FRIEZE Was Major: A Flock Of DiCaprios, Epic Sales, Massive Flooding

FRIEZE Was Major: A Flock Of DiCaprios, Epic Sales, Massive Flooding

 

This year’s Frieze Art Fair was more of a crazy happening than I’ve experienced before. First, there was a torrential downpour of biblical proportions – 3 inches of rain over a couple of hours. Workers securing the fair tents caught everyone’s attention as did the rain buckets scattered around the booths protecting $100K works of art.

  • But my favorite art piece was created by Dora Budor. She recruited three Leo DiCaprio-lookalikes to roam the fair impersonating some of his most memorable characters: Jordan Belfort (The Wolf of Wall Street), Hugh Glass (The Revenant) and Frank Abagnale Jr. (Catch Me If You Can).
  • Budor’s performance piece, a commission for the fair’s Frieze Projects sector, is titled MANICOMIO!, which translated from Italian means “Madhouse!” according to Artnews.
  • I encountered “Catch Me If You Can” Leo first and thought it strange that a military officer was attending Frieze and being so smirky about it. Then I ran into the “Reverent”. I did not see “The Wolf Of Wall Street” in person.
  • Here’s what the artist told Artnews about the project: “I wanted to create the opportunity for unsuspecting visitors at the fair to experience a disjointed reality—believing that the actor Leonardo DiCaprio might be there, but seeing him, impossibly, many years younger and as characters he has played. He comes every year so that’s part of the idea: he becomes the fourth actor, as himself. It’s like the rings of Saturn, where all Leos orbit the central idea of the eternal Leo.”

Just love this concept!!

Read on below for my top 10 Frieze galleries and artists.

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LOVE this Spectrum Commercial – Absolutely No Idea If It’s Effective

LOVE this Spectrum Commercial – Absolutely No Idea If It’s Effective

 

LOVE LOVE LOVE this commercial – cracks me up every time I watch it. Whoever wrote the script for this droll, conversation between the four “monsters next doors” on their morning commute deserves an award. Brilliantly funny!

I must admit I had no idea what the commercial was for when I first saw it. Also, can’t say it would make me sign up for Spectrum if it wasn’t already my carrier.

It was produced by Brooklyn-based independent agency Something Different.

Make sure you watch it.

 

 

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The Perfect Weekend in Atlanta: Curated By Rodrigo Padilla

The Perfect Weekend in Atlanta: Curated By Rodrigo Padilla

 

Fabulous weekend in Atlanta last week as guest of my friends, Rodrigo and Elliott. Not only was the agenda 100% on-point, I also had my own stunning suite at their gorgeous home (pics below).

So here – per the Opinionator – are the six must-dos for a great weekend in the ATL. And note, much of what I love most about Atlanta is in the Old Fourth Ward (O4W) – so be sure to check it out.

Ponce City Market

  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place. And whereas malls all around the country are dying, this place was jammed – of course it’s 80% food hall.
  • The people behind it also developed Chelsea Market in NYC. They are clearly expert at doing adaptive reuse projects in historic buildings (this one a Sears, Roebuck from the 1920s).
  • This is also where we rented bikes for our 3 hour tour of the Beltline and Piedmont Park which are adjacent to the market.

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Mike Tyson Interview: Captivating, engrossing, MUST-SEE TV

Mike Tyson Interview: Captivating, engrossing, MUST-SEE TV

So listen-up friends, this interview (from 2010) between Mike Tyson and Michael Kay is MUST WATCH TV. Why you may ask? Because it is ruthlessly honest – and funny! And every man in the audience is engrossed and captivated because Mike speaks the truth.

But Wallace Matthews from ESPN – and Mike Tyson’s actual words – say it better than I can:

Unlike so many of the prepackaged, overprocessed and mega-rehearsed professional athletes who are churned out today, Mike Tyson remains that rarest of all commodities. Instead of the human being sold as superhero, Tyson is the superhero who is selling himself as a human being.

“Sometimes I’m a dreadful, disgusting human being. I have a lot of pain and I don’t know how to let it go.”

Moments later, he said, “I’m living such an awesome life, it’s scary. I ain’t got no drama going on right now.”

Tyson is must-see TV. Fighting or talking, he is about as compelling an athlete as this country has even known.

Tyson was alternately funny and frightening, inspirational and heartbreaking. More than once, he choked back tears.

Tyson moved through his glory years, becoming the youngest heavyweight champion in history (“I knew I would. I knew it like I know Sunday follows Saturday. It had been drilled into my brain.”), through his decline at the hands of Don King and Robin Givens, to the lowest point of his life (the 1992 rape conviction, however, going to jail he said, wasn’t a big deal “I fit right in”), and the lowest point of his career (the night he resorted to biting a piece out of one of Evander Holyfield’s ears to escape a beating).

“I despised him so much because I admired him so much,” Tyson said of Holyfield. “I wanted to kill him. I had been jealous of him from when we were kids. I’m a spoiled brat and things weren’t going my way. I wanted to hurt him. So I bit him. I was just a [bleeping] mess.”

Sometimes I’m filthy. I’m wretched,” he said. “And sometimes I’m not so bad. Mike Tyson ain’t nothing special. Just another human being, trying to get along.”

