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The V&A museum hosts an exhibition celebrating photographer Horst P. Horst, which includes the Famous Vanity Fair portrait of Bette Davis

DAVB-Vanity FairThis Saturday the V&A will present the definitive retrospective of the work of Horst P. Horst, one of the 20th century's master photographers. Horst's portraits spanned a wide cross-section of subjects, from artists and writers to presidents and royalty.

In the 1930s, Horst began to photograph celebrities, both in costume and as themselves. Horst's first portrait of a Hollywood actress was of Bette Davis. His photo appeared in Vogue's sister magazine Vanity Fair in 1932.

Highlights of the exhibition include over 90 Vogue covers created by Horst as well as previously unseen vintage prints and portraits of some of Hollywood's brightest stars: Rita Hayworth, Bette Davis, Vivien Leigh, Noel Coward, Ginger Rogers, Marlene Dietrich and Joan Crawford.

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Virtual lines blurry for celeb estates | Variety

By Ted Johnson

As Mark Roesler, chairman and CEO of CMG Worldwide, which specializes in representing the estates of the famous, says, "Very seldom is there a one-stop shop. It is a very case- sensitive analysis of who owns what rights."

Read more here.



I've been studying hard. The basics... I realize that wanting to do something is beautiful, but without a strong foundation. Where can we draw from, writing, painting, singing, acting and dancing? If we put the time in when we were young, we'd be able to bridge the gaps, the grey areas -with applying the rules. I want to do so much, but I am inhibited, not by fear, but by not having the skills. It's torture.
Natural ability- takes us only so far.

Study art. Looking at history, wishing, praying, wanting is not enough. It's noble but useless... It's a launching pad, but a means to an end? I am re- educating myself, or learning to crawl before I can walk...to walk before I can dance. To speak, before I can sing...
It's good to be searching...when life slows down a bit.

I want to design furniture. I see pictures, designs, I've never seen. I dream of and hear music, I've never heard... I think I am an artist. A builder, a sculptor... I believe I am musical...lyrical... I have so much to do. I feel like I'm on the road to somewhere - inspired.

Off to Germany-- Paul Watson and I will meet... Long live The Sea Shepherd...

...the sturm und drang of life--
"I'll be with you when the deal goes down..." 'Dylan



The Andy Kaufman Fun House Tickets Now Available

The Andy Kaufman Fun House tickets are now on sale!
Tuesday, May 1 8:00p
at The Peoples Improv Theater (PIT), New York, NY

The Andy Kaufman Fun House is a multimedia show featuring the best alternative comedians who are winners or semi-finalists of the coveted annual Andy Kaufman Award.

Read more: http://events.nydailynews.com/new_york_ny/events/show/253831005-the-andy-kaufman-fun-house#ixzz1sbsT3X40


How-to: James Dean Inspired Hairdo

Leave it to Justin Beiber to take style inspiration from the legendary James Dean on the cover of his new album BOYFRIEND.

"He is growing into an adult, so we decided that his style should reflect that," the star's hair pro Vanessa Price, tells Us Weekly. "So we looked to the legendary James Dean for our inspiration."

Read the step-by-step instructions on how to style hair like James Dean's hair: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-beauty/news/how-to-steal-justin-biebers-james-dean-inspired-hairdo-2012203#ixzz1pxZ2ph2Z


Ashley Cole wearing Dolce & Gabbana James Dean T-Shirt

English soccer star Ashley Cole sported Dolce & Gabbana's James Dean t-shirt while out with friends in London. Reports say he was out with his teammates celebrating their 4-1 win against Napoli.



I guess this is what we all aspire to-

Intuitive Parenting-

It must mean ...just better
...tuning into a higher frequency and making good choices...
Praying...that our children-
from newborn- on or eventually?
More in touch...
More psychically sound-
Free little spirits,
Not war mongers-
Or future big commercial consumers-
They must exercise (yoga preferably)
Learn to eat right...
Learn how to be their own healers-
Love green, leafy, organic vegetables and juices,
Be able to swallow vitamins, blue green algae...
Acquire a taste for ginger
and ..not be afraid of aloe vera-
They must be curious about their own body science/chemistry-
Love themselves enough..
To trust and honor their intuition
Reach for curing elixirs for simple ailments and vitality
Consider vegetarianism
Be present-
Live in the now-
Care for each other,
Inspire each other-
Treat people as we want to be treated-
Have genuine manners and a convincing graciousness-
Never bully-
Consider the repercussions of words and actions...sent int the universe..

Then ...as young adults into tender adulthood
Everything manifests...
We want them to practice safe sex,
Drink and experiment with drugs in moderation-
Find true love,
Marry happily... and procreate... (replace ourselves only)

Then ...encouraged enough to repeat the above-
Pass down even more good stuff –add to the list-...things they have learned-
Always walk with grace and dignity.

