Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Who's Who

So it has been bothering me forever and I've finally put my finger on it - Zach Efron and Daniela Sea are the same person. The photographic evidence is enough that I will not tell you who is whom. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Oh the Horror!

File this under movies that never needed remaking. It has just been announced that Michael Bay will be bringing a remake of Friday the 13th to the theaters sometime in the near future. He has hired the two writers of Freddy vs. Jason in to revamp the Crystal Lake killer in a retelling of the original horror franchise. However, instead of keeping the overprotective killer mother, Bay and company think it will be more interesting to jump right to dealing with Jason.

This to me is mistake one. The reason the original is so scary is with a crazed mother as the killer, it snaps the movie into a sort of foggy reality. The fact that a mother - could and would go on a killing spree to stop the reopening of the camp where her son died makes for a frighting twist - not to mention a real one. When she is beheaded, there is no returning from the dead 100 times.

Secondly, the reason Jason arose from the dead was to enact revenge for the death of his mother, so without her set-up as the original killer why does Jason need to surface?

Thirdly, do we really need another remake of a classic 80's horror film. I think not, there has got to be some fresh blood (pun intended) out there in the horror genre. So let's get a bit creative and produce some original voices and scares...

Friday, September 07, 2007

T-Minus 3 and Counting

So in just three days, 8 months of hard work comes to a head. My show Click Chic: The Fine Art of Fashion Photography opens. The pre-press for the show has been stellar, the work looks inspiring and beautiful and I'm extremely happy and proud as any parent can be. So if your in New York city on Monday evening, come have a glass of prosecco with me and bask in the excitement. Regular blogging should commence shortly.

(above: detail from photograph by Chiun-Kai Shih)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Sleeping Dogs

OK, it has been a while since I've spoken about Big Brother here on my blog, but I have to state this... I feel very sad that the producers keep trying to force the Dani & Nick relationship on America. Yes, they had chemistry in the house. Yes, Nick is beautiful. Yes, Dani was/is cheating on the man she lives with. Hence, my problem with this whole show-mance.

The BF, who producers were so eager to interview when it made for good television has basically been thrown under the bus, first by the letter from Nick to Danielle on her second HOH win and now the Power of 10 appearance. Sad, how the show has no regards for this man - he does live with her (or at least she did live there prior to walking through the door of reality TV.)

Enough with trying to make Nick & Dani a couple - let sleeping dogs lie.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Spotting the Finish Line

Again, I have to apologize for my sporadic postings, however I am in the final stretches of Click Chic - meeting with each photographer for them to sign off on the final printer proofs, sending catalogs and invites, and making sure everything at the gallery is ready for installation - that it doesn't leave me a lot of time to do much else... I promise to be back to a regular schedule shortly. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Artist of the Week: Grant Barnhart

Continuing with my Artist of the Week segment (until I can come up with a better title - any suggestions, readers?) I would like to introduce you to the work of a talented Seattle based artist by the name of Grant Barnhart. What I love about Grant's work is his use of painting and drawing, something I personally love playing with. Also, I love that he creating screenprints of his work as well, which due to their complete nature are very reasonably priced.

So once again, I hope you take the time out today and jump on over to his site and explore.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Blindsighted or Blind Move?

So, since I don't subscribe to the live feeds (I would never leave home) or get Showtime (I would never get any sleep) I rely on BB8Dish for my Big Brother 8 scoop. And while I promise to not reveal any spoilers about the show, I will say some of the houseguests are making a huge mistake by taking out a "so-called" target while leaving three more viable nominees safe for another week. So if my boy Dustin does what I think he will, I think there were be big ramifications in the house and I sense that life in the house will take a weird turn. So boys and girls, think three weeks ahead, before you plot your next move... it could mean remaining safe for the next few weeks, as oppose to the possibility of one of your own going home before they are scheduled to, by playing this risky game.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

More from the Curator

So with my show almost less then a month away and all the last minute details, I have not had a lot of time to blog about the important things (Lindsay's arrest, TomKat's party for Posh & Becks, or whether or not Lisa Rinna injects silicone into her lips.) But I promise you this, I have some strong opinions on all of those topics.

This show has been a real creative challenge and I love it. Selecting work by six really talented photographers was the easy part. Now comes the fun challenge of making sure the work fits properly on the wall, preparing a kick-ass guest list and looking over the printer proofs of the catalog. So again dear readers (and not to beat this to death) but if you are in New York City on September 10, please come join me and have a glass of prosecco - would love to see you there.

