January 31, 2012

Organic Shine Society

Just got a new bed. Now thinking about these pillows from Organic Shine Society.

January 30, 2012

A very good night.

Last night's dance class at St. Paul's Chapel. We got the nuns and priests dancing. This was followed by a screening of the film (dancing continued). This is the kind of event we imagined we might one day be able to do with Girl Walk // All Day. Giant screens, the old dancing with the young, husbands with wives, neighbors with neighbors, friends with strangers. This is a good thing.

See all the photos from last night on flickr.

January 27, 2012

At home and away

Recent presents to myself: bed frame, smoked sea salt, rabbit planter, dried figs, long underwear. Life is very glamorous right now!

Nota bene:
+ 25 children's book covers from Korea from the 1940s and 50s. These remind me of some Korean books we had around our house when I was a kid.
+ Kelli brings airbnb data to life with this eye-popping set of infographics
+ Alain de Botton on Atheism 2.0, the religion of culture.
+ Great piece in Wired about the founding of Dropbox, and how they served a data sync problem nobody else could figure out.
+ 11 facts about Damien Hirst's spot paintings, including that Hirst himself has only painted 5 of 1,400.
+ A jazzy mix for you and you and you from RTS at More & Co.

Also, Part I:  Jacob and I are subletting our apartment from 2/9 - 2/27 and 3/9 - 3/17. Email me at hi@youngnapark.com if you or a friend are looking for a place to stay in Brooklyn. 20 foot ceilings, infinite books, lots of light, and this really cute rabbit planter. [See the ad on craigslist]

Also, Part II: Come dance in church on Sunday. Drinks, dance class, mega screens, and the whole shebang all for free. RSVP.

January 23, 2012

Happy (Korean) New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year! I wish I were upstate eating some dukgook (Korean rice cake soup) today, the traditional New Year's Day food. Alas, not happening in my Greenpoint apartment tonight.

Quiet here, probably for a while. Lots happening. Going to Boston at 5 a.m. tomorrow on a nervewracking-ly small airplane. Soon I head out west. Pitching a lot of projects.  Developing concepts. Preparing panels. Building websites. Booking plane tickets. All exciting stuff. And, Girl Walk // All Day is having a big dance party this Sunday, January 29th at St. Paul's Chapel in Lower Manhattan (corner of Broadway and Fulton). It's the oldest public building in continuous use in New York City (since 1766). One of the priests at the parish saw our film and insisted we have a church dance party. How would we say no? There will be a free hip-hop dance lesson taught by John Doyle (Skeleton/The Creep) to kick off the night, followed by a screening of the film and a dance party. Free drinks. Good vibes. So come dance with us. Open to all ages. Bring your children. (RSVP + details here).

January 19, 2012

Mom's studio

In my mom's studio. Always full of lots of jars and stones and shells and colors and vessels and tools and images that inspire.

January 16, 2012

Girl Walk // All Day: The West Coast Tour

Girl Walk // All Day is going on tour. Jacob and I have been working furiously to plan a series of killer, memorable nights that are all about: MOVING, SWEATING, HAPPINESS, FRIENDSHIP, DANCE, SPACE and getting down with your COMMUNITY. We've talked to dozens and dozens of venues, figured out the best spaces to show this movie, and are ready to bring this film to Seattle, Portland, SF and LA* and make you dance.

I'm excited about each and everyone one of these shows, but I'm most excited about our Valentine's Day dinner theater event at Delancey, Seattle (the restaurant that belongs to one so-very-generous Orangette and her husband Brandon). That night, guest chef Matt Costello will be cooking 20 lucky guests a phenomenal 5-6 course meal with drink pairings. After all have dined, we'll push back the chairs, screen the film, and invite you to boogie.

If you have suggestions for places to eat and things to see and do anywhere from Seattle to LA (or anywhere in between), then please let me know! This is as much a time to share our film as it is to take deep breaths of west coast and and renew ourselves for many more screenings back east.

Below are a few of the event posters I designed for upcoming screenings (elementary design skills at work). You can get tickets to all of these over on the Girl Walk // All Day events page.

