Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Samhain!

Happy Samhain to anyone who checks my blog!

I've always loved Halloween and especially love it in
New York whereyou're encouraged to dress up
and be creative and gross as possible.
Actually, now that I think about it,
its just like every other day in NYC :D

Anyway, here's a photo of me from two years ago.

To complete the effect of me having just crawled out of a grave, I remember rolling around in the bushes of Bryant Park on 5th Ave. I also remember Rachel Simon, my lovely producer, being absolutely horrified and reminded me that rats and pigeons more than likely rolled around there too on a regular basis.... eeeek! I'd never thought of that.
Oh well, I survived.

But I was part of a team effort with Rachel Simon and Venture Bros
animation director, Jen Batinich.
We called ourselves... Zombie Bananarama!

Not sure what I'm going as this year but I have an idea...
it might just have to be political! :)

That is all.
x Shivers

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Quick Biography of Barack Obama by Jeffrey Lewis

New York City comic book artist and antifolk songwriter/performer Jeffrey Lewis performs his "low budget video" about presidential candidate Barack Obama

With a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas,
Barack was born in the storms of our Honolulu Island.

From Jakarta to Hawaii to Columbia U. in New York,

where he studied International Relations and Political Science.

In the '80s, in his 20s, in Chicago, he did plenty,

working as director of Developing Communities.

He started job training programs and tenants' rights organizations,

where folks needed hope he helped at all opportunities.

After doing so much good for Chicago's poor neighborhoods,

Barack saw Europe and Kenya and learned the world is one home.

At Harvard Law School he was elected head of the Law Review,

and as its first black president he first became nationally known.

He kept fightin' for ya as a civil rights lawyer,
and at Chicago U. he taught Constitutional Law.

In the state legislature he worked on welfare and healthcare,

and he was elected to the US Senate in 2004.

As Senator, Barack opposed the wasteful war in Iraq,

he knows people need help more than big corporations.

What happens next is a guess, but I'm hoping that yes,

Barack Obama will become a great president of our nation.

That is all.
x Shivers

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Voxys @ Union Pool 10/09/2008

Another wonderful gig by The Voxys.
The lads were on top form and dare I say, the best form I've seen them to date.
And Union Pool in Williamsburg might have hipsters that are a pain in the ass but it sure is a cool venue to photograph.
Here's a few samples from that night...

That is all.
x Shivers

The Cloisters.

A couple of weeks ago I travelled on the A train to north Manhattan to visit the truly breathtaking Cloisters Museum & Gardens. This is a unique architectural amalgam museum made up of five medieval French monasteries set in the beautiful Fort Tryon Park.

The West Terrace provides magnificent views of the Hudson River unlike
any other vantage point in Manhattan. Its so peaceful.

And its filled with stunning art and artifacts. Here's just a few examples...

If you have never been, I urge you to go. You will not be disappointed, I promise you.
In fact, I lost myself so completely in my surroundings that I actually found it difficult to convince myself that I really hadn't been transported to South of France.

That is all.
x Shivers