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28. Wings Exhibit
November 30, 2010, 2:07 am
Filed under: Everyday, Marketing

So the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show installed a street exhibit of wings worn in their previous shows.  If you’re on Broadway between Prince and Houston, you can’t miss them.  Magical.  I want one.


27. Tea room & the research lab
November 25, 2010, 4:26 am
Filed under: Everyday, Food

Spent the day with Virginia.  First, this tea room on the upper east side, where we shared the “Mad Hatter” – 3 scones, 2 pots of tea (jasmine and chocolate chai), 2 sandwiches (cucumber and ham-gruyere) AND chocolate mousse with chocolate chip cookies. Ridiculous. [pause] RiDICulous.

Then, I visited her lab, where – and I quote Virginia – “it’s all about the colors.” She does not lie.  Her lab IS your mental picture of a lab. Pretty pretty colors in beakers, tubes, clear hoses.  And then there’s the organizational boxes and trays and shelves housing various science-y gadgets, all of which have Virginia’s name affixed to them.  Stealers, you can’t have Virginia’s things.

Then there’s the color coding of very specific protein expressions from many single cells mapped out on Virginia’s computer.  This map is made possible by the very large flow cytometer, which shoots a laser beam through single cells to capture an image of those tiny proteins.  All in a day’s work for Virginia. Fascinating and amazing for me.

A blurry Virginia with flow cytometer. As you can see, there are instructions on how to run it. As simple as that. Hmm.

26. Why Italian Wedding Soup is good.
November 22, 2010, 11:49 pm
Filed under: Food

I have this thing for Italian Wedding Soup.  Something about putting hearty greens into a meat-happy soup. (Also, side note – I am now going through a root vegetable adoration phase, having recently discovered the joy of oil-slathered veggies blasted with extreme temperature. Yum.)

Anyhoo, back to the meat and the soup.  I saw a nice recipe on Everybody Likes Sandwiches.  It was the fennel/cayenne spice combo in the meatballs and the Parmesanrinds in the broth that got my attention.  Result: fabulous!

Here’s ELS’s soup:

Here’s mine (a bit blurry, but ya know – iphone + crappy kitchen light):

25. Super Mamika
November 19, 2010, 9:22 pm
Filed under: Media

Photo by Sacha Goldberger

After hearing that his grandma was depressed, photographer Sacha Goldberger asked if he could help.  So he asked if she’d like to don a cape and helmet and do a superhero photo shoot.  Hell. Yes. And supreme she is.

More amazing photos at My Modern Met and at this MySpace page (with more than just the superhero photos) he created for grandma Frederika, otherwise known as Super Mamika.

24. On the Wasserstein Prize kerfuffle
November 17, 2010, 5:17 pm
Filed under: Theater

It was invigorating to read last week’s fantastic write-ups and responses to the panel declining to award a Wasserstein Prize to a promising young female playwright this year.  (Even more invigorating to hear that the responses worked to great effect – they’re taking back the declination and will indeed offer an award.)

How could the prize decision-makers fail to truly recognize what kind of message that sends out?  That’s the REALLY important part. The message. I’m sure decisions are wrapped up in the details – the process of “grading” criteria, etc. And yet, when do you make the decision to re-evaluate how you evaluate at an individual’s artistic work?

I’m sure it’s complicated. After all, monetizing subjective art is tough business. (Nearly impossible.) In her NPR blog post, Callie Kimball makes such a beautiful argument about a different kind of judging criteria.  Why not fill out the full picture of the artist?  From where does she come, what ELSE does she do (’cause we’re all working out here in the world), how did she get where she is, where does she plan to go next? Being recognized with a cash prize for all of that is saying: we see you, we want you to succeed, your work is worth it. We love this art thing.

Why would you tell ANY hard-working community otherwise? You know those 19 nominees weren’t brought to the table without some chops. And if you refuse to give out the prize, you’re simply saying to the nominees – sorry, your merit is suspect, when we all know, deep down, that is simply not true.  Bottom line – no matter the complicated panel review details – declining to give a prize is disingenuous; it’s unsportsman-like conduct. We are – judges, spectators, artists – a team in this, aren’t we?

All said and done, I’m so happy this discomforting story turned, that the responses made a difference, and a playwright will soon be getting her due.

23. Time Piece
November 16, 2010, 6:28 pm
Filed under: Film

I remember a particular sadness on the day Jim Henson died.  And yet. Makes me happy to watch his short pieces from the experimental-y days. Oh, groovy circle art and elephants painted pink!