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Poliça Perfoms Nov. 8, 2013 Webster Hall NYC

American Synthpop alternative band Poliça performed in New York City’s Webster Hall November 8, 2013.  The band was founded in 2011 with charismatic lead vocalist Channy Leaneagh and producer Ryan Olson, and includes Chris Bierden on bass and
background vocals, and Drew Christopherson drums and Ben Ivascu on drums.

With a haunting beautifully unique sound, Poliça creatively fuses together rock, bass and synth, with poetic lyrics to create music that is more than just body moving bass and dreamy melodies—it captures the essence of the soul through sounds. The band performed songs from their 2012 debut album, Give You The Ghost, and 2013’s Shulamith.

Check out videos from the concert below.

 

 

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Jessie Ware Concert November 4, 2013 NYC

November 4, British singer and songwriter Jessie Ware performed songs from her album “Devotion” to an intimate crowd in Irving Plaza, New York City. Former VH1 Artist You Oughta Know, the singer is most known for her song “Wildest Moments.” Opening up for Ware was American singer and songwriter Mikky Ekko, who most notable wrote Rihanna’s smash “Stay.” Ware’s sound is sinfully soulful. With a cocktail blend of R&B and dance, Ware serves up feel goo music with melodies that can’t get out of your head. The chanteuse sang tracks off her album that included: “Sweet Talk,” “If You’re Never Gonna Move,” “Running,” and “Nightlight.” She closed her set with “Wildest Moments.” Check out videos of Mikky Ekko and Jessie Ware from the concert below.

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I Volunteer As Tribute: A Mother’s Day Dinner to Die For

 In typical to my family fashion, we bonded on Mother’s Day over two things: food and ghost stories.

The story takes place at my mom’s property in upstate New York. There is a deep well, but these ghosts are no Samira…

Read all about the good food, and even better ghost story on The Hunger James.

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Time for Friday

Finally the weekend is only a few hours away! But time often comes to a painstakingly standstill on Friday’s as we anticipate that moment of pure happiness when that clock strikes 5 (or in my case 5:30).

With that said, here is the timetable play by play of a typical Friday.

5:30 a.m.: Your phone alarm goes off and immediately your hand begins to feel around the bed, face still under blankets, to locate and destroy the most annoying sounds your ears have ever heard. Luckily, you detonate this bomb quickly and burry your head under your pillow.

6 a.m.: You have dazed off into another dimension, drooling blissfully when the bells and whistles go off in full-force again. You stop hitting the snooze button and blink uncontrollably in the darkness, trying to figure out who you are, where you are, and why the hell are you up at this time. You come to and remember it is time to train and you lace up your sneakers and get ready for that early morning workout.

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7 a.m.: You come back from that run feeling energized and alive, the best way to start off any weekend. You know that today will be a good day. Proud of your accomplishment and feeling fresh, you jump into shower so you can actually be fresh and get ready for work.

7:45 a.m.: This must be the best day of the week because you find the perfect outfit for work and have the extra time to lightly style yourself from head to toe in your “day look.” You grab your fresh smoothie on the way out, putting on your shades as you smile back at the sun.

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9 a.m.: No deadlines, annoying phone calls, boring meetings, or even that rude co-worker can bring you down today. You chat it up with your office mates about everyone’s weekend plans and figure you might as well be as productive as you can be now before the day slips away.

11 a.m.: You finished that important task thinking it would take up all afternoon and now you are staring at the clock. Your friends begin to Facebook message you about the plans for tonight, even though it is too early to commit. You drag out the next hour looking at potential restaurants for later, or whether or not there will be epic dance parties. You start to wish naptime was work-adult appropriate.

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12:30 p.m.: You eat a salad since you know you have to fit into that perfect party dress, even though you have no idea what you will wear. You realize it took awhile for the afternoon to arrive, but keep yourself entertained for the time being. Lunchtime means your are at the half mark of the work day!

2:00 p.m.: You imaged it being a sprint to the Friday work day finish, but you metaphorical feet are stuck in mud. Your lunch break seems like it was hours ago, and you find yourself browsing Buzzfeed quizzes until you know your dream job, when you will marry, what type of make believe creature you are, and what type of rock you are. You begin to yawn nonstop and have that awful feeling that this day will never end. You take a quiz to see if it will.

