Wednesday, November 7, 2007

3rd\SE Quadrant 11/12 '07

The Approval Matrix: Week of November 12, 2007

Chelsea Peretti "All My Exes"

Chelsea Peretti is a stand-up comic and writer living in New York. She makes short films with the Variety Shac (currently in pre-production on a pilot) and has created two series for Turner's newly launched SuperDeluxe: "Making Friends With Chelsea Peretti" and "All My Exes."

She is co-creator of the New York City Rejection Line: (212) 479-7990 and of web satire, which brought her to HBO Aspen Comedy Festival's "Off the Web."

Chelsea has written for Playgirl, the Village Voice, Details, and the Gawker book. (Chelsea Peretti)

"All My Exes #1"

Harold and Kumar in Prime Time

Since filming "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" John Cho (Harold) has appeared in the following television shows:

  • "How I Met Your Mother"
  • "Ugly Betty"
  • "Til Death"
  • "The Singles Table"
  • "Kitchen Confidential"
  • "Grey's Anatomy"
  • "American Dad!"
  • "House M.D."

And Kal Penn (Kumar) has appeared in:

  • "House M.D."
  • "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
  • "24"
  • "The Call"
  • "Awesometown"

"The Breaks"

Book Description: In the fall of 1982, celebrated photographer of the British music scene Janette Beckman moved to New York City, where she found hip hop on the edge of explosion. After a decade underground, the DJs, MCs, b-boys, fly girls, and graff writers were finally getting their due from the downtown crowd.

While trains were covered in graffiti and boomboxes were blasting on the corners, DJs were up in the clubs while the dancers rocked the floor. Artists were getting signed and local legends were born. And while others called hip hop a fad, Beckman knew better. Her photographs, collected in The Breaks: Stylin’ and Profilin’ 1982–1990 transport us back to a time before music videos, marketing departments, and uber-stylists took control.

The queen of the 80s album cover, Beckman shot the icons of the era: Afrika Bambaataa, GrandMaster Flash and the Furious Five, the Fearless Four, the World Famous Supreme Team, Lovebug Starski, Salt’n’Pepa, Run-DMC, Stetsasonic, UTFO, Roxanne Shante, Sweet T, Jazzy Joyce, Slick Rick, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B. and Rakim, EPMD, NWA, Ice-T, 2 Live Crew, Tone Loc, Gang Starr, Ultramagnetic MCs, Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock, Special Ed, Leaders of the New School, Jungle Brothers, Beastie Boys, Rick Rubin, and countless others.

The era was as original as it was innocent, and Beckman’s images remind us of a culture that brought forth The Message before it got Paid in Full. (Hustler of Culture)

Artists’ Reception for "The Breaks," and "Born in the Bronx":

Friday, November 9, 2007, 6:00–9:00 pm
The Windows of The powerHouse Arena
37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
For more information, please call 212-604-9074 x100

Exhibition Dates: November 3–11, 2007
Gallery Hours: Weekdays: 10am–7pm, Weekends: 11am–7pm

"Born in the Bronx:
A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop."

Jim Farberm of the Daily News wrote in his review of the book, "In seminal photos, handbills and record sleeves from the late '70s and early '80s, "The Bronx" captures an ironically gorgeous thing: The early rappers, break dancers and graffiti artists bred in our northernmost borough managed to contradict every depressing element of their surroundings by transforming them into pure expression. More, they did so with such creativity, their work wound up changing the entire history of youth culture."
(Photograph by Joe Conzo courtesy of Born in the Bronx)

Joe Torre in L.A.

Joe Torre was hired Thursday [November 1, 2007] to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers, taking the job two weeks after walking away from the New York Yankees.

The winningest manager in postseason history, Torre moved from one storied franchise to another, agreeing to a three-year, $13 million contract. He becomes the Dodgers' eighth manager since they left his hometown, where he rooted for the rival New York Giants.

Torre guided the Yankees to four World Series championships from 1996-2000, and they made the playoffs in all 12 years he managed them. (ESPN)

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