Do you have time for beauty?

Joshua Bell
Pearls Before Breakfast

This is an article from the Washington Post that I saw on Kottke. The photo above is Joshua Bell, the focus of the article. But overall the story is a brilliant social experiment.

“No one knew it, but the fiddler standing against a bare wall outside the Metro in an indoor arcade at the top of the escalators was one of the finest classical musicians in the world, playing some of the most elegant music ever written on one of the most valuable violins ever made.”

So, would you stop?

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 9, 2007 / By

Mt. Eerie at Family

Mt. Eerie at Family

I got this in my e-mail today. Phil Elvrum hardly ever plays shows… like EVER. And the fact that he’s playing at Family makes it all the more exciting. I’m getting Graham and I a ticket tomorrow morning. WOO!

Bobby

Update:

Mt. Eerie at Family
I was able to get two, although the guy there only wanted to give me one! Lame!

Bobby Solomon

April 6, 2007 / By

Homaro Cantu = Food Genius.

Homaro Cantu

For Chicago chef, it’s prepare, print, serve

Homaro Cantu is this crazy food genius, who takes all preconceived notions about food and flips it around 360º. He talks about printing out food and putting it into magazines, how lasers are better than ovens, and how we need to start making changes in the kitchen when it comes to technology.

My favorite part of the article:
What do you want to be doing 10 years, 25 years from now?
Cantu: Saving the planet.

Nabaztag

He also introduced me to Nabaztag/tag, which he uses in his kitchen!
These are the most awesome little rabbit/super computers ever.
Check out the link to see what I’m talking about.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 4, 2007 / By

KEXP at SXSW

KEXP at SXSW

KEXP has the best connections. They were hanging out at South by Southwest and had a few really awesome bands come by, namely, Beirut, Fujiya & Miyagi, Peter Bjorn & John and Okkervil River. Not only that, they also have the performances available for download… for free!

Visit KEXP’s blog to download all the free goodness!

Bobby

P.S. Check out Midlake live on The Interface. Another awesome free download.

Bobby Solomon

April 1, 2007 / By

This American Life + Chris Ware

This American Life + Chris Ware

Becca, my friend and co-worker here at my job, introduced me to This American Life a few months ago. For those who don’t know, This American Life is basically one man, Ira Glass, who puts together a radio show based around a different theme every week.
In his own words:

“One of the problems with our show from the start has been that whenever we try to describe it in a sentence or two, it sounds awful. For instance: Each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. That doesn’t sound like something we’d want to listen to on the radio, and it’s our show.”

The truth is, it’s always interesting, and you always find yourself laughing or smiling or crying. I think when you have truly interesting individuals creating something that they’re honestly interested in, you end up with something amazing. Mostly, the show is about people. It’s like when you’re sitting at the mall watching everyone going by, except you get to hear the ins and outs of everyone’s odd little lives.

His show is so good in fact, that it’s becoming it’s own TV show on Showtime. Chris Ware, one of the most talented illustrator/designers out there, has animated a short segment for it. It’s about a kid who makes a movie camera out of a cardboard box and toilet paper rolls at school, which ends up starting a trend of everyone having their own camera. But the kids end up losing themselves behind their cameras, and well… just watch it yourself.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 1, 2007 / By

This is what I do.


I work for a photographer and retouch images all day. This is just an example of one of the things I finished today. I thought it turned out pretty well. I was able to take bees from a bunch of her different shots and piece them together to make this one.

Thankfully, I wasn’t at this shoot. The guy in the picture was stung six times, and bees got out everywhere in our studio. I came in on the Monday after and there were still bees all over the place. By the end of the day though they were all my friends!

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 1, 2007 / By

Dan Witz

Dan Witz

Dan Witz

Dan Witz

I’ve seen this guy’s work on a lot of the blogs lately and he’s crazy talented. Sort of like Michaelangelo depicting the youth of today. Mosh pits (above), rats, lesbian kissing… I think that pretty much sums it up. He also has a series of nightscapes which are phenomenal. My favorite time to take pictures is at night, so it’s awesome to see someone take it to the next level with painting.Check out his website for previews of his upcoming shows in London and Paris.

Bobby

P.S. I had to post the picture of Hermanos Grocery.

Bobby Solomon

April 1, 2007 / By

Converse (Product) Red x Nom de Guerre

Converse (Product) Red x Nom de Guerre

Nom de Guerre, the amazing NY boutique, has created this hot pair of Converse Jack Purcell’s. I absolutely love the polka dots and the red eyelets are a nice subtle touch as well. It’s really too bad it’s a part of that lame ass (Product) Red campaign, which has made a lot less money then what was poured into advertising.

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

April 1, 2007 / By

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