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Happy Halloween, Queen!

Just wanted to let y’all know that my favorite queen from this season of RuPaul‘s Drag Race, Sharon Needles, won!!!  She’s not just an amazing queen, she’s a freak, like me, who loves gothy, nerdy, scary, freaky things.  I’m super thrilled that she won, because she’s super fantastic!

I’m still recovering from Art Walk (which was great!), but I promise I’ll get back to telling you about my trip to NYC soon!

Durham Art Walk

Hey guys.  So the reason I’ve been so busy at work?  I’m planning the Durham Art Walk, which is this weekend!  10-5 on Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday and if you live in the area you absolutely must come!  I’ll be at the Durham Arts Council most of time, but there are tons of great events all over downtown Durham!  So check out the website and come to downtown, and stop by the DAC and say hi, I’ll be the freckled girl trying not to panic!

I’ll post more about my NYC trip next week, I promise!  In the meantime, I hope y’all have a great weekend!

36 Hours in New York City: Museum of Modern Art

So, I have a friend who works in the film archives at MoMA and, bless her, she done got Jon and me free tickets to the museum!  Huzzah, thanks friend!

Check out this crazy sculpture that was in the sculpture garden!

Okay so that happened.  Also, this candy installation by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, you could take the candy, it is always replenished, he was such a nut job y’all (hurrrrrr).

Also this hilarious plaque, which I think was by Barbara Krueger?  I might be wrong. I don’t remember.  SOMEONE CORRECT ME IF THEY KNOW, thanks.

Buuutttt the main reason we went to MoMA was for the Cindy Sherman exhibit.  I’m a fan of Cindy Sherman.  I like how she does everything herself: makeup, sets, costumes, taking the photos, etc.  I like how she demonstrates the transformative power of makeup and wigs and fashion, which I am totally into because MAKEUP AND COSTUMES ARE AMAZING.   I like her sense of humor.  The exhibit is pretty great, I recommend checking it out.  Here are a few images from the show, all taken from MoMA’s website.

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A Day Trip to Greensboro

Hey guys.  I know, I’ve been gone.  Work is really busy.  Like, really busy.  We have two giant events this week, and then our Spring Art Walk the weekend after this one, and I am mega-planning and organizing all of it and, yeah.  Also my entire family was here for Passover and then I went to New York City this past weekend.  AND I AM TOTALLY GOING TO TELL YOU ALL ABOUT THAT.  But first, I’m going to go waaaaay back to the last Saturday in March, when Jon and I took a day trip to downtown Greensboro!

My awesome friend Heather Gordon was part of a group show at the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art.  The show closed April 1st and, of course, we waited until March 31st to go to Greensboro to see it.  Hey, at least we went!  Anyways, I’ve been living in North Carolina for over four years and I’ve never been to Greensboro, which is ridiculous because it is only an hour away.  So I figured we’d take this opportunity to explore downtown Greensboro.

We spent most of our time around Elm Street (see convenient street sign).  We got there around lunch time, so we had some lunch at Natty Greene’s Pub & Brewing Co.   I had a mediocre caesar salad and Jon had some kind of a wrap but we split some home made potato chips and those things were awesome and delicious.

We then headed down to Green Hill to see the show, which was called Word Maps.  It featured the work of four artists, all of whom do things with codes and languages and what not.  Here are lots of pictures of some art and the installation, it was a gorgeous gallery so I took a lot of photos. Oh also Heather had some work based on the game Parcheesi, which I have never played, but that is why a bunch of the pictures are of games and stuff.

Okay so all of that stuff above is by Heather, who is awesome.  The stuff below is by Vicky Essig, Paul Rousso, and Merrill Shatzman, respectively.  There aren’t a lot of photos, so you can chill.

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Things I Learned Watching Jurassic Park on the Big Screen, Part 1

A few weeks ago I went to the Carolina Theatre for a special double feature organized by the Retrofantasma Film Series to benefit the Nevermore Film Festival.  (So many things!) The films shown were Close Encounters of the Third Kind (doo doo doo doo doooooo) and Jurassic Park.  And it was really fun!

I haven’t seen Jurassic Park on the big screen since it came out way back in the 90s, and though I have watched it a bazillion times since, it is always interesting to be in a movie theater and to hear the audience’s reactions.  I learned some things about Jurassic Park, on this night.

For instance, some people find this hilarious:

Oddly, Jeff Goldblum, tanned, open-shirted, reclining like some Roman senator at a feast, isn’t something that I ever found notable when watching the film alone, on my couch, every Saturday night on Spike/USA/TNT.  But when you watch it in a giant theater, people start laughing when this scene happens.  So yeah, it is totally hilarious.  I never noticed that before!

You learn something new every day.

(P.S. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY GUYS!  Consider shirtless Jeff Goldblum my gift to you, I LOVE YOU ALL!)