Encounters at Time 100 2014

Posted by The G on May 1, 2014 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Neil deGrasse Tyson and Geoffrey Dicker

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Geoffrey Dicker

A few nights ago, I had the great fortune of rubbing shoulders (read: taking photos with) some of the most influential people in the world, according to Time Magazine.  My deepest gratitude to those who took some time out from being so bad ass on the world stage to say hello to their favorite blogger, G  :)

It’s sort of bizarre to me that years ago, I wrote a letter to Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered the planet Pluto, and years later I met Neil deGrasse Tyson (see above), who disproved that Pluto is a planet.  Whoa!

Anyway, a million thanks again to these forces to be reckoned with, whose accomplishments are so massive, I am literally in awe and speechless (mark this down in the books)!  If you are unfamiliar with these people, do your homework!!!

Barbara Walters and Geoffrey Dicker 2014

Barbara Walters and Geoffrey Dicker 2014

Harvey Weinstein and Geoffrey Dicker

Harvey Weinstein and Geoffrey Dicker

Jack Dorsey and Geoffrey Dicker

Jack Dorsey and Geoffrey Dicker

John Green and Geoffrey Dicker

John Green and Geoffrey Dicker

Rupert Murdoch and Geoffrey Dicker

Rupert Murdoch and Geoffrey Dicker

Alfonso Cuaron and Geoffrey Dicker

Alfonso Cuaron and Geoffrey Dicker

Ariana Huffington and Geoffrey Dicker

Ariana Huffington and Geoffrey Dicker

Charlie Rose and Geoffrey Dicker

Charlie Rose and Geoffrey Dicker

Martha Stewart and Geoffrey Dicker

Martha Stewart and Geoffrey Dicker

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez and Geoffrey Dicker

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez and Geoffrey Dicker

How’s that for a rad photo bomb?!

Jenji Kohan and Geoffrey Dicker

Jenji Kohan and Geoffrey Dicker

Laverne Cox and Geoffrey Dicker

Laverne Cox and Geoffrey Dicker

Padma Lakshmi and Geoffrey Dicker

Padma Lakshmi and Geoffrey Dicker

Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Dicker 2014

Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Dicker 2014

Once again, WOW!!!!  Thanks a million to everyone for being so cool!

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An Encounter with Isabella Rosselini

Posted by The G on May 11, 2013 under Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

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Isabella Rosselini and Geoffrey Dicker

Isabella Rosselini and Geoffrey Dicker

I’ve always loved Isabella Rosellini.  First of all, she’s beyond gorgeous and her humanitarian efforts are fabulous!  Surprisingly, in my youth, despite meeting thousands of famous people, our paths never crossed.  It all changed this week when I met the model/actress/humanitarian!  Just from seeing her on shows like Iconoclasts where she interviews inventor David Kamen, I had a feeling Isabella Rosselini would be very nice and I am happy to report I was correct in my assumption.  Thanks again Isabella!  It was a pleasure meeting you!

Review: MS MR and Jessie Ware at Music Hall of Williamsburg

Posted by The G on April 4, 2013 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware

If Jessie Ware does not become a huge star, there is a great injustice in the world, according 2 G.  I saw Jessie Ware a few months ago and I have been listening to her debut album “Devotion” on repeat ever since.  With a voice somewhere between Whitney Houston and Sade, Jessie Ware had no problem selling out Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 3, 2013.  It didn’t hurt that Brooklyn’s own MS MR (who has sold out an upcoming headlining show at Bowery Ballroom) opened for Jessie Ware.

Ms Mr at Music Hall

Ms Mr at Music Hall

MS MR are a duo (but a 4 piece live on stage) from Brooklyn who kicked things off at 9 pm.  Their music has a magical quality to it that is sort of reminiscent of Florence and the Machine (read: they are going to be huge!).  The crowd was really into their set and the band mentioned how glad they were to be on tour with Jessie Ware and back in their hometown to boot!  Their debut album “Secondhand Rapture” will be released on May 14, 2013 and if it’s as good as their performance, we are going to be hearing a lot more about MS MR  (pronounced Miz Mister) in the months to come.

