[Updated this on April 21st to show the ceramic piece]

Thursday April 2nd, I had the chance to see Yoko Ono at the Guggenheim.

The evening began with a short speech by Alexandra Munroe talking about Yoko's accomplishments. At the end of her speech she said, with any luck hopefully Yoko will be here soon and returned to her seat in the auditorium (it was tiny, smaller than even most high school auditorium).

A few minutes later, Yoko walked onstage and sat down in one of two chairs off to the side of the stage.

Yoko spoke for a few moments and then showed two interesting videos. The first showed footage of her parents and herself as a youngster in Japan, and footage from when they lived in San Francisco. There was a very cute clip of Yoko dancing in Golden Gate Park, and she pointed out in the background that the Golden Gate Bridge was not yet completed.

The second video was about the Imagine Peace Tower in Iceland. It talked about how in the 60s John had asked her to build a lighthouse at his home, Ascot. However, she didn't know how to do it. She eventually came up with the idea of the tower of light, so it gets lit every year from October 9th until December 8th. October 9th being John's birthday and December 8th being the day he died.

After the second video, Yoko walked to a chair sitting in the middle of the stage and announced. "This is a chair, but I don't know it's a chair." She spent the next several minutes trying to figure out exactly what it was. She created various shapes with the chair, and set it in different angles to her body. She laid down on the floor and at one point lifted her legs up over her head and touched them onto the floor behind her head. It made her look, well, rather like the chair. When she was done, she said that she and the chair were now friends. It was an interesting thing to watch.

I wish I could have taken a few pictures, but the staff of the Guggenheim were on the lookout for anyone taking any type of pictures.

At this point, Alexandra Munroe returned to the stage for a brief discussion with Yoko. At some point during their disussion, two people in black bags crawled up onto the stage and remained there for the rest of the evening. They were in constant motion, crawling and moving and rolling around the stage. I assume this was a reference to bagism (one of Yoko's early performance art pieces, and mentioned by John in the song Give Peace A Chance).

At different times Yoko would pick up binoculars or opera glasses to look at them through, and she would turn them onto the audience as well. She also had a few of the ONOCHORD lights, and was flashing I love you to the audience at various times.

They then took questions from the audience. At this point, two men walked up onto the stage with yardsticks and balls of yarn. While the audience member asked a question, the first man would measure out the yarn on the yardstick until the question was complete, at which point he would cut the yarn and place it in a fishbowl. The second man did the same thing with his yarn, only he did it while Yoko was answering the question. At the end they carried the fishbowls off the stage, but I was wondering what they would do with them. Maybe someday I'll find out :)

I don't really remember most of the questions, but one did stick out in my mind. A young man said that he was a visual artist, but it was discouraging to him that he felt everything had been done already. He said when he had an idea for something he would do research on it only to find it had been done by someone else.

Yoko's answer was she believed that once a piece of art was done, it was over and could be created again. Therefore, nothing really had ever been created. I'm not sure why, I just found that to be something I've been thinking about since.

After Yoko took the last question, an easel was carried on the stage and a picture of a large urn placed on it. Two stagehands carried a folded sheet onstage and opened it to reveal pieces of the urn. Yoko said that she had broken the urn, and she wanted us each to take a piece of it home and in ten years we would reunite and put the pieces back together.

As an aside, at some point Alexandra mentioned that she had recently been at Yoko's apartment and been privileged to hear Yoko's new album, which is called Lovesong or Lovesongs. She said it would be out in the next few months.

Yoko is always influencing new art and artists and musicians. The Pet Shop Boys' new album is called "Yes". It's an homage to Yoko's art piece that led to her meeting of John Lennon. The piece was a ladder that you climbed and then picked up a magnifying glass to read a tiny word on the ceiling of the gallery, the word was "Yes".

[livejournal.com profile] scream4noreason mentioned how influential Yoko's song "Walking On Thin Ice" was, including the music video which she directed. It was also responsible for my becoming interested in John Lennon. His guitar playing on the song was the final thing he ever recorded, and it's said when he was shot, he was holding the final mix of it in his hands.

Here's a link to the video, I couldn't get the embed from MySpace to work.

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I love this picture of my niece at the American Museum of Natural History
I'm always the last to know, but I found this the other day. There will be a 3rd Apple Store in Manhattan - located at 14th St and 9th Avenue.

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So, I got the chance to see Bill McKinley (friend of a friend, long story) perform his cabaret show tonight, and it was really good. Of course, I'm a big Disney shlump myself, but he does perform my two favorite Disney songs. Since I know you're asking now, they are - When She Loved Me from Toy Story 2 and God Help The Outcasts from The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

The ever-handsome [livejournal.com profile] mondragon and [livejournal.com profile] showmeonthedoll were there, with a friend who was equally handsome.

