Gallery Mondays: Happy Chinese New Year

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The first day of the Lunar New Year was this past weekend! Kung Hei Fat Choi!

I was at Macy’s in Queens Center Mall on Saturday morning when I came across this sensational Chinese dragon decor for the New Year celebration. My favorite color is yellow, so of course this popped right out at me. I do wish there were a few more yellow lanterns in this installation.

I think my favorite thing about depictions of Chinese dragons is the little goatee underneath their chins. The yellow goatee in this installation looks extra fluffy. I just wanna stroke it!

For those that are celebrating the Chinese New Year, enjoy!

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Gallery Mondays: Béatrice Coron’s “Elegant”

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NYFW SS17 is in full swing! It’s so much fun just walking around Manhattan during New York Fashion Week and seeing all the fashionable people walking about from venue to venue between shows.

I got off the A train at 104 Street last week on the way to my parents’ house and I remembered Béatrice Coron’s stainless steel cutout “Elegant” from the installation On the Right Track. It’s like the woman in the cutout just walked off the runway wearing that gorgeous gown.

Enjoy the rest of NYFW!

Learn more about On the Right Track.

Gallery Mondays: Peacock Wallpaper @ The Astor Room

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Last week I hung out with a few friends at The Astor Room in Astoria, Queens where I treated myself to a cup of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

I’d never been to The Astor Room before, but as I walked in, I immediately felt the 1920s speakeasy vibe of the place. Everything was so dark and sophisticated!

I loved the wallpaper lining the entrance by the stairwell, featuring peacocks and floral print. It’s simply gorgeous.

You should definitely swing by The Astor Room for some ice cream this summer if you get the chance!

“Life is BeautAWFUL” with Mike Falzone & Elliott Morgan @ The Creek and the Cave

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I spent my Cinco de Mayo 2016 laughing at the genius of Mike Falzone and Elliott Morgan’s “Life is BeautAWFUL” at The Creek and the Cave in Long Island City.

The show was a blast, hosted by Peggy O’Leary with guests Robert Dean and Andrew Delman. Zoja was also in the audience. The only unpleasant happening that night was the part where the door at the restaurant section of the venue scraped some skin off my right hand.

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See that nice little gash below my pinky? -____-

I should have gotten a drink to numb that pain, but I was alone and didn’t want to have my judgement clouded on the 1.5 hour ride back home after.

After Peggy told some jokes about her intense childhood and terrible dating life, Robert Dean took the stage.

“I’m going to wake up one morning and be a Bob,” he started. Apparently his Uber driver already thought he looked like one, adding “Mr. Bob” to the end of every sentence he communicated to Robert.

“‘Do people call you Mr. Bob?'” the taxi driver asked 15 times too late.

Andrew Delamn told us some fun jokes about his girlfriend Lee Newton who makes light of her serious heart condition by pretending to drop dead in Target on a regular basis.

“The day I don’t act concerned is the day she’s actually dead,” he complained. One time she got on a Six Flags roller coaster that warned against people with heart conditions getting on it. By the end of the ride she lay limp in her seat.

Lee Newton is officially terrible, but I love her.

Then Mike Falzone took the stage. I’d been waiting for this moment.

He seemed way more awkward and chill than in his YouTube videos. It was interesting.

“People used to say that since I’m an only kid I can get whatever I want,” he joked. “Except be an uncle!”

That joke hit close to home.

Mike also expressed interest in owning a tow truck company so that he could pretend to be a magician.

“Is this your car?” he’d say to each person arriving at the pound to retrieve their vehicle. That might not go over very well.

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Last was Elliott Morgan. Although I didn’t know much about him, he seemed pretty fun on stage so I’ll definitely be checking out his YouTube videos.

He claims that he looks like the product of Mr. Bean and Sam Smith if they had a gay baby. He also considers himself “Maybe gay.”

Elliott hates taxes, which he complains about to his dad who reminds him that if he didn’t pay taxes there wouldn’t be any money to build roads.

Worse thing to tell someone living the torture of LA traffic. Elliott would try to illegally drive himself out of traffic, but that would get him pulled over by a cop.

“WHOSE SALARY IS PAID BY OUR TAXES,” Elliott cried. “It’s a Ponzi scheme, which is another word I have no clue about but one that I use often.”

I think I’ve fallen for Elliott Morgan.

After the show, we asked Mike and Andrew what it’s like being with their girlfriends.

“Exactly how you think it would be,” Mike said.

Then we asked them about the worst thing that ever happened to them on stage. Mike and Andrew complained that they bombed on jokes while Elliott broke his mic mid performance. Peggy was annoyed that those were considered worst stage experiences for them and proceeded to tell us about a drunk man in an audience that almost charged on her during a show.

Peggy won the Q&A.

The Creek and the Cave often have free and cheap comedy shows on evenings, so be sure to check out the calendar to see who’s working the stage!

Gallery Mondays: Béatrice Coron’s “Kind” at 104 Street Station

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Happy Columbus Day! The 104 Street station on the A line was completely renovated a few months ago, which brought some lovely artwork by Béatrice Coron to the platform.

Coron specializes in cut-out art. 104th Street station features her collection On the Right Track, which is a beautiful installation of human-like figures representing different characteristics such as “happy,” or, in this case, “kind.”

I love the fact that you can look at this piece of art and literally see through it. Looking at “Kind” and seeing the landscape through the carvings reminds makes the artwork seem as though it has a much more deeper meaning. Mother Nature is kind, as she gives us natural resources such as oxygen and water. We can see kindness in the woman represented in this piece of art, and literally through her we can see the gifts that Mother Nature gives us.

I also love the way the woman’s robe blends in with the rest if the carvings, making her seem like she’s floating in place.

Watch Béatrice Coron’s TED Talk about her creative process here.

 

Gallery Mondays: RPGA Studio’s “Mudslide” Mural

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On Friday I was taking a nice stroll down 63rd Drive in Queens, headed towards Rego Park Mall when I saw this mural below the Long Island Railroad underpass between Alderton and Austin Street.

The mural is called “Mudslide” and it was painted by RPGA Studios as a project by Rego Park Green Alliance.

“Mudslide” is painted in primary colors, adding a touch of childlike fun to the birds flying eastward. I just love the girl floating away with the umbrella. It sounds kind of cruel to enjoy the fact that she’s being whisked away with the wind, but there’s something blissful about being able to float away without a care in the world.

Learn more about the mural here.