A Night At Kostabi World + Upcoming Live Show

Posted by The G on May 19, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | 2 Comments to Read

Photos by G (except where noted).  All art by Mark Kostabi.

Mark Kostabi

Last night, I had the great fortune of meeting artist Mark Kostabi.  When we spoke, he mentioned that he’d be playing a free gig tonight at his own Kostabi World studio in Chelsea.  The gig was a warm up for a show that he and his band, The Mark Kostabi Group are playing at Iridium Jazz Club in Manhattan on May 26, 2011.  What follows next is the story of an evening of epic proportions.   The night is May 18, 2011.  It’s pouring rain.  I started off my evening with an extremely negative encounter meeting RuPaul at an in-store appearance.  More to come on that story, so stay tuned.  Undaunted by the night’s events and the terrible weather, I made it to Kostabi World (located at 514 West 24th Street) at the stroke of 8 pm when The Mark Kostabi Group began playing.  Kostabi World, if you’ve never been inside, is amazing.  It’s filled with Mark Kostabi’s art and there are paintings, paint supplies and books everywhere, yet all organized in an extremely creative and inviting environment.

Inside Kostabi World!

Towards the back of the studio space, you find the set where Mark Kostabi’s TV Show, The Kostabi Show is filmed.  The band played there in front of an intimate crowd of around 100 people with dark lighting to get the audience in the mood for some great music.  Right before the set, an announcement was made that we were encouraged to hang out at Kostabi World after the show was over for food and drinks.  To thank us all for coming, we were all given a free CD of The Mark Kostabi Group’s new album “The Spectre of Modernism” which has just been released!

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New Year’s Eve in Times Square

Posted by The G on January 1, 2010 under G Reviews | Comments are off for this article

All photos by G.

Times Square about an hour before the ball dropped.

I am so blessed to go to so many great events and last night, I opened a new decade at the best party on the planet.  I was in the Good Morning America studio in Times Square in New York to usher in 2010.  Instead of having to deal with the cold, the rain and the crowds, we got to stay inside the studio where it was warm and we had a little section outside (less than half a block from where the ball drops) that was reserved just for our group.  Free food, free cocktails and party favors were flowing.  It was truly one of the coolest experiences I’ve had in recent memory.  We also got to watch Jennifer Lopez rehearsing for her performance on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve special.  Enjoy some pix after the jump, and have a very happy New Year!  This is going to be the best decade ever!  What are your new year’s resolutions?  Let me know.  Free speech is one of the only liberties we have left, so let your voices be heard!

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