(above: detail from photograph by Roderick Angle)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Artist of the Week: Matt Lipps

So I decided to add a new feature to my blog, a look at artists that inspire and delight me. The first person I decided to highlight is photographer and sculptor Matt Lipps. I'm not 100% sure where I first spotted his work, but I've been thinking about it a lot lately (an idea is brewing in my mind which I would like Matt to be involved with, I just cannot discuss it right now.) I love anyone who takes a medium we all know and spins it on its head and I love Matt's photographic sculptures. So dear readers, take the time out today and look over his work, you'll be happy you did. Enjoy... and stay tuned for next week's artist.

above: Matt Lips, Untitled (detail), 2006

Friday, July 13, 2007

Bring on the Crazy

OK, try as I might there is no escaping the pull of Big Brother and season 8 so far has not disappointed. How friggin' brilliant is it that Jen won Head of Household this week, the girl is insane (and I love it) and mayhem and madness is going to be all over the house this week. So, everyone was so ready to boot the girl out of the house and now there will be a week of them kissing her ass, big time. She's such a wild card, I have no idea who's going on the block - but safe to say, the girl will be trying to eliminate her female competition, so most likely Danielle is going on the block.

Now I just need to stay off those spoiler blogs before Sunday, so that I can generally be surprised at who she places on the block. So thanks to a kick-ass season so far, bring on the crazy!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Fall Must-See

I just wanted to share some pretty exciting news with you all (and this is just the begining). Thanks to the kick-ass PR department at SVA, the fashion photograph show I'm curating "Click Chic: The Fine Art of Fashion Photography" was just named "fall's must-see show" by Elle Magazine. Elle friggin' magazine. I honestly think I'm glowing.

So mark your calendars, the opening reception is September 10th (6-8pm) and don't forget to pick up the August issue of Elle.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Truly Visionary

As of yesterday, the world lost a visionary and a gentleman. He was 91. Silas H. Rhodes, founder and chairman of the School of Visual Arts passed peacefully in his sleep.

I have had the distinct pleasure of knowing the man personally for the past 17 years and marvelled numerous times at the institution he created. There would be no SVA without Silas and for that I am truly grateful. He also was the driving force behind the decision to allow me to curate my fashion photography show at the College and I hope to make him proud. He will be missed.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

In the Name of Fashion

So I promised that I would finally announce some major news in my life. This September, I will be curating a show entitled Click Chic: The Fine Art of Fashion Photography at the Visual Arts Museum at the School of Visual Arts. Six great photographers (all SVA alumni) will be highlighted - Roderick Angle, Guy Aroch, Maki Kawakita, Ryan Michael Kelly, Chiun-Kai Shih and Sarah Silver.

The exhibition opens on Monday, September 10th at 6pm and runs through October 6, 2007. A catalog with my curatorial statement and a new essay by Brain Paul Clamp, director of ClampArt will be available. So I would love it if you all could attend, dear readers - mark your calendars now... a fall must.

(above: image detail by Sarah Silver)

Friday, June 22, 2007

Snap Desicion

So I know I promised to reveal some big exciting news about something that will happen in September, but you are just going to have to wait a few more days. Tonight, if your in town, there is a photography show opening at the Jen Bekman Gallery entitled "New American Portrait" and the show highlights one of my favorite photographers right now Amy Elkins. (Above is an example of her work, not in the show, but I don't want to ruin the images that appear - you have to see them in the flesh - it's worth it, trust me.) Head down to the space early, as the gallery isn't large and the expected crowd is... don't say I didn't warn you if you get stuck on the street.

(detail above: Amy Elkin, Charles, Brooklyn, NY, 2006)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

I'm Back... And With a New Layout

After an extended disappearing act, I have finally returned (hopefully) to blogging on a more regular basis. With the show at ClampArt closing this Saturday (you still have time to see the piece in the flesh) and my return from the Affordable Art Fair where SVA has a booth I curated, I can start telling you about the next big project on my horizon. But I will save that for a next post... besides I have to keep you guys in a bit of suspense. Dum..dum...dah!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Well Hung

So dear readers, I told you some exciting things were brewing and here's the first piece of news. My drawing of John Arsenault ( a very talented photographer) will be on display in the back sales room of ClampArt gallery (521-531 West 25 Street.) I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to see the framed drawing hanging in Chelsea. The drawing is on display in conjunction with John's self portrait show, which will be amazing. The opening reception is tomorrow from 6 to 8pm, if you are in New York, please come check it out. More news to follow shortly.

