Thursday, May 31, 2012

Top Ten Thursday With Brian Keith Wallen

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My memory is not as good with dates as it use to be.  I want to say I met Brian about a year ago but it seems I have always known him. The Cincinnati Blues Society was having a contest for "Best Blues Solo Musician".  They were doing it at the Blue Wisp and the contest became to big for the venue.  Arnold's agree to have the overflow musicians and Brian was one of them.  He not only blew all of Arnold's away but also the crowd.  He won that year. I think he was 12 years old or maybe 18.  Remember I have a poor memory.  I am proud of Brian and it has been a delight to watch his journey.  I present to you, Brian Keith Wallen, Professional Blues Musician.



I'm Brian Keith Wallen, and I perform at Arnold's on the third Tuesday of every month for Bluesday Tuesday's. For this week's top ten list, I'm bringing you a top ten list of singer-songwriters that you may have never heard of. Of course, I may also be a singer-songwriter that you have never heard of, and if that's the case, please check out my website, http://www.briankeithwallen.com/. I hope that this list leads you to some enjoyable new music.

Thanks!
-Brian

Top 10 Singer/Songwriters You May Have Never Heard Of


10. Griffin House
A Springfield, Ohio native, Griffin House turned down a full ride athletic scholarship to Ohio State to study music at Miami University in Oxford. It ended up working out pretty well. He has toured with such acts as John Mellencamp and Mat Kearney, and now resides in Nashville. He played at the 20th Century here in town not too long ago. The album "Flying Upside Down" features Benmont Tench, keyboardist for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

Recommended Album
"Flying Upside Down"

Recommended Song
"One Thing"

9. Pete Yorn
Pete Yorn is probably the most commercially successful guy on this list, but he's still unknown to the vast majority of people, especially once you get past his one radio hit, "Life On A Chain". He has done some pretty interesting things over the years, including releasing an album with Scarlett Johansson. He sounds sort of like a folkier R.E.M.

Recommended Album
"Back and Fourth"

Recommended Song
"Last Summer"

8. Chris Knight
Slaughers, Kentucky is the hometown of Chris Knight. And it's evidently a pretty rough place, judging by the lyrics of Chris Knight's songs. His rootsy, extremely raw sound is a fitting backdrop for lyrics filled with murder, injustice, and the ugly side of life. A cross between Tom Waits and John Mellencamp. Which is definitely a good thing.

Recommended Album
"A Pretty Good Guy"

Recommened Song
"Down The River"

7. Tim O'Brien
Tim O'Brien is the best songwriter in bluegrass. His lyrical depth far exceeds the majority of bluegrass songsmiths, and his music always conveys emotion. He is also a hugely gifted instrumentalist, being equally adept at guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, mandocello, and bouzouki. I saw him playing with Bryan Sutton in Hamilton last year, and it was a wonderful experience. Buy "Real Time", a duo album he recorded with Darrell Scott, to hear two of the musicians on this list. The Bob Dylan of bluegrass.

Recommended Album
"Real Time"

Recommended Song
"Brother Wind"

6. Rich Mullins
Rich Mullins was born in Richmond, Indiana, so he's an area musican. He played piano, guitar, hammered dulcimer, lap dulcimer, accordion, and Irish whistle, to name a few. He is unknown to many because he was classified as a "Contemporary Christian" musician, and he died in a tragic auto accident in 1997. The reality is that his music is much bigger than one genre or faith, and if you give his music a chance, I think you'll be impacted by it, as I have been.

Recommended Album
“A Liturgy, a Legacy, & a Ragamuffin Band”

Recommended Song
“Calling Out Your Name”

5. Ray LaMontagne
Ray is getting more attention these days, yes, but most people still know him as the guy that sings "Trouble". There is so much more to Ray LaMontagne than that. His voice is one of the most emotive and unique you'll ever hear, and the impact of his lyrics is astounding. There aren't enough superlatives to describe this guy.

