Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sick and Stupid

Hello and thank you for reading my blog.  Welcome to the pity party. Don't worry I'll start...


For the last couple of days I've had a head cold and have not been functioning so well.  I went to fill the tank yesterday and in my foggy state of mind pressed the button for super premium....SUPER PREMIUM!!! Ouch.

A few days ago I was invited to my first flash mob. We dress as zombies.  My whole family (assuming we all participate) would get into the Delmar Fair for free, and we would dance to "Thriller". Unfortunately, we can't make it to "zombie training",so we can't do it, and I'm bummed.

On the plus side we're headed to Phoenix Comic con this weekend!  Mike is already there, so we're meeting him.  The girls and I will leave after their school on Friday.  I just looked at the weather report and it's 100 degrees there tomorrow.... So I guess it's shorts and a bra kind of weather. Gotta love the desert! 

Tonight Chloe is all set to wow us at her school talent show.  Here's hoping I get some good photos!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

It's that time of the month...

If you're thinking what I'm thinking then you know I'm talking about our show Art of The Red River !

This coming Monday,  me, and my co-hosts Mike Dubisch and Wade Zahares will be interviewing some amazing artists...


     Our first guest will be the one and only, Joe StatonJoe has been making his living drawing comic books for almost exactly thirty years. This legendary New York artist received an Eisner award in 1998 for World's Finest: The Superman-Batman Adventure, in the animated style. For years he was the artist on "the best-selling, most successful crime-detective book of recent memory -- Scooby Doo. The detectives are all underage, one of them is a large talking dog, and the crime is almost always real-estate fraud, but, hey, it just depends on how you look at things." Currently the regular artist of Dick Tracy, we're honored to him join us on our show.


   Our second interview is with an incredible photographer, Chris Becker.  Chris’s photographs are striking, often haunting representations of nature or cityscapes simultaneously in flux and silence; they are an exploration revealed at once in grand scale and finely detailed minutiae. He is represented by Jim Kempner Fine Art in New York City and exhibits in other galleries throughout the U.S.  His work can also be seen at Holly Hunt in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.  Becker often photographs for the The New York Times, National Geographic Adventure and other editorial publications, and received a BFA in Photography with an emphasis on Environmental Geography from Ohio University in 1992. He currently resides in Kennebunkport, Maine.


Our next guest will be Jenny Cooper Harada.  Jenny creates zany plush monsters and lives with her family in  Cliffside Park, New Jersey. Her work has been exhibited in many plush shows in Brooklyn, New York and other galleries across the country.  She's also been featured in numerous magazines, including Hi-Fructose, Clutter and Adorn. Pick up her new book, "Me Make Monster: A Mish-Mash of Monstercraft", from North Light Books, and create your own disturbing plush creatures with her help!


  Closing the show will be artist Jason HiteJason is a designer, sculptor and department manager for one of the largest Halloween companies in the world, Disguise Inc. Jason has a hand in creating monsters, superheroes, princess cameos and almost anything you could imagine for a costume. He has created numerous products for companies like Marvel, Disney, Sony, Fox and many others in his 12 years at Disguise. If you're anywhere near Hollywood,CA, be sure to check out his work at Congregation Gallery,in their upcoming "Judgement Day" show, opening June 11th.  He currently lives in San Diego, CA with his wife and 3yr old son. This is a link to a film Jason worked on called "Stasis"

I hope you'll listen in for as we talk with some really amazing artists!!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Chloe's revisits America's history

On Monday, Chloe, my middle schooler will be getting on a plane to Baltimore with about 40 other kids and a handful of chaperones.  They will first head over to Gettysburg (Also known as "The most haunted place in America"). However, I don't imagine they'll be allowed to lurk around battlefields at night.


Then it's off to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where they will meet up with the Amish and learn about the evils of buttons (I guess they're too fancy and vain or something).  -They'll probably discuss other things as well.  Though what I don't know, I thought they spoke some other language. 


After that it's off to Philadelphia for a look at the liberty bell (big bell - big crack in the side. It's exactly as interesting as it sounds).  Then they head to New York and do a tour of Ellis Island, and last but not least go see "The Lion King"on broadway!!! 


It should be an epic trip in only five days, but the kids fundraised all year to go.  She's super excited and I'm.... Well, a bit nervous, but I went on trip with my French class and toured Quebec when I was her age, and it was such a great experience that I'm excited for her too.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Back to Hollywood...


For my big fortieth birthday we headed back up to Hollywood, this time to visit Universal Studios.


Of course Naomi is drawn to the fountain...


These are the statues by the entrance. Can you tell which one is a real person?


Same statue three hours later.  It was hard to tell, even standing right in front of him!


First stop "Krustyland"!!


Checking out the Quickie Mart.


We found "Moe's" but I don't think they were serving.


Time to get in line.


This was a great ride as we got to watch clips from "The Simpsons" while we waited!


Here are the girls waiting for the Water World special effects show to begin.


As I sat there I took pictures of the set.


While I took these fascinating pictures I leaned forward to explain to my daughters what the basic plot of this movie was.


I should have paid more attention to what I was doing, because after several minutes I realized I was explaining all this to a perfect stranger who was giving me the oddest looks.  The kids were seated further in front of me than I realized!


At least then the show finally got going.


It was actually very exciting with lots of explosions and seaplane landing and splashing the crowd.


The girls waiting outside the bathrooms for one of many pit stops.


On our way to the lower level we took a look at the view of Hollywood.


Here you can see the studio lots.


We stopped into the museum and found the original dolls from the Coraline movie.


This was a pretty creepy movie.  Even for me!


When they're on the balcony.  


The ghosts of the children.


Here are the acrobats.  What I love about stop motion animation is that these dolls and sets exist in the real world!


The entrance to Jurassic Park park beckoned.


The lurking dino...


Lovely smile.


Once we entered the boat they said our cameras would get wet, so these are all the photos of it.  It was a great ride and I think we could've gotten more shots-  only Chloe got wet (a dinosaur kept spitting on her).


As the afternoon wore on, the crowds got bigger and bigger.


The kids begged me to bring them on "The Mummy".  Unfortunately the wait was huge and led into a dark tomb of a hallway.


Then we boarded a roller coaster in the dark, that ran forward and then backwards.  I was glad it was over so fast, but Phoebe was mad she waited so long for a 40 second ride.


On our way out of the park Naomi hopped on this scale that adds about 60 pounds to your actual weight!   Not a bad way to celebrate my 40th run around the sun!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

And the sky is gray...

   Here in Southern California we're starting to get the haze that fills the sky in May and turns into "June Gloom".  We're approaching 2 years since we stepped off the plane from South America into LAX in Los Angeles. I remember feeling stricken when I looked at the sky then and saw the haze.  We'd traveled from crystal clear skies of the Andes Mountains to the smog of L.A.


       Last weekend Phoebe and Naomi took their very first bicycle training lesson.  It was also their last, as after an hour and a half they were both tooling around the parking lot on two wheels like they'd been biking for years.  Especially Phoebe, who was having a blast.  Naomi still has some trouble starting but can bike well once she's going. Their instructor usually works with nervous adults and was amazed by how fast and fearlessly the girls learned to ride.
     Next Monday is my 40th birthday, and I'm really pissed off about it.  I was hoping I'd feel better about it but it turns out I'm not....Oh well.  At least we're celebrating by heading up to Universal Studios, Hollywood, this Saturday!!! THAT I'm excited about.  
     Feliz cinco de mayo a todos, and Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there!
"People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians, or painters, and because of them, we have a culture. If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it--people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh or Mozart."-Kurt Vonnegut

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