Video Clip of The Week: Gorillaz, “Tranz”


Hello and welcome to the rockin’ start of a brand new week! You know, I usually like to use this space for showcasing an indie or lesser-known band that doesn’t have major label backing behind it; but in the sprit of the weekend-morning cartoons of my long lost youth, an animated clip always gets preferential treatment. This week let’s all turn on to “Tranz” from Gorillaz, who are also making their debut on The’Gig. Marking the band’s first ever live performance video — and only live performance since 2010’s highly memorable MTV EMA performance — this visually eye-popping clip sees Gorillaz’ charismatic front man2D command the stage against a backdrop of mind-altering visuals. Joining him are bandmates Noodle and Russel Hobbs, with Gangreen Gang’s Ace on bass standing in for the temporarily incarcerated Murdoc Niccals. “Tranz” can be found on the band’s latest album, The Now Now, which is out. . . now. Tour dates starting in October are below. Enjoy!

Gorillaz Tour Dates

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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Shrine

Pink Shrine Full
All Photos By Gail

JeongMee Yoon’s photograph, Jeeyoo and Her Pink Things (2007) from The Pink Project (2005 – ongoing) inspired this diorama of Pink Girls Toys, which provides a launching focal point the new exhibit, Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color up now at the Museum at FIT.

Pink Shrine Left
Pink Shrine, Left Side Detail

The idea that pink is for girls and blue is for boys is ubiquitous today. Already conspicuous in the 1950s, when it was part of an ideological push towards gender conformity, the pinkification of girl culture really took off in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Pink Shrine Right Side Detail

I could have stood in front of this breathtaking Shrine to Pinkness forever.

Pink Cars and Doll

Please enjoy a few more detail shots of this Pink-Lover’s Paradise!

Pink Troll Dolls

Hello Kitty Reflection

Elephant and Lion

Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color Will Be on Exhibit Through January 5th, 2019 at The Museum at FIT, Located at Seventh Avenue and 27th Street in NYC.

Miscellaneous Pink Things

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Hosts Pineapple Express Movie-Themed Dinner!

Pineapple Express Movie Poster
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If you enjoy eating and watching movies, and you aren’t lucky enough to have an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in your city, then you are missing out on an opportunity to do both at the same time while also being outside of your own living room. Alamo Drafthouse is a cool chain of theaters where you can order food and drinks (read: alcohol) from your seat and servers bring it to you while you watch the movie. It is very fun and cool, and it definitely saves time and planning efforts when you are on a date and are trying to decide if you should eat dinner before or after seeing the film. We’ve all been there.

Alamo Drafthouse Theaters Film Reel Lights

The theaters are very comfy and cozy, with ample arm-rest room, and a little table right at your seat. Select theaters even have these cool Film Reel Light Fixtures on the walls, which get you all in the mood see a film!

Alamo Drafthouse Logo

About once a month, Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn (which is the one closest to me) takes in-theater dining to the next level with a special Food & Film event, where a dinner menu is created to go with the theme of a popular classic movie. I was recently lucky enough to score an invite to attend a screening of David Gordon Green’s stoner romp, Pineapple Express, which was accompanied by a four-course movie-inspired meal from Alamo’s Executive Chef Ronnie New, and drink pairings from Beverage Director Vincent Favella. What a great entertainment value!

Pineapple Express

If you have not already seen Pineapple Express, let me tell you a little bit about the plot.  Pineapple Express is an absurdist black comedy starring Seth Rogen as Dale — an underachieving stoner who works as a process server —  and James Franco as his pot dealer Saul, who sells Dale a rare, extremely potent strain of weed called Pineapple Express. When Dale inadvertently witnesses a murder, he puts both himself and Saul in danger when he tosses a joint of Pineapple Express from his car as he flees the scene. Since the hitman just happens to know that Saul is the only dealer who sells that kind pot, the bad guys know exactly where to find him. It just gets more ridiculous from there as Dale and Saul try to stay alive while being high out of their minds.

Danny McBride and Craig Robinson also star, and the cast includes minor supporting roles and cameos by a dozen name actors such as Bill Hader, Eg Begley Jr., Rosie Perez, Gary Cole, Amber Heard and Kevin Corrigan. On repeated viewing, it’s pretty obvious that most of the dialogue was ad-libbed, which, considering the crazy plot and the fact that the actors were most likely wasted during filming, serves the film way better than any script could. Pineapple Express is also the only James Franco role — except for the first Spiderman movie — in which I find him to be completely attractive. Check him out.

Seth Rogan James Franco
Seth Rogan and James Franco in a Scene from Pineapple Express

OMG So Hot.