Recommended Album
“God Willing & The Creek Don't Rise”

Recommended Song
“Let It Be Me”


4. Ryan Bingham
I love Ryan Bingham. He is raw, rootsy, and full of soul. I've been listening to this guy for several years, since his first album came out in 2007. He has gotten more recognition lately because of a song placement in the movie, "The Weary Kind", but he is still largely an unknown. He has mastered the balance between great music and great lyrics. Some of his songs absolutely rock, musically, while still having the kind of artistry in the lyrics that takes you aback.

Recommended Album
“Junky Star”

Recommended Song
"The Poet"

3. Richard Thompson
RT is one of those guys who is universally respected amongst musicians, but not that well known to anyone else. He is one of the best guitar players in the world, and was actually ranked in the top 20 guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone. His songs have been recorded by Robert Plant, R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, and plenty of others. He's been doing it since the 1960's, and he is only getting better. I saw him at the 20th Century recently, and was so impressed that I went to see him again in Louisville a couple of weeks later. Some of his music is solid, straight ahead rock, and some of it is classic folk. Either way, you can't go wrong.

Recommended Album
"Mock Tudor"

Recommended Song
"Shoot Out the Lights"

2. Darrell Scott
Darrell Scott is my all time favorite songwriter, and a criminally underappreciated musician. He plays well over a dozen instruments, and recently toured the world with Robert Plant's Band of Joy. His songs have been recorded by country music heavyweights like the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, and many others, but oddly enough, he isn't a country artist. He is a fusion of blues, folk, bluegrass, country, gospel, and rock, and his songs are truly moving. Buy his stuff. You won't regret it.

Recommended Album
"A Crooked Road"

Recommended Song
"The Open Door"

1. Townes Van Zandt
For about a year now, I've been conducting a social experiment. At almost every show, I will ask if anyone in the audience knows who Townes Van Zandt is. 90% of the time, nobody does. 10% of the time, maybe one person, or two at the most, will have heard of him. This is almost a criminal shame. Townes is one of the best damn songwriters who has ever walked this earth, and the list of people that agree with that statement includes Neil Young, Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Caleb Followill, Gillian Welch...I could go on forever. He is the Vincent Van Gogh or the Ernest Hemingway of songwriting. He lived his whole life in the depths of depression, sacrificing his health, happiness, and personal well being for "The Sake of the Song", as his first album was titled.

To be great, you have to be willing to go to the dark places. Townes lived his whole life in the dark places. He died on New Years Day in 1997 at 52 years of age, his body finally succumbing to the years of substance abuse brought on by a man trying to escape from the pain. Listen to Townes. It will change you.

Recommended Album
"Townes Van Zandt" or "Live At The Old Quarter"

Recommended Song
"Rake"




Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Red Curry and Basil Chicken Salad Recipe

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This salad will be on the lunch special 5/29/12.  Not only is it delicious but is is SUPER simple to make.  We cook our own chickens at Arnold's but buying a roasted chicken is also an easy great option if you don't want to bake it yourself. 
Rub chicken with about 1 TBS. olive oil then add about 1 tsp pepper and salt.  Place in a pan and add about 1/2 cup water to bottom of pan.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes then cover and lower over to 325.  Bake for about 20 - 25 minutes until temp reads 170 - 180 degrees.  Let cool and take meat off bone (please do not use the skin).  In a large bowl add chicken and the following ingredients...


1 cup mayo
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 tsp salt/pepper
1 TBS red curry
1 cup strawberries
1/2 Medium jalapeno finely chopped

I'm serving it on whole wheat toast with leaf lettuce and tomato.  Garnished with french fries.


