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My friend Jennifer Venditti has been an inspiration to me since our first meeting a decade ago in New York. She is one of those friends who I don’t talk to every week but when we do, the stories unfold. We have trips to documentary film festivals behind us and many a trip ahead of us I am sure. (Taos is next on the agenda.)
I met Jennifer at the time I had just started working on what would become Alabama Chanin. She had a growing casting agency and also worked on a line of clothing with our friend Molly Stern-Schlussel, called M.R.S. (More about our upcoming collaboration with Molly and M.R.S coming soon.)
Jennifer is often credited with changing the face of beauty over the last ten years, mostly due to her unerring eye and a diligence for street casting. She has transformed “unusual beauty” into mainstream beauty in a decade of work, not to mention directing and producing an award winning documentary film called Billy the Kid that speaks to what it means to be an outsider.
At one point in the film, Billy says, “I’m not black, I’m not white, I’m not foreign… I’m just different in the mind…”
It seems that everywhere I turn these days, someone is talking about or asking me to go to Burning Man. This also happened to me a decade ago when I first moved back to New York from Vienna. At that time, all of the talk I heard centered on substances consumed and not content. I found the conversations boring beyond words and the folks talking seemed to be something more than obsessed. You would say something as banal as, “What would you like for dinner tonight?” And their reply would always start, “Well, at Burning Man…” You get my drift.
This new round of Burning Man admirers are of a totally different ilk. Beautiful images, like these taken by my friend, Reyes Melendez, are emerging and at the same time, the conversations are changing.
“If so, HOW?
If not, WHY?”
- from Nam June Paik (Tate Publishing – February 1, 2011)
I love the photograph above – and thought of these questions today.
It is an incredible resource for information on the artist’s ground breaking vision.
The Museum of Electronic Wonder & Late Night Grilled Cheese Parlour is exactly as the name implies: part museum, part sandwich shop. Brainchild of Adam and Krista Bork – of Food Shark fame, this is the place for late-night gatherings in Marfa, Texas.
Open from 9:30 until “thirty minutes after the last bar closes,” the menu includes grilled cheese offerings like the Classic with Bacon and Tomato options, Brie with Spicy Cherry Chutney, and Gruyere with Brussels Sprouts and Caramelized Onion.
Originally conceived as a kitchen for the Food Shark, the museum has become an extended living room for the Bork’s – hosting locals and visiting art and music enthusiasts for late-night eats.
Why is it that small towns often have the coolest places? Every small town needs one of these.
See more pictures here.
The Museum of Electronic Wonder & Late Night Grilled Cheese Parlour
300 West San Antonio Street
The beautiful, beautiful Patty Griffin performs with Robert Plant and the Crown Vics.
Today I will require a massage (or two) at El Cosmetico.
Packing my bags this morning in Berlin to head home – and later in the week on to our events in Marfa and Austin!
Hello Etsy was amazing, inspiring, reassuring and _____ – fill in the blank as you can watch the entire conference here. I had every intention to live blog my time here but have found that I need time to process all of the great ideas that were presented. Over the next weeks – and after our Texas excursion, I will be catching up with some of the great folks we met at Hello Etsy.
Here, a few of my favorite moments from Berlin!
Gluckskind = Darling of Fortune – perhaps tagged here at the entrance to the subway as a reminder to celebrate the small moments in life.
I feel very lucky and honored to have been included in the first Hello Etsy. Thank you to everyone (Matt, Emily, and all!) for such a beautifully organized conference. I heard a rumor that this will become an annual event and I am already looking forward to the next round!