Monday, November 30, 2009

Tiger Woods is the new Chris Brown.
Fan the flame.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Movie for Jeanne-Claude
The Best
Paul Bowels fighting a snake with a barbie crotch.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Man to stand trial in death of puppy
A Bridgeville man will stand trial on charges that he kicked a 13-week-old puppy to death Nov. 22 because the animal misbehaved as he got ready to watch a football game on TV.
William Woodson, right, hides his face as a constable puts him in a car for the trip back to the Allegheny County Jail after his hearing yesterday on charges he killed his girlfriend's puppy.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Note found in LeRoy's Archive
For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn’t there
On view until January 3, 2010 the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents its most ambitious group show since its grand opening six years ago. Curated by Anthony Huberman, For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn’t there starts with the premise that art is not a code that needs cracking. Celebrating the experience of not-knowing and unlearning, the artists in this exhibition understand the world in speculative terms, eager to keep art separate from explanation. Embracing a spirit of curiosity, this show is dedicated to the playfulness of being in the dark. Nashashibi/Skaer (Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer) contribute their 16mm film Flash in the Metropolitan (2006), whereby the artists wander through the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the lights off, using a strobe light to briefly illuminate portions of small sculptural statues and vessels, as if the long story of the Metropolitan was reduced to a series of short poetic haikus.-Daily Server

beyonce and Lady Gaga
Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull

Friday, November 20, 2009

Nikhil Chopra in Yog Raj: Memory Drawings IX at the New MuseumNikhil Chopra in Yog Raj: Memory Drawings IX at the New Museum Day 5: Yog Raj Chitrakar begins a dramatic transformation on the final night of his week-long performance.Nikhil Chopra in Yog Raj: Memory Drawings IX at the New Museum Day 3: Reviewing his work for the day back at the museum.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Jeanne-Claude, 74, American artist and resident of New York City, died suddenly November 18, 2009 as a result of of complications due to a ruptured brain aneurysm. Christo is deeply saddened by the passing of his wife, partner and collaborator and is committed to honor the promise they made to each other many years ago: The art of Christo and Jeanne-Claude will continue. A memorial will be announced at a later date. Christo requests that flowers not be sent. Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of your choice.
Barbara Ann Radnofsky, a Democratic candidate for attorney general, says that a clause in the 2005 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage may have, in fact, banned all marriage. Subsection of B of the amendment reads, "this state or political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage," the wording of which, Radnofsky argues, "eliminates marriage in Texas." Current Attorney General Greg Abbott's spokesman said that the amendment is "entirely constitutional," and Radnofsky admits that it's unlikely that marriages will be disassembled based on the clause. But she still believes the wording is a "huge mistake." "Whoever vetted the language in B must have been asleep at the wheel," she said. -DBeast

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Jacko molest-rap dad kills himselfHAUNTED: Evan Chandler (above), whose son Jordan was paid $20 million by the King of Pop to silence his claims of molestation, shot himself in the head at Liberty Towers in Jersey City.A tormented New Jersey dad, who spent nearly two decades grappling with his son's sensational molestation claims against Michael Jackson, finally ended his pain with a gunshot to the head, authorities said yesterday. The body of Evan Chandler, 65, the father of Jordan "Jordy" Chandler, was found in his luxury Jersey City apartment on Nov. 5 -- still holding his .38-caliber revolver as he lay in bed, officials said yesterday. There were five different prescription drugs in the home. No suicide note was found. Chandler died a broken man, gravely ill and estranged from his entire family, loved ones said, living out his days in sad isolation 17 years after Jackson first infected his world. Once a stunningly handsome and prominent Beverly Hills dentist, Chandler saw his life turned upside down by his son's claims -- enduring the collapse of his practice and physical assaults, and driven to disguise himself with repeated plastic surgeries to avoid abuse from rabid Jacko fans. Jackson was never charged with a crime, paying Jordan a staggering $20 million to end the probe into allegations he had molested the boy at Neverland Ranch and various other LA locations. The accusations initially tore Jordan, now 29, apart from his mom, June Chandler, who was blamed for getting him mixed up with Jackson. -TIM PERONE, LINDA STASI and DAVID K. LI, NY Post

