do.  Fred and I got up and went to Halycon for breakfast.  Good …

Second day of Austin City Limits

Emily believe it or not was supposed to take her SAT2 in Austin this morning.  Yes, the College Board in all their wisdom scheduled SAT’s to be taken around the country on Columbus Day weekend.  Unfortunately we forgot her passport (ID).  Her wallet was stolen and so no license and the school has not …

Austin City Limits - Day 1

We flew into Austin yesterday morning.  Instead of doing go the hotel when we landed, we drove to Lockhart Texas…land of BBQ.  There are literally 4-5 barbeque places there.  We did attempt to pace ourselves but after two, we all rolled back to Austin. 
We began with Black’s.  Oldest family owned BBQ …

the weekend wrap-up

Due to very early planning, I completely missed the boat on Yom Kippur this year.  A big shame on me. 
Last March we were with friends skiing and randomly purchased tickets to see Vampire Weekend for this past Friday night.  Wasn’t checking the Jewish calendar, obviously.  Fred’s family planned to have a birthday …

L'Shana Tova

Today marks the Jewish New Year. La Shana Tova means for a good year. Certainly sitting in shul is not an entertaining activity but for some very odd reason as I get older I actually enjoy the experience. It is comforting and familiar. A ritual. My kids want to kill themselves but I felt the …

The National at Radio City

I might be done with the big venue. 
We were asked to see something at Madison Square Garden this summer and although I won’t be here, I have absolutely zero interest.  I thought that Radio City is as big as I get.  Not sure I want to even get that big.
The National put …

date night

… grabbed a cab over to Webster Hall and met up with Michael from Aviary to see the Shout Out Louds. The show was good not great.  Live music is one of those things.  Sometimes it brings the music to another level and sometimes it all just sounds the same.  A little bit of the latter …

The Tallest Man on Earth

… but he is unbelievably talented.  From the moment he started singing, the audience was so quiet that you could have heard a pin drop except for the music.  The first thing that came to mind was at what point of your life do you realize that you can sing like that? 
A Swedish artist, Niclas …

Goldspot

Fred and I went to Joe’s Pub last night to see Goldspot.  I love seeing music at Joe’s Pub.   The space is small and if you make a reservation you can get a seat with a small minimum per person.  You can eat or drink.  We sat right near the stage and had …

Second Dan

Last night, in the bitter cold, we ventured out to Rockwood Music Hall to see our friend play.  His band is called Second Dan. 
I can’t remember when we met Dan Rosen but he has one of those big warm-hearted personalities that make you feel as if you have known him all your …

Of Montreal at the Highline Ballroom

Love the Highline Ballroom.  Such a civilized place to see music.  Upstairs you can reserve tables or grab one if available for the minimum cover of $10 a drink for each set.   You can’t beat that.  If you want to do the floor scene, that is available too.  The sound system isn’t stellar …

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

After dinner last night, we grabbed a cab and headed down to the Bowery Ballroom.  One of my favorite venues.  We got there around 11 just as Edward Shape and the Magnetic Zeroes were coming on.  The good news is, we know the trick to get to the front of the stage.  Sorry, can’t …

Monsters of Folk

Last night Fred and I went to see the Monsters of Folk at the Beacon Theater.  The Monsters of Folk is a group of accomplished artists;  M. Ward (M. Ward) , Conor Oberst ( Bright Eyes and solo ), Jim James (My Morning Jacket)  and Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes).  We listen to all of them and have seen …

Care Bears on Fire

In all transparency, we have an investment in S-Curve Records. One of the bands is Care Bears on Fire. Catchy pop teen tunes. This particular song is hilarious and actually says something about the culture of where girls are heading….in a very good way.

Brooklyn Bowl

Ever been to  Rock ‘n Bowl in New Orleans?  A total run down bowling alley that plays live music.  Great concept.  Take it to Brooklyn and the experience is transformational. 
I read about the opening of the Brooklyn Bowl when it first opened.  Made a mental note to get there.  Also made a mental note …

Nick Lowe at the City Winery

… on.

City Winery is really a great venue.  The concept is smart.  You can make wines, have group events, rent out the entire place for yourself, see music, have brunch, eat dinner, taste their wines or others etc.  Conceptually a place that scales older.  People can sit down, order pretty good food and a large …

Pop-Up Clubs

… Nicholas has a sweet store down on the LES called BBlessing.  He also happens to be a DJ and designer…and of course has fantastic taste in music hence how we got to the show.  Ended up we saw a few people we knew there.  New York is much smaller than you think. 
The space …

Diane Birch at the Talkhouse

… the last song which was a Tom Petty cover.
It was fun to go, see a bunch of friends there, drink a few drinks and listen to music.  It is one of those “must do” places that we try to get to at least once a summer, regardless of the music

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A day at the beach

It is pretty incredible how the days just sort of melt into one another out here. 
Today, we went to our friends house where the crew got ready for the big burger cook-off happening on Labor Day weekend.  Let me tell you, these guys take their burgers very seriously.  Josh and I went last …

Diane Birch

… are so secretive and don’t understand it is the transparency that is one of the keys.
I am personally not a huge fan of Diane’s music but she is absolutely young, talented and enjoying the music.  I’m glad we had the opportunity to see her and all the fans that came out …

Eric Lewis at Stephen Talkhouse

… grab a guitar and strum along on the beach, generally alcohol induced.  As a kid and an adult, I always find that I am drawn to the music and have a hard time remembering a lyric. 
I made (yes made) all the kids take some type of musical instrument growing up.  Jessica stuck with piano …

Management

Fred and I went to see the Management yesterday afternoon.  Management pretty much defines indie film.  Really well done, great character development, some brilliant scenes and a fantastic musical soundtrack.
One of the songs that brought back old memories was Never Been to Spain which was written by Hoyt Axton.  Of course, I found out …

Rites of Passage

 On Saturday, we will be celebrating Josh’s bar mitzvah.  Becoming a bar/bat mitzvah in the Jewish religion is a rite of passage.  Of course, not all Jews go down that path.  Neither my brother, my sister or I did. 
I did go to Sunday school and my parents actually started 2 temples …

Ben Kweller

Image via Wikipedia
Ben Kweller is one of my all time favorite musicians.  He is a great performer, I love his music, he is incredibly talented and smart and his most endearing attribute is that he is such a nice guy. 
We have been listening and watching him for years.  We have also been fortunate …

Hype Machine

 I am been listening to the Hype Machine all week.  So loving the top 50 Albums.  Particularly how they have rolled out 10 a day over the past week.  Some, of course, were already on my list. 
Here are my new faves of the moment which should spend some time in heavy rotation.  The …

Air Travel in Europe

Image via WikipediaThere was an interesting editorial today in the Herald Tribune about air travel in the US.  How years ago the airlines in the US took pride in their work.  Now, nobody seems to give a shit.  If the flight is canceled and you can’t get out for a few days, there is …

Ben Kweller

… He just gets better and better.  A child prodigy signed to a label at 14.  He is the nicest guy and incredibly humble.  He just loves the music
Kweller has been living in Austin for the past four months and his new music reflects it.  There is a country sound to his new stuff yet …

The Kooks

… The music was great.  I particularly liked when they came back for an encore, Luke, the lead singer came out and did 2 acoustic songs.  His voice is quite incredible.  Nice closing to summer.  Being outside, listening to music while the air is still warm in the evening and the stars were out.  Very sweet.

Fashion, Community and Crypto, Joy Howard, Podcast #176

Joy Howard is the founder of Early Majority, a new women-led, membership-based outdoor brand and community. Joy’s career has spanned across different industries, from being a full-time musician in the indie-rock band Seely to marketing, working for iconic brands such as Coca-Cola, Converse, Patagonia, and Sonos. As always, the …

Curation Works

We were at two food halls this past weekend. One was Urban Hawker, the new market concept mirroring Saigon’s hawkers market. The majority of the food spots were open. Not sure who is behind this concept, but it is all food here, Americanized. The vibe is horrible, and the music is electro-punk that …

Psilocybin Is Happening

… connection to self, nature, or something ‘bigger’; 4) An increase in productivity; 5) An increased state of wellbeing; 6) Navigating problems more effectively; 7) Participants with a musical background experienced an increase in their levels of creativity.” If you have ever partaken in any of these drugs in college, none of this should be surprising …

Gotham Gives Podcast, Bill Rauch

The Perelman Arts Center in Lower Manhattan, located at Fulton and Greenwich on the World Trade Center campus, aims to produce theater, music, dance, film, and chamber opera with local and international companies. The PAC’s ambitious mission is to bring culture and community to downtown NYC.

I had the pleasure of talking to Bill …

People Who Follow When They Should Lead

… it is impossible to move forward.

I have only one concern with Web 3.0: we will always need leaders. I looked at a deck in the music industry built on blockchain technology, and it made me wonder, is that the end of musicians like Taylor Swift or Beyonce?

I have never been in a …

Art Fairs Come to NYC

… QR codes everywhere with prices!

These are just some of the pieces I was drawn to. This is Leroy Neiman, known for his paintings of athletes and musicians, he was a prolific sketcher. This piece is from his archives, which we now own.

Big fan of the potheads. Picked this up too. All above are …

What's worse?

What’s worse, having no access to the internet or range anxiety?

A few weekends ago, our Internet was down. We all laugh about who will have the biggest anxiety attack first, but the reality is the Internet is the backend software of our lives.

We couldn’t access music, and we couldn’t access …

New Year's Eve

… s Eve. The other thing to do is watch the ball drop. The ball drop shows were painful. The emcees are frightening, and the entertainment, including the music, is poorly produced.

The one show that made me shake my head was Nashville New Year’s Eve. Everyone on the show and in the audience was …

The Absurd War On Drugs

… men,” he was quoted as saying. “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to see sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”

Anslinger focused on “undesirable people …

The Track Suit

… It was the beginning of the “casual” life. No longer did we have to dress up every day. People in hipper and more casual industries, like the music industry, were dressing a bit more relaxed. The top execs always wore a suit, but over time, they stopped wearing ties. Girls could stop wearing skirts to …

Pay Your God Damn Taxes

… like it or not.

About eight months ago I was on a Zoom call with a group of eight people. One of them is Chairing a new music hall in NYC. He was dialing for dollars. The truth is I did not realize that when I said I would take the call. I actually thought …

Jones, Paris

… opened in January 2013. We caught the wave and went a few times before shutting down. I loved everything about the spot—minimal, chic, brutalist, and great music. Bones sadly closed, but the place reopened under the name Jones. We had continued to return. They are now bringing in different chefs each month. We caught …

City Interactions

… the first-ever all-black cast in Fire Shut Up In My Bones, an opera based on Charle’s Blow memoir. Not sure opera is our thing, musically it doesn’t do much for us, but the experience was worthy. Exceptionally well done too. Afterward, we walked down the street and recounted how long we …

A Week of Food, New and Old

… excellent), Tacos, Antojitos (Mexican street food), sides, salsas, and of course, desserts. The food is quite good. Fred has gone several times. From the lighting to the music, the atmosphere could use a little help, but the food carries the day.

We hit up a favorite ramen spot Jun-Men for lunch after doing a …

Dior and the Obamas at the Brooklyn Museum

… a contemporary artist of today was a massive move in the right direction. Just like the people they have coming through the White House, from poets to musicians, to writers, athletes, and alike, they celebrated the future and present-day of our country.

Then we walked over to see the Dior exhibit. Both my friend …

Art and Fashion

This is the first post-Labor day weekend. NYC is seriously alive.

Fashion week was definitely being felt downtown using the inner atrium of Westbeth on Bethune Street. Lots of cameras, music and great outfits. The bike paths were packed. The uptick in bicycle traffic is incredible.

On the west side, which used to be …

New York State of Mind

New York City actors, singers, musicians, and late-night hosts have come together to produce a video rendition of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” to encourage the city’s recovery from the pandemic and drive civic engagement.