We are moving into a New Age--- a conscious effort- to live a less decadent lifestyle- less predictable..
Have a real meaningful life..
We're being stripped down to our most vulnerable parts-
I love that-being exposed..
It's very exciting-
It's cool for the people embracing this new idea-or old... if you really think about it--

We do have different children coming through us-With incredible gifts-survival mechanisms-strength-

I'm concerned...some of these differences may have more to do with over vaccinating – and our human experimentation/chemical testing- but ...I also believe that we choose our bodies and our parents-
And we have to accept we live in a radioactive world now-
In preparation for anything...
In any case we are bringing new beings into the world- we are having an influx of new learners and teachers--
Which convinces us-
None of the old models/formulas work:

School, (public education is just a shame)
Wall street,
Government- Thank God for Obama...we need change-
Even the "do-good" humanitarian work model is different-less people joining the peace corp- more people taking matters in their own hands-packing their rucksacks with aid- and going there and personally just helping-
Getting our hands dirty will save us-
Everything is becoming more gorilla style...unique...
What are the masses in need of? Where is the middle class? Is there one?
Somewhere in between new age and old school- lays the cooperative- genius answers-meanwhile our kids are spinning-parents are being berated-
Undervalued and under siege--
Our kids are a real barometer... of our fast food, unconscious world-
They are here to save us-and that makes them a lot more difficult-
Rebellious-they should be-
They have to flip the script- in order to survive-they have to think differently-the more different the better-

It's like... things were made better 100yrs of years ago- then we never updated our info---
I know (for instance) we are still using 80 year old animal testing techniques- that don't help anyone- but nobody wants to listen to a new way- or deal with the red tape- of changing the rules- or making new (better) ones-

In times of Jefferson- Einstein, Galileo- we valued different ideas-new ideas-

How do we raise wild uncontainable minds?-to let them run free in their imaginations-not stuffed in a box of what used to work-we have to build confidence in realistic ways-not just provoke a swan dive off a 50ft cliff- which is cool-
but ...to leap into creative stories-creation and science, Activism--and question authority- please!

Now I can't sit here and tell you- I've applied ALL this to my own life, and these are tried and true personal child raising techniques-
and that I have 2 perfect teenage boys to prove it...

They ARE great free spirited, opinionated men...in training.-They are genetically loaded- yet of coursed I'm convinced they are growing and evolving into the best they can be- they are conscious contributions to society.
I have faith in them...
And me...

This is always in my minds eye- I think- even in heated moments- peripherally-
I reach into my bag of tricks- and fail miserably a lot-
I know-
all is common sense based- and there are other parents in the world going through similar plights... but ...some times ..nothing makes sense-and that's OK...

The truth is-

I really don't know what the hell I'm doing-
There is no map-
I try very hard- and I've reaped benefits,...
and pies in the face- humiliation ...
character building..

God knows- and people might think-
-I'm not the ideal mom-
But, I'm proud and I have done some crazy things-like put education first- before their wants... and desires-(even though I'm finding a lot of kids in our neck of the woods are home schooled in order to pursue their "pro-surfing" careers at 12 yrs old?...leaving my kids wondering.. 'why not me too')...
I think school- for many reasons is important-
Facebook and Twitter have really removed an element of social training-face to face communication is getting lost-
Integrity with our words-maturity.. with treating people respectfully day to day-not hiding behind a computer with a false sense of bravado-
I don't want to judge- I understand people are slowly giving up on traditional school...
And traditional communication...
It's an epidemic...
Hopefully ..forums like this will help nudge and mold our school system- there is not a reluctance of parental support- we just need an avenue- to navigate our wisdom through...our experiences...
We know our kids better than anyone- we have to be involved in our evolution!
Somehow- and it's almost impossible to not be misdirected- when TV, movies, video games commercials, infomercials- from death to Cialis- cater to our insecurities..
I do think ...the eternal youth creams-the quick fix- trying to stay 20yrs old- living in a culture that has little respect for our elderly-
Mixed with never wanting to grow up/not wanting responsibility- and never taking any-is pussy parenting-

There is still spiritual/in this world- parenting that needs to be done- we have to embrace the hard work-
We've had a child- now- this is the deal-you and me (dad and mom) have a business relationship- even in this sad society of common, rapid, ugly divorce (guilty) ...respecting and knowing our boundaries is important- we have responsibilities to our off spring-parenting is not convenient-- the choice has been made.

It takes as many loving people as possible to raise a child....

