Monday, October 20, 2014

Archtober is here!

When you think of October you probably think of falling leaves, pumpkins, ghosts and maybe beer but in the city there is also Archtober! It is a celebration of architecture and design in New York City and lasts all month long. There are activities, programs, exhibitions and tours throughout the festival and to find out more information you can visit their site here.

One of my favourite parts of Archtober is the 'Building of the Day'. They choose a famous building, whether it's modern or more traditional, and offer a tour of it. It really gives an insight into some of New York's famous landmarks that otherwise you might never get to step foot in. Although some are obvious choices like The Met, there are unusual ones like the original Shake Shack and police buildings. 

They also have many speakers and show various films during a film festival portion in the month. For more information on this portion you can go here.

NYC is known for having a very popular and lively art community but I personally feel the architecture side isn't as appreciated or even known about. That's why it's nice to have these kind of celebrations where people can learn more and enjoy it.

The Shining Event - October 26th

Do you Shine? I don't shine. I admire the sun shine! But no in all seriousness, Halloween is right around the corner and to make it spooky around the infamous Ludlow Residence Hall, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson will be playing in the Community Room on October 26th at 7 PM!

For those who haven't seem this epic horror film, let me fill you in. 

Jack Torrence (Nicholson) gets a new job as the caretaker at the Overlook Hotel while the hotel closes for the winter season. The hotel closes for winter because the area, Colorado, gets bombarded by snow and to quote the film, "It is not economically feasible to keep the roads open." However... there is a bit of story attached to the Overlook. Years ago, a former caretaker got a case of cabin fever and went insane. He killed his wife and two daughters and then killed himself.... DUN DUN DUUUUNNNN! So that lingers about.

The film is creepy, chilling and a classic. Besides entertaining, it is a masterfully constructed movie with plenty of terror.

Here is the trailer which doesn't really make sense but its frightening!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

My Favorite Food (well, most of the time)

My favorite food is curry chicken and white rice. Well, at least most of the time it is my favorite. It switches sometimes (to oxtail, ribs...), but consistently it is my favorite dish. I have many fond memories of sitting in front of a bright yellowed chicken contrasted with pure white rice. There is nothing like it when it's done right. It is so simple, but like other simple foods, it can be complicated to master. First off, it is hard to find a perfect prepackaged Jamaican curry. Most sold in stores are pretty good, but if you want to hit perfection you will have to make your own, or find a Jamaican Indian native that make the perfect blend. Both can be hard. 
The fact that I am a college student and i don't have time to do either, I bought the prepackaged curry. Recently, I tried to make the best curry I could from my prepackaged curry mix. It turned out Ok. well, actually, it turned out tasting more like Indian curry (a little different from Jamaican curry or Indian Jamaican curry). This was because I used too much curry. It was actually pretty delicious, but not what i was aiming for. Back to the drawing board. Looks like I will have to make my own curry mix.

(I eyeballed all ingredients:season to taste)

garlic powder
onion powder
Jamaican allspice seasoning mix (meat seasoning that contains allspice)
black pepper
italian herb mix

garlic cloves
allspice seeds (3-4, very strong)

1 potato

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throw Your Art Out, It Sucks!

It's all the wrong colors, awkwardly composed, falling apart, taking up space and just plain ugly. And not in a good way. The image is so repulsive, you can't even be brought to approach it with gesso to reuse the surface. In the back of your mind, you'll always know what is lurking beneath... So throw it out!

Next Sunday (October 26) MoMA PS1 will be opening its exhibit, Art Amnesty:

"MoMA PS1 and Bob & Roberta Smith Invite You to Throw Your Art Away."

Catchy, right? It's a pretty simple process. You bring your disgrace to the art world (as long as it's no more that ten square feet or ten cubic feet and weigh no more than 150 lbs) and toss it into one of the dumpsters set up in the courtyard.

Can't quite let go just yet? Bring it upstairs and a curator will hang it with all the other garbage. The trade-off is that you sign a pledge to never want to see the work again and/or make art again. Those who promise to never make art again get a badge that says "I am no longer an artist." Whether or not this is worth more than your BFA diploma may be debated.

The exhibit will be open through March 8, just in time for Spring Cleaning.

Click here to read more on the exhibit via MoMA PS1

We all scream for ice cream

Last night RA Adam and RHD Kristen went door to door with the ice cream float cart! It was a new idea we wanted to try out and it was so much fun and a huge success. The music did almost drain us out but seeing everyone so excited and opening their doors kept us going!

Thanks to everyone who came out and donated money to City Meals on Wheels!

Decorating without Damaging!

A few weeks ago I posted about some smart storage solutions to keep your room organized. Now it's time to decorate. We all know Ludlow has some guidelines when it comes to how you chose to decorate your room, and the biggest one concerns preventing residents from damaging the integrity of the walls for future guests. So this week's challenge is to find some cheap, easy and cute ways to spice up your white walls without nails!

1) First up is Washi tape! Now if you've yet to jump on the washi tape band wagon or even worse, don't know what it is, let me enlighten you. Washi tape is a decorative japanese paper tape, kind of like mashing tape, that you can put on...well just about everything. The best part is it's totally removable! It's a great way to add some temporary patten to your room. The internet is full of a plethora of ways to utilize this great product but here are some of my favorites.  (You can find a great selection of tape here)

2) Paint chips! Not only are these colorful, but they're FREE! Home Depot has a plethora of colors and finishes to pick from and they're surprisingly versatile! Use them in their original square format or grab a hole punch and mix it up!

PS: If you ever have to buy Color-aid for a class, pick up some paint chips instead! There are actually more colors and finishes available, and they're sturdier making them easier to work with!

3) A great trick for personalizing large blank walls is utilizing SVA's DIC which has an awesome machine called the Zoomer which is basically a huge photocopier! It's an amazing resource for making large prints on the cheap. You can blow up some photos of you and your family and friends or some nice scenic shots to help create your own personal oasis. You can also order these from staples if you don't want to lug them around. The Library of Congress has a great digital database of some amazing photographs from throughout the years if you're interested in some vintage photos. 

Finally I'm gonna do a little plug for an upcoming event! Another great way to decorate is by DIYing some straw mobiles!  Come hang out in the community room and create some sweet decorations to help personalize your space!  - RA Charlotte

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pie Your RA!

Pie Your RA was a huge success! Thank you to all those who came down and made a donation to Citymeals on Wheels! We even got the RHD pied! Thank you to all the Ludlow Staff for participating in this program and I'm so sorry, I had no idea how bad whip cream would smell after it sits out for an hour.... So terrible! 

If you'd like to learn more about Citymeals on Wheels please visit this link!