Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Monday, December 30, 2013
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ARTSIST NINA BOESCH
Ms. Boesch wonderful pieces are made completely of New York City Subway
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by Nina Boesch, NYC
German Born Artist living in New York
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Sunday, December 29, 2013
Friday, December 27, 2013
DARK SIDE of The MOON
LISTEN and ENJOY !!!
The success of the album brought previously unknown wealth to all four members of the band; Richard Wright and Roger Waters bought large country houses, and Nick Mason became a collector of upmarket cars. Some of the profits were invested in the production of Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Engineer Alan Parsons received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Engineered Recording for The Dark Side of the Moon, and he went on to have a successful career as a recording artist with the Alan Parsons Project. Although Waters and Gilmour have on occasion downplayed his contribution to the success of the album, Mason has praised his role. In 2003, Parsons reflected: "I think they all felt that I managed to hang the rest of my career on Dark Side of the Moon, which has an element of truth to it. But I still wake up occasionally, frustrated about the fact that they made untold millions and a lot of the people involved in the record didn't."
The Dark Side of the Moon frequently appears on rankings of the greatest albums of all-time. In 1987, Rolling Stone listed the record 35th on its "Top 100 Albums of the Last 20 Years", and sixteen years later, in 2003 the album polled in 43rd position on the magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time." In 2012, The Dark Side of the Moon was voted 43rd on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". In 2006, it was voted "My Favourite Album" by the Australian Broadcasting Co.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
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Saturday, December 21, 2013
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Friday, December 20, 2013
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Saturday, November 16, 2013
Christmas Eve Fish Dinner is, without question, the most important, the most festive, the most familial, the warmest and most memorable family gathering. For me, Christmas Eve Dinner surpasses every other holiday, As important and delightful as Thanksgiving of Easter or even Fourth of July might be, nothing approaches the ineffable depth and richness of Christmas Eve Fish Dinner offered a table unlike that of any other holiday.
But before I go further, let's consider the name of this dinner. Among some Italians that I have questioned it is called "Feast of the Seven Fishes," for other families, including my own, it was simply Christmas Eve Fish Dinner. There was no specific number of fish involved. Carol Field' Celebrating Italy, a most thorough study of Italian holidays, notes that Christmas Eve dinner calls for fish but makes no mention of the number of fish dishes. Moving my investigation of the Christmas Eve dinner to Google Italy, I found that it is generally called "Il Cenone della Vigilia" (The great dinner of the Eve.) No Italian site I found made mention of the number of fish. I have the sense that the notion of seven fish may be Italian American and even here only among certain families.
The next question I considered was the type of fish. Almost every reference I found and all the people I interviewed had numerous variations. Among most Italians sites two fish appeared most often, baccalà and eel. Among traditional Italian Americans the two most common dishes were baccalà (usually in a cold salad recipe) and fried smelts. In many younger and less traditionally bound Italian Americans all the old time fish were gone. The new fish platters now included shrimp and fried fish and even fish sticks. Italian Americans are not alone in modernization. It seems that even in Italy the younger generations recoil at the notion of such fish as eel.
While what this dinner is rightly called and which fish are those to be presented seems to vary from region to region and family to family a few things about Christmas Eve fish dinner, go unquestioned. Christmas Eve fish dinner was the one dinner no one missed. Christmas Eve fish dinner was at the home of the patriarch or matriarch. Every child and grandchild was present. The power of the Italian American Christmas Eve dinner overwhelmed all other cultural influences. While the fish dinner may have been rooted in Italy it spread its branches to include and embrace not only those non-Italians who had married into the family but all those of other ethnic backgrounds who were friends beyond the family. Everyone with any association to the family was invited to the Christmas Eve fish dinner.
While all other holiday dinners gathered the family while there was still light in the sky, Christmas Eve Fish Dinner began sometime after sunset. It was and is, the only festive dinner in the Italian American tradition that is shared in darkness. All other holidays in the Italian American tradition are celebrated at the table sometime shortly after noon. Christmas Eve Fish Dinner always began sometime after six in the evening.
Christmas Eve Fish Dinner differs from all other dinners by its lack of structure. Other dinners, whether Sunday Gravy or Easter Sunday follow a certain formality. For other dinners there is always a soup course, an antipasto, the pasta, the main course and then the dessert. The Christmas Eve Fish Dinner was quite different. The Christmas Eve Fish Dinner had courses, but the courses were not single dishes. For the Christmas Eve fish dinner each course was composed of several offerings. And the whole dinner was preceded by a cold table of finger foods that allowed mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews to chatter for an hour or so before dinner began. The finger foods were set on small tables in the living room. The platters included olives, slices of celery and broccoli, and a dish of crackers. There were also plates of cooked shrimp with sides of shrimp cocktail sauce. The olives were from cans and the children liked to slide the pit wholes over their fingers as they chomped on the olives. I would guess that the shrimp and the horseradish based cocktail sauce was an influence from the fashionable restaurants of the time.
