What’s not to love about a Dramedy on MTV called Teen Wolf? It has lots of pretty people doing scary things. Turning into werewolves and other creatures, and still looking attractive. Not everything has to be high art. But at least it is fun and entertaining. Clearly I am not alone in liking this show, as it is already in it’s second season. Creepy, light and…pretty.
One of our favorite restaurants in Long Beach. Jongewaard’s Bake and Broil has been a Bixby Knolls staple since 1969 and they serve classic comfort food. Some of our favorites include: Pot Roast, Chicken Fried Chicken, Burger Special, Vegetable Beef Soup, and Sourdough … Continue reading →
Watched the HBO Documentary ‘Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present’ which captures the preparation and performance of her retrospective at MOMA in NYC. The MOMA exhibition is a recreation of her work over three decades as well as a new performance piece where she sits in a chair and invites the audience to sit, one at a time, in the chair opposite of her. While it sounds quite pedestrian, it becomes a moving experience for the participants, and a reflection of their own selves. By the end of the run people are sleeping outside overnight just to get in line to sit in front of her. Simple, profound, and provocative.
From Wikipedia: Marina Abramović, born November 30, 1946 is a Belgrade-born New York-based Serbianperformance artist who began her career in the early 1970s. Active for over three decades, she has recently begun to describe herself as the “grandmother of performance art”. Abramović’s work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.
From Wikipedia: In art, performance art is a performance presented to an audience, traditionally interdisciplinary. Performance may be either scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated; spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned with or without audience participation. The performance can be live or via media; the performer can be present or absent. It can be any situation that involves four basic elements: time, space, the performer’s body, or presence in a medium, and a relationship between performer and audience. Performance art can happen anywhere, in any venue or setting and for any length of time. The actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time constitute the work.
I have had the good fortune to attend both the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta and the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City. Incredible experiences at both events. In Atlanta, the Women’s Gymnastics Team won the first ever Gold Medal for the U.S. In Salt Lake City, Sarah Hughes shocked everyone by winning the Gold Medal in Women’s Figure Skating. The event has so many of these historic, moving moments. Seeing the event live allows you to experience these moments in real time. Even the events that do not get as much attention still are inspiring to watch. The dedication and effort athletes have to reach for a goal is an awesome thing. Dynamic, inspiring, and moving.
Women’s Gymnastic Team:
From Wikipedia: The Olympic Games (French: les Jeux olympiques), is a major international event featuring summer and winter sports, in which thousands of athletes participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered to be the world’s foremost sports competition and more than 200 nations participate. The Games are currently held every two years, withSummer and Winter Olympic Games alternating, although they occur every four years within their respective seasonal games. Originally, the ancient Olympic Games were held in Olympia, Greece, from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD.