Sunday, April 22, 2007

EXCERPT -- With God on Our Side by Mikey Weinstein and Davin Seay -- Alternet

Birth of the Christian Soldier: How Evangelicals Infiltrated the American Military
By Michael L. Weinstein and David Seay, Thomas Dunne Books.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

OF INTEREST -- "Who Owns What in the Digital Age" -- John Lanchester in the The Guardian 4/7/07

"...The idea of copyright began as an argument over books; and it is over books, both as intellectual property and as physical entities, that change and contention now looms. The revolutionary impact of the internet on the music and film business is plain to see. Now it's the turn of the printed word. The question is simple, and far-reaching: what's going to happen to books and to the people who write them? And if it was books that first caused the whole idea of intellectual property to be raised, might it not be through books that we can see some promising ways through the murk, towards a future that is not dominated by corporate interests?"

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Review -- FAKING IT by Hugh Barker and Yuval Taylor -- Washington Post 4/11/07

"From Mississippi John Hurt to John Lennon's primal-therapy-inspired songs to the Replacements' "cult of failure" and Kurt Cobain's cover of an old Leadbelly tune, Barker and Taylor tackle the many-headed Hydra of the authenticity question: the chasm between public persona and private reality; the triumphs and debacles that occur when artists attempt to reinvent themselves; the shaping of myths to fit audience conceptions..."

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Client Marc Meyers and partners open the doors to a renovated Soho classic -- Provence

From Eater:

"When the history books are written on Provence, there will be stories of period of decline, followed by a great rebirth. And the rebirth will said be at the hands of Vicki Freeman, Marc Meyer, Lynn McNeely and Aibhinn Wilson O'Keefe, who have spent the last six months first acquiring, then renovating and restoring the aging Soho destination. Just re-opened yesterday, the new Provence, despite what Vicki Freeman calls a near gut renovation, feels reassuringly like the old Provence, but reinvigorated— the color palette of the restaurant is unchanged, as is the wood paneling and bar (minus a new marble surface). The rest is new, from the kitchen to a completely redone middle room..."

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Appearance -- HANNAH KEELEY -- Rachael Ray 4/12/07

Hannah will have her second appearance on The Rachael Ray Show on Thursday, April 12. She will be sharing tips about motherhood, family, and pure fun at home...

10th Anniversary -- BALTHAZAR -- 4/23/07

Keith, Riad, and Lee's leather shop-turned-dining masterpiece turns 10 years old. Here's the release:

"Balthazar Celebrates its 10th Year with Complimentary Champagne

When Balthazar Restaurant, the SoHo institution, opened, it brought the bustle of New York City downtown to what was once a quiet industrial neighborhood comprised of artists and galleries.

Balthazar serves traditional bistro meals from breakfast through late-night supper in a setting, which evokes a feeling of a Paris brasserie. Opened by Keith McNally in the spring of 1997, Balthazar offers a French menu prepared by Chefs de Cuisine Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson. Diners can also choose from an extensive wine list, a raw seafood bar, and breads & pastries from Balthazar Bakery.

Most people don't even know what a Balthazar is. . .

Pour 16 bottles of Champagne in one bottle and you've got yourself a Balthazar (think, Magnum...). So to celebrate the success of the past 10 years, Balthazar will be offering diners lots of complimentary Champagne.

The Champagne served will be: Champagne Gardet Premier Cru, Balthazar 10-year Anniversary Cuvée Brut NV which is imported exclusively for Balthazar and is available in the US only at the restaurant. This richly flavored, complex and lively Champagne is made from grapes picked from some of the best vineyards in Champagne. It is handcrafted in limited quantity by the House of Gardet, continually family-run since its founding in 1895.

How it Works:
Monday, April 23, 2007 - all day.

Breakfast - Complimentary glass of champagne or a Mimosa, with a meal.

Lunch, Late Lunch, Dinner and Supper - Complimentary bottle of champagne for parties up to 5 people, with a meal. Parties of 6 or more will be offered two bottles.

Hours of Operation:
Mon to Fri: 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM Mon to Fri: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sat & Sun: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
BRUNCH Mon to Thu: 5:45 PM - 1:00 AM
Sat & Sun: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Fri & Sat: 5:45 PM - 2:00 AM
Sun: 5:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Keith McNally additionally owns and operates:
Morandi, Schiller's Liquor Bar, Pastis, Balthazar Bakery, Pravda and Lucky Strike.

Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson are also Chefs de Cuisine at Pastis and Schiller's Liquor Bar.

In addition to operating his restaurants, Keith wrote The Balthazar Cookbook (Clarkson Potter 2003), along with co-chefs Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson, with a foreword by cultural critic, Robert Hughes.

Balthazar Restaurant
80 Spring Street
(between Broadway and Crosby)
New York, NY 10012"

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Podcast -- FAKING IT by Hugh Barker and Yuval Taylor -- NPR - The Sound of Young America

A podcast with Yuval Taylor, co-author with Hugh Barker of "Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music." "The Public Radio Show about Things that are Awesome" discusses what Taylor and Barker see as the three forms of musical authenticity: cultural, personal and representational, accompanied by music from artists including Leadbelly, Nirvana, Neil Young, Woodie Guthrie, the Rolling Stones, Jimmie Rodgers, Donna Summer, Billy Joel and even Jennifer Lopez.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Feature - REV. BILLY - Independent (UK)

Shopocalypse Now: Rise of an anti-retail campaigner

He's stormed everywhere from Starbucks to the Capitol preaching his gospel of Stop Shopping. As Morgan Spurlock brings the unorthodox anti-capitalist's message to the world, David Usborne is granted an audience with the Reverend Billy