MARDI GRAS INDIANS ARE BACK ~ The Washington Post

NEW ORLEANS — Since he was a teenager, Monk Boudreaux has been donning a Technicolor suit of beads and feathers and taking to the streets as a Mardi Gras Indian, shaking a tambourine and singing songs that have made him famous well beyond the streets of his Uptown neighborhood.

Boudreaux, 80, is big chief of the Golden Eagles, one of an estimated three dozen “tribes” of Black men and women across New Orleans who emerge every spring to show off their elaborate creations in a series of parades. It’s a tradition that dates back more than a century to when segregation barred Black residents from participating in the city’s parades.

“Nothing has stopped us, not even Katrina,” said Boudreaux, an elder of the tribes who is credited as one of the first Mardi Gras Indians to record music. His decade-spanning career has taken him around the world and earned him a Grammy nomination this year.

Monk Boudreaux, big chief of the Golden Eagles in New Orleans.

Members of the groups — also known as Black-masking Indians — design and sew their own elaborately beaded suits, which alternately pay homage to Native Americans who helped protect runaway slaves and celebrate African culture. The suits include patch-like elements sewn with thousands of tiny beads depicting historical figures and scenes, as well as intricate headdresses sewn with colorful plumes of feathers.

Even with round-the-clock sewing, many suits take upward of a year to create, a costly labor of devotion that has kept going despite all the challenges faced by New Orleans’ citizens.

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.’The Sideways Effect’: How A Wine-Obsessed Film Reshaped The Industry ~ GREAT FILM!! A CULT CLASSIC … NPR

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In the film Sideways, which earned an Academy Award in 2005 for Best Adapted Screenplay and boosted the careers of Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh, those descriptive words aptly captured the character of angst-ridden, wine-obsessed protagonist Miles Raymond, played with self-flagellating glee by Paul Giamatti.

The same words also tell the story of an equally important, but liquid, character in the film: pinot noir. A dozen years later, pinot noir has become a mainstay of the California wine industry, and winemakers credit the film with bringing deserved attention to the varietal, calling it “The Sideways Effect.”

“Pinot noir production in California has increased roughly 170 percent since Sideways was released,” says wine industry analyst Gabriel Froymovich of Vineyard Financial Associates, noting that total wine production has increased 7-8 percent during the same time. “I think people who were into wine saw the passion for pinot noir in the movie, decided to explore that variety a bit, and realized how lovely a wine that grape makes.”

The Sideways Effect is generally credited with depressing the market for merlot wine, based on a memorable line from the movie when Miles colorfully proclaims his disdain for the wine — the back story is that his ex-wife liked merlot — declaring, “No, if anyone orders merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any fucking merlot!”

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~ Bill Kees Tribute at Mountainfilm ~

Brings back memories of the early days of MF… not so many films back then so everyone was out climbing, skiing and heading down the Dolores. And Bill Kees was leading the charge … Mike Friedman

Street scenes ~ Lisa in NYC

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find the window washers

tom otterness

about the sculptures:

Another famous piece Life Underground (2004), inside the 14th Street-Eighth Avenue Station in New York, depicts small bronze figures engaged in various tasks. His cartoonish bronze figures have political undertones, often alluding to issues of money, sex, and class. “It’s a simple language; it’s a cartoon language; it’s smiley, button faces,” the artist said. “People aren’t thrown off by a language they don’t understand.”

more street inspiration

Basquait

little island

Crédito total, Lisa Issenberg

ONE OF THE BIGGEST BANKSY EXHIBITS EVER IS OPENING IN NYC ~ TimeOut

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Banksy
Photograph: Courtesy of MetaMorfosi NY’Love is in the Air’ by Banksy

“Banksy Building Castles in the Sky” is opening at 250 Bowery on May 28.

Written by Anna Rahmanan

May 10 2022

Perhaps the most elusive artist in history is getting the New York treatment. “Banksy Building Castles in the Sky,” one of the biggest exhibits featuring original works by the contemporary artist, is opening on May 28 at the former International Center of Photography Museum at 250 Bowery Street.

According to an official press release, the show “is based on the results of an independent interdisciplinary academic research project about Banksy with a museum-style layout and will feature over 120 original artworks through an intellectual immersive journey into the mind of the artist.” 

The pieces that will be on display through September 5 were procured from privately owned collections and they include some of Banksy’s most iconic works like Girl with BalloonGangsta RatRubber DuckyLove is in the Air (Flower Thrower)Bomb Hugger, Toxic MaryFamily Target and Mickey Snake.

“Banksy continues to push boundaries and question the morals of society with his ironic, iconic and irreverent style,” said Stefano Antonelli and Gianluca Marziani, curators of the exhibition, in an official statement about the display. “His identity makes up only a small fraction of the mystery, as his work is truly the metaphorical iceberg that penetrates deep into the core of humanity, his work of which only scratches the surface.”

Although Banksy himself is not involved in the exhibition, the upcoming show clearly stands out from others about him, including the immersive street art exhibit, “Banksy Expo: Genius or Vandal?” that was mounted near Union Square a few months back. 

According to the showrunners, in fact, “Banksy Building Castles in the Sky” is a collection of originaland authenticated pieces that seek to offer “a museum and academic interpretation of Banksy.” To drive the point home, the exhibit will be accompanied by a catalog filled with in-depth understandings and analyses of the Bristol-born artist’s works.

Check out some of the pieces that will be on display below:

'Bomb Hugger' by Banksy
Photograph: Dario Lasagni
'Family Target' by Banksy
Photograph: Courtesy of MetaMorfosi NY
Banksy
Photograph: Courtesy of MetaMorfosi NY’Gangsta Rat’ by Banksy
'Rubber Duck' by Banksy
Photograph: Dario Lasagni
Banksy
Photograph: Courtesy of MetaMorfosi NY’Toxic Mary’ by Banksy