“Friendgrass”

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Facebook’s Chief Product Officer appearing on Charlie Rose plans to harvest your “friendgrass”.

According to FB’s CPO, “friendgrass” is social media speak for what was formerly referred to as community, network, connections, “friends”, followers, etc.

AND, FB wants YOURS.

So a backdrop of Astroturf seemed a good visual toward this concept.

Huzzah.

To Sir James Galway With Love

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If anyone had told me that I’d have the honor to joins hands with Sir James Galway, the great flutist, I wouldn’t have believed them.

Nor would I have believed that my ace photog hub would capture the moment.

Such is the nature of the CultureArtMedia.com blog.

After returning from the Renaissance Society of America annual meeting in Boston, and realizing I had tickets to see/hear him in concert, meeting him was the proverbial icing on the cake of hearing him play an all Bach program in the company of supremely gifted musicians, among them his wife, Lady Jeanne Galway, a great flutist in her own right. We happened to get seats very close to the stage, and as it turned out, near the backstage door through which he and they entered and passed many times within our arm’s reach making the whole experience that much more special.

Billed as “Sir James Galway and Friends” by Parlance Chamber Concerts under the aegis of Michael Parloff, Artistic Director, the joyful and soulful all Bach program was a sublime delight.

AND NOT ONE MOBILE DEVICE RANG THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CONCERT—BRAVO!!!

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Sir James Galway and Friends Post-Concert

(Musicians in alphabetical order: Benjamin Beilman, Violin; Paolo Bordignon, Harpsichord/Continuo; Nicholas Canellakis, Cello; Timothy Cobb, Bass; Ying Fang, Soprano; Sir James Galway, Flute; Lady Jeanne Galway, Flute; Mark Holloway, Viola; Sean Lee, Violin; Danbi Um, Violin)

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Opinion Joe!

 

Joe and Mica have been tireless in their reporting and analysis of the 2016 candidates.

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The above screen grab and rare 3:00pm  sign-on by Joe opened with “We’re baaaaack…” delivered by an amusingly punchy but ready dynamic duo (exhaustion or drinks at lunch?)

So, Congrats to Joe Scarborough on his MorningAfternoonEvening and now OpinionJoe!

“Joe Scarborough” was trending earlier this Leap Day on Twitter when The Washington Post announced he will be writing a column, inspiring CultureArtMedia to a double header.

Joe & Mica and their many guests have been consistently SPOT ON (and the proportional inverse to the misguided MSNBC’s “Sorry to See You Go” segment with fireplace backdrop while a New Year’s Eve high rise fire in Dubai raged on live TV.)

As the very old song goes, “In the mornin’ in the evenin’…ain’t we got Joe…?”

And now “in the paper” as old folks used to say–GO JOE!

Leap Day Memo to the Oscars

Oscar’s new format was as stunning in boredom as its 70’s Glam themed set.

As a process person, I was totally on board with the idea to mix up the awards giving order by “following the process of film making.”

The first award was always Best Supporting Actor and there was a reason for this having to do with Hollywood history, which I can’t recall right now, and don’t feel like Googling. Having dated a Best Supporting Oscar winner myself (see Oscar Winning ReTweet) who was in the audience and presented last night (which my ever generous and secure hub pointed out to me) I gotta say, this category is WAY more exciting than kicking off the show with Best Screenplay–no offense to writers and all personal bias of my own aside!

It’s as if the Oscar elves conspired an evil plan to both confound and put people to sleep right out of the gate. I can hear them scheming: “Let’s get everyone amped up by Chris Rock. Then, let’s make the first two awards for Screenwriting and have two A-list actors give out those awards by narrating excerpts from the nominated screenplays in droning monotone pre-recorded voice overs. Now there’s a HOT idea!

So, on this Leap Day, I take the opportunity to say, “ah, where are the good ole days of spontaneity within the overly rehearsed, highly packaged, pre-produced Oscars?”

