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SAN FRANCISCO — To feel the passage of time, you have to freeze it in place. This is the subtle paradox at the heart of Considered interactions, a group exhibition of black and white photography at Casemore Kirkeby in San Francisco. The five included artists employ a range of tactics to activate space and time within the static image to interrogate the medium’s ability to collapse into a singular, suspended moment.

Detail of John Divola, “ENSO: 36 Right-handed Gestures” (2018), AZO Gelatin silver contact prints mounted on archival card stock, 8 x 10 inches each; 14 x 16 inches each framed

The centerpiece of the exhibition is John Divola’s “ENSO: 36 Right-handed Gestures” (2018), a grid of 36 gelatin prints of images made in the abandoned housing estate of a US Army base. air in Southern California. Divola modified the deteriorated space by painting circles on the walls around specific details in each frame (stains, bullet holes, water damage). By highlighting elements of the ruin, Divola notably reveals how the photographs preserve.

Steve Kahn, “Running” (1976/2016), archival pigment print, 9 5/8 x 22 1/2 inches

Steve Kahn, who has also shot in dilapidated interiors – notably an apartment complex in Los Angeles in the mid-1970s – took a different approach to the subject of camera trapping, staging spaces that often seem unavoidable. “Running” (1976/2016) is a triptych cinematic pigment print, in which a character is seen rushing towards a doorway, seemingly advancing in every frame. Clever cropping gives the piece its heightened sense of movement, the front end of the figure cut off by the edges in two images, then by the doorway in the third. It becomes difficult not to see each frame as a door in itself to enter or exit, each image a moment of time held hostage.

Raymond Meeks and Adrianna Ault, “Winter Auction #17” (2019), carbon pigment print, 14 x 11 inches

The artist duo Raymond Meeks and Adrianna Ault didactically experiment with the power of the medium to seize time. In the series of seven prints Farm Winter Auction (2019), the two commemorate the titular event by photographing agricultural implements thrown into the air. The images capture the essence of letting go: the underlying uncertainty and fear of what is to come.

Detail of Tarah Douglas, “Untitled (no 1-15)” (2020), archival pigment print, 10 x 15 inches

Tarah Douglas’ series of pigment prints, Untitled (#1-15) (2020), alternates frames between two figures – one traversing a hilly landscape in search of something, the other kneeling on a beach, performing what looks like a series of rituals with various objects, such as flowers , a book and a pair of binoculars pointed at the viewer. Here Douglas reveals how photography is also a ritual of research, a record of research and of something, a collection of moments made with a wide network.

Installation view of Considered interactions at Casemore Kirkeby, 2022 (photo by Chris Grunder, image courtesy of Casemore Kirkeby, San Francisco)

There is something frightening in the photographs. Whatever the particular visual subject of a photo, its implicit subject is always the passage of time itself; the presence of a photo suggests the fear of its absence, the artist’s fear that time is running out. The works in Considered interactions underscore this tension, with each artist choosing visual subjects that elucidate the transience the photographs defy. The idea that we can steal a moment of time always seems a little transgressive to me. But that’s one of the great pleasures I get from looking at photographs—watching someone attempt the impossible.

Considered interactions is on view at the Casemore Kirkeby Gallery (1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco, CA) through May 28. The exhibition was organized by the gallery.

The Goodnow Library will host a reception and art presentation with a local artist https://jazilek.com/the-goodnow-library-will-host-a-reception-and-art-presentation-with-a-local-artist/ Tue, 10 May 2022 19:05:53 +0000 https://jazilek.com/the-goodnow-library-will-host-a-reception-and-art-presentation-with-a-local-artist/ For immediate release

SUDBURY – Goodnow Library is pleased to invite the community to attend an art exhibit and presentation featuring a well-known former Sudbury artist later this month.

The DovBer “Barry” Marchette Artist Reception will be held Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room at 21 Concord Road on Sunday, May 15. Marchette will begin his presentation at 3 p.m.

Marchette, a prolific artist and professor of 20th century art history, will talk about modernism and the creative process through modern art movements, and his own work. More than 30 years ago, Marchette lived in Sudbury and served as the city’s director of cultural affairs. Two of his large outdoor sculptures can still be seen in town today.

The presentation will place particular emphasis on the profound changes in the approach to art that began with the first movements of modernism. Marchette will be assisted by Lauren Basler, Executive Director of the Brighton Senior Centre.

A large selection of paintings on paper, canvas and wood by Marchette will be exhibited at the Library throughout the month of May.

“We are honored to be able to host this exhibit for Sudbury residents and visitors,” said Library Manager Esmé Green. “Art enhances self-expression, and it’s a great way to see and learn first-hand what that process means. We’re thrilled to have Barry, with such a deep and worldly artistic background, returning. where it all began and provides insight into a younger generation of artists.

About the artist

Trained as a professional sculptor, DovBer Marchette has been an active artist for 50 years, exploring original ideas about the creative process. He mainly works on 3D assemblages of wood, paint and objects, as well as painting, drawing and photography.

He studied at the Mass College of Art and the California College of Art, and taught studio art and 20th century art history at the Art Institute of Boston for 16 years. He also developed unique methods of teaching art to children.

In recent years, DovBer has shown its work in Italy, with seven exhibitions in the Italian region of Tuscany in recent years. He is currently exhibiting there in the town of Fiesole.

For more information about DovBer and its work, please visit www.dovbermarchette.com

For more information on the Goodnow Library, please click here.

