Glow in the Dark Banana, Fingers, All that Glitters, Disco, Guide to Cover Art of Disco Records

There is the glow in the dark banana of Fingers 'Paint' album cover (below) in Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records (Soul Jazz Books) presented by Disco Patrick and Patrick Vogt.


A bit of kitsch on rollerskates with Lightning (below).


Of course, some tittilating images (and more roller skates) with Le Pamplemousse.


Disco is not my favorite kind of music) unless you consider Chic as part of it.

Genre was over the top. It was a time of excess not subtlety, Sylvester and all.

Looking back into late 70's.

Disco: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco is distributed in U.S by ARTBOOK...

(* Images reproduced with permission of Soul Jazz Records)

Barrel Aged Cocktails at Sobou. Live Music at Three Muses, Alex Harrell 10 Do's and Don'ts of New Orleans

10 Do's and Don'ts return with 10 Do's and Don'ts of New Orleans by Chef Alex Harrell of  Sylvain in New Orleans. He spent childhood summers on the Gulf Coast learning how to cook seafood with his family . He's been at Sylvain since opening day in 2010.

- Spend a Sunday night in the courtyard at Bacchanal with wine and music. Bacchanal has mostly gypsy jazz from a varied line up on Sundays, favorites: the Courtyard Kings.

- Take a walk down Magazine street and explore all of the independent shops and restaurants. 

Magazine street restaurants picks are Lilly’s Vietnamese for spring rolls and grilled pork vermicelli, McClure’s BBQ for his smoked meats and selection of sauces. Make sure that you get some mac and cheese and stewed collards. Stein’s Deli, just ask for a SAM on seeded rye, grilled, you can thank me later. Martinique Bistro, Bistro Daisy, and Square Root. Bakeries include La Boulangerie and Rivista for a quick breakfast, breads and pastries to go or lunch.

Martinique bistro

Go to  magazine shops Billy Reid and Perlis for men’s fashion, Dirty Coast for New Orleans inspired clothing, Hands in Clay for locally crafted ceramics and pottery classes, Wirthmore Antiques.

Last I will mention Sucre and La Divina for gelato and sweets.

- Rebirth Brass Band on Tuesday nights at the Maple Leaf.

-Get a half and half shrimp and oyster po boy from Domilise’s, just make sure that you come hungry.

-Check out the art galleries on Royal Street. Angela King gallery offers a good mix of contemporary art, Alex Beard Gallery has bold graphics based art, and my daughters love his animal prints, also Sutton Galleries.

- Beat the New Orleans heat with a stop at Hanson’s Sno-Bliz. My favorite is Satsuma with condensed milk.

Hansen sno bliz

- Spend a part of Tuesday or Saturday morning at the Crescent City Farmer’s Market checking out what is fresh and local. You get the best buys when produce is in mid-season and farmers have a lot of it. I love all of our local producers because of their passion for what they do. Some of these farmers and producers include Accardo’s Gourmet produce for heirloom tomatoes and peppers, Bellegarde Bakery for ciabatta and country breads, Cajun Grain for their brown jasmine rice and rice products, and our local dairies Ryal’s and Progress Milk Barn.

- Come to New Orleans at least once for Jazzfest, it’s an amazing time of the year in the city.

- Angelo Brocato’s for spumoni in Mid City.

- For a quick lunch, grab a muffuletta at Central Grocery and head down to Riverfront Park.


- Wake up without a cappuccino or cortado from Spitfire coffee on St.Peter street.

Spitfire coffee

- Don't leave local butcher shop, Cleaver and Company, without getting a bag of their hot cracklins.

- Don’t you dare miss a Friday lunch at Galatoire’s.

- Don't hesitate to spend an entire day exploring the National WW2 Museum. It is an amazing experience.

- Miss any opportunity to see live music on Frenchman Street. Venues like d.b.a., The Spotted Cat, or Three Muses.

Three muses

- After a night of music, get your strength back with tacos from food truck Taceaux Loceaux. My personal favorite is "Messin with Texas".

- As any New Orleanian will tell you, don’t waste your time on Bourbon Street. There are too many great neighborhoods in the city to explore.

- Don't think that you can come to New Orleans and not explore the city’s cocktail culture. French 75 bar, anything that Chris Hannah is pouring including their namesake cocktail and Ellipses and Dash,  Sylvain for Sazerac and cocktails using the house made cola, Cure favorite is Mexican Bus Ride, but really anything they suggest based on your preferences., also Sobou with Barrel aged cocktails, and the Big Chief,  these are all great places to do your research.


- Forget about tourist bus tours. Take in history of the city on foot, there are a number of great walking tours and museums that will offer information on the city’s past.

- Let's not forget City Park. With New Orleans Museum of Art and its Sculpture Garden, walking trails, and sporting opportunities there is plenty to do and see. 


(* Photos of  Martinique Bar and Three Muses from their websites, all others from their respective Facebook pages)

'City and Nature' Ryuichi Sakamoto Guest Director of Sapporo International Art Fest, July 19-Sept 28

Under banner of 'City and Nature' Sapporo International Art Festival (SIAF) 2014 (July 19-September 28) covers broad range of topics.