Worth the watch

To help amplify and extend the movement, we are hoping you can …

Rethinking Negotiation, Andrea Schneider, Institute for Women's Leadership, Podcast #155

… s work with IWL in advancing women’s leadership on a local and global level.

To learn more about the IWL, you can visit the website here.

You can also listen to this podcast on Soundcloud and iTunes.

Our next guest on PGG will be Carla Lalli Music, the chef, cookbook author, and YouTube personality.

Perlman Performing Arts Center

… here and got Perlman to do the same.

Perlman wrote a check for $75m. He spoke about having his name on the building and his love for music. Writing a check that will make such a tremendous impact on the arts community is huge, no matter what you think of him.

Bloomberg, Perlman, Leslie Koch …

Returning to Theater and Movies

There are countless reasons to love NY, but above all, our entertainment program is supreme. Covid decimated all of it from galleries, museums, live theater, live music, and the movies. We need the arts. The arts define our times. Anything we can do to support that community is important.

Blindness at the Daryl Roth Theater …

Lover's Rock

… There is one particular scene inside a London house party, their own castle, where the band stops playing, and the partygoers continue to sing the song without music. It is about 20 minutes. McQueen said the entire scene was spontaneous. The filming is beautiful, the clothes are awesome, and the love of culture, music and …

Building on the Arts History

… in the years to come and I hope we use the good parts of our past to become new in our future.

I grew up loving classical music. I played piano for years and guitar too. Even taught guitar lessons. I have been to countless music performances including countless theater events. NYC has endless opportunities …

Creativity in Coronaland

Watching what people are doing to engage is really cool.  I love watching what David Chang is cooking.  Christina Tossi is fabulous and has such a great upbeat attitude. Seeing Amanda Hesser fuck shit up in the kitchen are such Julia Child moments. Seeing what artists are painting or what musicians are working on is …

Entreprenurial Resilience

Instagram is the killer app. We all have spent too much time just scrolling through the posts wasting countless hours but now it is a bit like a strip mall in LA. You can take an exercise class, learn how to make a dish for dinner, listen to an artist play music, learn how to …

It is just the beginning

We have basically been social distancing for the past 10 days yet now we are on lockdown. It is only the beginning.

Last night we watched the David Crosby documentary, Remember My Name. The massive generational shift that happened between the ’50s and ’60s is front and center. Art and music reflect the times and …

Who Owns the IP?

… putting the photos on canvas paper that intensifies the colors. Prince is known for using other people’s words and art in his own works.

Some rap music is mixed with music from other artists and songs. Louis Vuitton applauded artists who used their logo canvas as the backdrop of their work. The garment center …

Sundance

… sister’s wedding like Groundhog Day. Fantastic feature debut from Max Barbakow. Great comedic film script. We all walked out of there smiling.

Herself. Except for the music which did not seem to jibe with the scenes, Clare Dunne wrote a touching screenplay and acted as the main character. A young mother who escapes her …

The Shed

… audiences and excite the artist. A rare person who the Shed and NYC is lucky to have.

The Shed was built to be a flexible building where music, plays, art installations, and any kind of performance could be shown. Currently, there are two installations and a concert performance. The performance is a new interpretation of …

The Holidays are Here

… something new, empathy, patience, setting boundaries, face your fears, allow yourself to get distracted, build emotional strength, preventing burnout, writing letters, connect with your finances, listen to music, make changes by stepping out of your comfort zone, accept differences, tell stories, rest, physical movement, meditate, trick or treat yourself, listen to your true self, set …

Last day in Prague

Breakfast and coffee began at Kofama Cafe. A local cafe with amazing music. I wish I could just find them on a music app and play what they are playing. I love how you order and they bring you your yogurt and coffee on a slate tray. Extremely civilized.

We knew that we had to …

Another day in Budapest

… on each side. Excellent and much better than any of the meals we have had.

Dinner was at Zeller Bistro. It was ok. They do have live music that gives you the feeling of being at apres-ski which we were on the fence about.

We strolled home after a full day of activities to …

Detroit - It's a wrap

… as I am not the biggest fan of tours, this one is absolutely worth it. Barry Gordy is an incredible entrepreneur. His concept of taking the best musicians, putting them together to create songs for a new generation and then putting the musicians to essentially finishing school before going on the road was genius. This …

Another day in Detroit

… bummed. Although the flaky scone they have there is really good.

Next door is an awesome record store called People’s Records.  The city has a solid music foundation.  Everywhere we went there is great music playing of all genres. Not surprising.

It is a must to go see the Heidelberg Project. An ever growing …

Returning to Detroit

… to the hotel although Emily and Saarim (our traveling companions) went out to the Motor City Wine Bar for a drink and Marble Bar to see some music.  On one hand I would have liked to go but on the other hand hanging out to 2am might have destroyed me for the next days activities 

The "gig" will never be up

The “Gig” economy has been in existence forever. Temporary work has been a godsend for people in between jobs, artists, musicians, entrepreneurs who need to make some cash for rent, food, savings or just a means to something else.

Now we have Uber and a slew of other companies in the same vertical that have …

Woodstock

If you need to watch something uplifting about America, watch the PBS documentary on Woodstock. The country was in turmoil when Woodstock took place and the message was loud and clear. We can all come together without violence and enjoy a 3 day music festival while pitching in and helping each other. It was a …

Traveling is a Gift

… advice he ever got.

We walked through the streets of Paris on June 21st, the longest day of the year, where the entire city celebrates with live music everywhere. It was our last night of this trip. The sun doesn’t set until 1030. It is just another added bonus that makes Paris magical. Everyone …

Last Day in Paris

… a nice insight into the community of the restaurant.

We walked home, the longest night of the year where the sun sets in Paris around 1030. Celebrations of the day with live music on corners and parks. The entire city was having a party. A perfect ending to our trip.

Women over 50

… several times from pop icon to philanthropist to mother. The article in the NYTimes is absolutely worth the read. Once again, at 60, she is putting out music her own way. She was an inspiration from the beginning of her career and still is.

Both of these articles added to the thoughts I am having …

Success? Now what?

We have all heard the question be asked, “how much is enough”? Well it depends on the person.

Some entrepreneurs can’t help themselves as they continue to grow the next idea and the next business. Others, like writers or musicians, only have one in them. Many realize that all these years they have been …

Essex Street Market...Development done Right

… how do you create it in retail areas? You do it with other amenities from a barber shop, to homeopathic products to an art space, to live music where people can dance, to an area to take classes, to spots to sit down and eat, to vendors that represent the community. Bravo!

The EDC was …

Motherhood

… kind, to be curious, to be thoughtful, to be a good friend, to be capable of figuring anything out, to be passionate about the arts, books, and music, to love food, cook, throw a dinner party, think out of the box and above everything be independent and confident in themselves.

Being a mother to them …

Tak Room

… utterly exorbitant like those served at another Continental dining room further east and uptown. You sip on one of three martinis from the menu, enjoying the live music performance by a trio of men in suits.

Soon enough, a host leads your party of six to a roomy emerald-colored booth overlooking The Vessel, which …

HaSalon

Ha Salon has brought Israel to NYC. I remember being in Jerusalem and going to Mahneyuda It is a combination of food and an ongoing party. The music was blaring, people were dancing and food was being served. Israeli’s tend to work hard and play hard and the truth is so do NYers so …

The Lehman Trilogy

… unison, sometimes in harmony.

THREE POSTMILLENNIALSWe’re still just as brokeWe’re still just as miserableWe’re still just a huddled massThe only difference now is the music on the runwayIt’s just another manic-Depressive MondayFor the hungry, hungry poor and middle class

We’re still just as lostAnd even more invisibleAnd even more …

The Mall, The Shed and the Shawarma

… to oversee the institution and on Friday evening, the first performance of a 5 night event called the Soundtrack of America is a tribute to African-American music. The mission is to bring together art across all disciplines in a moveable structure that can accommodate anything from rap to ballet to an art installation. Poots …

Juno, Lyft and Uber Drivers

… made an impact on me. His car was super clean. He asked me how my day was going and then respectfully let me do my thing. Classical music played in the background. He was a good driver, cautious defensive but not aggressive.

The drive ended and as I was getting out of the car I …

An evening in Long Island City

… aromas pull you in the second you open the door.  The chef and my guess is his co-partner, work the room and make you feel at home.  There is super loud Indian music that gives the place an almost frenetic energy.  The food is spicy, delicious and really good.  FYI, BYOB.  Emily wrote an

Sometimes all you need is a good cry

… you want, it will make you feel much better.”
I read that in Japan they are creating opportunities for people to cry from movies to books to music.  The stress of the day to day world gets to all of us.  Everyone reacts differently to stress.  Some seem to be able to soldier through while …

Tokyo Day 3

… of this building was Tadao Ando.  Really great.
The exhibit was called Audio Architect by the product designer Naoto Fukasawa.  One gallery had three different screens of music being played by musicians and on the other side was computer images moving with the music.  It was really fantastic.
Last stop of the day was Takishimaya …

A Fall Day in NYC

… career as a global hip-hop artist pulling sounds from across the world.  Her stance on the power of immigration has been an ongoing theme through her music.  She has pushed the envelope in ways that men have always been able to get away with as musicians yet she was pushed back on and judged …

Some hits and some serious misses

… is Ferris.  The seating is all over the place from regular shaped tables to shapes that are not conducive to having a meal with other people.  The music is so loud that you can barely hear that person next to you.  Drinks were sent back because they were not good.  The presentation of the plates …

few days in Pittsburgh

My friend John Battelle asked me to come to Pittsburgh and be interviewed by him for Thrival, an innovation and music festival.  I was thinking about doing a trip to check out Pittsburgh so I said yes.  I asked my sister to come along.
Obviously, the Andy Warhol Museum is a must-do.  Warhol would …

Ring Around The Rosie

… have happened 5 years ago.
I would gather that historians are looking at history and pointing to why we are seeing this type of change all over the place.  Are we trying to find our moral compass?
Maybe I should be thinking about musical chairs.  Whoever doesn’t get a seat, ends up in jail.

A Few Days in SF/Berkeley

… racial profiling to police brutality.  The piece is interspersed with African American athletes, performers, civil rights leaders and artists paired with Kayne West’s Ultralight Beam for music as the backdrop.  I am still thinking about this piece.
As we left SFMoma my daughter who got their earlier than I did told me that the …

Detroit, full day

… our coffee was delicious and our buttermilk biscuit with strawberry jam hit the spot.
Across the street from this coffee shop that also serves as a jazz music venue and art gallery is across the street from Eastern Market.  Eastern Market has a huge greenmarket on Saturday that gives me another reason to return.  The …

Old School vs New School

… thinkers who continue to move forward as they get older, the people that don’t really change much after their 20’s when it comes to new music or innovation, etc.  It has been gnawing at me.
I live in the new school world more than the old school world.  It is good to get …

Producing is Problem Solving, Peggy Rajski, Podcast #63

Peggy Rajski is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker who’s produced over a dozen feature films, directed an Oscar-winning short, and garnered more than 40 major award nominations along the way. Her directorial debut TREVOR, a poignant comedy about a musical-theater-obsessed 13-year-old boy whose world is turned upside down when …

The Podcast Generation

… college.
What I love about podcasts is they are pushing us to think differently.  It’s seamless to take in vs reading. It’s ambient almost like music but it pushes our minds in different ways than music does.  Both are good but the experience of dropping in on other conversations can be brilliant and …

David Bowie show at the Brooklyn Museum

… to what is going on in that room.  It is really well done.  Essentially you are talking through the tour listening to him speak and hearing his music.
He was an insanely creative person who was a musician, an artist, an actor and from what it appears, easy to work with.  His creativity was multi …

Vespertine

… at the right place not because of the random water pool in front or the heated white concrete benches randomly placed inside green plantings but the spa music setting the stage for what it is to come.
This evening is a journey as you dine on different floors, including a drink outside before and after …

Making A Business out of Making Connections, Dana Astrow, ARC, Episode 55

… Dana: Yes.  To even take it one step further from pivoting out of that model of being an independent rep, where I represented a different production company, music companies, a whole slew of different types of companies.  Now in recruiting, my relationships are just literally, we have thousands of clients and thousands of candidates versus …

Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

… to dinner, keep the place stocked with the latest and greatest condiments and of course supply jigsaw puzzles to commune around, comfortable beds, thick towels and good music.  It is a joy
We have been up skiing for the last two weekends and I have been cooking up a storm.  These red wine braised short …

Next Wave of Multi-media

… is Pop-Up Magazine which are live performances in theaters across the country where these journalists, authors, and artists read their stories and each is mixed with music and visuals creating a unique multimedia experience.
I went for the first time two years ago (note that I said first time because I will go again …

Stop Apologizing for Being Women , Lizzie Francis & Kara Weber, Podcast #53

… which we’ve done our whole career.
 
