An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks
Apr08

An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks

An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks An Ode to Life Magazine and Gordon Parks As part of my trip to Brazil, I wanted to pay homage to one of my favorite photographers, Gordon Parks. In 1961, Parks released a photo series for Life magazine, “Freedom’s Fearful Foe: Poverty” transporting Middle America from the comfort of home into the squalor of the favelas of Brazil. The portrait of young Flavio and his families struggle for...

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Havana Perspective
Jun14

Havana Perspective

Running Through Havana A New Lens on Havana Understanding the flow of Cuban life begins at the artery of the Old City, Calle Obispo. Formed of piece-mealed cobblestone and sand (occasionally broken up to reveal new fiber-optic cable), Calle Obispo’s streets run from the northernmost point from Parque Central south to Plaza de Arms. El Floridita bar crowns the north, made famous by Hemingway, an homage to the power of the pen. The...

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Surround Sounds: Cafe Haarlem
Mar19

Surround Sounds: Cafe Haarlem

“Soul food in Amsterdam?” I thought. “Food, Music and More!” proclaimed the red script font. Intrigued and two months into my Netherland stint, I squeeze into the tight double doors, schoolbag in tow. Squeezing in, is frequent in Amsterdam. Doors are often skinny, a throwback to the city’s original taxation on width of property, not length. De La Soul plays on the speakers inside. I breathe easier. Good music earns points with me,...

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Surround Sounds: Cafe de Prins, Part Two
Mar15

Surround Sounds: Cafe de Prins, Part Two

I never liked pea soup. I never saw the great joy in hanging out with peas warmed up in a bowl, waiting for something to happen; just doesn’t do it for me. However, I have been in Amsterdam for the past six months and built rapport with the staff at Café Prins, and as it goes rapport needs to be reciprocated. It is this rapport allowing the owner to feel it was safe to launch a “pea soup volley”. “You should try the pea soup my...

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Surround Sounds: Café De Prins
Mar06

Surround Sounds: Café De Prins

Bzzz-eeypp! The door chime proclaims another patron joins the ranks here warm at the eight stool wooden bar. I look towards the window noting the continuously fallen snow and frost, yet it is still toasty inside the mellow confines of Café Prins. Actually, mellow doesn’t properly describe where you and nearby figures, melt into the walls, as easily as the12x14 paintings and photographs of winterized canals, displayed overhead and...

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Neftalie’s Surround Sounds: Nikki’s Beach in Venice

Welcome to my new column “Surround Sounds” dedicated to giving you the hotness on what’s good in the city. Let’s start with a staple. Two words, two syllables a piece, and a haven to discuss finance and what little details you can disseminate about your Vegas weekend. Yes, my friends the blissfully fleeting moments known as Happy Hour. Nikki’s Beach in Venice is the spot to head to after succumbing to the final whistle of...

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Real Men Don’t Eat Salads!

Real men don’t eat salads. But grown men do. As your favorite grown man reporting on the best places to do all things LA, I sit in West Subs doing just that, and enjoying it. No, I haven’t gone soft but this healthy green salad accompanying my meal has thrown me a curve ball. It’s disregarded my maturity level, strategically placing raisins atop my fork amidst raspberry vinaigrette. Their subterfuge is rewarded — mental note add...

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Lights, Camera, Attraction

Lights, Camera, Attraction!! This is the subject of Cirque de Soleil’s, latest incarnation, Zumanity! This new Vegas show is not only unafraid to tempt your sexual appetite, but with its voracious scope and vision it attempts to satisfy it! From the very beginning we are introduced to characters poised to warm up the audience with the breaking of sexual taboos. Actors Ron and his wife are dressed as classic 50’s newlyweds with a...

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The Art of Vegas

Ahhh, Vegas, the one spot left on earth where anything is still possible and anything can happen. However the amount of activities one can get into capable of making your mother proud is usually countable on two hands. (OK, it’s actually one hand, but I love Vegas too much to ever give her a real black eye:) For all those quick to call out the Strip as being devoid of culture, enter the cure for the common toll from neon over...

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The Crazy Horse Paris, Vegas

These nights bring only restless sleep. They’re still in my dreams. It shouldn’t be this way, but I’m not sure anyone could do better; it’s hard to view perfection then adhere to living a normal life. They haunt me as I spend my time at the water cooler during work, conversing with coworkers as if nothing ever happened. Yet I know it, and the girls know it and so does everyone else who ventured into the Crazy Horse Paris that night....

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