Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday Moment - Art from the Phillips Collection

 How about a Degas?

 Throw in a Cezanne?
So many awesome paintings in the Phillips Collection that is being shown at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth TX  ( )

Duncan Phillips had a vision and the money to amass an amazing amount of art. I enjoyed reading all of the blurbs about what he chose and why?  At some point he wanted a Van Gogh and basically put the word out.  Oh, if you have money, you can get what you want.

Lovely exhibit and I am very grateful to be able to zoom to Fort Worth on a Sunday and peruse such beauty.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Art Adventure - Architecture with Louis Kahn at the Kimbell

 Spent last Saturday in Fort Worth at one of my favorite art museums - the Kimbell.  And it was designed by architect Louis Kahn (1901- 1974).  This exhibit was quite fascinating.

 Born in Russia, his family moved to Philadelphia. He earned great renown in his city planning efforts. His library at Phillips Exeter Academy is famous, as well as the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA.  And the Kimbell itself is considered one of the premier art museums designed in the world.

Drawings, films, plans, and building models all gave us a view of a man forever ahead of his time. His use of space, light, and natural materials gave a modern flare to the world around us.  I enjoyed this exploration of a craftsman.  Here are some quotes by Louis Kahn:

A plan of a city is like the plan of a home - streets, corridors, quiet areas, culture areas, get togetherness, and a workshop.

The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building.

In regards to the Fort Wayne, IN Performing Arts Theater - the concrete concert hall is protected from the nearby railroad by a brick envelope. It's like a violin case - it's a musical instrument containing people. 

Support your local museums and check out any exhibit. You'll come away with a greater appreciation of the arts.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

Movie Review Madness - Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Guardians of the Galaxy 1 was so refreshing and fun.  It’s tough to beat. Thus Guardians 2 is a bit much – plenty of excess, but still extra good hilarity and worth seeing in the theater. I am Groot, now with baby Groot (voice by Vin Diesel) is still an awesome tag line, no matter the dialogue.  Lots of plots, tons of action, and of course, the Star Lord (Peter Quill) himself, Chris Pratt, is ever more confident and handsome and cool as our leading man.  Zoe Zaldana’s Gamora returns as well as Rocket the raccoon (Bradley Cooper). She provides the hot, smart, and sexy. He’s our master of quips and irreverence.

Kurt Russell appears as Ego, Quill’s father. He’s a hoot – self-absorbed villain with a grand scheme to take over the world with his DNA. His wild planet is a feast for the eyes. There are plenty more plot lines and then teasers as the Guardians will fit into future Avenger story lines. Sly Stallone appears as a space thief. There’s a woman in gold who’s out to take over the world but is foiled by the Guardians for now. Teaser after teaser appears and it’s hard to keep track (I thought) of who is who.  But it’s still a bit tongue in cheek and raucous.  You won’t be bored or check your watch.

Big thumbs up. Pay for the big screen experience. Treat yourself to some popcorn and stay and stay and stay until the lights come up.  Groot as a teenager is a plus moment at the end.  Guardians of the Galaxy Part 2 has a great soundtrack and kicks off our summer cinema season.  Just have a blast.  We are all Groot. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mother's Day Weekend

 My mother as a young girl - a somber lass who loved to read
 Her modest birthplace in Indiana
Mom and Dad's wedding day - June 11, 1954

Happy Mother's Day Weekend.  I salute my mother. She's been gone since 1992 - alas - stomach cancer.  She was super healthy, teeny tiny, never drank, never smoked, and yet............dang........
what can you do?

She's still a force in my brain.  Oh she could move fast.  Somehow I always think of her hanging up laundry in our backyard.  Those trees are gone, but the clothes line hung just so, and the sheets wafted in the wind.

She loved breakfast...but late. Never a true morning person.  She drank tea, not coffee, and ate Tasty-kakes - the chocolate ones.  (A Philly product, also - Pudge's cheesesteak sandwiches - yum)

She loved Christmas, stuffed animals, and always made our birthdays special.

She would have gotten a huge kick out of her grandkids (Lisa and Jeff), and Ray's boys - Chris and Kevin and their kids - Abby, Makyla, Skylar, and one on the way - Dakota.  Treats for all

Happy Mother's Day Weekend everyone.  I hope you are celebrated and remember your mothers and your grandmothers.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Downtown Fort Worth in Sundance Square.  Love the smiley face clock.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday Moment - Unicorn

A unicorn pinata fell victim at a party for a two year old. Only the head swings free. The body thumped to the ground, candy guts flying everywhere much to the glee and giggles of little girls.

Keep  your head on straight this week (and giggle).