Friday, May 11, 2007


Sorry dear readers, I have been way too behind on this whole blogging thing and for that I'm truly sorry. tons of good news has been keeping me busy, busy, busy. I promise in the next few entries to fill you in on all the juicy details. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

An Open Letter to LaKisha

It must be hard coming from being the front-runner in the competition to being blasted weekly by the judges - somewhere along the way Randy, Paula and Simon turned their backs on you. Perhaps it has something to do with your song choices the past two weeks - stay away from songs sung by former contestants of the show. The judges do not approve. While I'm not familiar with Fantasia's version of the song you sung last night, which in my opinion you sang the shit out of, the judges blasted you on it. Perhaps you are being out diva-ed by Melinda and Jordis; or maybe the judges have become so focused on the two of them that you unfortunately have been pushed aside, a causality of the cruel fate of a singing competition.

If you go home tonight, it is not because you don't have talent in spades - it's because teenage girls have voted to keep a Justin Timberlake clone around cause they think he's cute. It has nothing to do with real vocal talent - you have it; he doesn't. As Randy would say, "Just keeping it real, dog!" Hopefully this note will all be for naught, and you'll be around another week. But if not, keep your head-up girl, you have made your daughter immensely proud.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Let the Fur Fly

So we are down to our final three Pussycat Dolls hopefuls (Melissa R., Chelsea and Asia) and I for one am excited to watch them claw, scratch and strut for the one open slot in the PCD. This show has been my guilt pleasure for weeks and all three women bring interesting strengths and talents to the show. My favorite part of this weeks episode was watching the other Melissa, who makes a great TV villain, loose the final slot to the girl she constantly put-down; way to handle yourself like a lady Chelsea.

And while I think Melissa R. will ultimately walk away the winner, the other two are equally deserving for different reasons. So work it out ladies, I expect nothing less then a fight to the finish.

Monday, April 16, 2007


Hugh Jackman in gay porn? A fantasy for millions of gay men everywhere. I'm not sure if others have noticed or not, but seems that porn god Joey Russo looks an awful lot like our sexy Hollywood brother. If you look above, it's almost impossible to tell the two apart. Trust me, this makes me very happy - just wondered why Raging Stallion has not capitalized on this by making a film entitled HUGE JACKMEN! Just a thought and idea. Discuss. And Chris Ward & Michael Brandon, feel free to use this title, as long as I get a copy of the film and a story idea credit.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Stroke of Genius

So, I almost didn't have anything to blog about today, until I came across this little gem from Alanis Morrisette. I thought her cover of Seal's Crazy was the shit. This tops that easily.

Brilliant. Me likey.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Sweet Jesus

So it appears more fine art has angered a group of Christians to demand that it not be shown at a New York art gallery starting next week. Cosimo Cavallaro's "My Sweet Lord" which depicts a crusified Jesus nude and made entirely out of chocolate was to be shown street-level at the Roger Smith Lab Gallery in midtown Manhattan.

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights called for a boycott of the exhibiton and the accompanying Roger Smith Hotel. "This is an assault on Christians during Holy Week," said Kiera McCaffrey, director of communications for the league, which describes itself the largest U.S. Catholic civil rights group. "They would never dare do something similar with a chocolate statue of the prophet Mohammad naked with his genitals exposed during Ramadan," she said.

While I personally may not find Cavallaro's work interesting; by protesting this piece, the organization drew more attention and importance than it needed to be - landing the gallery space and the artist in the national news. It also opens the whole dialog of the power that art has to challenge, engage and in some cases enrage its viewers. While the news states that the gallery is weighting its options to whether or not the piece will be shown, something tells me with all the media coverage the artwork will be displayed as scheduled on Monday as orginally planned.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Lambs to Slaughter

300 continued to slaughter the competition this weekend and remained the number one movie for the second week in a row. While I have spoken about my obsession with Gerard Butler on this site before and it continues now after seeing him run around for over 2 hours in just a pair of speedos. I would like to point out another man who spurs all kind of excitment as the movie barrelled on. The character of Daxos, played by the British actor Andrew Pleavin - got me all hot and bothered. The bald head, the huge chest, the beard and of course playing a sensative artistic countryman helps. And you have to love the fact that Andrew and Gerard stared in the TV movie version of Attila together (note to self, place film on Netflix queue.)

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Cat Scratch Fever

So last night I caught the encore presentation of Pussy Cat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll and I can tell I'm going to get hooked because it has all the makings of all my favorite reality programs.

