ARTS - Crochet Coral Reef

On view now at the World Financial Center in downtown Manhattan. One of the more astonishing creations I've seen in a while, the Crochet Coral Reef is exactly what how it sounds, a hand crocheted recreation of the life and structure of a coral reef, complete with crochet jellyfish, starfish and of course lots of coral.

Took with my phone:

CLICK HERE for the full gallery and official site.

FILM - John Waters signs on Parker Posey!

Zandl fave and NYC-scenester staple Parker Posey has joined the cast of "Fruitcake", the new film by John Waters also starring ex-Jackass Johnny Knoxville. IMDB currently lists the film in pre-production, and we will certainly be keeping our eyes peeled for new developments regarding the project.

ARTS - Cai Guo-Qiang at Guggenheim

Finally getting around to blogging about our trip over to the Guggenheim for Cai Guo-Qiang's show, "I Want To Believe". Just finished its run a couple days ago (sad face). I consider it a must-see show. Pretty crazy installations and drawings. Stunning.

If you missed the show, check it out online:
Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want To Believe

Went to the Guggenheim's First Friday, which proved to be a fun dance party in a great space, but with little allotment for personal space. DJ of the month was artist/designer/entrepreneur, Shepard Fairey, who put together a fun-filled mix of tracks that kept us entertained for hours, despite the crushing crowds and long restroom lines.



EATS - Gummy Bacon

Look what we found! Love the warning about not frying it up. We're just kind of obsessed:



FILM - Mister Lonely

Harmony Korine's latest filmmaking venture had us speed walking to the theater in anticipation. I (as well as a few others here in the office) am a huge fan of his past exploits, Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy. He also was the writer behind Kids. So, Mister Lonely, Korine's newest saga seemed to have promise - the story a Michael Jackson impersonator (Diego Luna) in Paris who follows a Marilyn Monroe impersonator (Samantha Morton) to a commune of celebrity impersonators in the Scottish Highlands. Um?

Now, for those of you familiar with Korine's prior pieces, you may understand our expectations for something a little more than disturbing in content. Something exploitative, shocking, over-the-top, maddening and disgusting. Don't get me wrong, I fully appreciate his ability to balance all of those qualities with beauty and artistic poise. To our surprise, Mister Lonely did not meet any of those expectations. It was shockingly tame for Korine. While it's unrated (presumably because of it's international funding, etc.), it could easily be PG-13, or even PG. Who knew?

That said, the film still managed to make its way straight to the top of my favorite movie list. With multi-layored and lovable characters and breathtaking colors/composition, costuming, locations/sets and story, Mister Lonely is a sure bet that won't leave you all up in a twist. A true artistic masterpiece from concept to execution. It resonated with me in all the best ways, and I am thrilled to have been able to experience such wonderment. That's all i'm saying.

So yeah, we totally give it two thumbs up. Go see it right now (if you live in new york or los angeles).



SCI/TECH - UFO Files Released

So Britain's Ministry of Defense released UFO files covering decades of sightings. Read more here, very interesting.

EATS - Tokyo Bar, NYC

Finally made it over to Tokyo Bar in Tribeca for some "Japanese comfort food".... Total manga madness, covered from floor to ceiling in comic illustration and neon japanese writing. We tried out a variety of fare, from the 'Spicy Tuna Tartare' (nice and delicious and spicy and wonderful) to the 'Tokyo "Napolitan" Spaghetti' (spaghetti with sausage). also tried out a few specialty (virgin) drinks, including the very green 'Summer Cooler' (lime juice, pineapple juice, mint syrup, ginger ale) - YUM! All the while, the servers were some of the hippest, most colorful and sweetest girls you ever did meet.

Inside the restroom:

and the washroom:

After our meal, we revisited B Flat (downstairs), where the serve a limited menu from the same kitchen, and a delicious variety of cocktails served up strong and classy. The decor of B Flat is simple and traditional, leaving behind the fantastical japanese pop neon cues of the upstairs for simple dark woods, candlight and jazz music.

Two cocktail standouts:
Lady In Satin: vodka, zuicho "junmai daiginjo" sake and parfait amour
Misty: rum, chambord, calpico, lemon juice float champagne on top. garnished with blueberry, slice of lemon & mint leaf

Tokyo Bar Official Site