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3:30p.m.: Your friends begin to make definite plans and you perk up for a few minutes as you think about how epic the night will be. Five minutes pass and you are clenching to your coffee cup, as your half-closed eyes glide across your computer screen in dismay that time has completely stopped.

4:45 p.m. You are so close, but yet so far. You think about how this has been the longest day ever and wonder how you will make it through to the end. All you want to do is order and pizza and curl up to watch Hannibal and weigh the pros and cons of going out and staying in.

5:30p.m.: Just when you have lost all hope, you are out of there! You feel like you are been unchained from the misery of the work-week and are free at last. You bust out of the elevator and run out to the street, almost flinging those important Monday morning docs in the air as your arms extend in victory. You have and immediate energy boost and you rush home.

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6:30-8 p.m.: You spend this time getting in a pre-dinner workout, showering, and getting glam. Your dog looks at you like you are crazy as you dance and sing in full concert form to Beyonce. It doesn’t matter if he doesn’t like the show because your reflection is satisfied with your imaginary music video. You have to be prepared for tonight, right?

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10-11 p.m.: You get to the restaurant or bar and after one sip of a vodka soda, you suddenly realize how much you miss your bed. The week has taken its toll on you, and you feel ravenous after that workout dance party. You debate eating  a steak even though you don’t eat meat and realize these are desperate times. Appetizers please!

12 a.m.-?: You dance the night away, the upbeat dance remixed music being the only thing that has kept you going.

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You split a cab with your besties and your body aches for you warm bed. You find comfort in the face that you can sleep in tomorrow before your long distance run. You got through the day and ended it with a bang! You close your eyes happily knowing you have two full days ahead of you before your bad case of Mondays.

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Beautiful Morning

I was deep in an underworld of slumber, following behind someone guiding me through empty rooms that were a mix between a factory and a school in video game like realm, jumping up and scaling pipes and ducking against walls 007 style, when my alarm went off. It was 6 a.m.

I made myself a promise last night that for remaining 9 days until my Spartan Race I would dedicate myself to getting in the best shape I can be in before this race. My half marathon last week taught me that preparation is key and I want to finish my training for this race strong. Determined for greatness, or simply crossing my next fitness goal finish line, I plan on giving it my all in my workouts the next few days. That means rising early to fit in quick runs before work and then hitting the gym after work for weight lifting.

As much as my eyes didn’t want to open, my muscles move, or my mind return to reality, I sat up, firmly putting my feet on the ground in an attempt to intimidate my monster of laziness away.

I shook the early morning lazzies away and killed it outside under the half twilight lit sky. My spirits began to rise as soon as I began running. The sun was so impressed that it began to rise as well, it’s smile left its cheeks blushing in rose colors as I looked out into the pale pinks, blues, and yellows being born from the blackness. (My time: 23:31 Distance: 2.04 mi Pace:11:31 min/mi)

My feel good vibes continued getting ready for work, finally able to sport some spring fashion, but didn’t stop there. I recently have found out how support from communities can truly improve mood. Combining my love for writing and fitness has led me to become active on my blog. I enjoy reading the words of my fellow bloggers, especially those with similar interests and it has become my routine to check out any comments, new posts, and the like every morning.

Just when I thought I could not have a happier morning, I found out that the Pretty Little Grub has nominated me for a Liebster award!! I lit up in excitement (after having a reaction similar to the Pam gif on Pretty Little Grub’s post) to find that this award is passed along to new bloggers and is a kind of right of passage in the blogging community.

The Liebster Award Rules:

  1. You must link back to the person who nominated you
  2. You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.
  3. You must pick 10 bloggers to be nominated for the award (with a small following)
  4. You must create 10 questions for your nominees
  5. You must go to their blogs and notify the nominees

My questions from Pretty Little Grub are:

1. What do you think is the best blog post you have ever written? The heart of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club beats on is one of my favorite pieces I have ever written. I took a break from journalism for two years and this was my first piece I wrote when I started again. I put my whole heart and soul into the writing and interviewing, braving cold mornings, but loving the amazing people I met. I was living in BK at the time and was proud to give the club some well deserved recognition. This piece was the one that got me interested in pursuing health reporting so it has been my blog post baby.