Here are the best cocktails and drinking trends in Tampa Bay right now https://jazilek.com/here-are-the-best-cocktails-and-drinking-trends-in-tampa-bay-right-now/ Tue, 10 May 2022 10:00:58 +0000 https://jazilek.com/here-are-the-best-cocktails-and-drinking-trends-in-tampa-bay-right-now/

Tampa Bay’s cocktail scene is constantly evolving. Low-alcohol drinks and session cocktails are everywhere while boozy classics like Manhattans and Negronis are enjoying a comeback. We spoke to several local bar industry professionals to learn more about the current practices of local drinkers.

The espresso martini

A simple combination of vodka, espresso, and coffee liqueur, the drink is hugely popular in Tampa Bay right now. Frequently ordered as an aperitif or at the end of a meal as a last drink, the cocktail is enjoying a renaissance in the country’s bars.

The drink is said to have been invented by bartender Dick Bradsell at London bar Fred’s Club in the 1980s. According to Bradsell’s account, a now-famous young model walked into the bar and asked Bradsell to make her something that would wake her up and would piss her off. (The language she used was a bit stronger.) The legendary drink – a combination of vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur – was born.

Salty cocktails

Increasingly, ingredients once relegated to cooking are finding their way to bars and cocktails.

“As we saw the rise of the farm-to-table ideology, we also (started to see) bartenders and bar managers working a little closer to the kitchen,” said Justin Gray, president of the Tampa Bay chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild. .

Salty cocktails, or drinks that combine more flavorful elements, are increasingly popular, with ingredients ranging from saline to sesame to chili oils.

Justin Gray, president of the Tampa Bay chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild, serves a neat Brugal 1888 at On Swann in Hyde Park. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

The low alcohol level is in

Low-alcohol drinks — session cocktails like spritzes, radlers, wedges and shandies — are having a moment, Gray said. The popularity of cocktails increases around summer, when the heat has people looking for light and refreshing drinks suitable for the day.

The Aperol Spritz is still the champion in this category, Gray said, but drinkers can expect many different variations on the drinks as well as versions incorporating vermouth and amari, which he says , will continue to be popular with more conscientious drinkers. And for those looking to cut the booze altogether, a number of local restaurants and bars offer fancy mocktails and are turning to the non-alcoholic spirits industry – a booming sector of the beverage world – for get inspired.

Note here: the Counter Culture in Tampa offers a cocktail based on Fernet Branca, Giffard Orgeat, strawberry and shrub of pink berries, lemon and rose water. At Willa’s in Tampa and Intermezzo in St. Petersburg, much of the menu is devoted to vermouth and amari selections.

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Pandemic changes and price increases

Has the pandemic changed the way Tampa Bay bargoers drink? Yes and no.

Everyone surveyed agreed that people are drinking more and bars are busier than ever, statistics that reflect national trends.

But trends that have caught on elsewhere — including cocktails to go — haven’t met with the same enthusiasm here. And while inflation has pushed up bar tabs across the board, it hasn’t seemed to affect consumers’ drinking habits — yet.

“People have no problem spending money on booze and it continues,” said Alex Artishenko, beverage director of the Chef Driven Restaurant Group, which includes chef Jeannie Pierola’s Edison restaurants in Tampa: Food + Drink Lab and Counter Culture.

A Seasonal Breeze cocktail is served at On Swann in Tampa, consisting of Brugal 1888 rum, Meyer strawberry lemon liqueur, lemon juice and Demerara stout.  The cocktail ends with a dehydrated strawberry floating on a bed of aquafaba foam.
A Seasonal Breeze cocktail is served at On Swann in Tampa, consisting of Brugal 1888 rum, Meyer strawberry lemon liqueur, lemon juice and Demerara stout. The cocktail ends with a dehydrated strawberry floating on a bed of aquafaba foam. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

Cocktail prices are higher than before the pandemic, and many places have drink lists hovering around $12 to $14 per cocktail. But increasingly common are menus with prices in line with cities like New York or Los Angeles, where drinks are closer to $15 to $18.

Tampa Bay Drinkers Evolve

Some things haven’t changed. Cocktails like the Old Fashioned and margarita are consistently among the most ordered cocktails in Tampa Bay bars, said Brenda Terry, a bar industry veteran and Jack Daniel’s brand ambassador. But as the region continues to grow and evolve, so does the population of drinkers.

Artishenko said he saw the clientele of local restaurants change as more people from other states continued to move to the area. Because of this, he has seen a change in customer orders.

“Tampa is really evolving,” Artishenko said. “It’s very transient.”

Agave spirits like tequila and mezcal are experiencing a huge boom, he said. Drinks like the Ranch Water cocktail — a combination of soda water, tequila, and lime juice — popularized for decades in Texas, and more recently in bars nationwide, are suddenly in high demand here.

As more and more people move to the Tampa Bay area, consumer habits are changing.
As more and more people move to the Tampa Bay area, consumer habits are changing. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

“Whiskey is still king, and whiskey isn’t going away,” Terry said. “But tequila is becoming more and more important to people who frequent restaurants and bars. They ask more questions about tequila and they want to drink better things.

Japanese sake and whiskey are also in high demand. Restaurants like Koya and Noble Rice in Tampa have long sake lists, and at In Between Days, a Tokyo-style listening room in St. Petersburg, educational sake associations are frequently held. At Kojo in Sarasota, beverage manager David Roth said the restaurant’s focus on Japanese sake and whiskey has resonated with diners, who continue to show increased interest in both spirits.

