The Recording Cabinet of…

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I was reading about Elfo Recording Studio. Well, not exactly reading about it but saw the above-the-fold pic of the exterior at Dezeen in my Googlefeed and liked it, a raucous but curiously comforting jumble, like several 1960s elementary school kindergartens cut up and reboxed. Comforting in the way that public school was comforting when you didn’t belong to that …

The Heard Museum

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Day 10. We went to the Heard Museum. Untitled (the hunter/hunted) by David Hannan b. 1971 Metis Untitled (the hunt/hunted), 2006-2007 Mixed media installation Metis artist David Hannan works with taxidermy-form sculptures to explore aspects of union, adaptation and metamorphosis. Hannan’s taxidermy hybrids present tension and beauty in the merging of animals into sculptures. Many of the themes in Hannan’s …

Wake up!!!!

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It’s the fizziest ultimate bubble bath of your childhood all grown up, Mister and Madam Bubble dropping the shower curtain on their library of reflections.

Art and Those Pesky Hands and Feet

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Some doctors got themselves all in a hubbub over finding what they believe is nearly incontrovertable evidence that Raphael used polydactyl models. Below is a detail from Raphael’s La Belle Jardinere. Doctors say the infant shows polydactylism. I think artists call this foreshortening. And with some people that part of the foot sticks out more when standing than the pinky …

Monteverdi's Orfeo

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How I came across Marilia Vargas was looking up Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” at Youtube. “Mom, look up some opera for me,” H.o.p. said. He meant something like Mozart’s “Requiem” but he’s never seen Ponnelle’s 1978 staging of “Orfeo”. Instead I found clips from the Jordi Savall/Brian Large 2002 production. The opening is promising… Marilia Vargas as a nymph blessing the marriage …

Just Became Aware of Marilia Vargas This Morning…

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Marilia Vargas singing Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilerias No. 5. To listen is to breathe more deeply, it is that affecting. Vargas’ voice strikes me as alternative, faithful yet modern, and I’m not even sure yet how so. Something in her expressiveness that is as open to the concert hall as the corner food mart, as if she wants that voice …