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Two Contests to Enter! Hang with Linkin Park!

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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. Continue reading Two Contests to Enter! Hang with Linkin Park!

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.

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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 The Chickpad. 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.