Gaspar Noé: “As soon as people see a penis in the UK, they think they’ve seen the devil” | Film https://jazilek.com/gaspar-noe-as-soon-as-people-see-a-penis-in-the-uk-they-think-theyve-seen-the-devil-film/ Mon, 09 May 2022 16:40:00 +0000 https://jazilek.com/gaspar-noe-as-soon-as-people-see-a-penis-in-the-uk-they-think-theyve-seen-the-devil-film/

On December 29, 2019, after several days of Christmas treats, Gaspar Noé felt a funny feeling in his head. When the ambulance arrived, he was told he had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage; doctors later said he had a 50% chance of dying, a 35% chance of surviving with brain damage, and a 15% chance of surviving unscathed. “I said to myself, ‘I must not die,’ he said, ‘because it’s not very pleasant for everyone to have to sort through all my things.’ So maybe my collection of movie posters saved me: maybe they threw away my Fritz Lang posters, because they don’t know what they’re worth.

A little over two years later, grimacing on a Zoom link (his nickname: fritzlang), the Argentinian director, settled in France at 13, is completely recovered. But he could have had brain damage – something that was still on his mind when, in January last year, he was asked to write a project proposal to film in lockdown. This led to a complete departure for the offensive serial bad boy of modern French cinema: his new film Vortex, a dark and decidedly unprovocative look at dementia and aging. Even more surprisingly, it stars none other than Italian horror maestro Dario Argento. The director responsible for ultra-violent classics like Suspiria and Deep Red is also on our Zoom call, from his home in Rome.

“It was the good Lord who helped you,” the 81-year-old says of Noah’s haemorrhage.

“Oh, that’s what you think!” said Noah, laughing nervously. He is not a believer, he says: “I hope that Dario will put me on the path of light!

‘I hope Dario will put me on the path to light!’ : Argento and Noé at the preview of their new film Vortex in Paris, 2022. Photography: Stéphane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images

Noah rose to fame after 2002’s Irreversible, which garnered much controversy for its uninterrupted nine-minute rape scene and an earlier sequence in which someone’s head is bludgeoned into mush with a fire extinguisher. In recent years, it has had diminishing returns with such shock tactics: 2015’s Love, though attracting highly advanced press for its non-simulated 3D sex scenes, proved to be a lackluster affair, and Climax , the LSD-enhanced dance of 2018, was only fleeting. , confused fun. But now, at the age of 58, Noé has been shaken into his most focused and mature work. Many compare Vortex to Amour, Michael Haneke’s 2012 film about life’s last mile that was nominated for the Best Picture Oscar; it also lines up nicely with Anthony Hopkins’ dementia drama The Father, which Noah raves about. “They swap the actors playing the characters, so it feels like you’re in the head of someone going crazy. The movie kinda drives you crazy. Did you see it, Dario? (Dario didn’t not done.)

In Vortex, Argento plays “Lui” (“Him”), an elderly film critic living in a labyrinthine Parisian apartment with his wife “Elle” (“She”, played by veteran French actress Françoise Lebrun), a former psychiatrist in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a claustrophobic, largely unadorned account of his growing confusion, his struggle to write a book about movies and dreams, and the recovering drug-addicted son who flounders to try to help them. But Vortex has a conceptual Noah twist: it’s filmed in a disconcerting split-screen that, following the two of them, puts the separated hemispheres of your brain into a quarrel.

Dario Argento in Him and Françoise Lebrun in Elle in Vortex.
Dario Argento in Him and Françoise Lebrun in Elle in Vortex.

Noé always thought of Argento for Lui, but the older director wasn’t keen on the idea of ​​acting at first. “I didn’t like the idea,” Argento recalled, shrugging moodily, a framed poster of Rear Window on the wall behind him. “I am a director, not an actor. I don’t like being on camera with people telling you what to say. But Noé encouraged him by comparing the project to Umberto D, Vittorio De Sica’s classic 1952 Italian neorealist drama about a poor pensioner, and told him that Vortex would be entirely improvised. “It gave me a kind of enthusiasm,” Argento says. “To improvise the film like the neorealist directors, who took people off the streets and put them in the film.”

Neorealism seems like an odd starting point for the pair, with their commitment to cinematic excess. They’ve known each other since 1991, when Noé approached the older director at the Toronto Film Festival to attend a screening of Carne, the 38-minute film that was a prequel to his shocking feature debut, Seul Contre Tous (I Stand Alone). ). “I saw something in that kid’s eyes, so I accepted,” Argento said. “And the movie was very interesting.”

Argento’s work in giallo, the garish ’70s horror-thriller, has always been a touchpoint – “ultra-playful, ultra-sensual, ultra-colorful” – for Noé. “When you go to the cinema, he says, it’s sometimes like going to the carnival. I don’t know if Dario’s films are ghost trains or roller coasters or both. But every time a new Dario Argento arrives, I want to get on board.

The pair seem tight-knit: Hard to steer them as they trade cinematic war stories, the silver-haired Argento has more face these days than his 70s goth appearance, while mustachioed Noah laughs like a pirate on leave. Seemingly in good name, he gave up his hedonistic lifestyle, quitting drugs, smoking, liquor and salting his food. During his recovery, he also sticks to a strict film regime, at least one film a day: “It excites me. Cinema is my drug. he says.

