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atomic pop! is done.
due to a new policy where i work against blog’s – i’ve decided to close down ap!. while i never specifically talked about who i worked for, it certainly wouldn’t be too difficult from reading some of my posts, or knowing what i do for a living – to figure out the company behind the man. and there are a few people at work who know of the existence of this blog…
and i can’t take that risk.
i’ve started a new blog – and if your interested you can email me to get the address, or leave a comment here and i’ll forward you the new site.
for those that don’t come along to the new site, thank you for reading – it’s been a blast.
ok, time for round two. this time the theme is berlin. these are my favorite pics:
#1. the vacant lot next to the theater in east berlin. in the background you will see friedrichstraße station. i fell in love with the station (and the german train stations in general… something about the use of glass and iron) – just ask cb, he saw like 20 pics of this station.
#2. another shot of the station. there’s some interesting history on the station from during the cold war… check it out: friedrichstraße station
#3. the fernsehturm (tv antenna/tower) in alexanderplatz from a distance. i particularly like the puffy clouds in this pic. it turned cold and rained shortly after this pic
#4. shot of the sony center in potsdamer platz. the glass and metal structure is supposed to resemble mt. fuji.
#5. nondescript gold building somewhere near potsdamer platz. i have no idea what this is, but i dug it. i love the scale of the building and the clouds in the background.
#6. the jewish museum in berlin. i didn’t get a chance to visit it, but it’s on my list if i ever return to berlin.
#7. soviet styled plaque and part of the “wall” located next to checkpoint charlie
#8. look ma, the europeans have tacky shit too, not just americans! this is snackpoint charlie next to the checkpoint. let’s see, we have doner’s from the middle-east, pasta from italy, sushi from asia and good ‘ol subway from america. aint’ we proud?!
#10. the quadriga detail
this is the single most impressive thing i saw in berlin & wished i had had more time to explore it.
- there are 2,711 stelae in the monument
- the stelae are all different heights and stand on wavy/uneven ground
- the underground bunker of hitler is not as is commonly speculated underneath the memorial (tho’ it is 300 meters away). however, the underground service villa of propaganda minister goebbels is underneath the northeastern corner of the memorial
- there is an interesting quote at the information center: “it happened, therefore it can happen again: this is the core of what we have to say.” – primo levi, author of ‘the drowned and the saved’. levi was born in 1919 in turin and was a member of the italian resistance. he was arrested and deported to auschwitz in 1944. after his release in 1945 he begin to write. in 1987, he committed suicide
- the memorial was designed by american architect peter eisenman
- the stelae are treated with a special chemical which resists spray paint and graffiti. the company that created the chemical also manufactured the gas that was used in the death camps
#12. with the tiergarten in the distance
#14. inside the reichstag dome. the mirrors reflect light into the reichstag building. the dome itself offers a 365 degree view of berlin. unfortunately, it was a weird weather day and when i was doing my 365 shot, the rain was just too much.
#15. the top of the dome is open so that the voices of the german people can flow into the reichstag. or so said my tour book. it’s still pretty cool.
#16. it’s amazing i’m not in some german police cell right now – this beautiful graphic/art representation of the german flag is in the lobby of the reichstag, right next to lots of signs that say “no pictures”. i had to sneak one. and i’m glad i did. love this shot.
#17. a drive by shot of a sex store called love – sex – dreams. how can you not love?
#18. tacheles. i was so psyched to see this building, but the only time i could visit it was when it wasn’t open. i’m still glad i saw it. tho’ wish i could have bought some cool art. the building has an amazing history – including a prison for french war prisoners in 1943, a movie theater and the german version of general electric. now it’s an artists enclave.
#19. bike in the lobby of tacheles. note the chumbawamba poster. get your tickets now, they’re playing berlin. i hear they’re all the rage.
#20. the graffiti was simply amazing. side note, our hotel is in what was west berlin. i was kinda shocked to see how clean it was and how there was virtually no graffiti. tacheles (and the theater we did the show in) were in east berlin. you would not the believe the amount of graffiti. reminded me of milan.
anyway, i loved this girl. so angry. but fun!
#21. a poster glued to the walls inside tacheles main stairway. again, the graffiti was everywhere – literally, but i thought this was a cool graphic image. if any of my german readers can translate, i’d be much obliged.
#22. the main stairway. ya, the smell of piss was pretty strong – but the overall building was impressive as hell. i must go back someday.
