Sunday, November 19, 2006

La Casa Siempre Gana

Encontrarás el mundo a tus pies.
Pero cuando te encuentres,
Serás una perdida.

Daniela Elbahara Noviembre 19, 2006

Thursday, November 16, 2006


After the CMJ's Sheryl left half of the junk that came in this year's promo tote. Among the stuff was a BUST magazine. I remember hearing the name of the publication once when I started graduate school (2 years and a half ago) but never picked one up till that day. I'm not sure about their motto (something that has to do with women taking stuff off their chests) but I did like one of Novemember's fashion spreads. It was titled Tommy Girls and I loved the fact that the models weren't (and they looked amazingly hip). I was heartstruck by one picture in particular. I even bought the Yoko Ono t-shirt and contacted the photographer Hilary Walsh to buy a print of that photograph.
This will be my first investment on art. Cause she is quite an artist. Check her out at


About Memory

Memory is like the most stupid dog, you throw it a stick and it brings you any old thing.
- Ray Loriga, Tokio Doesn't Love Us Anymore

Monday, November 13, 2006

Triste realidad

“Pensar que la literatura llega entre nosotros al pueblo, es una mentira: el pueblo no sabe leer, y si sabe aún no puede ir más allá de los cómics y las fotonovelas; además, el libro es caro, es casi un objeto de lujo. En definitiva, la literatura mexicana se desenvuelve dentro de un círculo burgués: la escribimos los burgueses, la editamos los burgueses, la leemos los burgueses y la criticamos los burgueses. Todo queda en familia”.

Emmanuel Carballo

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Party Time


But I forgot to write about the highlight of my weekend. I took a day trip to Beacon, NY to visit the Dia:Beacon museum. My friends and I took a 12:55 Metro North train from Grand Central Station to arrive at 2:30PM in Beacon. The ride was extremely pleasant because the train tracks ran along the Hudson River so we got to see Fall's splendor. Awww, I'm getting cheesy... The museum was open till 5PM and we got to walk around it's enourmous galleries that were build in a 1930's carboard printing factory. Half of the art work was produced specifically for the museum and it's vast space. If you hadn't had enough of Sol Lewitt, Warhol, Bruce Nauman, Dan Flavin, Richard Serra, Louise Bourgeois, among others (that recnetly had shows in one of the big five museums or one of the big three Chelsea Galleries) do visit.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

APC Sale!

Dearest hipsters or wannabes,

Prepare yourselves for one of the most anticipated sales (no, it's not Barney's Co-op sale time yet). Dress appropriately and expect to spend as much as you usually do when you show there...

Friday Nov 10 through Sunday Nov 12 from noon to 7 pm.

Location: Williamsburg

33 Grand St between Kent and Wythe Ave.

Look what i FOUND

As if there wasn't enough "cool" magazines in this town. I can't barely keep up with Paper, Blackbook, Tokion, etc... to crave for a new one. I'm all about magazines, I love the immediacy and their glossiness... they are beautiful objects to collect.

About FOUND...
So, what's this all about?
We collect found stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles- anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life. Anything goes.

And how'd this all start?
One snowy winter night in Chicago a few years back, Davy went out to his car and found a note on his windshield -- a note meant for someone else, a guy named Mario:

We loved this note -- its amazing mixture of anger and hopefulness -- and so we shared it with as many folks as we could. Each friend we showed the Mario and Amber note to seemed to have a few finds to show us in return; clearly we weren't alone in our fascination with FOUND stuff! As a way for everyone to join forces and share their finds with everyone else, we decided to start a magazine called FOUND, a showcase for all the strange, hilarious and heartbreaking things people've picked up.

For MY Consideration

Yesterday I stayed and "worked" (at the Film Society) on the sneak preview of "For Your Consideration" by absurdist and silly director/actor Christopher Guest. It turned out to be a mob scene. Among the guests: Noah Baumbach and his girlfriend Jennifer Jason-Leigh, a former Disney CEO, Parker Posey, Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Catherine o' Hara and other peeps I didn't recognize. The film was amazingly funny, campy, cruel and fresh. My fave character was Catherine O' Hara's....

