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Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde
November 18, 2012–February 25, 2013
In conjunction with the film exhibition Art Theater Guild and Japanese Underground Cinema, 1960–1986
Mickey Baker, also known as Mickey “Guitar” Baker (October 15, 1925 – November 27, 2012) was an American guitarist. He is widely held to be a critical force in the bridging of rhythm and blues and rock and roll, along with Bo Diddley, Ike Turner, and Chuck Berry.
nice interview here by NYC photog Jim Herrington.
A thought-provoking exhibition of artwork deemed, by insurance companies, no longer art.
through Dec. 20 at the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery at Columbia University
article By John Reed at Slate
Tom Waits recites “The Laughing Heart” by Charles Bukowski
A city map scattered with over 10,000 red dots: the Spatial distribution of executions in Stalin’s Moscow, a ‘database of purges of Moscow residents in 1930s-50s’ taken from data provided by The Memorial Society. Linked via an article by Daniel Sandford via the BBC News magazine.
Exploring dark energy with the world’s largest camera - Rough Cuts
Astronomers at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile hope to unlock secrets of our changing universe with the most powerful sky-mapping camera ever built. A five-year study beginning in December aims to discover some 300 million galaxies and 4,000 supernovae. (November 9, 2012)
The Arkansas-rooted professional team showed the world that women belong in basketball.
Derived from the French verb flâner, meaning “to stroll,” a flâneur is one who walks without a destination. Refined by French poet Charles Baudelaire, the idea of the flâneur as a person who travels a city on foot in order to experience it has been embraced by thinkers in fields such as photography and urban planning. Disengaged yet aware, the flâneur wanders without any purpose except to observe without interacting.
Photograph of the black board in the New York Gold Room, September 24, 1869, showing the collapse of the price of gold. Handwritten caption by James A. Garfield indicates it was used as evidence before the Committee of Banking & Currency during hearings in 1870.
In 1869, American financial speculators Jay Gould and James Fisk attempted to corner the gold market by trying to prevent the sale of government gold, which they hoped to achieve by influencing President Ulysses Grant. The plan backfired when Grant discovered the plot and released $4 million of government gold for sale. On a day that came to be known as Black Friday, the price of gold plummeted, panic ensued, and thousands were ruined—though not Gould or Fisk.
" Tim Maia would have turned 70 this Friday. The musician was a superstar in his native Brazil, but he never made it big in the U.S.—despite beginning his career here, arriving in Tarrytown, N.Y., illegally at age 17. He got deported back to Brazil after a marijuana arrest in Florida and hit it big back home a few years later. But not here.
Now David Byrne’s record label Luaka Bop is introducing him to American audiences withNobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia. The collection includes recordings from throughout the 1970s, including songs he wrote for a spiritualist group called Energia Racional, which believed that humans would eventually be saved by aliens in flying saucers who would return us to our real home. For a year Maia dressed in robes and only performed for his fellow believers…”
kinda sounds like a Brazilian Sun Ra.
Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever
If I had an extra $1,100 this would be pretty cool. It’s a great set list AND it’s on sale for the next 14 hours on ebay ! 13% off. Save $162.50 !
" SONIC YOUTH LIVE IN SLOVENIA 1985/87 EXYU CASSETTE TAPE For sale is very rare, original exYugoslavian cassette tape: SONIC YOUTH - LIVE IN LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA (5.10.1985/24.6.1987), (SKUC FORUM ZK-FV 22); Condition cassette tape cover: EXCELLENT; Condition cassette tape, visually graded: VERY GOOD (writings on both labels). “
Not to be confused with Noble Rot…it’s the Ig Noble Prizes !
SpeechJammer Earns Ig Nobel Prize
If you have ever had the desire to silence a blowhard, you need the SpeechJammer, a device that disrupts a person’s speech by playing it back with a slight delay, confusing the speaker just enough to stop talking. Its inventors were among those honored this year with Ig Nobel Prizes—a parody of the Nobel Prizes—for achievements that “first make people laugh and then make them think.” Other awardees include levitating a frog, psychologists who found that leaning to the left makes the Eiffel Tower seem smaller, physicists who devised an equation that predicts the shape of a ponytail, and a Russian company that converted old ammunition into diamonds