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Two Contests to Enter! Hang with Linkin Park!

Linkin Park MusicCares Chester Bennington

Linkin Park rose to fame with its breakthrough album, Hybrid Theory, gaining an immense following. Today, after collaborating with artists such as Jay-Z, selling over 50 million albums worldwide and winning two Grammy Awards, the band members are making themselves available to fans on an intimate level. Omaze.com is offering anyone not just one but two chances to kick it with the guys from Linkin Park. Read on to find out more.

Omaze.com has partnered with Linkin Park and MusiCares to offer fans a chance to win 2 Front Row VIP balcony tickets to the MusiCares Benefit Concert on May 30th, 2013 in Los Angeles.

The concert honors Linkin Park’s vocalist Chester Bennington as well as skateboarder, surfer and musician Tony Alva. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Anthony Kiedis will be presenting with special performances by Slash and more surprise guests! One lucky entrant and his or her guest will get to experience an historical event in person while helping people in need through the Linkin Park-founded organization, Music for Relief, for only  $10, or less!

Each entry to win Two VIP Tickets to the MusiCares Benefit Concert gives you a chance to:

  • Win 2 Front Row, VIP balcony tickets to the MusiCares Benefit Concert on May 30 in Los Angeles, CA
  • Airfare & Hotel are included!
  • Funds received from Every Entry help provide necessary services for children and their families recovering from Hurricane Sandy

You will get one entry for a donation of just $10, but you can also buy 5 chances to win for just $40 or 10 entries (regularly $100) for $70 total. Visit This Link for more information and to enter the contest for the Concert Ticket package! Enter By May 20th to be eligible to win!

Hang With Linkin Park Studio

But wait, there’s more: For a one-of-a-kind preview of Linkin Park’s next album, Omaze is offering anyone the chance to win VIP access to a live recording session and the chance to win a rare autographed poster or drum head. The winner and his or her guest will hear material that the band is working for their next album and hang out with the guys between sets.

Each entry for the Hang in the Studio with Linkin Park experience offers a chance to win the following:

  • You and a Guest will get VIP access to a live recording session and the chance to win a rare autographed poster or drum head
  • Airfare & Hotel are included!
  • Funds received from Every Entry help provide necessary services for children and their families recovering from Hurricane Sandy

Pricing on entries for this contest are the same as noted above. Enter to win the Recording Session Experience at This Link. Enter By May 31st to be eligible to win!

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Happy New Year 2013!

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Hey Everybody! Welcome to the very last day of 2012. It was a pretty good year for me here at The Gig, despite a devastating midsummer hack job to this fair site — from which we emerged even stronger and more popular — and a brief displacement of domicile due to Hurricane Sandy. In fact, I just returned late last evening from a ten day vacation in Southern California celebrating one of my favorite Christmas holidays in recent memory, so I am definitely wrapping up the year on a high note. Thanks for your readership over the past 364 days and here’s to all good things ahead in 2013! Cheers!

Must See Art: Mark Kostabi at Martin Lawrence Galleries

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All Art By Mark Kostabi, All Photos By Gail

Our first post-Sandy art excursion turned out to be the party of the week, as modern/contemporary painter Mark Kostabi debuted a series of colorful new works at the Martin Lawrence Galleries in Soho. The red wine flowed freely (more about that later) last evening, as the gallery quickly filled with friends and fans of Kostabi, all excited to see the artist’s latest series of visually engaging paintings done in his signature style. Geoffrey and I had a blast looking at all of Mark’s awesome art, chatting with Mark (who is quite generous with sharing his opinion that the Two G’s are the “Best Bloggers in New York” – which, true) meeting new art lovers and getting drunk for free.

Here are some photos I took last night with my new iPad!

Mark Kostabi Card Players

Looking at the painting above, one fan was overheard commenting that it would be “really cool” if Kostabi would “Paint some faceless dogs playing poker,” which I thought was hilarious, but, Mark, if you are reading this review, how about it?

As an aside: I love how in this painting Mark references both art icons Piet Mondrian and The Guggenheim Museum, because that is how he rolls.

