Archive for the ‘Off Topic’ Category

Way Off Topic: Baskin-Robbins $.31 Ice Cream on April 30th

April 28, 2008

Hi Everyone,

Baskin-Robbins is honoring America’s Firefighters by selling ice cream for $.31 cents per scoop on Wednesday, April 30th between 5 and 10 pm.

Grab your friends, and/or the kids and have a cool one! This fundraiser for the firefighters is an important one for them, so let’s go out and have ice cream and support a great cause.

My thanks to subscriber Mary Mieke for passing this on to me!


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April 4, 2008

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South x Southwest Music & Film Festival in Austin

March 17, 2008

This is not so much about an art festival, but really wished I could have been in Austin, March 7-16 for this festival, famed for its ambiance: great film and music.

Why am I bringing it to your attention? I came across this blog (Texas Oasis) and was intrigued by the author’s adventures and her description of a magical place:

“Then we went over to The Enchanted Forest where they were have a music party and an art fair. We had seen only the edge of this place before, where DaVine Foods is, and maybe a little beyond. We were stunned at how large and beautiful that place was back behind the gates.

I would describe it on this day as if Elrond had decided to locate Rivendell in the heart of South Austin and construct it from found objects — and Vilya, his Ring of Power, could not have conjured up any better weather! Also, it’s hard to imagine a LESS-corporate event than this one. Such a relief. Do check out more of these on the photobucket link above. You’re not in Kansas anymore.”

You really need to visit that photo link. This is a whole other Art World, large installations of whimsy. Now I am thinking I need to visit this festival next year. Thanks, Blueberry, for this post.

Survivor: Art Fair Artist – The Update

February 2, 2008

There was quite a stir on these pages this fall when I reported on the new Survivor series that was going to revolve around forty art fair artists and their trials and tribulations “surviving” in the art fair world. You know, it was a joke. But lo and behold it is becoming reality!

Sarah Jessica Parker to create a “Project Runway-type show for the art world”

I love Project Runway, watching unknown designers compete each week for their crack at the fashion world. Imagine my surprise when I read the following:

Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker and reality fctory Magical Elves are reportedly teaming up to create a Project Runway-type show for the art world.

“Art is a much more inclusive world than people think,” a spokesman for Magical Elves told Star Magazine. “We really feel there’s a way to show people how much they care about art in the same way Runway showed people how much they care about clothes. That accessibility is why we think the show can work.”

Parker – known for her role as Carrie Bradshaw on the HBO television series Sex and the City, will mostly stay behind the scenes as an exec producer on the art show – which will air on Bravo – though she may pop up on camera if it makes sense creatively, Cutforth said. Parker has previously appeared as a guest judge on an episode of Project Runway.

Stay tuned. I’ll try to find out how you can be a contestant!

My thanks to Owen Williams at Showbiz Spy for revealing this important news.

Holiday Greetings to You

December 28, 2007

Warm wishes for a glorious holiday to all my friends in art fair land. My hope for you in the new year is for you to live well, laugh often and love much and I hope Santa brings you everything you want.

My website, is being rebuilt this week and I hope to have all the 2008 dates online early in the New Year. Thank you for your patience while I am up to my elbows in sawdust during the construction.

Christmas tree-Norm Darwish

Wishing you a time of joy,

a season of hope and peace

at this time and throughout the year.

Photo by Norm Darwish

Off Topic: Booker Prize Winner & Donald Trump

October 18, 2007

Anne Enright’s (“exhilaratingly bleak”) novel, The Gathering, has just been announced winner of the Booker Prize, the annual contemporary fiction award, to writers from the British Commonwealth and Ireland.

I am writing about it here because once again the favorites were overlooked and reading the critique of the judging reminded me so much of the critiquing that takes place around the art fairs. Here is a synopsis:

Howard Davies criticized the UK’s newspaper reviewers for praising mediocre works from well-known writers and overlooking books like Enright’s. “I think a little more distance, and critical scepticism, is required by our reviewers, together with greater readiness to notice new names,” Davies said. He also indicated the judges were “surprised by the reverential tone adopted by reviewers in relation to books which, to us, did not come off at all.” Why the judges were even looking at reviews instead of just the books themselves was not addressed–nor have we seen that question posed yet by the UK papers – from Publishers Lunch, 10/17/07

Even more interesting was this tidbit of info:

People Paid to Line Up for Trump Book
Learning Annex president Bill Zanker paid people to line up outside the BN store on Fifth Avenue and 46th Street yesterday for a signing by Donald Trump of their joint book THINK BIG AND KICK ASS IN BUSINESS AND LIFE. Zanker dispensed $100 each to the first 100 people in line, $50 each to the next 100, and $10 each to the next 1,000 or so people.

Read the rest of this story at the New York Times blog.

Off Topic: Congratulations to my favorite author, Doris Lessing!

October 13, 2007

Perhaps you have heard, British author, Doris Lessing has won the Nobel Prize for literature. I’ve been reading her books for over 30 years and thoroughly have enjoyed her increased feistiness as she has gotten older. In the first volume of her autobiography, Under My Skin, she talks about “signing for her supper,” her crack at the publicity tours necessary to sell books in this day and age.

Here is a story from the Publishers Lunch newsletter:

“Doris Lessing told reporters yesterday after the announcement of her Noble victory: “I can’t say I’m overwhelmed with surprise. . . . I’m 88 years old and they can’t give the Nobel to someone who’s dead, so I think they were probably thinking they’d probably better give it to me now before I’ve popped off.”

She also said, “This has been going on for 30 years. I’ve won all the prizes in Europe, every bloody one, so I’m delighted to win them all. It’s a royal flush.”

Academy secretary Horace Engdahl told Reuters that “members of the academy had discussed her as a potential laureate for years.” He said: “Now the moment was right. Perhaps we could say that she is one of the most carefully considered decisions in the history of the Nobel Prize. She has opened up a new area of experience that earlier had not been very accepted in literature. That has to do with, for instance, female sexuality.”

Meanwhile, NYT reporter Motoko Rich sent a dispatch from the Fair via the Papercuts blog, reporting on reaction to the Doris Lessing news. In the jubilant Harper booth, Patrice Hoffman from France’s Flammarion noted “Lessing’s reputation in France has been revived with the publication of ‘The Grandmothers,’ a short story that originally appeared in a volume with three other shorter works. The story, about two mothers who have sexual relationships with each other’s sons, has sold 40,000 copies in France.” Harper was intrigued by the possibility of doing the same.”

I read ‘The Grandmothers‘ this spring and have to tell you it was a downright ungrandmotherly story, not the sweetness and light you might expect. Read that book, and be piqued by Lessing’s ageless eye as she (once again) dissects man’s (and woman’s) foibles. At 88, she is the oldest winner of this prize.

It’s about time.