Make Your Sneakers Fly with Shwings

Shwings Wings and Heart
All Photos By Gail

Hey what’s up. I want to talk to you about my new sneakers. Not too long ago, I was given a couple of pairs of Shwings ‘shoe wings’ accessories to write about for The Gig. And then, even more recently, my friend Heather gave me a new pair of Hot Pink Converse sneakers. So, that was pretty good timing, because it meant I could put the Shwings on the Sneakers and make with the blogging. Win Win!

Pink Converse Sneakers

These are the sneakers that Heather gave me. How rad are they? Heather is the best. Not only do they look great but they fit perfectly and feel like little clouds on my feet.

One Shoe Shwing

This is my right foot in the Pink Converse Sneaker with the black studded Shwing laced onto the shoe. Don’t I look like I could take off and fly around the room? Sure I do.

Shoes with Shwings

These Shwings make my new shoes look completely fucking insane. I love them.

But you know what they say: Shwings. Makes old shoes new. Makes new shoes fly.

I believe this statement to be true.

In the two years since its inception, the Shwings brand has expanded to worldwide distribution and has grown from just twelve wings to over 150 styles in an array of fun shapes and colors.  Shwings accessories can now be found in a variety of retailers, from luxury boutiques and concept stores to your local toy shop or convenience store. Shwings has gained worldwide popularity as a fun, affordable brand for people of all ages. You can also shop online for Shwings at This Link! Shwings bring smiles to people’s faces and fill them with a warm fuzzy feeling — life is FUN.

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Paul Insect, 2033: Original Works Created in 2014 at Allouche Gallery

Paul Insect
All Photos By Gail

Geoffrey and I were trying to figure out why the address of 115 Spring Street sounded so familiar, and yet neither one of us could recall having been to the Allouche Gallery, which resides at that address, prior to the Paul Insect exhibit, the opening reception of which we attended on Saturday night. Once we walked in the door, however, we recognized the space as having formerly been the  home of Opera Gallery — which, who even knew that it had closed? Obviously, not us.  RIP Opera Gallery. I do not miss you that much.

Paul Insect

I like Paul Insect’s work a lot. To bring up a reference from Pop Culture, his unique portraits remind me a lot of the costumes and make-up designed, worn and made infamous by the late Leigh Bowery.

Allouche Gallery Bar
Hey, Free Wine!

And if you are going to reference another contemporary painter doing something similar, perhaps George Condo comes to mind as well, although I prefer Insect over Condo.

Paul Insect

The exhibit’s press release simply states that “Paul Insect’s 2033, Original Works Created in 2014, features a series of striking new montage works on canvas and paper, projecting a world in which people want more, thrive to be the best and pretend to be who they are not.” I like that. Here are more of our favorites from the show.

Paul Insect Diptych

This Diptych (above) and the trio (below) are a little bit different stylistically from the others.

Paul Insect Trio

Paul Insect Abstract

This one has maybe a bit more of a collage feel to it. I love his use of bright colors.

Paul Insect

This one reminds me of Me and Geoffrey when we go out looking at the Art.

Paul Insect

Paul Insect Installation View

Here is a bit more of an installation view. It really is a very nice space.

Paul Insect

The Red in this is just remarkable, although it doesn’t translate in the photograph. It is one of my favorite pieces in the show for sure!

Go see this exhibit, because it is awesome.

Paul Insect, 2033 will be on Exhibit Through January 11th, 2015 at Allouche Gallery, Located at 115 Spring Street in Soho.

Paul Insect

Christmas Things That Are Merry and Bright: Midtown, Manhattan

Radio City Tree and Marquee
Radio City Music Hall (All Photos By Gail)

On the Saturday that fell over the Thanksgiving long weekend, Geoffrey and I had the bright idea that it would be a fine time to visit  the Museum of Modern Art. By 2 or 3 in the afternoon, we felt sure that the crowds would have thinned out and we could just slip through the line and see some rad art. HAHA, how funny to have thought that, as we quickly discovered that the place was ridiculously mobbed and the lines were so endlessly long, that we had no choice but to bail on the idea of seeing any art that day. However, we decided to at least “take advantage” of the fact that we were actually in midtown, and perhaps do some window shopping and a bit of sightseeing.

Salvatore Ferragamo Building Front
Salvatore Ferragamo Store Front, Fifth Avenue

You may know that in a recent post that I admonished anyone who wants to maintain their sanity against even trying to be in the vicinity of midtown Manhattan during the Christmas season, because it will make you hate your life. But what made the trip worthwhile was getting to see all of the fantastic Christmas holiday decorations that make for some terrific photographs.

The photos in this post were all taken between Radio City, located at the corner of 6th Avenue and 5oth Street, on Fifth Avenue just a few blocks downtown, and then west through the 40s towards Times Square. I didn’t always take note of an exact addresses, but if you walk around that general area, you should be able to spot most of these. Because, they are kind of big and, well, lit up.

Uniqlo Store Windows

Uniqlo clothing store, window displays. 53rd St. on the Southwest Corner of 5th Ave.

Uniqlo Store Windows

Uniqlo Display

This is what the Window Displays looks like from inside the store.

