The Richmond Times Dispatch took the same picture on the same day as me but from the other side. In their image you can see the rabbit statue whereas I’m standing by the rabbit statue. I’m not sure if I’m in their pic or not…it kinda looks like me…could be my imagination… anyways they used their pic on Sunday so they used it before me, but then again they are paid to use the pics and write an article while I’m not. So a few days later isn’t a bad thing.
Richmond’s turning out to be quite the artsy city. On the same day as Arts in the Park (for which artists set up booths to show off and sell their art in the park) I went to the Virginia Art Museum better known as VMFA thinking that the art crowd would be at Arts in the Park. Oh they were there. I’m sure I couldn’t have found parking there, but I almost didn’t at the VMFA either. They had buses parked out there too all to see the fantastic Picasso. I was so glad I wasn’t going to see that exhibit. It was so crowded last time I became claustrophobic or something…and this crowd was much worse than when I had gone. In fact when I had gone in there wasn’t much of a line at all. More like waves of people allowed in.
Instead of Picasso I was there to see the Nigerian art exhibit from Ife which was absolutely fantastic. They had made statues made from copper in a lost method. Now copper’s not like gold which is easy to mold. It has a high melting point which makes it extremely difficult to work with. Normally tin is added to the copper to make Bronze which I’m more familiar with people using. I’ve never heard of using pure copper to sculpt with, but they did in Ife with impeccable skill. One of the great things about having this exhibit at the same time as Picasso is that Cubism is largely based on African art. And the Ife art as some of the best statues I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a large amount- in Italy, in museums and college campuses. Mostly they don’t compare. Like most other artists don’t compare to Picasso. It is rare to have both technical skill and vision and he had both.
Have you been to Picasso or Ife? Or better yet both?
I went to Picasso for my birthday this past weekend at the Virginia Art Museum more commonly called the VMFA. They had so much of his art. It was ridiculous! Of course with this amount of Picasso on the weekend hundreds of people showed up to look at his art too. Some of those halls had me absolutely claustrophobic. I’m usually never claustrophobic but if I hadn’t wanted to see those paintings I woulda been outta there. Not to mention that my family totally left me so I was alone in the sea of people. Yeah I was really taking my time. I came out of the exhibit a full 15 minutes after them and I would have taken longer if I could take the crowd. They tired me out.
I’m planning to go back on a week day. I have a membership so I can go free whenever I want. 🙂 Although I would like to go back with someone else with a membership so I don’t have to go in by myself…but I’ll probably be left by them as well…sigh
Did you go to see Picasso? What did you think about the exhibit?
Richmonds got some creepy stuff. I found this statue of 3 girls in a building at VCU and it reminds my of Alice in Wonderland. They kind of look like if Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum had sisters. And VCU was established in 1838 and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first printed in 1865. Maybe it was the look of the time? Because I know this statue is old whether or the campus is actually that old for the most part is another story. The building it was in was old too with an old furnace which I now wish I had taken a picture of.
Granted this statue may not be as creepy as some statues of children I’ve seen at William and Mary or Maymount Park, but those didn’t remind me of Alice in Wonderland. They just kind of scared me.
William and Mary statue This one you kinda just walk up on from the woods and don’t really notice.
Maybe I just don’t like bronze statues?
I was out in the crowds running this morning for the Ukrops monument 10k. I didn’t really prepare like I should have, but I ran about 3miles and walked in between. I think I did pretty good.
I was wearing a q94 shirt I made to advertise my commercial so as I ran by people yelled out Q94! I thought that was awesome. I plan to run next year now in costume, this was my first time running at all. All the costumes were awesome. There were Ompa Lumpahs, totoyas, darts, Jedi, a little of everything. I might do something from the SNL cowbell skit. There was a lot of cowbell out there.
Seeing that it was freezing I had to wear a whole bunches of shirts under the T-shirt. I also wore shorts with pink tights, knee high socks and legwarmers. Unfortunately I only took pics of my shirt…so here’s my shirt:
Too bad Q94 wasn’t out there to see it. Every other Richmond station seemed to be out there. With 35,000 people running there were a lot of people out there. If I was Q94 I would have been there. I think most people just thought I really love Q94, which I do, but I was mostly trying to advertise my commercial. Btw you can vote for it at http://www.q94radio.com/pages/commercialvoting.html. I’m contestant #5, please vote.
I seriously don’t know what to do to advertise anymore except to go all out freaking crazy, because everything always turns out to be a popularity contest or a “who’s crazier” type of thing. Popularity online is basically whose got the most connections, but it could also be that someone knows how to beat the system, because they know the system. Unfortunately I’m like the jester who decided to take on a real job. I don’t know what I’m doing and I’m just juggling different things different ways until I find what works. Therefore I’m struggling like a fool on a fool’s errand in the pursuit of happiness.
I entered a commercial contest for q94 and I’m struggling to figure it all out. Please vote at http://www.q94radio.com/pages/commercialvoting.html
See the Pursuit of happiness in a commercial. It might be sad that life’s come to that, but its best not to cry over spilled milk.
