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friday favorites: september 24

friday favorites

SEE IT: photography I fell for this week
I attended a gallery reception for Melvin Sokolsky this week and am so enamored with his early photography. His Bubble series and whimsical style are amazing (my favorites are his chair photos, pictured above). I now aspire to own a print of his someday... swoon! You can see a selection of his photos here

WATCH IT: videos I peeped this week that you should too
I'm not gonna lie... I'm pretty amped for the Harry Potter finale. A new trailer was released this week- looks pretty dark, can't wait!

The Guggenheim is hosting the YouTube Play Biennial, and have asked people to submit their YouTube vids. A collection of 100 finalists are currently being narrowed down to a top 20 to be played at kiosks in the museum itself. In the meantime, check out what the Huffington Post deemed the top 10 videos.

Radiohead put together a full concert video of their show in Prague, made entirely of crowd-sourced footage.

HEAR IT: songs I downloaded this week
1. Royksopp Forever by Royksopp 2. Too Little Too Late by Metric 3. Hard to Explain by The Strokes 4. Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean by Explosions in the Sky 5. Good Morning Joan by The Cardigans 

 Met Opera simulcast in Times Square

 DO IT: things to put on your weekend calendar
This weekend is the DUMBO Arts Festival. Over 500 artists will be spread across the entire neighborhood today through Sunday, showcasing their work both indoors and outdoors. It's going to be gorgeous this weekend, so head over there! And if you go tomorrow, you can get a free NYHarborway ferry ride to DUMBO- plus Bike and Roll is renting bikes for free!

New York Craft Beer Week kicks off today and has a full calendar of brewery events, tastings, and parties. Get your drink on.

The Met Opera is opening their season on Sunday. There are still ways to see the Rheingold simulcast- for free on the Lincoln Center Plaza!

Sunday is Apple Day-- according to their website, "Apples on Orchard pays tribute to the neighborhood’s historical connection to apples. The Lower East Side was an apple orchard farm in the 1700s, owned by a French farmer named Delancey." The festival is located on Orchard Street between Grand and Broome Streets. From 11a til 5p, you can experience everything apple-related (I'm hoping they have pie!).

Threadless is throwing a book launch party with Etsy in Brooklyn on Sunday at 2p! Threadless founder Jake Nickell and various Threadless artists will be there to hang out and sign copies of the book.

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friday favorites: september 17

friday favorites

SEE IT: pics I took this week
I got my kitties fixed Sunday, and they've been a very needy and cuddly pair this week. (Shout out to the Toby Project that spays/neuters cats and dogs for free in the city.) Every time I sit down they're climbing onto my lap and snoozing (they never did this before, but I hope it lasts).    


Lily has stitches and has to wear one of those awful cones over her head, but Ben's been helping her wash up every night after dinner. Cutness!

HEAR IT: songs I downloaded this week
1. On Directing by Tegan and Sara 2. Northshore by Tegan and Sara 3. Someday by Tegan and Sara 4. For a Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic by Paramore 5. Fix You by Coldplay 6. Dashboard by Modest Mouse 7. Happier by A Fine Frenzy 8. Dead Things by Emiliana Torrini 9. Automatic Stop by The Strokes 10. Ghost by JES

 photo via Gothamist

WATCH IT: videos I peeped this week that you should too
I love this stop-motion video "Lost Things" starring Alison Sudol (A Fine Frenzy). It has a very Alice in Wonderland quality about it.

Google teamed up with Arcade Fire to create an interactive experience slash video for "We Used to Wait". It's pretty incredible.

In the twitter frenzy over the tornado here last night, I caught this video shot by 2 guys in Brooklyn. As Gothamist put it, "video of guys going all 'double-rainbow' on the Brooklyn tornado". It's pretty ridiculous. 

 photo via facebook

DO IT: things to add to your calendar this week
Bryant Park is wrapping up their Fall Festival this weekend, with music and dance from BAM, Parson's Dance, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's.

Saturday check out The Last Supper Festival at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn. Bring canned food donations for the Food Bank of NYC, and take in the sensory overload of food, music, art, film and design. 6p-2a, $15.

There are several street fairs and fall festivals this weekend worth checking out. Time Out NY has the schedule.

I love old photos of NYC! This week, the Seaport Museum opened their Alfred Stieglitz New York exhibit, featuring the photographer's photos of New York City from the early 1900's.

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friday favorites: august 27

friday favorites

SEE IT: art I fell for this week (legos!)
The world's skyscrapers in Lego form. (The Eiffel Tower is missing though... I know it's not a skyscraper but the STL Arch is there. Booo.)

MOMA art reinterpreted with Legos. Awesome.


WATCH IT: videos I peeped this week that you should too
This video of 4 guys watching the 2010 Miss America pageant is hysterical. The video is the announcement of the top 15 ladies... their reactions are friggin' priceless.

Something about Tavi intrigues me. Fashion genius? Prodigy? Internet sensation? Whatever you think of the 14-year-old fashion blogger, she's getting recognized by fashion elite.


