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!
Photos by G. Art by Dima Drjuchin.
Vision Quest by Dima Drjuchin
I’ve been a fan of Dima Drjuchin’s art for many years and although art is subjective, I don’t see how you could not like it. In his latest exhibit, “Vision Quest,” at The Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, Dima once again will blow your mind with the fantastical worlds he creates with colors and detail that will have you saying “how does he do that?!”
These pictures (which you can enlarge by clicking on them) do not do justice to the amount of detail in each work, so I encourage you to see these in person. If you’re not a huge art fan but you are into music, you might know Dima’s art from the cover art of Father John Misty’s smash debut album “Fear Fun,” which he brilliantly designed. Dima’s art is surprisingly still reasonably priced, so if you want to own one of his works, I recommend you get on it sooner rather than later.
I spoke with Dima at the opening of “Vision Quest” and I asked him 2 of my burning questions about the creation of his works. I had mentioned that if I had the rest of my life to create paintings, I could never even come close to the brilliance of one of his smaller works, let alone the big ones, so I asked for a ball park estimate of how long it takes him to create a painting. He said that some of his smaller pieces are made in a single sitting! Whoa! Also, since there is so much going on in his works, I wanted to know if each time he looks at a painting if he starts to think of ways he could change or improve (in his eyes, not ours) the painting and he said that he has an easy time separating himself from his works and once he says it’s done, it’s done. I’ve spoken with many artists over the years who can barely even look at their own paintings because they only see flaws and things they would change if they could, so I found it interesting and inspiring that sometimes there is a definitive stopping point.
Vision Quest by Dima Drjuchin
Don’t miss “Vision Quest” by Dima Drjuchin at The Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, which is located at 235 South 1st Street and is showing until September 6, 2015.
Photos and words by G.
Boy George of Culture Club
1980s music titans Culture Club are back. They slayed New York last night, July 27, 2015, with the first of two sold out shows at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan. Here are 5 things I observed at the show:
Boy George of Culture Club
1. Culture Club have so many great songs! When I arrived at the Beacon Theatre, a DJ was spinning 1980s music remixed with modern beats, which set the mood for an incredibly good time. At the stroke of 8:30, Boy George, Mikey Craig, Roy Hay and Jon Moss, better known as Culture Club, hit the stage. A video montage of Culture Club’s highs and lows preceded the band coming out and then they pummeled the crowd with hit after hit. If you had the pleasure to be alive when these songs came out, you remember that these tracks were so massive, the radio all but played them to death. When you see songs as beloved as these performed in a large concert hall, the enthusiasm of the crowd makes you fall in love with them all over again.
Roy Hay and Boy George
Kicking off with “Church of the Poison Mind,” the entire night was a giant sing-a-long, with the audience losing its mind during classic tracks such as “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya,” “It’s a Miracle,” “Miss Me Blind,” “Time (Clock of the Heart),” “Move Away,” fan favorite “Black Money,” “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” and the song that the audience went the most bonkers over, “Karma Chameleon.” Two of Boy George’s solo hits, covers of “Everything I Own and “The Crying Game” were also played to much adulation from the crowd. David Bowie’s “Starman,” which was included on Culture Club’s first reunion album in 2001, closed out the show. But the night was not all nostalgia, Culture Club is working on a new record and 6 songs were aired, including the self reflective “Like I Used To,” “Different Man,” “Let Somebody Love You,” and their latest single “More Than Silence.”
Boy George of Culture Club
2. Culture Club’s music transports you back to a time where things were not disposable. As Boy George pointed out on stage, the world is finally starting to get its first taste of sexual equality and this was the world Boy George has wanted to create and live in since the onset of his career. When you think of how far we’ve come since Culture Club debuted in 1982, you realize how many barriers were broken down by this band. How many other bands do you know that were multi-racial, straight, had an extremely outspoken, openly gay lead singer and had crossover appeal throughout the world? Not many! Boy George has always been uncompromising in his stance on being yourself under any circumstance and not giving a fuck what anyone thinks of you. In a time where you faced much more persecution from your peers and the media for being flamboyant, out and proud than you do today, gay culture owes a huge debt of gratitude to Boy George for never backing down.
3. Culture Club shows still attract a widely diverse audience. I’ve seen the band together and Boy George solo on many occasions, and you will rarely find a more diverse crowd. Last night, you could readily find young and old people, gay, straight and of all races and that is a great thing. I think the audience had a collective realization of all these things I said after “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” was played and the ovation after the song went on for several minutes and Boy George even had to tell the audience to stop cheering because he was about to get emotional from the outpouring of love.
Roy Hay and Mikey Craig
4. Culture Club has aged really well. From the songs still sounding amazing, to the fact that the band looks great and well preserved, Culture Club may have only had a few hit albums, but they left a permanent mark in music history. Boy George famously had drug and legal problems for many years and not only was he in good shape physically, he also sounded great. His voice is a little huskier than it used to be, but he can still hit the notes and he still lets you have it with his witty onstage banter, his numerous costume changes and his “it quality” as a performer.
5. I would be remiss if I didn’t get up on my soap box to complain about the excessive amount of selfie and picture taking that went on. I am guilty of taking photos as much as the next person, but there is one slight difference – I use an actual camera (which is cheaper than an iPhone and light and compact to carry around) and I bring this up because I do not have to block other people’s views to take my pictures. What exactly are the people doing with all these photos and videos they are taking? Certainly not blogging about them for a worldwide audience to read! Cell phone photos come out much worse than camera photos. Also, they are much more obtrusive and people literally don’t seem to care at all about anyone around them, because the only way to get a photo is to hold the device over your head, which blocks the view of EVERYONE behind you. Take as many photos as you like and I don’t care if you watch the entire show through the back of your phone – but PLEASE PAY ATTENTION to your surroundings!!!!! So many times in the show, Boy George came over to our side to serenade us and his face was cock blocked by everyone around me holding up their fucking phones and even worse, their giant iPads!!! Boy George complained about this during his last solo tour and I wish he would have said something about it last night because it’s plain excessive – and it’s happening at every concert I go to, and as I go to a lot of shows, it’s starting to become a deal breaker for me.
The irony is that many of the concert goers should know better because when this music came out, it was not a digital age and we actually had to live in the moment and experience the concert. I guess some nostalgia is conveniently forgotten.
Roy Hay, Jon Moss, Mikey Craig of Culture Club
The setlist was:
Church of the Poison Mind / It’s A Miracle / I’ll Tumble 4 Ya / Let Somebody Love You / Everything I Own / Like I Used To / Move Away / Black Money / Victims / Human Zoo / Time (Clock of the Heart) / Different Man / Miss Me Blind / I Just Want To Be Loved / The Crying Game / Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? / More Than Silence
Crowd Sing-a-Long of Karma Chameleon / Runaway Train / Karma Chameleon
Boy George – He’s a star, man!