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware

When Jessie Ware hit the stage at 10 pm, she immediately had the devotion (pun intended) of the crowd as she started with the title track “Devotion” off her amazing debut album (which will be out in the USA in a few weeks).  She told stories in between songs such as her first experience eating Samoa Girl Scout cookies (and begged for forgiveness since she ate them during Pesach).  She seemed genuinely surprised that the audience knew the words to almost every song, but she said that this is one of the reasons she loves coming to the USA so much.

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware

She changed up the set list since I saw her last time and this time around included rarities such as “Valentine” and “Say It,” a Brownstone cover.  Speaking of covers, she threw in a bit of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” during the song “No To Love,” and she also did Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love.”  The rest of the songs were Jessie originals such as the epic “Wildest Moments,” “If You’re Never Gonna Move,” the new track “Imagine It Was Us,” and my favorite, “Running.”

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware is playing a sold out show at the much larger Webster Hall on April 5, 2013 and my suggestion to you is, make sure you get a ticket, no matter what!  Thanks Jessie and Ms Mr for a great night!

See the setlist after the jump.

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Prince is Street Art

Posted by The G on January 21, 2012 under Street Art | Be the First to Comment

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No Re-Entry

No Re-Entry

Well, this was at a club – but it was on the street so it counts!

Love When Doves Cry-era Prince disapproving of your behavior, don’t you?  It was obviously a sign of the times…

 

Review: A Conversation With Lindsey Buckingham at 92Y, NYC

Posted by The G on November 5, 2011 under Encounters with G, G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

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Lindsey Buckingham 92Y

Lindsey Buckingham at the 92Y in New York

Some people will always remember the 5th of November.  I’ll always remember the 4th of November, 2011.  It’s the day that I met one of my musical gods – Lindsey Buckingham.  The 92Y in New York presented an hour and a half program called “A Conversation with Lindsey Buckingham,” and it was a die-hard fan’s dream come true.  He was interviewed by Anthony DeCurtis, who is obviously a fan of Lindsey’s music, so the discussion was relaxed, open, honest and it really felt like eavesdropping into the mind of one of the biggest musical geniuses of my lifetime.  So many questions I’ve been dying to know the answers to were answered as Lindsey Buckingham talked about everything from his love for the Brian Jones era of the Rolling Stones to the creative genius and madness of Brian Wilson to the changes of the marketability of music, some of his current favorites (including Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend and Dirty Projectors), his kids listening to the music of Katy Perry to getting to and being in a place where his life is totally enriched by being a family man – which wasn’t always the case in the “glory days” of Fleetwood Mac.  He was even asked what he would have done if Fleetwood Mac didn’t happen and though Lindsey found the question to be interesting, he said it was too hard to speculate but he also reiterated the magic event of himself and Stevie Nicks getting the opportunity to become members of Fleetwood Mac and how it changed the direction their lives took.

Lindsey has a new solo album, the excellent “Seeds We Sow,” and he talked about how the album came about, as well the differences between being a solo artist and being with a super group such as Fleetwood Mac – the small machine and big machine, as he put it.  Lindsey Buckingham has clearly thought through his incredible journey and is incredibly optimistic about his outlook on life.  This conversation was very intimate and from reading recent interviews, it’s interesting to see how his words can get twisted.  For example, he prefaced rumours (pun sort of intended) of  getting back together with Fleetwood Mac and he was honest by saying, Lindsey, Stevie, Mick and John are down for it, times are being scheduled for 2012 for the Mac to get together, but also things can change because that’s just how life goes sometimes.  The press likes to turn that into definite statements.

Lindsey fans – read on – there’s info about Buckingham Nicks after the jump!

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