October 29, 2007

We added our friend Kiji's blog to our links. He's got some great playlists that he updates frequently for all to enjoy. *posted by Jaguarman

October 26, 2007

Pittsburgh Trip Part 3 of 4

The Cathedral of Learning, a historic landmark, is the second-tallest education building in the world—42 stories and 535 feet tall. It is also the geographic and traditional heart of the campus.

Begun by Chancellor John Bowman in 1926 and dedicated in 1937, the building was realized with the help of contributions from men, women, and children throughout the region and the world. During the peak of the Depression, when funding for the project became especially challenging, school children were encouraged to contribute a dime to "buy a brick."

In addition to the magnificent three-story "Commons Room" at ground level, the Cathedral of Learning also contains classrooms (including the internationally renowned Nationality Classrooms), the University's administrative offices, libraries, a computer center, a restaurant, and offices and classrooms for many liberal arts departments.

Instructor's view inside one of the Nationality Rooms.

Exterior shot at the base of the Cathedral

Resting, with time to kill, on the foothills of the Cathedral Lawn.

All Cathedral photos by Jaguarman with the exception of the First photo
In Part 4 I will sum up the trip with some photos from the Modern Formations Gallery Treez Group Show along with a few other snapshots from that weekend. The Treez show ends with a closing reception tonight 5:30-7:30pm.

October 24, 2007

Werner Herzog in conversation with Paul Holdengraber: Was the 20th Century a Mistake?

We attended the sold-out venue for the latest Herzog documentary, Encounters at the End of the World, with great enthusiasm, and the film definately gratified most of our expectations. In our opinion, the movie existed as a humorously new Herzog meeting a classic Herzog. The series continues today, as Werner himself makes his appearance in Philadelphia.
Was the 20th Century a Mistake?
Wednesday, October 24, 5:00 pm
B-1 Meyerson Hall, University of Pennsylvania

September Trip to Pittsburgh, Part Two

Continuing a mini photo-journal of the trip to Steel City at the end of last month.

Above: A shot through one of the many tunnels through the Allegheny Mountains. Traveling from the Pocono Area to Western PA can be a sightful drive through rural backroads and mountainous small towns. The trip from Philadelphia to Western PA, on the other hand, is a dreary 5-hour ride through colorless highways and humdrum flatlands.
Below: Arriving in Pittsburgh with almost 6 hours to kill, I visit old buildings where I used to attend class more than a decade ago. I stop to use the restroom in one of these buildings and notice I've never seen toilets like this on the Eastern side of Pennsylvania, reminding me of how Western PA always felt like the other side of the country, with much different architecture and other random details such as this.

This photo below is one of the many "Nationality" classrooms on the Ground Floor of the Cathedral of Learning. The Cathedral of Learning is a architectural symbol of the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, offering a great place of study for the University of Pittsburgh students. I will be posting more on this building in Part 3 of the trip.

October 23, 2007

Special Screening: Encounters at the End of the World

More events scheduled this week for one of our favorite modern filmakers, Werner Herzog. See list of events on the Cinema Studies Website HERE for more info.

There is a hidden society at the end of the world. One thousand men and women live together under unbelievably close quarters in Antarctica, risking their lives and sanity in search of cutting-edge science.
Now, for the first time, an outsider has been admitted. In his first documentary since GRIZZLY MAN, Werner Herzog, accompanied only by his camerman, traveled to Antarctica, with rare access to the raw beauty and raw humanity of the ultimate Down Under.
ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, Herzog’s latest meditation on nature, explores this land of Fire, Ice and corrosive Solitude. Special Screening today at the UPENN International House, 3701 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA. 7pm *posted by Jaguarman

October 22, 2007

First day at the new studio

Yesterday was the first day at the new studio. The studio used to be the hay room for a carriage house.

*posted by parker

New Link Added

Good friend of ours, Dan Zomack has started his new site. Its not completely finished, but definately worth a look at. He's got a wonderful style and I'm happy to say I own a few of his paintings. Check out Dan Zomack. *posted by Jagwiremon

October 13, 2007

October 10, 2007

Trip to Pittsburgh

I love taking road trips, even by myself once in awhile. I've made the 5 hour east/west trip across PA well over 70 times now, if you count return and departing trips. Each time has always given me alot of time to relax on the road and to focus on things going on in my life. I will try to update with snippets from my most recent trip out there.

Here is an A+ meal. Not in reference to grading the quality of the food per se, but rather a typical A Plus Gas Station meal.

One of the biggest beef jerky chip I've encountered.

October 2, 2007