Tix were expensive... $75 for members and $90 for non-members... but the theatre was full. I guess it was like a private party. I wouldn't even pay that much to see my favorite band. The most I've paid for a show was $75 (The Strokes concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom on a very very cold night when I naively thought I could get cheap tix from re-saler dudes).

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

3 Great Shows at The Brooklyn Museum...

November is one of my favorite months because of Fall. The weather is much cooler, you get to wear your winter coat open and you can still walk out on the streets without a hat and gloves. Nevertheless, most of my saturday was spent indoors... and they were some great indoors.

After having a lovely brunch at Bar Tabac, we went to the Brooklyn Museum. I thought it was free because it was the first saturday of the month, but we had to pay $4 which was also great.

The first show we saw was Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors by New York–born artist Walton Ford. The paintings that caught my attention were the following: 1. Space Monkey: Bonobos- the sexuallt active apes. This painting even had a soundtrack to it by Patti Smith (Easter - Track 2). Makes sense...haha 2. Chingado: It was a bull or a huge ram raping a beautiful jaguar. On the side there were some Mayan symbols and a story written in spanish. Ford paints the animals in their original habitat or in a context of characters that have left a mark in world history. They are terrorific, and show envy, gluttony, murder, sexual precocity, there are references to Kamasutra and they are all in backstabbing situations or trapped.

The second show was Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990–2005, an exhibition of more than 200 photographs, where you can see the print of that famous photo where Demi Moore posed naked when she was pregnant... and much more breathtaking stuff.

And the third is an hallucinating show by the sculptor Ron Mueck, known for his extraordinarily lifelike, empathetic renderings of his subjects, includes five major new works commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain in Paris, where they were recently presented to an enthusiastic audience of 75,000 visitors. I freaked out when I looked through the glass door that separated Lebovitz's work from Mueck's and I saw a gigantic naked long haired dude sitting on a gigantic wooden chair. Ohh don't miss the giantic newborn baby (umbilical chord included).

Friday, November 03, 2006

Kazakhstan tan tan!

Cuando estaba en la primaria Mrs. Aguilar nos ensenaba geografia con paciencia y dedicacion. Yo me sabia todas las capitales de los cuatro continentes, pero siempre fallaba en los nuevos paises que se formaron cuando la USSR se disolvio. Me da un poco de verguenza admitir que ni siquiera sabia que Kazakhistan era un pais hasta que vi la pelicula de Borat. Pero quien es Borat y donde esta Kazajistán?

La República de Kazajstán, Kazajistán o Kazakstán (es un país en Asia Central. Formó parte de la Unión de Repúblicas Socialistas Soviéticas (URSS) hasta que esta fue disuelta en 1991.Limita con Rusia, China, Kirguizistán, Uzbekistán y Turkmenistán y tiene una costa en el Mar Caspio. Kazajstán es el noveno país más grande del mundo por superficie, pero su semidesierto le impide tener una población proporcional a su territorio, teniendo una densidad de 6 personas por kilómetro cuadrado.

Borat Sagdiyev es un personaje ficticio de Kazajstán, que es reportero de televisión, y que es creado como sátira, por el actor Sacha Baron Cohen. Borat sale en cada episodio de Da Ali G Show, haciendo entrevistas con tono satírico a gente diversa que no se da cuenta de que es todo un montaje. Ha estado tanto en el Reino Unido como en Estados Unidos.

Gracias a que CMJ's ( se estan llevando acabo en el Lincoln Center, tuve la oportunidad de ver Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Esta pelicula es una mezcla de Beavis and Butthead do America, Jackass, y cualquier otro road trip pendejo en EUA.

1. La cultura pop y el consumismo- Ipod, Baywatch, Hummer
2. Obejtivizacion de la mujer : Pamela Anderson, la prostituta afro-americana
3. Lo escatologico - homo erotismo, y un gordo que es bastante desagradable a la vista.
4. La cultura afro-americana de los jovenes de Mississippi
5. El rodeo y la gente pro-Bush
6. Los evangelistas
7. Los frat-boys ebrios (mis favoritos)
8. Comentarios antisemitistas en todo momento (hasta los confunden con cucarachas y para combatirlos les tiran dinero).

Esta pelicula es divertida de principio a fin. Puede ser ofensiva, si eres judio, mujer, evangelico, oso, gallina, afro-americano, obeso/a o prostituta...