Sunday, April 30, 2006

Remains of the past few days

Fun but exhausting weekend. Wish I had more energy to write any more than a quick catalog. Benevento-Russo Duo on Friday night at the Bowery Ballroom. Saturday at Christie's: the Donald Judd works up for auction amid the bare white space with great views, high above the absolutely overwhelming amount of great and well-known art set to go on the block in the next few weeks. The poor gawkers like me and the rich couples eyeing their targets. Seeing a Damien Hirst (Away from the Flock, Divided) up close for the first time. Warhol, De Kooning, Chagall, Yves Klein, Hockney. And of course, the Van Gogh that's expected to go for $40 million to $50 million. Seeing Gehry's IAC building under construction in person, being rather disappointed so far. Dining on Jane Jacobs' old block of Hudson Street, watching the "street ballet" over a folded section of the Times and a bowl of penne with tomato and basil at Pepe Verde (No. 559). Walking over to the bookstore across from Magnolia, buying a copy of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, not being able to put it down, loving that feeling of having a book again that I steal moments to read. Dance show with M. at MLKJ HS auditorium: modern, jazz, hip-hop. A round of delicious Belgian white beers with M. and J. at Dive 75 on West 75th. Sunday breakfast with A. at the fairly packed Park View Restaurant on Dyckman. Afternoon tea, lavender bread, and cards with H. again at Sympathy for the Kettle. Tompkins Square Park. Small, old treasures around the East Village. Yummy veggie food at the Organic Grill. A student brass choir. A maple nut scone. A mocha and cheesecake twist. Two blue trains from W4.

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