The film took shape in an “ambience of illness and death”, says Noé, in which he lost three irreplaceable father figures in his life: the father of his partner Lucile Hadzihalilovic; Philippe Nahon, main actor of Carne and Alone Against All; and Fernando Solanas, his first boss but also his father’s best friend. But he was above all inspired by his mother Nora who, before she died several years ago, suffered from dementia. His father, the painter Luis Felipe Noé, loved him even more than the character of Argento: “He was upright, exemplary. He was just as loving, even considering all the difficulties.

The presence of an older director on set seems to have galvanized Noé. He used to do multiple takes, up to 12 on Climax. But Argento is a faster worker. “After the second take, Dario was like, ‘That’s it, we’re done,'” says Noé. “I would ask for a third, and he would go: [grumbling] “Gasp! So I tried to do it at his pace; you have to do it right from the start.

From left to right: Dario Argento, Alex Lutz and Françoise Lebrun in Vortex.
From left to right: Dario Argento, Alex Lutz and Françoise Lebrun in Vortex.

Argento’s contribution – crafting his character details and improvising all the dialogue – went beyond that of most actors, most striking in a scene that, in its own way, is as gruesome as any. which of the opera murders he concocted for his own films. Noah tried to help by getting real material from people dying in agony: “He sent them away saying, ‘What is this? I know how people die! Get out of here with your stupid videos.'”

Maybe at 81 it was too close to home? But Argento says he doesn’t think about death. “I don’t understand this ‘old age’,” he says with a hint of a smile. “I feel like when I made my first film – the same spirit, the same ideas.” (While shooting Vortex, he was preparing his 19th film as a director: Dark Glasses, another giallo thriller.)

If Argento is synonymous with giallo, Noé was put on hold with the New French Extremity, the transgressive crowd of Gallic directors of the 90s which also included Leos Carax, Catherine Breillat and Virginie Despentes. The move is being celebrated this month with a BFI season, but Noah thinks the label basically makes no sense: his peers were just a diverse group of people with good cinematic taste who took advantage of the funding scheme liberal-minded French people to do the “sulphurous” work they wanted to see. in the United States they think they’ve seen the devil, it’s amazing how stuck they are.

Françoise Lebrun and Dario Argento in Vortex by Gasper Noé.
Françoise Lebrun and Dario Argento in Vortex by Gasper Noé.

But now the former provocateur has inadvertently made a movie for everyone. After seeing him, people want to talk to him about their experiences caring for the elderly. “There are three types of viewers,” he says. “Those who have lived it, those who live it or those who will live it.” He was nervous, however, about one viewer’s verdict: his father’s. “He didn’t say much for a day, then he looked at it again. He said: “I like it a lot, but it’s by far the most violent film you’ve done”. It describes the harshness of life as it affects the majority of people.

Perhaps the secret to living life well is knowing when to quit. Argento insists his latest acting career move is only for one night: “Vortex is the first and last movie I’ve done as an actor,” he says. As for Noé, the film is a kind of “projection”, given his family history (his maternal grandmother also suffered from dementia) and his own fear of health. “I’m more predestined to end up in this state than I am now,” he said, his eyes drifting wistfully. But, beyond that, he is calm. Every life, after all, awaits the great Fin: ” It’s not so bad. It’s just the end of the movie.

Vortex hits theaters on Friday May 13. The season Cruel Flesh: Films from the New French End works at BFI Southbank, London, throughout the month of May.

Exploring Iceland in Winter with Landscape Photographer Andy Mumford https://jazilek.com/exploring-iceland-in-winter-with-landscape-photographer-andy-mumford/ Mon, 09 May 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://jazilek.com/exploring-iceland-in-winter-with-landscape-photographer-andy-mumford/

by Jeremy Gray

posted Monday, May 9, 2022 6:00 a.m. EDT

Professional landscape photographer Andy Mumford recently traveled to Iceland to shoot winter landscapes. There are very few places on Earth that command as much respect as Iceland. It is a real paradise for landscape photographers.

In the video below, we follow Mumford as he explores the Icelandic landscape, including the island nation’s highlands, waterfalls and ice caves. Given the highlands, despite their beauty, the photographic subjects are not always obvious as the landscape is vast, and there are very few foreground elements. In places like this, where you feel like the landscape surrounds you, you don’t even know where to start a composition, Mumford suggests slowing down and taking your time. It is also a situation to try a longer lens, such as a telephoto zoom lens, instead of a wide angle lens can benefit you. A longer lens allows you to focus on smaller parts of a larger scene.

Mumford offers many great tips for a wide range of landscape photography situations, including abstract photography, using people in a landscape to create a sense of scale, seascape photography, and working in an environment. cramped and narrow. Mumford covers a lot of ground in under 10 minutes, and there’s some wonderful footage to enjoy.

To see more videos of Andy Mumford, visit his YouTube channel. To see more of his work, visit his website and follow him on Instagram. To learn more about Mumford’s workshops, which take place in beautiful locations around the world, click here.

(By Andy Mumford)

Hermes NFT trademark lawsuit moves forward https://jazilek.com/hermes-nft-trademark-lawsuit-moves-forward/ Sun, 08 May 2022 22:39:48 +0000 https://jazilek.com/hermes-nft-trademark-lawsuit-moves-forward/

French fashion house Hermes International has persuaded a judge not to dismiss its trademark lawsuit against an artist selling “MetaBirkins” non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that show the company’s Birkin bags, Reuters reported on Friday 6 may.