Spill The Wine

This is a picture I took of my spilled wine after I put it down on the floor so I could take a picture of the statue below, and Geoffrey kicked it over. Fortunately, the gallery employees were not angry, and no art was harmed in the spill.

Mark Kostabi Statue

I think I would also have a headache if little men, or “baby men,” whatever, were crawling all over me.

Mark Kostabi Dancing Couple with Dollar Signs

In this painting of a couple dancing, you can see Mark’s obvious stylistic references to Andy Warhol, who rules.

Mark Kostabi Keith Herring

I believe it is safe to guess that this work was influenced by the late, great Keith Herring.

Mark Kostabi Red Nudes

I wish my ass looked that good.

Mark Kostabi Girl at Mirror

There is not much that I do not love about this painting.

Martin Lawrence Galleries is located in Soho at 457 West Broadway (just south of Houston) in NYC.

Top Ten Things I Learned from Hurricane Sandy

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Your Neighbors are looking out for you, even if you think they don’t know who you are.

Keep Your Mobile Devices Charged to Maximum Power at all times.

Eat Everything in your freezer and all of your perishable food before the storm hits.

When the power goes out, unplug your Refrigerator.

Buy D-cell Batteries at least a few days in advance.

There is no such thing as having too many Candles on hand.

The DVR is not recording your scheduled shows if there is no power.

In the battle of Black Clothing Versus Cat Hair, Cat Hair will win every time

The pleasure derived from being able to take a Hot Shower cannot be overestimated.

Friends you’ve know for over 10 years but whom you’ve never hung out with for more than a few hours at a time will let you sleep on their couch and feed you for a week.

Update: Hurricane Sandy Kicks My Ass!

Unlit Downtown Manhattan

Hey what’s up. You might have noticed that the blog has been a little light on posts since Monday night. This is owing to the fact that Hurricane Sandy came knocking, literally, on my front door. The buildings where I live on East 14th Street were hit very hard, with flooding in all basements. Not to mention, but you can see I am about to, the fact that we are located just half a block from the Con Ed transformer that exploded so spectacularly shortly before lower Manhattan was blanketed in darkness for days that, as of this writing, still have not seen a return of electric power.

Fortunately, no one in my community was injured and the water did not breach anyone’s interior space. But with no power, heat, hot water, land lines or cell service in the area, I have been unable to stay in my home. Kind friends living uptown, where life goes on as if Sandy never happened, have taken me in until the time that I can return to my home. I will keep you updated, and thanks everyone for your emails and messages of support. Hopefully the blog will be up and running again this coming week.

 

Breaking Hurricane Sandy News: Gail Interviewed by the OC Register!

Hurricane Sandy

Check this out! A couple of hours ago I was interviewed over the phone by my long time friend, reporter / editor Greg Hardesty of the Orange County Register for an article on Orange County Natives now in the path of Sandy! Read my clever, fear-spiked witticisms at This Link!

Lyrics of The Day: Peter Gabriel's "Here Comes The Flood"


“Or Not”

When the night shows
The signals grow on radios
All the strange things
They come and go, as early warnings
Stranded starfish have no place to hide
Still waiting for the swollen Easter tide
There’s no point in direction we cannot
Even choose a side.

I took the old track
The hollow shoulder, across the waters
On the tall cliffs
They were getting older, sons and daughters
The jaded underworld was riding high
Waves of steel hurled metal at the sky
And as the nail sunk in the cloud, the rain
Was warm and soaked the crowd.

Lord, here comes the flood
We’ll say goodbye to flesh and blood
If again the seas are silent
And any still alive
It’ll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you’re running dry.

When the flood calls
You have no home, you have no walls
In the thunder crash
You’re a thousand minds, within a flash
Don’t be afraid to cry at what you see
The actors gone, there’s only you and me
And if we break before the dawn, they’ll
Use up what we used to be.

Lord, here comes the flood
We’ll say goodbye to flesh and blood
If again the seas are silent
And any still alive
It’ll be those who gave their island to survive
Drink up, dreamers, you’re running dry.