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Haiku 2014-02-20

In Art, Cultural Musings, Food and Wine, This Morning's Tea on February 21, 2014 at 2:59 am
#Rose #Saffron #Chai

Rose Saffron Chai

Saffron brown chai moon

rising in tea cup orbit

Mesmerizes me

A Sunset Supreme

In Art on December 28, 2013 at 1:19 am
dramatic sunset

A Sunset Supreme


Sunset, December 27, 2013

Yes, it’s Miles worthy.

What is Art?

In Art, This Evening's Movie on August 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

The Horsemen: Capturing the Graceful Spectacle of Andalusia’s La Saca de las Yeguas

The Horsemen by Glen Milner

Being spellbound in the spur of the moment.

For me one of the defining elements of art: When a topic previously of little interest is revealed in such a way that I drop all other thoughts and offer all of my attention to the work before my eyes.

Exactly this happened this morning in a three-minute clip from the documentary The Horsemen by Glen Milner. NOWNESS opened the curtain on this for me. Is the definition of a movie trailer That which leaves trails of interest that lead you to the referenced work?

Fashion History Connected by One Running Thread

In Art on July 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Brilliant, simple (the very best combo) graphic time line of fashion history. Watch it weave together right before your eyes in moments on one of my favorite cultural sites, Nowness.


Suzy Menkes


A Luxury Timeline by Christian Borstrlap


On the Sublime: Sigur Ros

In Art, The Bay Lights on April 11, 2013 at 4:39 am
The Bay Lights - screen-shot-2013-04-10-at-9-33-21

The Bay Lights – screen-shot-2013-04-10-at-9-33-21

(not sure what the new blue business is right center)

Soundtrack: Sigur Ros’ Havarf- Heim

Ok, so I’m jaded. Jaded by the sights and sounds of Sigur Ros, and the fact that I will be in their atmospheric, misty midst in a mere six days. My show is stopped, my breath taken, and my belief in the universe as limitless is confirmed. Listen: Samskeyti segued into Staralfur. Damned if I’ve ever heard–or seen–anything more sublime. Psst to Sigur Ros: Catch The Bay Lights when you’re in the Bay Area April 15-16.

Earring in Abstraction

In Art on April 10, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Earring in Abstraction

Earring in Abstraction

Heaven is in the Humble

In Art, Cultural Musings, The Bay Lights on April 3, 2013 at 4:08 am

The Bay Lights screen shot 2013-04-02 at 8:07.42 PM

Soundtrack: Mercedes Bahleda’s Domine Fil Unigenite. I hear–and feel–Heaven every time this plays. (Thanks, Erich Schiffmann, for introducing me to her music.) When I recommended it today to a fellow “lover of the gloaming” blogger, I just about did a cartoon slapping of my hand to my forehead: Now, this is the perfect accompaniment to The Bay Lights.

When the lights came on to Domine this evening I saw Heaven in their shimmer. They flicker like candle glow. Bahleda makes The Lights a Heaven. And on such a pedestrian (I know, I know) thing as a bridge for cars…for Heaven’s sake.


The Bay Lights: Homage to Warhol and Picasso

In Art, The Bay Lights, This Evening's Movie on March 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm
--The Bay Lights screen shot 2013-03-28 at 8.20

–The Bay Lights screen shot 2013-03-28 at 8.20

Soundtrack: Bach’s Goldberg Variations.  Tonight’s The Bay Lights are a ripple of Warhol’s film The Empire State Building wrapped in Picasso’s Blue Period.

Fireflies Spotted in San Francisco!

In Art, The Bay Lights on March 27, 2013 at 5:05 am

The Bay Lights, full moon

Soundtrack: Julianna Barwick’s Vow. Fireflies, or lightning bugs, are beetles. My tidbit of a research tells me they aren’t west of the Rockies. They don’t live anywhere near San Francisco (though Utah lays a claim).

So while I’m crazy about living in Sonoma, in the north Bay, I miss these bugs. The perennial, crepuscular Celeoptera. Stilted, I know, but they provoke the laudatory.

I used to live east of the Rockies, most recently in Greensboro, NC, where I had nightly meditations on their light effects. Each year, early June, I’d sit in the courtyard of my apartment building, and wait for the first sighting of the year, kinda like waiting for the first snowfall. Just as magical each year, no matter how many times I’d seen them. The anticipation of the known only added allure. It was sometime during my first summer of evening viewings that I noticed an operational detail: they don’t just start lighting up the sky once dusk settles in, they slowly, dopily, rise up from the ground. Make that: they waft up. They are wafters.

Here’s where the “Fireflies spotted in San Francisco!” comes in. I’ve been watching the live cam of The Bay Lights “no two patterns ever repeat” light display for a couple of weeks now. I get kind of mesmerized by the way the lights play of lights across the span of the bridge, and I’d already noted their ascent and descent. Here’s the thing: tonight I noticed that at times the LED lights…waft up. Like…fireflies.

The full moon didn’t exactly put any dents in the experience.

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Waking from Black White and Grey

In Art on March 26, 2013 at 2:43 am

Screen shot 2013-03-25 at 8.46.21 AM


Soundtrack: Gregory Cain’s The Waking. “The Waking” is a track from Gregory Cain’s soon to-be-released recording Black White and Grey. It is also an incredibly apt subtitle for this morning’s viewing of The Bay Bridge–no lights.

I’ve been capturing screen shots at all hours from the live cam trained on the Bay Bridge, ala Andy Warhol. This shot is from 8:46 a.m., March 25 2013. I was just waking. The live cam feed was in black, white, and grey… Synchronistically I chose this viewing to listen to Cain…and randomly (really?) selected this track…The Waking…from Black White and Grey…

I don’t need to say any more than this: Cain’s piece sounds (to me) exactly like the way this shot feels. Picture Perfect Pitch.

But hear for yourself.