Gallery Mondays: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s ‘Touc, Seated on a Table’

touc seated on a table

I’ve been missing California lately, so for today’s Gallery Mondays, I picked a piece of art I saw while visiting Hammer Museum in Los Angeles—French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Touc, Seated on a Table.

I love how the table isn’t really the first thing you see when you look at this painting, yet it’s in the title. The dog has this “get away from me” kind of look about him, which makes it kind of humorous.

I’m guessing this dog was at one of the cabarets Toulouse-Lautrec hung out at while he was alive. I’ve tried to find out if the name Touc has a meaning, but Google was of no help. And I can’t for the life of me tell what breed this dog is.

A part of me wants to rename the dog. Or at least give him an alternate name.

He shall be nicknamed Garion. It means “guard” in French, and I think he’d be a pretty ferocious guard dog.

I hope Toulouse-Lautrec isn’t turning over in his grave over my decision to give this dog another name…

Check out this article from the LA Times about the painting.

CANstruction Presents: Hunger Games, StaTUNA of Liberty & More

canstruction hunger games

CANstruction, “May the odds be ever in your favor”

Who knew food charity could be so creative!

The CANstruction exhibit at Brookfield Place in NYC is a display of can art sculptures created by artists who entered the food charity competition this year. The food charity competition is held every year, and this particular exhibit is open until November 20th.

I was really shocked at how great these were. My favorites are the Hunger Games symbol, the StaTUNA of Liberty (love the word play there) and the NYC subway.

Enjoy some photos of the exhibit below!

1. StaTUNA of Liberty (made with cans of tuna!)

statuna of liberty canstruction

2. Pavlov’s Dog (aka “Hounding Hunger”

canstruction dog

 

3. NYC Subway

city harvest station

4. Hunger Games (aka “May the odds be ever in your favor”)

may the odds be ever in your favor

5. Hunger Picnic

hunger picnic

6. End Hunger (made out of Chef Boyardee and Goya cans!)

canstruction hunger

7. RIP Hunger

rip hunger canstructionI definitely recommend that you visit this exhibit if you have the time!

Learn more at http://brookfieldplaceny.com/Canstruction14.

 

This Week in Music: Capital Cities’ “Kangaroo Court” Music Video

The Kangaroo Court

The music video for “Kangaroo Court” by Capital Cities was released today!

“Kangaroo Court” is the second single off of the Capital Cities album, In a Tidal Wave of Mystery.

If you’ve never heard any of the amazing 80s electro-pop music created by Capital Cities, I recommend you do your ears a favor and check them out.

Although “Kangaroo Court” isn’t my top favorite on the album, it’s definitely a fun song to listen to, with its beautiful trumpet melodies and hard drums.

The video just adds to the fun, danceable qualities of this song!

The plot line for the music video is very interesting, and goes quite well with the lyrics of the song. If I could describe it in one line, it would be, “The story of a zebra who just wanted to have a little fun.”

Kangaroo Court News

And no, this is not a zebra as in wildlife zebras. This is a human zebra, who disguises himself as a mustang to get into a club where zebras are banned.

A club called The Kangaroo Court.

There are ten things I love about this video:

1. Darren Criss. Oh my God. Is he not the hottest dog?!

Darren Criss Kangaroo Court

Darren Criss in “Kangaroo Court” Music Video

2. The synchronization between the drum beats and hand movements (when the zebra knocks on the club door for the second time, and again when Darren Criss bangs his fist on the table at the club).

3. The zebra’s car. He drives a mini cooper. Complete with GPS!

4. The zebra’s fake ID. “Imma Mustang”? Couldn’t have found a better fake name?!

Zebra's Fake ID

Zebra’s Fake ID

5. The trumpet player at the Kangaroo Court. He’s phenomenal.

6. Shannon Woodward. She looks so gorgeous in all of her scenes, and her dance moves are beyond sexy. (Coincidentally, they get sexier right before the bridge when the female voice sings “I can’t do sexy.”)

Shannon Woodley dancing with the zebra at The Kangaroo Court

Shannon Woodward dancing with the zebra at The Kangaroo Court

7. When the zebra sings in the courtroom,

I commit the crime of wasting time
Always trying to rhyme
Yes, I am guilty
But don’t misunderstand me
I admit defeat, then I move my feet
My history will never be repeated
I won’t ever be repeated.

This is the only time the zebra sings in the video, and its well waited for. Too perfect!

8. The way the the zebra is killed. It was a very artistic move to use red confetti, and it definitely worked. The party vibe of the song continues in that scene even though this part of the video is supposed to be sad.

9. The reference to lions being the “King of the Jungle” during the scene where the zebra is watching a lion prey on a zebra on television and also when the lion is served zebra on a plate.

10. The harp at the end. The beautiful harp melody does not exist in the studio version of this track, but its a nice touch to the end of this video.

Did I mention that all of the characters in this video are human animals?

You’ll have to see it to believe it.

Snooki Calls Kate Middleton A MILF

snooki and kate

Oh, Snooki.

As many of you know, the royal baby’s family portraits leaked three hours early via Twitter. Apparently not even the royals can control the internet.

Or Snooki’s mouth for that matter.

After seeing the beautiful family portraits, one with just Kate, William, and George, and another with the family plus dogs Tilly and Lupo, Snooki decided to gush over them on her Celebuzz blog:

“Congrats to Will and Kate on their beautiful baby boy George! He totally looks like his daddy here, and I can already tell he’s going to be the cutest royal baby ever!!! And can I just say how fricken AMAZING Kate looks?! Like why is she perfect?! She just gave birth and she looks like she’s ready to walk the runway.

“She is my inspiration for my next pregnancy! So obsessed with this family and cannot wait to hear more about them! We all know they will be amazing parents to their precious nugget! I’m just waiting to hear the dirty poop and pee stories!!! Kisses to you guys, and Kate….you’re a MILF.”

Umm, what?!

Leave it to Snooki to go over the top with her compliments.

A simple, “and Kate…you look gorgeous” or “…stunning”, or “…SEXY” even would have done.

But no. MILF just had to be her word of choice.

Gotta give the girl some props for managing to be relevant in the revealing of these portraits, though.