A. Author’s Note…College Sex 2015 (column 161)!
College Sex 2015 was the largest read issue in Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s 21 years. It was read by four times the normal readership. Even Emma our most precocious reader read the first two snippets before falling asleep. Sex sells, but the word sex cannot be put in every title to attract readers to this column. As any group of creative writers would want, it is our hope that our future unique, but, sexless issues will continue to attract new readers and contributors to this column.
1. Music…The Music Dilemma! It Could Happen To Anyone!
You are channel surfing while driving down the highway on your way to work. While half listening and trying to speed up bumper to bumper traffic, a song grabs your attention. A few days later, you hear that song again. You like it even more! However, you forgot to research the song after hearing it the first time or the second. On Friday, you find the song is Justin Bieber’s new song, What Do You Mean? Do you still like it?
Bieber’s new single What Do You Mean, has broken every single recording sales record with an unbelievable 21 million purchases the first five days it was released. What Do You Mean knocked the top song of the summer Can’t Feel My Face by The Weeknd (Weeknd is the correct spelling) out of its multi-week hold of first place. This 21 million sales’ number for Bieber is astonishing, especially for a singer and performer that supposedly has lost his Mojo. Money talks and Mojo walks!
Rory Kramer is Bieber’s new videographer and has created two video versions of the new song. One is the normal soulful rock questioning of the singer’s girlfriend’s intentions and the other is an acoustic version with a single guitar for background. A third version of the song exists on the Internet, too. It is from Bieber’s performance with The Roots on the Jimmy Fallon show. Try Selena Gomez’s Same Old Love as a playful tribute to their dating past on Vevo, too. From there, see if Lindsay Lohan can sing?
2. Art…The Impressionists…Paul Durand-Ruel…The Art Futurist!
The two must sees this month in Philadelphia are Pope Francis on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps at September’s end and The Impressionists inside this same art museum until September 15th. The Impressionist’s Exhibit is the story of Paul Durand-Ruel an art futurist. In 1870, Ruel saw the potential in the impressionist’s art that was scoffed at and criticized by art critics in the salons and papers all over Europe. Durand-Ruel knew better and in single-handed, but struggling manner brought impressionism to the forefront throughout Europe and the United States.
From 1870 to 1944 Ruel and his three sons were the principle purchasers and the voice of Edgar Degas, Alfred Sisley, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, and Claude Monet. The family purchased their works and exhibited their art everywhere from salons to museums to the art shops and stores they created to house this new art. A strange piece of the museum show’s audio recording tells the tale of Bertrand–Ruel first Auguste Renoir showing. In it Ruel featured seventy of Renoir’s best pieces in a salon showing in Paris. Not a single painting was sold. Today the worth of those paintings would be a billion dollars. Who knew? PB-Ruel did!
Ruel and The Impressionist’s story is, also, the story of artists Mary Cassett and William Glackens, as well as, Philadelphia multi-millionaire Albert C. Barnes. While painting in Europe, Cassett saw the great potential in this new group of artists. She encouraged millionaire scientist Barnes to buy a large segment of this group’s work. At the same time, Glackens was championing many of the other artists throughout Europe from Matisse to Cezanne. Barnes was impressed by the 20 paintings of Europe’s finest that Glackens brought back to Philadelphia. Barnes wanted more for his foundation and was to amass 2500 pieces of history and 800 pieces of art that are worth over 25 billion dollars. The Barnes Foundation Museum’s permanent exhibit can be found at 2025 Benjamin Parkway three blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Impressionist will be traveling somewhere else in October.
Glackens was an outstanding American artist in his own right. He was part of the American Eight, a group of outstanding painters from the twenties and thirties. Five hundred pieces of William Glacken’s art can be found at the Fort Lauderdale Art Museum in south Florida. He championed the styles of Renoir and Degas in his work.
3. Books…Lauren Holmes And Jules Moulin Do Sex!
And Other Things In Print!
Here is a sex short for this week’s issue!
4. Movies…Mistress America…Greta Gerwig…The Art Of Writing And Acting!
If you are tired of the James Bond, Starship, Nightmare on Elm Street, Vacation, and Amy Winehouse cookie cutter type movies, Mistress America should be put on your viewing docket. The movie was written by Greta Gerwig (Brooke in the movie) and Noah Baumbach (the movie’s director).
Greta co-stars with Lola Kirke (Tracy). Lola is a shy college freshman blinded into cowering in the corner by the bright lights of New York City and a college dorm full of assertive freshmen. Her mother is remarrying and asks Lola to look up her step-sister to be. Her stepsister works in New York.
Brooke is a free spirited stepsister with friends in every store, shop, bar, and club.
Tracy is without spirit or drive.
Brooke is filled with ideas and the possibilities that she hopes will shape her future.
Tracy hasn’t formed any goals or ideas for her future.
Brooke will become Tracy’s life tutor.
Tracy will idolize and then question her new friend.
New York has some great lessons for the duo.
You will enjoy the rapid dialogue and ever changing conflicts that the two encounter and try to solve. This feature will solve one of your movie choice questions for this week!
5. Art II…Trevor Lafferty!
A World Of Cartooning, Games, And Creative Design!
Trevor Lafferty is an excellent gatekeeper for the world of art for businesses and game design. We are always trying to find additional connections for local artists, illustrators, photographers, and business entrepreneurs. We hope we can make a connection for Trevor after readers view his work and his webpage (http://www.trevorlafferty.com).
Here is what Trevor shared with Let’s Talk Philadelphia.
I attached a few examples of my work here for you. There’s a variety of different art examples. If one type or the other works better, I can always send more examples of that type. Here’s a quick breakdown of what I included:
Westerly: An illustration for the box cover of Westerly the westward expansion board game.
Cobralogo: A single color logo designed for my nephew’s lacrosse team.
Book Chapter 1: One of many full page illustrations for a historical fiction novel.
Drag Monsters: An illustration I did for fun showing what my favorite movie monsters would look like in drag.
Sma-Gold: This is the type of design I do for a living – infant nutrition formula packages.
If you have any questions or need more information, a bio or higher res images just let me know.
6. It Is Idea Illumination Week!
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