2 parts America's Next Top Model = 1 dose of girls living together under one roof competing for one ultimate prize. While being schooled by the figure-heads (in this case Robin's) horde of background henchmen. Mikey Minden playing both Jay roles and looking better then both of them!
1 part Survivor = you know these girls are going to start backstabbing and forming mini alliances.
1 part Workout = the bodies on these women is flawless.
1 part American Idol = don't forget these girls are competing in a singing competition for a spot in the international success of the PCD.

Mix them all together and we have a recipe for a successful show, not to mention the fact that they had an air-born illness on the first episode that threaten to wipe out half of the final 18 is priceless. Keep the claws sharpened and the catty comments coming girls, this could be the guilty pleasure of the season. Meow!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Idol Disappointment

So not that I want this to become an American Idol blog, but I have to say was this really the best 12 undiscovered men in America. If they are not picked off in the first 6 weeks after the final 12 are announced, there is really something wrong with the voting public. I know the judges were singing the praises of Chris Richardson last night, but ultimately he cannot hold a candle to the likes of Lakisha Jones, Melinda Doolittle or Jordin Sparks (so don't let me down girls.)

After last night, I have no reason to continue watching the show on Tuesday nights, until we are down to the final 12. So my predictions for the two men eliminated on Thursday are Jared Cotter and Brandon Rogers.

Monday, February 26, 2007

So Wrong

Who knew Tony Orlando had such pull. How did he get invited to the Oscars? There are so many things wrong with this picture. First off, what was Eric McCormack thinking when he started sporting what can only be described as a really bad villain mustache.

Lord, I hope this is for some role and not just a poor fashion choice. However, I have a feeling either way - it will be said that he grew it for a role. Facial hair just doesn't work on everyone. So Eric, leave the 'stache in the 70s where it belongs. And I can't even comment on the shinny sharkskin tuxedo jacket his guest is wearing.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Sisters Are Doing It...

OK boys, you can pack it in - the girls really showed who's the boss last night on Idol. But of course, we say goodbye to two of the lovely ladies, as well as two men this evening. By all accounts there are some front runners already this season and I would be completely shocked if the final two are not women. I have a feeling the men are going to get picked off pretty quickly this season.

But back to the last nights performances. There were only three underwhelming performances last night in my opinion and I'm guessing that Haley Scarnato (never do a song they are going to recap before you sing it and you need to not come across so old) and Alaina Alexander (can't even remember what you sang) will go home tonight. If either one of these girls is safe, I believe Antonella Barba will be packing her party bags and heading back to the Jersey shore.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Underwhelmed Idol

So I never watch American Idol until they have weeded out the bad singers, the drama of the weeks in LA, etc. usually to be blown away by the caliber of talent the show is able to round-up. However, if the performances of the men last night is any indication, I might not feel the season is worth watching. Bad song choices, grumpy judges, lack luster performances from most of the contestants - overall not a pleasant night of reality watching.

My predictions of the first two eliminated are - Paul 'Shoeless' Kim and Rudy Cadenas. I felt they both were the worst of the bunch and deserve to go home, now. So boys get you act together or it will be another season of the women dominating the show. Consider this your wake-up call.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The End is Near

So it was only a matter of time and it comes as no surprise, but it was announced that the Roxy will be closing its door for good on Saturday, March 10th. No DJ has been announced yet, but I'm sure John Blair is going to go out with a splash. It remains to be scene where the next big gay Saturday night party will surface - so boys don't let us down. And let the games begin!

Friday, February 16, 2007

A New Flavor

So it appears that Flavor Flav finally found love, cause VH1 has got our next 80's front-man on the hunt. Hair-metal lead singer Bret Michaels of Poison fame will be the next rockin' bachelor to be looking for love from a bevy of woman fighting for his attention.

With Rock of Love with Bret Michaels, I believe VH1 has entered near brilliant territory. I expect we will be entertained by hours of spandex, heavy-eyeliner, tons of hair products and lots of skin - and that's just Michael's himself. And you know their will be tons of Poison groupies and the occasional stripper lined up for a piece of this sexy bad boy. With this show and Mo'nique's Charm School - we are going to have a great spring/summer reality viewing. Let the games begin.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Very Friendly Skies

Mark this down as my favorite bit of entertainment gossip of the moment. It seems a flight attendant was suspended over the possibility that she may or may not have slept with Ralph Fiennes during a flight from Australia to India.

How an innocent conversation could lead to Ralph following the flight attendant into the bathroom, where as she put it "Mr. Fiennes became amorous towards me and, after a short period of time, I convinced him to leave the toilet, which he did. I left the toilet a short time later." So it is a simple did she or didn't she. I have a feeling if the woman looses her job with Qantas, a lawsuit will follow.

