Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thursday Arch Series

One of the stranger and more amusing things to see at last weekend's Grand Centre block party was a nine hole mini golf course in the art galleries at The Sheldon. Each hole was designed by a different group, all whimsical, all unique. 

The eighth hole was based on the renovated Gateway Arch grounds.  You had to putt your ball through or around the Old Courthouse and then plunk it into a cup modeled on the new entrance to the Arch museum. The ball then ran through a tunnel to a lower level, resembling the street and promenade in front of the Mississippi. The player had to drop the ball into one more hole in the street. If you did that the red warning light on the top of the Arch lit up. Ellie got it done with what I think soccer would call a hand ball.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Your Moment Of Zen

As Jon Stewart used to say. An unusual piece of sculpture at the Pulitzer, a disk filled with sand, maybe 3 or 4 meters wide, with a rotating blade stretching across the diameter. One side cuts precise grooves, the other makes everything smooth. It seems like an obvious reference to Japanese zen gardens but here the Buddhist concept of impermanence is twisted. Everything changes and everything remains the same. Deep.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


The Pulitzer Arts Foundation is one of the gems of St. Louis. It's not very big and a bit out of the way. It was founded by Joseph Pulitzer III, grandson of Joseph Pulitzer, the New York newspaper baron, and his wife, Emily.  He was for many years the publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Joe and Emily amassed one of the greatest collections of contemporary art in the U.S. The foundation is a center of research and a small, exquisite museum, designed in a very spare style by Japanese architect Tadao Ando.

The Pulitzers were good friends of the sculptor Richard Serra. The courtyard of the Foundation contains his massive work Joe, dedicated to the patron's memory. It is a spiral of rust-red steel plate, concerned with space, scale and sky, holding delights around every bend. The last picture gives an overview.     

Monday, July 16, 2018

Madeleine Monday

At the Contemporary Art Museum during the Grand Centre block party.  There was a table covered with silly hats and a sign reading "Selfie Station." The background was, um, busy. Not going to be any selfies while grandpa and his camera are around. She doesn't know how to take selfies yet, thank heavens.

You may have heard the saying that the Queen of England reigns but does not rule. The first picture makes it clear that in Ellie's case it's just the opposite.        

Sunday, July 15, 2018


Back in The Lou. This was found in The Pulitzer Arts Foundation. Your guess is as good as mine. Some people - lots of people - have no choice, though. Think about our southern border, about people drifting in the Mediterranean.

Part of out Grand Centre arts and entertainment district had something of a block party yesterday, mostly for kids, including the Contemporary Art Museum, Pulitzer Foundation and Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Gallery. It was unbearably hot on the street, up to 101 F/ 38 C, but the venues had technologically altered climates. More to come.       

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Don't Sleep In The Subway, Darlin'

You have to be pretty old to remember that one. It came out just before I graduated from high school, when I rode the subway every day. It was good advice then and still is now. It may be a long ride back around if you miss your stop.

One of the things I like about my Fujifilm camera better than my big Canon DSLR is the flip-out LED screen. It makes it so much easier to take sneaky pictures in public if you don't have to put the big blob to your eye. 

Oh, and happy Bastille Day to our French friends.   

Friday, July 13, 2018


More street pix from Manhattan. Gotta find some new material but there's not much going on this weekend other than baseball games and some dinky Bastille Day celebration tomorrow. Maybe I'll go to a bar and take pictures of people watching the World Cup final on Sunday. Maybe I'll have to take pictures of St. Louis. That would be a little different.   

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Same Old Picture

I'm going back and forth between Theatre Crawl and NYC photos. This is the Nth iteration of the shot of Manhattan approaching La Guardia Airport. The air quality was pretty bad and this has been heavily edited in Photoshop. Still, when you back away from it you can get a sense of how small the island really is, although it seems infinite when you are walking through it.  

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

When Oprah Says Goodbye

Another production from the St. Louis Theatre Crawl. The company is called A Call To Conscience. The program says that
The play is focused on our aging LGBTQ population.It touches on the realities of aging, oppressive elder care facilities and the consequences of friendship betrayed and rediscovered, as well as the importance of forgiveness.
The woman in the top picture appears to be a long-time resident of a home for the elderly. She is assigned a new roommate, someone who appears to be of a higher economic station. They discover that they were close friends many years ago but the new arrival literally took away the first resident's lover, another woman. That person has died and now they are cast together. There is conflict and resolution between the two but not, as the first woman has a rigid routine, until Oprah says goodbye.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Truth Is I Never Left You

We 💗 Argentina. We've been there three times, although unfortunately not just lately. That's why I was glad to hear our major stage company, the St. Louis Repertory Theatre, is starting its season with Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita. We've been to her tomb and the museum dedicated to her memory in Buenos Aires. Heard the original Patti Lupone production on Broadway, touring companies here and the movie with Madonna.