Contribution by Hey Sapporo' is filed under 'Lifestyle Adventurers' and asks among other questions: 'Where is frontier of happiness'.


This year's theme as outlined by guest festival director Ryuichi Sakamoto below:

"The land which was named Hokkaido after the Meiji Restoration can be seen as a symbol of Japan’s modernization due to the part it played.
Even the indigenous people and nature of Hokkaido were not immune from that modernization.
By looking back on our past through art we can explore the concept of nature, cities, economy and lifestyles in Sapporo/Hokkaido in the 21st century (the concept of social sculpture)."

Ryuichi Sakamoto, is involved in a number of events including Ryuichi Sakamoto + YCAM InterLab “Forest Symphony in Moerenuma Park...

Art of Living for Tokyo Thursdays #290

Previously: Umeboshi and Umezu, Pickled Plums and Pickled Plum “Vinegar” from 'Asian Pickles'

(* Photo above is Hey Sapporo 'At View' on site at SIAF by Saiko Ito @SaikoCamera from Hey Sapporo blog)

All Vinyl DJ Sets at Dust and Grooves free book launch party, Proud Archivist, London, May 23

Vinyl junkies and vinyl voyeurs rejoice.

To celebrate the world release of Dust and Groves, Adventures in Record Collecting by Eilon Paz, the Proud Archivist space in London is throwing a book launch party.


Event on Friday, May 23 includes a photo exhibit, a book signing and of course all vinyl DJ sets by by "OLLIE TEEBA (The Herbaliser), JONNY TRUNK & DOM SERVINI (Wah Wah 45s), COLLEEN 'COSMO' MURPHY (Classic Album Sundays), KID DYNO (The Daily Diggers) and Sheila B. (Cha Cha Charming)."

Dust and Grooves book launch party is Free yet RSVP is required.

Stone Age Hottie Wants to Spend Long Night with You, Berlin Long Night of Museums 2014, May 17

Stone age hottie wants to spend long night with you...

Humor has it that this allosaurus will be waiting for you if you take part in Berlin Long Night of Museums 2014 on Saturday, May 17.

"Museums, from late into the night until the early morning — this is the Long Night of Museums. Founded 17 years ago, the Long Night invites visitors this year, for the first time in May, to discover, to stroll, to exchange ideas and to experience. 80 doors stand open on May 17, 2014 from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. — they lead to world-famous collections, Berliner originals, unknown cultures or (once) beloved objects. 


And that's not all that's new: Guests, who at 2 a.m. have not yet had enough, can continue the expedition on Sunday during International Museum Day in almost all of the participating museums. The Long-Night-Ticket from Saturday applies to all museums open on Sunday, May 18th, that participated in the Long Night.."

Line up also includes a Trabant and a look at Berlin's Punk scene via a photo exhibit at Ramones Museum)

(* No Sleep Til' Kant Kino poster from Lange Nacht der Museum Facebook Page)

Message in the Music 'DC Emancipation Day' Free Concert, April 16, 4 PM Kickoff, Freedom Plaza

Things to do in D.C the day after Tax Day

After a parade and talks and workshops, DC Emancipation Day (April 16, 2014) concludes with 'Message in the Music', a free concert at Freedom Park...kick off was at 4 pm.


"The official DC Emancipation Day Concert, “Message in the Music” will begin at4pm at Freedom Plaza and feature Brian Lenair (4pm to 5pm), followed by performances by Talib Kweli, Raheem DeVaughn, Arrested Development, MC LyteDoug E Fresh and more..."

Concert will be followed by fireworks at 8:30 pm.

Get 1st Pull Off Hog at Martin's, Ice Hockey with Nashville Predators, Jackalope Brews...Nashville 10 do's and don'ts by Matt Bolus

After Vibrant, Young, Proud and Loud, 10 Do's and Don'ts of Tel Aviv by Gili Brenner we land in Nashville for 10 Do's and Don'ts of the city by Matt Bolus, chef of The 404 Kitchen (housed in a former shipping container).

Nashville 10 Do's and Don'ts by Matt Bolus:


1.  Hot chicken:
     Hattie B's consistent flavor plus local beer
     Bolton's chicken plus fish
     Prince's, why not, they got a Beard Award

Princes hot chicken

2.  Parthenon:
     Where else can you see an exact replica of a Greek temple?  Especially in the south or mid west?

3.  The Ryman:
      Everyone wants to play there.

4.  The Grand Ole Opry:

5.  Broadway:
     Honky Tonks, you have to go to Roberts Western World first and foremost (Brazilbilly?)


6.  Restaurants:
     The 404 Kitchen, everything
     Rolf and Daughters, the octopus
     Lockeland Table, community kitchen and bar, for the chicken liver pate
     City House, everything, Sunday supper, pizzas
     Catbird Seat, try to get in, 20 bar seats surround U-shaped kitchen, you meal is prepared as you watch 
     Pinewood Social, the Italian Soda, Pork Belly Sandwich


7.  Meat and three:
     Arnold's, first and foremost
     The Copper Kettle, putting the South in your mouth
     Wendell Smith's

8.  Ethnic food:
     Las Americas, El Salvadorian cuisine, specializes in pupusas
     Guantanamera, Cuban cuisine
     Ethiopian restaurants
     Middle Eastern bakeries
     Back to Cuba, Cuban cuisine

9.  BBQ:
     Martin's: try to get there by noon on Saturday to get the first pull off the hog.
     Peg Leg Porker
     Hog Heaven, since 1986

10.  Catch a great game:
     The Tennessee Titans, football
     Nashville Predators, hockey
     Nashville Sounds, baseball


1.  Take Taxis:
     Worst in all of the entire world.  You will have a better time on a scooter in Rome, Italy during rush hour than you will in most Nashville cabs. Take Uber Cab!