All I can say is lucky bitch! Getting suspended over a 'mile high' encounter with the very handsome and talented actor - there are worse ways to loose a job. I cannot wait to see how this all unravels.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Drawn and Ready

So today I finished a new painting and am trying to push my work to the next level. I believe I'm onto something new and exciting and look forward to the next piece in the series. The painting also marks the fact that I was finally able to capture Andy Starkweather's essence. Now, onward and upward. My website will be updated shortly, I promise.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

...Like A Lady

So today I was treated with some great reality television news sure to give us hours of entertainment. Starting in April, my girl Mo'Nique will be teaching 13 former contestants of Flavor of Love (both seasons) proper etiquette in a competition for cash and the title of "Charm School Queen" in a new VH1 reality show, entitled simply Charm School.

"These girls are outspoken and outrageous, but they need some focus and direction. I'm just the woman to give it to them. You will see a metamorphosis in these girls, I promise!" proclaimed Mo'Nique. I love that she's going to be whipping some class into some ass - let the games begin.

Monday, January 29, 2007

From the Horse's Mouth

So fans of Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe were treated to a different side of the actor today with the release of promotional images for his upcoming play Equus where our young teen wizard will be performing nude and simulating an orgasm on stage. One of the images (as seen above) features the actor on set with a beautiful white mare and for the first time its hard not to think that he's developing into quite the hot young man. See this is what happens when you turn 35 you start looking at Harry in a whole new light, but then again wasn't that the point of these images?

Sunday, January 28, 2007

And Eating It Too...

So today at 10:28am I turned 35. Life is good... Happy Birthday, me!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Instinct Proves Right

So this past season of Survivor, I had a big huge crush on J.P. Calderon, who unfortunately didn't make it very far on the show. Good news was that my favorite supermodel Janice Dickinson was smart enough to realize talent and good looks when she sees them and snatched him up for her agency and her reality television show. On tonight's episode (1 of 2 parts) of the show, J.P. has the opportunity to land the cover of a national magazine - the only problem is he needs to 'out' himself to do it. Based on the cover shot I've seen, he dives in and lands the cover of Instinct Magazine's February issue which is bound for newsstands any day now. Congratulations J.P. for being brave enough to go for it, and I'm sure that's just the start of plenty more to come.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Life Ain't Nothing Butter Dream

Sorry I haven't blogged in forever, however with the new bundle of joy in my life, I haven't had much time for anything but cleaning and feeding. It always appears that life throws unexpected surprises when you least expect it. Before Sydney left this world, I had begun the search for the perfect new addition to my family - alas with the trip to Mexico and the holidays, I hadn't given much thought to seriously finding the perfect edition.

However, on Friday January 12th I received a great little gift in the 5 lbs. 2 ox bundle of excitement soon to be known forever as Butter. From the first moment I saw her, I knew she was the one for me, an instinct that has since proven over the last week or so to be correct. Granted, I haven't had a puppy in ages and forgot how much work they are (something I wouldn't trade for anything) but she truly is a great dog and I know that in the next few months, she is going to hold a lot of joy and developing. I know all proud parents feel their child is the smartest and cutest, but I can honestly say Butter takes the cake. I dare you to say otherwise!

Anyhow, I promise to be getting back to blogging more regularly and thanks for sticking around dear readers. Life is just about to get more interesting.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Beloved No More

With great sadness I say welcome back to Out and Out Reality. My beloved little girl, Sydney died yesterday. She was the saddest little dog stuck at a pet store until I walked in and on an impulse purchased the little black and white bundle of joy. For almost a month, she was named Puppy, as I searched and searched for the perfect name. Who knew that due to her crazy nature she would be named after a character on Melrose Place. She was much more than some dingy redhead who plotted murder, slept around and caused all kind of trouble.

She loved to cuddle under the blankets, snuggle close by your feet as you slept, jumped to greet each new visitor and enjoyed chasing her toys in circles. About eight years ago, due to circumstances beyond my control, Sydney moved to Orlando to live with my mother where she spend countless hours chasing lizards and watching TV from her favorite perch behind my mothers neck. About two years ago, she was diagnosed with diabetes and required extra care. She lost most of her eyesight, but never her spirit - which remained sweet and warm.

I miss her dearly and the loss is immediate. I know my mother is heart-broken, but Sydney will always have a special place in my heart. I love you.

Sydney Puppy Halm (1995-2007)