2.Which social media outlet do you like the most? Which one do you like the least? I absolutely am obsessed with Twitter (follow me @newschixoxo). It is a great tool for writers, journalists, bloggers, and the like share their work to the masses. I have “met” so many people with similar interested (#fitfam) and it provides a platform for us all to network and support each other. I learn so much by just scrolling my newsfeed and have even had the drummer of my favorite band @ me! Plus, #whodoesntlovehastags ? My least liked social media platform would have to go to MySpace. Although I haven’t seen what it looks like now because I haven’t logging in something like ten years, I think there are obvious reasons why MySpace is so 2000.

 

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3. If you could only have three foods for the rest of your life, what would they be? My first choice hands down (don’t judge me!) would have to be anything buffalo chicken related. Something magical happens when the fiery sauce and the warm, lean protein combine to make a sultry party for my taste buds. (My mouth is watering as I write this). I could definitely live on yogurt for the rest of my life. I went through a phase in high school where I would have yogurt for lunch every single day. I never got bored of it and it’s healthy! My last choice would have to go to sweet potatoes. It has been love at first bite between us two. Mashed, baked, fries…I accept sweet potatoes in all forms.

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There are 3 things to know about my dog Toby: 1. He will eat ANYTHING in sight. This includes all food, garbage, clothes, shoes, and makeup (R.I.P tinted moisturizer). 2. He is the most loving, mushy, sweet dog. 3. He looks like the flying dog-dragon from the Never Ending Story.

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5.What is your biggest blogging pet peeve? That horrible moment when you are writing a post and your Internet freaks out and then you loose what you have written. Learned a long time ago to write first in Word and them copy and paste your saved work so that no words gets lost.

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6. Here’s a big debate – makeup at the gym yay or nay? NAY! I hate it when girls walk in the gym as if it were a photo shoot.

7. What goal are you currently working towards – blog or life related? Now that I successfully finished a half marathon, I am now working to running one at or under 2:00:00.

8. What is your dream job? Writing about health and fitness for a major magazine.

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9. Where do you want to travel to next? To the Dominican Republic! My father is getting married there next year. My two biggest loves: beaches and weddings coming together for one epic vacation? I’m all in.

10. Who is the biggest inspiration in your life? My boyfriend is a huge motivating force in my life (cue rolling of the eyes lol). He came here from Egypt and is the definition of determination. He came from nothing to starting his own website and company and has supported his family the whole entire time. He has taught me that no goal is too big and if you want something in life, with hard work, anything is possible.

Today I learned that starting the day off right can lead to a positive chain reaction! Can’t wait to read what the other nominees write!

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Oscar Worthy Body

These Oscar worthy workouts will tone you head to toe so you can walk your every day red carpet looking like a strong leading lady.

By: Lauren Keating

These Hollywood A-listers worked emotionally hard on their soul baring roles, but they also work out physically to get those much-deserved bodies. These exercises are easy to do for any fitness level, but you will still feel the burn to achieve that lean award-winning look.

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Lupita Nyong’o Lean like Lupita

Lupita Nyong’o took home the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in “12 Years a Slave,” looking flawless in a pale blue plunging Prada gown. Her soft look played up her princess-like evening. Only a few leading ladies could pull off the front and back plunges of the dress—this dress looked like to was made to wear on her strong frame. Get lean arms like Lupita with this muscle toning upper body exercise.

Triangle Push-Up

Targets: shoulders, chest, triceps

How to: Assume the push-up position, hands under your chest. Turn your hands to create a triangle with your index fingers and thumbs. Your elbows should bend 45 degrees out each time you lower yourself and arms should be straight when you rise up. Make sure your core is engaged, body is straight from head to toe, and drop to the floor with your chest.

Reps: 10 to 15.

Sexy slit legs

Actresses Rocsi Diaz and Jada Pinkett-Smith both wore divine dresses with sexy slits that showed of those toned legs. Although they weren’t up for any awards, they rocked the red carpet with grace. Get killer legs you will die to show off with this power leg exercise.

 

Pistol Squat

Targets: legs, thighs, butt

How to: Hold your arms out at shoulder level, raising one leg off the floor and hold it out straight. With your leg stretched out, lower your body, pushing your hips back. Dip down as low as you can and hold it there. Push back up and switch legs.

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Reps: 10 to 15 (do right and left leg to equal 1 rep).

Abs like Amy

The Oscar winning actress knows how to dress for the occasion and this year, she did not disappoint. While her side boob action—along with her natural talent—got her lots of recognition for “American Hustle,” she looked sophisticated and poised in her royal blue, tightly fitted Gucci gown. Get award-winning abs with this workout that engages the entire core.