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Please Try To Forgive Michael Jackson
David Wojnarowicz, Arthur Rimbaud in New York, 1978-79“I is another.”
Arthur Rimbaud
Surprise From Above

At the end of the corridor doors open
A surprise waits for those who pass
Some friends can be found there
There is a lamp that one does not light
And your unique shining eye

We descend the stairs barefooted
There is a burglar or the last to arrive
That no one waits for any longer
The moon hides itself in a pail of water
An angel on the roof plays with a hoop
The house collapses

In the stream is a flowing song
-Pierre Reverdy (1889-1960)
Jim Morrison - Erotic Politician
Richard Simmons - Erotic PoliticianThanks Ulrick!

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Two men who were granted a marriage license in Buenos Aires on Monday are planning what may be the first legal same-sex wedding in Latin America. “On December 1st we will become man and man,” said José María Di Bello, tears welling as a city clerk gave him the paperwork to marry his partner, Alex Freyre. The couple won the right to marry when a judge ruled last week that a ban on same-sex marriage violated Argentina’s Constitution. The mayor of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri, said the city would not appeal, in effect inviting other same-sex couples to pursue their rights in court.
Maybe he didn't like Sarah Palin calling him a "porn" star? Bristol Palin baby daddy Levi Johnston skipped his much-clamored-about full frontal for Playgirl, Gawker reports, though he posed in the buff and "there may be glimpses," just no "full on frontal nudity," according to Playgirl spokesman Daniel Nardicio. Initial reports portrayed the "fearless" Johnston as willing to go the full monty, but Levi's keeping it in his pants (or behind strategically positioned props) for now.-DBeast/Gawker

Crash of the Paparazzi Economy
It’s hard to believe that it was a little more than a year ago that People magazine made headlines by forking over $14 million—in partnership with the fabloid Hello!—for the first, exclusive photos of Brad Pitt and Angelina’s newborn twins, Vivienne and Knox. The sale was more than three times what People paid for the couple’s firstborn, Shiloh. The Daily Beast recently quantified just how far the paparazzi market has fallen. Taking a basket of photos sold by the paparazzi agency x17 Inc. during the golden years, 2005 to 2007, we created an index that compared the prices those snapshots fetched then with estimates of what they would garner now. All told, a typical celebrity shot sells for 31 percent less than it did in 2007. The dropoff has been more dramatic at the high end of the market. Six-figure photographs are down more than 50 percent.-Nicole LaPorteBritney Spears Shaves her Head—February 16, 2007
Price then: About $300,000 worldwide
Price today: About $100,000
“The day after we got these exclusive shots set off the wildest week I’ve ever had,” says Brandy Navarre, co-owner of paparazzi agency X17 Inc., who agreed to walk through The Daily Beast through some of the most iconic images their photographers snapped during the boom years, between 2005 and 2007, revealing just how much pricing has changed. “The phone rang non-stop; I spoke to people in almost every country around the globe; and there was literally no client that didn’t want these pictures.”Mary-Kate Olsen Leaving Yoga Class—November, 2005
Price then: $10,000
Price today: $6,000
“Magazines loved this shot for their fashion pages because Mary-Kate looks a bit like a hobo with a $2,000 Prada bag on her arm.”
KELLESIMONE Waits is bipartisan in her art. The daughter of troubadour Tom Waits not only did a caricature of Republican Condoleezza Rice dancing in a bikini -- but also painted Democrats Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi in a horizontal clinch in their skivvies. At her opening last week at the Laurie Frank Gallery in Santa Monica were Johnny Depp, Tim Robbins, Rebecca De Mornay and Ed Begley Jr., plus her parents, Waits and Kathleen Brennan -- who had planned to be a nun until she met the gravel-voiced singer. -PAGE SIX, NY Post
SAVE THE WASHINGTON BLADEThe announcement came suddenly, apparently. From Washington City Paper's site this afternoon: Just hours ago, the staff of The Washington Blade learned that its parent company, Window Media, had filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, that the Blade was closed effective immediately, and that the paper’s two dozen employees were all out of work. Yow. A media institution and a gay institution, gone in one swoop. -Dave Cullen
Joe Kubert, the founder of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art and a comic book artist since 1938, in his studio in Dover, N.J. This week 18 of his covers and interior pages, published from the 1940s to 1990, are put up for sale. -NY Times
Mona Webster bequeathed $7.5 million to the Metropolitan Opera. -NY Times

