Saturday, January 30, 2010

3 From Evolve


I love this building. It's the New Yorker Hotel. I love all the set backs. I think it would great to own a small apartment here, in the heart of everything I do in the city. 

1 Penn 3 Flags

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Art Gallery

I know, it's really predictable and all. But I like it. So what?

Gallery Full of Cats II

There were paintings of cats all over this gallery we had two of the readings in this past weekend. I think they were all of the same black cat, painted under different lighting conditions. Anyway, this was one of my favorites and I took a picture of only a little part of it. 

I used to have a black cat with green-gold eyes. Her name was Anastasia. She was beautiful and had a major attitude and was a great cat. Someone poisoned her and she died. This painting reminds me of her.


Rafael said I looked vintage and he took my photo. I don't know if it was the big hair or the leopard print but I see what he means. That hair was a little big. and you know I loves me some leopard print. I see his point.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Casting for Barrier Island

This photo is from last Sunday afternoon. We were rehearsing for a reading of "A Song For St. Michael's", the second in a trilogy of plays about Galveston Island just before and after Hurricane Ike devastated the island a few years ago.

The woman on the right, Cristina Alicea, is the director. The man on the right, David Stallings is the playwright. The kids on the left were both in the reading. I read the stage directions. The actors did a great job. 

The company, MTWorks,  is staging the first play in the trilogy, "Barrier Island"  this spring. I am in the midst of auditions for that play. Cristina will be directing it. I feel strong in my choice for the character, and interestingly enough the woman who is up for the same role has a somewhat similar take as I do and looks somewhat similar to me. I just have to wait and see how the casting goes. I would really like to play this woman, Cheryl, but you just never know how these things go. The other woman brings some industry contacts to the plate and that counts for something.

If I don't get cast in this (I'm hoping but I never assume) then I will take a photo essay class through NYU Continuing Ed that would occur at the same time that rehearsals for Barrier Island would be heating up. Either way it's a win-win for the kid.

I love that, in my life, I get these kinds of choices and dilemmas. Life is good. 

This Script Made Me Nervous

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Good, Lonely People

I've been involved in the 2010 Newborn Festival - an annual play reading festival designed to introduce new works about places other than New York City. There were some really good plays read this year.

I read the part of Sissy in "Good, Lonely People", written by Carol Carpenter, a play about some conservative southern New Mexican Democrats on the night of the the 2008 election. Our play won audience favorite and we will repeat the reading tonight!

Congratulations to all of us.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Fainting Goats

There is a heritage breed of goats called "Fainting Goats". When they get excited, their legs go stiff and they faint. This can happen from being startled or from being fed or anything that might cause them to get excited. This is an actual breed.

Here's a video.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Jefferson Memorial - Drive By

Basilica, Basilica, Basilica

Okay I know I said that last one would be the last, but I can't help it. I have to post one more. Rafael told me that he thinks the Vietnamese Mary comment sounded angry. He said people should make G-d and religion their own. Maybe he's right. If you do believe in G-d, maybe you should make Him Her It your own. In religion there are are way too many rules, too many conflicting rules, too many outdated rules and just generally too many fucked up rules.

They certainly did this inside the Basilica.

Blond hair, blue (and by the way menacingly wide-set) eyes, two days of beard growth, in-shape body, a robe and flames. This mosaic is on the ceiling and his head alone is 8 feet tall. This thing is HUGE.

Rafael looked at it and said that he's certain the artist who created this was gay and was fascinated with his model. I think all these images of Jesus and Mary are all that eye of the beholder thing, anyway.

I think this is really the last photo from the Basilica. At least until I go back there.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Okay, I think this is the last one from the Basilica that I'll be posting. I think.

3 Marys

I love this Basilica. We got there near closing time and we had to rush through it so I didn't really take the time to set up my shots and get really good photos. But there are all these different Marys there and I wanted to get some different images. It's interesting to me how everyone makes Mary over in their own image. I mean, Vietnamese Mary? Really? Okay, whatever. 

Black Mary

Vietnamese Mary

Lithuanian Mary

Monday, January 4, 2010