This is a commercial I made for the Q94 Create the next commercial contest. It took forever to make this commerical. I had from the end of February, when I found out about the contest, to mid March to create a commercial on my own which I’ve never done before. I took me a while to figure out what to do. I have barely any experience doing any of this except the drawing part. And I didn’t know if I could actually use hit music so I made my own and you can probably tell I’ve never done that before.
You can vote here for the winnerhttp://www.q94radio.com/pages/commercialvoting.html. I’m contestant #5 but their not showing my vid right now. Argg…The winner gets their commercial aired on TV in the Richmond area and may get the chance to meet a Q94 artist and see them make their next music video. I know who I would pick if I won and if she was on the list, Lady Gaga. Wouldn’t it be awesome to see her make her next video? Of course if I won, got there and fainted I don’t think I would be seeing much of anything.
I visited the all other places on my list for grad school except the Gap itself. That will have to wait for another time. And I had forgotten that Aeropostale was on the list previously but here’s what I got
J Crew is sophisticated carrying things like Panama hats and polos. Its got some nice jackets and dresses too. No music played in the store and it was open and easy to shop in. I liked it, but could really afford anything in there. And its not just for tiny people like American Eagle and Abercrombie.
Abercrombie and Fitch is like shopping in a night club. Dance music pounded and pictures of half naked (I don’t really know what that means but I think thats what they were) models hang on the ways as I walked through. There was way way TOO much perfume sprayed in that store!. I heard someone actually say it stank. I agreed. I couldn’t stay in there very long thanks to that and all their clothes over priced anyways. 30 dollars for a t shirt that says Abercrombie? Yeah right. And here the employees have to be hawt. Remember that suit about the girl with the prosthetic arm getting fired? I seriously noticed the employees. And all there clothes were for tiny, fit people. For the girls everything was for like a six and under. They try so hard to be “cool” and “up to date.” I went in and they were like sign up for free texts. I was like I hope those give good sales because nothings cheap in here.
American Eagle I went in this time at a different mall. I was at Short Pump this time while I was a Regency before. Again the double zeros where out on display and it was hard to find a six. BTW do not buy American Eagle Perfume it stinks. The first wiff is good. But the second and third I just smelt chemicals. Granted I have a good nose. But please I beg of you do not buy and do not wear their perfume. The prices were reasonable unlike Abercrombie. The music it was calmer and was more like daytime, hang out, beach music so it was more chill as well.
Lastly, but not the least, I went to Aeropostale. The place where all the kids seem to want to get their clothes. I’m talking about tweens who like places like Justice. Aeropostale had very bright colorful clothes. And the prices weren’t back. You can easily find $10 Tees here unlike Abercrombie and there are plenty of hoodies. And their perfumes are actually really good. While inside I saw an entire family wearing Aeropostale clothes which I found funny. The mom, the dad, and the kids, walked into the store looking like an ad.
Where do you like to shop? Any of these places? Personally I like Pennys, Kohls, Old Navy, Forever 21, H&M, and a few other places.
I finally saw Lady Gaga live. It took months. Originially she was supposed to come to Richmond April 3. The place she was originally supposed to play at Toad’s place was deep in debt and closed down and then she was going to place at the National, but she was suddenly asked to play at American idol. So it took her until the 28th of September to make it back to Richmond. Thankfully September worked better for me than April.
Unfortunately her opening acts did not join her and for all the tickets to be general admission alot of the ticket prices were jacked up, but I don’t think the fans cared. They were awesome! I guess I should say we, because I’m one too. They dressed in lively costumes. Even Kermit the frog came. There was this one guy who looked like Boy George that even posed when going down the aisle whose style I’ve chosen to call extreme new wave. People commented how it was like the runway. Parents came and rocked out and brought there kiddies. This was not a kiddie show. I swear there was more than one 8 year old. Before the concert they were playing dance remixes that sounded like video game music and hyped up the crowd. One song even included a countdown that made even stand up thinking that Gaga was coming out and every few minutes everyone chanted Gaga, Gaga, Gaga.
Youtube does Lady Gaga no justice, but you can see like the entire concert was put on Youtube not too long after the show. You can find it here or type lady gaga richmond into youtube. Her shiny outfits reflected onto the walls and crowds looking like moving stars and the lights created awesome shades against the wall of her and her dancers. It felt like a rock show with the metal influenced band playing for her during and inbetween acts. Her films: The brain, the heart, the face were played on different types of screens. Her entrance was amazing. Gaga even threw gloves, a drum stick, and a pair of shades into the audences. The whole show was great. Best concert I’ve seen even if it was a bit short, a little more than an hour. I’m sure the length will get better as she releases new songs but I wonder if she could have been on tour so long if she sang longer.
Mash-ups and remixes are spectacularly crazy and much of the time people are doing them in their own homes and getting them out to the people via youtube. Sometimes the remix is even better than the original. It’s not just professional djs anymore not that the pros are slacking. Here are some of my favs pros and not.
SoBraLiajdyjonkt Shakira/Ciara/Justin Timberlake/Lady Gaga/Pitbull
I have a few more I’m going to talk about soon. Tell me what you think about these and name some of your favs.