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Chelsea Clinton and Lily Cole
On March 19, 2014, Chelsea Clinton and model/actress Lily Cole discussed Lily’s new app “Impossible” at the Apple Store in SoHo, New York. Despite the negative connotation with the title of the app, “Impossible” seeks to help connect people to find others out there with the same interests, connect people to make their impossible dreams come true (sort of like how Craig’s List offers services) and also just gives a space for people to just show their gratitude.
The information presented was quite awesome. It gives you the feeling that there can be an self-moderated online community that seeks positivity instead of whining and bitching about all that is wrong with the world. It also seems to present an alternative to the time wasting and ever-present negativity that you find on Facebook and Twitter.
On a personal note, I’ve fallen for celebrity/politician bullshit many times in the past where you see them speak (either on TV or in real life, for me mostly in real life) and they seem to be such pleasant people, but once the cameras are off and they have the chance to really ‘put their money where their mouth is’ so to speak, you see a different side of them completely. Lily and Chelsea Clinton spent a good amount of time talking about giving gratitude and being thankful for all their blessings and moments after the talk, Clinton showed her
gratitude true colors by having ZERO intention of stopping to talk to the couple of fans that were interested in meeting her. What happened to all that gratitude she just mentioned? Hmmmm….. The moral of the story: NEVER TRUST A POLITICIAN. I’m grateful that I never have and I never will. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
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School of Seven Bells (Benjamin Curtis on the left)
Alejandra Deheza from School of Seven Bells recently announced that her band mate Benjamin Curtis is suffering from lymphoma. The good news is that since it was detected early, his condition is treatable. The bad news is that since the healthcare system in the USA is so backwards, medical bills can be financially crippling. Benjamin Curtis has launched Support Benjamin Curtis Dot Com (Link will open in a new window) so if you are fan of his or just want to donate money to a good cause, you can help donate to his medical fund. Every little bit helps! Please spread the word! We wish Benjamin a very speedy recovery!
Photos by G. Art by BluDog10003.
BluKiss by BluDog10003
New York’s favorite canine street artist BluDog10003 has launched his website!
Bark up the right tree and stay connected to the latest and greatest from BluDog10003. And for the Chicagoans (is that even a word) in the house, BluDog10003 will be participating in a group show called “Stuck Up” which features stickers from the last four decades. The roster includes BluDog10003, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, KAWS, Space Invader and many more great artists! Details can be seen here! The show runs from January 20 – March 3, 2012 at Maxwell Collette.
Photos and photos of Terry Richardson’s photos by G.
Mom and Dad by Terry Richardson. Now showing at Half Gallery in New York through December 4, 2011
Ever wondered what Terry Richardson’s family album might look like? Wonder no more. His exhibit “Mom and Dad” at Half Gallery in New York is here! The photos are taken from a 2-volume coffee table book that was published earlier this year. The photos could only be Terry Richardson’s parents as the artsy photos range from touching portraits to desperate times. Terry’s parents divorced when he was young and his father has since passed on so this was Terry’s way of bringing his folks back together – even if only for the duration of an exhibit.
The opening night reception (on 11/11/11) was quite a scene and I spotted former REM singer Michael Stipe in the crowd.
Michael Stipe at "Mom and Dad" by Terry Richardson
And of course, Terry Richardson was also in attendance. As always, he’s a really cool guy. In other Terry Richardson news, Terry and Lady Gaga are releasing a collaborative book and they are going to be signing copies at the New Museum in New York on November 22, 2011. You have to purchase the book in person on November 15, 2011 beginning at 10 am. That’s going to be quite a scene. Find out more details on the New Museum’s website.
Terry Richardson and Geoffrey Dicker
Thanks Terry! Love you, man! “Mom and Dad” by Terry Richardson is showing at the Half Gallery (located at 208 Forsyth) in Manhattan until December 4, 2011.
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October 20, 2011 was a night I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time. It was the night Nile Rodgers stopped by Barnes and Noble in Union Square in Manhattan to discuss and sign copies of his autobiography “Le Freak – An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny.” It’s pretty safe to say that anyone who has ever heard pop music likes at least one song he’s written or produced. His list of accomplishments is astounding and he’s worked with the likes of everyone from Madonna to David Bowie to Diana Ross and of course, in his own band Chic. He’s responsible for some of the hottest disco tracks (like “Good Times” and “Le Freak”) that will be club favorites for as long as clubs exist on this planet. Nile Rodgers discussed his autobiography “Le Freak” with cultural critic Toure’ and I can already tell it’s going to be impossible to put it down. Nile told the stories behind songs such as “Good Times” which was written about not getting in at Studio 54 despite a personal invitation from Grace Jones, “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross and he talked about being heavily influenced musically and stylistically by Roxy Music and Kiss! He also mentioned meeting his Chic partner in groove, Bernard Edwards, how they became musical soul-mates and how the band came to be called Chic. These stories are all in the book and it’s really great to get the back stories on these historical moments in music.
Nile Rodgers was diagnosed with cancer last year and he’s had some ups and downs with his health. He told the packed house that he’s currently waiting for the results of some tests he’s taken recently, so please send Nile your positive thoughts. One thing is for sure, Nile is not slowing down at all and his enthusiasm and gratitude is as infectious as the grooves he’s created – past, present and future. There was a lot of love in the room tonight and it was clear that we did not want the hour long discussion to end. After the discussion, Nile signed copies of “Le Freak,” and he was really taking the time to make sure everyone at the signing/discussion/party was having a great time. Not only is he a musical genius and a legend, he’s also a really nice guy! I am so thankful for all the great music you’ve given myself and the world and all of our lives are better because of it. Thanks Nile. You are truly an inspiration!
Toure' and Nile Rodgers
“Le Freak” by Nile Rodgers is out now. Don’t even think about not getting it!