November 30, 2011

A pause in the midst of madness





Days are a whirlwind now as I help Jacob race full speed towards the Girl Walk // All Day premiere next Thursday. Meetings, constant running around the city, phone calls and then late nights preparing emails and newsletters and announcements and making t-shirts. Oh, and my job too. But it is exhilarating and rewarding and so exciting to feel this project coming alive. People have been incredibly generous and excited by the project and continue to share their joy with us and with others.

When the world freezes for a minute -- the second I wake up or before I fall asleep -- I register how fast time feels like it is passing right now. This quiet morning upstate, when nobody was yet awake and I tiptoed around in the frosty grass -- it was already a week ago. And like that: the holiday season is here (though not the chill temperatures). Soon it will be 2012. I'm trying to savor the moments between now and then.


November 29, 2011

November 28, 2011

The Magic Flock











We walked back to the public parking lot in Saratoga Springs, to retrieve our car and head south towards home. Dad looked up and noticed some birds. They came in waves, five or ten seconds apart at first, some in tight V's and other in loose bracket formations. Mom looked up. I looked up. It was endless. They cascaded in from all directions, just passing through, but to us, it was a vision of unity and the magic of a language we can't understand . As we drove off, the sky swirled with neon and burnt umber, casting a silhouette on leafless trees. Nature can put on a perfect show.

Nota Bene (Art with mirrors): 
+ Beautiful collages made of broken glass and mirrors by Iranian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian (via Paris Review)
+ Geometric mirrors aged through an accelerated oxidation process by Dutch artist Lex Pott. (see the series Transience)

November 27, 2011

What We Ate








Start with 3 cheeses + lots of baguette: 
+ Gorgonzola Cremificato (a stinky, beautiful creamy blue)
+ Tomme de Chataigneraie (a soft, chestnut-y goat) 
+ Isle of Mull (a fruity, grassy sharp cheddar)

Follow with: 
+ Roasted garlic mashed potatoes
Arugula + fennel salad with toasted walnuts, feta & red onion (Note: onion addition is mine, try adding tahini to the dressing, via 101 Cookbooks
Roasted cauliflower with raisins + pine nuts (Note: used regular balsamic, rather than white, nixed the bread, roasted the cauliflower + cut down on olive oil, via Farm House Table
Panko + parmesan crusted butternut squash (via Sprouted Kitchen) 
+ Mom's stuffing
+ Wild mushroom gravy
+ Roasted turkey
+ Jacob's awesome cranberries

Finish with: 
Spiced Pumpkin Pie (Note: double the spices in the recipe, via Epicurious
Caramel cranberry almond tart (Note: I only used a 1/2 batch caramel and added a layer of spiced bosc pears atop the crust before baking, via Lottie + Doof

All year long I keep a running list of recipes I'd like to make, so when Thanksgiving rolls around, it feels like the best excuse a handful all at once. All of the recipes linked here were new ones we tried this year and everything was a huge hit. I've noted how I adapted the recipes above; I can't recommend them enough. 

November 23, 2011

Thankful


A year of many things to be thankful for: the best husband, an amazingly supportive family, 10 cases of leftover wedding wine that we managed to work through before the year was out, the leak above our bed no longer leaks, the bounty our fruit CSA, my photo show at Saffron, feeling creatively challenged and creatively inspired, Girl Walk // All Day, dancing in the streets, a new niece, good health, boat rides in New York, serendipitous modeling experiences in Texas, and a future that feels full of the best possible unknowns. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

November 22, 2011

The Light for Feasting





Getting ready to head upstate for baking and eating and long walks through the woods. We'll light lots of candles, have slow meals, or slower than usual, at least. The meal won't be sandwiched by hours at the computer, it'll be squished between a book and a nap. Thanksgiving is my favorite time. We're bringing 3 kinds of cheese home, an unseemly weight of rind and goo for a train ride: a cheddar, a blue, and a tomme. And chestnut cream and wine and so on. It'll be a feast.

November 21, 2011

Fulfillment



If you ordered a Life Near Windows book to-date, then it should be arriving in your mailbox any day now. The first shipment went out on Saturday. Hip hip. Thank so much for all of your orders and support.