*And then Boston, Vermont, Maine, Poughkeepsie, Austin and so on...

January 12, 2012

The Joy of Books

The Joy of Books, a stop-motion video by Sean Ohlenkamp made at Type bookstore in Toronto.

Another project that reminds me why passion projects, the ones that keep you up at night, with your spouse, with dozens of volunteers who you can only afford to pay in meals and hugs, are often so worthwhile.

And: an interview with Mr. Ohlenkamp.

January 11, 2012

The Light Up There

Wandering around my parents' house, early in the morning, looking for moving blobs, dots and asteroids of light.

January 10, 2012

Monument Mountain: A Winter's Walk

Last week took me from New York to Boston to my family's home Upstate, where we embraced the warm winter weather and headed out for a hike. We tried out a new and fairly relaxed trail, Monument Mountain near Great Barrington, Mass, and found a beautiful trail with half-frozen brooks, copious mushroom growth and impressive rocks. I recommend it if you're in the area.

p.s. If you've been following Girl Walk // All Day on Gothamist, the final chapter was released today. You can watch all 12 chapters online now. We'll also be announcing a west coast tour of screening in the next few days with stops in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and LA. The events are a raucous intersection between dance party, film screening and joy fest, so if you're in one of these areas, stay tuned to dates by signing up for our mailing list (on the footer of our website) and times and please come out to see our film!

Jacob is also the guest speaker at January's Creative Mornings this Friday, January 13th at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO. FREE with RSVP. The screening is sold out, but there are still a few tickets left for the talk.

January 7, 2012

Elkhorn Lodge

For JBK's birthday the day after Christmas, his mom organized a surprise trip into the Rocky Mountains, and we found ourselves at Elkhorn Lodge, riding horses through snowy trails up into a glorious view of the terrain all around us. This is just before our ride, hanging out in the ranch house , warming up with hot chocolate. Stop in if you're ever near Estes Park, Colorado.

Unrelated: I'm hunting for a new bed frame, and looking for something made of real wood, preferably vintage, clean lines, queen size, available in NYC (or with reasonable shipping). Does anyone know good options for high quality vintage/used furniture aside from Craigslist?

January 6, 2012

DAM, that's a museum

Jacob and I made a trip to the Denver Art Museum to catch Robert Adams' show, The Place We Live, before it came down on New Year's Day. While the Adams show made me think about the immense variability of the American landscape and the relationship of man with light and nature, and the small Ed Ruscha show a few floors up provoked a lot of chuckles, the museum experience was really defined by the architecture. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the matte titanium surface and the jagged, crystalline shape of the museum, for the art onto un-parallel planes and ask the viewer to experience occasional vertigo while moving through the museum's floors. As the building closed its doors for the day and we headed outside into a swirling pink-purple sky, the experience was much like emerging from a space ship and trying to regain one's sense of gravity.

If you do drop by the Denver Art Museum, you should also stop by next door at the newly opened Clyfford Still Museum, featuring the rarely seen works of the Abstract Expressionist, whose estate was sealed off after his death in 1980. Still's will stipulated that his works be given entirely to a single city, willing to build a museum to house those works, and in 2004, Denver became this city. [The museum was also the unfortunate site of one woman's punching + peeing-on-art impulses last week.] I didn't actually make it to the Still Museum, but have heard rave reviews from friends.

January 4, 2012

Mt. Sanitas

From last week's wander up and down the Mt. Sanitas Loop. A beautiful hike for a sunny, snowy day.

January 3, 2012

Snow gone, snow again?

Hello from the Omni Parker House in Boston, where JFK brought his mistresses, proposed to Jackie Onassis, Malcolm X was once a waiter and Ho Chi Minh once a bus boy.  I'm spending the rest of this week in Boston and then upstate with my family, working, planning Girl Walk screenings and enjoying being on the move. I'm having long meetings and seasonally inappropriate cocktails and remembering a pre-Christmas snowstorm in Boulder as I wait for snow to arrive here in the Northeast. C'mon winter: where are ya?