Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Have you been to Nepenthe?

OMG, vacation!!!! What wonders a four day break can make. I feel like a whole new person ready to face anew the trials and tribulations of the art world... sorta. Granted had I been away another day or so the temptation to run off to Big Sur, to live on the beach and subsist on burritos and craft brew would have been great. No cel phone reception, no troubles, total bliss. As is I keep thinking nostalgically about the campfire and how much I'd like to still be sitting around with a beer at five o'clock staring into the wilderness. Alas....

On the way down to Carmel we stopped in Stockton for some Manny's and did a little thriftin' which was kind of a bust. I found a great dress which seemed flawless until I carried it around long enough to check out the seat and realize that an unfortunate accident of some sort is what lead it to the Salvation Army.

"No Problem," oil on canvas, 1995

I'm still surprised I resisted this guy. No problem!

As we continued down the 5 we happened upon this Tower Mart which had just been attacked by aliens!!!

There were a gang of 'em.

We narrowly made it out with our lives!

We spent the first night of our trip in Carmel and ate at Dametra which was amazing!!! Totally, affordable and amazing feast.

Lebanese gem brew.

"Kid taking a crap," acrylic on board, date unknown

Post dinner we took a walk around Carmel and stumbled across this fabulous painting. The multiple glasses of sparkling wine I had with dinner made it impossible for me to stop laughing at this masterpiece.

Check out the view from the back of our campsite in Big Sur. Waterfall!!!

This was the view from the front, no big whoop.

The old man and I went to the beach and he fell asleep on the purple sand. We both got a little sunburned.

That night we discovered the end all be all of awesome restaurants.... Nepenthe!

Henry Miller partied there natch and who wouldn't? The view was amazing, the architecture was amazing, in short it was all amazing. Our dinner was good too although in hindsight I wish I had gotten the burger. Apparently, it's what they're known for. Next time...

We made our way out of Big Sur via Nacimiento Road aka the Cabrillo Hwy which was an insane discovery. There was next to no one on it and the scenery was totally breathtaking. We frolicked in a meadow and smelled wildflowers. It was the best.

The Cabrillo Hwy dumped us out at Mission San Antonio which was cool.

Good ol' Padre Serra Hung Bell... what a guy.

The next night we set up camp on the Arroyo Seco river. Very nice.

On the way home the next day we finally stopped at the Red Barn, that antique place off the 101 that has big white letters on the side. Disneyana? Ring a bell? Whenever I pass it heading to the coast I think we should stop there and then never do. It was just okay. The barn itself is closed for renovation and the rest of it is mostly new junk. Kinda like the Folsom Flea minus the old stuff.

Friday, April 16, 2010

My promise to you!

Okay, ladies and germs here it is one more time, a plug for this evening's screening of The Art of the Steal at the lovely Crest Theatre. Film starts at 7:30, panel to immediately follow featuring 4 of the region's finest thinkers, tickets are $15 adults, $10 students.

In addition to this fabulous entertainment I give you my solemn promise that I will wear a genuine taxerdermized monocled cobra in honor of the event. That's right a cobra. It's my promise to you.

Now, if none of the above sways you here's the trailer to further peak your interest.

See you tonight!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Art of the Steal

You don't want to miss the opening night screening of The Art of the Steal at the Crest on April 16. I say this having watched the film last night and getting totally caught up in it and ticked off. I shook my head and talked to the screen for atleast the last 40 minutes of the film. It is totally engrossing (as the below ad will tell you) as well as incredibly complex.

I spent all day thinking about this movie and am struggling not to say anymore about it so as not to spoil things.

Those who attend the opening night screening will be treated to a panel discussion following the film for an opportunity to unravel this complicated discussion featuring:

Dr. Elaine O'Brien, Professor of Contemporary Art and Art History, CSUS

Dr. James Housefield, Associate Professor, History, Theory, and Criticism of Design, UCD

Robin Bernhard, Collections manager, Richard L. Nelson Gallery and Fine Art Collection, UCD

Dr. William Otton, Retired Director, South Texas Museum of Art, Corpus Christi, TX

Don't miss it!

The Art of the Steal
Friday, April 16 7:30pm
The Crest Theatre

For advance tickets click here!