Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Spectrum 4 at the Muehlebach

We're doing Spectrum Fantastic Art Live again. May 22-24, 2015, in the Muehlebach tower of the Marriott hotel in downtown KC.

I love this space so much. It's old and elegant, I know that it's a big deal that presidents have stayed there and given speeches in the ballrooms, but I just love the look and vibe of the place. There are a million little nooks and crannies and stairways and old forgotten (amazingly beautiful) lobbies with historic books behind glass and paintings on the walls and impeccable tile floors and chandeliers and stuff, and you can wander around forever. There are escalators that go down into the dark and hallways with couches that face nothing. There are old timey phone booths, like you'd see reporters rush into in movies from the '40s and '50s, with the hats with "press" cards sticking out of them. I love it.

This place is historic as heck and it's awesome.

The Grand Ballroom was such a sexy space, and I love that we started the show in that hall, but the new vibe is so different and so fun. The Grand Ballroom was big and impressive and just a little bit cold. The Muehlebach is where you curl up with a drink and a circle of friends and you talk until it's way too late and you know you should go to bed but you just want to keep hanging out. Warm.

I'm super excited about 2015. Spectrum Live 3 was our best show. Definitely. I came away from it feeling like we'd done what we wanted to do really well, and that people were making connections and people were finding art to be excited about. Spectrum 4 is going to be even better.

It's hard to explain to people why you've made a change. You want to go through all the reasons because they're interesting to you, but at the end of the day, all that matters is that the change is positive. I guess that's why I have a blog. To let you see a little bit of what I like about this particular change without trying to condense it down into an easily digestible paragraph.

And also to talk about my cats.

(one of them is snoring next to me right now. the other is in the basement, for reasons that are unclear to me. he fell off a pillow earlier and it scared him, so he might be taking some time to regroup.)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Things Said While Watching "Sharknado"

Note: I was initially unconvinced that this movie was awesome, but by the end, when I had embraced shouting at the screen, I was won over. I recommend watching with like-minded, hilarious friends.

Why is Ian Ziering in this? Why is Ian Ziering in anything?

Me: They're being rude to that surfer.
A: They're flirting.
Me: You know I don't know what flirting is.

How is their car still working? Is it an amphibious vehicle?

Oh I guess that shark under the car didn't matter after all. It just left, no big deal.

John Heard is barely in this movie.

I'm not rooting for anyone in this movie.

They know sharks don't have skeletons, right?
(moments later, dead shark with skeleton visible)
(incoherent shouting on my part)

And then, later in the movie:

This kid is in a totally different movie. I'd like this movie more if everybody was in the same movie as this kid.

They had extra bombs! Why didn't they take extra bombs with them in the helicopter?

I'm not even mad at Tara Reid this. She's giving a pretty typical Tara Reid performance. You get the Tara Reid you pay for.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Isley says:

 Isley:  I haven't
and who is doug jones?
 Sent at 4:59 PM on Monday
 me:  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
goddammit, Isley

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mostly updating to try to get back into the habit

Assorted notes:
Unseasonably pleasant weather.
My 99-year-old great aunt doesn't see how "America's Got Talent" would handle tours for large groups of children. Logistically, wouldn't it be difficult? Don't they have school? She makes some good points.
Miley Cyrus is very, very alive, and her version of a concert is like nothing I have ever seen before. (Amanda: "Like watching 'Ponponpon' for the first time?" Yes. Exactly like that. I'm still processing.)
We are in the part of the year where the art museum stays open late and the zoo opens early. It's like a tiny golden age. I intend to make the most of it.
Cats cats cats cats cats.
(they're still cute. they just got some new noisy tissue paper and ribbon.)

Monday, August 11, 2014


 Isley:  man, I feel like I need more accessories
I still need to get a good belt to wear with my outfits
me:  you do not need more accessories.
if anything
you need less accessories.
 Isley:  shit, have I learned nothing on top model?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Welcome to another installment of the increasingly sporadically occurring feature, "Things Isley Said."

"Look what I'm playing."
(screen shot of "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood)

"I don't have a brand yet, but I just got a publicist!"