great message distilling for the briefest (and probably most popular) form of airport arrival/delivery. The bay area wins again. Headed back to the bluegrass now, after a careening and delightful acquaintence with my new fun friend, the state of california. I'll miss you and see you soon!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
I miss the concept of sugar cubes, which has been lost tragically to the misguided american obsession with being irrationally sanitary. These are hand+crafted raw cane sugar cubes at Cafe Fanny in berkeley, ca.
Caffe Americano and beignets with the berkeleyites.. A comtemplative brisk morning in pj's and a hoodie. I was waxing a moment regretful over my recent visit to hearst castle while driving up the PCH. I wish i'd bought the souvenir carabiner/keychain. Totally generic except for the words "Hearst Castle" imprinted in tiny and unremarkable letters. It was $6. I was only willing to go $3 for such a distinctive memory of one of America's most impressive landmarks. Please note that they *did* have similarly-compelling shot glasses --. But I thought the carabiner said *even less* about WR's San Simeon marvel.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
internetting at the amazing Bourgeois Pig in Hollywood, in their "Moroccan Cave" room. (not this picture. It's amazing. In a little while, going to watch Seth Greene and David Hasselhof record for Robot Chicken, courtesy of Super Kate!
Later on, going to see Donna Jo in "Bury the Dead," performed by the Actor's Gang.
Good times in L.A.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Lexington's Lyric Theater, at the corner of 3rd and Elm Tree Lane, was a mecca in its heyday, playing host to giants like Count Basie and Sarah Vaughan. Over time, it has fallen into neglect followed by abandonment. There is an effort in town to restore the theater and they recently had an open house. The second I stepped inside, I felt washed over by memories here and an aura of utter greatness. In the blink of an eye, I realized that Lexington needs — NEEDS — the Lyric Theater back.
Go here to help restore the Lyric Theater.
Monday, September 08, 2008
A bunch of cool folks sponsored the 1st Lexington Bike Prom to benefit our next-door neighbors, the Living Arts and Science Center. I did the Laptop Lounge deejay thing while all sorts of funloving bike-folks rode a downtown circuit and then celebrated at Molly Brooks afterwards, where I also bumped some tunes. What fun!
Here's the flickr pool of people's images of the event. (note: I didn't shoot pictures but rather made a few little flipvideos like this and this. One of my favorite things about the vids is that the soundtrack is actually live off of my PA. It's not overdubbed later. We were rockin' downtown, I tellya…
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Drummers inside the in-progress renovation of lexington's lyic theatre. Very cool, very inspiring.Drummers inside the in-progress renovation of lexington's lyic theatre. Very cool, very inspiring.
Friday, September 05, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
The assignment was expected to be challenging — and it was. It was also a great exercise in the things that I love: photography, socializing, problem-solving, and creative thinking, plus a healthy dose of good fortune.
Along the way, I became mildly obsessed with the venerable art of photographic portraiture and took some time at the library perusing some of the masters.
During the project, I felt grateful to get to apply lighting lessons that I learned from National Georgraphic veteran shooter Karen Kasmauski at the Maine Media Workshops last summer, as well as some of the tough love that came to me from Jonathan Newton of the Washington Post at Mountain Workshop 2007).
During the shooting (over the course of a week and a half) I was struck by a few things:
- That there are some remarkable people living in Lexington.
- That I've learned a great deal since shooting last year's portraits.
- That I know little of the craft that defines exceptional portrait photography.
I'm reminded, then, of a lecture I heard from a legendary photographer (though I now forget who) saying: "Every assignment I go on, I just wait to see what I'll screw up that I've never screwed up before… and will probably never screw up again after that!"
So the final published results — in their online form — are here and here. But I also set up a Flickr set with all the final shots and some alternates, if you're curious or would like to comment on any of the pix.
With much delight, I welcome Lexington institution and national treasure Ed McClanahan back to Trivial Thursdays this thursday! He'll be sharing more of his fabulous finery with listeners and discussing his new book O the Clear Moment and his upcoming CD release Fondelle, or: The Whore with a Heart of Gold.
You don't want to miss this one, friends!
(photo: guy mendes)
Monday, September 01, 2008
If this scares or disturbs you (and it should), then VOTE the goons that run our country out on their asses in November.
This is an DEVELOPING STORY. Here's an unrelated video of a dozen police cars commandeering an activist bus. More developments, in words and pictures, here.
It will be interesting to see what sort of role social networking plays in the next few days of the political landscape.