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff denied a request by artist Mason Rothschild to dismiss the lawsuit. Hermès sued Rothschild in January over the NFT MetaBirkins, which show the bags covered in “colored fur”.

The lawsuit, according to Reuters, said Rothschild began offering the NFTs at the Art Basel art fair last December in Miami, without permission from Hermès. It would have earned Rothschild more than $1 million by early January.

Hermès called Rothschild a “digital speculator” and called MetaBirkins a “get-rich-quick” scheme, saying he can’t just use a brand because he calls himself an artist.

According to Rothschild, the works commented on the “inherent cruelty in the manufacture by Hermès of its ultra-expensive leather handbags”. He said they were protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution and added that his art did not lose First Amendment protection simply because he sold it.

The lawsuit would be watched as it could clarify how trademark law works when NFTs are in the picture.

PYMNTS wrote that publicly available reports that NFTs are disappearing might not be accurate, as they are doing quite well by other measures.

Read more: Hype May Diminish, But NFT Uses and Buyers Are Growing

While a previous report predicted “the beginning of the end” for NFTs, a report from Chainalysis indicated that while trading volume fluctuated, the number of buyers and sellers had always increased.

The report also indicates that there were more weekly active collections, referring to a trade with any trade at that time, on the NFT OpenSea market.

This is important because of the potential uses of NFTs, which can be a medium for “everything from songs to actions”. For example, Goldman Sachs has been looking for ways to use NFTs to hold and trade financial instruments.



On: Shoppers who have store cards use them for 87% of all eligible purchases – but that doesn’t mean retailers should start buy now, pay later (BNPL) options at checkout. The Truth About BNPL and Store Cards, a collaboration between PYMNTS and PayPal, surveys 2,161 consumers to find out why providing both BNPL and Store Cards is key to helping merchants maximize conversion.

A sweet one-on-one with acclaimed actor Stanley Tucci https://jazilek.com/a-sweet-one-on-one-with-acclaimed-actor-stanley-tucci/ Sun, 08 May 2022 17:05:39 +0000 https://jazilek.com/a-sweet-one-on-one-with-acclaimed-actor-stanley-tucci/

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MONTREAL — In one of the imposing vaulted rooms of Montreal’s Four Seasons Hotel, sits award-winning actor, director and producer Stanley Tucci, impeccably dressed and beautifully set off against a white sofa. Tucci’s posture is impeccable and he wears a classic mid-rise light blue suit with a detailed tie, beige shoes and robin’s egg blue socks with tiny soft yellow patterns.

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Tucci is elegance personified as he leans slightly forward, with a small, welcoming smile on his silky smooth face.

I hesitate for a second before letting go, a little loudly, Buongiorno, signor Tucci, come sta oggi? (Hello, Mr. Tucci! How are you?) to which he looked a little surprised, quickly recovering to greet me with an even bigger smile. “Italian?” he asks. “Proudly Canadian, but equally proud of my heritage,” I reply, setting the stage for a wonderful conversation about food and cocktails, his visits to Canada and how much he loves the country and some of his favorite restaurants across the country. .

Tucci is wonderful, warm and engaging as we discuss everything from the joy of Italian cuisine to the reaction to his CNN series, Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italy, to find himself a star judge for the Diageo World Class Canada competition, which recently took place in Montreal.

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Stanley Tucci with other judges at the recent World Class Canada Bartender of the Year, 2022 in Montreal. Photo provided /Diegeo

(Toronto’s Massimo Zitti was recently crowned World Class Bartender of the Year in Canada, 2022 and will continue to compete globally in September in Australia. In a previous interview, Zitti mentioned that Tucci was one of toughest judges on the panel, which made him work even harder to earn the coveted position.)

Throughout our conversation, Tucci discusses his work and love of fine dining as well as the art of creating the perfect cocktail – he is, after all, the brand’s global partner for Tanqueray No. Ten.

He answers questions thoroughly, but asks a few thoughtfully in return.

And he is honest. When asked if he had any idea how popular his CNN series was, he neutrally shakes his head and says, “No, honestly, I had no idea it would take off like this,” adding how much he enjoyed his culinary travels through Italy, excited about the new series, as well as his adventures in Puglia and Calabria (the American-born actor’s Italian heritage is Calabrian.)

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And, although famous for his film roles as The devil wears Prada, Julia and Julia, Tucci clearly opened the culinary floodgates when he made his directorial debut with the 1996 cult classic big night, which he co-wrote and starred alongside Tony Shalhoub. This iconic food film, set in the United States but filmed in Toronto, was the story of two sparring brothers who were also chefs – one who wanted to bring authentic Italian cuisine to the brothers’ fledgling restaurant. , while the other just wanted to keep the status quo with an Americanized version of the real deal.

Moviegoers embraced the film with open hearts as the film was truly priceless, showcasing Tucci’s genuine reverence for authentic Italian cuisine, which years later he would ably showcase on his CNN series. Add to that a recent book, Stanley Tucci’s Taste: my life through food (Gallery Books; Simon & Schuster Canada), in which he offers a touching and intimate recollection of his life in an Italian kitchen, where family dinners were part of the fabric of his upbringing, and you recognize how much his love of the traditional , authentic Italian cuisine.

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Tucci is also making a splash in the cocktail world – his three-minute video showing how to whip up the perfect Negroni went viral last year, attracting over a million viewers. He started creating a series of cocktail tutorials soon after.