Joanne: I don’t care what field you’re in, if you’re an artist, you’re a product person, musician, anything.  Yes, the cream rises to the top, but if you’re a salesperson, that is really a very key component in order to getting your work …

California Here I Come

There was a song I learned growing up called “California Here I Come” that was in the 1921 Broadway musical called Bombo starring Al Jolson.  It was written by Buddy DeSylvia and Joseph Meyer, and Jolson is the co-author.  It is known as the unofficial song of California.  It works for me as the …

A cold weekend in NYC

… was not great so we have not been in years.  We sat in the Grill room which is ok not great.  They had a DJ who played music that did not seem to connect with the audience in the place.  The food was meh.  Perhaps it was the night and maybe we will go back …

Louis Vuitton, Stephen Shore and David Hockney

… Vuitton went from creating pieces that began with luggage for ship travel to automobile travel to aviation travel.  There are even trunks for writers, painters, fashion, and music.
I loved seeing these stickers of where LV was sold.  The majority of these stores do not even exist anymore.
LV has continued to evolve with collaborations …

Dior Show

… cash to begin as long as he did not use the family name.  Dior said of his gallery “We were just a simple group of painters, writers, musicians, and designers, under the aegis of Jean Cocteau and Max Jacob.” Dior’s gallery, like his fashion house, was an absolute success where he represented some of …

Day 2 Staycation

… We got to Brooklyn.
Went into Greenpoint where we had dinner at Achilles Heel.  They have this amazing chicken dinner going on Sunday nights.  Great bar, great music at this spot.
Delicious charred sweet potatoes with a spicy chili sauce
The chicken is unbelievable.
Rice with fat drippings.  Can’t go wrong.
We made our …

A fork in the road?

… dedicated to Feminism, aka girl-power products.  There are cards, art, t-shirts, coffee mugs and alike that essentially say “I am woman here me roar”, another music line but that one was written by Helen Reddy in 1971 and she was not interested in returning to the woman of the 50’s and 60 …

Shape House, An Urban Sweat Lodge

… you up so full-onu get the full on sweat.  They put a clicker in your hands, headphones on your head so you can either listen to music, watch TV or whatever it is you want to do while lying there for an hour.  They return after 20 minutes to make sure you are ok …

Still sweating in Paris

… after dinner.  Once a year the streets of Paris erupt with music.  People are playing music on the streets, and parks.  It is called “Fete de la Music“.  There are over 18,000 events around the country.  This is the 36th anniversary of this event.  We saw a bunch of music parties on the street …

Berlin and Tim Raue

… there is a tremendous amount of history here and a lot of controversy around to or to not develop the property.  It is used for recreation from music festivals to bike riding and everything in between.  It is their Central Park.  It is amazing.
We walked into Kreuzberg to stop by Voo, a store always …

Paris...art and food

… fantastic and very memorable.  Ends up Minzon is the same owners.  Highly recommend going.  There is always a line and the place just rocks with 90’s music cranked up.  We had a few things but I could have ordered the entire menu.  The roasted cauliflower is a must.
The plate of ratatouille is so …

The Grill

… suits, the hospitality and the lighting.  There is something insanely glam about the place that wows.  Perhaps it is the 1950’s furniture or the 50’s music that plays in the background.  There is even someone at the door who greets you when you walk into the place, just like a high-end hotel …

Come From Away

In general, I do not like theatrical musicals although I loved Hamilton.  I much prefer dramas when it comes to theater.  As for movies, do not like scary films, but again exceptions to the rule such as Get Out which I would actually classify as a completely different genre.
We went to see Come From …

4 3 2 1

… immigrant Grandparents and how the next generation of children grew up.  All of these things including Auster’s in-depth information around writers of books, poetry, and music as it relates to the characters.
The premise makes for an interesting coming of age story but it is the multiple layers of this story that makes …

the importance of supporting the art and other institutions

… theology.
I believe in supporting any organization that is creating an opportunity for everyone.  Particularly, I  believe that a world without art and that includes literary to music is vacuous.  I also believe in supporting educational institutions where they embrace intellectual practices that do not necessarily bring in economic capital such as philosophy. Britain supports …

What is your natural gift?

I was talking to my friend about her golf swing.  She said it is her natural gift.  She is an incredible athlete and that is absolutely a natural gift.  If you ask most people what they wish their natural gift was it would be to have a musical voice.  That is a helluva gift.
She …

We Should All Be Feminists

… female power suits.  But what was the most powerful was that designers were not only making a statement with their clothing line but with words and the music being played at the shows.
I have always been a fan of the t-shirt with a saying.  Seeing the designers forge together to make a statement …

Little Fatty

… hospital.
The menu looked good so we decided to check out the next iteration of the restaurant, same owner.  The vibe is much better than before.  Good music, lower lights and like before a fantastic length of the wall open kitchen.  The menu just states the dish with  zero explanation of what each dish is …

Favorites of 2016

… active on that end probably because everyone in my family is.  Makes me the co-pilot.  Although my favorites this year were Beyonce’s Lemonade from the music to the video to the way she launched it.  Brilliant understanding of how to launch music in the day of social media.  A Seat at the Table …

Last day at Miami, Basel

… look like.
The rabbit by Anton Kropotkinsky.  It was really cool but having that wire on the front was not the way to go.
Prints of black musicians.  The entire room was set up to print.
An installation based on Antartica by Jim Ovelmen.
A room turned into a tropical bedroom.
Another installation in a …

Pop-up Magazine

… the call here.
The event we saw is called Pop-Up Magazine.  It is connected to California Sunday Magazine.  There are readings from different authors paired with music, photography and animation.  It is purely live as nothing is recorded which is cool but unfortunate because I’d love to share this with people.  There wasn …

Wildair

… loving crowd.  All the tables are high-top which works so well with the open kitchen in the back.  The dark grey walls with the excellent edgy music in the background (although just the right volume so you can hear the people at your table) appears to be just put together in a way that …

Weed and Pharma

… it has to do with the ads they run on TV.  When the ad gives you the benefits of taking something and then moves into a soothing music over the voice of someone telling you that by taking this medication you could get this and that and this and that and on and on and …

back to Mexico City

I took a trip to Mexico City 5 years ago and fell in love with the city.  A cosmopolitan town that stands right up there with NYC and Paris.  The food, the neighborhoods, the art, the bars, the music, the architecture, the shopping, the beat of the street.
Fred did not come with me last …

It is just part of your DNA

… store.
Years ago when the kids were young I went on more playdates with them than I can count.  There was this one little boy who loved music, drawing and dressing up.  I knew him when he was between 4-6.  The parents pushed him to do sports (yes even at that age) and he …

Women can we please stay in the public eye?

… died recently at 91.  We think of Robert Mondavi, her husband, as the wine pioneer that invented the California wine business.  Margrit founded the winery’s summer musical festival, introduced cooking classes to the vineyard and was a major factor in the success of Mondavi.  Who knew?  Nobody every said Robert and Margrit Mondavi.
Ada …

Female Artists

… piece based on the photograph taken by Art Kane in the summer of 1958. Kane was a freelancer photographer for Esquire.  He asked for all the Jazz Musicians of the day to show up in Harlem for a group photo including Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk.  The photo was published on the front …

Arielle Tepper Madover, Producer Extraordinaire, Entrepreneur

… arts in another role and that is what this program is all about.  So smart!
Arielle had worked for Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller, top producers of musicals such as Rent and Hamilton after college.  She wanted to do what they did.  After 5 months she left.  It was Alan Wasser who told her to …

R.I.P. Bill Cunningham

… On the Street by Bill Cunningham.
His eye for what is happening on the street and how that reflects what is happening be it the economy, politics, music etc is something he zeroed in on like nobody else.
I love this quote that was in his obituary today in the NYTimes.  “Fashion is as vital …

Nashville

… Super cute place.
I went for a double dose.  A classic cortado and their coffee soda.
We then took a stroll into the heart of Nashville where music halls run the block.  This is a huge music hall taking over 7 blocks.
Across the street is a print store that has one of the oldest …

Get out the vote

Years ago MTV started a campaign called “Rock the Vote”.  The concept was launched on MTV in 1990 to encourage people who were 18-24 to register and vote.  To let their voices be heard.  They used music, celebrities and a put together a brilliant campaign to get the youth excited.
When I met with …

What's the ideal town look like?

… A grand hotel with amazing food on a leafy terrace overlooking the river.
18 – A primary school that everyone has attended at one point of their life.
19 – Public transportation for everyone.
20 – Festivals held during the year from music to arts.
It kind of feels like some European towns.  Might have to move there.

The importance of hip-hop

musicians in the Hip-hop music scene are smart business people.  They have taken their god gifted talents and leveraged them by providing all of us with music to listen to but most of them have done so much more.
Jay Z is the ultimate example.  He started hocking CD’s of his music out …

Melting Pot

… reasons I love this town is how diverse it is.  That diversity is why we have incredible restaurants serving every cuisine possible, theater that is cutting edge, music venues for the artists breaking in to the ones that have already broken out, galleries that are from small to big, etc. etc.  It is the diversity …

Pasquale Jones and Contra

… and being praised at every turn.  Bare bones restaurant and a simple prix fixe menu.   I kind of love the elegance of the food with the rocking music playlist lighting up the place.
First comes out a little taste from the chef.  This was incredible.  Different textures, flavors, sweet, savory, tart, cold, hot, etc.  A …

The Humans

… for this meal.  The daughter who is rebounding after a break-up and having health problems.  The other daughter who is having a hard time entering the musical career that she has been working for her entire life and the new boyfriend who comes from a completely different world than this family but has his …

Beatriz Acevedo, Mitu, Entrepreneur

… areas to bring art, food and music there on weekends.  Her mom is a tremendously supportive human being.
At 8 years old Beatriz began to pursue her interests.  Her parents friends had a radio station and Beatriz would do the kids ads for them.  Then she began a daily kids radio station where she …

Hinoki and the Bird, Rose Cafe and Flower Boy

Another week in LA attempting to get to the latest and greatest.  We met our friend at Hinoki and the Bird located in Century City in the ground floor of an apartment building.  Big fan of the architecture in the space.  An open kitchen, open bar, indoor and outdoor seating, music that is loud but …

Hammer Museum

… Koonig.
Robert Rauschenberg
Robert Motherwell
Mary Callery
Dance was also avpiece of the education.  Merce Cunningham.  It was here that Merce established the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio.
Music, teaching and learning (being a student and a teacher) was part of the education.  The scarcity of capital created the need for a work program which consisted …

Jean Poh, Swoonery, Woman Entrepreneur

… old Jean announced to her parents that she was listening to Menudo as she danced and sang.  Her Mom said no way and enrolled Jean in private music school and ballet academy on the Upper East Side.  All the other kids were in their private school uniforms and Jean had her corduroys and new balance …

Too early is generally not a good thing

I have witnessed too early to market more than a few times.  Timing is key when launching a product.  There is a reason for the saying “timing in life is everything”.
Podcasts are taking the world by storm.  We are all taking in content many ways by listening to music on our phones, reading our …

My daily reads

… topics: eat, drink and lucky.