 Rope Climb

Targets: abs

How to: Sitting in a traditional crunch position, slightly bend your knees so that the heels of your feet rest on the ground. Raise your torso (if you are lying down) or roll back (in you are sitting up) up so that your core is fully engaged. Pretending you are holding a rope—and paying attention to posture—reach your left arm up and reach down diagonally as your raise your right foot. Do this in one sweeping motion, one on each side.

 Reps: 10 to 15 (left hand, right foot then right hand, left foot equals on rep).

Keeping that Booty Up like a Kardashian

Kim Kardashian is known for those bootylicious curves (have you seen that selfie?!), but her sister Khloe might have taken the cake with her head turning red-velvet gown at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Oscar viewing party. Not only was that dark lip divine, but Khloe’s derriere was also a much-envied asset. Even though the Kardashian clan are not leading ladies in Hollywood films, they still know how to work a red carpet.  Try this exercise to lift and firm your backside.

Bend and Extend

 Targets: glutes and hamstrings

How to: Bend over the front of a chair, placing your right hand on top of the chair back and your left hand on the seat base. Bend your right know and left your right leg, knee bent and foot flexed. Slightly bring your leg up and down in a pulsating motion. For the next part of this exercise, keep your leg in the air, then straighten and bend the knee. Lastly, make clockwise and counterclockwise circles with your leg. Do all three steps for each leg.

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Reps: pulsating lifts = 10 reps, leg extends= 10 reps, circles= 10 reps.

The Total Theron

Charlize Theron wasn’t up for the golden statue, but might have took home this year’s best dressed, wearing Dior. From head to toe the South African beauty looked stunning. Who wouldn’t want a body like that?! This one move will engage all your major muscle groups. Use without the kettle bell to master the form, and add the bell to the routine when you feel comfortable.

 Kettle Bell Swing

 Targets: whole body!

How to: Bending your knees, sit into your hips and swing a kettle bell (or imaginary one) in between your legs. Squeezing your butt and quads, stand up, pushing the kettle bell out so that your arms are straight and parallel to the ground with an engaged core and armpit muscles. If you are using a kettle bell, at starting position, the bell should be a foot in front of you. This one move will work you out arm to legs and everything in between.

Reps: 20 swings in 15 minutes.

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Art showcases women have home in NYC

“Since art is the expression of beauty and beauty can be understood only in the form of the material elements of the true idea it contains, art has become almost uniquely feminine. Beauty is woman, and also art is woman.”

–      Rémy De Gourmont

SOHO20 Gallery continues to showcase the impressive and unique talent of female artists with free exhibits that include work by artists Sophia Peer, Mariangeles Soto-Diaz, and Elizabeth Bisbing available now until September 28.

Displayed on the right wall upon entry is Sophia Peer’s color photography collection titled “Series of Affair,” whose images fill the viewer’s eyes with what can be interpreted as a theme of emptiness.

The first image captures an empty bed with its canary yellow covers neatly tucked in. Hanging over the bed in this orderly set-up room with nightstands symmetrically on either side is a nightgown or housedress that an elderly woman would wear. This focal point garment on a hanger is dangled from a ceiling light fixture.

The second photograph shows an elderly women with short brown hair putting something into her mouth, one aging hand to lips, the other arm crossed around her waist. She wears a similar garment as seen in the first image and stares blankly off into the distance as she sits in a chair in a cluttered room. Although the room is full of random objects, it is the look in her eyes that is vacant.

The final photograph in this series shows an elderly man in classic blue jeans and a plaid shirt lying down on a couch. His moccasins lie under the coffee table, his belt drapes over it. One wrinkly hand is placed on the men’s stomach, while the other forms a “V,” tucked between the nape of his neck and the sofa. He wears a frown and his half-closed, drooping eyes stares off into the distance as if limberly living in a memory.

Peer also displays a 120-minute video, “Rock-Paper-Scissors” (2011) that is a performance art piece. The video shows Peer’s hand tracing the outlines of square and rectangle shapes such as photographs and books with a black colored pencil onto a white canvass.

