On a Sunday last summer, a bunch of us decided to go to Coney Island on a whim. Even through the lingering remnants of a late Saturday night, a sporadic rain cloud, and 3 days of Cyclone whiplash, we had a great time. But after reading this, I am really counting my blessings. Scary!
“Does She or Doesn’t She?” “Think Different.” “I Want My MTV.” “Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hands.” “Just Do It.” “Got Milk?” “Where’s the Beef?” These slogans are part of the American zeitgeist, but little is known about many of the people who created them—the culturally astute men and women who tapped so successfully into their generations’ desires and fears. This first-of-its-kind exhibition, presented by The One Club and The New York Public Library, shows that the people who created some of the most famous advertisements of the 20th century were as colorful as their slogans. The Real Men and Women of Madison Avenue: Their Impact on American Culture features more than 200 advertisements, posters, books, TV commercials, and video and audio interviews that amount to a commercial history of 20th-century America.
Every Wednesday at Lava Gina is reggae night with Meta and the Cornerstones and I’ve been wanting to go forever. Well last night I finally went (!) with Sandy. It turns out it’s their last Wednesday for awhile as they are going on tour so the place was packed, even with a $10 cover and it being 110 degrees in there. Awesome reggae band + great energy = good times.
As Jeana and I were walking along Ave. B on Saturday night, we walked past the 6th & B Garden that was having a free live show. There was a good amount of people hanging out and the performaces we briefly saw were pretty decent. I’ve been past this garden a ton of times but never knew they held these types of things. Definitely worth checking out.
Took Will here for his birthday last year and got them to play his fav, Back To The Future. Now they are moving to a larger space in the East Village and are even offering options of movie screenings for large groups with 40+ cars in parking lots (like a real drive-in!).
“[Martin] admits that he worried he was gay while growing up. ‘It was more like, ‘Oh shit, what if? But then it struck me: who gives a shit? When you’re a kid you think, ‘I’m going to burn in hell for eternity if I like other guys or if I marry someone Jewish’. He eventually realized he was heterosexual. ‘I was swayed by boobs.’”
The American Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with MTV2, has launched SonicVision, a groundbreaking digitally animated alternative music show. SonicVision takes audiences in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater on a mind-warping musical roller-coaster ride through fantastical dreamspace. With a mix by Moby and featuring tracks from Radiohead, U2, David Bowie, Coldplay, Queens of the Stone Age, Prodigy, The Flaming Lips, Fischerspooner, Spiritualized, Audioslave, Stereolab, Boards of Canada, David Byrne and Brian Eno, Goldfrapp, Zwan, White Zombie, and Moby, the music ignites this one-of-a-kind computer-generated musical and visual experience, which uses next-generation digital technology to illuminate the Planetarium’s dome with a dazzling morphing of colorful visions. SonicVision is presented every Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., in the Hayden Planetarium at the Museum’s Rose Center for Earth and Space.
After working in Times Square and fighting through all the tourists, high school field trips and generally clueless people for over three years, I never thought I would see the day when I enjoyed to be back after I got a new job (at 32nd and 7th, the worst neighborhood in Manhattan). But as I walked past Toys ‘R Us today on my way to meet some friends for drinks, I saw a couple around the age of 60 just staring up in awe. These 2 people, who were definitely older, were probably never in New York before and were amazed by the overstimulating chaos we call Times Square. Sometimes for a second I forget what it was like the first time I was there. I didn’t know what to do with myself. Seeing these 2 people today brought me back to that exact moment and gave me a newfound admiration for Times Square. I know, I’m weird…
Even though I love the Mets, I am not a huge Mr. Met fan. I grew up with the Philly Phantic who is funny, sarcastic and bascially makes fun of the other team the whole game. Easily the best mascot in my book. Mr. Met has that dumb grin on him the entire time, waves at everyone and if he spoke, I could see him using the words, “oh golly gee.” Corny. Well, some guy from Brooklyn either loves him too much or has the same feelings as me and was arrested for “manhandling” him at last week’s game. I would have loved to see that.
The image campaign that we have been working on since the beginning of the year has launched and was written about by the Times! Not the greatest article I’ve ever read, but hopefully people will start to notice us!
This is a really cool short film competition and sounds very similar to my blog…except it’s all of NY State. There’s a whole state outside New York City? Who knew?!
The winning short (selected by judges Tina Fey, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Doug Liman) will be aired on NBC during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and on IFC. Prizes include Sony HD video equipment, New York getaways, access to New York film festivals and more.
An interesting battle of the bands is brewing over online copyright protection, outlining two very different stances artists are taking regarding the digital proliferation of their music online. On one end of the spectrum is the artist once again known as Prince. The Minnesota rocker - who is among the most aggressive in defending his licenses (suing web ventures and fans alike for unauthorized usage) - has ordered clips of his screeching rendition of Radiohead’s Creep from this year’s Coachella Music fest to be taken down from YouTube. On the other end is Radiohead. The band, which released its latest album In Rainbows online with optional pricing, would like to see the clips re-posted. (Apparently Radiohead owns the publishing rights while Prince owns live performance rights.) Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke to Prince, as quoted by the AP: “Tell him to unblock it. It’s our … song.”
-Cynthia Cynopsis, 6/2/08
Why is Prince such a douche? Will Kanye follow in his footsteps? Sounds like similar behavior to me…
A few weeks ago I posted the annoucement of the free MSG Coldplay concert on June 23rd. Well I entered and I won! I never win these things. And what makes it even better is that Will just mentioned that no one ever wins these Music Today things which makes this win feel that much more triumphant! Hooray!!!
In case you ever open your can of Pringles and find a gray powdery substance, do NOT attempt to eat. This is NOT a new flavor. You have mistakenly opened a can containing the remains of the designer of the Pringles can…