Monday, May 30, 2011

Dead Butterfly

The Butterfly
The last, the very last, So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow. Perhaps if the sun's tears would sing against a white stone...
Such, such a yellow Is carried lightly ‘way up high. It went away I'm sure because it wished to kiss the world goodbye.
For seven weeks I've lived in here, Penned up inside this ghetto But I have found my people here. The dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut candles in the court. Only I never saw another butterfly.
That butterfly was the last one. Butterflies don't live in here, In the ghetto.
Pavel Friedmann 4.6.1942 6.2.4 b
The poem is preserved in typewritten copy on thin paper in the collection of poetry by Pavel Friedmann, which was donated to the National Jewish Museum during its documentation campaign. It is dated June 4, 1942 in the left corner.
Pavel Friedmann was born January 7, 1921, in Prague and deported to Terezín* on April 26, 1942. He died in Oswiecim* (Auschwitz) on September 29, 1944.
*Terezín was a Nazi concentration camp.

Janice Min

I'd take her if I had one wish.

Happy Memorial Day!

She partied so hard, she lost a tooth.

"American Reunion" - Just what were they putting in that pie? When Seann William Scott hits the set of "American Reunion" this week in Atlanta to reprise his infamous Steve Stifler character, he'll be the latest star in the "American Pie" franchise to have undergone treatment. In March, Scott reportedly completed a stint in a facility for "health" and "personal" issues. Some of his co-stars from the "American Pie" films have also done time in rehab. Under a year ago, Chris Klein checked into a Utah treatment center for alcohol addiction after his second arrest for drunk driving in Los Angeles. And wild party girl Tara Reid headed to Promises Treatment Center back in 2008. Even after getting out, she made headlines. She was photographed in Mexico this month getting down with pals and reports said she partied so hard, she lost a tooth. A source close to the movie says that at a script reading in LA last week, "Seann looked good, and everybody was happy." - NY Post

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Edward Burra


Debutante turned surrealist Leonora Carrington dies at 94

Emma Snowdon-Jones

Socialite Emma Snowdon-Jones threw a drink in art dealer Kipton Cronkite's face after their bitter feud erupted at a packed party at Le Bain last week. A source told us, "They were yelling and swearing at each other. He called her 'disgusting,' she called him something worse. Then she threw a glass of tequila in his face and stormed out." Snowdon-Jones and Cronkite have been longtime enemies and things soured further when he began dating her close friend. Then Cronkite suddenly married wealthy real-estate man Larry Kaiser, nearly 30 years older, in November. She joked on Facebook: "Wow! [Cronkite] finally found the millionaire he can dance to death on his wedding night. He must be laughing all the way to the bank." Cronkite, founder of KiptonART, and Kaiser have since split. Snowdon-Jones acknowledged in an e-mail they had an argument, but said, "Someone accidentally bumped my arm and my drink spilled [in his face]." Cronkite declined to comment. - NY Post

MoMA PS1 - Ryan Trecartin: Any Ever

Jim Henson

John Perry VS John Lurie

New York - A local artist is looking to take a bite out of The New Yorker -- by continuing a weeks-long hunger strike until the magazine runs a retraction for an article he didn't like. Painter John Perry -- who yesterday completed the 17th day of his fasting protest -- says he just couldn't stomach an August 2010 piece in the venerable mag detailing a dispute between him and 1980s film icon John Lurie. In addition to the hunger strike, Perry has been heading from his Yorkville pad to Petrosino Square Park in SoHo, near Lurie's home, each day for more than two weeks and sitting for at least eight hours a day to publicize his protest. He says The New Yorker improperly characterized him as a stalker by claiming he went after Lurie in a long campaign of calls and messages. Now he has refused to take another bite of food until the mag takes it back. "I just want some acknowledgement from them that the evidence . . . is not completely in accord with what was written in the piece," Perry told The Post. "The last thing they want is for me to drop dead out here, because then someone will look over that article with a fine-tooth comb," he said. "It will call into question their renowned fact checking." The New Yorker is adamantly standing by the story, which quoted Perry as saying things to Lurie such as: "Scumbag, one day you'll be gone and this Earth will be delivered from the virus of your existence." "The piece was thoroughly reported and fact-checked, and is a fair representation of both sides of the story," said New Yorker editor David Remnick. "We looked into [Perry's] complaints carefully and found nothing to correct or retract. As concerned as we are about his health, we can't print something we don't believe is true." Sources at The New Yorker say many of the story's descriptions of actions that appear to be stalking -- such as tracking Lurie to the Caribbean -- came from Perry himself. The article described how the men became fast friends but were torn apart in 2008 when Perry asked Lurie -- a musician who starred in the iconic 1986 Jim Jarmusch film "Down by Law" -- to appear in a TV pilot for a painting show Perry hoped to pitch to PBS. According to the article, Lurie left the shoot early, angering Perry and spurring the feud. The explosive piece also angered Lurie. "The article had no regard for the truth or the damage it would cause to the lives of those involved," he told The Post. He said when he learned of Perry's strike, "First I laughed, then I was sad. "He's conducting a hunger strike a half block from my house to prove he's not a stalker," Lurie noted. - TARA PALMERI The New York Post