After at least an hour of nibbling on the side platters the dinner bell called us to the tables. Yes, tables. In our family there were three. In our center hall style house, the dining room table was turned towards the center hall. A second and third table were butted up to the main table. The three tables continued through the center hall into the living room. Seating was determined by age. The oldest sat in the dining room section; the younger the child the closer to the living room.
There was no soup on Christmas Eve. When we sat at the table we first saw a small bowl of whiting salad with lemon and a serving of "scungilli," conch. When I was small there was a cold baccalà salad with tomato. These cold fish salads were followed by the pasta. Of course, we never heard or used the word "pasta." For us the "pasta" dish was one of three possibilities. It changed from year to year. It could be either "Clams and Spaghetti," "Mussels and Spaghetti," or "Squid and Spaghetti." The spaghetti were always the very thin "angel hair" ("capellini.")
The next course is always a serving of several varieties of fried fish. My Irish background mother prepared several fish offerings in different ways. There are three central dishes. First, she made a tray of plain American fish sticks for the children and for those at the table of a less than Italian heritage. Then, as a middle ground, my mother makes the most exquisite crab cakes that would appeal to Italian traditionalists as much as to the non- Italian in-laws. For the old timers there is always the most wonderful finger food, fried smelts with lemon. There are also fried scallops, fried shrimp, fried calamari and fried oysters.
Following the fried dishes, the table is covered with several trays of broiled scallop, shrimp and clams. Then comes the main fish platter. This platter has no Italian precedent that I know of. My mother introduced this dish about thirty years ago: stuffed orange roughy papillote. The orange roughy papillote is made by splitting the fish into two pieces and filling with a layer of spinach with tomato, garlic and olive oil. The fish is wrapped in parchment and baked.
After a rest and an interlude of conversation the Christmas Eve Fish dinner is crowned by the dish everyone waits for, my mother's tray of Christmas cookies. We began at five in the evening. After the cookies it is after 11. The culmination of the Christmas Eve Fish Dinner is Midnight Mass. Following Christmas Midnight Mass the family came home to a wonderful breakfast of eggs and bacon and, in Philadelphia, of scrapple. The special delight of the breakfast was the Christmas Bread, a wonderful brioche-like pastry shaped in a ring and decorated with multi-colored sprinkles. But Christmas bread is another page.
by TONY D MORINELLI
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013
THANK GOD !!!
IT'S ABOUT TIME !!!!
Helelualha !!! It's about time! Robert Parker has done more to ruin the general publics perception of what good wine than anyone in the history of the world ... Unfortunately he gained so much influence and power through his rating system which influenced winemakers into making horrible "Parkerized Wines" in order to gain high scores from Parker, a 90 or higher, thus ruining many wines and what they could be .. Thank goodness the general public is finally wising up and the younger generation is not following him that much. Maybe there's still hope.
"Maybe now, people will start drinking "Real" more natural wines. Wines not influenced by the "Horrors" of one Robert M. Parker Jr. who negatively affected the World of Wine for so long, influencing winemakers to radically change what their wines would normally be, whether a Chianti, Cot du Rhone, Gigondas, Bordeaux, or whatever. Negatively influencing winemakers and proprietors to make "Parkerized Style Wines," which are horrible manipulated monsters of wine, instead of make wines that are true to their particular terroir.
Thank God he's finally stepped down. "It's a Glorious Time For Wine" to be relived of the clutches of "The Evil Robert Parker."
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Vicky Christin Barcelona, in a World of Bad Movies, Horrible Television, and some of the Worst Music of
All-Time, it is quite refreshing, "It's Good," It's Wonderful as a matter-of-fact, to have a movie such as Woody Allen's VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA. The movie does just what a movie should, it makes you feel good. The movie makes you wish, if you're a man, that you were Juan Antonio, Javier Bardem's character, making love to three absolutely gorgeous women in short time and two at the same time with the incredibly Sexy and one of the World's most beautiful woman "Penelope Cruz," along with the very beautiful Scarlett Johanson. "Wow!"
I, unlike many in America don't call that many female movie stars among the most beautiful in the World as in the case with Julie Roberts and women before her like Lonny Anderson, not at all that beautiful, though many in the press and media had called these women beautiful and gorgeous. No! Penelope Cruz, now there, my friends is one of the Most Gorgeous, Sexy, Vivacious women to ever grace the Silver Screen or the World for that matter. When I look at Penelope Cruz in this movie, I just want to die, she is so dam Sexy, I want to jump her bones. My Heart is palpitating just thinking about her. So if i can't have her, yes, I feel like i want to die.
