Apr 10

Dan Sabau Artist Profile

Our Pernod Absinthe Creator Of series continues with Dan Sabau artist, musician, renaissance man : )

Apr 10

Jon Stewart Rips Arizona

Jon Stewart on Arizona’s racists new immigration law. Very funny.

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Apr 10

Unconfirmed pics of the iPhone HD!

Rumors are spreading about what appears to be the prototype of the new iPhone 4G (or iPhone HD) that was found on the floor of a Silicon Valley bar inside of an iPhone 3G case. According to Gizmodo.com the phone belonged to an Apple engineer.  Yeah I’m a bit skeptical as to the authenticity of this story too. Apparently it has a front facing camera, and a slimmer ceramic backing instead of the curved plastic backing, and there is a flash!!!  According to Apple the new iPhone will run multiple aps, a much desired feature that will also be available on the 3Gs thank god.  The new iPhone is slated to come out this summer.  Here are the unconfirmed photos courtesy of engadget.com.  You can see the video at the website Gizmodo.com


Apr 10

Very Naughty Caligula Maximus

Walk past the Ellen Stewart Theatre on East 4th street around 7:45 – 8:00 and you can’t miss it, the real Jesus Christ nailed to a cross. This might explain why there was a full house at last nights performance of CALIGULA MAXIMUS.  Or maybe the audience found out that adult film star and Penthouse Pet Justine Joli along with a cast of stealth acrobats, bodybuilders, showgirls and freaks would be running around the stage bare naked.  Or maybe word got out that there is a scene where the cast in all their naked glory invites the audience to join them on stage.  Or maybe it was the free beer and hot peanut giveaway right before the show.  Whatever they did to pack this young, hip audience into this converted Townhouse worked.

Co-written by Alfred Preisser and Randy Weiner (owner of The Box) CALIGULA MAXIMUS stars Ryan Knowles as the campy and charismatic Caligula.  On the political incorrectness scale I give this production a 9. I had it right around 7 1/2 until they went into the Slavery is Sexy number.   I would be pissed if it wasn’t so campy.  Anyway the show wraps up on the 17th of April which gives you two days to catch it.  If last night’s crowd was any indicator good luck getting a ticket. I posted the info below along with some cool shots from the website.

Presented by La MaMa ETC, Hammerstein and Weiner, Christopher McElroen, Alfred Preisser, and Kingsize, USA, at La MaMa ETC, 66 E. Fourth St., NYC. March 19April 17. Thu. and Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 8 and 10 p.m. (212352-3101, (866811-4111, www.theatermania.com, or www.lamama.org.

Apr 10

The Reinvention of Barry McGee

Barry McGee was recently asked to re-install his work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for its 75th Anniversary retrospective. I remember back in 1999 on one of my regular flaneuring sessions I saw a crowd of folks in front of a Soho gallery gathering for a show. Upon further investigation I discovered one of the coolest exhibits I ever saw by the artist “Twist” AKA Barry McGee. This exhibit titled The Buddy System was McGee’s first New York solo show. There are few things that equal the excitement of being totally surprised by a new voice in art. Check out the video from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as well as some photos from that show I walked into back in 1999 courtesy of Deitch Projects.


Apr 10

Contessa Making Moves!

Looks like they finally coming around to the force that is Cuntmafia.   Check out Contessa’s interview and cool photos in tangentmag.com. Thanks for the New Pop shout.  She also had a feature in V Mag which I missed.  Gotta get a copy.



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Apr 10

A Walk Through Fort Greene

Here is a teaser for an upcoming full length documentary I am working on titled  A Walk Through Fort Greene co-directed by Nelson George & Diane Paragas. This documentary highlights the community of artist that resided and collaborated in Fort Greene during the 80′s & 90′s. Filmmaker Spike Lee, comic Chris Rock, actress Rosie Perez, rap star Talib Kweli, visual artist Lorna Simpson, jazzman Branford Marsalis, rock guitarist Vernon Reid, and poet/rocker Saul Williams are just a sampling of the Fort Greene artists featured in this film.

I first saw the teaser for this film on Hypebeast about a month back.  My initial thought was why wasn’t this done already? Growing up in East Flatbush Brooklyn I always held a fascination for the aesthetic beauty and the bohemian cool vibe that Fort Greene held over the rest of the borough. When I got an email from Nelson a few days after seeing the trailer asking me if I can work with them on the edit, I was thrilled to say the least.  I am a die-hard documentary junkie, and after working on this for countless hours I have to say that it has exceeded my expectations. The legendary parties by Spike Lee and Wesley Snipes, the collaborations born out of chance meetings, the then unknown artist making their first steps to iconic status, it is an incredible documentary and I can’t wait for you to see it.

My dad a NYC taxi driver for over 35 years who loves his work has a favorite quote, ‘Find something you love to do, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’  That is how I feel about working on this film. I will keep you updated on our progress and maybe with permission from Nelson post more teasers on this blog, in the meantime check out the trailer posted below.


Apr 10

Mr Brainwash ICONS

Yesterday I posted the teaser for the film “Exit Through the Gift Shop” by Bansky.  Bansky stated that this film started out as a documentary about him but he decided to turn the camera on the director Thierry Guetta because as he put it “he was actually allot more interesting than I am so the film is about him.” In the process of turning the tables on Thierry, Banksy documented the transformation of the videographer formerly known as Thierry Guetta into the art-star currently known as Mr Brainwash.  I have been a fan of Mr Brainwash for many years now. If you have been to my apartment you have probably seen the Obama Superman poster (pictured below) signed by Mr Brainwash himself. It hangs right alongside the Neckface tag I ripped from a subway ad many years ago. I’ve been lucky getting my hands on works from a couple of the more iconic artist of this generation.

Speaking of iconic, Mr Brainwash has a show titled ICONS running through the end of April. It has been a smash and I suggest you see it. I haven’t had time yet, but I will before it closes. Here is a really cool video by Jeremy Sewell documenting the show which includes a really cool interview with Mr Brainwash himself.  After seeing this video it’s hard not to love Mr Brainwash. His positive message is inspiring.  The title of his first show in L.A. said it all…



Apr 10

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Here is a preview for the much anticipated film Exit Through the Gift Shop by the worlds most reclusive artist Banksy.

“Exit Through the Gift Shop, the first film by renowned graffiti artist Banksy, became the hottest ticket at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival where it made its world debut. Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post—hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results.”

It opens April 16th in NY at The Sunshine Theatre and Lincoln Plaza