ReDef  Daily media feed on multiple verticals.  I read the one on fashion everyday but recently signed up for media, tech and music too.

Design Milk Daily  More daily design and architecture

Techcrunch  Daily tech news

Tasting Table  What is happening in the food world from trends to recipes
Eater …

Sonia Kashuk, Woman Entrepreneur

… about it.  She went down there to check it out.  When she returned she was very much in to fashion.  A friend of hers who was a music producer had written a song and asked Sonia if she could do the wardrobe for the video.  The song was Funkytown.  The night before the video was …

Joanna Goddard, Cup of Joe, Woman Entrepreneur

… Italian restaurants.  At the same time Joanna was working for free on the side for a magazine called Topic.  It was a quarterly magazine that featured food, music and family.   The Italian magazine was called Bene.  She did everything for it including the name, the logo, the identity and at age 27 was the editor …

Massimo Bottura...quite an evening

… Massimo came out and spoke to us before the meal.  He is from Modena where slow food and fast cars reside.  His food is a combination of music, food and art.  Then he went on to describe what each plate we were about to dine on was about.
Autumn in New York.  This dish is …

Battery Harris and Kings County Imperial

… cocktails, different beers and wine on tap.  Bar treats and food with a Caribbean bend.
Then we walked over to Kings County Imperial for dinner.  Great vibe, music and decor.  The ceilings are low and the seating is close.  There are two rooms.  The first has a bar across the back and the back room …

Who are the real tastemakers of the future?

… non-profit etc.
This generation group up with ad placement in everything.  They also grew up in the heyday of celebrities that were hailed from chefs to musicians to actors as a tastemaker to trust when it came to purchases.  I am happy to see that it is waning.
When our kids were young, early …

Shopping malls evolution

… people get older with deeper pockets they begin to spend less time in shopping malls.  They are shopping for convenience…and you can for clothing, electronics, groceries, music, etc.
So what happens to all that great real estate?  We spend so much time on our computers and our mobile phones that it is not surprising …

A project and interviews

… for in an entrepreneur.  To be able to evolve your product, your team and your business is so important otherwise you hit a wall.  Most people hit walls at points.  People stop listening to new music and are super comfortable listening to the same artists that they listened to 30 years ago.  Some people are

There is a movement going on

… conversation turned into  that we all see that there is a movement afoot.  It isn’t only with the arts.  It is with food.  It is with music.  It is with new companies.  It is with non-profits.  It is with everything.  People are ready for change.  It could be the long tail of the …

What's next?

… together to talk. They had both been financially successful in their own right and were looking to put their capital to work by angel investing. This was music to my ears.
I talked to them about two deals I had currently committed to and still needed capital. They were concerned that they did not know …

Lupe Fiasco

… congruent to all other forms of regularity i.e. Black, Brown, Etc etc. But in regularity there is room for differences and this is where White Regularity shines! Each group gets the same essential universals. Dance, food, music, etc. and it must be admitted that the White Regularity take on these universal institutions has been

Vienna in a day...and a night

… Vienna so the opera was on the agenda. An absolutely beautiful opera house. We saw Rigoletto. A classic Verdi piece. I grew up listening and playing classical music so I appreciate it. The actual stories of opera are just down right silly but I gather that was entertainment in the 1800’s.
What was super …

Hamilton

I don’t like musicals.  Let’s start there.  Fred kept pushing to go see Hamilton and after hearing some feedback from people who know my dislike of musicals got me to finally agree to go.  I am really glad we went.  Fred posted on it this weekend.  Worth watching the video on his post …

Skylight

… weekend.  It is only playing for a limited time of I believe six weeks.  This is the type of theater I love.  Funny, poignant, emotional, raw, intelligent and no music.  All three actors were excellent.  Cary Mulligan, Bill Nighy and Matthew Beard.   The play is written by David Hare.   If you can get tickets, go.

Christy Frank, Woman Entrepreneur, Frankly Wines

… Tiffin Ohio which is basically an hour and a half away from any airport.  She was surrounded by cornfields.  Her parents were both teachers.  Her father taught music at the local junior high and high school.  Her mom taught developmentally disabled children.  Neither of her parents were from that area but had gone to college …

Pamela Mirels, CultureHorde, Woman Entrepreneur

… to provide cash flow for events.  It was a total success.
Two years later Pamela has put on unique events that happen after hours in museum, around music and other things in the arts.  She calls herself a cultural generalist.  In many ways Culturehorde is just the evolution of what she began with the wedding …

Founding Moms, Jill Salzman, Woman Entrepreneur

… literally seeing music every single night.  It was a really interesting time because technology was pushing down the throats of the large record labels companies.  Then 9/11 happened, her boyfriend was moving to LA to be a lawyer and she decided she was going too.
Jill got accepted into law school at Southwestern …

It's Brooklyn

… Another spot is coming to Gowanus is called Threes Brewing.  Besides brewing a variety of their own beers which are fantastic there will be food, coffee and music from breakfast to late night.  Opening 12/1 and certainly local beers at your favorite bars soon.  It is a great space with a big outside area …

Dear White People

… god the 57 year old white man in Florida was just sentenced to life for shooting a young black man sitting in his car unarmed because his music was blaring too loud and he refused to turn it down.  What happened in Florida where Trayvon Martin was shot by George Zimmerman has race issues written …

Dirty French

… in the Ludlow Hotel on the LES.  A great vibe.  Large booths, tables, a long bar and an intimacy to the room.  The decor is great, the music is always a little louder than I’d like but good tunes.
My camera was definitely on the fritz and of course I could not figure out …

Prospector Theater, Valerie Jensen, Woman Entrepreneur

… Sphere.  This was around 2003.  The organization was helping adults with disabilities enrich their lives through education and the arts.  She had heard this group was doing musical theater at the church across the street from her house.  Valerie started showing up every week.  The director would constantly be late and before Valerie knew it …

Mulino a vino

… A bit bready and not as fully stuffed as I would have liked to see it.  Everything kind of tasted the same.  Ever listen to some new music from an artist and you begin to think that all the songs sound the same.  That is what we were feeling about now.
The ravioli that was …

Generational differences

… paying attention to the latest fashions and buying them.  I have always been interested in the latest and greatest from fashion to food to home design to music to technology to trends.  Personally I think it keeps you young.
Yet there are many people I know who are still listening to the same music they …

Women conversations

… there for men what kind of conversations would take place.  It probably would not be all business either but their fodder might be more relegated to sports, music or a good meal.  I am purely guessing here and perhaps being judgmental but I see those convos take place among the men I know.  They are …

A day in Bordeaux

… and had an after dinner drink.  The city was humming.
We listened to the local musician play tunes from the Beatles.  Nothing loud all melodic.  It was truly a perfect evening.

Bilbao and back to San Sebastian

… in different parts of the house (although they can all hear each other through headphones) singing lyrics based on a poem written by Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir and musical arrangements by the artist and Davíð Þór Jónsso.  Some are on instrument only, others sing and play an instrument.  There is one group that is on the …

Mara Zepeda, Switchboard, Woman Entrepreneur

… the rooms for cash.  She also was an art dealer.  She kept continuing out how to support their lives.  Her mother was always collaborating.  She brought in musicians from Africa and hosted them for a festival she put on.  Her mom even moved to Japan for a bit where she worked with kids in music

Last day in Berlin, dinner at Pauly Saal

… a chocolate and lemon creme.  Nice way to make macaroons.

The restaurant has a nice bar that houses easily 50 people that had a trio playing some music that we listened to a little bit before leaving.  There is also outdoor seating which is quite nice but it the weather that night was rainy.  I …

27+ years

… the same way; work hard and play hard.  Family has always come first.  We both enjoy the same things from travel to the latest restaurant to live music to the arts to skiing.  Most of all we enjoy each others company.
27 years, well 33 actually, seems like a long time but honestly I still …

Three high school graduates, one college graduate, two more college graduations to go and I can't forget graduate school

… pretty much every student used was diversity.  Diversity runs deep at every turn.  Black, hispanic, trans-gender, gay, straight, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, scientists, mathematicians, movie makers, choreographers, musicians and artists.  There is someone literally from every walk of life.  It is a true microcosm of NYC.  It is a rare place. The school designates 25 …

Techstars Demo Day

… ever put through the program.
Infinit, an app that allows you to send files of unlimited size in a matter of seconds.  Concert Window is an online music venue where musicians broadcast live shows.  Makers Kit is a do-it-yourself kits with instructional tools now sold in a retail stores.  Matter.io is a …

About

… the latest and greatest restaurant is another must-do. New stores and designers are also on my radar. I try to stay on the cutting edge of music, film and theater.  Doing the New York Times crossword puzzle every day is a must.
My husband is my best friend. When I take off all of …

A walk through Chelsea

… Our next stop was at Elizabeth Dee Gallery who has a small show up of Joel Otterson’s work.  This particularly piece is a memorial to his musician friend who died of AIDS.

We expected to see the Roe Ethridge exhibit at Andrew Kreps but they were just finishing off the installation from Marc Camille …

Books

… in the 1970’s. The parental expectations, the stories not told ends up taking a toll on one of their children. A really good read.
How to Build a Girl Caitlin Moran – British coming of age story of a young woman who bags school to become a music reviewer for a magazine. Post-Thatcher …

Bestia, Los Angeles

… the best was the “coffee and donuts”  spice chesnut donuts with coffee ice cream and whipped cream.  Really good.  
Great evening.  The music did move into some of the other decades later in the night.  Place was still hopping when we left.  Far but glad we went.  

Downtown Project, Las Vegas

… Las Vegas.  Think of other urban cities that have built water fronts like South Street Seaport.  There are a few places to eat, a stage for live music and for a young kid a killer jungle gym area and slide.  It is totally community oriented and has a great vibe.  Great vibes with good food …

littleBits grows

I just got this awesome kit from littleBits to take your inner music person to a whole other level.  I love the tag line, Unleash Your Inner Rock Star.
 

Here is Reggie Watts rocking it out.

Jess Eddy and Crista Freeman, Phin & Phebes, Women Entrepreneurs

… Jess graduated she packed her bags and moved to Boston.
In Boston she landed a job in a music studio working on design where she had interned the past summer.  Then 9/11 happened and the economy changed.  She found herself in Boston without a job.  She needed to support herself and got a …

Helena Fogary, Mi-Ola, Woman Entrepreneur

… At this time she was also in 3 punk rocks bands as the lead singer and trying to focus her efforts on becoming a financial planner for musical and entertainment people.  Then 9/11 happened.  She was 3 blocks from the building the day the planes hit the World Trade Center.  
Helena got out of …

How the Beatles Went Viral in '64

… is how Steve came into our lives.  He was a UPenn getting his masters in something and Fred was getting his MBA.  Steve was a lover of music the minute we met him and he turned us on to something great musicians and a lot of interesting tracks.  He went on to start his own …

the need for more human contact

… have 35/45 seats.  Will we see interesting coffee shops where there are art installations that are geared towards neighborhood hang outs through out the day with music or poetry readings at night.  Adult teen centers?
The desire for intimacy and human contact is something I hear from people who are in their 20’s …

Casa de las Americas

The second evening we went to Casa de las Americas to visit and hear from Pepe Mendez a graphic artist and Alberto Faya musician/singer. 
Casa de las Americas is a center for art.  
It was hard to take a photo of anything in there because of the reflection of the glass. This particular one …

Cuba

… the poor.  In a country that proclaims the mantra that it is all about equality, there is none.  That is the irony of it all.  
Artists and musicians are the elite and so is anyone in the Government.  They have much better living quarters and access to travel.  From someone who was the reason I …

10 years as the Gotham Gal

… to lose complete touch.  I also wanted to do something that would fill the hours when the kids were in school.  I would write about restaurants, recipes, music, raising kids, politics, musings, life.  Truth is I have managed to keep that thread going for ten years.
I honestly remember standing in our kitchen with a …

Dawn Dickson, Flat Out Heels, Woman Entrepreneur

… was a guide of all the activities happening around the
city.  There weren’t any resources on line in Columbus Ohio where you
could find out about music, arts, restaurants, etc.  It was 2002. After
three months Dawn quite her job and her partner stayed working full
time.  She started doing grass roots gorilla marketing …

The Grand Bar and Grill

… about six weeks but walking in will soon be a thing of the past when word gets out about how good the food is.  Also the country music they were blasting last night added to the whole vibe.
The room really resembles a bar more than a restaurant.  A huge bar with just a few …

Abby Falk, Global Citizen Year, Woman Entrepreneur

… grew up in Berkely, CA believing that their life there was reflective of the rest of the world.  Her Mom was a psychotherapist turned artist focsed on music and painting.  Her Dad is a serial entrepreneur.  He trained as a lawyer and after two years of practicing he broke free and started out on his …

Comodo on Macdougal Street

… dessert, churros with spicy chocolate sauce on the side for dipping.

