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  1. Little Sesame has rotated in some autumn oriented toppings: Roast Squash, pomegranate molasses, crispy chickpeas and cilantro (Very good) Fall greens, harissa sambal, smoked paprika, toasted almonds. The rest seemed to be pretty much the same: roasted cauliflower; salt roasted beets; chicken shawarma; keep it classic. By noon, the line was out the door again. I'd recommend getting there by 11:45am if you want to avoid the line.
  2. Cross posting with the NYC forum. Serious Eats dives deep into NYC slice culture.
  3. Disrupting Craft: Renwick Invitational 2018 November 9, 2018 - May 5, 2019 "Disrupting Craft presents the work of Tanya Aguiñiga, Sharif Bey, Dustin Farnsworth, and Stephanie Syjuco, four artists who challenge the conventional definitions of craft by imbuing it with a renewed sense of emotional purpose, inclusiveness, and activism. The four artists work in an expansive variety of media including ceramics, wood, and fibers. They all share a dedication to social justice and to interrogating cultural identities and established historical narratives. By exploiting the conceptual toolkits of craft, they develop responses to the contemporary political landscape while also analyzing and challenging their own cultural histories."
  4. Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes On view November 8, 2018 through January 27, 2019 "The largest US museum survey of this pioneering artist to date, Charline von Heyl: Snake Eyes features more than thirty large-scale paintings that reveal the artist’s considerable influence in the field of contemporary art. One of the most inventive artists working today, von Heyl has earned international acclaim for continually rethinking the possibilities of contemporary painting. Her cerebral yet deeply visceral artworks upend longstanding assumptions about composition, beauty, and narrative. Drawing inspiration from a vast and surprising array of sources—including literature, pop culture, metaphysics, and personal history—von Heyl creates paintings that are seemingly familiar yet impossible to classify, offering, in her words, “a new image that stands for itself as fact.” In studios in New York and Marfa, Texas, von Heyl combines a rigorous, process-based practice that demands each painting develop through the act of painting, itself. The spellbinding results invite you to explore a unique visual language, exuberant and insistent. Organized in collaboration with the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, this major multinational exhibition highlights the artist’s groundbreaking artistic output since 2005, including recent works that point to new developments in her constantly evolving practice. Together, Snake Eyes shines an international spotlight on one of today’s most dynamic painters and demonstrates the vitality and limitless possibilities of painting."
  5. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer: Pulse On view November 1, 2018 through April 28, 2019. "In the Hirshhorn’s largest interactive technology exhibition to date, three major installations from Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse series will come together for the artist’s DC debut. A Mexican Canadian artist known for straddling the line between art, technology, and design, Lozano-Hemmer will fill the Museum’s entire Second Level with immersive environments that use heart-rate sensors to create kinetic and audiovisual experiences from visitors’ own biometric data. Over the course of six months, Pulse will animate the vital signs of hundreds of thousands of participants. With Lozano-Hemmer’s trademark sensitivities to audience engagement and architectural scale, each installation captures biometric signatures and visualizes them as repetitive sequences of flashing lights, panning soundscapes, rippling waves, and animated fingerprints. These intimate “portraits,” or “snapshots,” of electrical activity are then added to a live archive of prior recordings to create an environment of syncopated rhythms. At a time when biometry is increasingly used for identification and control, this data constitutes a new way of representing both anonymity and community. While reflecting on the upcoming exhibition, Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu offered the following: “Lozano-Hemmer will activate the Museum like never before…His hypnotic installations invite museum visitors to participate in a one-of-a-kind experience while addressing complex themes surrounding agency, mortality, and ownership.” The exhibition begins with Pulse Index (2010), which will be presented at its largest scale to date. The work records participants’ fingerprints at the same time as it detects their heart rates, displaying data from the last 10,000 users on a scaled grid of massive projections. The second work, Pulse Tank (2008), which premiered at Prospect.1, New Orleans Biennial, will be updated and expanded for this new exhibition. Sensors will turn your pulse into ripples on illuminated water tanks, creating ever-changing patterns that will be reflected on the gallery walls. Pulse Room (2006) rounds out the exhibition. The final installation features hundreds of clear, incandescent light bulbs hanging from the ceiling in even rows, pulsing with the heartbeats of past visitors. You can add your heartbeat to the installation by touching a sensor, which transmits your pulse to the first bulb. Additional heartbeats continue to register on the first bulb, advancing earlier recordings ahead one bulb at a time. The sound of the collected heartbeats will join the light display to amplify the physical impact of the installation. Six short documentaries of Pulse works will also be exhibited, showing the breadth of the series through video footage of various other biometric public-art interventions in Abu Dhabi, Toronto, Hobart, New York, and Urdaibai, Spain (2007–2015)."
  6. Rachel Whiteread "As the first comprehensive survey of the work of British sculptor Rachel Whiteread (b. 1963), this exhibition brings together some 100 objects from the course of the artist’s 30 year career, including drawings, photographs, architecture-scaled sculptures, archival materials, documentary materials on public projects, and several new works on view for the first time. The exhibition also features the wide range of materials utilized by the artist from plaster to rubber, concrete, resin, and paper. Ranging in scale and effect from the monumental to the modest, Whiteread’s sculptures memorialize everyday objects, domestic interiors, and public spaces. Throughout her celebrated career, Whiteread has effectively recast the memories of these locations and objects to chart the seismic changes in how we live, from the late 20th century and into the 21st. Co-organized with Tate Britain, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with contributions by the exhibition’s curators, an interview with the artist, and additional scholarly essays."
