An Encounter with David Lynch + NYC Exhibit Info

Posted by The G on March 17, 2012 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by David Lynch.

David Lynch and Geoffrey Dicker

David Lynch and Geoffrey Dicker

If you’re a fan of David Lynch’s work and you live in the New York area, you will not want to miss the artist’s first solo exhibit in Manhattan since 1989!  I attended the opening night reception at the Tilton Gallery and had a really amazing experience with one of my heroes!  In addition to David Lynch’s unparalleled artistic vision, Lynch is a huge advocate of meditation.  He believes meditation strongly contributed to his success and through the David Lynch Foundation, he organized a benefit concert a few years ago to help raise money and awareness to help get a mediation program in schools.  Joining the bill were A-list stars that also attribute their success to meditation including an extremely rare performance of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on the same stage!, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Jerry Seinfeld and Howard Stern just to name a few who contributed.  The event changed my life and it’s one that I reference frequently amongst the best concerts I’ve ever been.  I was able to have some one-on-one time with David Lynch to tell him how great that evening was and also asked him to sign a couple of “Twin Peaks” items for me and could not have been more receptive and nice!  Whoa!  Moments later, the gallery whose entry line went around the block swarmed and descended on David Lynch in a scene that could have been out of one of David’s movies in terms of being extremely surreal.  Lynch posed for photos with anyone who asked, and by the time I left, it appeared that he said yes to the entire gallery!  Very very cool, according2g!

Duckman's Injury by David Lynch

Duckman's Injury by David Lynch

The exhibit features paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, and drawings and is on display at Tilton Gallery (located at 8 East 76th Street) in New York and will be showing until April 14, 2012.  Thanks again David!

A Quick Pic With Sheila E.

Posted by The G on November 3, 2011 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

Photo by G.

Sheila E and Geoffrey Dicker
Sheila E and G

Wednesday like a river!  I love Sheila E. so much!  I’ve been a fan of her music since her brilliant debut album “The Glamorous Life” was released in 1984. Her next few albums “Romance 1600,” “Sheila E. (also known as “The White Album”) and “Sex Cymbal” have been in high rotation with me for over 20 years.  In that time, I’ve seen and met Sheila E. so many times and as I am writing this, something so obvious that I’ve never thought about occurred to me – Sheila E. has NEVER let me down.  Whether you are listening to her albums, seeing her in concert or meeting her in person, Sheila E. delivers!  In concert, Sheila is one of the best musicians I’ve ever seen.  She’s so good, she can even kick Prince’s ass!  Yes.  I said it (because it’s true).  But that’s not all!  You’ve not lived unless you’ve seen a legendary percussion “battle” with her brother Peter Michael Escovedo.  Though I could stop right there, I will not.  Sheila E. is not just all great music and live performance.  She donates so much time and energy into great causes such as the Elevate Hope Foundation and as if it was not enough to be inspired by her music, her humanitarian efforts are so commendable.

I could go on and on about how much I love Sheila, but you came here to get the story behind this great picture you see above.  On Wednesday, November 2, 2011, Sheila E. tweeted that she was in New York, gave a location and a time and told her fans to stop by for a “quick pic.”  I think you know the next part of the story.  True to her word, Sheila arrived and all it took was me saying “I read your Tweets this morning” and she laughed and got in position for a “quick pic.”  How cool is that?  SO cool, according2g.  Sheila E. and The E-Family have a new album out called “Now and Forever,” and you know it’s going to be good, because like I said before – Sheila E. does not disappoint!  Find out more on Sheila E.’s official website.  Thanks again Sheila for ALWAYS being so great in every way!

An Encounter with Moby

Posted by The G on September 20, 2010 under Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

Photo taken with my hand.

Moby and G

I love Moby!  He is one of the most talented musicians around.  Whether he is DJing, making delicious electronica or playing the hell out of the electric guitar in his side project band Diamondsnake, Moby is a master of all musical disciplines.  He also gives away tons of music for free to budding film-makers and he’s involved in a lot of charitable causes.  It’s not surprising then, that Moby is extremely nice.  When I met him at a super-swanky party at the Hudson Hotel in New York, he was very cool and he even thanked me for asking for a photo!  No, Moby… Thank YOU!

An Encounter with Keanu Reeves

Posted by The G on July 30, 2010 under Encounters with G | 10 Comments to Read

Photo taken with my hand.

Keanu Reeves and G!

July 29, 2010 was a crazy day.  As the day began, I was already planning on seeing 3 bands. I was notified in the morning that a contest I’d entered won me free tickets to another band, of course – at the same time as my previous plans and on opposite sides of town.  Being the lover of music that I am, I decided to go to see all of these bands (and I made it to all events – because I am that badass!  Just look at any of these 1200+ posts in the archives of this site if you don’t believe me).

As I was on my way to the first event of the night, my horrible sense of direction finally paid off.  I walked in the complete opposite direction of where I needed to go and then suddenly I saw The One. Neo.  Keanu Reeves!  The man who has starred in one of my favorite movies of all time, The Matrix, was just standing by himself having a smoke.  Whoa!  He was extremely nice he even thanked me for asking for a photo!  Thanks so much Mr. Reeves.  When I was standing an inch from him, it completely slipped my mind to tell him that The Matrix trilogy rules so much that I’ve never thought the same way about reality since.

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An Encounter with Scooter LaForge

Posted by The G on July 24, 2010 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

Photo taken with my hand.

Scooter LaForge and G

I’ve been a big fan of artist Scooter LaForge’s work for a long time.  His paintings and limited edition T-shirts are so cool.  You can see a very nice array of his work on his official website (link is above).  Additionally, you can catch some of his designs in the flesh at the T Minus 20 exhibit at the Christopher Henry Gallery (which runs through August 1, 2010).  You can purchase some of Scooter’s awesome shirts at the online Ignite Store as well.  Through the magic of the internet, I was able to reach out to him personally and gush about his wonderful work.  I kept all my feelings about what a hottie he is to myself. Did I just say that out loud?  Oops!  As it seems we have been running in similar social circles, I was trying to coordinate a coincidental random encounter.  As luck would have it, planning something was not necessary as we ran into each other at a screening of the new and great documentary on Jean-Michel Basquiat, The Radiant Child.  We chatted for just a few moments, and as I expected, Scooter was super cool.  Due to the timing of the movie, (he was walking in, I was walking out), we didn’t get to talk for very long, but I am sure this is the first of many more encounters to come.  Thanks again Scooter for being so cool and I hope to see you again!

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