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My NYE playlist

31 Dec

2013: A year of no posts, little reading, but a lot of work. Let’s try tilt the balance the other way for the next one.

And in the meantime, let’s groove to a somewhat funky playlist. You’ll find some questionable choices but what the heck, it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to (?).

  • Rick James – Give it to Me Baby
  • Justin Bieber – Roller Coaster
  • Drake – Hold on We’re Going Home
  • Sam & Dave – Hold On, I’m Comin’
  • Cameo – Candy
  • Robin Thicke – Pressure
  • Montell Jordan – This is how We Do It
  • New Jack Swing Stars – The Reversal of a Dog
  • Michael Jackson – Off the Wall
  • Michael Jackson – Working day and Night
  • Boney M – Ma Baker
  • Kool & The Gang – She’s Fresh
  • Jodeci – It’s Alright
  • Gladys Knight and the Pips – I’ve got to use My Imagination
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – Let’s Groove
  • The Gap Band – Burn Rubber on Me
  • Dazz Band – Let it Whip
  • Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove
  • SOS Band – Just be Good To Me
  • Seal – Bring it On
  • Odyssey – Going Back To My Roots
  • Marvin Gaye – Got To Give It Up
  • Kool & THe Gang – Get Down On It
  • Groove Armada – History
  • Gil Scott- Heron – Willing
  • Eddie Murphy – Party All The Time
  • Eddie Money – Take Me Home Tonight
  • Donna Summer – Could It Be Magic
  • Bruno Mars – Moonshine
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz – Thrift Shop
  • Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie

HOPE 2014 FINDS YOU VERY HANGOVER 馃槈 and brings you some Tums.

#latinarab3

17 Oct

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BUENOS AIRES is going to be, yet again, the host of the 3rd annual LatinArab film festival.

It is a 10-day celebration of cultural, political, and human exchange.聽Organized by the NGO Cine F茅rtil, the festival is consolidating as a South-South cross-cultural think tank.

LatinArab will have a competitive selection of Arab feature films and another of Arab short films. At the same time there will be a competitive selection of Latin American films which somehow relate to the Arab world (a big percentage of Latin Americans have Arab ancestors so it is not so hard to imagine) called PANORAMA LatinArab.聽

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Origin:聽1790-1800; 聽pan-聽+聽Greek聽聽(聽h聽)聽贸r膩ma聽聽view,聽sight,聽derivative聽of聽hor芒n聽聽tosee,聽look
Get it?
Apart from films, there will be extra activities such as round-table discussions, master classes by guest Arab film directors and conferences. Plus, this year will be the first to feature a “Country of Honour” week; such country will be Lebanon for its cinematographic tradition and quality.
You can follow the festival on facebook:聽https://www.facebook.com/LatinArab
On twitter: @Cine_Fertil
Or just go to straight to the source and browse away!:聽http://cinefertil.org/cine-fertil/
LET’S CELEBRATE!
P.S: Loved the idea? You can collaborate! LatinArab has launched a crowd-funding campaign and you can do your bit. In return, you will get tickets for the screenings, posters, tee-shirts (which are just adorable!), and more. Just click here:聽http://idea.me/projects/10219/latinarab-film-festival

Featured Artist: Antonio Lopez

19 Aug

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Here we are at Monday again!!!

Today鈥檚 featured artist is pretty rad. It seems that in the the late 60鈥檚 and well into the 70鈥檚 Antonio Lopez was THE fashion illustrator.聽 Not only did he draw wonderfully colourful and evocative illustrations for big time magazines such as Warhol鈥檚 Interview, Harper鈥檚 Bazaar, Elle, and The New York Times, he also discovered models Grace Jones and Tina Chow. Apparently he KNEW a beautiful face when he saw it!! Lopez was born in Peurto Rico and then moved to New York with his family at a young age. He attended an art high school and then went off to study at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Here are some examples of his wonderful work below!

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I am so inspired by his colour palette!

Have an awesome聽 Monday! Check back in on Wednesday鈥 have some sketches to share!

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C贸rdoba Capital, Argentina

4 Jul

I took a very much needed weekend off work and travelled to the city of C贸rdoba, 700 kms from Buenos Aires.

It was a weekend full of wonderful activities and in a city that absolutely surprised me. I had been there 10 years ago and fallen in love with the聽Jesuit聽estancias; there has been a lot of work done in the city centre since then and it looks fantastic; not forgetting there are a lot of fun things to do.

Here’s a recap:

First we went to this beautiful Arab-style castle…

Montserrat castle in Unquillo (a few kms from the center); where we did some shooting for an upcoming spot for the next LatinArab Film Festival.

The next day we went to an asado and these were there to accompany the arab coffee… hhmmmm 馃檪

Awamat – Crisp doughnut balls (Lebanon); courtesy of our host, Betty.

At night I went for a walk around the town…

Cathedral church of C贸rboda

Minidada; a bar/fair in the artsy part of town (a must).

This gorgeous barber chair decorates the entrance of a bar.

And finally, this is where I spent a lot of time:

Cineclub Hugo del Carril; a beautiful place for film lovers to find alternatives to mainstream cinema. Go check it out. (that’s me by the way)

Train, Mechanical (2003-2009) by Paul McCarthy at the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires

4 Jun

So I just saw this on Saturday. It was within the exhibit called Bye, Bye, American Pie at the MALBA; which featured the work of seven contemporary American artists:Jean-Michel Basquiat, Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Cady Noland and Paul McCarthy. The show was curated by Phillip Larratt-Smith; who curated anotheer big exhibit in Buenos Aires about Louise Bourgeois at Fundaci贸n PROA last year.

Loved the show, really. I appreciate the work of all of these artists and really enjoyed their company on Saturday.聽

More on my thoughts later this week; I’m still聽processing聽the experience.

One last thing… Is it wrong for me to find the pigs’ skin super cute? I just wanted to stretch those bellies!聽

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I’ll be back…

4 Jun

I'll be back...

Russian Icons in Buenos Aires

25 Jan

I haven’t been really inspired to write lately (take that ‘lately’ as a ‘well, actually, more or less a year’); and I must admit I’m still feeling a bit awkward in front of the blank page.

Last year I was too busy being all stupid, crazy in love (and then recovering from the breakup and then trying to (successfully) win him back); studying for my first year back in university (yes, at 26 I decided to start a new career: Art History), WORKING, watching all of Mad Men’s seasons online, and attending some other short courses on art 聽here and there. So you see? I became a little lazy to write.

But my eyes were kept wide open though to new ideas and stuff!

Anyways, good catching up, but let’s get down to business: There’s an exhibition I don’t want to miss in Buenos Aires, and that’s the one about Russian Icons and Tibetan art. The objects displayed were donated to the museum by the princess 聽Senta Hohenlohe_Waldenburg; who moved from Budapest to Buenos Aires in 1949 and finally settled here after the kingdom of Hungary was officially dissolved.

The Byzantine icons between the 16th and the 18th century proceed, mostly, from Russia and Bulgaria, and some from Greece. The Buddhist objects come from China, Tibet and Thailand.

I can’t wait to see them and tell you about it.

Here are some icons for you to feist your eyes in the meantime; courtesy of http://myweb.rollins.edu/aboguslawski/Ruspaint/ruspaint.html:

St. Nicholas, with Scenes from His Life (fist half of the 16th c.) - Novgorodian school

St. George Slaying the Dragon (16th c.) - Pskov school