Louis Armstrong’s kitchen

July 22, 2010

Apartment Therapy has a cool house tour of jazz legend Louis Armstrong’s 1960s kitchen in Queens, NY. Highlights include kitchen cabinets mounted on piano hinges, a blender built right into the counter, and Armstrong’s favourite product: a herbal laxative he endorsed using the slogan “leave it all behind you”.

Thanks to Whitney for Facebooking this.


Finding Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks

June 18, 2010

Blogger Jeremiah Moss investigates the histories of various Manhattan street corners, trying to find the exact location of the diner in Edward Hopper’s 1942 painting Nighthawks. It’s a neat series in four parts, and I’ve always liked this painting; it was up over my couch all through university.

Here’s another nice piece of Hopperama: every year, the Washington Post runs a Peep (ie. Easter candy) diorama contest. The 2009 winner was Melissa Harvey, whose diorama was a bunny Peep version of Nighthawks. She describes the piece in this audio slideshow.

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Via MeFi and Kelly M.


Improv Everywhere throw an impromptu wedding reception

June 3, 2009

Improv Everywhere, the NYC troupe that all stood still in Grand Central Station last year, threw an improvised wedding reception for a random couple who’d just gotten married in NYC’s City Hall.

First dance as a married couple.  That's the bride's actual father videotaping.

First dance as a married couple. That's the bride's actual father videotaping.

The IE members came decked out in suits, tuxedos, and inexpensive matching “bridesmaid’s dresses” from Old Navy. One member approached the couple and their family, pretending to be throwing a free reception “courtesy of the mayor’s office”, and invited them out into the park for a party.

Bride and Maid of Honour meeting for the first time!

Bride and Maid of Honour meeting for the first time!

The bride and groom had never met any of the improvisers before, but they went along with it and had an hourlong party in the rain, complete with cake, cider toasts, bouquet, and dancing. Full story and lots of nice photos here.

I love that there are people in the world who spend their Wednesday afternoons putting this kind of event together, and I love that the couple & their families just said, “uh, ok!” to the insta-party. Awesome possum!
Via Kottke.


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