This is the job that Woody Allen has done in one of his best films in years, One of the best films in the past decade and dare I call a masterpiece.
By the same token, if you are a woman, you will fantasize being with Javier Bardem, or a man like his character in the movie.
Yes this movie came out several years ago, but as I just saw it the other night on a DVD from netflix, just had to talk about it. If you are a passionate romantic it can't fail to move you.
Two young woman, Vicky (Rebecca Hall) and Christina (Scarlett Johanson) who go to Barcelona to spend the summer as they have been offered to stay in the home of Vicky's family friends.
The plot centers around Vicky and Christina who go sight seeing, dining, and explore the wonderful Catalonian city. One night they spot a artist Juan Antoion at a art opening. Christina is intrigued by him and ask her friends who he is.
Later in the evening Vicky and Christina spot Juan Antonio at a restaurant. Chrisina and Juan Antonio are eying each other across the room. Juan Antonio walks over to Vicky and Chrisina and introduces himself, then in short time invites the two Beautiful young Women to spend the weekend with him in the city of Ovedio and for the three of them to make Love together. Vicky is appalled by Juan Antonio's brazen advance while Chrisitna thinks it's charming and adventurous. Chrisitna wants to go, Vicky of course does not want to but agrees, if only to keep her eye on Christina and save her from this Don Juan.
Juan Antonio is still violently enamored with his emotionally unstable Ex-Wife Maria Elena.
So the girls go away for the weekend, both for different reasons, Christina wants the lost artist lover Juan Antonio, Vicky does not. A Love Triangle ensues. Check that Love Rectangle, there's more than three sides (people). There are four. Three woman, and the Lucky, most men would say, Juan Antonio.
I shall not tell you anymore, only that the movie is wonderful, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Scarlett Johanson, and even Rebecca hall are all Beautiful and full of life. Woody Allen is still a genius, and you just have to see the movie, if you have not already, and if you have, it's so dam Good, it's probably time to be enamored once again. Maybe you need it as inspiration to spark your own Love Life! And who in this World could ever get enough of the Gorgeously Vivacious Penelope Cruz?
by Daniel Bellino Zwicke
Friday, November 8, 2013
"AMERICAN MASTERS" JIMI HENDRIX
An American Master? There is "No Question" about it, JIMI HENDRIX is one of them. With the likes of Cole Porter, Louis Armstrong, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and so many more, an American Master, is one way of describing the late great James Marshal Hendrix, or how most of us know him "Jimi Hendrix," The Greatest Rock-N-Roll Guitarist of All-Time .. PBS has made and now aired Jimi Henrix an American Master, and if you have not seen it, make sure you do, "It is Amazing." I never realized it before, but after watching this wonderful document of Rock-N-Rolls Greatest Guitarist ever, I realize that I did not know all that much about the man and his story. A story that I found quite sad. Sad in the great tragedy that this great artist who amny consider "Thee Greatest Guitarist of All Time" and it's pretty hard to dispute this title. Anyway, the tragedy that this great talent died at such an early age (27), and that he had so much more of life to live and great music to give. The man was more or less on the scene for just about 4 years. He was in his prime and had already rocked and showed the world what he could do. He had just built his own studio, one of few musical artist to ever do so at the time and on such a large scale.
This documentary is quite wonderful consisting of much footage of Jimi in concert, in interviews and candidly talking. Great artists such as Paul McCartney and others praise him and clost personal friends give us insight into the real Jimi Hendrix and his kind, gentle, and very cool persona.
McCartney wasn’t the only one to stand up and salute. Rolling Stone has dubbed Hendrix “the greatest guitar player of all time.” Which makes it even sadder to be reminded that he died at 27, at the height of his superstardom. It was 1970 and he was trying to catch some elusive sleep in a London hotel room. He ended up asphyxiating after taking an accidental overdose of wine and sleeping pills.
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1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO "When Cars Were Cars and The MUSIC Was GREAT"
My Dad's Cadillac. A 1958 Eldorado. Gun Metal Gray, the color. Wow, what a gorgeous car. Without a doubt "One of The Most Beautiful Cars Ever Made." To me anyway. To many. The 1958 Cadillac, when-cars-were-cars. They had personality, they were beautiful. Some works of art. Not like the crap and Mediocrity of today. Like so many things today, Mediocre and no things more so than two of America's most beloved things, Music and Cars. The cars of today,"They All Look The Same," pretty much anyway. No beauty what-so-ever, unless you spend upward of $60,000 or more. Well pretty much over $100,000 to get the beauty of a car like the 1958 Cadillac. Even a regular old Buick or Oldsmobile from the years between 1958 to 1968 were far more beautiful than 99% of the cars made today, "They All Look The Same," they're ugly and mundane, not like my fathers Cadillac, a 1958 Eldorado Broughm. Boy was that a beautiful car. And boy do I wish I had one today. I've thought about it numerous times, going down to the famed Car Swap and Show at Hershey Pennsylvania every Labor Day weekend year after year. I want one of those babies, one of the most beautiful cars ever made, just like my Dad's 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Broughm, and Gun Metal Gray please. Two problems with that, I live in New York City, the land of you most likely don't own a car. You don't need one, you live in New York. Problem two, one of these gorgeous babies in very good to mint condition cost $50,000 or more. I know, to you maybe a mere pittance But to me, $50,000 plus yearly expenses on a car I'd hardly ever use? Well?