The two new exhibits are “Color Felt” by Mariangeles Soto-Diaz and “More Life Than Still” by Elizabeth Bisbing. Soto-Diaz’s abstraction art links color to emotion. She used social media platforms to ask a community of friends, family, peers, and the public to translate certain feelings to specific colors, where she then created abstract paint images.

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by artist Mariangeles Soto-Diaz

Soto-Diaz writes, “color and emotion are vast; both appear solid, yet are ultimately elusive, challenging out desire for universals.”

Artist Elizabeth Bisbing displays her collection “More Life Than Still,” which features delicate flowers and weeds created with cut paper. Some pieces include drawing with mini collage-like elements.

“Daylilies” from June 2012 is made up skinny green stems with both deep and vibrant orange pedals, and hints of rustic reds and yellowing greens.

“Choke Vine,” an invasive weed with psychedelic seeds, includes twisting vines that appear to be suffocating stem over a red background. The innocently colored pink and white bulb of petals bows down as if in mourning.

The collection features labels with paradoxical elements of fact and fiction. There are medicinal facts on some of the plants and weeds, which take root in reality. We also see fantasy as seen in the paper cut of wild thyme that in folklore was used in concoctions to enable one to see fairies.

Elizabeth Bisbing Bisbing’s stop-motion animation of Little Betty Jane brings her wildlife collection to life. As stated in the press release, “In these episodes distinguished by a disturbing humor- the wild side of nature turns into a metaphor for subliminal fears of mortality and internalized traumas.”

After Little Betty Jane is darkly swallowed by water and plant, Bisbing lightly ends the film with “No paper dolls were harmed in the process of making this film.”

New York City resident Bisbing has been a member of the Soho20 Gallery since 2002 and has had four solo shows and participated in several group shows at the gallery.

Located at 547 West 27 Street #301 in Chelsea, SOHO20 Gallery has been a platform for emerging female artists since the 1970s.

The space has given more than 200 artists the opportunity for exhibition, but also offers a mentor program for emerging beginners to learn from more established artists.

SOHO20 Gallery is one of the oldest organizations in the United Stated built to address the under-representation of women both in museums and galleries.

Gallery director Jenn Dierdorf shared that the non-profit is dedicated to supporting women in the arts, in one way, by debuting new work to for live audiences every Thursday for the rest of this month at 7 p.m. “And there will be wine,” Dierdorf added.

The Gallery has and continues to draw public awareness that there is a place for female artists in New York City.

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Private collection of ‘Mirrors’ display reflection of Andy Warhol

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Photos taken by Pat Hackett, who was Warhol's diarist.

                  Photos taken by Pat Hackett, Andy Warhol’s diarist.

“Beauties in photographs are different from beauties in person. It must be hard to be a model, because you’d want to be like the photograph of you, and you can’t ever look that way. And so you start to copy the photograph. Photographs usually bring in another half-dimension.” – Andy Warhol

"I'll Be Your Mirror"

1stdibs Gallery at New York Design Center is displaying a collection of Andy Warhol photographs, available now until October 7.

The free exhibit, which is spread out across two rooms, features photos of the iconic pop artist taken by his diarist Pat Hackett, as well as exclusive photographs by Warhol’s associate, Sam Baton.

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“I’ll Be Your Mirror”

The works, both black-and-white and some color, show the uniquely charming world of Warhol.

The snapshots immortalize moments of and with Warhol, as he is seen sometimes by himself and sometimes with celebrities. Some images show the way Warhol himself saw his life.

Hackett, most famously known for editing The Andy Warhol Diaries, and Bolton, known for  being the assistant of Fred Hughes, the manager of the Factory, both allow us to in through the looking glass and into times in the celebrates artist’s life.

The images are intimate and inviting, making is exists in the moment, as if on the other side of the dinner party table. The collection is  the reflection of Warhol’s life through both self-celebrity and pop culture.

"I'll Be Your Mirror"They include portraits of a Marilyn Monroe drag queen, former editor-at-large at VogueAndré Leon TalleyDonna SummersMick JaggerElizabeth Taylor, and Dolly Parton, just to name a few.

There are also private pictures of three men sunbathing nude and the an aerial view of the clouds which gives us this vulnerable and human side of the legend.

This exhibit is worth it’s “15 minutes of fame.” Visit it FREE at 1stdibs Gallery at New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016. Mon.- Fri., 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

The collection of works can be viewed now until October 7. They go on sale online on Sept. 6.

Dolly Parton and Andy Warhol