When asked what he looks for in a cocktail, Tucci replies, “I don’t like drinks that are too complex, but ones that taste pure with bright tones. He was also up for the challenge of judging this year’s contest, saying he was looking for the same elements in the cocktails that would be featured.

Tucci’s sister-in-law, Emily Blunt, described him in a recent People magazine article as charismatic, warm and energetic: “A complete Renaissance man who knows the way to everyone’s heart. So true. When it was time to leave, we exchanged a few more words in Italian, and I told him how much Canada loved him, which made him smile, as he posed for a photo, putting thoughtfully his arm around my shoulder in a friendly embrace. .

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At New York’s Independent Art Fair, an Older Generation of Photographers Are Honored https://jazilek.com/at-new-yorks-independent-art-fair-an-older-generation-of-photographers-are-honored/ Fri, 06 May 2022 22:44:25 +0000 https://jazilek.com/at-new-yorks-independent-art-fair-an-older-generation-of-photographers-are-honored/

Before even entering the Independent The art fair, which is back at Spring Studios in Tribeca after decamping to the Financial District in 2021, visitors get a taste of one of the big strengths of this year’s fair: striking photography old decades of an under-recognized artist. In this case, the artist is Martine Barrat, a New York-based French photographer, now in her 80s, whose black-and-white photograph of a reveler leaving Harlem’s Amsterdam Music Club early one morning in 1982 has been printed on one of the facades of the building. exterior windows.

Just inside the fair, Miami-based gallery Nina Johnson has a solo booth of Barrat photos (priced between $12,000 and $32,000), most of which capture New York street scenes at the early 1980s. Many images have the composition, candor and spontaneity of classic street photography, but there is also a degree of familiarity, grandeur and even performance in some that evokes Dawoud’s seminal work Bey. Harlem, United States series a few years earlier. Or, as Yves Saint Laurent once said of Barrat’s work: “This photographer has a special eye, an eye that sees with the heart. She knows how to capture the unique moment that says it all.

Martine Barrat, My dear friend Love1992 Courtesy of the artist and Nina Johnson, Miami

Nina Johnson’s stand is one of more than half a dozen at Independent devoted in part or entirely to photographic works made decades ago by artists who are (yet) not known. According to fair co-founder Elizabeth Dee, these types of presentations, which add to and complicate art historical narratives, are possible in part because the fair’s audience already arrives extremely knowledgeable. “We assume everyone knows everything, and our challenge is to show them something new,” she says.

On the Higher Pictures Generation stand, the “new” is a grid of 35 black-and-white self-portraits from 1977 (priced at $25,000) by New York-based British photographer and dealer Janice Guy. Guy is best known to many in the New York art world as half of the closed Chelsea gallery since Murray Guy, which represented groundbreaking photographers such as Moyra Davey and An-My Lê.

“When she moved to New York, she changed her medium to a gallery,” says Kim Bourus, owner of Higher Pictures Generation. The large grid, which has never been on public display before, was kept for years along with most of Guy’s photographic work by artist Thomas Strüth, her classmate at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where she studied with Klaus Rinke and Bernd and Hilla Becher. Their penchant for seriality is evident in Guy’s photos here, most of which are set up in grids or series, though she prefers self-portraits to industrial architecture.

Works by Jennifer Bolande Porn series (1982-83) on the Magenta Plains stand at the Independent Photo courtesy of Magenta Plains and Independent New York

Another artist working in photography who has long been excluded from the larger history of the Pictures Generation, Jennifer Bolande, has a solo booth with Magenta Plains. His works on display span from 2014 to the early 1980s and reflect a conceptual interest in photography and appropriated imagery. The first works of her Porn series (1982-83), are small, impenetrable images of generic domestic interiors. They are based on vintage adult film footage that was shown at nighttime screenings at the cinema where Bolande worked, which she cut from the films and developed into photographic thumbnails. They are a prelude to the more recent and more important works exhibited nearby.

“She was connected to the Pictures Generation, but didn’t get the level of attention that a lot of those artists have,” says a gallery staff member, adding that visitors to Independent have a level of mastery of photography which is not a given. at each fair. “There is a strong knowledge of photography techniques among the collectors at this fair. We received questions about cameras, editions and printing techniques.

Two stands away, the Paris-based Galerie Sultana paired canvases by emerging British painter Celia Hempton with photographs by Swiss photographer Walter Pfeiffer spanning the 1980s to this year (price between €5,000 and €9,500). His images, which include still lifes and partially obscured portraits of male figures, juxtapose well with Hempton’s enigmatic figurative canvases. For the gallery founder Guillaume Sultana, the presentation at Independent and a major Pfeiffer exhibition which has just opened at the Swiss Institute make for an opportunity to showcase the artist’s influential role in a time of transition in photography.

Walter Pfeiffer, Untitled1975, printed in 2009 Courtesy of the artist, Sultana Gallery and Independent New York

“He started in the 1960s and 1970s, in the middle of the transition from black and white to color photography, and he was in conversation with the older generation,” says Sultana. “But he also served as an inspiration to many photographers working in color who came after.”

Older works by other influential photographers, some better known than others, are on display in Independent. Maureen Paley has a salon-style installation that includes photos by Peter Hujar and Wolfgang Tillmans. Bucharest-based Ivan Gallery presents photos from the 1970s by Romanian artist Ion Grigorescu. And the stand of the Vienna-based Galerie Hubert Winter includes a captivating presentation of works by the late Austrian avant-garde feminist artist Birgit Jürgenssen. It includes photographs of playful and subversive performances and interventions, such as Nest (1979/2002, priced at $15,000), in which the artist appears nude with a bird’s nest containing two small eggs cradled in her crotch.