Monday, May 28, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Thank You and Goodbye Harry's Law

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Here is a website you can EASILY voice your opinions about Harry's Law.  From FaceBook, to Twitter, to writing a letter or an email.  I thank the person loads for doing it. 

http://www.saveharryslaw.com/



Our romance with Harry's Law was way to short, we aren't ready for it to end.  I mean really, it's national TV.  But more than that it depicted who we were.  It made my heart warm to see the checkered curtains, the warmth of the neon and the Arnold's drink menus on the tables.  Something like this never hurts your business either.  Just this week we had couples come in from other parts of the country and Canada. 

I find it interesting the network was so ready to let such a high rated show go.  They said it attracted too many viewers over 50 and the demographics they were looking for was much younger.  I found that interesting since I am over 50 and I still spend money.  I also own a business that sells to all age groups.  Especially the demographics they are going after.  I hire over 40 employees who spend money.  And I also gave birth to a child so they could have their demographics.  So the way I see it, the over 50 crowd is who they should be going for, maybe, just maybe they have it backwards.   What if I only wanted 18 year olds or 25 year olds or only artist or only Judges?  I don't think I would be in business very long.  I also will take someone just buying a soda or someone buying a steak dinner. 

I know in a million years "the network" will never read this and will never put the show back on because of my blog.  I also know my life will go on, Arnold's life will go on, Katy Bates life will go on, it would have just been nice to last a little longer.  This is the "fun" stuff, the "entertainment"

The producer called us on Thursday to let us know when the last show was.  How classy is that?  We are a spec in his universe but he took the time to do that.  We thank him.  If I could have an ending to the show it would be of Harry Korn and some hot guy getting ready to hook up at the bar.  I as the bar owner come over and tell them to get a room.  She looks at me and winks.  

Thanks to the many people involved in getting Harry's Law to Cincinnati, OTR and Arnold's.  Thanks Mike Listo for putting a little "Hollywood" into our spec of the universe.


Pictures From The Past

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Friday, May 25, 2012

This Weekend At Arnold's

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From Graduations, to weddings, to an engagement party, Arnold's is hosting them all this weekend.  Funny thing, we have had several weddings on this weekend for the past several years and this one is no different.  And we are already booked for next year!  Crazy world. 
This weekend I am going salsa crazy.  I made salsa verde, and pico de gallo, fruit salsa and classic salsa.  It will stand alone and top other specials.  Check them out below.  I am making the Arnold's salad GF for all you GFers.  Chris will list the music below the dinner specials.  Happy Taste Of Cincinnati everyone!!!!!!

The Specials.....



ARNOLD'S LOCAL LOCAL SALAD. From the Androski's garden, basil, mint, fennel, rosemary, chives, cilantro, sage. Local veggies were a little slim this week, bok choy, buttercup lettuce and asparagus. From Daisy Mae's I got the lettuces, strawberries, blueberries, zucchini, squash, yellow bell peppers, radishes and broccoli.  From The Mediterranean Shop gluten free pasta and from  Madison's I got asparagus. Tossed with a touch of lemon, sea salt and olive oil. 8.95 Add chicken 4.00 Add salmon 6.00


TRI A SALSA. Three homemade salsas, salsa verde, pica de gallo and Arnold's classic. Served with homemade chips and corn chips. 7.95 Add fresh guacamole for 4.00


JERK CHICKEN HOT BROWN.Spicy! Boneless breast of chicken marinated in jalapeno, lime, garlic, onions and herbs then grilled. Now we start "THE BROWN". Hoagie bun, SWEET potato fries, cheese sauce, jerk chicken, then finish it with crunchy onions and pineapple sour cream. 10.95


GIANT HAMBURGER. Two 1/3 hamburger patties with cheddar and pepper jack cheese sandwiched between. Served on a grilled bun with sautéed onions, chipotle mayo and shredded lettuce. Garnished with French fries. 10.95


BLACKENED SALMON. Beautiful salmon fillet coated in our house made blackening and pan seared. Served over black beans and rice. Topped with cool fruits salsa. 16.95

The Music......


