Friday, February 12, 2016

New Exhibition at the New Museum - Anri Sala: Answer Me

On view this month is a new exhibition at the New Museum by artist Anri Sala called Answer Me. Anri explores the visual and emotional connections we make with both music and spoken language language by using multimedia instillations as his main medium. This is the most cohesive collection of his work that's ever been on view in the United States and in my opinion probably one of the strongest exhibits the New Museum has had in the last couple of months! If you have the time the New Museum is located on Bowery and with your student ID you can get a free ticket in!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

POST GAME NIGHT 2

Another fun night! More than 1 game was played but it was too much fun for words. A picture says a 1000 words. A bunch of characters...

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

3 Things Career Development can do for you!

1. Tighten up your resume or learn how to interview by making an online appointment with a career counselor. You can register here: http://svacd.youcanbook.me

2. Attend events about getting freelance work and preparing for job fairs. You can register to attend these events here: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/sva-career-development-1753312875

3. Search for jobs and internships with their online job board here:  https://www.collegecentral.com/sva

You can find out Career Development office hours and more about the resources available to you here: http://www.sva.edu/student-life/career-development 

It's never too late or too early to get help from Career Development.

Dinosaurs invade the city

Recently one of the biggest dino dudes in the world was put on display in new York and y'all should check it out. It's really flippin' big. it's so big it doesn't fit in the room the set it up in and the head is poking out the door. Check it out fam.
http://mentalfloss.com/article/74113/one-biggest-dinosaurs-ever-discovered-now-display-new-York

Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Lunar New Year!


Happy Lunar New Year everyone!! Remember to send love to your family and friends back home, and most importantly, remember to come celebrate with us tonight in the Ludlow basement!! 
Here's a brief history of Chinese New Year, hope y'all enjoy your holiday! 

The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it’s been called since the 20th century, remains the most important social and economic holiday in China. Originally tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar, the holiday was a time to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. It was also a time to bring family together for feasting. With the popular adoption in China of the Western calendar in 1912, the Chinese joined in celebrating January 1 as New Year’s Day. China, however, continues to celebrate the traditional Chinese New Year, although in a shorter version with a new name–the Spring Festival. Significantly, younger generations of Chinese now observe the holiday in a very different manner from their ancestors. For some young people, the holiday has evolved from an opportunity to renew family ties to a chance for relaxation from work.

The Ancient Chinese Calendar
The ancient Chinese calendar, on which the Chinese New Year is based, functioned as a religious, dynastic and social guide. Oracle bones inscribed with astronomical records indicate that it existed at least as early as 14th century B.C., when the Shang Dynasty was in power. The calendar’s structure wasn’t static: It was reset according to which emperor held power and varied in use according to region.
The Chinese calendar was a complex timepiece. Its parameters were set according to the lunar phases as well as the solar solstices and equinoxes. Yin and yang, the opposing but complementary principles that make up a harmonious world, also ruled the calendar, as did the Chinese zodiac, the cycle of twelve stations or “signs” along the apparent path of the sun through the cosmos. Each new year was marked by the characteristics of one of the 12 zodiacal animals: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

The Traditional Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year period began in the middle of the 12th month and ended around the middle of the first month with the waxing of the full moon. Observance of the New Year period was traditionally divided into New Year’s Eve and the first days of the new year.
Traditionally for the Chinese, New Year was the most important festival on the calendar. The entire attention of the household was fixed on the celebration. During this time, business life came nearly to a stop. Home and family were the principal focuses. In preparation for the holiday, homes were thoroughly cleaned to rid them of “huiqi,” or inauspicious breaths, which might have collected during the old year. Cleaning was also meant to appease the gods who would be coming down from heaven to make inspections. Ritual sacrifices of food and paper icons were offered to gods and ancestors. People posted scrolls printed with lucky messages on household gates and set off firecrackers to frighten evil spirits. Elders gave out money to children. In fact, many of the rites carried out during this period were meant to bring good luck to the household and long life to the family–particularly to the parents.
Most important was the feasting. On New Year’s Eve, the extended family would join around the table for a meal that included as the last course a fish that was symbolic of abundance and therefore not meant to be eaten. In the first five days of the New Year, people ate long noodles to symbolize long life. On the 15th and final day of the New Year, round dumplings shaped like the full moon were shared as a sign of the family unit and of perfection.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Historical Malt Milkshakes

The Lexington Candy Shop is a luncheonette opened in 1925! Serving classic American sandwiches and meals. It's like a diner, but serving it up, "the old fashion way." A star drink is a regualr milkshake but also malt milkshakes.

But Jon... what is a malt milkshake? Well what a great question! Well malt is actually a grain that is converted into a fermented powder then processed into a milk powder for drinks, such as milk shakes. Yes, fermentation means alcohol but the amount produced is so slight it is not considered an alcohol drink. However, this adds a distinct, grain, homy, zing flavoring to the milkshake.

Store fronts like Lexington Candy Shop use to be on every corner of New York like the way Starbucks is now. These were the kind of places kids would go and hang out. Talk to one another before the primitive phrase, "Netflix and chill" was ever conceived.

http://www.lexingtoncandyshop.net/about-me

Drink up!




Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Super Bowl at Ludlow!!!

Sunday...Sundayyy....SUUNNNDAAAAYYYY!!!!! ARE YOU READY!!??!?

If you don`t know what to be ready for, please for the sake of everything we Americans cherish in this country, keep reading. If you do know what I`m referring to, also keep reading.

This Sunday will mark the start of the Super Bowl 50, a battle to the end zone between the North Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. Both are great teams and I`m sure there will be some dramatic plays, but more importantly, there will be some great commercials.

And pizza and candy. And a piñata. At least at Ludlow.

Anywho, the game starts at 6:30pm and will play out for about four hours with welcomed commercial breaks and a halftime show. During which Coldplay, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars will be performing.



The great thing about the Super Bowl is that is has something for everyone even if you don`t care about football. I wouldn't recommend going out to a sports bar and announcing that you don't, but at Ludlow you most definitely can and be amongst your friends and pizza. (By now I hope you have realized we are hosting our annual Super Bowl program again.)

But if you must insist on faking it til you're making it, here are five Super Bowl fun facts to embarrass your friends with:

1. Charles Haley was part of the most Super Bowl winning teams: twice with the San Francisco 49ers and thrice with the Dallas Cowboys.

2. Tom Brady holds the record for the most touchdown passes in Super Bowl history: 13!

3. Last year the halftime show produced the most-watched in history with 118 million viewers.

4. The Lombardi Trophy is manufactured every year by Tiffany & Co, made of sterling silver and at street value is worth $3,500.

5. The highest priced ticket for the first Super Bowl was $12. The highest price ticket for SB 49 was $17,800.