Chase Plaza Red Christmas Balls

These oversized Red Christmas Balls are an annual fixture in the fountain at Chase Plaza, 1251 Avenue of the Americas.

Chase Plaza Red Christmas Balls

Night had not quite fallen, so I’m not sure if they are illuminated in the darkness, but I would guess that perhaps they are.

Reindeer and Red Trees

I really love these reindeer sculptures, and the bare trees wrapped in tiny red lights. I believe this is just down the street from Chase Plaza, but don’t hold me to that.

Reindeer and Red Trees

Giant String of Christmas Lights

This colorful String of Over-Sized Christmas Lights is in front of the McGraw-Hill Building, Located at 1221 Avenue of the Americas.

Giant String of Christmas Lights
Giant String of Christmas Lights

Tree of Lights

I am pretty sure this Holiday Tree of Golden Lights is inside a building that’s just one block further downtown than the Giant String of Christmas Lights. I love the fact that I captured a man working on this display.

Silver Christmas Balls

These assorted sized Silver Balls were inside a  clothing store  window. I didn’t  notice  which one.

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These Giant Christmas Balls sitting atop a pair of revolving doors were possibly on W. 49th St. as we walked towards Times Square.

I hope you enjoyed my photos! Merry Christmas, everyone!

Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” Among 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees

Alice Cooper Full Band
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Legendary rock anthem “Schools’ Out” by the original band called Alice Cooper is among the inductee recordings for the 2015 Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame.

(Below Courtesy of Christopher Morris, Variety Dot Com)

The 27 new inductees, which cut across the entire spectrum of musical genres, brings the total list of Hall of Fame titles (both albums and single recordings) to 987. Each year a special member committee determines a group of recordings, at least 25 years old, which exhibit qualitative or historical importance.

Hall of Fame titles are displayed in an interactive exhibit at the Grammy Museum in downtown L.A. This year’s inductees will be commemorated in a collector’s edition book that will also focus on the Grammy Foundation’s Grammy Camp program and its preservation and archiving initiatives.

Recording Academy prexy and CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement, “This year’s Grammy Hall Of Fame entries not only represent a diverse collection of influential and historically significant recordings but also reflect the changing climate of music through the decades. These memorable, inspiring and iconic recordings are proudly added to our growing catalog — knowing that they have become a part of our musical, social, and cultural history.”

The complete list of 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees (listed alphabetically by song title):

“AUTOBAHN”
Kraftwerk
Vertigo (1974)
Album

“BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY”
The 4 Seasons
(Bob Crewe, Bob Gaudio)
Vee-Jay (1962)
Single

“BLOOD ON THE TRACKS”
Bob Dylan
Columbia (1975)
Album

“THE BRIDGE”
Sonny Rollins
RCA Victor (1962)
Album

“CALYPSO”
Harry Belafonte
RCA Victor (1956)
Album

“DANCING QUEEN”
ABBA
(Benny Anderson, Stig Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus)
Atlantic (1976)
Single

“HARVEST”
Neil Young
Reprise (1972)
Album

“HONKY TONKIN’”
Hank Williams And His Drifting Cowboys
(Hank Williams)
Sterling (1947)
Single

“I FOUGHT THE LAW”
Bobby Fuller Four
(Sonny Curtis)
Mustang (1965)
Single

“JITTERBUG WALTZ”
“Fats” Waller, His Rhythm And His Orchestra
(“Fats” Waller)
Bluebird/RCA (1942)
Single

“JOHN PRINE”
John Prine
Atlantic (1971)
Album

“LE FREAK”
Chic
(Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards)
Atlantic (1978)
Single

“NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS, HERE’S THE SEX PISTOLS”
Sex Pistols
Warner Bros. (1977)
Album

“NICK OF TIME”
Bonnie Raitt
Capitol (1989)
Album

“RESCUE ME”
Fontella Bass
(Raynard Miner, Carl Smith)
Checker (1965)
Single

“SAN ANTONIO ROSE”
Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys
(Bob Wills)
Vocalion (1939)
Single

“SCHOOL’S OUT”
Alice Cooper
(Alice Cooper, Michael Bruce, Glen Buxton, Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith)
Warner Bros. (1972)
Single

“THE SHAPE OFJAZZ TO COME”
Ornette Coleman
Atlantic (1959)
Album

“SIXTY MINUTE MAN”
The Dominoes
(Billy Ward, Rose Marks)
Federal (1951)
Single

“SONGS OF LEONARD COHEN”
Leonard Cohen
Columbia (1967)
Album

“STAND!”
Sly And The Family Stone
Epic (1969)
Album

“STARDUST”
Willie Nelson
Columbia (1978)
Album

“SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT”
Fisk Jubilee Singers
(Wallis Willis)
Victor (1909)
Single

“SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT”
Paul Robeson
(Wallis Willis)
Victor (1926)
Single

“TELL IT LIKE IT IS”
Aaron Neville
(George Davis, Lee Diamond)
Par Lo (1966)
Single

“TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS”
Otis Redding
(Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, Harry M. Woods)
Volt (1966)
Single

“WALK ON THE WILD SIDE”
Lou Reed
(Lou Reed)
RCA Victor (1972)
Single