For Dee, the dominance of historical photography at the fair this year is a symptom of collectors’ renewed interest in the medium, which she attributes, in part, to a surprising factor. “The photography market has been largely stagnant over the past decade, but the pendulum is swinging completely in the opposite direction,” she says. “I think this is partly due to NFTs (non-fungible tokens), which have made collectors much more comfortable with the concept of editions – people who buy NFTs see everything through the lens of collection, rather than unique objects.”

  • IndependentSpring Studios, New York, through May 8.
Local artist has a better idea for Woodstock Way Sign https://jazilek.com/local-artist-has-a-better-idea-for-woodstock-way-sign/ Fri, 06 May 2022 10:00:50 +0000 https://jazilek.com/local-artist-has-a-better-idea-for-woodstock-way-sign/

I think it’s pretty cool when a road or highway gets a “name” after a significant person, people, or event. In the Woodstock area of ​​Ulster County, Route 375 between Routes 28 and 212 is now also called Levon Helm Memorial Boulevard in honor of The Band drummer. The band and Levon in particular had and have strong ties to Woodstock. Levon’s Barn still owns Midnight Rambles even though he died years ago. It is a great honor for Levon, his family and his friends. It was well planned and well executed.

In Sullivan County, a highway has also been “named” for one of the most important events in the world and certainly the most important in Sullivan County. Signs were erected on Route 17B to commemorate the 1969 Festival and the fact that it was the route that ultimately brought nearly half a million people to the Woodstock Arts and Music Festival in Bethel. There are two signs, and they read “The Woodstock Way”. Well, a local artist has a little problem with “The Woodstock Way”, and thinks he has a better idea that would be an easy fix.

Local artist, photographer and musician Paul Kean has a problem with the signs. His problem ? Here is a quote from his Facebook post. Paul writes… “The – used as a pronoun?…completely unnecessary. We don’t say the Rt 17B OR the Rt 52 OR the Rt 17 etc. Just ‘Woodstock Way’ conveys the message.” His proposal? Simply replace the “Le” with a peace sign. It’s only two signs, and he’s an artist. Sounds like a great idea and an easy fix. He even included a picture of what the panels would look like after the simple edit, and I have to admit, they would look pretty damn good. Look at the image above.

So what do you think? Does the “The” in the signs bother you? Is Paul Kean’s idea a good one? He would also like to see some color added to the panels as it was such a colorful event. It would also look great, but one thing at a time, I guess. Will the right people see his idea? Paul seems to have a lot of support on his facebook page, but they’re not the ones making the decisions. We’ll see what happens, and I’ll be sure to let you know.

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Places to have a drink on your own in Hoboken + Jersey City https://jazilek.com/places-to-have-a-drink-on-your-own-in-hoboken-jersey-city/ Fri, 06 May 2022 01:00:23 +0000 https://jazilek.com/places-to-have-a-drink-on-your-own-in-hoboken-jersey-city/

Whether you’re new to town or a long-time resident, a drink alone is sometimes on the menu. Relieving stress after work or meeting new people is really easy in the Hoboken and Jersey City area, where bars abound. But a solo drink just requires the right atmosphere, which many watering holes in the area provide. Check out the list of places to grab a drink on your own in Hoboken and Jersey City below.


Tray 14 | 1314 Washington Street

Tucked away from all the hustle and bustle of downtown, Bin 14 is still on Washington Street, but in a quieter part of Mile Square. The upscale wine bar offers an extensive menu of vintages, so connoisseurs can stop in and enjoy a solo sip of some of their favorite varietals. The Italian small plates menu is also worth salivating over.

The brass rail | 135 Washington Street

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Frank Sinatra’s favorite haunt in Hoboken is definitely worth a visit. It was originally built in the early 20th century and the interior still pays homage to its history. The long wooden bar and tiered experience ensure a space away from it all, but the friendly atmosphere is a great place to make new friends.

Carpe Diem | 1405 Grand Street

Carpe Diem Hoboken

The fireplace in this uptown bar is the perfect place to get alone. The ideal location and welcoming nature of the Irish pub, mixed with the relative calm, create a comfort that will make even the most timid introverts feel safe. The food menu and beer list are also perfect for someone stopping in for a meal after work.

Court Street | 61 6th Street

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Continental dishes are served in the spacious bar of this downtown restaurant. It’s one of Hoboken’s oldest restaurants, and the reasonable prices and great food have been attracting people since the 1980s. The stylish, laid-back atmosphere is perfect for someone looking to indulge.

Elysian Cafe | 1001 Washington Street

cafe elysian hoboken

This space is a wonderful place to enjoy a martini alone. Housed in a restored 1895 saloon, the modern French bistro offers quality cuisine and a quiet, friendly bar. The brunch menu is particularly worth a detour.

Farside Tavern | 531 Washington Street

farside hoboken tavern

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The Farside Tavern is laid back and a great place to make friends over the darts game or sports played on the multiple TVs. The downtown space is far enough from downtown that a conversation could definitely take place at the bar. Traditional American dishes like burgers and fries are also on the menu.

