Dec 18

*Art Basel style

Dec 6

Wed., Dec. 5 – Art Basel/MIA 
(+ I’ll have updates from (maybe not, exactly) all the Fringe, Side-shows & “Collectives” in Miami.)

- Obey (10th & Collins Ave.) / Shepard Fairey

This is when all the “Collectors” (rich folk, with gobs-of -money.) start to kick it off. The pre-party’s (some events, like UNTITLED on the beach at 10th, kicked it off early – on Monday night.) allowing them to get a jump on any potential collector wanna-be’s (poor folk). This is when all the BIG sales (of major pieces) seem  to happen – you know, when they put the little round (red/orange/green) sticker on the lower right-hand corner, and the Miami Beach Convention Center acts as HQ for the upper crust/established galleries – the pilgrims of the Miami Art (Basel) scene – now in it’s 12th year (13?).

  - Black Cat (or Dog?) at Lords Hotel (11th & Collins Ave.) / Desi Santiago

So the beach has been kinda buzzing since last week. It all sorta kicked in over the last weekend. Some Gallery and “installer” folk, started arriving over the weekend (the folk who get it from Crate/Dock > designated Convention Center Space > then Set-up.). A job that truly requires them to be ready for ANYTHING. Last year it, for instance, ranged from a life-size Al Wiewie tree (think BIG) to … um, piles of dirt (w/ instructions)! 

  - Islands (way back in 1983!) / Christo 

… yep.
Nov 26

Art Basel/Miami Beach 2012 … And, we’re off!

… sort of? I have a bunch of punch-lines for this, you? As seen being set-up in one of the tents, in the Miami Beach Convention Center (main) Parking Lot.

Stay tuned.

Nov 13

- ASH > November 8-12, 2012 / Boston, MA

This was kinda like a (okay, full-blown) re-union for me, of sorts. Human Sexual Response got together, again (They originally called it quits, in ’82, w/a “last” NYE show in ’88?) at the House of Blues/Boston. The show coincided with the release of thier “UNBA UNBA” DVD, that captured them performing at “peak” level (all shows were) in 1982, at a club called “Streets” in Boston, MA. I guess they had it all set-up proper like, with (mobile?) 24 track recording and multiple cameras/angles – can’t wait to see it? soon!

So, I went up on 11/8-12 (ASH > MIA > BOS / Thur-Mon), and landed on one cold New England Thursday, with a flu-cold in reprise mode*, that had me eating ALL the Vietnamese/Korean noodle soups (w/ hot green tea!) I could find in the BOS area (they’re ALL over Allston & @$7-8+/-, bada-bing!). I’ve been trying to shake this wicked flu/cold-thingy for almost 2 weeks+ now. *Many, can attest to it’s evil, debilitating and sheer viral power. Thankfully, it was only cold, not deathly cold – weather wise. (no f’n snow/ice).

A special thanks to Peg & Andy (+ Kitty & Logan) for their lovely accommodations in the South End/BOS – 500 Harrison Ave.  (at the top of Thayer St., yep!), my old ‘hood/city! *Now 100% yuppy-fied. A wee Ash History: I moved to BOS from Maine in the Spring of ’84, or was it Winter ’83/84?) when I was 19. Long enough ago, that I remember having a cocktail at (the) Bill’s Bar, when it was located on Mass Ave. (opp. the Christian Scientist Ctr.). I had heard of HSR in HS and was eager to inhale the Boston music scene as quickly as possible. While working (intern) at the SPIT art Dept., I got lucky as HSR were booked to do a Halloween show (1984?) at Spit, so I got a chance to see them after their official “split” a couple of years prior. ( Plus, I got to see PIL at Metro the following month). Come to think of it, I was also a “barback” at Metro/Spit (’84/’85 +/-?), so that means I was working with Dini and Casey back in the day. and … living on Wellington St. (So. End, less than a block from Wally’s Jazz! What a find that place was.)

Live – Boston @House of Blues:

Anyways – back to the Human Sexual Response show at the House of Blues … it was KILLER, loads of fun and oddly enough, I was able to recognize a handful of folk from the olde days. The band (all 7 original members!) had the entire audience in the palm of their hands, and it looked like they were having as much fun as the audience was.

The Legendary Rich Gilbert (Guitar Idol/friend) was picking off the hits on his Duesenberg Starplayer (white/sparkle) ”HR2″ Special (*maybe modified a wee bit, possibly, hmmm – Rich?). I thought he would of had a bigger rig (4×12/50w+) and at least 2 guitars on stage, but he (still) knows what he’s doing up there, and, I was just happy to be witnessing it all! ahem, I even took some guitar lessons from him back in the day too! (I’m still a horrible, but happy, guitar player.;– ) And, ahem, I still use a thumb pick because of him (geeky, I know – but – he was right) - LRG! Great to also see: Gregg/George, Harry, Fred, Kenji, Vikki, Carmine/Molly and … everyone else I squinted at (tried to recognize), really! *Sorry I missed loads of other, cool folk too? next time/show (right!?!?), really!

Did I mention I got the LP “Fig. 14″ signed by the whole band?! yep. Special thanks to opening act - Contrapposto (Maine-iacs! Have a wee listen! Representing ME, Ayuh!) They (2 – Singer/Keybrds) were cool and we all got a chuckle that (my cousin Corde’s kid, Mike) Old Soul had connected us.

I also had a pint at JJ Foley’s for Wild Bill.  – ;=)


Oct 19

Zoltan’s “arty” brother had a show on Lincoln Rd. Wednesday (10/17/12?) …

The Amazing Ultran, at the Art Center of SoFL/SoBe. Free Wine & hotties. Further down the road, at Art Center/East

… a stuffed *ss with some classical musicians performing, behind glass.

Oct 9

Oct., 9-10, 2012 / Miami Beach – If you happen to be in the SoBe/33139 area today – you are in LUCK! 

Please note for ALL GAZING EVENTS: Must be 18 years of age or over to attend and pregnant women are not allowed to attend after their third month of pregnancy due to the intensity of the experience for some. People with illnesses are advised to follow the recommendation of their doctor before and after attending a gazing session.

“It is recommended to bring a photo of your child or a person needing help who cannot attend, as this method has been proven to be equally effective and the most balanced way for some to receive help who cannot attend.”

Wow – there’s a Staring Contest (?) going on at The Colony (Theater/Miami Beach) on Lincoln Rd. Braco is here to take on all challengers! With some Guidelines.

*Post-Gazing UPDATE*: I attended – only $8!? (no sign of any Kool-Aid?) The “Session w/film” all started at 7pm with a very tall (“Logan’s Run” blonde-spa-holistic type”) lady who talked with a wide & blue-eyed gaze and soothing voice, while some guy played a wooden recorder (an event staple for these (gazing?) events , soothing/ music, to relax the mind), – then, Braco came out, stood on a riser and just … STARED (8min+/-), in silence (I almost laughed) then he left the podium (8′ x 8′ stage riser) and then they played a “taped/recorded” (in Croation) intro message, via the (his) VOICE (20+ min, with video) of Braco, then a quick Q&A (with past, experienced “gazers”) then, I went to the … Deuce – for a free staring session, then home. Goodnight!

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