Top Five Friday September 27th, 2013

Good Friday to you all!  It is starting to be more fall-ish across the country and that is a good thing.  Even in the south, we are seeing a break in the oppressive summer heat and humidity.  I know this sounds like a lead in to a fall themed Top Five, but it isn’t.  …read more…

A Hipster Top Five Friday August 2nd 2013

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Welcome back.  As you all know it is top five Friday, but you knew that before it was cool.   I’ve been feeling kinda hipster-ish this week so I figure it is time for a hipster themed top five. This week, we’ll check out how to create your own hipster logo, where to find other…read more…

Top 5 Friday : May 17, 2013

Liu Bolin

1. Often referred to as The Invisible Man, Chinese artist Liu Bolin, paints himself into the scenery, a metaphor for ‘…those who are rendered invisible by the Chinese government, by consumer culture or simply by the circumstances of history.’ 2. Are you a New Yorker? Do you sound like a New Yorker? Well, If These…read more…

Top 5 Friday : March 29, 2013

Jay Shells

1. Artist Jay Shells takes his Rap Quotes project to the streets, literally. Shells creates official-looking signs and posts them at specific locations as rapped by famed lyricists including Mos Def (aka Yasiin Bey), Jay-Z and Nas. 2. An Aurora Borealis occurred on March 17th. How did I know about it? I saw this video…read more…

Top 5 Friday : March 15, 2013

Fabian Oefner

1. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising tells the global story of what happens when girls demand an education, one that releases them from child marriage, sex trafficking, and hard labor. If we educate our daughters, we change the world. It’s a profound ripple effect. 2. Oh color, you make me so…read more…

Top 5 Friday : February 22, 2013

Operation Crossroads

1. Finding Vivian Maier is a documentary about a reclusive albeit brilliant street photographer. Maier’s images are poignant to say the least. They capture life in and around New York City that cannot be imitated by digital cameras and camera phones. It is true analog art in its purest, unadulterated, profound form. 2. In 1946…read more…

Top 5 Friday : February 15, 2013

Eiko Jones

1. It’s Venus and the moon in broad daylight taken by Hungarian astrophotographer Ivan Eder back in 2004. Ah, the beauty of the universe. 2. I blogged about James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey. Now here’s the trailer for the documentary, Chasing Ice. Can you imagine seeing this on the silver screen? It will…read more…

Top 5 Friday : January 18, 2013

Pol Ubeda Hervas

1. Since moving out of the city, I can’t help but imagine I am still there. Take a look at Melisa Dunbar’s short film of NYC in its golden hour of light, shot completely with a gyro-stabilized Arri Alexa camera. 2. Black Simon & Garfunkel never cease to amaze or entertain me. Here they are…read more…

Top 5 Friday : December 7, 2012

Maja Wronska

1. Poor Us: An Animated History of Poverty, a documentary by Ben Lewis, combines interviews from renowned economists and historians with animation to tell the story of poor people from the beginning of time to present day. It is an eye-opening presentation. The entire series can now be viewed on PBS. 2. You know what…read more…

Jay-Z, Brooklyn and Where I’m From

Jay-Z

Back in September, Jay-Z broke in the new stage at the Barclays Center with eight straight performances. I remember the night of his first show because the traffic was bumper to bumper, complete and utter insanity in my old neighborhood. But the city was full of energy, the type of energy that is wholly infectious.…read more…