starring my lovebugs Cricket and Squeak
2. RUNNIN’ -NAUGHTY BOY featuring BEYONCE A super catchy and addictive little song that I played over and over again this year. It first caught my ear in a Chanel commercial with Kirsten Stewart (Runnin’)
3. WALK ON WATER – EMINEM featuring BEYONCE Although she’s featured in two of my three favorite songs of the year, I’m not a big Beyonce fan, her vocal talent is unquestioned, she’s just not very smart and lacks personality.
4. BAD & BOUJEE – MIGOS featuring LIL UZI VERT Ahh, Migos, you were the bright shining stars of 2017, although nobody could understand what you were saying! I fear that like a falling star, Migos’ hotness will soon cool, and they will fade away
5. FEEL IT STILL – PORTUGAL THE MAN
6. BODAK YELLOW – CARDI B Since being introduced to Cardi on Love & Hip Hop NY , I have loved Cardi’s ratchetness and ghetto fabulous sense of humor (when she started making money she wanted to get her teeth fixed, but she was scared, because she was worried she wouldn’t be able to suck dick as good)
7. HOW FAR I’LL GO/MOANA – ALESSIA CARA A lovely little song for little girls and gay men everywhere
8. BLACK BEATLES – RAE SRUMMOND
9. DOWN – MARIAN HILL
10. BAD AT LOVE – HALSEY I knew Halsey before she blew up and kinda sold out, she is a unique and talented singer who I predict will have a long and successful career (unlike Migos or Cardi B). Check out her guest appearance on Roadies, when Machine Gun Kelly kind of falls in love with her
11. MASK OFF – FUTURE “Percocets, Molly, Percocets” “Chase a Bitch, Never Chase a Bitch”
12. SIGN OF THE TIMES -HARRY STYLES
13. THUNDER -IMAGINE DRAGONS
14. HAVANA -CAMILLA CABELLO featuring YOUNG THUG Like Beyonce did with Destiny’s Child, Camilla done told the rest of Fifth Harmony Good Day!
15. CASTLE ON THE HILL – ED SHEERAN
16. LEMON – NERD featuring RIHANNA
17. MAGNOLIA – PLAYBOY CARTI
18. (NO ONE KNOWS) LIKE THE PIANO – SAMPHA
19. NO LIMIT – G-EAZY featuring ASAP ROCKY & CARDI B
20. COLD LITTLE HEART – MICHAEL KIWANUKA Theme song of Big Little Lies, a great show on HBO
21. NEW YORK – ST VINCENT
22. THIRD OF MAY/ODAIGAHARA – FLEET FOXES
23. PA’LANTE – HURRAY FOR THE RIFFRAFF
24. I GET THE BAG -GUCCI MANE featuring MIGOS
25. ROCKSTAR – POST MALONE featuring 21 SAVAGE
TESTIFY – HIFI SEAN featuring CRYSTAL WATERS My most loved dance track this year, Crystal Waters has performed at least six or seven times at circuit party events I’ve attended over the years, and I have floated high as a kite countless times on the dance floor to this diva of the gay community’s songs!
“Now take me to your river
And lay me in your water
And preach to me
Tell me why I need your love
Why I got to have your love
Justify your love”
My Wagon Wheel flea market purchases:
A raccoon $4
8 travel size and 1 regular toothpaste $3
dented tortilla Pringles 50 cents
hot cinnamon sugar almonds $3
canvas/painting in a good frame, to be provided to one of my emerging artists to paint over $5
CVS generic Tylenol 50 cents
Red sunglasses $1 (I think they Versace)
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Artwork by local artist Jessica Sweeten, the older sister of my nugget Vanessa. Jessica’s mom adopted Vanessa from me in March of 2014. The piece is inspired by Basquiat’s In Italian (1983). Jean-Michel Basquiat is my favorite modern artist.
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This poem was spotted in a New York City public school on the Lower East Side by photographer Jason Gardner. The school had received a small grant for Gardner to take portraits of families that might not otherwise have the means to do so. While waiting for one family to set up, this poem, penned by a first grader in the after school program, caught his eye, especially that last line — in a crowded city like New York, you cannot underestimate the value of personal space. He took a picture, shared it on Facebook and this mysterious child’s poem is being seen around the world. It’s since been circulated on sites like Jezebel and Yahoo, and hailed as the best poem of the month by NPR. NPR’s Studio 360 shared “Creative spelling aside, this young artist clearly has a gift for creating a scene. I think “We made personal space,” is an especially lovely thought – only all the more impressive, coming from a six or seven-year-old.”
“We did the soft wind.
We danst slowly.
We swrld Aroned.
We danst soft.
We lisin to the mozik.
We danst to the mozik.
We made personal space.”
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$10 at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store on 34th. Not really a fan of feet though, either mine or anyone else’s. Maybe my next boyfriend will be a foot fetishist and I will gift it to him…
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“My brother is coming, for he is the Kwisatz Haderach”
“He who controls the spice controls the universe”
“The Spice Must Flow”
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I went to see Inside Llewyn Davis this afternoon, and fortunately the Best Offer had taken it’s place at the little art house theater. Go see this movie ASAP if you love the idea of love and you can appreciate art…or if you can appreciate love and love art, that works as well.
My friend’s teenage daughter added Squeak to Noah’s picture
my curator purchased three modern art pieces for my collection, from up and coming artist Bryan Abbey…for $12
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In honor of Philip’s passing, here is an introduction to one of his lesser known but brilliant roles. I found Synecdoche frustrating and confusing and complex and layered and rewarding to watch.
Synecdoche, New York is a 2008 American postmodern drama film written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was Kaufman’s directorial debut.
The plot follows an ailing theater director (Hoffman) as he works on an increasingly elaborate stage production whose extreme commitment to realism begins to blur the boundaries between fiction and reality.The film’s title is a play on Schenectady, New York, where much of the film is set, and the concept of Synecdoche, wherein a part of something represents the whole, or vice versa.
I have been buying $4.99 Paint by Numbers at Michael’s and getting my talented friend Caleigh to paint them. She has done a wolf and horses, and I just gave her an elephant. My vision is to have a whole wall of great art.
Porgy and Bess tells the story of Porgy, a disabled black beggar living in the slums of Charleston, South Carolina. It deals with his attempts to rescue Bess from the clutches of Crown, her violent and possessive lover, and Sportin’ Life, the drug dealer.
The song “Summertime” is the best-known selection from Porgy and Bess. Other popular and frequently recorded songs from the opera include “It Ain’t Necessarily So”, “Bess, You Is My Woman Now”, “I Loves You, Porgy” and “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin'”. The opera is admired for Gershwin’s innovative synthesis of European orchestral techniques with American jazz and folk music idioms.
I thoroughly enjoyed this play, and I’m glad I went. The play itself was good, not great, but getting dressed up and going on a fancy date with a gentleman admirer was very cool. After all, my New Year’s resolution for 2014 was to be more cultured and whatnot. I ran into Starbucks to get us some coffee before heading across the bridge, and they were playing Joe Jackson’s “Steppin’ Out” which I thought was perfect.