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tefaf2tefaf8tefaf5tefaf9We were told, by a German art dealer, that Koons has been buying medieval art. There is plenty of that along with works from antiquity (up to 1920) presented by 94 international galleries at TEFAF’s inaugural New York show (October 22-26).

The Park Avenue Armory venue includes new exhibit spaces on the refurbished second floor, which when combined with the high quality Maastricht build makes for a transformative experience. An old space made new, to show old art that renews.


wine-menciaribeirasacraRecently became acquainted with wines from northwestern Spain, made with the Mencia grape. The combination of grape and place in this case leads to righteous wines that make a person feel like they’ve experienced goodness. Haven’t had a bad one yet. Enjoyed “Vel’uveyra” with Thai chicken and pumpkin — made with ginger and coconut milk. The Mencia was in full-voice.


Ribeira Sacra (DO)
Adega Ronsel do Sil “Vel’uveyra” 2014

Bierzo (DO)
Bodegas Paixar “Paixar” 2011
Vinedos y Bodegas Pittacum 2010

consulate-bonhoefferThe Consulate General of Germany in New York hosted an evening of music 10/11 to commemorate the life of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, killed by the Nazis in the last days of WWII for his role in a plot to assassinate Hitler. The Kleine Choir of Burgdorf, Germany, led by Ilsabe Bartels-Kohl, performed music by Mattias Nagel, with a Dieter Stork libretto based on texts by Bonhoeffer.

“Has the Church merely to gather up those whom the wheel has crushed or has she to prevent the wheel from crushing them?” Bonhoeffer, Ethics (SCM Press, 1955)

“Only in action is freedom.” Bonhoeffer, Ethics

Bonhoeffer also noted in Ethics: “It is the essence of Greek tragedy that a man’s downfall is brought about by the conflict of incompatible laws.” Isn’t that the case today in the US? For Bonhoeffer, the resolution lay in “the unity of God and the reconciliation of the world with God in Jesus Christ; it is not the inescapability of guilt, but the simplicity of life which follows from the reconciliation; it is not fate, but the gospel as the ultimate reality of life; it is not the cruel triumph of the gods over falling man, but it is the election of man to be man as the child of God in the world which is reconciled through grace.”

intercoiffure2016-vancouncilintercoiffure2016-vancouncil2intercoiffure2916aDescribing himself as a “warrior for love,” hairdresser Van Council, owner of Van Michael Salon in Atlanta, GA, performed today in the ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria at this year’s Intercoiffure Fall Atelier.

We recommend: Artego “Rain Dance” Cream Shampoo & Serum Oil.

StreetArt2016.JPGCzechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre

debate-2cDonald Trump may have harassed women, but Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama raped and murdered the entire countries of Libya and Syria with their calls (and support) for regime change at the behest of patrons.

Say what you want to about Trump, but Trump as president might be less likely to start a war with Russia. He seems pathetic, but the status quo (leadership) in America (both parties) is pathological — even diabolical — with millions of destroyed lives at home and abroad as proof of that.


intercoiffure2016Intercoiffure’s 2016 Fall Atelier


tectonicremains3tectonicremains4tectonicremains5tectonicremains9tectronicremains9tectonicremains27tectonicremains22tectonicremains25tectonicremains24Once again Topaz Arts, in Woodside, staged an evening of breakthrough and timely performance art with a cast of acclaimed artists from around the world.

Tectonic Remains was presented on 9/7 as a collaboration between visual artist Leeroy New, choreographer Chloe Chotrani, and composer Yasuno Miyauchi. The dancers were: April Amparo, Lori Ann Bibat, Camilla Davis, David Giles, Yoko Murakami, Danang Pamungkas, and Emily Tellier.

Photographs: Stephen Wise