Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wang Qingsong, Model Sailing Ships + Lobster Rolls

ART: Worlds Collide!
International Center of Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd, NY, NY 10036
January 21, 2011 - May 8, 2011
Buddha, played by artist Wang Qingsong,
holds up Western "material wealth" icons which now have become
integrated into contemporary Chinese life. 
Title: Requesting Buddha No. 1, 1999 
© Wang Qingsong. Courtesy the artist and ICP
This exhibition "When Worlds Collide" marks the first U.S. solo show of Beijing artist Wang Qingsong (wong ching-song). He is considered one of China's most highly regarded contemporary artists. Wang's photos are commentaries about Chinese culture, both past and present. He says, "When two worlds collide, neither survives intact. Out of the fragments, a new world emerges." As our two countries become inter-dependent, how much like the US will China become? How much like China will the US become?
Competition, 2004. © Wang Qingsong. Courtesy the artist and ICP.
Grand Hotel Pub
Has an Exhibit of
Antique Model Ships
For more than a century, the Ship Tavern at the Brown Palace Hotel (c.1892), in downtown Denver, has exhibited a group of model sailing ships collected by the original owner, Henry C. Brown. These antique, hand-made ships create a comfortable, sophisticated and nostalgic tone for the dine-in Pub. The ships and the updated (early 20th century) nautical-themed interior, make a bowl of New England clam chowder and a cup of their fabulous dark house blend coffee (brewed using water from their private artesian well) a unique experience for land-locked Colorado. The room has the ambience of a 19th century men's club and in the early days, it is said that a nearby tunnel in the hotel connected with the Navarre building across the street, which was a gambling casino and brothel at the time. The pub is a gathering spot where power brokers have traditionally lunched and an unknown number of "deals", from national and local politics, to cattle, to oil, have been agreed to with a handshake at Denver's historic Ship Tavern.

Models of Grand
Sailing Ships 
Create your own museum with a collection of these hand-made tall ship models, beautifully detailed and constructed.  There is something about models of sailing ships that appeals to me. I fantasize about some salty mariner, slowly and lovingly making these beauties in his lighthouse home overlooking the Atlantic! Probably not, but I'm happy to know they are still being hand-made somewhere by someone! Enjoy. (Click link for description and visual details.)

Are you more intersted in models of Classic Ocean Liners or Wooden Speedboats from the '30s and '50s? Go to the following link.

FOOD: Mid-Winter Lobster Rolls

Looking forward to Summer during this cold winter and (now) thinking about Sailing Ships and the Sea. Go to Luke's Lobster Roll, NYC's most affordable, freshest lobster roll.

Twenty-something Luke and his family are a part of Maine's lobstering community. He says, "It doesn't take a master chef to make a great lobster roll; it takes fresh, sweet lobster meat and we know who catches them and those lobstermen reserve their best catch for my rolls." His a-la-carte roll is a generous portion of chilled lobster meat on a Maine style top split, toasted bun, with a swipe of mayo, some lemon butter and a sprinkle of his special seasonings for $15 or order a bowl of New England Clam Chowder $7 (in a bread bowl $10).
East Village - 93 E. 7th at 1st Ave.
Upper East Side - 242 E. 81st at 2nd Ave.
Upper West Side - 426 Amsterdam Ave. at 80th
Sun - Thurs. 11am - 10pm  •  Fri & Sat 11am - 11pm  •  Closed Sundays.

Anyone who lives in the continental US and is craving a very fresh Lobster Roll from Maine should contact the Lobster Guy, who ships lobster roll kits via Fed-Ex, overnight. We had a dinner party using this overnight shipping from Maine and it went like clockwork. It cost no more than buying the ingredients locally and the guests loved the fresh lobster and the authenticity. Orders taken Mon. - Thurs. / Friday orders, with a Saturday delivery, are available only to some cities and have additional shipping charges. Email questions to: Capt. Tim  (Link)

Thursday January 27th is Mozart's 255th birthday, the world's favorite composer.
Until later,
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