Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fitty Fitty, Spooky and the Elephants

Hello Hello,

This is not another rap band.

Last nights stroll was rather entertaining. Started off meeting a good friend for cocktails at famous Pegu Club in soho. I had the pleasure of sipping on what is called the Fitty-Fitty. This delicious cocktail was a spin on the classic Gin martini but the Gin to Dry vermouth was of course... 50/50. Added to that was a few drops of orange bitters that appeared simple but gave it complexity to ponder on. A contemporary remix of a sophisticated cocktail. We were soon joined by another friend who turned out to be a cocktail lover as well so we had a nice chat on all the interesting things happening in the cocktail world. Cocktail lovers are out there and we're multiplying daily...Nirvino.

We then cruised on over to Le Poisson Rouge where the tank in the entrance had orange fish in it...Ba-dum-bum. There the 6th edition of Pecha Kucha NY was held. This was my first time and I was very curious. Its goes like this(edited from their website):

They invite a dozen creative professionals working across a variety of fields to present 20 slides for 20 seconds each on whatever topic the speaker pleases. This format keeps presentations concise, interest levels up, and gives more people the chance to show their work and speak about their interests. Pecha Kucha is a Japanese phrase that translates as “the sound of conversation.” Pecha Kucha Night was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in Tokyo. Due to its popularity, Pecha Kucha Night has spread internationally to over a hundred cities.

There were quite a few topics I found interesting like Eric Sanderson's Mapping Mannahatta where he quickly and concisely talked about the ecological history of Mannahatta aka Manhattan up to what it is today. Did you know that Spring street actually had a spring running through it? The unexpected presentation was by Paul D. Miller aka Dj Spooky the Subliminal Kid. Spooky is one of my favorite Dj's who usually plays his heavy electronic sets with subliminal visuals in the background. Always trippy. His presentation was based on a large scale multimedia performance work that will be an acoustic portrait of a rapidly changing continent called "Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica". Sinfonia Antarctica transforms Miller’s first person encounter with the harsh, dynamic landscape of Antarctica into multimedia portraits with music composed from the different geographies that make up the land mass. It's about the environment, sound, hip hop, electronic music and what it means to be a composer in the 21st century.

Totally "Spooky"

To end the night we met up with more friends to watch the Ringling Brothers circus parade into town. My good friend decided to call 311 for an ETA on the elephants because it was so brrrrick cold and they were half an hour late. The parade finally started around the odd hour of midnight where we got to see a caravan of elephants and clowns stomp their way out of the midtown tunnel and onto 34th street down to Madison Square Garden. It was one of those New York moments you just had to experience even if the thrill lasted a whole 3 minutes.

So there you have it, Fitty-Fitty, Spooky and the Elephants.

At your service,

The Boulevardist

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