2.  Rent a car:
     The interstates around Nashville are some of the hardest to figure out. Plus Nashville is home to some of the worst drivers in the world. Stick to Uber Cab. But if you just have to rent a car consider Music City Dream Cars were you can rent the most exotic cars one can think of. Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Bently, Lamborghini, etc are all available for your city driving pleasure

3.  Think Nashville is all about country music:
     The Kings of Leon, Jack White, The Black Keys, Shelly Colvin, Courtney Jaye, etc all live, work, and record in Nashville.

4.  Come early in the week if you want to visit the Local Breweries or Distilleries:
     Jackalope Brewing Co (founded 2010)
     Yahoo Brewing Co (since 2003)
     Corsair Distillery (Gin, Red Absinthe, Pumpkin Spice Moonshine...)
     Collier and McKeel (Tennessee Whiskey)
     Belle Meade Bourbon at Nelson's GreenBrier Distillery

Corsair tasting room

5.  Miss these live music venues:
     The Station Inn
     The 5 Spot Live, Alabama Shakes private concert
     90 seats Blue Bird Cafe, Steven Tyler show, Willie Nelson and Khris Kristoferson show

6.  Miss the food and wine events:
     Pairings (2014 edition took place in February)
     L' ete du vin (July 31-August 2)
     Music City Eats (September 20-21, 2014)
     Nourish Nashville benefiting Nashville Food Project
     Iron Fork (April 16, 2014)

7.  Don't forget about all the local farmers markets and artisan stores (not just food):
     Nashville Farmers Market
     Franklin Farmers Market (offering Spring Seedlings and Noble Springs Dairy goat cheeses)
     East Nashville Farmers Market (every Wednesday from May 14 to Oct 29, 3:30 to 7 PM)
     12th South Farmers Market (Tuesdays, May through October, 3:30 to 6:30 PM)

     Lazzaroli Pasta Shop (Handmade pasta and ravioli)

     Legato Gelato (today's Featured Flavors: Snickerdoodle, Peanut Butter and Honey, Coconut, Mango)

     The Bloomy Rind, Artisanal Cheese ( Located inside Porter Road Butcher)

     Crema Coffee (Sean and Winston, Roasters, recently competed in the proclaimed “Olympics of Coffee” and brought home a prestigious Brewers Cup third place finish.)
     The Barista Parlor (established 2011)

     Imogene and Willie (Clothing and accessories)

Barista parlor

8.  Pass on touring the country music hall of fame.  I know I said that Nashville isn't all about country, and it's not, it just happens to be the home of one of the best halls of fame in the world.

9.  Miss fall in Nashville. The weather is perfect, the leaves are beautiful, the food and drinks are flowing, and there's great sporting events and concerts. All around it's the perfect time to be here.

10.  Leave with out planning your next trip to Nashville!

(* Photo credits (top to bottom): Prince's Hot Chicken Shack from their Facebook page, Roberts Western World from Facebook page, Lockeland Table from their Facebook page, Martin's BBQ Joint from Facebook page, Corsair Distillery 'Tasting Room' from Facebook page, Barista Parlor from Facebook page)

Arles Stays Up for 3 Days, Feria de Paques 2014, Easter Feria, April 18-21

Feria means fiesta in southern France so it is a good bet that Arles will stay up for 3 days during Feria de Paques 2014 (April 18-21).

Feria de paques

Besides corridas, cow races for amateurs are also on the menu, be agile, alert and ready to run if you think of participating.

Full program is Available Online (in French only).

Get Taste of Buddhist Ritual Chant with Shomyo no Kai, American Debut, March 6, NY

Need a quiet coda to your busy day, get taste of Buddhist ritual chant with Shomyo no Kai 'American Debut'  tonight March 6, 2014 in New York.


"The critically acclaimed group Shomyo no Kai–Voices of a Thousand Years, comprising priests from the Shingon and Tendai sects whose mission it is to showcase the beauty of shomyo as an art form, performs the contemporary shomyo work Life in an Autumn, written in the aftermath of 9/11 by New York/Tokyo-based composer Ushio Torikai."

This event is co-presented by the Japan Society with the Mid-Manhattan Performing Arts Foundation at St. Bartholomew's Church.

Concert starts at 7:30 pm and Tickets are $30 per person.

Buddhist chants for Tokyo Thursdays # 280

(* Photo © Tsukasa Aoki, from Japan Society program page)