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Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist (born 1928) known for her interest in psychedelic color, repetition, and patterns, especially the polka-dot. Her best known works are mirrored rooms which explore infinite space, the rooms are typically cube shaped, clad with mirrors, water on the floor and flickering lights, and repeated objects (notably a polka-dot encrusted pumpkin). In 1977, Kusama checked herself into the Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill where she eventually took up permanent residence and still lives and works today. In 2017, the Hirshhorn will be holding a major retrospective of her work, including 6 mirrored rooms (although their website doesn't currently have much info posted). More info from The City Paper. Kusama has a huge following and this will be a major, lines-around-the-block exhibition, which will garner international press coverage. Photo from the Kusama show at the Victoria Miro Gallery, London.
Joe H posted a topic in Help NeededHas anyone been to Eigensinn Farm, two hours north of Toronto? Rated as high as the fourth best restaurant in the world, $300 CD per person (food only) and books six month in advance for the dinner in a farm house by candlelight. Everything is grown onsite or sourced nearby. Twelve people total.
The Tragically Hip (1983-), Canadian Rock Band from Kingston, Ontario - Nine Number-One Albums in Canada
Pool Boy posted a topic in MusicI accidentally got exposed to The Tragically Hip back in....the very early 1990s? I saw them play at a show at Hammerjack's as a part of, I think, an WHFS thing. 'New Orleans is Sinking' was the song that drew me in. I heard a few more songs over the years, but I never bought any of their albums or saw them play again, live. Then, a few years ago, my wife gets me a compilation of their work (Yer Favourites) and I love it! They are kind of rocking, kind of Canadia, kind of thoughtful, kind of twangy, kind of just good. "At the Hundredth Meridian" (1992) "Fifty Mission Cap" (1993) "Bobcageyon" (1999)
Victorville; Ontario Still talking to myself, hope it's useful. In Victorville, there is a great Middle Easten place called Ala' Al-Deen. It seems to be family run and the building itself is quite run-down (needs a new roof! or a newly painted roof or something), but the food is good and apportioned generously. The eggplant dip is very yogurty and almost unrecognizable as eggplant, but is tangy and refreshing. Actually, that would be a good way to describe our whole meal. We shared a small mixed platter which included eggplant and hummus dips, tabouleh and arabic salad, a pile of (unremarkable, but warmed) pita bread, asorted meats, a grilled tomato and onion, and some rice. We topped it off with an order of (relatively) light and crunchy felafel and had a feast for 2. The desserts ($1 baklava pieces) looked wonderful but we didn't have any room. In Ontario, there is a new Thai place in the Mountainview area called Lucky Elephant Thai. It is one of the prettiest Thai restaurants I've ever seen, with tons of wooden scrollwork and purple and gold decorations everywhere (not as garish as it sounds). The food is fine and they were out of eggplant (??!!) during our visit. They use dried rice noodles, which are thinner than the fresh noodles I'm accustomed to. The staff are extremely welcoming and attentive. I'm not sure it warrants seeking out, but it's certainly not a bad way to pass an evening if you're in the neighborhood and don't feel like visiting one of the zilions of chain restaurants nearby, and they may improve as they gain experience.