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Great wine | 500 Grand Street

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As the name suggests, this place is an upscale wine bar with hearty Italian dishes. The dimly lit space features local ingredients and carefully selected varietals on the menu. Chat with a bartender or enjoy a glass of pinot noir with a book at the corner of Grand Street and 5th Street.

Louise + Jerry’s | 329 Washington Street

louise and jerrys hoboken

Founded in 1959, this bar has long been a gathering place for solo pool players looking to compete. It was originally a hotel in the 1880s, but has been a family business since becoming a restaurant. There’s sports on TV and a ton of stories to tell inside Louise + Jerry’s.

Pub Mc Swiggan | 110 1st street

mcswiggans hoboken

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This Irish pub hosts trivia nights and other events, and features live sports on TV. But the laid-back, friendly nature of the space welcomes solo visitors. Opt for dry ice drinks for a cool factor.

Squared Mikie | 616 Washington Street

Hoboken Square Mikie

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Solo sports enthusiasts are more than welcome at Mikie Squared. Burgers, fries and cold beers are on the menu at this downtown haunt. Quiz nights and daily specials are also on the program.

The Hoboken Shepherd + Knucklehead | 1313 Willow Street

the shepherd and knucklehead hoboken

Trivia nights and weekly specials are mainstays at this uptown bar, where a photo of famous solo traveler Jack Kerouac hangs by the entrance. Massive TVs play sports games and an extensive beer selection makes this the perfect place to experience a game on your own. This place is known for its craft beer selection which is frequently updated.

Stingray Lounge | 1210 Washington Street

hoboken ray living room

This small space offers a raw bar and quality cocktails. Happy hour is daily, including 4-6 p.m. weekdays. Classic and unique cocktails populate a drink menu designed to complement the fare. Everything is served in an elegant and intimate setting.

by Zack | 232 willow avenue

Zack Hoboken

A huge bar sits in the center of Zack’s, known for having some of the best burgers in town. Since 1997, this restaurant has been popular with residents of Mile Square, who also come for the wine list and the cocktail menu. When the weather is nice, take a seat on the terrace.

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902 Brewing | 101 Pacific Avenue

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There’s a lot to love about the expansive dining room. As well as a rotating selection of drafts, there’s frequent live music, trivia nights and other fun events on the schedule. The airy space has huge windows and doors to let the fresh air in, which is perfect for the upcoming summer weather.

The Archer | 176 Newark Avenue

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This rustic cocktail bar lives up to its name. It offers a small gamey place in a wooded and subdued atmosphere, ideal for meeting alone and having a drink after work. The calm atmosphere and good selection are also ideal for starting an intimate conversation.

Corgi Spirits Distillery | 1 distillery road

jersey city corgi spirits

Potato-based gins and vodkas are served in a quiet, Instagram-worthy tasting room. Small-batch spirits are used for the cocktail menu, which is full of tasty options to try. And the space is pet-friendly, which means meeting new dogs is an added bonus.

Deceased soles | 150 Bay Street #2a

Deceased Soles Jersey City

Jersey City’s first modern microbrewery is a great place for beer lovers. The tasting room offers gluten-free and wholefood options, and is in a convenient location just off the path. The tasting room is also pet-friendly, so you and your pup can enjoy this place.

Dullboy | 364 Grove Street

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Jersey City’s top-rated restaurant and cocktail bar has much to be proud of. The brick-walled space serves unique American dishes and cocktails. And the vegetal decor of the intimate space adds to the relaxed and warm atmosphere. The patio is open year-round, so there’s always room for an al fresco drink.

Ed + Mary’s | 174 Coles Street

jersey city ed marys

This space is a neighborhood bar in the truest sense of the word. The food is exactly what you would expect from a pub – casual and comforting, including plenty of grilled cheese options. The drinks menu is sure to have one of your favorites. Catch a sports game or chat with the bartender at this local hangout.

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Harry’s Daughter | 4072 339 Communipaw Avenue

harrys girl jersey city

Caribbean dishes populate the menu at this restaurant, which also features trendy, photo-worthy decor. Palm leaves dot the wallpaper and ceiling, and the smell of homemade food wafts inside. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The huton | 225 Hutton Street

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The Hutton’s heated patio means drinks can be enjoyed outside for an extended period of time, and the neighborhood restaurant is filled with natural light. Enjoy a burger, fries and a cold beer at this casual but fun restaurant and bar.

Jersey Social | 837 Jersey Avenue

This space on the border between Hoboken and Jersey City offers seasonal dishes made with ingredients sourced from local farms. Murals and indoor plants keep the space trendy and chic, while the cocktail list and event lineup are huge draws. Make new friends or enjoy a solo meal at this convenient location.

JSQ lounge | 50 Newspaper Plaza

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Weekly events dot the calendar at this hangout, where skilled bartenders whip up a wicked cocktail. Many of them are $10, and the extra-long happy hour — 3-7 p.m. — makes it the perfect spot for a solo drink after work. It’s also in a convenient location, just off the PATH.

Local | 2 2nd street

jersey local town

The waterfront views are the only reason to visit this restaurant. But the local menu and extensive cocktail list add to the charm. It’s relatively new, opening just before the pandemic hit, so it’ll attract plenty of curious eaters and hip locals alike.

McGinley Square Pub | 755 Montgomery Street

This craft beer bar has a vintage vibe. Most draft beers are $5, and the happy hour deals and comfort food are a reason to stick around. The relaxing atmosphere and friendly staff are perfect for solo visitors.

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