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STILL, Oscar 2016 had some great moments: Tracy Morgan as “The Danish Girl” and Director Inarritu’s pronunciation of the word “hair” as “her”.

BOTH as GOLDEN as the statuette itself!!

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p.s. Memo to the Academy: PLEASE KILL the new “I’d like to thank the Academy” winners crawl because it gave a HUGE whiff of putting the cart before the horse making it seem that the awards are an inside deal (get out!) due to having been written beforehand.

photo credit: Oscar Selfie 2014 by Bradley Cooper as determined by copyright law and many entertainment attorneys

 

Bernie Buzz Lightyear

CultureArtMedia.com called the New Hampshire Primary on both sides of the aisle.

In my prior post last week, which I blogged the day of the Iowa Caucus, my egalitarian loyalty via personal anecdotes led me to select the two big winners from last night’s New Hampshire Primary. I was attuned to the cultural movements afoot this year. Politics and culture are synonymous this presidential cycle with the latter acting as a giant mirror, reflecting the likely successes with “revolution” in the air, albeit a polarized one.

WHICH revolution, the Sanders brand or the Trump brand, the populus will choose, is yet to be determined. And I would recommend getting a John Kasich seat belt.

In the meantime, the best line out of NH for me was in Bernie’s victory speech when he said, “we’re taking the revolution to South Carolina and BEYOND!” in an intended or unintended Buzz Lightyear voice. Priceless.

You go, Bernie Buzz Lightyear–to infinity and beyond!

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BERNIE!

Bernie Sanders eulogized my uncle-by-marriage.

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As two transplanted New Yorkers in Vermont, Bernie and my uncle-by-marriage on my maternal side, met in Burlington in the 1940’s. As the family story goes, they first met in a deli, probably the only deli in Burlington in that era. Where ELSE would two New Yorkers (one WASP and one Jewish) find each other?!

This became their place. My mother, much younger sibling to her sister who married Bernie’s BFF, would hear anecdotes about these deli encounters, which spanned a lifetime and culminated in Bernie eulogizing his friend, generously and genuinely, by all accounts. And while I never actually met my uncle-by-marriage, who served on the Supreme Court of VT, due to the largeness of my maternal side coupled with travel and age distance, I enjoyed many happy times as a child with his daughters, who I idolized.

So, due to this familial tie, I’m for Bernie!

And as I’m a loyal person, a lifelong New Yorker, and an egalitarian by nature, I once met Donald Trump at The Plaza Hotel. He was a great host and we had a really fun conversation. I wish I had a photo, but it was before the Selfie Age. So, due to this personal experience, if I were a Republican, or a Reagan Democrat, I’d have to be for the Donald.

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BEST OF LUCK TO BOTH IN IOWA TONIGHT!

AND, GO YOU, BERNIE! “LOOK FOR AMERICA” as I hear the Simon & Garfunkle song, the success of your Vampire Weekend event showed us–YOU’VE FOUND IT!BernieWithFlag2

 

Road Trip

I like road trips. I also like films with road trips. I was treated to both via the indie film Detours.

This movie made me laugh heartily and cry, a beautiful arc of feeling to experience while getting a sneak peak as a guest of the writer, producers and lead actors at a recent cast & crew screening.

After seeing the film, the invitees were treated to a reveal in to the process of making this film through a Q&A with Mara Lesemann (Writer/Producer) Tara Westwood (Lead Actor/Producer) and Carlo Fiorletta (Lead Actor/Producer). I’d planned to ask Mara Lesemann at a pre-screeening interview we’d arranged “what inspired the story?” But duty called with a mad rush at the screening venue when I arrived, requiring Mara to meet & greet. No worries–I’m glad I got to see the film first! So I was delighted when an invitee asked this very same question, and I was able to capture Mara’s response, which gives a glimpse in to her writing process toward the screenplay without giving too much away:

A road trip is a very relatable theme, among many others in the film.

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