November 18, 2011

Leaves up, down, around






The fall I've been waiting for is finally here and the neighborhood agrees. A walk around Greenpoint this week revealed carpets of leaves lining the sidewalks, color creeping up the ivy and leaves-covered wall that sits opposite our apartment and branches nearly bare when looking up. 

This weekend will bring lots more development on the Girl Walk // All Day premiere (have you RSVP'ed yet?), shipping out my Life Near Windows books (just a couple left!), and a Thanksgiving potluck to practice a few of the recipes I'm trying out for next week. Speaking of: what are you making? I'm still recipe-hunting and would love some recommendations. 

Nota Bene (good things elsewhere): 
+ Contents Magazine is alive and kicking, with new columns and articles to be released each Wednesday. The content strategy world (what I do in a lot of my freelance life) desperately needs more definition and great documentation as the field rapidly grows. Have yourself a look. 
+ Audiofil.es, a new aggregation and bookmarking tool for audio pieces, arrived in the world yesterday. If you, like me, are one of those people who is constantly looking for more to listen to, and to find sources for excellent stories outside of the regulars (This American Life, everything on NPR, Radiolab), then this is looking to be a great source for sharing, bookmarking and discovering new areas of sound. 
+ If you're looking for holiday baking tips and recipes in a bound set of books that are also surely to be beautiful, then peek at Scratch Baking Co's Baking Notes. There are 2 issues out so far, which you can get together for $20, put together by the clever and talented crew at More & Co. I think my copies will be showing up in the mail today.

November 16, 2011

Girl Walk // All Day: The NYC Premiere!



I couldn't be more proud or pleased to share that Jacob, the Girl Walk team and I are partnering with Kickstarter for our NYC Premiere on Thursday, December 8th at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. We're planning a fabulous night of audiovisual performances, an awesome DJ, the first-ever showing of the film and yes: A DANCE PARTY.

Thanks to the incredible support of Kickstarter, the event will be free and open to the public. And that is a wonderful thing, because all through the making of the film, the point has been to both make and show it in public spaces.

Jacob, the dancers, the film crew and I have poured our hearts and souls into this project for many months and there is nothing we want more to have our friends, family and strangers from all reaches gather in a room and see this film, and then dance till you can't dance any more.

So, come join us December 8th to celebrate this film, to celebrate dance, community, energy, vitality and the city of New York. It's going to be a damn good time.

Girl Walk // All Day (NYC Premiere) 
Brooklyn Masonic Temple
317 Clermont Avenue
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Doors: 9 p.m.

RSVP required for entry (and it's first-come, first-served on the day-of): RSVP HERE.

Thursday Night: 3 Things To Do

If you are looking for something to do on Thursday night (11/17), here are three things I'd love to be at all at once:

1. My friend Winnie Au has photos in the Milk Gallery Underground Autumn 2011 exhibition. Thursday night, they're having an opening for the 74 artists participating in the show with music and drinks.

Milk Studios
8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
450 West 15th Street, NY, 1st floor
RSVP to rsvp@milkstudios.com to attend.


(Photo by Winnie Au)

2. Lucky Gallery in Red Hook is hosting a book release party for my buddy Andy Vernon Jones who is publishing his first collection of images, Here in Red Hook. The gallery will also exhibit a selection of images from the book for the evening, which were all made in the streets, alleys and abandoned lots of Red Hook, Brooklyn over the last 5 years. So, come out and celebrate Andy/Vern's book, and have some food, drink and get yourself a copy.

Lucky Gallery
7 - 10 p.m.
360 Van Brunt Street
Red Hook, Brooklyn


(Photo by Andy Vernon Jones)

3. Partners & Spade is hosting a book release and store grand opening party for a shop based on the new Miranda July book, It Chooses You. From her website:
In celebration of “It Chooses You”, Miranda July and her team scoured the New York classifieds, buying up once-meaningful objects and interviewing the sellers. These items, ranging from a modest bottle cap collection to a massive work of art, will be resold for the original asking price (plus tax) at Miranda July’s resale shop within Partners & Spade. Specially-designed packaging will offer insights into the lives behind the hundreds of unique objects, and the local sellers will be in attendance — as will Miranda July herself, signing copies of “It Chooses You”.
Partners & Spade
6 - 9 p.m.
40 Great Jones Street


Perhaps I will see you in one or more of these three places on Thursday night.

