Thursday, September 30, 2010

A Look Back on Poverty In Harlem

This picture of Poverty In Harlem became a "representation of urban poverty" in 1969 and was put into history books and encyclopedias. Check this report on the family now.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players: Leon Levinstein at the MET

Leon Levinstein is an American photographer that's life's work is the New York City Streets. "In my photographs I want to look at life—at the commonplace things as if I just turned a corner and ran into them for the first time." "I want my photographs to be spontaneous rather than contrived." After moving to New York in the Forties he became obsessed with strangers and real life moments. He spent 35 years snapping photos of this fine city. The MET has over forty of his photographs on display till October 17. These show has Pimps, long-hair's and Hustlers. It also has families at Coney Island, lovers, young people, old people..its New York in black and white.

Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players: Leon Levinstein's New York Photographs, 1950–1980

Monday, September 6, 2010

Max Manus at the QUAD CINEMA

Max Manus is a film about the German invasion of Norway. Max Manus was a saboteur and part of the Norwegian resistance movement. During the World War II occupation the Norwegian people where controlled by the Gestapo, and the Gestapo wanted Max. He showed determination and cunning, crossing the Swedish border many times and blowing things up. Keeping the Germans on their toes. Never giving up, knowing that the war could be won. In real life Manus' finished two books after the war. His books have been translated into English twice where the names have been changed. Manus never changed any names in the Norwegian text. He was a hero, and lets face it everyone loves a good Nazi movie.

Max Manus
In Norwegian, English, German, Russian and Finnish with English subtitles
Also at the QUAD CINEMA
More killing of Nazi's, this time its the French Resistance to Nazi occupation.
Army of Crime (L'Armée du Crime)
In French with English Subtitles

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Blondie August 31st, 2010

This is New York and sometimes that makes all the difference. A lot of music got its start right here in the Big Apple. Great acts like The Ramones and Blondie that span time with hits that rock forever. At this show on the last day of August the hits just keep on coming. "Debbie" Harry has still got it belting out one after another "Call Me,""One Way or Another," "Tide is High," It was nice to hear "Maria" the first single from 1999 reunion album. When you get to see a new york band in the city they always tell the best stories. Harry was happy to tell us about when young kids came down to CBGB's painting graffiti and took the band uptown, "across the border." That night that inspired "Rapture." So the band that formed here in 1974 came back on a Tuesday and played a kick ass set-list for all the hometown fans. Including a string of covers for a extra long Encore.

Blondie Encore -
Pet Cemetery - Ramones
See No Evil - Television
Can't Put Arms Round a Memory - J Thunders
Havana Affair - Ramones
Jet Boy - N. Y. Dolls
and Heart O Glass (*of course)