Friday, October 31, 2014

Different Kind of Nut House: Sanfilippo Estate and Foundation --- Day 3/287

Walk: Union Square, Hi-Tech Nails
Distance: 2 miles and home yoga

The 44,000 square foot (and growing) Sanfilippo Estate outside Chicago houses the collection of the founder and CEO of Fisher Nuts.  The house itself is certainly impressive, but the contents are a marvel: a complete French carousel, a theatre pipe organ, a steam locomotive, numerous steam engines, Nickelodeons, American Orchestrions, and numerous, numerous historically innovative and socially influential machines.  All in pristine condition and working order.

Opportunities to visit the Sanfilippo Estate or Foundation, but, you, CIWT reader, can have a wondrous time viewing this Chicago Tonight segment.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Parades, Rain, Haircuts, All Good --- Day 3/286

Walk: Curbside Cafe
Distance: 2 miles

Fans party during the parade that followed the Giants’ 2012 World Series Championship on Oct. 31, 2012, in San Francisco. Photo: Jason Henry / Special To The Chronicle / ONLINE_YES

Oh dear, Ciwt has a haircut appointment downtown tomorrow at Giants parade time.  Will have to start early, maybe walking will be the best way to get there.  Good cause.  What a wonderful Series!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

No 'narrow segment of cheerful events'* --- Day 3/286

Walk: Fillmore Street
Distance: 2.5 miles and home yoga

Galway Kinnell (1927-2014), who died yesterday, was a poet whose name came into Ciwt's life from time to time, but whom she did not read for some reason.  It is said his two best-loved and most anthologized poems are "St. Francis and the Sow" and "After Making Love We Hear Footsteps."  Reading the former, Ciwt feels Kinnell, besides being a much awarded poet*, must have been a deeply humane and caring man.

*"I've tried to carry my poetry as far as I could," he told the Los Angeles Times, "to dwell on the ugly as fully as far and as long as I could stomach it. Probably more than most poets I have included in my work the unpleasant because I think if you are ever going to find any kind of truth to poetry it has to be based on all of experience rather than on a narrow segment of cheerful events."

**Kinnell won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1983 for his 1982 Selected Poems, split the National Book Award for Poetry with Charles Wright  that same year and was Poet Laureate for the State of Vermont from 1989 to 1993.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Under Consideration --- Day 3/285

Walk: Mindful Body
Distance: 1 mile and teach yoga class

Lorna Strotz, Foggy Morning, 9 x 12", watercolor on clayboard

The way the fog is beginning to lift in the background and and go where morning fog gently goes:  Sweet capture.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Different Priorities --- Day 2/284

Walk: St. Mary's Med Center, Fillmore Street
Distance: 5 miles

Ciwt walked past a woman leaning against the edge of a building talking on her cell phone.  The woman was saying "I will Not wait to talk about my marriage until After The World Series!"

go giants...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

At Last...! -- Day 3/283

Walk: Lake Street (Friend's Pop Up Art & Fashion show), Sundance Kabuki (Birdman)
Distance: 3.5 miles

...A movie for adults!!! (See previous blog)

Michael Keaton is Birdman


Saturday, October 25, 2014

You Know You're Older When.., Vol. 9,456,823 --- Day 3/282

Walk: Mindful Body, Clay Theater (Whiplash), Presidio Avenue
Distance: 3 miles and teach yoga class

Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

It seems to Ciwt every indie movie she has seen recently feels like Young Adult.  Kids and a parent get unhappy so they, like you know, start a garage band with the old guy, and, whoa, Famous! (Rudderless)

Or, 20-something not clear on growing up So...she starts hanging with and sleeping over with  and buying booze, etc. for high school kids.  One of those kids has a cute, older father - and, whoa, Happy Ending For All!  Surely the 20-something year old will stop a lifetime of compulsive lying and essential lostness now.   (Laggies)

Today, in Whiplash,  we had a psychotic, borderline narcissist teacher and a driven kid.  But, you know, no problem with the psycho because he was just doing all that bullying sadistic stuff 'cuz how else would the kid really reach his full potential (at 19!)?  And this movie was the winner of the US Dramatic Category at Sundance.

Ciwt should say, deservedly so - for excellent (probably Oscar nomination) acting, electrifying action, relentless drama, artistic cinematography.  But, like those other indies above, Whiplash is basically going nowhere.  Or going into the sunset or down the aisle or nowhere believable.  Seems to Ciwt even young people after Mad Men know things aren't going to go too well down that aisle or off in that sunset, and that sadistic bullies (no matter how well acted) are very dangerous indeed.  So, very optimistic for the futures of all these talented actors and directors, it is difficult for Ciwt not to point out the indie Emperor is wearing short pants.

Whiplash Trailer

Friday, October 24, 2014

CIWT Award: Best Bay Area Art Viewing Space --- Day 3/281

Walk: Food, Inc
Distance: 8 blocks and home yoga

Winner:   The Anderson Collection Building at Stanford University

Favorite Aspect (among many): A serence, respectful hush throughout the building that allows the art to speak.

Favorite Work Day Ciwt Went:  
                                                     Christopher Brown, 1946, 1992, 100"x88", oil on linen