Went to the Mos Def show last night. You might recognize him from
movies like Hitchhikers Guide and 16 Blocks. Decent actor with a real
cool laid back vibe and he's one of the very few that are doing
anything interesting in hip-hop today.
didn't think I would get in because tickets were sold out but on a
whim, I walked all the way across town to the Highline Ballroom in
Chelsea by myself to try my luck. The effort of walking all that way
gave me good karma and I got in.
sang Poison by Bel Biv Davoe and Time After Time as well as some Stevie
Wonder. Q-tip from Tribe Called Quest went up and did Bonita Applebum
on the spot. The band was pretty tight with their horn section that Mos
conducted whenever he felt inspired. For the encore, Talib Kweli came
out to do some Blackstar stuff. Interesting progressive hip hop for the
intellectual rather than party hip-hoppers.
Today I went with my friend Dan upstate to check out the Dia Museum in
Beacon, about an hour and a half up the Metro North. The building was
an old cardboard printing factory that has been converted into this
awesome space. It is very reminiscant of Beijing's 798 DaShanZi.
no pictures of the space because I could only get pictures where the
cctv's couldn't see me. I'm too old to get kicked out of places now.
think I liked the space more than most of the art. There were some
cool drawings by Sol LeWitt who was I.M. Pei's draftsman. Only a
dfatsman could make those drawing. The Richard Serra sculptures were
nice. They may be trite and simplistic to some but I think they are
pretty cool. They feel nice and are fun.
thought this was the coolest thing I saw and it was naturally made. A
shadow on the scuplture made a nice synergy of the space and the piece.
My camera has a really good marco lens. You might be able to see me in dan's eye.