Hey, I've got memories though. I loved that car. My dad had a late 50's Green Plymouth Fury before that, and one of the last Packard's ever made before he got that gorgeous Cadillac. He actually got it from a famous New Jersey Gangster of the 1960's, one Antony Provenzano, better known as "Tony Pro." My father was a truck driver and member of the nations most powerful Labor Union of the day, The Teamsters .. My dad drove a truck for The Continental Can Company in Paterson, New Jersey and was a member of The Teamsters Local 560 ... My dad worked and drove the truck at night and during the days he had a couple of side businesses to make some extra cash. His main little side business was as a Landscaper during the Spring and Summer months(on weekends and all Summer long my brother Jimmy and I worked for my Dad). He had several clients of which he would do landscaping at their homes and or businesses . He'd do work like mowing the lawn, planting shrubbery, trees, and flowers, as well as laying sod. One of my dad's clients Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano was a Teamsters Vice President under Jimmy Hoffa, as well as being a reputed North Jersey Capo of The Genovese Crime Family. My dad mowed Tony Pro's lawn, and planted dew shrubbery and flowers at his North Jersey home. My dad got his 1958 Cadillac from Tony Pro. Mr. Provanzano owed my dad money on his Landscaping Bill ... As most men in Mr. Provenzano's position, it is cutsomary to get a new car every two years, quite often a Cadillac. My dad got this Caddy from Tony Pro, if I remember correctly around 1967 .. Tony was finished with it, wasn't using it any more and asked my dad if it wanted it in lew of the money Mr. Provanzano owed my dad. Guess what? You don't say No to Tony Pro. My dad said, "Yeah," and got the car. When I brought it home, I was all excited, the car was beautiful. I asked my dad where he got it, and he told me some Guy Owed Him Some Cabbage (money), so he gave me the cabbage. I just said, "Oh," but remember thinking to myself that this guy Tony Pro actually owed to my dad real Cabbage, the vegetable. I was imagining a a pick-up truck load of Cabbage.
Well, my dad got tony Pro's 1958 Cadillac Eldorado, and boy was it a beauty, and did we have tons of fun in that car. My dad wasn't like the other kids dads in the neighborhood. No my dad was much cooler than all the others. Of course my dad was the best dad in the world. To me any way. Of course he was the coolest, he had Tony Pro's old Cadillac. And my dad, unlike the other dads, used to live to drive around, go for rides, just around North Jersey, down the shore (famous Jersey expression for The Beach), to Pennsylvania, or Upstate New York. We'd invariable stop at a diner, burger, or Hot Dog Joint for Burgers or Dogs. And if we went to any one of the many cool old diners in Jersey (Diner Capital of The World) or anywhere on the East Coast, we'd always grab a "Booth" to sit at, and my dad would give us quarters to fill the Juke Box, playing our favorite songs, The Beatles, The Monkees, Rolling Stones and Motown, "when Music was Good," (Great), but "no more" the Music, the Cars, all quite bad now. What the Hell happened? How can they make such Shitty Music now? Sorry but it really is. And it's not just a generational thing. If there are good artist, I will like them, like Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse R.i.P., Cee Lo Green. It's just there is so much crap, like "Crap Rap" and the other garbage music they make these days. What the Hell Happened? Dam, when I was growing up in the 60's and 70s there was so much great music it was beyond belief; all the great Motown artist, Pop, Classic Rock, and mixed in, there were greats like Frank Sinatra, Tony Benett, and Dean martin still going strong along with The Beatles, Stones, and others.
Well the music is quite bad these days. The music business has died. And cars too. What Happened to the cars? Have you looked at the cars these days? Horrible, they all look the same, "Crappy."
Well, enough of that. Back to my dads Cadillac. Yeah, we had some good times in that baby; riding down to Asbury Park for the day, a day at the Sea Shore, go on some rides, eat soft Ice Cream, have a Burger, ride back and forth on the Parkway, the radio playing all the great tunes of the day, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," Sherry "Baby" by Jersey's own Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The Rascals, The Supremes. Now that was music, and riding down the road in a 1958 Cadillac, stopping for Burgers and Fries. Ladies and Gents "It Doesn't Get Much Better Than That!"
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