Thanks to everyone who came out last night for the Oscar Night! We were all winners last night because we all witness Leonardo DiCaprio finally taking the Oscar home after 15 years! RIP to those dank memes of Oscars-less Leo.
We'll see you guys next year!
Hey everyone, here's a recap of the Sexual Health Bingo program! There was a good turn out, and everyone was excited to try to win a Starbucks gift card. Everyone chose their boards carefully, and then we began. We played three rounds, all using the same board.
Here are the pics of the happy winners with their gift cards!
The Moon is in intellectual Air sign Libra today, and you're deep in thought! Spend time alone today—intense breakthroughs will come if you create space to tap into your subconscious.
The Moon is in Libra, activating the sector of your chart that rules relationships! This is a really exciting day for your partnerships, both romantic and social. You're feeling free and spontaneous, just like a ram should!
Today's vibe is amazing for getting things done and killing it at work or around your responsibilities. People are eager to help you and support you today— take advantage of it! Don't do everything alone.
Gemini The Moon is in fellow Air sign Libra today! Libra is one of the most charming signs in the zodiac, and the Moon in this sign is sending you amazing vibes around romance. Friends from faraway places will also say hello today. Cancer The Moon is in the sign of balance, Libra, and you're all about creating harmony in your life today. Some exciting changes are happening for you around your career goals or your reputation. Someone could offer you something very rare and exciting today. Leo Today is an exciting day for your relationships, Leo! Your partners will have some very interesting things to say today, and today's Moon in harmony-loving Libra will create an amazing vibe for the conversation. Virgo Do you hate surprises? You Virgos are pretty uptight, but you do have a playful side (Michael Jackson was a Virgo, BTW). Today you'll reflect on super deep thoughts. Bad habits may be broken as a result of your soul-searching. Libra The Moon is in your sign today, Libra! The energy is fun and exciting, especially in your relationships. Lots of surprise flirtation comes your way! Today's vibe is way funner than it has been—enjoy! Scorpio You have so much on your plate, Scorpio, and unexpected scheduling issues will pop up; however, your foundation is firm enough to keep you from losing control of your day. Family, close friends, and partner will also offer their assistance! Sagittarius Today will be lots of fun, Sagittarius! The Moon is in charming Libra, bringing lovely vibes to your social life. Plus, chatty Mercury and wild Uranus are conspiring to bring you some awesome surprises in your love life. You're extremely creative today. Capricorn Lots of changes are taking place in your home or involving your family, Capricorn, and today some unexpected good news and productive conversations will go down concerning these themes. Aquarius Surprise news is coming your way today, Aquarius! An unexpected letter or piece of gossip will bring you some excitement. Your mind is also insanely sharp today, so get your writing or test-taking done now.
Another winter came and go, another semester of feeling depressed and cold, it's time for class registration for next year again! I think class registration is always so much fun (with the often technical difficulty we encounter *cough*), but looking up classes you might be interested in is a really exciting process. So don't snooze on picking your next favorite classes, look em up in advance and snatch them before they fill up. The registrar just uploaded the new registration book. Click the link and scroll down to download it!
Today, I will be sharing an inspirational video about creativity. Since all of us are artists and relay on our creativity for a paycheck, this lecture John Cleese gives can help you understand how your creativity works. It's a lengthy video but I learned so much. Here it is.
Oscar night two was HELLA fun!! the TV was broken but we set up a projector and it was wicked.
thanks for everyone who came. The Oscars are on the 28th so be sure to join us in the basement to watch them!
The day that departs us from the week,
lets us escape the bleak,
and allows us to slip into a deep sleep,
only to be refreshed and recharged.
What will you do on your mild vacation?
Or perhaps finding some safe satisfaction?
Find what calms your soul...
Dine next to a fire with your desire,
Find Satchmo in a cafe or Bach in the halls,
maybe get your bed and rest that weary head,
The sky only shows half of the sun,
so go and have some fun,
under the heat of the sun,
or under the crisp moonlight,
the world is your oyster.
Killer Mike from the rap group Run the Jewels recently made a video series with Bernie Sanders talking about his politics and what he hopes to accomplish as the potential President of the United States. The six videos cover a wide range of topics including Bernie's stances on Economic Freedom, the Democratic Party, and Social Justice! Take a look at the first video with the link here
These past two Sundays were loaded with program-y goodness! On February 7, we had the SUPER BOWL. There was pizza, candy, Beyonce and duh a PINATA.
Valentine's Day rolled in the following week and Zhiwei agreed to neglect it for a moment in favor of the Chinese New Year Parade. Afterwards, our group ran down the street for some tea to warm up before heading home.
This Sunday Max and I are teaming up for a Toga Party! Bring your own sheet (or whatever you want ) and fashion it as your best toga. We'll have some popcorn for our screening of Animal House, which if you haven't seen yet, let us fix that for you. If you have seen it, you know it's time to see it again. Cheers to another Sunday Fun Day! See you then. :)
REMINDER: Today is the best day to stop on by any store that sells valentines chocolate to get it on sale! Eat a whole box of chocolates in the shape of a heart and feel good about it because you got it half off! Go!!!!!! The time is now!
I hope everyone had a good Valentine's Day filled with love and chocolates!
A couple days before Valentine's Day there was a DIY Valentine's program with cards and origami hearts. A super fun and easy way to make your own custom card to give to a loved one. If you missed this year there will probably be another one next year! Here are some fun cards and hearts from some residents.
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!
Chinese New Year Celebration Recap!
I made Tangyuan, and red envelopes full with gold coin chocolate for everyone! The Chinese New Year show was on TV and we all watched some really strange performance. But it was fun anyway!
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.
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.
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.
Oscar Night 1 was a Huge success! Thank you everyone who came to watch and thank you to Matt Damon for growing delicious potatoes with your poop. Overall I'd say the Martian was pretty decent and the amount of disco music was to my liking. Make sure to show up for our next Oscar nominated movie Mad Max Fury Road!