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Happy Birthday, Nikki!

Today is my Shiba Inu (柴犬) Nikki’s birthday!!! She’s a cutie, but she can be quite the rascal too. Here are some photos I’ve taken of her over the past year…

P. S. Very Happy Holidays, Everyone! :D

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Nikki & Monkey July 2013

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Adventure in Tomahawk Cemetery (est. 1870)

Related Post: Cross-Country Adventure Hiatus!

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Not much happened on the road… But this was the highlight of my cross-country trip!

To my surprise, right next to our hotel in Kansas was this charming 19th-century cemetery. So I thought I’d jump the very short fence with my shiba inu Nikki (who I had to throw over) and have ourselves a little adventure. :)

The most interesting tidbit about Tomahawk Cemetery is that there is a total of 65 marked unknown graves.

During a street widening project in the early 1990s, the City of Overland Park identified 30 obvious graves that would have to be relocated to another area of the cemetery to accommodate utilities. Some graves were missing headstones and many stones were illegible… Some of the graves identified had headstones that were moved, and for those missing headstones, new granite markers were be placed. While moving the graves, a large number of unmarked graves were uncovered, moved, and also marked. –Johnson County KSGenWeb

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Long time no see, D.C.

Related Post: Plans for SPX 2013.

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As you already may know, I was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in the Potomac/Rockville/Bethesda area of Maryland. I haven’t had a chance to go back since 2011, so SPX (Small Press Expo) was a perfect excuse. :)

I had a little bit of extra time on Friday to visit the National Gallery of Art — and I am SO GLAD that I did. Ever since watching Nodame Cantabile, I discovered a great interest in Igor Stravinsky’s life and music, especially his ballets like The Rite of Spring and Petrushka. My interest became even greater with the film Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (starring my beloved Mads Mikkelsen). So I was very excited to get a chance to see the exhibit “Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music.” I really learned a lot from this exhibit — about how the Ballets Russes commissioned so many amazing artists including Picasso, Matisse, Cocteau, de Chirico, etc. — and enjoyed seeing the original costumes and amazing costume designs. I was also excited to see Alexander Calder’s magnificent, ginormous mobile again — a childhood favorite.

Below are some photographs I took and images from the exhibit to give you a taste of my experience!

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Outside my friend Tina’s apartment complex.

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The Washington Monument, under construction.

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The National Gallery of Art, East Building.

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Design for the front cloth from Petrushka (Copenhagen revival), 1925, by Alexandre Benois.
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Costume design for Vaslav Nijinsky from The Afternoon of a Faun, 1912, by Léon Bakst.
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Costumes from The Rite of Spring, 1913, by Nicholas Roerich.
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Costumes from Le Bal, 1929, by Giorgio de Chirico.
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Alexander Calder sculpture right outside the gallery.

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Death Is No Bad Friend: Scouting Locations in Colfax

This past weekend, my cousin Buzz generously drove me around his backyard in Colfax, California (not far from Sacramento) in order to scout potential locations for my short screenplay Death Is No Bad Friend.

Death Is No Bad Friend is about Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) in San Francisco and on Mount Saint Helena. So Buzz’s property would serve as the perfect place to film those mountain forest scenes!

Although it’s in its beginning stages, I’m hoping to fund this film through Indiegogo and work with a number of talented filmmakers I met at the Cannes Film Festival 2013 to bring Death Is No Bad Friend to life. More details to come!

I’m really not an outdoorsy person, so scouting locations like this was a bit crazy for me — especially being the passenger of an off-road vehicle bouncing up and down the mountainside like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. But it was definitely worth it!!!

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“On Paper” at Gallerie Citi

This past Saturday, I attended the opening reception for an exhibit entitled “On Paper” at Gallerie Citi in Burlingame, California. The show features five artists who work in paper-based mixed media. I was there to support one of the artists — my mother Irene Zweig — who creates captivating pieces through deconstruction and reassemblage.

If anyone happens to be in the San Francisco Bay Area and would like to attend, the exhibit will be open through June 15th.

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Family Vacation, Fall 2012: Jellies and Moguls

This vacation had its ups and downs — well, let’s make that heavy on the downs. But there were a few memobrable moments, which I managed to capture “on film.”

(The following photographs are for my personal use. Please do not repost without permission. Thank you!)

Monterey — Cannery Row

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Hearst Castle

San Simeon — Elephant Seals

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Plans for Halloween

I have always loved Halloween. Dressing up, trick-or-treating, jack-o’-lanterns, et cetera, et cetera. Perhaps that’s because I would watch Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas on VHS over and over and over again as an impressionable 6-year-old.

I believe my all-time best Halloween costume as a child was The Patchwork Girl of Oz. I read L. Frank Baum’s book that summer — I think I was most impressed by the idea of the “Square Meal Tablet.” For the costume, I just remember my mom helping me stitch “doll seams” into pink stockings — a bit like Sally from Nightmare.

I love Halloween so much that, in high school, I wrote a graphic novel called Every Day Should Be Halloween. The basic premise was about a high schooler plagued not only metaphorically but literally by a monkey on his back. I never finished the series… But I completed the written script, the character designs, the costume designs, and a rough sketch outline (see above) of every last page (a little over a hundred in total).

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Now, my default costume is Daria Morgendorffer, as in MTV’s animated series Daria (see above). I label this “default” since I just pull from my closet a number of articles from my high school days and voilà!!! This year, it’s a particularly fortunate costume since Wes told me his very first crush was on Daria (´∀`)♡ (okay, I admit it — I totally had a crush on Trent; and Wes does an uncanny impression of the Mystik Spiral vocalist).

Anyway, here’s a sneak peak of my costume…

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Tchotchkes

I created this post a while back, but I only just now got around to completing it.

The other day, I decided to photograph a series of tchotchkes that inhabit my room. I think you can tell a lot about someone from their room/house, especially by what kind of items are just sitting around collecting dust.

For those unfamiliar with the word “tchotchkes”…

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a “tchotchke” is a knickknack, trinket, bauble, doodad, curiosity, etc. The word is Yiddish and, according to Wikipedia, “…has long been used by Jewish-Americans and in the regional speech of New York City and elsewhere.” Furthermore, according to Wikipedia, “Depending on context, the term has a connotation of worthlessness or disposability, as well as tackiness…”

I don’t really consider these things “worthless” or “disposable,” because each object comes with its own memory and nostalgia. But, as you may observe, these objects definitely err on the side of “tacky.”

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“Odd Playground”

Continued from Plastic Journey on Valley.

Odd Playground

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