The Rep gave us a preview during the Theatre Crawl. The performer here, Esmer Garza, is a member of the production's ensemble. Locals, this looks like a don't miss.          

Monday, July 9, 2018

If You Liked Yesterday's Post, How About Some More?

Well, yesterday's post went down very well by my standards. I posted the first image on the Fujifilm X-T2 users FB page and got, as of this writing, 100 likes, loves, wows and comments, blowing the doors off all past photos. There is lots more to do from the Theatre Crawl but I'm short on time so here are a few more fireworks shots. More minimalist approach.        

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Okay, Now I've Got It

Wednesday night's shots of the NYC fireworks weren't so great. The Fujifilm X-T2 I'm shooting with these days does the same things as my big Canon DSLR but the controls are often very different. I think I've figured out the settings for fireworks. We have a big Fourth Of July festival under the Arch, Fair St. Louis, with fireworks Wednesday, Friday and Saturday this week. The family went downtown for it last night.  This time it worked.      

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Sounds of America

More from the St. Louis Theatre Crawl. This company is called TLT Productions and they were hot, bursting with energy and vocal style. Their show, Sounds of America, was based on conversations with St. Louis youth. Each of the companies performed six 20 minute shows in the course of the evening. For these artists, it was like six hard aerobic workouts. Looked exhausting but they never slowed down.          

Friday, July 6, 2018

I''m A Yankee Doodle Dandy

I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy
A Yankee Doodle, do or die
A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam
Born on the Fourth of July
I wasn't born on the Fourth of July, although I do share a birthday with Ansel Adams and Kurt Cobain. (Must mean something.) I couldn't keep the song, written by Jewish immigrant George M. Cohan, out of my head as I photographed the New York fireworks Wednesday night. The hotel where we stay in Long Island City has a rooftop deck with a pretty good view.

We have big fireworks in The Lou Friday and Saturday night. Hope to get to one of them. The Arch is a perfect backdrop.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Rosenkrantz And Guildenstern Aren't Dead Yet

Another show from the St. Louis Theatre Crawl, this one a brief scene from Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. I remember seeing this on Broadway shortly after I finished high school. Two of Shakespeare's most minor characters are left adrift on the seas of absurdity. In Hamlet, they eventually reach their demise. 

The Theatre Crawl uses every possible venue in the Grand Centre arts district. This was performed in a candy store. I wonder if the gaudy mannequin in the corner is meant to represent Queen Gertrude.   

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

New York Jedi

So many pictures, so little time to edit, so just a quickie. Found on W. 8th Street in Greenwich Village. 

Maybe I can edit some Theatre Crawl photos at my sister's home in NJ this afternoon.        

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Live From New York, It's Monday Afternoon

I have so much material between the STL Theatre Crawl and this week in NYC that I don't know what to do. Go back and forth, I guess.

There are several interesting shows going on at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The blockbuster is Heavenly Bodies, couture from top French and Italian designers based on historical garments of the Catholic Church. Some large number of popes and cardinals are rolling over in their graves as I write this.  And so many more images from the show to edit whenever I find time.

Another is called Visitors To Versailles, about the vast numbers of common people, diplomats and nobility who came to the royal court during the reigns of Louis XIV, XV and XVI, along with what they found there. One of them, below, was Thomas Jefferson. At the bottom, Le Roi Soleil himself, Louis XIV.

Got to edit more Crawl stuff. A bit more in Manhattan Tuesday morning and then out to my sister's home in NJ in the afternoon.

Monday, July 2, 2018

What Fools These Mortals Be

Words to live by, whether watching A Midsummer Night's Dream or observing what's going on in Washington. This was a very abbreviated version of the Shakespeare play called Midsummer Madness by Prison Performing Arts. The company is made up of men and women who have been incarcerated. They somehow maintain a sense of humor.

To experience midsummer madness in St. Louis, you need only step outdoors.