And a nice chocolate truffle to end the meal.
When it gets warm and I am hoping that will happen before July, I am looking forward to returning with the windows wide open with a little Latin music in the background, sipping some …

MOUSE and the public school system

… money saved would go towards building systems where teachers can share their curriculums and success from the arts to math to science.  I’d put art and music into each school where each kid had to take one of those subjects every single day.  I’d also make sure that there was a good hour …

The Spiritual Meaning of the Internet

… a teenager.  She happened to be a They Might Be Giants fan.  Their website had a community that had grown around it.  She’d come home and get on the computer and talk to other people around the globe that had that one connection which was being a fan of the music group.  This online

Kena Paranjape and Jen Lee Koss, Brika, Women Entrepreneurs

… offered a job there when she graduated but she also had an opportunity to go to Oxford University to get her masters in musicology, a blend of music and performance.  It was the professors at Harvard that recommended she do this and she received a John Paine fellowship through the Department of Music to go …

Quarterly Co

The Quarterly Co is a quarterly subscription service that sends you curated picks from the contributors of your choice.  It is unique and creative.  I honestly could have subscribed to more than one.  Some of the curators are Food52, Josh Rubin & Evan Orensten from Cool Hunting (something I read daily), Pharrell Williams (musician/entrepreneur), Liz …

Tammy Hepps, Treelines, Woman Entrepreneur

… right job but decided she would stay with the process until the end.  On the side for pure enjoyment Tammy was getting an under graduate degree for musical theory then went on to graduate school to learning the theory of Bach.  She started this back in 2002.  iVillage was so crazy that she had to …

Thomas Zipp at Harris Lieberman

What I have found over the years is that artists tend to not be singularly dimensional when it comes to their field.  Photographers are also musicians, Painters are also photographers, etc.  Thomas Zipp is multi-dimensional.  Harris Lieberman just opened the show of his work over the weekend and it will run through mid-March …

Dining with Divas

… community.  She rebuilt the board, she rebuilt the structure, she created community outreach, she started evening events such as amateur night and she created TV shows promoting music that use the Apollo as the back drop for those performances.  An incredible woman who gets shit done.  Her husband gave a speech about her that did …

Tokyo, Day 3

… and then of course the permanent collection.  They are pretty strict about which one you see first.  Very orderly.  The first exhibit was around the merging of music and art.  Each of the exhibits were so well curated.  You had to follow a certain path which made so much sense as the exhibit unfolds.  Really …

Fourth Annual Latke Festival

The Fourth Annual Latke Festival took place last night at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).  A great venue.  People were standing in line for the door to open at 630.  The smell of latkes was overwhelming from the minute you walked in the door.  There is someting to be said about the smell.  I love …

Etsy Pop-up Shop in Soho

… up shop located on Greene Street in Soho between Houston and Prince.  There are events going on all day long that you can sign up for from music to talks.  Completely free.  So smart.

Here is an area dedicated to the kid room from a variety of individuals who put this together with their separate …

Wandy Yeap Hoh, MeeGenius!, Woman Entrepreneur

… go through the roof.  People began to think about what was going to happen to print.  Would the same thing happen to publishing world that happened to music?  Wandy began to spend time on line looking for interesting and educational books for her now two children.  She found nothing but mindless games.  She wanted to …

Maria Seidman, Yapp, Woman Entrepreneur

… 03, the summer between her first and second years of grad school and then went fulltime in
04 after graduation.  At that time iTunes
was only selling music, Google was just trying to figure out video and YouTube
had not even started.  Warner formed a
digital group and she was able to start to work …

Boom and Bust; Venture Book Launch

… roof deck.  The place was packed with so many people,
some I knew and others I had never seen. 
The place looked like the height of the music industry in the 70’s.  Just too cool  I just felt like too much has happened too
soon.  The amount that these companies
were valuing themselves at …

Question of the week, #5

… at 19 so many years later.  We also enjoyed the same things.  We love to ski, we love to travel, we love staying on top of the music scene and we love concrete.  We have both willingly given up control of certain things and are happy to have the other one steer the ship in …

2012 (Montauk) Burger Bash

… the best year ever. 

The event took place at the Montauk Yacht Club.  The weather was perfect.  There was an incredible line-up of chefs and good music too.  A total winner. 

The grills were set around the permiter of the grounds.  Picnic tables were set up in the middle.  There was even a ping …

the humanization of the Internet

… around a table with family and friends to share a meal, the need to be with other people even if that means going to the explosion of music festivals around the globe.  It is the human contact. 
I have written about this before.  We are shifting the way we live and although there is certainly …

Techstars NYC Demo Day

… Personalized Shopping Magazine. 
Lua.  Communication and Project Management for Mobile Workforces.  Better way of managing large workforces to create anything from making a movie to doing a musical festival.
Karma:  Simple and Honest 4G Provider.  Easier way to access wireless.
All and all, really great.  My favorite screen shot was the one above from Bondsy …

Freshkills Park

… chunks that the city has funded to develop 50 acres. 
The birds are beautiful out there.  There is a kayak house that is always filled to capacity.  The biggest question is how do we get more people out to this park as it is like no other park in the boroughs of NYC.  Music festivals,

Hudson River Park

… course take your dog to meet other dogs in the dog runs.  There are events over the course of the year that you can attend such as music concerts. 
There are certainly issues that still need to be hammered out such as the use of the piers.  For instance, pier 40 is slowly sinking and …

Googa Mooga

… right.  Mooga googa, or that googa thing or is it mooga mooga.  Anyway, enough on that name. This event was food and drink festival.  Think of a musical festival such as Bonaroo but instead food and wine are the primary focus.  Good idea if you can pull it off. 
The event was put on in …

NYU ITP 3rd Annual Pitchfest

… industry with the products that he has built.  This one is totally cool.  It is a modular toolkit for creating computer controlled mechanical instruments.  This will allow musicians, composers, producers, DJ’s, kids etc to tap into the world of musicial robots.  He put a book on top of the product and the sound was …

A series of Entrepreneur assemblies

… so Fred moderated for me.  Needless to say the kids ate that one up because they could relate.  Sneakers..come on!
The third guest was Gabe Stulman who has earned himself the title restaurant mogul.  He owns and opened Joseph Leonard, Jeffreys, Fedora and Perla.  He talked about his love for hip-hop music and

Payal Kadakia, Classtivity, Woman Entrepreneur

… from yoga, photography, cooking or even book readings.  If I go on vacation and want to find a spin class with a great instructor who plays good music how come I can’t find that information at one site?  If that site had crowd sourcing and was capturing data to give back to the places …

Super Linda- twice in one weekend

… prepared and we did have pretty good service.  Reminded me a little bit of La Esquina in their heyday. 
Saturday night was all about the drinks.  Packed bar in the basement, much more mellow upstairs so keep that in mind.  Music blasting and forget about someone helping you out in the coat check room …

Susan Kroll, Rare Culture, Woman Entrepreneur

… was ten.  She admits that she was a wild child growing up with access to Detroit where she would go to small clubs and see the early musicians of the Motown explosion.  Her passion was fashion.  At 16, Susan worked her way in to Affiliated Models in Detroit never telling them her real age.  She …

Mexico City, Day Four

… This has been a serious art trip.  First stop this afternoon was Yautepec Gallery.  Contemporary young artists.  This installation was from the artist Txema Novela devoted to music.  This is an ode to David Bowie’s “let’s dance”.
Next was Galeria Hilario Galguera.  We loved this gallery.  A family owned business.  Uncle and nephew …

a romp through carroll gardens and boerum hill

… called Bien Cuit.  I finally got out there to visit with Emily.  The place had a line the entire time we were there.  They were understaffed but it could have been the day.  They are in desperate need of music because the place is eerily quiet.  But let’s get down to it, the …

Elena Silenok, Clothia, Woman Entrepreneur

… At ATT she worked on specialized research on how routers talk to each other.  Not only was the job fun but so were the summers of art, music, ballet and good food.  Not surprising that after graduation Elena accepted at job at Abacus in NYC as a developer.  A company funded by Bessemer.  She stayed …

Kutshers Tribeca

… from sports activities to food.  The staff would live in the small bungalows on the property most of them who were the age of a camp counselor.  Musicians and sports figures of each era would teach there.  It was an incredible place and Kutshers made a serious mark in history.   Referred to as the Borscht …

Once

… Once made its way in to the theaters.  A total indie flick about a local Irish man and a refugee from Czechoslovakia who come together to create music and learn about love.  The movie got rave reviews. 
I saw the movie with my good friend who turned to me during the first music performance and …

Sally Broom, Tripbod, Woman Entrepreneur

… gets a student loan for that year but because she had always had a job mainly working as a waitress and she had been classically trained in music and sung at weddings and events so she had put away a decent amount of cash.  Even when going home at Christmas she would pickup a job …

Dahna Goldstein, Philantech, Woman Entrepreneur

… middle school in North Adams volunteering her time.  The school was in need of funding and Dahna was always into playing guitar and songwriting.  She had a musicial cd made and took the proceeds of that cd and gave it back to North Adams.  That experience sold her on the entrepreneurial creativity to give back …

Peck Slip Pickle Festival

… leader in this space.  Look for some new products as well as bigger and less expensive products coming to you sometime in the spring from Rick.
The musicians.  Sorry the picture is so blurry.  These guys were singing and crooning like they had just come out of the Appalachians.  You have to see and hear …

last full day in Cape Town

… Had to have it.  After we went to the Goodman Gallery and saw a very cool installation.  The artist is Siemon Allen.  He started collecting South African music years ago and this project represents a fragment of that history.  Each label in this collection of 5400 images is a memorial to all the artists.  It …

A day in the wine country of South Africa

… to and opted to move on but we found this place fascinating.  This particular vineyard has done research and believes that if the vines listen to classical music that the grapes will age better.  You can see in the photo the black speakers.  They plug in an ipod that has enough memory to play for …

Hammers and Claws

… price you could basically eat as many crabs as you want, drink as much beer, get some cole slaw, corn and a few desserts and listen to music on long communal tables.  People were really having a great time.
There are a few things about a crabfest.  You need a bib and you need wet …

Patti Smith, Just Kids

I have never been a huge Patti Smith fan when it comes to her music.  Many people told me what a great book it was and when Emily gave it the nod I picked it up. 
Just Kids is an incredible book.  It isn’t just the story of Patti and her journey to be …

Back in Berlin, day one

… was an amazing holiday pop-up market with incredible sausages and needless to say that was not available yesterday.  Instead that area was fenced off for a music concert and we could hear Scorpion practicing. A tad different.
In the end we opted for one of the cafes we knew nothing about.  We have become …

Founders Lab wraps up their first NYC program

… something there as 4% of the population has food allergies and that number is growing.
Mixin.fm. The concept here is you can listen to other peoples music in your neighborhood.  I had a really hard time wrapping my head around this whole idea. 
Authy.  A security company for consumers on the Internet.  Well done …

Annisa

… delicious, lemony and just a huge wow. 
After dinner was over we walked over to the Soho Club to see Chiddy Bang.  Such a nice guy and the music speaks for itself.  He even gave a shout out to Fred which was pretty cool.  After a few songs, we walked home.  24 years…and counting. 