  7. Nordic Impressions Art from Åland, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, 1821–2018 "Nordic Impressions is a major survey of Nordic art spanning nearly 200 years and presenting 53 artists from Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, as well as the self-governing islands of Åland, Faroe, and Greenland. The exhibition celebrates the incredible artistic diversity of Nordic art, from idealized paintings of the distinctive Nordic light and untouched landscape to melancholic portraits in quiet interiors and mesmerizing video works that explore the human condition. While the question of what constitutes a distinctively Nordic art has been a constant debate, the art in the exhibition retains a certain mystique and focus on themes that have held a special place in Nordic culture for centuries: light and darkness, inner life and exterior space, the coalescence of nature and folklore, and women’s rights and social liberalism. The exhibition pays tribute to the artistic excellence of Nordic painters from the Golden Age and Romantic era (Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Helene Schjerfbeck), follows the artists who balanced nationalism and French influence (Franciska Clausen and Helmer Osslund), explores the influx of experimental and conceptual art (Sigurður Guðmundsson and Poul Gernes), and considers the international platform of artists of today (Eija-Liisa Ahtila and Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir / Shoplifter). Nordic Impressions demonstrates how Nordic artists have inspired each other across national boundaries while honoring deeply rooted cultural traditions."
  8. Rodarte on view November 10, 2018–February 10, 2019 "The celebrated American luxury fashion house Rodarte, founded by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, is featured this fall in the first fashion exhibition organized by NMWA. Rodarte showcases the designers’ visionary concepts, impeccable craftsmanship, and profound impact on the fashion industry. The exhibition explores the distinctive design principles, material concerns, and reoccurring themes that position the Mulleavys’ work within the landscape of contemporary art and fashion. Spanning the first 13 years of Rodarte, more than 90 complete looks, presented as they were shown on the runway, highlight selections from their most pivotal collections. Through a conceptual blend of high fashion and modern femininity that employs a multiplicity of textiles and meticulous couture techniques, Rodarte has drawn critical acclaim from both the art and fashion worlds since its inception in 2005."
  9. Nice profile piece in the NY Times: A Kitchen Visionary, Reimagining Dishes and a Woman’s Role
  10. 2018 will be the 5th edition of Georgetown Glow. Somehow I missed editions 1-4. Anyway...perfect for the holiday season, this festival is an exhibition of outdoor public light art installations. December 1, 2018 - January 6, 2019 5pm-10pm nightly.
  11. Tweaked

    Las Vegas, NV

    Las Vegas was its normal shit show. We were there for less than 24 hours and that was more than enough. SLS Hotel: If cell block chic is your style you might appreciate SLS. Our hotel room have an exposed concrete ceiling. Trendy? I don't know? The bed headboard glowed in the dark until we found the dimmer knob. And the bathroom/sink/shower were behind sliding closet doors which didn't quite slide shut properly. Frankly, I'd just avoid this hotel all together. At least the room was inexpensive. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at the MGM Grand: I've certainly had worse pizzas in my life, but there was nothing remarkable about this one (I've already forgotten what I ordered). The chicken wings were a mess, kinda Asian-y but not, with a puddle of sauce on the plate and the wings unsauced and basically served plain. I agree with Eric about the shitty $40+ per night "resort fee." It seems to be the going rate. Plus Vegas traffic at 5pm sucked.
  12. Actually, I didn't find it too bad. The last 500 feet or so kinda kicked our butts. The last time I went hiking in a canyon at elevation, which was in the Rockies, I had a 30lbs kid strapped to my back...so no problems! Unfortunately, we did not see any condor. Wish we had! We did see plenty of elk inside the park.
  13. The Grand Canyon certainly lived up to all expectations. What a marvelous place. We spent one full day and two half days on the South Rim and we covered a lot of territory. We were there at the end of September on a weekend, which is the tail end of peak season. I felt like the park was busy but not slammed with people. All of the hotel lodging inside the park was booked up well in advance and we had limited options for hotels in Tusayan, even booking several months in advance. If you are planning to go during peak season, especially on a weekend, definitely consider making your plans well in advance. On the first day, we arrived late afternoon and had a good walk about near the visitors center and along the rim trail to Yavapai Point for the sunset, around 6:30 pm. Day two we did a big morning hike on the Bright Angel Trail to the 3 mile rest area (2,000 feet down) and then back up, which took about 4.5 hours. After a much needed break and beer at the cocktail lounge at the Bright Angel Lodge (which is a rustic style bar with a handful of local-ish beers on tap) we hopped on to the free tour bus out to Hermit's Rest, stopping at various overlooks along the way. The tour buses run fairly frequently and we never had more than a 5 to 10 minute wait for the next one to arrive. Day three we drove out to Desert View Watchtower, which is about 20 miles from the main visitor center area, and then drove back stopping at the overlooks along that route. Depending upon how many stops you make, this can also take a couple of hours. We stayed at the Holiday Inn in Tusayan, AZ, which is the small town just outside the South Rim entrance. If you are unable to book lodging at any of the National Park Service facilities inside the park (which book out a year in advance during peak season) then Tusayan is very convenient. The town is one main drag with hotels, restaurants, and other tourist services. And not much else. There is one general store where you can buy basic groceries, beer, wine and liquor. If you want anything more exciting best bring it yourself. In Tusayan, we ate dinner at Plaza Bonita, a local Mexican restaurant chain-let and was pleasantly surprised. Think big platters of rice and beans and your standard Mexican food of choice. The tacos al pastor ($17) were actually quite tasty. After a long drive and some canyon time, it hit the spot. We got there around 8pm and it was clear the dinner rush was ending and we only had a short wait for a table. Dinner was big enough that we got two meals out of it. Our Holiday Inn had a basic breakfast and we packed lunches on Day 2 and 3. The Grand Canyon...it's worth the trip.
  14. I was on Barracks Row Monday night and Opening Soon signage is up...so...opening soon?
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