Friday
The Happy Hour Jazz Combo 6-8 - The Ready Stance w/ The Mitchells 9-12:30


The Happy Hour Jazz Combo



The Mitchells



The Ready Stance



Saturday
Hickory Robot 9-12:30







Thursday, May 24, 2012

Top Ten Thursdays with Poor Elvis

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This weeks top ten list comes from the far far off land of........ Chicago. The band Poor Elvis who will be at Arnold's June 15 as part of their rust belt tour wanted to do one of our top ten lists. So of course we were more than happy to let em' They even drew pictures for it.

Top Ten Tropical Mascots for Poor Elvis

10. A Banana
9. A Really Big Bug

8. Rare Types Of Wood

7. Heat and Humidity

6. Creepy Night Time Sounds

5. Unknown Cures For Cancer

4. Ancient Curses

3. White Linen Pants

2. Malaria

1. Cabana Boys




Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How Do You Get A Greek Spaghetti Stain Out

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This email was sent to me today from our website.  I was wondering if anyone has had this problem and how they have handled it or any other stain removing tips. Thanks to James for letting me post this!



From: xxxxxx@yahoo.com

Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:05 PM
To: info@arnoldsbarandgrill.com

Subject: Arnold's Website Contact Form: shirt stains
---Message---
Celebrated a birthday with you last weekend and enjoyed it all.

I'm normally a very neat eater but I noticed that I should have used a bib with the GREEK SPAGHETTI. Since it's your signature dish and on the menu since 1957 I thought maybe I wasn't the first.

Any advice on stain removal? I wore an expensive new shirt and havent been able to remove the stain.

Thanks,
James xxxxx


From: Arnold's BarandGrill 
To: xxxxx@yahoo.com
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:43 PM
Subject: re: Arnold's Website Contact Form: shirt stains

Hi James,
Oddly, we actually have never been asked that question. But, as the owner and the cook and hating to wear an apron I get lots of that oil on me and my husband has great success with lestoil. He said if the shirt wasn't a delicate fabric then use lestoil. Rub it in and then wash the shirt, you don't have to leave it sit. He has no clue if it is a delicate fabric since that doesn't exist in our household. I hope this works for you and happy belated birthday!

I was wondering if you would mind me using this email on my blog tomorrow. I think it is interesting reading and will ask our customers if they have had this problem. My blog is mylifeatarnolds.com



Sincerely,
Ronda Androski/Proprietor

________________________________________________________________________________

From: xxxxxx@yahoo.com
Sent: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:05 PM
To: info@arnoldsbarandgrill.com

Subject: Arnold's Website Contact Form: shirt stains


Ronda - Thanks for the advice - I'll give it a try and feel free to use my e-mail in your blog.


James xxxxx



Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Easy Onion Bleu Cheese Marmalade Recipe

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Wow your family or guest with this easy onion bleu cheese marmalade.  Put on top of fresh fish, chicken or burgers. 

 

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 large thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cracked red pepper
  • 1/2 cup bleu cheese
Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add sugar to pan; cook 1 minute or until sugar dissolves. Add onion, garlic, and cracked pepper to pan. Cover and cook 30 minutes or until onions are very tender, stirring occasionally. Uncover and add vinegar to onion mixture. Cook, uncovered, 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Stir in salt and pepper.



Monday, May 21, 2012

Street Art Education #6 Matt W. Moore

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Today I am featuring Portland, Maine based mural artist and graphic designer Matt W. Moore. Above is a piece that I am betting a lot of you missed on Clay Street in Over The Rhine. Thankfully, Walt Keys from the Queen City Project didn't and snapped the above photo. We have YES Gallery on Main Street to thank for bringing him in April of last year. If you want to see exactly where this is on Clay Street, you can use Google Street view to figure it out here. It is the blue wall in the picture. Google Maps must have cruised through before the it went up. Two summers ago Matt W. Moore did a pretty awesome project in France. Details, pictures and the video are below.