Jenna Park, Sweet Fine Day, Freelancer and Woman Entrepreneur

… really knew nothing about the college but it ended up being the perfect fit.  She majored in fine arts at Cooper Union but at Evergreen she studied music.  It was an interesting time to be in Seattle as the whole riot girl era was happening and Nirvana was peaking.  It was there she also met …

Entrepreneurial Class at CUNY

… are happening by an elite group of journalists who are crowd sourcing.  It wasn’t that flushed out but I thought there was something there.
Gelotone  Personalized music news about your favorites bands including a discovery platform.  Think of Spin magazine but better on line.  Opportunities down the line to follow your favorite theater actor …

is multi-tasking a woman thing?

… it is impossible not to multi-think, multi-task and multi-solve. ( I have not written about this investment yet).
Certainly as this next generation listens to music, watches TV, does homework, chats on line with their friends and searches Facebook all at the same time, perhaps multi-tasking is actually becoming a learned skill …

Emily Hickey, Hashable, Woman Entrepreneur

… this but in many foreign countries they do not.  She stayed a few years and found herself going back and forth from SF to LA doing her music too.  Deciding she needed a change, she took the GRE’s and applied to Stanford to get her MBA and got in. 
The next two years were …

Tulum, Day 2

… do it more often.  I could use it for a variety of reasons.  I’d love to find an 1 hour 15 minutes class that plays good music.  I like to spin too but the music kills me.
The class was at Shala Yoga.  A very mellow place that looks as though they do a …

Rana Sobhany, iPad DJ and Entrepreneur

… so she began playing with computers at 4. Would have loved to see someone track all the kids that went to that school.
Rana was always into music playing; viola, violin and voice including competitive tennis to one her activities. It was those two activities including the tech world as the third that got Rana …

Pop-up restaurant

… being part of the total concept.  In my mind when I think of pop-up restaurant I imagine a dark speak-easy in Berlin with intimacy, great music and a feeling of something really special.  I felt like more like I was in on a secret but the secret could have been better.  Glad I …

last day in tel aviv...trying to fit it all in

… for dinner but realized we were here less than we had planned so why not do lunch.  My guess is night is a bit more crazy with music blasting creating a club atmosphere so in many ways I am glad we did lunch.  Click here for the link to that meal because it is a …

Abraxas Tzafon, Tel Aviv

… had to get it in.  We opted for lunch.  For us, it was the right call.  Much more mellow than dinner from what I am told.  The music was spectacular from Leonard Cohen to Billy Holiday to Nina Simone to Serge Gainsbourg.  We sat at the bar which surrounds the kitchen.  Everything we ate was …

Mahneyuda Restaurant, Jerusalem

… vibe.  Hands down the best meal we had in Jerusalem.  Some of the dishes were outrageously delicious.  There is the one drawback, even for my kids, the music situation.  The music is so unbelievably loud and bad that is it a total bummer.  Just seriously bad pop music.  At the beginning it is entertaining to …

David Tower Museum and dinner

… at night.  Then over the course of 40 minutes there is a light show projected on the walls inside the tower.  The show told the story through music, graphics and actors (no words) of the history of Jerusalem.  It was a little bit like being at Disneyland.  What I really want to know is how …

Arcadia, Jerusalem

… The restaurant itself feels old just like the rest of Jerusalem.  A tiny kitchen, a small place with just a few tables, low light and really good music
Perhaps it is the restaurant or how things are done in Jerusalem but the length of the meal was ridiculous.  There is no doubt that there was …

First night in Jerusalem

… a few adjoining gardens.  The sign in someones window that looks out into the garden read:  the sound of little Jewish children playing is the most beautiful music in the world.  It was like when you walk down the streets in Paris and happen to see a gate open where people live and the inside …

Judy Solomon, Entrepreneur

… she had been born in another generation.  She always stayed on the cutting edge not only keeping up on the latest fashion trends but also the latest music and technology.  She was part of a generation that didn’t want to be the At Home Mom yet wasn’t really sure how to create that …

a night in brooklyn

… bread was excellent too.
The work of the random artists varied far and wide.  From an artist who was hanging from the ceiling doing a movement to music to sculpture.  I loved this particular piece.  Two politicians with their hands in each others pockets. 
There was also conceptual sculpture.
And drawings.  In a large open …

return to Babbo

… but the chef who is there every day is doing a killer job.  The place is still packed, people are happy, the food is fantastic, and the music still rocks.  Truly…a New York institution. 
I started with the scallop crudo.  Nice plumpy scallops with slices of celery and a nice little hint of citrus …

NYTimes, The Risk-Taking Edge of West Coast Women

… NYC has more top notch industries that I can count on one hand.  Exploding tech companies with a slant on content, huge media industries such as IAC, music labels such as Sony, a huge food industry with leaders such as Danny Meyer and the Bromberg Brothers behind Blue Ribbon Bakery, the garment industry, etc.  Need …

Casey Cook

Last night I stopped by to see the opening of Casey Cook’s work at I-20 Gallery.  It is absolutely worth going to see….and I bought a piece, the one above.  Her works melds her two passions together, music and art.

I have a long history with Casey which makes the piece I …

Freedom, Jonathan Franzen

… of a Minnesota family.  A family living in our present world.
What is incredible is that Franzen doesn’t miss a beat on anything.  From the alternative music concerts to the lives of birds to politics to describing rural areas turned into large high end housing developments. 
He writes about each character in such depth …

Kings Road

… likes.  Don’t we all wish we could do that?

This piece was hanging outside the museum door.  We all loved it.

A room of amps with music was by the artist John Wynne.

A row of head sculptures by Jonathan Baldock. 

It Happened in the Corner by Littlewhitehead.  I could have sworn they moved …

a day in montepulciano and back to the villa

… the top of the church and admired the
views.  We sat in a piazza and had
a few drinks.
 

We walked over to lunch and admired the musicians.
 

We lunched at Palacchio Caffe that has a small balcony.  The views from where we sat were
amazing.  A local bottle of white
wine, 11 euros and …

o ya, boston....second time back

… a great meal.  See how every physical plate is different.  The attention to detail is impressive.  Not only was the food good, the atmosphere is nice, Beatles music only and watching the performance behind the bar is worth the price of admission alone.  Considering I haven’t been back for two years and O Ya …

The Kid

… a pro.  There is no doubt having kids is a life changer.
The play is funny, kitschy, brash and edgy.  You can laugh, you can cry.  The musical thing is not easy for me and my friend thought the music could have been better but there is something about the play.  There is a message …

First day on the slopes

… Tail.  Red Tail has always been one of my favorite places on this mountain.  Pulled pork and smoked brisket sandwiches.  You can’t go wrong.  A little music, a lot of sunshine and all seems pretty good in the world. 
After a day of skiing, we all came back to the house to chill.  Evening …

The Miracle Worker

… her to buy tickets for this. 
It is the perfect first play to expose young kids too.  They will get it, it is a drama not a
musical and they will walk away with an appreciation for a live
performance.  A nice diversion for
this group to see vs the obvious choice of a musical …

Yerba Buena Perry Street

… in Kennedy campaign in New York.  Even the stories of the band, how they were formed, how it ended and how they got back together.  Heavy Metal music is a world completely onto its own….and Jay Jay has seen it all including some epic shows.
On to the meal.  We all shared 2 appetizers …

growing up on a geek household

… really nice
watching her knowing that I knew her father when he was shorter than me. 
The conversations up and back were hilarious.  Aches and pains, new music and of course
technology.  Truth is, I grew up
with a totally geek father ( although he left the nest in my earlier teens )
and a cutting edge …

good-bye to 2009

… the game this decade.  The world got flatter.  Certainly large companies continue to
rule but in many ways, technology has changed that game.  The leaders of the music industry who
were the deciding factor on many careers don’t really rule anymore.  Musicians now have the ability to
create their own audiences through the world …

buenos aires, day 3, san telmo

… The streets are more local people with blankets and such. 
There is no doubt tons of schlock but it is worth the journey.   There are people playing music.
There is the Market of San Telmo where there are some food stalls although questionable if I would eat anything and lots of vintage clothes and antiques …

Red Stamp

… today’s necessary digital ubiquity, fearing
erosion of their business rather than recognizing the power of massive
distribution”.   What he is talking about took place in the music industry, the publishing industry and is slowly taking place in other industries too.  It is the companies that are embracing change and trying to figure out the …

If you only knew Java

… see a fundamental shift in employment and education based on where our country is going economically.  We are not going to be building new cars.  Like the music industry, the book industry and the media industry has seen, you have to change with the times.  Holding on to business ideals of the past no longer …

Creative Commons

… share, use and build on your work yet you need to protect your work at the same time.  Think about it, kids are downloading stuff for free, musicians manipulate other musicians work, etc. Obviously costs are involved with that but more importantly Creative Commons wants to insure that all creators are able to use the …

Dressler, Brooklyn

… cream and a type of cheese tart.  As much as I love chocolate, sometimes at the end of the meal I find it puts me over the edge.
Bottom line, since Dressler’s is only a quick jaunt over the Williamsburg bridge, I will be back.  We went to see music in the area so

Things The Grandchildren Should Know

… has changed dramatically since he entered it and he writes about that through the book.  Everett has stuck to his guns and produced music he believed in.  His family life was not easy either which has certainly influenced his music.
A brilliant creative mind.  Probably the best autobiography I have ever read from a musician. 

Ace Hotel

Last week I met my friend at the Ace Hotel for coffee.  Totally curious to check out. 
I walked inside the hotel and Led Zeppelin Whole Lotta Love was blasting in the lobby.  Not sure that is my first choice for lobby music but that’s ok as the next song moved into the indie …

A little shopping in London

… London.
Bstore which is located on Saville road and does private label for Opening Ceremony. The guys that own it are so nice.  They were playing some music, Langhorne Slim, which I liked.  Sounds a bit like Conor Oberst and I asked if he listened to him.  He had heard of him and then I …

VMA awards

 
Last night i subjected myself to an hour of the VMA awards.  i wondered if it was age (on my behalf) or just awful.  Was I seeing that less and less talented people are making their way into the music industry?  The dj of the night not only rambled on, he said things that …

Off to college

… friends that she makes and the path she wants to pursue.  We have done our job and we are
thrilled. 
 