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The Top 5 Things To Do In Savannah

The Top 5 Things To Do In Savannah

Savannah is an extremely beautiful, historic city. It’s also known as America’s first planned city with lots of parks and squares (22 survive to this day). And because of SCAD, it has a young, creative vibe.

I visited for 4 days/3 nights and was the guest of two longtime Savannahians so my experience was definitely more “insider” than tourist. I also appreciated getting a local’s perspective on the who, what and where of the city. Alice and Bob seemingly know everyone so I met lots of fascinating people – including one of Savannah’s major style icons, Ann Lytle (see pic below).

Here are my top recommendations for a weekend visit to Savannah:

1. Explore The City On Foot

It’s a small, easily navigable town with lots of charming old buildings. I especially love the variety of ironwork balconies and the downspout fountains that are shaped like fish or dolphins (see pic below).

Make sure you stop by some of the major squares and parks e.g. Forsyth Park. There are also lots of small restaurants and bars with outdoor seating. And you MUST stop by Leopold’s Ice Cream Parlor – it’s 100 years old and popular with both locals and visitors – and they make rosewater ice cream! Other restaurants worth dropping in on as you explore: The Public Kitchen & Bar, Soho South Cafe, The Grey, The Collins Quarter.

See below for more pics of Savannah and additional tips.

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VALENTINE’S DAY 2017: Couples-Selfies at the #LoveWall

VALENTINE’S DAY 2017: Couples-Selfies at the #LoveWall

Was in Chinatown this past weekend and noticed crowds lined up at the corner of Mott and Kenmare getting their selfies on for Valentine’s Day. This is so cool and so fun! Look for more retailers and brands to get creative with selfies and hashtags in the future.

Here are more details:

  • The #LoveWall was created by artist James Goldcrown. His work is all around NYC. This piece has been at this location for a few years but its popularity is exploding with over 29K #lovewall posts on Instagram.
  • The #MoetMoment, around the corner from the #lovewall, is a brilliant piece of social media marketing from the Moet Chandon team. The Moet Moments campaign (without the selfie wall) was initially launched in 2013 with Roger Federer to celebrate special moments. At that time fans were asked to post photos and messages of extraordinary occasions in their lives that are worthy of celebrating with a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne. The selfie wall is a MAJOR UPGRADE!!

And one last noteworthy Valentine’s Day event comes from the Elizabeth Street Retailers who organized and hosted the LOVE BLOCK PARTY on the weekend before Valentine’s. The street and storefronts were festooned with red heart balloons. Participation was high and included Tom’s, Aesop, Kit & Ace, and Steve Alan.

Photos below.

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SUPER BOWL 2017: Not a big fan of the preachy commercial trend.

SUPER BOWL 2017: Not a big fan of the preachy commercial trend.

Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

FIRST THINGS FIRST: What an amazing game!!  A comeback for the ages and history made on so many levels.

And aside from the game, there was also that amazing halftime show. Lady Gaga gave a killer performance! It was the best halftime show I’ve seen. Original, creative, and hugely entertaining for audiences of all stripes. The woman is a genius.. And I am an even bigger fan because she didn’t go all “Meryl Streep” or threaten to blow up the stadium as Madonna might have done. She kept it classy, the opening was clearly a protest message but it was not in your face.

In terms of commercials, I cannot stand it when brands preach or pander to me with heavy-handed social commentary or political messages – especially when they have absolutely nothing to do with their brands. For example, I am NOT a fan of the Audi commercial. Audi needs to show me what they’re doing to get girls into engineering, they need to let me know how many women they have in top positions in the company. Unless they do that, they’re just whistling Dixie with this self-congratulatory commercial.

On the other hand, there were three commercials that resonated with me. Read on below for ones I found not only engaging but also made me newly consider these brands. And note, I’m speaking only of my personal favorites, I’m sure the Audi commercial will come in as one of the most popular spots of the night.

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Book Review: Shoe Dog – by Nike’s Creator, Phil Knight. EXCELLENT!

Book Review: Shoe Dog – by Nike’s Creator, Phil Knight. EXCELLENT!

I’ve worked for Nike in the past and thought I knew the company’s story (Bowerman, the waffle iron, the art student who created the logo) but NO, I really knew nothing. In this book, Knight, for the first time, tells his personal story of the true beginnings of Nike from 1962 (when it was Blue Ribbon Sports) until he reluctantly took the company (then Nike) public in 1980.

This is an absolutely extraordinary book – I couldn’t put it down. Any business owner or entrepreneur who has ever struggled and sacrificed and worked harder than they ever thought possible, will identify.

What makes this book so riveting is how Knight draws us into his life. I felt the stress he was coping with in starting his business. I was elated when he beat his risk-averse bankers and the shifty customs agents at their own game. I loved his team of misfits (the buttfaces) who believed in his crazy running shoe idea and not only kept the company afloat but took it to stratospheric heights. And finally, I was in tears at the end (2007-2010 years) when he looks back at his life  and realizes the journey is coming to a close and he’s not ready to admit to himself that he can’t do it all over again.

So read this book, people, it is inspiring! And big thanks to Bill Gates and his blog for recommending the book.

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