#23. the main trainstation in berlin. note the glass and iron. i love this stuff. if we’re at the trainstation, we must be on our way to prague.
to be continued….
up above…. current & ink… they are updated.
just a quick note to wish you all a happy thanksgiving; hopefully you didn’t gorge yourselves on turkey and giblets too much…
i’m thankful for so much this year; but mainly for good friends (both those i know in the “real” world, and those that just touch me in that special “cyber” way).
special props for the folks that sent the emails and calls after tuesdays’ post… a shitty night can be made so much better by good friends who care. (an update, i’m doing better with the whole situation).
in honor of the holiday, here’s a special movie trailer – warning if blood, boobs and or simulated oral sex are not your deal, you may want to just go here. for all others, welcome to thanksgiving:
i stupidly agreed to go to a benefit tonight for open arms of mn.
let me clarify, it’s not that i think open arms is stupid, i don’t – i heart that organization.
it’s just that i’m very self-conscious at those things, and it’s a fairly dressy event and all my “issues” tend to be wrapped up in how i look and my shyness comes out…
ugg – i need a drink and it’s still morning.
day one – a smashing success… word is it’s the best show we’ve ever done (including the small fact during the show we had a false fire alarm).
problem is we’ve set the bar very high for future events. the technical aspect of this show is massive – we had over 190 technical queues yesterday, and about a hundred today. average show is an 100, give or take.
this theater is stunning – tho’ so not set up for a hair show… here’s a shot of part of the built in lighting rig. i love this shot:
here’s a rare shot of me posing with one of our models. for those of you top model fanatics, it’s janet – kicked off in last weeks episode:
more when i’m home in minneapolis tomorrow.
sorry for the lack of posts – i’m in miami for the final show of my exceedingly busy show season – it’s been a helluva couple months. i’m staying in a craptacular radisson with shitty access to internet.
it’s 2007. internet access is not hard to manage.
i’m just sayin’.
it’s now 8:18pm – been in this theater since 7am this morning. i’ll be in here for at least the next 3 hours finalizing the script…
the show starts tomorrow mornin @ 9am – ends monday at 1pm.
long – but great day…
p.s., the above pic – that’s the raw theater space we’re in… the knight concert hall –
beautiful space. really stunning.
well it’s official; the 5 city sales meeting tour i’ve been producing is finally over. thank god! it went off more or less without a hitch – a couple of the hotels had an issue here or there, but for the most part it was a success. now, just 3 more hair show’s this season (cincinatti next weekend, washington d.c. the following and then miami at the end of the month) and i can finally spend some quality time at home.
took a friend around a bit of san francisco tonight – she’d never toured it. jumped in a cab to get to the haight for my amoeba fix. that store never fails to provide me with a treasure (or three):
first up, the uk version of siouxsie sioux’s new (and first ever proper) solo album ‘mantaray’. now, yes, i could have waited a week for the u.s. version – but i prefer things the way there were meant to be and this import, limited edition copy is gorgeous. have only listened to the music on the crappy in room dvd/cd player – must import into the iphone for my day tomorrow to give it a proper listen. (fyi, it appears as if siouxsie and budgie have split after some 26 years together and that siouxsie may have come out of the closet… no shock there i suppose).
next up, my mental hard-on lloyd cole with ‘live at the bbc’ – i didn’t even know this existed. lloyd in so many ways is the perfect man for me… soulful, british, talented with dead sexy eyes. ‘course he’s also straight so fuck ‘him. this is a collection of tunes recorded live in 1990 and 1995. very excited with this one.
and then there’s my new robbie williams treasure. a semi-are cd single for a tune called eternity that doesn’t appear anywhere else, as well as a non-lp track toxic. as much as lloyd is the perfect british guy for me, robbie just get’s my rock-star- rock’s off. + you know how i like the boys with ink. again, sigh – he’s straight. so fuck him too. lol.
also picked up a couple of multi-disk set’s put out by the fine folk’s at bar de lune – can always find a treasure or two for use in future shows.
whilst in the haight, we passed a cool asian artifacts store where they had a number of fine balinese puppets – i’ve always wanted a one of these; i couldn’t resist. here she is:
here’s a close up of her face:
(kinda siouxsie-esqu in’she?)
tomorrow is just a day off in san francisco – how perfect? first up, sleeping until whenever the hell i feel like wakeing up, i wonder what i’ll do after that….
let’s say your a pasty white guy, maybe with a few extra pounds (note, i’m just sayin’). now let’s say your wearing a black polo shirt with tan shorts. for the love of god, don’t wear black leather “dress” sandals!
trust me, nobody looks good in those sandals.
least of which pasty white guys. (picture forthcoming)
p.s., welcome to my first “blog post via biff”