Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Why have I never done this before?

And so begins a series where I list things I should do in NYC in the hopes that by writing them down, I'll actually do them!

1. Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. So close. So pretty.

2. Stitch n Bitch. I can join cool girls and embroider cool stuff like spiders and lillies onto things.

3. Kayak on the River! For FREE!

4. Meditate.

Aaah, all these things courtesy of some Facebook Friends who are helping me out of a funk ;-)

xoxo agmac

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

HeART for Haiti

After two ++ months of incredibly hard work, the day has finally come! The exhibit of all of the beautiful art up for auction to benefit Doctors without Borders and Haiti Hurricane Relief is up tomorrow!

Please come to the viewing party and after party!

And of course, don't forget to BID BID BID!!!!




Monday, June 7, 2010

Free Summer Stuff, Part II

Sorry this is late in the game, but below is a compilation of what I deem to be the best FREE summer concerts in NYC.

Go, stand in a crowded line and be a hot mess for the love of music!

Governor's Island and Water Taxi Beach
Highlights include...
~06/19 The Morning Benders, Freelance Whales, Wild Nothing at The Beach
~ 07/04 She & Him The Beach at Governors Island

The Today Show

If you are awake from the night before, may as well.
Some shows worthy of the time slot...
~06/18 James Taylor & Carole King
~07/09 LADY GAGA!!!!!!!!!

Prospect Park Bandshell
Super nice venue. As with everything--get there early. But if you can get seats, it's a lovely experience.
Must sees...
~07/30 The Swell Season
~07/31 Sonic Youth

Central Park Summer Stage
Unfortunately, all the good shows are "sold out." You most likely wont' get in, but listening from the outside on a nice blanky ain't so bad either.

River Rocks
Take me the River they say! Great song. This is mostly string quartets, but they have some great outdoor movie screenings like The Hangover on July 7th! And Deer Hunter is playing August 12th.

Brooklyn Bridge Park
So it's movies, not concerts? So what? It's my blog and I can do what I want.

Williamsburg Waterfront
Nothing beats this line up--Pavement, Belle & Sebastian, Weezer, Primus, etc.! Sadly, most aren't free :-(

Feel free to add ones I've missed in the comments!! Enjoy people.


Friday, June 4, 2010

Fine Art Friday: Herring & Herring

I met with this artist duo after they donated a print for the HeArt for Haiti art auction I helped organize. (If you haven't yet, go and bid on something!)

At any rate, they are doing some very fresh work in fashion photography and I wanted to give them a shout out on FAF. Check out Herring & Herring, here.

Neither of their names are actually Herring, and they are friends from art school.

The technique they incorporate in some of their photos produces a kind of glow to certain parts of the image, and I'm not quite clear on how they accomplish it, but the result is stellar.

Their images are sexy, dark and dreamy.

I foresee great things to come from these guys!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Paris, Je t'aime

I'm not sure that I could love a city outside of New York more than I love Paris.

I just returned from a lovely week with my dear friend Abby. It is beautiful, clean, easy to get around, has great food and great wine.

I know everyone says this, but I'm hard to please when it comes to metropolises.

My favorite things were as follows:

The Montmarte Neighborhood
Go to the Sacre Couer and the slightly touristy square, but also eat here at my friends' restaurant. And go here for fondue and drink out of a baby bottle! Warning: this is the only wine I had in Paris that gave me a headache. So take a few sips for the photo op and call it a night ;-)

China Bar
I think they have one of these in NYC. But who cares? The bar is actually below the Chinese food restaurant. The night we went was open mic jazz fest. Hot men. Great music. Lovely atmosphere.

Canal St Martin
The apartment we stayed at was in this area. Hipster and artsy, this is a great area for walking the canal, eating and people watching. Especially this restaurant/bar.

Centre Pompidou
Amazing contemporary and modern art museum. But beware, it's HUGE. Took me about 2 hours to do one floor and there are 5 floors. Also amazing views from the top floor. Spend a whole day here.

AGATHA jewelry
I went to the one in Au Bon Marche and bought myself a watch. Not only does this line of bijoux have a great name, it's lovely ;-)

We also went to Versailles, the Louvre, saw the Arc Triophe and Tour Eiffel, walked through Pere Lachaise and Jardins de Tuilleries.

But there's still more to see! I am for sure going back.
Once I lose the 15 lbs of cheese I gained while there and make some more spending money.

French Agmac

Friday, May 21, 2010

Off to Paris

Au revoir mes amis.

Back on June 1st.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Is it summer yet?

Hello Fans and Air Conditioners!

I know it's not even Memorial Day yet, but I am posting my annual, here's what is going on in NYC this summer for FREEEEEE. At least Part 1 (May & June)...cuz a lot of it isn't announced yet ;-)

* May 29th--the new Coney Island opens, called Luna Park. So while not totally free, as you have to pay for the rides, the great people watching is au gratis!! (Oh and be sure to check out the Mermaid Parade on June 19th!)

* June 8th--Do you heart art? Well then Museum Mile Festival is for you!

* June 12th--Fat Bottom Girls Make the Rockin' World Go Round!!! Sign up for the naked bike ride.

*June 24th--A great show at Prospect Park Bandshell--Buena Vista Social Club!

*June 26th--Apples in Stereo live at the South Street Seaport. Concerts with an incredible view.

* June 26th & 27th--Willyburg walk--walk it out with hipsters and see some art and eat some food.

