Photos by G. Various Artists.
It’s art season again! Hooray!!! New York is kicking things off with the Affordable Art Fair. Typically I am not a fan of art fairs because there is so much art to digest, but this fair is different. Because the prices are low (by art standards), you can open your heart and mind a little more easily and you can fall in love without facing financial ruin. I attended the press preview on September 9, 2015 and below are 10 of my favorite pieces that I saw (in no particular order). The variety of what you will see below is just a small preview of the many types of styles and genres that you will see at the Affordable Art Fair. You can find all the details on attending the fair, which runs from September 10 – 13, 2015 at this link, which will open in a new window.
You’ll find thousands of original paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs all under one roof, ranging from $100-$10,000, with more than half priced under $5,000! There’s something for everyone and for all price ranges, so this is the perfect occasion to start or spice up your art collection. Get your tickets here!
Maurizio Savini (made out of Bubble Tape!)
The Affordable Art Fair is located at 125 West 18th Street and the hours are as follows:
Thursday, Sept. 10, 11am – 8pm
Friday, Sept. 11, 11am – 8pm
Free admission Friday: 6-8pm
Saturday, Sept. 12, 11am – 8pm
Sunday, Sept. 13, 11am – 5pm
Photo, Video and Words by G.
Tracy Bonham (taken from According2g’s Instagram Account)
On August 28. 2015, I had a 1990s flashback! Singer Tracy Bonham performed a rare New York show at Manhattan’s Rockwood Music Hall to double as a record release party for her new album “Wax & Gold.” If you haven’t been following Tracy’s career, she’s continued making music and her latest release features all the qualities you’ve always loved about the singer/songwriter, except now, there’s even more reason to support her career, as Tracy Bonham has gone indie. Catch yourself up on her official website and enjoy an acoustic version of one of the best songs of the 1990s, “Mother Mother.”
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Photos by G. Art by FAILE (& BAST).
Faile and Bast – Deluxx Fluxx Arcade at Brooklyn Museum
Thank the lord for mind-blowing art exhibits. The Brooklyn Museum has one that is sure to make your head explode. It is by street artists FAILE (and BAST) and it’s called “Savage/Sacred Young Minds.” It consists of 3 parts: canvases by FAILE, the Deluxx Fluxx Arcade (with BAST) and Temple. I’ll quickly take you through each one.
If you live in New York, you’ve surely seen FAILE’s art on the streets (and they’ve put it up in many other cities in the world). The above picture is not a great representation, but if you look closely at their works (use Google!), there are so many things going on in each painting. Intricate phrases, imagery and other worlds exist in each work and you could spend hours looking at just one painting without getting bored.
Faile/Bast- Deluxx Fluxx Arcade
Next is the Deluxx Fluxx Arcade. A literal arcade with Faile/Bast art lining the walls, so with that alone, you could be in there for days just staring at all the millions of things going on in each work, but if there were “only” all that going on, it wouldn’t be enough. So add to that, about 30 video game machines that also feature the art of Faile/Bast that are fully playable, and rather than just being normal arcade games, they are all one of a kind games featuring their art. Once again, it would be really cool if the arcade stopped there, but alas, you go into the next room which is bathed in black light!
Deluxx Fluxx Arcade
If your head hasn’t exploded by the time you reach this room, I don’t think we can be friends!
Deluxx Fluxx Arcade
G inside Deluxx Fluxx Arcade. Photo by Gail.
So after you’ve picked your brain up off the floor from exploding, this exhibit is not done yet!
Finally, a temple in ruins, entitled “Temple,” is housed in an atrium of the museum and like everything you’ve seen in the exhibit, there’s a million things going on.
Partial view of the inside of the temple
These pictures don’t do this art justice, so make sure you head down to the Brooklyn Museum to see this amazing exhibit. FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds runs through October 4, 2015 and should not be missed! Click here for more information.
Photos by G.
Weekend Update Desk – SNL Exhibit
It’s hard to believe that the sketch comedy TV show Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th year on the air in 2015. A major retrospective exhibit was put together to honor this milestone, and naturally, it’s in New York. Entitled SNL – The Exhibition, if you have ever been a fan of the show, you are sure to get your money’s worth as you will be taken through the process of putting the show together, see all kinds of cool ephemera from the 40 years of the show as well as major set pieces and costumes of a lot of the most beloved characters.
A display case featuring many SNL commercial parodies including Super Bass O Matic and Colon Blow
Before I leave you to enjoy a lot of pictures from the exhibit, let me say that you will be reminded of the brilliance of the show and you will laugh out loud as you relive clips from some of the funniest moments of the shows illustrious history. The exhibit will take about an hour to go through it all and you are allowed to take non-flash photos of all of the items and you can even sit on the actual “Wayne’s World” set or the Weekend Update anchor desk (but they charge an extra fee for that one), plus there is a gift shop (which you exit through – ha!), so you can buy your loved ones SNL-themed merch if that floats your boat.
And now, live from According2g.com…. It’s Saturday Night… the exhibit!
SNL (Good for photo ops!)
Church Lady Costume
Dick in a Box costume
SNL Costumes including Barry Gibb costume, Matt Foley Motivational Speaker, Opera Man, Coneheads
Baby Spanx / Oops! I Crapped My Pants Adult Diapers
Eddie Murphy Buckwheat Costume – SNL Exhibit
G on the Wayne’s World Set. Photo by Gail.
Gilly Costume – SNL Exhibit
Celebrity Jeopardy Set
Cast Member Photos of the Not Ready For Prime Time Players
Layout of the hosts and musical guests for the 1993 season.
Click to enlarge so you can see the list of amazing musical guests that were on in the 1993 season. One of my only complaints of the exhibit was they were very light on the music guest ephemera. Aside from a Lady Gaga costume and mini TV screens that showed some performance highlights from each season (but positioned in a way you couldn’t really watch them for too long), there was almost nothing of the historical music performances that took place on the show.
The Opening Monologue Stage
The Control Room
Wayne and Garth Costumes – SNL Exhibit
Turd Furguson (Photo by Gail)
The Saturday Night Live exhibit is showing through the end of 2015 at 417 5th Avenue in Manhattan (between 37th and 38th Street). You can probably find cheaper tickets than the suggested price on the official website if you do a little googling. These pictures are just a sample of what is on display, so if you are an SNL fanatic, do not miss this exhibit!
Photo, Video and Words by G.
My love of Mac Demarco goes back several years, and it was delightful to see him again performing the first show of a sold out mini-tour of New York that found him playing Bowery Ballroom on August 17, 2015. As I’ve been seeing Mac Demarco live since he was virtually unknown, it warms my heart tremendously to see him selling out shows across the globe, with his fans crooning along to his love songs in admiration. Even one of his famous friends, Julian Casablancas of the Strokes, popped by on stage just to give Mac a hug.
It’s also crazy to think that Mac Demarco now has a catalog of over 40 songs to choose from for his sets, so now you will walk away from his shows thinking of all the great songs there was no time to play! However, he played the majority of his new EP “Another One” and favorites like “Salad Days,” “Cookin’ Up Something Good,” “Viceroy,” “Still Together” and his cover of “Reelin’ in The Years.” Trust me, if you don’t have all of Mac Demarco’s music, you really need to get on it. I think he is shaping up to be the voice of a generation.
If you don’t believe me, listen and watch this track that I recorded just for you, dear readers. The song is called “Just To Put Me Down?” and can be found on Mac Demarco’s latest EP, “Another One.” Love ya, Mac! May even more success be yours!