Certainly living in a household that loves music, loves
food, loves travel, loves pop culture and fashion, loves technology and loves
everything that urban living has to offer Jessica has embraced.  But her loves are …

Stockholm

We decided to spend a few days in Stockholm for a few reasons.  Indie music galore and Acne to name a few.  The town is small, the people are beautiful and there is a very cool vibe.  Also, really clean. 
We landed around noon and we were the hotel by 1ish.  We are staying at …

City Winery

I got a full on tour of the City Winery last night, Michael Dorf’s latest venture.  Quite impressive.
The place is huge.  Great venue for events.  Has a very down home look almost like a place that has been around a long time.  You can go there to listen to music which you can …

Another culture day

… was even better the second time around.  An incredible exhibit of drawings of many artists that generally do not use that medium.  We also checked out the Music, Side 2.  Two rooms devoted to the origins of punk rock with music, art and such.  Very cool.  We lunched at the Grilll Room at the Modern …

The Help

… new music.  Partnerships are funny.  When one person picks up the slack on something, the other one generally lets go.  So, as Fred has returned to his music passions, he has become the music man and I literally don’t look for new music anymore.  Sort of like travel.  I used to have an incredible …

Everyday Rapture

After attempting to get to see Everyday Rapture three separate times, we finally got there last night.  I was a bit ambivalent considering the play is a musical but the reviews were great.  Also, the play is one and a half hours without intermission and figured, why not. 
Everyday Rapture is in essence a one …

About

… I am a voracious reader and have been my entire life. Books, blogs and magazines.
I try hard to stay on the cutting edge. New restaurants, new music ( love alternative music and always have ), new fashions/trends, new stores, etc.
My husband is my best friend. At the end of the day, my most important …

Five Napkin Burger

After leaving the theater at the civilized hour of 9pm last night, we went to find a place for a light meal.  Theater started at 7 last night which is music to my ears.  8pm means you have to eat at 6 and ending at 10 or later means eating too late.  So, theater on …

Memorial Day Weekend

… Over peppered tuna tacos, over done fish, heavy handed on everything with nothing tasting that good.  Not the best choice to kick off the summer.  Also, the music was unbearably bad.  But a good reminder which is nothing out here is great but the beaches and the sky are magnificent and so is a home …

Demy

… probably prefer a Demy to come complete blank and let me slowly fill in my recipes.  Pull recipes off of Amazon, Tastespotting or even Key Ingredient.  Perhaps in the future, as people write cookbooks, like music, you can just buy a page (like a song) to download on to your device.  I know that the

NY City Center

… hour and a half.  She was quite good.  I am not a fan of most of the music she sang but she was engaging, funny and put on quite a show.  She knew how to work an audience.  But most important, you could tell how much it meant to her to be on the …

More gushing...Emily gets a byline too.

… on the
right. Designer Rachel Roy was there working the crowd in an
oversize sweater, trousers, and white crocodile-print heels; model/DJ
Alexandra Richards played pop music from the likes of Amy Winehouse
while partygoers snacked on mini burgers and french fries. We spotted
several in the crowd already wearing the line.
We’re …

Last Day in CA

… basically from scratch.  The attention to detail is stupendous.  Check out the wine cellar picture. From the vats to the way the barrels are stored to the music piped in through out the winery to the lab to the area where you can have a huge dinner party to the meeting rooms even to the …

Movies, movies, movies

… been interested in checking it out.  A tiny wine bar with a bar and a communal table – high seats – that sit about 16 people.  They play great music and the food comes out of a tiny open kitchen that isn’t bigger than a small deli counter.  I like the idea.  Cheese, salamis, some fried …

Der Nussknacker.

… plates.  You pay an extra fee and get it back when you return your dish or class.  Love that. 
I grew up listening to and playing classical music, so I know Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite which is an added bonus.  Enjoying the music is the best part.  The production didn’t tell the story as …

Merry Christmas

… to taste and eat and drink….and a little bit of shopping too.  There was a band of elderly men who played and sang classic German Xmas music which really added to the whole experience.  We had some brown bread that was shaped like a pizza with cheese and sausage over it, another bockwurst, a …

Omigod food moments of 2008

 Love the lists.  This year, in addition to the top music of the year, I decided to create a list of the most memorable omigod food moments of 2008.  When you think about, it just shows how my brain works.  I can remember the meals that I had but I can’t remember people …

Irving Mill

… if we were in a nice high end fern bar in the suburbs where I could either eat dinner or watch the Sunday afternoon football game.  The music playing was happening about 10 years ago.  Reminds me of people who are wearing the same boots from college when they are 40.  They haven’t changed …

Annisa

… The ambience is soothing.  The service is wonderful.  It as if you have entered Anita Lo’s dining room.  You are her guests.  The room glows, the music is soft and the food is delicious.
I like the way the bar has only about 6 seats and looks over Bedford Street.  This part of Bedford …

Computer art

… liked the best because he liked the drums.  Drums was his favorite instrument.  The exhibit, atlhough simple looking, was pretty cool.  Interactive with the viewer and the chicks being interactive with each other through music
It will be interesting as the years pass how artist continue to use software as a medium to explore art. 

The Ten Bells

… large wrap around bar fills the room and then a few high tables with stools make up for the other space.  Very communal.  A great vibe.  Good music, low lights and beaten up wooden seats.  Chalk boards hang on the walls with too many wines to count.  Also a variety of noshes and the announcement …

Billy Elliot

My friend saw Billy Elliot in London and loved it.  You literally could not pick up a magazine this fall and not read about Billy Elliot.  Granted, I am not a fan of musicals but I couldn’t help myself but not buy tickets.  Jessica and Fred gave the idea a big thumbs down.  Josh …

Equus

… many performances I have seen over the years where I can now say the same thing.  It isn’t always about theater, it can also be about music or even art installations.  These are typical New York conversations.  So when it was announced the Daniel Radcliffe was coming to Broadway to play in Equus which …

A quick list

… would recommend.  New England food at its best.
If you happen to be doing theater, Esca is one of my favorite restaurants in that area.  The crudo is worth the trip alone.
Babbo wasn’t that good last time we went but it could have been the night.  The vibe and music is very nyc.

The next generation

… into a paragraph but in essence I believe that this sort of direction is bad for our country on so many levels.  How does this type of education ( that would be without the arts, music and little phys ed) create the next Jasper Johns, the next Einstein, the next Jesse Owens, the next Martin …

New york gets smaller

… work too ) and they are good buddies with Casey Cook who used to teach art to our kids and lives in NC now making art and making music and the kid who is going to teach Josh drums this year played with Sebastian all summer.  It ends up that Alexis, who owns the gallery, grew …

The Beatles

Anyone who has read my blog posts over the years, knows that our family is very much into music particularly alternative music. As much of our life is about the new new and what is coming around the corner, we continue that theme in our love of music. No surprises, the kids love music too …

Soldes

… gong, weird music and crashing of waves. I suppose the show was supposed to be spiritual and anti-establishment fashion. Perhaps appealing to the anti-fashion sect. Not sure I see many men wearing the denim dress that one man was wearing during his tai chi exercise. Let’s get real, fashion is fashion …

Friday night stroll

… down to the pier.  Our temple, was having a sunset sabbath.  Loved the idea but unfortunately we got there as the service ended.  We hung out with our friends and strolled back to the West village where we all live.  People were out, music was being played.  All and all, a typical night in NYC. 

Little Jackie

… soon.  Worth the listen. 
In full disclosure, Little Jackie is on S-Curve Records which Fred and I are investors in. Believe me, there is plenty of music that S-Curve is putting out that we don’t love but are thrilled they are doing well.  Little Jackie, on the other hand, we love and …

White Label plays the Bitter End

… first “band manager”, Ethan Cohen who is currently at University of Florida and quite the rocker and the current “band manager”, Vin Scialla who runs the HS music program and plays in a band, got on stage with them and played. 
The repertoire included Rebel, Rebel by David Bowie, Hit me with your Best Shot …

The Visitor

… Senegalese).  Once the shock wears off, Walter allows them to stay there until they can find another place.  Walter and Tarek strike up an unlikely friendship over music.  Tarek is a drummer and Walter has been trying to play classic piano to keep the connection with his wife. 
We watch Walter slowly come out of …

Girls Like Us

… stars, their music influenced me. I truly grew up on their songs because it was the time of my life when I started to explore my own musical tastes. These three women are part of history. The power of their music still shapes and will continue to shape musicians for generations to come. The book …

Films

… year in High School. These boys are all friends who live in a relatively mixed neighborhood of Baghdad. You learn about each of them, their interests, their musical tastes and even their political views. There were 600 kids in the all boys High School at the beginning of the year and one third leave Baghdad …

Passing Strange

I love the name, Passing Strange, which is one of the new musicals to hit Broadway.
Josh and I had a date last night and I got tickets to Passing Strange. Clever production but neither of us could get into it. We left at intermission. Bottom line, musicals don’t work for us. I have …

Kate Nash

… Some times when you see an artist live it changes your perspective for either the better or the worst. Not sure Kate Nash made me love her music more.
She is adorable and incredibly talented. She comes out playing piano, moves to guitar, owns her songs, is beyond thrilled to actually be performing but she …

She and Him

… back. Extremely talented guy.
Zooey didn’t say a word last night, due to her vocal chords or a cold but she certainly could belt out the music. I am not sure I have ever seen a performer as happy as she was to be on stage. She is an actress and all of a …

Amazon has always ruled

I have been an Amazon customer since the beginning. I used to believe that when their computer saw me log in, the lights would go off in their offices. I spent some serious money in the old days, before you got music for pennies. The brilliance of their software is so impressive and still one …

Jens Lekman

Jens Lekman played at Webster Hall last night. Another great musician from Sweden. What’s the deal with the Swedes. Is it in the water?
Jens reminds me a bit of Jonathan Richman. When he starts doing the “bamp ah, bamp ahs” and everyone in the audience participates, I think of Jonathan singing “da da …

Honolulu

… the world. One guy has a store where he paints surfboards and cranks out music with his kids. Our favorite spot was the local shrimp buses. Shrimp, supposedly local at one point but doubtfully now, is served up in a variety of ways from local buses that have been written all over. We went …

Shout Out Louds at Joe's Pub

… wearing a long dress. Each song was played a bit differently from the norm. The show was almost like an unplugged show. Certainly showed their talents as musicians but I left wanting more.
The kids, needless to say, were bummed. It wasn’t what they expected (we didn’t expect it either)and their initial …

Dinner, theater and the bowery

… buffs from writers to actors. Fun to see their reaction to the play. Next to Normal is a musical. I am generally not a big fan of musicals but the songs are fresh and the music is pretty good. Tom Kitt is the composer who wrote the music for High Fidelity.
Next to Normal centers …

Dunk Island

… the island. This one was a shack where they serve fried fish and beer while listening to a live band of four that doesn’t play any music that has been recorded in the past 30 years. It took about one and a half hours to get our food. Gotta get into the island thing …

Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll

Our friends had four tickets to see Rock ‘n’ Roll and we were the lucky one’s asked to join them. I rarely buy theater tickets outside of the subscriptions we own because between the movies, the music, the arts, the kids etc., I am not sure I could fit anymore in.
The play centers …

Am I at Cheers?

Why is it that the more you drink the better the food tastes?
I went out with my sister this evening to her local hangout. Diablo Royale on West 10th Street. I love this place. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with great music and just a good vibe. We sat at the bar, no …

Ben Lee

… and have been following him ever since. Never heard him in concert before and what a treat it was.
The venue is small. Most people knew his music intimately. He is a wonderful performer. Talks to the audience, makes jokes, gets the audience to sing along, etc. I particularly liked when he sang a song …

Bright Eyes

… a pleasure to watch someone that talented perform. Each night is probably different. He reminded me of Mark Oliver from the Eels or even Jeff Tweedy from Wilco. Musicians with such talent that are continually putting out new music, new thoughts and playing with different people. Those talents are just a pure joy to watch.

TV's in the cabs

Tv’s in the cabs. I hate them. I turn them off the second I get in the cab. First of all, there is plenty to look at outside the window of your cab in NYC. Not only do I now get to hear the music the cab driver is playing in the background while …

Catalog Choice continued

… court press for years to just get customers to do what they always did, buy Cd’s. Guess what, they don’t anymore. They down load the music off the web which is BTW, green, no discs and unfortunately don’t pay for their pure listening enjoyment. Some do, others don’t. The music industry …

Two books not worth reading

… a supposed liberal upper middle class neighborhood which is slowly being taken over by the Christian Right. The soccer coach, who is a reformed alcoholic, drug addict musician has taken to praying with the team. He is always incredibly confused about being a Christian Fundamentalist too. The parents barely react. The one mother who does …

The boys and a girl...

