Friday, October 31, 2008

SPAIN: Alphabet Killer & Film Festival Premiere

We are in Spain because we were invited to have Alphabet Killer open the San Sebastian Horror Film Festival.

Tonight I got invited to be on stage before the film. I wish I had brought my camera with me and photographed the audience instead of getting photographed because it was quite a sight. The Spanish audience is very vocal and funny.

I'm also including photos of the aquarium, and a filmed interview which the girls attended as well.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

SPAIN: San Sebastian Day Two

On day two Rob had to go to a press conference. I was invited to join the press conference but I had to jump in an out to wrangle my little boss Maya. Also I got to be in the press photos too.

At lunch I let Lula use my camera.

SPAIN: San Sebastian Night One

San Sebastian is beautiful. We're staying in Hotel de Londres on the beach with a beautiful view of the ocean.

We went out to dinner and dined with Tomoo Haraguchi, Director/Special Effects specialist. He does the special effects for a majority of Japanese movies including all of Takeshi Kitano who directed Hanabi, Sonatine and many others. He has a tatoo on his head which I will have to photograph. So dinner was a confusin mix of Spanish, English and Japanese. In San Sebastian the tapas are called Pintxos which sounds like Pinchos. Everything is delicious. Maya was awake at 1am when we came home and refused to go to sleep until after 2:30am.


We had a five hour stop-over in Frankfurt so we used it to go in to town for lunch.

During that time we saw a man with a great moustache on the train, a hot dog seller carrying his own kiosk and a man collecting money with his miniature horse.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


I've recently seen:
Man On Wire-exhilarating and slow
Rachel Getting Married - fresh
Nick & Norah's Playlist -cute
Ashes of Time - pomp and artifice, I walked out
Burning After Reading - fun (coen brothers went to simon's rock)

Friday, October 17, 2008

NYC: Thank You Agent Provacateur

On our block is a lingerie shop called Agent Provacateur. They alway have very racy window displays. Last month it was two gals playing tennis. This month the fake grass was out on the street in two garbage bags. So we've acquired it and put it to much more modest use. I'm absolutely thrilled to have a little bit of green in the apartment.

NYC: The New Museum from the outside

NYC: Bath-time

NYC: The Outsiders

I went back to the gallery on Bowery south of Houston called The Outsiders to check out the art downstairs. I like how Lula & Maya see the positive in art and are completely unaware of the irony, subversiveness and pessimism.

They were very excited about Grover, Bert and Mickey Mouse.

Separately I was talking about outsider art and Lula pointed up to the side of the building to point to outsider art.

NYC: Art Outing

Each week Rob & I take one girl each on a date. This week I took Lula to the Earth Room, a loft filled with several feet of earth and maintained with regular watering for the last 30 years. There is also a full-time staff member assigned to sit in the gallery next to the Earth Room. Lula wanted to know if there were worms in it. There used to be but they ran out of organisms to eat. It's located on Wooster street between Houston and Prince - the back windows facing our old loft on West Broadway. Were we still living there in '77? Dad do you remember the Earth Room?

After the Earth Room, we went to the Deitch Projects Gallery on Wooster between Grand and Canal exhibiting Totalities by Chris Johanson.

Lula & I walked around, up the ramp, through the structure with a rotating wooden shape in the middle of painting on stands, then around and up some stairs to another ramp, more paintings a bunch of chairs and more paintings in another room. While it was fun to walk around the art I would have liked to see something more organic and tied into the theme. The art didn't seem to have much to do with the layout and could have been any paintings at all.

Across the street is a possibly commissioned art piece written about in the New York Times.

NYC: Chinatown - Sea Food

Maya likes to look at the sea life in Chinatown.

NYC: Bowery & Houston Gallery

This place is interesting - its a gallery with a garage door opening and lots of subversive art.

NYC: Part Time Job

Without giving me a chance to say no, this guy asked me to watch his cart for me. If he only knew how many hot dogs I ate...