November 19, 2013 |
Here's something to celebrate for New Year's Day 2013: The city of L.A. is finally banning plastic bags . Goodbye, and high time too, to those wispy, blow-away plastic bags that wind up in all the wrong places, from treetops to sea turtles' bellies. Happily, the trope that is “paper or plastic?” will become as meaningless as “23 skidoo.” But dear city fathers (and our one city mother, there being only one female elected official in City Hall), can we please, please, not blow this fantastic marketing opportunity and wind up looking lame once again?
October 15, 2013 |
Where's Waldo? How about where's Banksy? The anonymous British street artist has been playing hide and seek with New Yorkers (and the media) this month as part of his month-long "residency" in Gotham. Do serious art lovers care enough to follow the hype? Does it matter? On Tuesday, Banksy posted on his website (and social-media channels) his latest presumed work: a miniature tribute to the Twin Towers on the streets of Tribeca. The outdoor stencil depicts the dark silhouettes of the World Trade Center buildings against the New York skyline.
October 14, 2013 |
No matter what opinions you have of Banksy, the anonymous British graffiti artist whose monthlong "residency" on the streets of New York has drawn crowds of curious onlookers, it would be hard to deny his skills as an art-world publicity machine. Stoking public interest and the eager media with daily updates, he (or it) has made online self-promotion an artistic tool alongside his spray paints and stencils. Anything Banksy claims must be taken with a degree of skepticism, given the secrecy surrounding the artist's identity.
June 21, 2013 |
“Hey, that was my idea!” is a complaint that's so 2012. “It was my idea to steal that idea!” is more of the moment -- particularly if that moment is next Saturday. Josh Mintz, lead singer of the band Friend Slash Lover, will host an evening of art and music on June 29 -- called “It Was My Idea to Steal That Idea” -- at the massive, 6,000-square-foot “art lab” Nomad Art Compound. The event is also a release party for the indie rock band's new single, “Hellthy,” and one of the DJs is none other than street artist Shepard Fairey, who will be spinning under the name “DJ Diabetic.” “The whole show is based on these quickie phrases that have layers of meaning,” Mintz told Culture Monster.
May 25, 2013
Our favorite gift shop is in the heart of Tremezzo, Italy, on Lake Como. Items include custom jewelry made by the owner and handbags by her mother. There's also a selection of Murano glass. Nice selection and moderate prices. Fleur de Lis, 4a Via Portici Sampietro,Tremezzo; 011-39-0344-41212. Jade Kemble Rancho Bernardo
March 28, 2013 |
The gift shop at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky., has voluntarily recalled five condiment sauces due to mislabeling and undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to wheat, soy, anchovy or milk risk serious or even life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. No adverse reactions or illnesses have been reported. The receall applies to the following products sold under the Buffalo Trace Distillery brand name: --Bourbon Flavored Caramel Sauce, 8-ounce jar, UPC 795436001058, best buy date 2/16/14.