*June 30th--Not free, but it's only $10, and I love the name of the band cuz it's named after one of my favorite books ever: The Secret History, Live + Guests at The Bell House.

--> Monday night Craft Night sponsored by Etsy!
--> Thursday Night Burlesque @ Nurse Bettie
--> Free drinks for you and 15 of our friends! Well sort of. At Bushwick Country Club.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The "IT" List--MAY Edition

This is a new segment of agmac's party and it's basically cool stuff I want to see, do or eat. It's my way of remembering this info and also of sharing it with you, my adoring fans.

For the month of May, here's what I'm looking forward to (or enjoying):

The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia
This crazy redneck documentary looks both scary and wildy entertaining. I love me some meth comedy. This was just in the Tribeca Film Festival and I'm not sure when it's being released to the rest of the world, but stay tuned!

Mark Ryden Exhibit
The coolest, weirdest artist of our time. Now in New York for our viewing pleasure.

That Tree
A cool video to check out by the super fun Snoop Dog and Kid Cudi.

Holy WHAT?
Another film, yet to be released, about a Hasidic drug mule. Called 'Holy Rollers.' And it's a true story!

Ear Cuffs
For when your ears need a break from cheap metal dangly earrings, there's these cool Victorian inspired ear cuffs. No harm done.

I'm off to Paris in 16 days which is cooler than cool. I'll post a June "IT" list all about Pareee! Mon amie!


Friday, April 2, 2010

Fine Art Friday

I haven't done a photographer for awhile on Fine Art Friday. Today's FAF is photographer Perttu Saksa. If you are wondering what kind of a name Perttu Saksa is, he's from Finland.

I first saw his work on a great photo/model/stylist/etc. site New Industry Arts.

As you will see the landscapes are mesmerizing--still, quiet and majestic. Taken all over the world, including Greenland, Norway, Sweden, they are all unbelievable in their beauty.

The indoor stuff ain't bad either. Dark in lighting, but not ominous. His portraits are pretty damn good too.



Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Snapshot Wednesday

In honor of Easter this Sunday, here's a picture of me in my aunt's Easter hat.

This was right before my friend Julie shot ham out of her nose and my friends got wasted off of vodka with my Dad.

Happy Easter y'all!

;-) Agmac

Friday, March 26, 2010

FAF: Sarah Arnett

Sorry I'm a little late today.

Here's some cool "trippy" artwork by Sarah Arnett. It looks to me like it's digital, but I love the vibrant colors and patterns.

As shown in one of her slides, some of these would make amazing wallpaper or fabric.

Do you guys remember fractals? They are mathematical fragments, loved by hippies. This reminds me of those.

Either way, it's Friday, I'm hung over and wanted to put some color in my life. So enjoy.


Friday, March 19, 2010

Fine Art Friday

Today I woke up with sea anemones on the brain, so it works out perfect that our Fine Art Friday is painter "Microbo."

This stuff is straight out of the sea with it's wondrous forms and squiggles. He (or she, I can't really tell) captures this quirky sea world and its funky textures and forms, wispies and weirdness.

Looks like some of it is painted on wood and then given extra depth and movement through a collaging of the actual canvases. A great touch.

Reminds me of a great picture of my bff Lo using a large piece of seaweed as a whip. (If I find said picture, it will surely become a Snapshot Wednesday). I also want to dedicate this post to her and her love of sea creatures :-)

XOXO Agmac

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Snapshot Wednesday

Yeah, so I get made fun of a lot, mostly by my friend Abby, for talking about my cat so much. But she's so damn cute!

Here's a picture of Princess Miwa to brighten up your day. She's one big lady ;-)

Love, Agmac

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Weekend Warriors

This weekend, starting on Thursday, was filled with amazing live music, awesome art, and a general sense of awe and appreciation for my artistic friends!!
Thursday was the Ex Debutantes show in Williamsburg, Friday was an art show at an old convent, and Saturday was a live music birthday extravaganza in honor of my friend Elise.

Nothing beats good live music so you add that to any event and it's bound to be a success.

The art show at the convent was really unique because there was a different installation in every room and in the old chapel downstairs there was musical chairs and then music by Donny Hue & the Colors.
My friend Deirdre had some pieces in the show, like the one below which I helped her "hook!"

And Saturday night, we partied the night away in Legion Bar's side room where musical acts included members of the Ex Debs & Donny Hue and the Colors and some surprise vocals by Lo Kelly.

It was a great weekend!

Ex's and Oh's


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fine Art Friday

It's 6:20 PM on a Thursday night and I'm still at work, so please excuse my lack of editorial on this post. But the work should speak for itself.

Thease are some beautiful ink drawings with some color done by Neal Murren who's represented by Breed London. They are dark, whimsical, fantastical and surreal.

They remind me of Alice in Wonderland. Which is very apropos seeing as the Tim Burton version of this wonderful story just premiered last Friday.

And if you aren't tame of heart, check out the "Commercial" link he has--Garden of Earthly Delights comes to mind.

So let yourself be transplanted into Neal's world and have a happy weekend.

Love you all.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Snapshot Wednesday

This is my cutie pie cousin-once-removed, or as I like to call her, my niecin, Kamila. (That's cousin + niece).

She has the cutest hair wisps, like a little birdie.

This was posted on my cousin-in-law's blog as for "Ciocia Agatka," that's me.