Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Early work by Jacques Brel showing the influence of the Catholic youth group he belonged. The freedom of Montmartre in the '60's and its appreciation of art in its streets is celebrated in this video. Yes,there once was a world that celebrated differences and creativity. Are we to be led into complacency and homogenization? You merchants on St. George Street..... Do you feel hostage to your landlord? Are you in business for the money alone? Does a beggar threaten you only by his presence? Was there a time in your life when you didn't think about the almighty dollar? Was there a time that you didn't look around for blame when your P&L is in the red? Leave your prejudices behind. The street artist is not your enemy. Are you so close to your commerce that you do not see the greatness of this small city? Take your eyes off the cash register and look around. Celebrate this City!
Monday, February 26, 2007
In 1973, sixty feet from the Cathedral Doors of the nation's oldest Catholic congregation, this film was being shown at the local movie house located on Cathedral Street where the Greek restaurant is now. Workers recently found this poster up in the attic. A little research shows us that this Rheems guy ( we are pretending that we never heard of him )was a well known porn actor who later changed his last name to Reems, joined a church, went through a 12-step program for booze, got married and settled down. He now owns Reems Real Estate in Park City, as well as the Harry Reems Athletic Club. If you would like more information on the film or the actor..................here is a link.
Our city is chock a block with history,yeah?
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
As years passed we discovered fish like Dolphin, Tuna, Pompano, Snapper and Grouper. The last one being kind of the "sandwich favorite". Nothing fancy. just a good fairly dense white meat fish that didn't hold too much oil when deep fried . Beware ow of the following story from today's San Francisco Chronicle. It starts like this :
.Madeira Beach , Fla. -- What the undercover agents ordered, over and over, was the grouper.
What wound up on their plates could stifle anyone's appetite.
The alleged grouper at 17 of 24 local restaurants sampled by the investigators was actually another, less desirable species, according to a DNA analysis conducted for the state attorney general's office and released this month. Asian catfish. Emperor. Painted sweetlips. And twice, types of fish that could not be identified. Continued Here
Thursday, February 15, 2007
On March 3, 2007, join us in reenacting Searle’s raid in Old Towne San Agustin, the site of the original attack. A 17th century-style encampment will be open to the public at the Fountain of Youth Archeological Park. Come see what life was like in 17th century Florida! Watch as grown men play with blank muskets and get buzzed on grog. More
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
Discussion of proposed Ordinance prohibiting certain outdoor activities – Mayor Boles.
We are curious? Outdoor activities? Leaf burning ?Lawn Darts? Nude Wrestling? We can hardly wait to find out what outdoor activities will be prohibited to us? Maybe this is coming?Stay tuned. Karl is sending a friend to the meeting. His concern has to do with ..........you know............relieving himself on the planters in the Plaza. He loves doing that! (sometimes on the Confederate Monument as well.....yes officer, behind the security chain!)
February 14 update: Mayor "Don´t Talk About My Mama" Boles was concerned about citizens and dogs relieving themselves #1 and #2 in the Plaza. Karl wants it known that he has a guy to pick up his ....ahem, ...stuff.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Recently the Art of Asian Calligraphy was declared art that does not have constitutional protection according to NyC officials. Is this a case of ethnocentrism? In New York City for pity's sake! They have since backed down on this bureaucratic censoring.
Events in the Plaza ( ejecting a tapestry artist) indicate that some in power in
Volume 19 Issue 36 January 19 - 25, 2007
Artists, not cops know what is art"Is calligraphy art? The N.Y.P.D. says no." We suspect our headline last week raised the eyebrows of some of our readers, who like many Americans, place a high value on the Constitution and freedom of speech. We hope the mayor, the Police and Parks Departments also were shocked to read about the consequences of their ridiculous policy.
Our article was about Xu Zi, a calligrapher who sold her work in Battery Park up until last month, when she was shown a police order giving her two choices in effect: alter her art to meet police specifications or stop selling in the park.
Was her work obscene or likely to provoke violent reactions from reasonable people? No. It was the ancient art of calligraphy which Xu Zi began learning from her grandfather when she was a girl. She was asked to leave because a Parks Enforcement Patrol officer, applying a police order, determined that Xu Zi's work was not art.
Had she drawn flowers or some other picture near the lettering, she could have stayed in the park, but she didn't like the idea of the government dictating what kind of art she could do. Our Founding Fathers worried about that kind of stuff too, which is why they wrote the Bill of Rights.
The police order is a reaction to a Supreme Court decision granting First Amendment protections to vendors who sell art. We acknowledge the need for some vendor regulations and the enormous difficulty of setting up such a system while maintaining Constitutional guarantees. That challenge however, cannot be an excuse for allowing people with guns and badges to be the final arbiter for what constitutes art, because that poses a threat to one of our bedrock principles: free expression.
Vendors have created congestion problems in Soho and some parks and a free-for-all is not a solution. But clearly artists selling their own work should not have to submit their work to police to determine whether or not it's art.
Our opinion on the art is as irrelevant as the N.Y.P.D.'s, but it is worth noting that one of the ironies of the policy is that a clear art form, traditional calligraphy, is banned while rudimentary flowers or other drawings of questionable quality with the lettering is allowed. Any rules allowing art will have to accept the good, bad and ugly as well as work that may not seem like art to all.
The police department's Operations Order # 39 must be rescinded immediately and the city's Police and Parks Departments should begin consulting with artists, community leaders, business owners, vendors and First Amendment attorneys to come up with a sensible set of rules. It would be a much smarter strategy for the city rather than waiting to lose another federal lawsuit.