The next big thing: My first solo show, full of big, beautiful prints, will be at 200
Fifth in Park Slope. It's the very first art show in that space. Kathleen,
the manager, has been very generous and supportive.
I'm sorting out which prints to actually include in the show, and organizing things like where to send invitations, where to place postcards, and how to lay out the show.
Wonder what the window designer was thinking here
Into Jazz? This is the real thing, not the “smooth,” homogenized stuff that
sells Fords on TV. The series runs through Memorial Day. These shots are
from Thursday Night's program.
“...We hold to the belief that art really moves people; and that to
move people is a powerful political act. The theme of the Ninth Annual Vision
is "Vision For A Just World." It is imperative that we respond to
the erosion of rights in America and the new and very dangerous Imperialism
abroad. Our goals are simple. First we must see ourselves, artists, writers,
human beings as people who can make a difference, both with our actions and
with our omissions. We are intent on presenting an international arts festival
dedicated to non-violence. This is our statement that we hope will impact upon
performers, speakers, organizers and audience alike. We give artists a platform
with which to respond, and therefore maintain a link between vision arts and
life that resists the deadening effects of fear, conformity and greed. ...”
Masterful Michael Shipp
HULA – The Band
Played Tuesday night, May 25 @ Pianos. These guys are a pleasant break from
the ordinary, and they're so damned photogenic.
The Republicans Attempt to Take NYC...
Yeah, in case you didn't know it, the Republican National Convention is here
this summer. They must feel like they're setting up a beachhead in hostile
territory. (Check out rncnotwelcome.org –
they've been up and running for months.)
Andrea sent over this agenda, surreptitiously lifted from RNC HQ...
6:00 PM Opening Prayer led by the Reverend Jerry Fallwell
6:30 PM Pledge of Allegiance
6:35 PM Burning of Bill of Rights (excluding 2nd amendment)
6:45 PM Salute to the Coalition of the Willing
6:46 PM Seminar #1 Getting your kid a military deferment
7:30 PM First Presidential Beer Bong
7:35 PM Serve Freedom Fries
7:40 PM EPA Address #1: Mercury, it's what's for dinner.
8:00 PM Vote on which country to invade next
8:10 PM Call EMTs to revive Rush Limbaugh
8:15 PM John Ashcroft Lecture: The Homos are after your children
8:30 PM Round table discussion on reproductive rights (MEN only)
8:50 PM Seminar #2 Corporations: The government of the future
9:00 PM Condi Rice sings "Can't Help Lovin' That Man"
9:05 PM Second Presidential Beer Bong
9:10 PM EPA Address #2 Trees: The real cause of forest fires
9:30 PM Break for secret meetings
10:00 PM Second prayer led by Cal Thomas
10:15 PM Lecture by Carl Rove: Doublespeak made easy
10:30 PM Rumsfeld demonstration of how to squint and talk macho
10:35 PM Bush demonstration of trademark "deer in headlights" stare.
10:40 PM John Ashcroft demonstrates new mandatory kevlar chastity belt
10:45 PM Clarence Thomas reads list of black republicans
10:46 PM Third Presidential Beer Bong
10:50 PM Seminar #3 Education: a drain on our nation's economy.
11:10 PM Hilary Clinton Piñata
11:20 PM Second Lecture by John Ashcroft: Evolutionists: The dangerous
11:30 PM Call EMTs to revive Rush Limbaugh again.
11:35 PM Blame Clinton
11:40 PM Laura serves milk and cookies
11:50 PM Closing Prayer led by Jesus Himself
12: 00PM Nomination of George W. Bush as Holy Supreme Planetary Overlord
Where have I been? Busy, very busy. Sorry.
- I opened my studio for the SONYA stroll
- I'm gearing up for a solo photography show in a couple of weeks (stay tuned
- I pitched a couple of new web projects
- Plus other miscellaneous distractions
in Philly had a painting of a relative that she's had for
many years. Done in what looks like either tempera or gouache, it has a fair
amount of damage. I figured I might be able to take
then clean it up and enhance it in 'Shop. Inspecting the results as I write,
I realize that I was able to get the funky arm restored, except the sleeve
I hadn't noticed when I was working on the image, but his face reminds me of
my brother Lyle.
Date: May 24, 2004 5:54:58 AM EDT
Subject: "Fahrenheit 9/11" Wins Top Prize in Cannes
Hello from Cannes! I’m sure by now many of you have heard the good news—“Fahrenheit
9/11” has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It is the first
time in nearly 50 years a documentary has won the Palme d’Or (the Golden
Myself and twenty-six members of our crew are here in Cannes and we are in
a state of shock. None of us expected this. First came the critics’ reviews
on Monday (The New York Times called it my best film ever), then the audience
reaction at our premiere (a 20-minute standing ovation, a new all-time record
for the festival), the International Federation of Film Critics Award on Friday,
and then the best film prize last night. It’s all been an incredible
week for us and I can’t wait to get back home and show you all this wonderfully
powerful film we’ve made.
No, we still don’t have a distributor in America as I write this but
after winning the world’s top film prize I’d give it about one
more day (if that) before we have someone brave enough (and smart enough) to
show Americans what the world can already see (Albania, this week, became the
final country—other than the U.S.—to sign on with a distributor).
I am still hoping for a July release (4th of July weekend?) both in the U.S.
and around the world.
I fully expect the right wing and the Republican Party to come at me
and this film with everything they’ve got. They will try, as they have unsuccessfully
in the past, to attack me personally because they cannot win the debate on
the issues the film raises—namely, that they are a pack of liars and
the American people are on to them. And, if the early screenings of “Fahrenheit
9/11” are any indication, those who see this movie will never view the
Bush administration in the same way again. Even if you already can’t
stomach George W. Bush & Co., I think this movie will take you to places
you haven’t gone before, with laughter and with tears.
I will let you all know—as soon as we have a distributor—the
date the film is opening. Until then, check out some of the articles that
written, and check out the awards ceremony from Cannes.
Thanks everyone for your support.
P.S. When you hear the wackos on Fox News and elsewhere refer to this
prize as coming from “the French,” please know that of the nine members
of the Festival jury, only ONE was French. Nearly half the jury
(four) were Americans and the President of the jury was an American (Quentin
But this fact won’t stop the O’Reillys or the Lenos or the Limbaughs
from attacking the French and me because, well, that’s how their simple
Columbus Avenue, Manhattan, 2004 - The “Sambo's” restaurant chain changed
its name to “Sam's” long ago. Aunt Jemimah has had several make-overs since
the 60s – I
she wears a do-rag anymore. Even in the suburbs, it's nearly impossible to
find one of those black-faced lawn jockeys. So, what's up with the Lenny's
logo? Seems in bad taste to me.
“Lenny's – with a logo like this, Our food better taste good.”
Chew on this...
“In recent times... we have come to recognize that there is no representation
without intention and interpretation.”
... said another way, everything gets said with a spin.