From The Wooster Collective“In the summer of 2010 mural painter Matt W. Moore created a series of live painting performances on walls in MARSEILLE, LYON, and PARIS. Directors Le Groupuscule captured the evolution of each mural, gathering over 700,000 pictures, that were edited as a stop-motion animation to an unreleased track by Monsieur Monsieur to create this music video. This collaboration of 3 artistic disciplines to make walls dance is part of the global initiative : Let’s Colour Project.”

Check out Matt W Moore's blog here
Buy his prints here
An interview with him here



Paris, France

Lyon, France


Marseille

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Oakland, CA

Portland, MA

London, UK

MWM x Kofie - San Francisco, CA

(right side) Miami, FL


Check out some of my past Street Art Education posts below
#1 Barry Mcgee
#2 Claw Money 
#3 Jeff Soto 
#4 Alexandre "VHILS" Farto 
#5 Swoon




Saturday, May 19, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

This Weekend At Arnold's

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I am going to list my specials and then leave the rest of the blog up to Chris.  He has a ton of stuff going on and it is also the "offical" opening of Saturday lunches.  This is actually going to be the third one that we have been open but have not told too many people about it.  I am scared to think what it is going to be like once the word gets out.  We have been packed the last two weekend. I'm keeping the specials nice and easy this weekend, Bret and I are taking two much needed days off!

BURGER MANIA REVISITED...

GRILLED SALMON BURGER... Char grilled salmon burger served on a grilled bun with lemon caper aioli, spicy onion marmalade, arugula and dill pickles.   Served with french fries and slaw.   9.95

TACO BURGER... 1/2 pound char grilled burger served on a grilled bun and topped with pepper jack cheese, taco beef (yes that is what I said), then sour cream and crunched up taco chips.  Served with fries and slaw.   9.95

HOUSE VEGGIE BURGER... Grilled veggie burger topped with sprouts, swiss cheese, sauteed mushrooms, avacado and ranch dressing.   Served with fries and slaw.   9.95


Friday Night at 6pm we are tapping to very limited beers from Great Lakes brewing Company. We are the first place in town you can get Lake Erie Monster American Double IPA on draft and we have two of the five 1/2 barrels available in Cincinnati of the super limited Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale.

This weekend marks are official grand opening for lunch on Saturday. For the event we are ceremoniously tapping a special edition Cask conditioned Exposition Vienna Lager from Christian Moerlein at noon. It also marks the Kickoff of the Saloons, Cellars and Sins tour from local author Mike Morgan and Queen City History. The tour will be heading out from Arnold's weekly throughout the summer. Live music from Todd Hepburn.


This Weekends Music.....

Friday Night is Jeremy Pinnell and the 55's inaugural show at Arnold's. They are starting to build a pretty big buzz and we are glad to have them. See them at Arnold's before they play at Bunbury Music Festival this  summer


On Saturday night we are having Lagniappe. Cincinnati only traditional Cajun band.



Thursday, May 17, 2012

Top Ten Thursday With 46 Long

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The dynamic duo cannot be split and are doing Arnold's Top Ten List together.  46 Long has played at Arnold's for several years but has taken up residency as the house band the first Friday of every month at 6pm.  The bluesy music these two guys put out makes you feel as if it isn't true.  You look at them, all tall and skinny and just wonder what they are doing.  Then they start playing music and you just have to listen.  Like Blake says, they have that "Woo" factor.  I could not be more honored to call them my buddies and always welcome the big hug I get when I see them.  I was thinking I should have called this weeks Top Ten, Top Ten and Thirsty!   I give you 46 Long's Top Ten...


We here at 46 Long like to think of ourselves as cultured, erudite, worldly, and cosmopolitan. So when we were asked to write a top ten list, we were in a quandary: What to write about? Favorite Bordeaux vintages? Elizabethan poets? Parisian museums? Places for brunch in Soho? Then, when we thought about it, what we really had in common was that we’ve enjoyed drinking beer in a bunch of cool places. So, here are (in alternating order) some of our favorite places to have a beer!



