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

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Learning to Live Internationally --- Day 3/280

Walk: Union Square, Fillmore, T. Joe's
Distance: 4 miles and home yoga

You Know You Live in an International Place When...., Volume 1:

It's happening more and more to Ciwt: She walks toward someone on the sidewalk, steps to her right so the other person can go by, BUT the other person steps left.  In other words, Ciwt and whoever are now on a collision course.  Finally Ciwt has realized the left steppers are from countries where people drive on the left side of the road, and both parties are mystified why the other makes the move they did and got directly in the way.

Monday, October 20, 2014

But I 'Just' Bought Them --- Day 3/279

Walk: Balboa Theater, Laurel Village
Distance: 2 miles

New season means go to the closet and try on fall/winter shoes.  Which Ciwt did and Wha?!? A bunch of them that are either old favorites or quite new didn't fit right/weren't comfortable.  She thought she'd done something wrong in buying them but then found an informative article by a Bally expert who explained that as the foot ages, it spreads out.  Ie, for all of us, men and women alike, our feet become longer and wider.  It happens faster for unstructured sneaker and flip-flop wearers -  and probably at lightning speed for yoga teachers like Ciwt.

Heeere's the article (sorry) ..

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Best of All --- Day 3/278

Walk: Cinema Club (Laggies), Laurel Village
Distance: 4.5 miles and home yoga

Best of all is Fall.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mon Dieu --- Day 3/277

Walk: Sundance Kubiki (NTL - Streetcar Named Desire)
Distance: 2 miles

Ciwt's building recently experienced some dryrot; a scary condition that is uncovered board by board, and you don't know ahead of time where it might stop.  Luckily the damage at Ciwt's building turned out to be minor.

But, not so, with the French Consulate a couple of blocks down the street and pictured above.  Mon Dieu, the view goes straight through.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Leo Holub Shooting Anderson Collection Stars --- Day 3/276

Martin Puryear, Accord, New York, 1992

Ciwt always enjoys seeing portraits of artists, and the newly opened Anderson Collection at Stanford University does not disappoint.

As they were collecting, Hunk and Moo Anderson commissioned their friend, beloved Stanford Professor and founder of the University's photography program, Leo Holub to take photos of of the featured artists in their collection.  So for ten years from the mid-1980's Holub (1916-2010) traveled around the country visiting studios of over 110 artists and quietly capturing them with a small Mamiya camera.  55 of these portraits are displayed in the Wisch Family Gallery on the ground floor of the new - and absolutely first rate! - museum building and - along with an excellent 'home movie' of the Andersons - allows the visitor to form a personal connection with the collectors and the artists before going upstairs to view the art works.

 Nathan Oliveira, Stanford 1982          Terry Winters, New York, 1992      

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park, 1984

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Youth Must Be Served -- Day 3/275

Walk: Novato, the Hood
Distance: 1.5 miles

Ciwt went out for a walk and saw this coming toward her.  She crossed to the other side of the street.