I read an incredible book- (that-I have to read it again)- called The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff-
It explores the child raising techniques of tribal- and primitive families-it's inspiring to say the least-

We don't need our own reality shows- heightened drama-
We don't need to be our kid's best friend-
We are guides,
We are caretakers-
Bows that our children/arrows have been sprung from...
We have to trust our guts too- and believe in the big picture-
Shower them with all the tools we can think of that ..they might find useful-
so when they are bigger than us-we can make some decisions... together
-then...in no time-
They are on their own-
Without interference-
We can sit back and say we've done our best...
But admittedly -imperfect Job-
Only then...
We retire-breathe and believe ...
Have pure faith in our children
...no strings attached-
And hopefully be able to grandparent--
We won't be able to look back ...and say should've, could've, would've...
I've never heard an adult say- I wish my parents didn't force me to take piano lessons-
We all love our abilities-
But in the moment- it can be a chore-
A battle-
Productive Time and effort is timely ...it's now-
Reading together,
Dragging them to museums...
Traveling together (see outside the bubble) if you can..
Immerse ourselves in Culture ...
History is a gem-it's free- it's abundant..
Old people-involving grandparents-
It takes a village ...a community-
Above all- it helps to believe in something bigger than ourselves- and instilling that in our kids- is comforting and hopeful.
All you have to do is look around-
Natural disaster after next- look at Japan and the devastation there- caused by an earthquake...that triggered the ocean – a wave- THE PLANET...is stronger than us-
WE are small--- so small- we are a blip on the screen of existence-
But... while we're here-let's enjoy the ride- Take care...
and pass down all the good stuff we learn-
Sit around a campfire... Story telling...
My Grandfather actually was my saving grace-
My foundation is strong- my choices over the years may not reflect that- but I know who I am- and I eventually always come back to my core beliefs-
... In the nick of time-
I hope we can all look to our extended families and communities for support- and be there for each other..
We are who we hang around with-
I'm honored to be here..
The energy is great-the combined will,.. the search for truth and information-
It's a healing vortex-
Thanks again and God bless you.



Top Designer John Galliano’s Dream Muse is Bettie Page

Renowned couture designer John Galliano revealed the iconic pin-up Bettie Page is his dream muse in the December issue of Vanity Fair.

In the FANFARE article called, My Dream, Galliano also said Bettie Page was the inspiration for the Christian Dior spring 2011 collection.

The British designer has been designing under his own name and for Christian Dior since 1997.

Click on the above picture to check out a sneak peek of the story.


Earhart exhibit showcases world’s largest display on pioneer aviator

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Libraries' Division of Archives and Special Collections has opened a display for the world's largest collection of papers, memorabilia and artifacts related to Amelia Earhart, the pioneer pilot who paved new paths for women at the university and in society.

"Amelia Earhart: The Aviator, the Advocate, and the Icon" opened Monday (March 1) and will be shown through May 28 in the Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center on the fourth floor of the Humanities, Social Science and Education Library in Stewart Center. The display is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each weekday. Beginning May 10, shortened summer hours will be in effect.

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Raymond Loewy Foundation Presents 2005 Lucky Strike Designer Awards

The Raymond Loewy Foundation presented their annual Lucky Strike Designer Awards in Berlin, November 3 at the Axica Congress and Event Center. The Axica, designed by world famous architect Frank O. Gehry, is located across from the Brandenburg Gate, at the historic meeting point of East and West in Berlin?s heart.

This year?s award?s ceremony received a great deal of attention from the German Press. Claudia Roth, Germany?s Green Party Chairwoman, was the guest speaker.

John Maeda, visionary, designer and professor, was the recipient of the 2005 Lucky Strike Designer Award. Maeda, who has long been a star in the design and technology scene in the United States and Asia, has been setting the standards for design, information technology and art. This visionary of ?Simplicity? advocates a future in which less is more.

John Maeda, a fan of Loewy, has been teaching since 1996 at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge/Boston. He is the Professor for ?Design and Computation? and Director of the Aesthetic & Communications Group of the MIT Media Lab. There, he directs his experimental research program, ?Simplicity.? Maeda works closely with sponsors such as Time Inc., BT, Johnson & Johnson, AARP and Samsung to jointly find opportunities to anchor simplicity in the market.

John Maeda received the Lucky Strike Designer Award not only for his pioneering work in things simplicity, but also for his early work. Already in the 1990?s he was one of the first multimedia artists and has been displayed internationally in galleries and museums since. He also gained international renown for publications on multimedia and computer programs. His work includes ?Reactive Books,? ?Twelve O?Clocks? and the highly acclaimed book, ?Design by Numbers,? a computer language and program foundation for visual aesthetics.

Past recipients of the Lucky Strike Designer Award include Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfeld, and Patrick le Quement, Senior VP of Design for Renault.