Monday, November 16, 2009

Please Try To Forgive Dr Conrad Murray
Janet Jackson blames Dr. Conrad Murray for her brother Michael's death. She says that a day doesn't go by when she doesn't think of him. -Verizon
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has hosted a soiree in Rome for some 200 young Italian women, but instead of the party they expected the women were given a lecture on Islam and copies of the Quran, a news report said Monday. At least they got paid.
A reporter for Italy's ANSA news agency went undercover with the women, who were hired for euro50 ($75) by a modeling agency for the event Sunday evening. Journalist Paola Lo Mele said the women assembled at a hotel, where some where left behind because they were not tall enough or dressed modestly enough. Those accepted were taken to a villa, where Gadhafi lectured them on women's rights and religion, and urged them to convert to Islam. -Verizon
P Diddy is promising the "party of the century" to celebrate his 40th birthday on Thurs day. Sean Combs will take over the Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom. He's hired event planner Bronson Van Wyck to create a "fantasy dreamland" with fashion installations, a laby rinth, performance art and a display by "wizard of light" Bentley Meeker, who promises the lighting will grow "dimmer and sexier," punctuated by a "blizzard of light." Those expected include Queen Latifah, Russell Simmons, Spike Lee, Zac Posen, Lil' Kim and a "very special" musical guest. -PAGE SIX, NY Post
Bronson Van Wyck (pictured in white) is a blueblood, Yale-educated NYC event planner whose firm is known for staging fahbulous parties for everything from high society weddings to political rallies. But according to one reliable tipster, he's also a cheapskate who recently tried to scam his way into a cut-rate gym membership by rigging a charity auction. The full email detailing the party boy's underhanded plan to save himself $600 at Equinox, after the jump. "So at last night's New Yorker's For Children: A Fool's Fete ball at the Mandarin Oriental, there was a silent auction as there usually is at these kinds of things. One of the items being bid on was a gym membership to Equinox which started at $450. The first bid was by a guy named Bronson Van Wyck. You can read about him here and here. After that PR lady Susan Shin and a guy named Stuart Sussman also bid on the membership but they had crossed out their bids for some reason. The mystery was easy to solve. It was Van Wyck's doing. According to another bidder who was about to outbid Van Wyck, as he was putting down his bid, Van Wyck came up to him and whispered, "Hey, why don't we just cross out all these bids and then we'll just get the membership on the cheap." The counter bidder looked at him with disgust and said, "No, you've got to be kidding me. This is for charity." and refused. So the price went up and Van Wyck, perhaps to mask his crumminess, eventually won it, for $1050." [pic via Patrick McMullan/ Fashion Week Daily] -Hamilton Nolan

