This painting depicts a St. John’s Day eve in the Brazilian town of Ouro Preto, whose central plaza is illuminated with colored lanterns to mark the end of the winter solstice. Lincoln Kirstein commissioned Guignard to make the painting after seeing a drawing of the same subject. His description of the artist’s work — “tight and detailed’– characterizes much of the art that Kirstein favored. Guignard’s meticulous craftsmanship and attention to particulars are visible in this works finely rendered architectural features, tiny revelers, and distinctive indigenous flora.
Ouro Preto: St. John’s Eve (1942) by Alberto da Veiga Guignard was photographed as part of the exhibit Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern, on View at NYC’s Museum of Modern Art Through June 15th, 2019.
What I love most about the visual aspect of this week’s clip, “Rolling On” from progressive-pop (a genre description that I just coined right this minute) trio, Celebration, is that it feels like you’re watching the video catalog of an extremely cool art installation. And I see a ton of art, as you may know, so I think that’s a valid assessment. And if this video were just here to serve as an introduction to an art exhibit that was coming soon to a gallery near me, you can bet I would be there in a heartbeat. Also, the song, which was described in a press release as “a flurry of soulful vocals, bass swagger and organ-driven sassiness” is exceptionally cool. Win Win!
As a video created in the cut-out animation style, “Rolling On” hangs together with a series of cohesive and compelling imagery, conveying a message of enlightenment, transformation and rebirth (pay attention to the cocoon) that pays off big time. Celebration vocalist Katrina Ford (who directed the video) offers that the wheel was a theme that “represents never ending change, rolling with the punches until a favorable wind, ever morphing, life.” Ford’s bandmates in Celebration are her husband (multi-instrumentalist and organist) Sean Antanaitis and drummer David Bergander. “Rolling On” can be found on Celebration’s latest album Wounded Healer, which is out now via through Bella Union. Enjoy!
Brother Jimmy’s BBQ’s Murray Hill location proudly celebrates its 5 year anniversary this month. The popular southern BBQ restaurant and nightlife outpost has consistently served up quality cuisine, flowing cocktails and great memories as patrons continue to “Put Some South in Yo’ Mouth.” Now, in an effort to give back to the community that has allowed Brother Jimmy’s BBQ Murray Hill to thrive, the restaurant will host a Backyard BBQ Block Party on Tuesday, August 20th from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at its Lexington Avenue and 31st Street location.
Brother Jimmy’s Backyard BBQ Block Party will feature free concession stands to anyone passing by, with enough food to feed over 1,000 people. Brother Jimmy’s BBQ fans will be able to enjoy cotton candy and popcorn machines, along with many signature dining favorites such as Frickles, 500 Pulled Chicken Sliders, 150lbs of Rib Tips, Cole Slaw, Corn on the Cob and refreshing home brewed iced tea and lemonade. A BBQ Block Party would not be complete without a whole hog smoking right alongside the sidewalk. Executive Chef Eva Pesantez will be serving up the whole hog into over 1,000 signature Brother Jimmy’s BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches.
“We are thrilled to reach this milestone in Murray Hill,” says CEO Josh Lebowitz. “Brother Jimmy’s BBQ Murray Hill has grown into a community of regular customers. The least we could do was put together this Backyard BBQ Block Party to show how much we appreciate their continued patronage until the next celebrated anniversary.”
All Brother Jimmy’s BBQ fans are encouraged to make their way over to Lexington at the corner of 31st Street on August 20th to partake in the festivities!