Category: A R T

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Yes baby, yes!!! Last week I went to Zurich to see the Lumineers, and it was Awesome!!!

Of course… I love the guys, but honestly: They are great ( and you should read it as :  G R E A T ! ) performers.

I have already mentioned the Lumineers on this post , but if you missed the tip and don’t know the band yet, I highly recommend this video clip, for you to get started!

They are a genuine folk band of very talented instrumentists, composers and performers.

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The opening Band was ‘Thao and the get down stay down‘, and I have to tell you the truth: I had never heard about them until last week, but ever since then I can’t listen to anything else! You should try it out

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Thao is the vocalist, and she performs with incomparable passion and vitality together with her multi-talented band!

I had the most delightful night, and hope this tips and my very few images may be enough to inspire you to know more about both Thao and the Lumineers!

Hope you enjoy it, and if possible have the opportunity to see them performing in your city!

Lots of love… uohhhohhh…dp bye

( 10 / 10 )

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Ok guys… I must bring a ‘parenthesis’ in here today! I really do…

The thing is: I promised to write about Brazil and Amsterdam, and I also promised a post about Ray Eames, and that’s the moment when I got lost!!!

Not in a bad way… not at all!!! Actually the thing is: I could not resist to write this ‘parenthesis post’  today: 10/10! I mean (and I really mean it):  I don’t believe in a lot of things, but come on!!!  It must be a sign… and it says: write it girl!!!

Nevertheless… I am pretty sure you are all going to forgive me – and maybe even thank me after a while – for this negligent act! (Yes…the drama is back!!!)

So: What is this so-called ‘parenthesis post’ all about? It is about ‘Powers of ten’– a documentary by Charles and Ray Eames

(of course)!

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It is awesome! Especially if you try to put yourself in their position… back in 1968 , I mean… If you are younger than me… you may not know but at this point, Neil Armstrong hadn’t even stepped on the moon yet!!! Really…There was a world like that not so long ago…

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Of course I had to add some images from ‘Powers of ten’  pic-nic set composition into my ‘under-construction’ post about Ray, and I could not help myself from bringing this delightful video-tip for those who might be interested!

Especially if you are one who likes fine composition, interesting subjects, and of course my delightful tips!

Thanks for reading me!dp bye

credits: this image is an interpretation of mine from this great poster by DennySchmickle.com

reading I cooking tip

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Today, I would like to share a very good reading/cooking book(s) tip with you!

As I told you in here, part of my ‘living alone (+my lovely husband) learning process’ was learning how to cook (even boiling an egg was a big challenge some time ago), so as a  good nerdy girl, I bought some books, of course… and started learning things!

Three of this books are today my ‘bibles’  not only because I use each of them at least once in a week but also because they are books from women who also cook in a marvelous way but who are first of all fantastic photographers and super conscient human beans.

Each one of this books reflects the life of the kind of woman I try to be: a talented professional, who uses her time and make her choices based on life quality and sustainable factors. A ‘super-woman’ (wooowwwww) who’s able to deal with every day tasks and also find time to prepare herself and her family a delightful, fresh and beautiful meal, photo shoot it beautifully, and share it with other talented fellow friends!

I am not here to ‘convert’ any of you guys into my ‘kind of’ cooking religion, but I am here to say: Hello! you don’t have to become a chef or a Mamma to cook good food! And you know what? You don’t have to be unable to even boil an egg just because you are a very talented and busy business woman! I mean: look the pretty ones bellow, take a deep breath and embrace all your super-woman tasks! You can make it…

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All this conversation makes me think about one of my very role-models: Ray Eames, the most talented artist who was also known for her marvelous dinners.

Great thing about this dinners? I bet the food was excellent… but they were not really about it, they were actually all about composition, colours, forms and smell mixtures.

A funny story about one of this dinners is the one about Ray bringing marvelous flower bouquets for dessert and warning her guests: You are not supposed to eat it! It is a visual delight… Enjoy it! I MUST write a post about it!

talk to you soon, and have a great weekend…

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Movie Tip

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I have a very good tip for you today… Have you seen ‘Jiro dreams of sushi’?

It is a 2011 documentary film about Jiro Ono an 85-year-old sushi master, and one of the few chefs whose restaurant is a three-star’s Michelin.

Jiro is a hard worker, who is still trying to improve his technique in order to make the ‘perfect sushi’.

The passion of Jiro makes the whole movie goes on. From his discipline, to his delicate perception about colors, tastes and textures, Jiro is always trying to do something new, something unexpected…It is not only about the food: It is about passion and perfectionism.

I think it is a beautiful movie about doing what you like with all the passion you may have. Even more if you dare!

Watching  Jiro is at least inspiring!

If you already saw it, I would be delighted to hear your opinion about this inspiring movie. If not, give it a try…  and then let me know!

Cheers,

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music tip

late night tales

If you follow me on Instagram, you should already know that I have been to Herzog & DeMeuron summer party, and danced to the rhythm of the most unexpected DJ ever: Boy George!!!

Yes indeed!

Well… I am very sad to announce he was not playing his own songs, but the thing is: The guy is a one of a kind DJ!

What makes me think about a great music tip… Have you ever heard about the ‘late night tales’ collection?  Boy… I love it!

The project  exists ever since 2001 and is produced by a UK independent record label. The tracks on the albums are selected by this fine team of exquisite DJs, recording artists, and bands, asked by LNT to create a remarkable late night mix!

