November 19, 2008

"Inside the Natural History Museum's bird collection"

"If you could bottle it you could make a fortune"


(click on each "photo" to read it)

"She embraced everyone as an acquaintance, but very few people were admitted to her inner circle. She had the ability to keep people at a distance without being in the least bit rough or unkind. Her magnetism was so extraordinary, though, that everyone wanted to be close to her. It was as if she placed a glass barrier between herself and the world. You couldn't get behind it easily. It made her remarkably attractive."

-Stanley Donen on Audrey Hepburn

November 18, 2008

Flux Screening Series: Thurah + Vigalonda

Flux Presents: Martin de Thurah + Nacho Vigalonda
Hammer Museum - Santa Monica, CA
"Flux’s November screening spotlights two incredibly talented directors: Martin de Thurah and Nacho Vigalondo and one amazing music talent: DJ Bunny Ears.
Danish filmmaker Martin de Thurah’s music video for Carpark North Human won the audience award 2005 at RESFEST and went on to win a Grammy at the Danish Music Awards in 2006 and a Grand Prix in the Festival International des art du clip/ province 2006. That same year Martin won Best New Director at the CADS in London and was selected for the Res 10. As part of this month’s program Martin will present the U.S. Premiere of his short Young Man Falling.
Spanish director Nacho Vigalonda, was nominated for an Oscar in 2005 for his award-winning short film 7:35 in the Morning. His first feature film Time Crimes hits theaters December 12th. Vigalonda will share some of his rare short films with us.
DJ Bunny Ears is the alter-ego of man of multi-talents Eric David Johnson. He works as a music supervisor, filmmaker, writer, musician, artist, photographer and producer. With his former band, Pulseprogramming, Eric performed internationally at venues including San Franciscos MOMA, Chicagos MCA and Barcelonas electronic music festival, Sonar. His new music company Living Breathing isbased in Santa Monica and London."

Flux Screening Series
Thursday November 20th
7PM - Box Office opens and Pre-screening Reception. Hammer Cafe and Bar will be open.
8PM - Screening and Filmmaker Presentations
9:30PM-11PM - After-party with guest DJ DJ Bunny Ears (Living Breathing). Hammer Cafe and Bar will be open.
Free Admission, RSVP Suggested (
Hammer Museum
Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
*Seating is first come, first served. RSVPs do not guarantee seating. Box office opens at 7PM. The new HAMMER CAFE will be selling food and drinks all night.

November 11, 2008

Oum Kalthoum; "the Star of the East"

I remember a couple of months ago having a conversation with my mother about Oum Kalthoum. How this amazing woman was rather influential and is remembered in Egypt and the Middle East as one of the greatest singers and musicians who have ever lived. "More than three decades after her death, she is still recognized as the Arab world's most famous and distinguished singer of the 20th century."

I could listen to her for hours on end. Actually, I have been listening to her for hours...

November 7, 2008

"lack lag"

"Honoré de Balzac, French author of the Human Comedy, is attributed with having hypomania; his writing sessions continued from midnight to noon, functioning on four hours of sleep. Intermittently during these episodes, Balzac would consume massive amounts of coffee. However, it is far from apparent whether these are based on psychiatric diagnosis: bipolar symptoms are frequently misunderstood, misattributed and glamorized in popular culture."

(It's 6:09 am here and still haven't slept a wink yet.)

Skeletal Family

"Hands On The Clock"