President Obama and The Queen of England

Art Healing Ministry

TV crew member in IUP helicopter crash dies

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - A member of a reality television crew who was onboard a helicopter that crashed in Indiana borough last month died from his injuries Monday morning, the Cambria County coroner's office said. Gregory Allen Jacobsen, 33, of Ontario, Canada was pronounced dead at 6:59 a.m. at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital in Johnstown. Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski ruled that he died from multiple traumatic injuries suffered in the April 30 crash. Mr. Jacobsen was part of a film crew that was taking footage of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus for the reality television show "Campus PD," which aims to capture college life mostly through the eyes of police officers on the late-night shift. The helicopter was flying around some apartment buildings when it plummeted to the ground at around 8:30 p.m., narrowly missing students who were drawn outside when they heard it hovering above. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

250 to 153

WASHINGTON - Congress on Thursday passed a four-year extension of post-Sept. 11 powers to search records and conduct roving wiretaps in pursuit of terrorists. Votes taken in rapid succession in the Senate and House came after lawmakers rejected attempts to temper the law enforcement powers to ensure that individual liberties are not abused. Following the 250-153 evening vote in the House, the legislation to renew three terrorism-fighting authorities headed for the president's signature with only hours to go before the provisions expire at midnight. With Obama currently in France, the White House said the president would use an autopen machine that holds a pen and signs his actual signature. It is only used with proper authorization of the president. Minutes before the midnight deadline, the White House said Obama had signed the bill. Obama said he was pleased the act had been extended. "It's an important tool for us to continue dealing with an ongoing terrorist threat," he said. - JIM ABRAMS

Work of Art

"We just finished filming the second season [of Bravo's "Work of Art", and three finalists have been picked, and they've gone off to complete their gallery shows," Sarah Jessica Parker the actress/producer said. "I think Bravo is so heavy with programming now that they decided to push it up a little bit to the latter part of summer, early part of fall…. We have a relationship with a museum which will be our home again for the artist gallery." Which museum? - ARTINFO

"Tree of Life"

Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life" won the Palm d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Cheim & Read

An exhibition of works in fabric by Louise Bourgeois.

Walt Disney Surrenders to Navy's SEAL Team 6

Less than a month after a daring raid on Osama bin Laden's secret hideout, the U.S. Navy's SEAL Team 6 notched a victory over the Magic Kingdom. Walt Disney Co. said Wednesday that it would pull an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in which the entertainment giant sought the exclusive right to use the term "SEAL Team 6" on items ranging from toys and games to snow globes and Christmas stockings. Disney withdrew the application "out of deference to the Navy," a spokesman said. The move comes after comics and other critics ridiculed the Burbank, Calif., company for trying to profit off bin Laden's killing. Disney first made the claim two days after the world learned of the secret special-operations unit's daring mission into the al Qaeda leader's Pakistan compound. "Putting a trademark on SEAL Team 6 is like copyrighting 'The guys who stormed the beach at Normandy,'" joked "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart last week. "It belongs to all of us." Navy officers privately expressed relief Wednesday that the company had chosen voluntarily to retract its application, saving the organization from a long trademark battle. The Navy first fired back at Disney with its own filings for trademarks on the phrases 'SEAL Team' and 'Navy SEALs,' on May 13, several days after Disney's application. Those terms denote "membership in an organization of the Department of the Navy that develops and executes military missions involving special operations strategy, doctrine, and tactics," the Navy said in its filings. The Navy had a beachhead with its longstanding trademark on "SEALs," which it has licensed for videogames, among other products. "We are fully committed to protecting our trademark rights," Commander Danny Hernandez, the chief Navy spokesman, said Wednesday. Disney's intentions were misunderstood, according to a person familiar with the entertainment company's plans. Disney, which owns the ABC television network, is considering a TV show about the elite squad, similar to other fictional dramas about real-life arms of the military, such as "NCIS" and "JAG." Plans for Disney's SEALs show remain tentative, the person familiar with the matter said. The other potential uses listed on the application didn't necessarily reflect products the company intended to create, this person said. Disney's filing sought to trademark the term SEAL Team 6 for a wide range of uses, from hand-held videogames to snow globes. This month's incident wasn't the first time television producers have sought trademarks related to the U.S. military. Paramount Pictures several years ago filed for a trademark on "JAG," the name of its now-defunct series about the Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps. Then last year, CBS Corp. filed paperwork with the Patent and Trademark Office seeking the exclusive right to put "NCIS" on baby onesies and aprons, among other clothing items. The network airs a drama about the Naval Criminal Investigation Service, the Navy's law enforcement arm. The filings, which are pending, didn't provide much, if any, fodder for late night comics. Navy officials in Washington said they weren't aware of the NCIS trademark application, but they noted that the Navy has had a long working relationship with CBS on the "NCIS" television programs. A poster outside the Pentagon's entertainment media office, which works with television and movie producers, promotes the Department of Defense's advisory work on "NCIS" and "NCIS: Los Angeles." Cmdr. Hernandez, the Navy spokesman, said its May 13 application wasn't a direct response to the Disney filing, but rather an effort to establish that the existing Navy trademark was broader than simply the word SEAL. "The request for Navy SEALs and SEAL Team was to broaden our existing portfolio," Cmdr. Hernandez said. Yet Navy officials didn't file a request for "SEAL Team Six." The Navy confirms the existence of SEAL Teams 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 10. The Navy has never acknowledged the existence of Team 9 while SEAL Team 6, the service's most elite hunter-killer team, is officially called the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group, or DevGru. Unofficially, DevGru is widely known as SEAL Team 6. "We certainly would not request a trademark on a SEAL team that doesn't exist, like SEAL Team 6," said a Navy official.- ETHAN SMITH and JULIAN E. BARNES, The Wall Street Journal

Sunday, May 22, 2011