Tomorrow: 

The Bill of Rights Project: Think Inside the Box

www.thinkwriteact.com

 

3PM
Abrons Art Center
466 Grand St. 
New York, NY 10002

 

I’m very excited for this event…it’s been in the works for quite a while. A friend from college, Meggan, started this project to take action. It’s an experiment of what happens when the Bill of Rights is posted in public bathrooms stalls. It started in NYC, but has spread across the country. Tomorrow’s performance will feature theater/dance, a short film that Morgan directed , and a town hall meeting. The response has been great so far, and I’m hoping there will be a full house tomorrow. Please attend if you can – bring a pen/pencil/marker/etc. and your thoughts. 

Here are a few photos from filming last week: 
         

Meggan - Founder of ThinkWriteAct

Meggan - Founder of ThinkWriteAct

Abu Ghraib Scene

Abu Ghraib Scene

 

 

 

 

 

Ulysses Preparing for Shot

Ulysses Preparing for Shot

Alexandra/American Pixie

Alexandra/American Pixie

Miranda x3

Miranda Prepares

Wall Street Man in Oil

Wall Street Man in Oil

Morgan shooting

Morgan shooting

Hope to see you all there tomorrow!!

NYC Summer 2008 Review

November 12, 2008


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I believe that you haven’t truly experienced a perfect [city] summer until you come to Manhattan/Brooklyn/Queens/ [hereafter referred to as NYC] to live it. Since I didn’t get a chance to post over the summer, here’s a quick review of what went down from May to early September:

 


Powerhouse Arena

Powerhouse Arena

Special Events: New York Photo Festival 2008 in Dumbo, BK    

May 14th – May 18th, 2008
My company designed the NYPF and helped construct it. The festival was set at about 18 different locations throughout DUMBO and I managed to hit them all in 2.5 hours, followed by a lovely complimentary cocktail and free art/design magazines.

 

 

 

 

St. Ann's Warehouse

St. Ann's Warehouse

Art
DUMBO

DUMBO

Theater: 

Endgame @ BAM
Starred John Turturro…so amazing. 
BAM - Brooklyn Academy of Music

BAM - Brooklyn Academy of Music

Macbeth @ St. Ann’s Warehouse (the home of innovative theater from around the world in DUMBO, BK)
-The most incredible performance I saw all summer. Innovative outdoor theater space between the Brooklyn & Manhattan Bridge…a Polish adaptation of Macbeth. They gave us headsets to better hear the actors and the sound effects & music…this alone really heightened the experience! The projections, set, and actors were all incredible. A very inspiring performance. 
FMBMLM (Fuck Me, Beat Me, Love Me) & Mary Christmas – Part of Orange Hanky Productions
   

       

Alex Rivera - Writer/Director of "Sleep Dealer"

Alex Rivera - Writer/Director of Sleep Dealer

Films

War, Inc – twice. It was that amazing
The Fall
The Dark Knight on IMAX
Gonzo
NY Asian Film Festival: Accuracy of Death & M
Film Forum’s The French Crime Wave: Shoot the Piano Player
The Pineapple Express
My Blueberry Night
Cites Les Perdues Enfants (part of their cabaret night series) @ RMA
Wanted
Sleep Dealer & Choke @ Sundance at BAM
Sundance @ BAM

Sundance @ BAM

Sex and the City
Lou Reed’s Berlin
In Search of a Midnight Kiss
The Shining at Empire Fulton Park/DUMBO

Shining

 

DeVotchKa Concert

DeVotchKa Concert

Concerts: 
DeVotckha w/ Basia Bulat
Saul Williams w/ Telepathe @ SOBS
Siren 2008 @ Coney Island…sponsored by Village Voice
DeVotchKa II

DeVotchKa II

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Saul Williams - Niggy Tardust

Saul Williams - Niggy Tardust

Telepathe

Telepathe

Art:
Judith Supine @ English Kills Gallery (Bushwick, BK)
Judith Supine @ English Kills

Judith Supine @ English Kills

Bushwick Open Studio & Arts Festival
PS1 in LIC – Olafur Eliasson
Waterfalls by Olafur Eliasson
Salvador Dali & Kirchner @ MOMA
Waterfall - Olafur Elliason

Waterfall - Olafur Elliason

 Local (Ditmas Park/Newkirk Sq) Restaurant Reviews: 