Jonathan and Blake's Top 10 Favorite Places To Have A Beer

10) Jonathan - The Seahorse Taverna, Ireapetra, Crete.  I worked as a camp manager for an archaeological dig in 1989.  It was a scam job, and only took a couple of hours of work on most days.  So I hung out at the Seahorse, which was right on the beach. I ate curry, drank Henninger Beers for 25 cents a bottle, and watched German tourist girls cavort in the surf.  That was a really really good summer.

9) Blake - Barrelhouse Brewery, Cincinnati, Ohio.   -  This was a place too good to last. A great, urban, high-ceilinged space, they made their own excellent beer on the premises, live jam bands most nights and a juke box to match, and during a very difficult year professionally, Krista and I could walk through the door on a Friday afternoon, and the bartender would see us coming, and pour our exact order without needing to ask, and the stress would melt away.

8) Jonathan - The Kano Motor Club, Kano Nigeria.  The Motor Club was founded when Nigeria was still a British Colony.  It became the home gig for my Nigerian band, and we played there at least a couple of times a month -- mostly for a hard-drinking group of Lebanese businessmen.  The club still ran Off-Road Rallies on Sunday afternoons outside of the city.  I spent many an evening playing music under the Club's Cottonwood Trees and drinking icy cold Gulder Beer from 500ml bottles.  Man, what I wouldn't give for a Gulder right now...

7) Blake - Collingwood Pub, Durham, England – The English neighborhood pub is one of the beautiful things in life that you simply cannot understand if you’ve never been a regular in one.  The year I lived in Durham, I missed three evenings in the Collingwood pub. No tourists, no music, just conversation, the beer was cheap and all local hand-pulled ales, and it was, indeed, a clean, well-lighted place.

6) Jonathan - Sassy Ann's, Knoxville, TN.  I hosted the weekly "Blue Jam" at Sassy's for a year in 1995-1996.  Not only did it provide me with enough money to pay my rent, but it came with free beer -- any day or night of the week.  Heck, I got free beer there even after I got my first teaching job and left town and just came back to visit -- until the bar changed hands and the new owner told me to start coughing up cold hard cash for my cold beers.  Meanie.

5) Blake - On the end of the dock at my family’s old cottage – 4th Lake, Adirondack Mountains, NY. I’m not really religious, but I do hold some things sacrosanct. That part of the world is sacred to me, and that dock is where I’d rather be most of the time: watching the sunrise with Krista, having a cigar with my dad, fishing with my brother, swimming with my kids... (Still think we’d kill up there if we spent a summer up there working the bars, Jonathan!)

      4) Jonathan -  My Back Deck, in Ameliastan.  Perfect way to unwind at the end of a summer day.   I've even got a neighbor named Beer.  I love to yell across the fence and say "Yo, Beer!  You want a beer?"  He always says yes.  Good ol' Beer.  You can always count on Beer.

       3) Blake – North Hanna lounge. Kenyon College. Gambier, Ohio.  So, I was a frat boy. That’s where      e     held our parties. What can I say? Really cheap beer, really good times. Give me a break, I met my wife                               
 there, at least. Sheeesh!

2)      Both of us – Rubberbiscuit Studios- Amelia, Ohio, and (formerly) Southgate, Ky. This is where the magic happens for 46 Long, whether that be in the form of recording / mixing tracks, composing something new, or just simply laughing while eating wasabi almonds washed down with one of the many fine brews always found in the enchanted fridge in the closet.

1)      Both of us - The stage in the courtyard at Arnold’s. There’s no place we’d rather be playing music and enjoying a draft OTR, lovingly poured by Jack, on a hot Friday evening. With lots of tipsy babes yelling “WOO!” We really like that.