… She is cute, hip and has lots of moxie. It is only a matter of time before she takes over the stage. The boys definitely have the music down. I was quite impressed. I know, I’m the mother but I wasn’t the only one impressed. They did a Pat Benatar song. I’m …

Alive

… Across the Universe. Across the Universe is a movie set in the 1960’s pre-Vietnam, through Vietnam and not quite post Vietnam. The movie is a musical and the songs are all Beatles songs which are used to tell the tales. Very clever. The music was written in that time period and some of …

Concert Going

… 11 years old. I, on the other hand, stood behind Josh thinking after about 45 minutes, can’t I go to the back and sit down?
The music was fantastic. Never heard Voxtrot live and have been listening to them for awhile. Catchy music. Arctic Monkeys are now bigger than ever. The audience was thrilled …

Hairspray

… and the popcorn. Alas.
Fast forward, many many years, Hairspray comes to the live theater. Jessica and I go on a date night and go see the musical/play. Glad I saw it but didn’t love it. I have never been a big fan of the actual script. I like the premise of Hairspray …

Josh and Camp

… the only kid that I talk to about stuff and forget that he is 11. It is like talking to a 16 year old. His taste in music, conversations about politics and his thoughts on travel”. OK, is there a theme happening here?
Fred and I have lunch, which is separate from the kids since …

Sapa

… cardamon incorporated into the rich Cocoa taste of chocolate and coffee. I am glad we shared this because it is incredibly rich.
Just to mention that the music here is great. At this point we had Rolling Stones blasting from the speakers.
Next round was a fish. Halibut steamed in a soy ginger broth served …

20 years...

… impression, we became fast friends. I had never had such a best friend. We fed each others thoughts, challenged each others opinions, listened to a lot of music and played lots of cards and hung out doing other extra curricular activities.
I went off to London the next year for a semester and we wrote …

Smells

… but it made me laugh.
We were somewhere the other night and we all trying to figure out the scent. Who else wore that scent?
Just as music is equated with a time of your life, so is scent. The smell of the beach, someone smoking a joint on a bright sunny day walking down …

The Summer of Love

… Everything was covered. These are big topics but you can’t cover a lot over two floors. I would have loved to see a whole floor on music alone. Alas.

Highlights were photos of musicians and Woodstock, a fantastic collage by Rauschenberg which covered every 60’s figure that was killed. Also, a booth where …

Kings of Leon

When I am alone, I usually listen to more mellow music. When everyone is around, we listen to Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, etc. I admit, I have been bit by the bug. I am now listening to Kings of Leon solo. Glad to know that my musical tastes can still scale to the 20 …

love is a mix tape

Music has always been a big part of my life. Not only do I continue to be interested in music, there is always music on in the background and something different in heavy rotation each week. Music has always been a connection with people too. Fred and I definitely connected with music. We made tons …

Taking the SAT

… a better way to assess each applicant. Just because you score well, get good grades and have joined the obligatory amounts of clubs and play the right musical instruments, doesn’t mean that you are the right candidate. Some of the most successful people I know blossomed much later in life.
If the process must …

Once

… the street, both musicians, they make beautiful music together. They also become really good friends. Do they stay together?
The movie is a bit like a long music video of indie musicians. The two main characters, Glen Hansard of the Frames and Marketa Irglova actually made music together prior to the film.
The movie was …

Johnette Napolitano

… pauses, very acoustic is really good. I will absolutely download that one song and put it on a playlist for the summer. That is the beauty of music today. Has the music industry got that yet?
Based on what I have read about Johnette, she has a pretty serious fan base. Not surprised. Her niche …

Theater Memberships

… to see Love Musk. Truly I had no idea what we were seeing until we got there. We found out it was a 2 1/2 hour musical. We didn’t take our seats, instead we sat in the way back near the door, just in case. Fred fell asleep halfway through the first song …

Dave Matthews

Love Dave Matthews. He is beyond talented, tells wonderful stories in concert, continues to put out music solo and with his band and with Tim Reynolds who he played with last night at Radio City. Radio City is one of my favorite venues in the city. Also, this concert was entirely acoustic. The stage looked …

Lemon Buttermilk Pudding Cake

We do love to entertain. Had 2 couples over this past weekend to eat, drink and listen to music. Can’t beat it. I made a duck dish from Vintage that I had made for the family before. Second time is a charm.
Besides a mixed batch of wasabi nuts and some fresh
radishes served …

Shopping Brooklyn

… completely different country. It was pretty cool. Just as we were 10 blocks in, the entire neighborhood changes once you cross over Metropolitan Avenue. The street is packed. The vibe is a cross between Park Slope and the East Village. Some stores are a bohemian, lots of vintage, many cafes, a fantastic alternative music store

Spring Awakening

J
essica and I went to see Spring Awakening last night. An old play remade into a musical. I am not a huge fan of musicals but the tag line on this play is “A New Musical”. Hmm?
The cast can’t be older than 25 except for the two people that play all the …

YAS

… The concept is 45 minute classes, simple and you get what you need. The Yoga is called yoga for athletes. They do the same routine, intense, with music, very little meditation but an intense work out. That is my type of workout. After 45 minutes, I usually start looking around the room wondering when it …

Arts in Downtown Manhattan

… to the turn of the 20th Century.
So, where is the next Lincoln Center going to be built downtown? Where will there be large theaters to show music, theater, dance etc? Of course there are many small venues but there are small venues and large venues uptown. Where will the large venues of downtown New …

Stand

… beer float so quick that I didn’t really get a taste but I think that speaks for the flavor.
A wonderful addition to the neighborhood. Good vibe. They play good music too. We will be back, for sure.

Bombay Talkie

… onions and cumin. This alone makes a great lunch for one. We all loved this. More next time.
Lots of spice and lots of taste. I really liked the vibe in the restaurant too. Particularly the large flat panel over the bar playing Bollywood films with Indian music piped over the sound system. A winner.

Most Don't Whip 'Um

… categorize Cynthia Hopkins. She is certainly creative. Possibly brilliant. Yet, it is not a show for everyone. It is performance art using multi-media mixed with a music concert around a bizarre story which is a tribute to her supposed mother with politics being the overlaying theme. Yep, that pretty much sums it up.
Her …

Babbo again..

… with Babbo.
I have written about Babbo many times because it is one of my favorites. We had a great time. They love the vibe and the music. The place was packed. Wall to wall in the bar. Mario made sure we really had a special evening.
We began with apple Bellini’s. The kids …

The Vertical Hour

… provoking and they sit with you for a very long time. Other plays are just fun silly stories that make you laugh. Some plays are just dumb musicals. Some plays are disturbing. There are obviously many categories. So, what category does the Vertical Hour fall into?
Based on David Hare’s last play, Stuff Happens …

My Top CD's for the year

We are getting ready to take off on vacation and since I love the top ten lists, I am going to start doing them now. For some reason, I thought last year was a much better year for music. Maybe because I took so much in this year I was overwhelmed. But, then I started …

Vintage Restaurants Cookbook

The past week I have read a few “best of” lists. Best books, best music, best movies, best cookbooks. Admittedly I have seen and read a majority of the “bests” and I have found most winners of the lists just have the best publicists. Sad but true.
We were out in Sun Valley, Idaho this …

Christmas Advertisements

… fast rules about advertising, decorating, etc. Everything rolled out the day after Thanksgiving. The windows were presented to the public. The store started piping in the Christmas music. The advertising started on TV and in the NYTimes. You hit the ground running the Friday morning after Thanksgiving. Then,you went non-st0p until New Years …

Bob Dylan at the Morgan Library

… etc. Technology has given this exhibit the ability to show stuff at a completely different level. There are small rooms with flat panels showing films and playing music off the albums that Dylan recorded during the 10 year span that is shown. It was really great.
Dylans book, Chronicles 1, is basically what is covered …

Babbo

… was nice. Nobody was full from the food just from the wine. Mario has the touch. Babbo is still one of my all time favorites not only the food but the service, the music, the vibe. Now you can book the cellar, a wonderful place to have an intimate dinner party with your best friends.

Barcelona Day 3

… see the church that he was never able to finish, Sagrada Familia which we unfortunately never got to.
We really wanted to see the Palau de la Musica Catalina. We didn’t realize that you can’t get in unless you are booked on a tour. Alas, next time. The building is old but the …

Urban Outfitters - who knew?

MUG , Manhattan Users Guide, is one of the emails that I subscribe to. The topics are anything from politics to art to music to trivia about NYC. Always fun to read. Today the email was about Urban Outfitters. Urban Outfitters is chain of stores that began in Philadelphia many years ago and have grown rapidly …

Picasso was an influence...duh!

… called “Who Owns the Culture”. There were many conversations about artists particularly music since Jeff Tweedy of Wilco was one of the speakers. Look at hip-hop music. You have artists using other peoples music in their music as they also scratch albums of other musicans back and forth. Who owns that? Who created that …

Bedtime Beats

… old insomnia.
Bedtime Beats might be something in your future if you need some help sleeping. People have been really happy with the results. Read the testimonials. Music that is geared towards sleeping. Interesting concept. Worse case scenario is that it doesn’t work and at least you get to listen to some mellow music

The Drowsy Chaperone

… was right. I’m glad I bought the tickets for the fall that night.
Let me start by saying that I am not a big fan of musicals. I know that I should just go with the flow, enjoy the music and turn off the world for 2-3 hours but I can’t. I …

Day 3, ACL

… mango pancakes were another story. Really good.
Got to the festival around 2ish. We were very lucky in getting 2 backstage passes at any stage for the musicians side. The sponsor side was treated with royalty. The musician side was a whole different story. In essence, you got to stand on the stage if the …

Day 2, ACL

This had to be the hottest day but we probably saw the most music. We started off the day with a variety of new bands. Murder by Death was just amazing because of the woman who played the electric cello. Totally impressive.
Then we moved on to see some of my favorite bands. Nada Surf …

Austin City Limits

Friday morning we departed for Austin, TX. I had not been to Austin in 25 years. I am thrilled to report that Austin is still a very cool town.Austin City Limits is an alternative music festival. 3 days of music. The event takes place in a huge park. I’d say the average temperature …

M. Ward

It has been music, music for the past 5 days. We started out at Webster Hall Thursday night, in NYC, to see M. Ward. His past 2 albums have had significant play time in our house. His voice is mesmerizing. He was wonderful. The acoustics at Webster could use a little help but that is …

Concert in Washington Square Park

… and it would be a shame to lose sight of that.
Our school, LREI, basically puts on the concert in Washington Square Park. The teachers involved in music do an incredible event. Both the middle school and high school attended the event from 12:30-2:30 yesterday and participated. From different bands to poems …

Fall Openings

… back and collect a piece of each of their work. Hopefully more in the future. Actually, definitely more in the future. He is also talented, artistically and musically. The two of them are a great combo.
We only hit up Isca’s show last night but I plan on going back to Chelsea in the …

The Overachievers

… summer.
My hope is that a backlash is coming. Backlash to No Child Left Behind. What I mean by that is bring back the arts, gym and music. It has been proven that those activities actually enhance children’s learning habits in math and science. Stop living vicariously through our children, stop thinking that an …

This Next

… Not that it is like Amazon at all but when I first started using Amazon I went crazy ordering new stuff. Books I hadn’t heard of, music I liked, etc. This next has the same sort of appeal. People have lists of items that I am so glad that I know of now. Click …

Little Miss Sunhine

… way of distributing them) have become over night sensations because consumers have said “i like them and am going to listen to them”. It isn’t a music executive or a TV executive deciding if the content is good enough to create an audience around it. The audiences are finding the content and creating communities …

The Hype Machine

I am so loving the Hype Machine. Rhapsody is over for me. Loads of new music that is never on Rhapsody. The site is an audio blog aggregator. It crawls the web for MP3’s that people are posting. Some come from MySpace others come from playlists. Great stuff.
I found a blog through the …

Golden Smog

What a fantastic concert. I’m a little late on the post but these guys are great. Everyone sings, everyone gets a lead, pretty low on the ego scale. They appear to be having just a great time. Also, the Bowery Ball room is one of my favorite places to see music. Very low key …