Anthony Braxton at the Roulette

My very good friend talked me into going with him to see Anthony Braxton at the Roulette this weekend. And, oh my, it was amazing!

There was a four-day series of Braxton’s work going on where, in many of the performances, he played in numerous acts throughout the night. We went to the last show, a performance of Trillium J (Acts I & III), which was basically his take on a free jazz opera. Perhaps, a “free opera”? Continue reading “Anthony Braxton at the Roulette”

Automa-what?

It’s official — I’m a full-fledged member of the amazing team at Automattic, the folks who run WordPress.com. As a Happiness Engineer, I get to work with WordPress.com bloggers to help answer any questions they may have about using our services.

I’m really, really excited about this bit of news! I left my job at the adoption agency as a “leap of faith” while on trial as a Happiness Engineer. (All employees at Automattic have a trial period, to make sure the job is a good fit for both the company and the employee — neat, right?) I couldn’t think of a better fit. I love the flexibility of working from home, spending my days chatting with my talented coworkers from around the world, and watching the bloggers I’m lucky enough to correspond with learn and perfect their understanding of WordPress.com — as well as giving us feedback to keep us on top of our game.

For those of you reading this who have found me via the forums or while looking for assistance with a WordPress question (which can be answered here, by the way), I can’t wait to meet you!

Cheers to new adventures!

Natural Beauty

I love art/videos/messages like this.

This one happens to be really similar to the work of an artist I met recently, Jessica Lagunas.

In “Para besarte mejor,” “Para acariciarte mejor,” and “Para verte mejor,” Lagunas puts on lipstick, nailpolish, and mascara respectively for an hour. The end result is an horrific-looking satire of beauty standards.

She also has some other really cool work, especially relating to the status of women in Guatemala, that is totally worth checking out.

"When did friend become a verb?"

I recently had an article on the Boricua College exhibit “When Did Friend Become a Verb?” published in both The Manhattan Times and the Uptown Collective. I’m super excited to have something on the Uptown Collective‘s blog – such a great group!

Ever felt the sting of being “de-friended”?

Have you “friended” someone you barely knew?

Spent more time talking to someone online than in person?

The first exhibition from the New York chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Arts examines these modern phenomena in “When Did ‘Friend’ Become a Verb?” The show, which opened Thursday, May 19, is on view at La Galleria at Boricua College on Broadway at W. 155th Street and includes 21 works of art by 18 New York-based women artists.

Check the full article out here.

Billowing Beauty

From On-Verge:

Next to a GNC, a Duane Reade, and a busy New York hotel, a colorful wonderland inhales and exhales in a storefront window Mid-town.  The “wonderland” is Anne Ferrer’s latest installation, Billowing Beauty, on view at The LAB, a midtown art gallery that specializes in “outrospectives.” The Paris-based artist works in fabric and air, so to speak. Using brightly colored textiles, she crafts oddly shaped creatures or objects that are then inflated by fans, creating a living choreography in her sculpture-esque work.

You can read the whole story here.