The Farm on Adderly – Amazingly fresh food…truly tastes like the food is straight from the farm. The food was savory, delicate, and perfectly-proportioned. We sat in the backyard area to eat brunch and it felt like we left the city for a moment. It’s one of the more pricey restaurants in the area, but definitely worth it. My Recommendations: The Bluefish Crabcakes, the Hot 5-roses Tea

Don Burrito – Since moving to the area, this has become one restaurant that I visit weekly. I usually order the Veggie Burrito for the fresh mushroom and peppers and perfectly cooked rice, but everything I’ve tasted and seen looks really delicious. Some dishes come out sizzling and smell amazing. The ambiance is great for a Friday night – dim lighting and a very chill atmosphere. My recommendations: Veggie Burritos, Guacamole, Sangria Soda, Fried Ice Cream

Mama’s Italian Restaurant – From what I gather, this restaurant has been open a long time and has served many celebrities in the 80’s. I’ve only dined here once – early on a Sunday afternoon right after they opened. The smell coming from the kitchen was mouth-watering, but I wasn’t that impressed once it arrived. I had the Lasagna and it was okay, but the sauce tasted watered-down.

Bally’s Energy Food – Just opened about a month ago in the Plaza. They serve a slew of different wraps, juices, and smoothies. I tried the Chicken Teriyaki wrap and Peanut Butter & Jelly Soy Smoothie. Both tasted very fresh, but took a long time to prepare. I’ll definitely be back – I love the healthy/vegetarian options and the soy option for smoothies. Their prices are also relatively low on wraps/sandwiches…smoothies and juices are a little above average. My recommendations: Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie [w/ soy]

“That Bagel Place” in Newkirk Plaza – Pretty much a standard bagel place, but worth mentioning because their prices are low and they offer a vast selection of sandwiches, bagels, spreads, etc. [I just wish they served Tofutti cream cheese] The owner/manager also remembers his customer’s names and orders – it reminds me of that small town feeling. 

This election morning, I woke up to the sounds of “O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! We’re going to VOTE!” I smiled. I voted smiling. As the day wore on, my heart raced at the thought of what might happen that night. So afraid of the disappointment and heartache that I might feel…that the country might feel if he didn’t win. Trying to stay distracted so that the media couldn’t completely penetrate my head, but it’s hard to ignore. Every channel, websites…the TV even turned onto it by itself at one point. Explain that. 

But…”Breaking News” flashed and it was hard to ignore – Obama won Pennsylvania. All doubts and fears melted away and the tears flowed. From then on, glued to the TV, I watched Obama take state after state and finally win. At the moment he won, cheers and firecrackers and bells & whistles (literally) sounded outside in the nearly 80% Obama boro of Brooklyn. Finally, I’m home – away from the Red county of Warren in NJ where I grew up. 

At just about midnight on the 5th of November, Obama took the stage and delivered his first speech asthe projected President Elect with grace, elegance, and honesty. For the very first time since I can remember…since Bill Clinton won probably…I feel proud to be an American. All of my previous cynicism has vanished (for now). I feel safe. I feel at one with other Americans. While he spoke, I saw the future – the hope – where other countries will begin to view America with respect, where troops with be withdrawn from Iraq and Afghanistan, where the wars will dissipate for a few years, where the world may not end in 2012, where things are just easier (with regard to red tape of corporate America and politics), where American politicians in the future may be any color or sex without discrimination, where the right to abortion will not be challenged, where HEALTHCARE might for once be universal or regulated in a way where people aren’t going bankrupt from hospital bills, where I will travel for leisure and fun instead of wanting to move away from a tired and failing country….

I can’t remember the last time I felt this much hope, happiness, and energy about America…I’ve spent so much of my time growing up, writing about political corruption in the US and basing my creativity on these ideas, and bad-mouthing politicians and our own President…I feel like I’ve never known anything else. 

For the first time, I actually enjoyed watching our future President speak. There was nothing to poke fun at – for once, it was serious. What a huge relief. 

From this moment on, I will remember, remember the 5th of November – but not for the destruction of a country monument in statement and protest (V for Vendetta) or the date of my thesis show in college (and finishing the play). I will remember the 5th of November for when our new leader took the stage and everyone listened. 

And as I fall asleep now, cheers still echo through Brooklyn. I smile.

Michele Guieu

By: Michele Guieu