Category Archives: Friends

“It’s Only Art” (But I Like It)

To call writer/art critic/poet/artist/curator/pottery expert (and collector)/gardener John Perreault (1937-2015) a Renaissance man is to dramatically understate the case. “It’s Only Art,” a tribute survey of his paintings and sculpture (with video documentation of a few of his performances), is … Continue reading

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Star-Spangled Crème Pâtissière Redux

Last year, Mark made the confection, adapting a “scintillating strawberry” recipe by Jacques Torres, to celebrate Julie and her newly acquired American citizenship. This year it’s to celebrate our country–its goodness and resilience. “All men are created equal,” originally referred … Continue reading

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Fearless Women, On Screen and Behind the Camera

“Gas Food Lodging” (1992), Allison Anders’ seminal second feature, made without asking permission, stars Brooke Adams as Nora, a waitress and single mother in “Nowheresville, New Mexico,” trying to balance raising her teenage daughters, Trudi and Shade (Ione Skye and Fairuza Balk), in a … Continue reading

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“Homeless–In All Countries”

Shot in enveloping widescreen, director/co-writer Maria Schrader’s “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” opens with the frame filled with vibrant tropical flowers. As the camera pulls back, it reveals an extravagantly decorated, enormous banquet table in an elegant, old-world style room at Rio de Janeiro’s exclusive Jockey … Continue reading

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The Man (Unfortunately) Is (Now) the Message

Academy Award winning-director (“Citzenfour”) Laura Poitras’s complicated new documentary “Risk,” is a seemingly all-access portrait of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, the media organization he founded in 2006. The film, shot over six years, beginning in 2010, premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, … Continue reading

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Men and Mayhem

I photographed Ted Kotcheff in 2012. It was a few years before I developed a very late-to-the-party fascination with Olivia Benson (and crew) and started working my way through, in no particular order, 400+ episodes of SVU, 285 of which he had executive … Continue reading

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Hands in the Earth Days

On Friday and Earth Day, with the Kingston YMCA Farm Project‘s fourth growing season underway, volunteers from the surrounding Midtown neighborhood, wider community, local schools, SUNY New Paltz, and the Harvesting Justice collective at Bard College, weeded and seeded, spread compost and … Continue reading

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