HEAR IT: songs I downloaded this week
1. Ghosts 'n' Stuff by Deadmau5 2. Feral Love by Wakey!Wakey! 3. Brooklyn by Wakey!Wakey! 4. 1876 - The Brooklyn Theatre Fire by Wakey!Wakey! 5. Square Peg Round Hole by Wakey!Wakey! 6. Twenty Two by Wakey!Wakey! 7. Almost Everything by Wakey!Wakey! 8. The Catalyst by Linkin Park 9. Sylvia by The Antlers

DO IT: things to add to your calendar
The Central Park Conservancy Film Festival is wrapping up this weekend. Tonight see King Kong, tomorrow night will be Manhattan. Enter the park at 72nd Street; films start at 8pm. Free popcorn!

Saturday and Sunday check out the Jazz Age Lawn party on Governors Island. Dress in your best flapper outfit and head over on the ferry for jazz tunes, vintage shopping from Odd Twin and a picnic. 11am-6pm, $10.

Shakespeare is on the move in Central Park. New York Classical puts on a FREE production of Much Ado About Nothing, with scenes moving every 5-10 minutes. Friday-Sunday 7pm, enter the park at W 103rd St.

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friday favorites: august 13

friday favorites

SEE IT: photography I fell for this week
The long exposure photograph above was taken by Phil Hart. The "sea sparkle" is something I've actually seen before-- it's made when bioluminescent organisms are crashed onto the shore with the movement of the waves. (You can also see it by dragging your feet along the shoreline in the damp sand.) Phil specializes in "astrophotography". I also love his shot of the lunar eclipse-- gorgeous!


HEAR IT: songs I downloaded this week
1. My Hero by Paramore (awesome Foo Fighters cover) 2. Small Time Shot Away by Massive Attack 3. Glittering Cloud by Imogen Heap 4. Falling for You by Seabird 5. Forever Young by Youth Group (mellow cover of Jay-Z's track)

WATCH IT: videos I peeped this week that you should too
Thom Yorke performed a new Radiohead song, Give Up the Ghost, at the Big Chill festival last week.

Pomplamoose covers hit songs as indie duets. Their take on MJ's Beat It is pretty stellar.

Upception: a movie trailer mashup using dialogue from Inception and scenes from Up.

Ellen and T-Pain do a duet with auto-tune mics. Silliness. I SO want one of these, by the way... I did some tracks with a DJ friend of mine a while ago with an auto-tune computer program... my rendition of Here Comes the Rain Again didn't sound half bad!


DO IT: things to add to your calendar
If you still need plans for tonight, I'd highly recommend seeing Dragonette at the Bowery Ballroom (tickets are $15). They are a lot of fun. Don't know em? Listen to this.

Summer Streets will be at it again tomorrow, closing down Park Avenue and surrounding streets so people can bike, skate, participate in group fitness classes and swim (yes, swim).

Make out in Times Square tomorrow from 10a-2p to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the famous sailor and nurse kiss! (The famous photo was taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt.)

Last chance to see Picasso at the Met before the exhibit closes on Sunday.

Restaurant week has been extended through September 5th! Check out their listings for sweet deals around the city.

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friday favorites: august 6

friday favorites

SEE IT: art I fell for this week
Music Philosophy makes art posters inspired by song lyrics. Some of your favorite lines from legends and one-hit-wonders can adorn your walls. Check out their etsy shop here.

WATCH IT: videos I peeped this week that you should too
Lost fans were left with a bazillion unanswered questions when the series ended earlier this year. On the Season 6 DVD is a 12-minute epilogue that will answer a few of them, including what the deal was with the polar bears, island infertility, and where's Walt. You can see a preview here.

Eminem, Rihanna, Dominic Monaghan & Megan Fox in the Love the Way You Lie music video.

HEAR IT: songs I downloaded this week
King of Anything by Sara Bareilles * Catch her in concert at Webster Hall, Wednesday November 10. I snagged myself a ticket the moment they went on sale today! (I'm dying for her to sing Gravity... story of my life ATM.)

Do You Love Me by Guster * They're also hitting the road, doing a show in NYC at Beacon Theater on October 29. I've been very lucky and was invited to this show by a friend who has two tickets. I saw them live at UMass several years ago and they were fantastic.

DO IT: things to add to your calendar
Raiders of the Lost Ark is screening tonight for FREE on the flight deck of the Intrepid. Doors open at 7:30p. Get there early!

Swim on Park Avenue tomorrow! Pools have been designed from (new) dumpsters and will be available for swimming on a timed, first-come/first-serve basis from 7am-1pm. Fun! Park Ave will be closed to traffic from the Brooklyn Bridge up to Central Park 3 Saturdays in a row, starting tomorrow, with free bike and skate rentals.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be a FREE performance of Romeo and Juliet in Riverside Park at 6:30pm by the Hudson Warehouse. The outdoor theater performance will be at W89th and Riverside Drive. It's not officially "Shakespeare in the Park"... but technically it is, right?

Get your tickets to BAMcinematek's Vampire Film Series. They're screening over 30 classic vampire movies now through September.

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