Thursday, July 17, 2008

Open Mic Night at Walz Astoria

Last night my friend Kat McGivern and I attended the weekly Open Mic night at the Waltz Astoria, a wine/dessert/coffee bar and performance/art space in Astoria. I highly recommend checking this place out! It was a wonderful night full of lots of ridiculously talented people, really great coffee, cake, and watermelon ices. The atmosphere in there is warm, inviting and comfortable. Very familial, with a lot of performers returning week after week. Go there. Introduce yourself to Song (the appropriately named manager of the Waltz), order a drink from Song's adorable mother, have a chat with Pedro, and listen to some great music. They are also planning a series of visual art shows, with 4-6 artists or so at a time - small works only, priced $250 and under. Go hang out at the Walz and learn about it. Also, there is a great lineup of performers that are brought in on weekends, so check out the calender online at

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Look at this now!

This is Eric Orchard's piece for the Totoro Forest Project. This might be one of my favorite things. Ever.

In other news, I just found my old copy of Sleeping Beauty, as retold by Jane Yolen, a wonderful writer who has worked with one of my favorite Professors (and illustrator) Dennis Nolan.

The illustrations are by Ruth Sanderson, and, though I was only three years old when this book was given to me by my grandparents, I can vividly remember loving these pictures! It is a truly beautiful book, and I am so excited to have re-discovered it!