Camp Lejeune whistle-blower fired
A psychiatrist who tried to prevent Fort Hood-style violence among Marines about to "lose it" instead loses his jobDr. Kernan Manion, a psychiatrist hired last January to treat Marines coming home from war with acute mental problems, warned his superiors of looming trouble at Camp Lejeune in a series of increasingly urgent memos. But instead of being praised for preventing what might have been another Fort Hood massacre, Manion was fired by the contractor that hired him, NiteLines Kuhana LLC. A spokeswoman for the firm says it let Manion go at the Navy's behest. The Navy declined to comment on this story. While military officials and the media examine whether the Army missed warning signs that might have indicated an unhinged Nidal Hasan was capable of killing 13 people at Fort Hood, Manion's Camp Lejeune story is a cautionary tale of what happens to those who blow the whistle on conditions for military personnel with mental problems. -MARK BENJAMIN
Nineteen fifty-nine was a bad year for Lou, seventeen, who had been studying his bad-boy role ever since he'd worn a black armband to school when the No. 1 R&B singer Johnny Ace shot himself back in 1954. Now, five years later, the bad Lou grabbed the chance to drive everyone in his family crazy. Tyrannically presiding over their middle-class home, he slashed screeching chords on his electric guitar, practiced an effeminate way of walking, drew his sister aside in conspiratorial conferences, and threatened to throw the mother of all moodies if everyone didn't pay complete attention to him. That spring, Lou's conservative parents, Sidney and Toby Reed, sent their son to a psychiatrist, requesting that he cure Lou of his homosexual feelings and alarming mood swings. The doctor prescribed a then popular course of treatment recently undergone by, among many others, the British writer Malcolm Lowry and the famous American poet Delmore Schwartz. He explained that Lou would benefit from a series of visits to Creedmore State Psychiatric Hospital. There, he would be given an electroshock treatment three times a week for eight weeks. After that, he would need intensive post-shock therapy for some time. In 1959 you did not question your doctor. "His parents didn't want to make him suffer," explained a family friend. "They wanted him to be healthy. They were just trying to be parents, so they wanted him to behave." The Reeds nervously accepted the diagnosis. Creedmore State Psychiatric Hospital was located in a hideous stretch of Long Island wasteland. The large state-run facility was equipped to handle some six thousand patients. Its Building 60, a majestically spooky edifice that stood eighteen stories high and spanned some five hundred feet, loomed over the landscape like a monstrous pterodactyl. Hundreds of corridors led to padlocked wards, offices, and operating theaters, all painted a bland, spaced-out cream. Bars and wire mesh covered the windows inside and out. Among the creepiest of these cells was the Electro Shock Treatment Center. Into this unit one early summer day walked the cocky, troubled Lou. He was escorted through a labyrinth of corridors, unaware, he later claimed, that his first psychiatric treatment session at the hospital would consist of volts of electricity pulsing through his brain. Each door he passed through would be unlocked by a guard, then locked again behind him. Finally he was locked into the electroshock unit and made to change into a scanty hospital robe. As he sat uncomfortably in the waiting room with a group of people who looked to him like vegetables, Lou caught his first glimpse of the operating room. A thick, milky white metal door studded with rivets swung open revealing an unconscious victim who looked dead. The body was wheeled out on a stretcher and into a recovery room by a stone-faced nurse. Lou suddenly found himself next in line for shock treatment. He was wheeled into the small, bare operating room, furnished with a table next to a hunk of metal from which two thick wires dangled. He was strapped onto the table. Lou stared at the overhead fluorescent light bars as the sedative started to take effect. The nurse applied a salve to his temples and stuck a clamp into his mouth so that he would not swallow his tongue. Seconds later, conductors at the end of the thick wires were attached to his head. The last thing that filled his vision before he lapsed into unconsciousness was a blinding white light. In the 1950s, the voltage administered to each patient was not adjusted, as it is today, for size or mental condition. Everybody got the same dose. Thus, the vulnerable seventeen-year-old received the same degree of electricity as would have been given to a heavyweight ax-murderer. The current searing through Lou's body altered the firing pattern of his central nervous system, producing a minor seizure, which, although horrid to watch, in fact caused no pain since he was unconscious. When Lou revived several minutes later, however, a deathly pallor clung to his mouth, he was spitting, and his eyes were tearing and red. Like a character in a story by one of his favorite writers, Edgar Allan Poe, the alarmed patient now found himself prostrate in a dim waiting room under the gaze of a stern nurse. "Relax, please!" she instructed the terrified boy. "We're only trying to help you. Will someone get another pillow and prop him up. One, two, three, four. Relax." As his body stopped twitching, the clamp was removed, and Lou regained full consciousness. Over the next half hour, as he struggled to return, he was panicked to discover his memory had gone. According to experts, memory loss was an unfortunate side effect of shock therapy, although whatever brain changes occurred were considered reversible, and persisting brain damage was rare. As Reed left the hospital, he recalled, he thought that he had "become a vegetable." -Victor Bockris, Transformer: The Lou Reed Story (Simon & Schuster)