Wednesday, May 16, 2012

There's A New Lady In The House

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There is a new lady in the house. We just hung this original painting of her in the booth room. First one who can guess the name of the world famous artist who painted her wins a free lunch for two. Just leave your guesses in the comment box below.



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

SAVE HARRY'S LAW

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Usually on Tuesday's I write a recipe for my blog but this is important to me.  How great would it be if Cincinnati started a movement to save Harry's Law on FaceBook and it was the 1st show to be picked up by another station or to be renewed by it's current one because of facebook.  It could happen, you know? 

I mean I never thought I would even own a restaurant, let alone such a cool one.  So what do you guys say?  All you have to do is click the like box below. If you are truly dedicated you can click on recommend and tweet as well to share this blog post with your people on facebook and Twitter. Save Harry's Law!







Monday, May 14, 2012

Street Art Education #5: Swoon

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This week I am featuring the work of Brooklyn based artist, Swoon. By far one of my favorite artists. Her whimsical, sort of folk art, sort of wood block style has been imitated by many since she started wheat pasting cut outs on the streets back in 1999. Try as they might it can never really be duplicated. Her stuff just stands out from everyone elses.

 Beyond the amazing work that she does on walls. She is involved in lots of other interesting creative projects that are just, well.... really cool. Swoon was part of three different projects were she and others built rafts made from scavenged and recycled materials found in New York City and sailed them log distances. It doesn't sound that great when I tell it but you will see what I mean in the pictures below. I have also included an amazing video at the bottom that is something she is working on in New Orleans.  Swoon is taking an abandoned, wore down, old Creole Cottage and turning it into something that will look like a house but function as an instrument. Again, the video explains it better than I ever could. 


No matter if it is a wheat paste, raft or instrument house, I really hope we get to see her work again someday in Cincinnati. 

You can check out Swoon's wiki here
You can check out an interview by the Huffington Post here
You can buy one of her signed and numbered prints here

This Swoon piece on a door was once up on Central Parkway here in Cincinnati. Right across the street from The Mockbee sometime around 2005. It's long gone now and this is the only photo that I have ever found of it. Photo courtesy of westbymidwest.

Brooklyn, NYC

New York City

New Orleans, LA

San Francisco, CA

Paris, France

London, England


Berlin, Germany

Miss Rockaway Armada, 2006

Swoon is a founding member of the art collective the Miss Rockaway Armada, a group of about 30 artists, performers and musicians who traveled down the Mississippi River the summers of 2006 and 2007 on rafts made from scavenged and recycled materials found in New York City. Starting in Minneapolis, the rafts journeyed to St. Louis, making stops along the way to stage performances.

Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea, 2008

In the summer of 2008 she presented a two-part exhibition with Deitch Projects called Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea. It was a large installation inside the Deitch Studio space as well as a journey of seven handmade sculptural wooden rafts from Troy, NY down the Hudson River and up the East River in New York City, ending at the Deitch Studios gallery. Every night the crew would stage a performance on the banks of the river, with musical accompaniment from the band Dark Dark Dark.

Swimming Cities of Serenissima, 2009

Swoon and a crew of 30 crashed the 2009 Venice Biennale with "the Swimming Cities of Serenissima," a performance project similar to the Miss Rockaway Armada and the Swimming Cities of the Switchback Sea. The crew sailed from Slovenia in rafts made of New York City garbage, as well as one raft made from material scrapped along the coast of Slovenia. The project stopped at various points on the way to meet the locals, collect artifacts for their on-board "cabinet of curiosities" and to prepare for the culminating performance entitled, "The Clutchess of Cuckoo." Once in the Venice Lagoon, the rafts and their company performed throughout Venice nightly and docked at Certosa Island. They "barnstormed" the Grand Canal at 3:00 a.m.






Check out some of my past Street Art Education posts below
Barry Mcgee
Claw Money 
Jeff Soto
Alexandre "VHILS" Farto