Pineapple Express Dinner Menu
Pineapple Express Dinner Menu with Cocktail Pairings

The menu, seen above, included a tasty appetizer, a hearty main course, a palate cleanser, and a very delicious dessert, plus three cocktails! Each dinner course was named after an appropriate line of dialogue from the film. Clever.

Foods Still Warm

For example, the main course, Food’s Still Warm, recalls a line delivered by Matheson, Craig Robinson’s character, when the bad guys arrive at April (Amber Heard’s character)‘s house looking for Dale and Saul, and Matheson puts his hands in the food he finds on the dinner table, to assess how long ago the family left the house.

The movie was hilarious as usual, and the food was delicious. I especially loved the You’ve Been Served Pineapple and Bacon amuse bouche, and the Birthday Cake for My Cat Strawberry Cupcake with buttercream icing, which was just insane. The cocktails gave me a nice buzz, but I wasn’t so wasted that I couldn’t make it safely home on the subway.

If attending one of these Food & Film movie-themed dinners sounds like something you would enjoy, and you’re maybe not so disciplined about checking the cinema’s online calendar, I’d recommend signing up for Alamo’s Victory program, a free-to-join rewards program where you can earn free movies and food, etc. that also sends out email newsletters of goings-on at the theater, at This Link! Thanks to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for a fun time!

James Franco Eating

Eye On Design: Undercover Spring/Summer Ensembles Featuring Hieronymus Bosch Textiles

Undecover Mini Dress Detail
All Photos By Gail

For designer Jun Takahashi’s Undercover 2015 spring/summer ready-to-wear collection, he presented a series of dresses in textiles printed with phantasmagoric iconography from Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights, collaged in a manner that heightens the painting’s proto-Surrealism.

Undecover Mini Dress

Undecover Mini Dress Full

Arguably Bosch’s most complex and enigmatic creation, the triptych’s overall theme is the fate of humanity — more specifically, the concept of sin, which starts in the Garden of Eden on the left panel and ends in Hell, on the right.

Bosch Separates

The collection also features matching footwear in the Bosch textile, and jewelry/accessories inspired by flowers in the background of the famous painting.

Giraffe Print Blouse Detail

Bosch Shoes Front

Wedge Shoes, Detail

Bosch Shoes Back

Bosch Dress Back

Photographed at the Cloisters as Part of the Exhibit, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, On View Through October 8th, 2018 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (at both the Fifth Avenue and Cloisters Locations) in NYC.

Bosch Dress Front

Claes Oldenburg’s Monumental Paint Brush Sculpture in Downtown Philadelphia!

Claes Oldenburg Paint Torch Sculpture
All Photos By Gail

Philadelphia has no shortage of impressive public artworks and engaging street art scattered all over the city, and it’s fun to spend a day just wandering the different neighborhoods and checking it all out if you happen be visiting. Most notably, the city is also home to four large-scale public sculptures by legendary Pop artist Claes Oldenburg  — more than any other city in the world. I happened to walk by one of those iconic Oldenburg works — a 51-foot high Paint Brush sculpture entitled Paint Torch, and its accompanying 6-foot Red Paint Blob located just below it on the sidewalk — when was in Philly on a recent weekend. Paint Torch was installed on the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) Lenfest Plaza on August 20th, 2011.

Claes Oldenburg Paint Torch Sculpture

Paint Torch Can be Viewed Up Close at 118-128 N. Broad Street, just across the Street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Claes Oldenburg Paint Torch Sculpture

Modern Art Monday Presents: Seder By Nicole Eisenman

Seder
Photo By Gail

Nicole Eisenman (b. 1965) paints the human figure — including friends, and literary or historical figures — narrative scenes and allegories. She often touches on the topics of queer identity, feminism, and the complexities of family and friends. Her style is intimate and tender, yet infused with wry humor.  Seder (2010) presents a familiar holiday scene rendered with comic aplomb. The perspective of the viewer (and artist) is from the head of the table, the best vantage point to witness the tensions gathered around the traditional Passover ceremony; children and adults are both attentive and bored, with expressions ranging from grotesque and distorted to charming and affectionate.

Photographed in the Jewish Museum in Manhattan.

Pink Thing Of The Day: Katy Perry’s Pink Cat Boots

Katy Perry Pink Cat Boots
Photos By Gail

These Hot Pink custom boots, designed to mimic a pair of cat’s paws, were worn by pop star Katy Perry on her 2014 Prismatic Tour. Created by NYC-based design house The Blonds, the boots were part of a Pink Leopard-Print, Stretch Velvet Catsuit (seen below) worn by Perry onstage.

Pink Catsuit and Boots

Photographed in the Grammy Museum in Hollywood, California.