If you are curious to know who are the artists involved with LNT: Nightmares on Wax; Sly & Robbie; Jamiroquai; Turin Brakes; Four Tet; The Flaming Lips; Belle & Sebastian (2006 and 20012); Air; David Shrigley; Nouvelle Vague; Lindstrøm; Fatboy Slim; Groove Armada; Arctic Monkeys; The Cinematic Orchestra; Snow Patrol; Midlake; Trentemøller; MGMT; Metronomy; Friendly Fires; Bill Brewster; Röyksopp.

And if you are curious to know what is so great about LNT? I have to say: This guys really know about their business, and their CD’s are fully loaded with good stuff, and excellent references!

You should give it a try!

And the LNT crew should also give Boy George a try!

That’s it!!!

Lots of love,

have you seen sugar man?

ald art movHave you seen the Oscar-winning documentary ‘Searching for Sugar Man’? You totally have to!

Searching for Sugar Man’ is by far the most unbelievable story I’ve heard of recently! Seriously, if it was not a documentary, It would have been the best screenplay award winner this year, and I am not kidding you… not at all!

Just to start a conversation here: Have you ever heard of Sixto Rodriguez? Do you even know if he is an author, a chef, an architect or a rock star?

Do you know Sixto Rodriguez is a singer and a composer who sold more records in South Africa than Elvis, and even the Beatles?

Don’t you feel at least a little bit curious about Sixto right now? Well, you are not the only one. Even Sixto’s fans didn’t have a clue either if the guy was dead or alive during decades!

The documentary as the name may suggest is pretty much about it : a search for South Africa’s  greatest singer, if not Freedom ‘guru’ trough apartheid regime. For every one who is not a south african, the movie is a search for this enigmatic figure we passed by somehow…

I have to stop right now, because I am terrible with this kind of games, and I am going to tell you the whole story in about a minute! So here is my tip (click here to check the trailer) !  And I would love to know your opinion about it!

Extra tip: If you like the subject, or if you enjoy stories like Sixto’s you should watch to ‘Beware of Mr Baker‘, another unbelievable and CRAZY story. This one is about Ginger Baker: one of the greatest Drummers ever (sais who? Not me of course, but pretty much all the greatest drummers around). Hope you enjoy it as well!

cheers,

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and he sings …

Have I told you I have a crush on Kevin Spacey?!?!

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Yes, I totally dooo! Because of his voice, the look in his eyes… his kindda ball head… but especially because he sings!!!

I already told you guys about Forever Cool where Kevin pairs up with Dean Martin in ‘Ain’t that a kick in the head’ and ‘king of the road’. What I’ve never told you (maybe because I didn’t know it so far…), is that on 2005 Kevin was in a movie about Bobby Darin, called ‘Beyond the see’, and boy… he singed up loud!

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About the movie: I can’t say a thing until I got to watch it… but I saw Kevin performing in here and I loved it!

Why doesn’t someone make a movie about Dean Martin? Maybe also with Mr. Spacey at the main role???

I mean: the man rocks… Come on!

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Searching the internet for further information about ‘beyond the sea’, I happened to find this review from Mr.Clinton (yes, former Mr.President!), about his good fellow new movie! I mean… I am not into politics here (especially because I am a pretty Gore girl, and also because I may have my opinions but I am not even a north-american…so it is not up to me to start this kind of conversation…), but this review made me remember of Clinton’s appearance at Scorsese’s ‘shine a light’ that is a must see! The guy is so POP!!! He remembers me of old Mr.Kennedy dating his fellow ‘rat pack’ friends… I mean… he is COOL!

Hope you all may check and appreciate my delightful tips!

Love,

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must know tip

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Do you know Domenico Modugno? Well you definitely do… So let me refresh my question: Does this words sound familiar: “…amada mia amore mio…lalalalala…amada mia amore mio…”?

I am pretty sure most of you have seen Woody Allen’s last movie  ‘ To Rome with love ‘ , and if you did the words I just typed might be playing in your head by now … funny right?!?

Right! But I didn’t even started… SERIOUSLY: Modugno may be cheesy, but he is one of Italy’s must know!

Besides writing and singing some of the most remarkable Italian “Canzoni”, the man performed as an actor in  more than 40 movies, among them  ‘Appuntamento a Ischia ‘ and that is a HIT!

If you are still not convinced, I have some extra cards hidden in my pocket: such as  ‘Dio, come ti amo ‘,  ‘Io’ also performed by Elvis Presley as ‘ Ask Me’ , and tadadada:

‘ Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu ‘ (and this one is beyond awesome…especially if performed by the incredible martini man – Dean Martin – come on!!!).

I bet by now you must be thinking: How did I neglected Modugno for so long?!? (Hahaha – I am so naïve…). But really: You should look it out … I am pretty sure you won’t regret it!

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watch out …

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I love movies, especially those from Marlene Dietrich ( MD … because it makes me sound sooo refined … BUT the truth is: ) because I really have to practice my German…

And, ok: I will later discuss about a looot of movies, but right now I have to point out some great German movies available in whatever language you may dream of (ok… maybe not Esperanto, but certainly something you may understand):

GOOD BYE LENIN (1)

DAS LEBEN DER ANDEREN – the lives of the others (2)

DER BAADER MEINHOF KOMPLEX (3)dp bye

turn on the music!

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I love music (seriously – who doesn’t?), and I really belive my live has a soundtrack, but that is of course a work in progress!

Well, but I have to be honest with you from ground zero: nothing makes me happier as the coolest man ever: DEAN MARTIN. (1)

I am not kidding you… my heart beats faster when I listen to the martini man!

You should give yourself a try! It is delightful, delightful and delightful!!!

Recently enjoyed playlists: Mumford and sons (2) ; Dead man’s bones (3); Lumineers (4).dp bye