So, I highly recommend seeing it. Oh, and I stole this image from Ernie, sorry ;)

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Photo by [livejournal.com profile] vernnyc

First off right now I am remembering good things. As much as I adore this city, my first 15 months here I lived in a place where the windows where seldom opened, and when they were all you could here was the sound of the city.

Now I live in a place where when I have the windows open and I can hear crickets! Of course, if I had the windows in the front of the house open I'd hear the beep beep beep beep of those damn click to talk phones!

And my memories of that day...

I had just moved into the house of my friend Dan in Roseville, Michigan at the time I was sleeping in the basement because his mother had not yet moved out, that's a whole story unto itself sometime!

Anyway, I basically slept through the whole thing. I had just started a new drug regimen and my first few hours after awakening were spent in a very altered state. I remember waking up to my phone ringing with several text messages. By the time I finally got the TV turned on, I wasn't quite sure if this was really happening or if I was dreaming. Of course, the second tower had already fallen...

I realized I needed to find my friends, so I spent a few hours tracking people down. John was safe (though he had to walk 157 blocks home), Mikel was safe, Kenyon was safe and my friend Matt was safe. I logged onto irc to see if anyone had heard from Vern and yes indeed he was safe.

At the time I was working at the bar and my friend Dan (who has 1/2 owner) and I made the decision not to open the bar that night. It was located only a block or two from Dearborn which has a HUGE Muslim population. We were afraid that there may be some sort of rioting.

I also remember thinking that day, now there was no way possible I could ever live here. My how things have changed, now I'm not sure I could live anywhere else.

My heart goes out to everyone who was affected by that day, and I've enjoyed reading all of the entries today.
wonderboynj: (I Heart NY)
In honor of my new job, and the anticipated raise (plus my upcoming trip) I bought a new camera today, a Canon a620. While my photos will never have the sheer beauty of the photos of [livejournal.com profile] vaneramos or [livejournal.com profile] vernnyc I love taking photos.

Here's a few tentative beginning shots.

The Woolworth building.

Two kids at City Hall Park

One of the three Richard Meier buildings taken from the Christopher Street Pier

The Vendies

Mar. 7th, 2006 03:09 pm
wonderboynj: (I Heart NY)
New Yorkers can be fanatic about street vendor food, most of them love it, and at least one I know detests it.

Anyway, I found this very cool link...

The Street Vendor Project, Finalists

Hopefully I can try out the Hallo Berlin cart with [livejournal.com profile] thornyc soon :)

Also, a blog dedicated to pushcarts AND the site where I found both of those links is here.

The Downtown Show
Grey Art Gallery
100 Washington Sq E
(212) 998-6780
Admission: Free
open till 4/1

Remember the downtown movement of the '70s and '80s with artwork by Basquiat,Patti Smith...
The Odd Couple was very good, and very funny. Though the next time I see a show remind me NOT to sit with the tourists or the B&T people. They rustled papers and/or talked almost constantly through the show.

I had only seen the movie version once, and I enjoyed it but it wasn't a favorite, it's not something I would seek out to watch again for certain.

It's interesting that most musicals have a change of scenery after many of their scenes, while most straight plays that I've seen have almost no change of scenery. Though in the Odd Couple after each scene they drop a scrim to do a slight scenery change, it's still the same basic setting for the whole show.

Nathan Lane is hysterical as a comic actor (this was my first time seeing him in person) and I would love to see him do a straight role. It was kind of sad that he immediately ran off the stage after taking his bow. Literally the other cast members were still mid bow and he turned around and ran off. Maybe he had a hot date.

Matthew Broderick was just okay I thought. He's a pretty good actor, but he used this really odd voice for the part that just didn't seem right.

And I now have a new nickname for my roommate. F.U.

How Odd

Feb. 8th, 2006 04:56 pm
Tonight I am seeing my generation's Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontaine in The Odd Couple, that would be Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane. And no, I didn't think that up myself, but for the life of me I can't find the article that called them that.

I realize that this is a capitalist country, but don't you think this is a little ridiculous?

Alice Greenwald has just been named as the director of the World Trade Center Memorial and Museum. She currently is one of the top curators at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.

Her salary will be $300,000 a year.

Now, I have no idea how much curators at museums make, let alone "top" curators. It just seems a bit excessive to me, especially since the memorial I'm sure will be funded at least partially with federal dollars.

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