November 15, 2011

Best Bread





For last night's dinner, I grabbed one of my favorite loaves of bread in the city. It's made in the beautiful oven at Roberta's, the Bushwick pizzeria that Sam Sifton called "one of the more extraordinary restaurants in the United States." I remember first seeing Roberta's loaves sold at a card table on North 6th St. in Williamsburg on an occasional weekend day with the baker humbly hawking her loaves to anyone who would try. Now you can regularly find their baguettes and "french sticks" (a shorter, stouter baguette) at Brooklyn Kitchen. They're dense, chewy, deep in flavor and hold a fine crisp crust.

I've always thought somone ought to put together a Best Bread list. If I were to start, I'd put my votes in for the Roberta's French Stick, and also:

The raisin walnut bread from Grandaisy Bakery
The pain de mie from Bakeri in Williamsburg
The pugliese loaf from Bien Cuit on Smith Street in Cobble Hill

All of these breads are beautiful themselves, but one of my favorite snacks is to top a slice with fresh ricotta, honey, sea salt and thyme. I got my first little tub of Narragansett Creamery fresh ricotta the other day, and if you've never tried it, you are missing out. Slice the bread, top with ricotta, sprinkle with salt and pepper, drizzle with honey and a few leaves of thyme.

Nota Bene (Good things found elsewhere): 
+ CDR's new printshop is open!
+ The new Sigur Ros album, Inni, is out. Have you heard it? What do you think?
+ Entertaining conversation between David Lynch and Melena Ryzik at the NY Times about his new album, Crazy Clown Time. I've only listened once, and it's pretty dark. Regardless, the conversation is a good read.
+ 01 MAGAZINE interviews CONFETTISYSTEM
+ The Selby's video of Lucy Chadwick for Zara

November 14, 2011

My Favorite: The Potluck




I think potlucks sometimes get a bad rap, but it's my favorite way to share a meal with friends. Everyone brings a little something to the table, and magically, everything always goes well together.

Last week, I hosted a small potluck for five lady friends. This is what we ate:

Spicy southern squash
Braised cabbage with apples and onions
Butternut squash, kale and quinoa salad with a lemon tahini honey dressing
Whole wheat pasta with mushroom tomato sauce and fresh ricotta
Rosemary roasted potatoes with a creamy dill sauce
Oatmeal pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
Frozen yogurt with fresh mixed berries

And of course, lots of wine.

I look forward to many potlucks this winter.

November 13, 2011

New wares from Wiksten




(Photos by Wiksten)

Like many others, I've admired Jenny Gordy's knit and textiles work for a long time. Her line and shop, Wiksten, including these beautiful pieces, opens tomorrow. For the first time, she'll also be selling jewelry and other wears made by friends and collaborators. Sign up for the Wiksten mailing list to be the first to know when the pieces are available.

November 10, 2011

Life Near Windows books are here!






I'm excited to share that Life Near Windows, the book, is here! It is the first in a series of small photographic collections I hope to print going forward. The book is 24 pages, staple-bound, and accompanies the exhibition of the same name currently up at Saffron. The books are available in a limited and numbered edition of 30 and will be on sale at Saffron (31 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY) starting this weekend as well as in my shop online.

Life Near Windows
Numbered edition of 30 
7-1/2 x 10 inches 
16 original photographs, 24 pages 
Publication Date: 11/11/2011 
$18.00 + shipping (US only) 

CAMP DAWN!









I've never met Dawn Bridges, but yesterday she sent me this beautiful package. It reminds me how the Internet is powerful and sharing and giving, and how the lives of friends and friends-of-friends that we quietly observe over the years on the shiny, bright screen of our computers can sometimes translate to surprises in your mailbox that really make your day.  Dawn reached out to me a week ago, after noting it was my birthday and asked for a mailing address. I had no idea what to expect. And certainly not to receive a neon pink mesh tape art wrapped package full of clever, colorful homemade goodness: a custom TWENTYNINE tank, beaded necklaces on hot pink nylon, and amazing initialed pouches. All are wares from her CAMP DAWN line (Dawn! Where can we get your lovely goods online??).

Thank you Dawn, for this wonderful explosion of brightness.