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Under African Skies

January 19, 2014

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It’s hard to believe that Paul Simon released his album “Graceland” over 25 years ago. Crazy, but true… That album has and will always be one of my favorites, just like Paul Simon will always be one of my favorite musicians.

I saw that there was a documentary called ‘Under African Skies” coming out about the making of the album a while back, and have looked for it off and on since. I’ve wanted to buy it on Amazon, iTunes and tried to find it on NetFlix. Not available (Well, I guess Amazon had this on BluRay, but I don’t have a BluRay player. If I can’t stream, I guess I don’t watch). Then this last week I saw it was on Hulu Plus. Well, I’ve never had a Hulu account, but I wanted to see the documentary and signed up.

I enjoyed the documentary and thought I’d post about it here. People who were around when that album came out probably remember the controversy that surrounded it. Back then, South Africa was in Apartheid hell, and there were all sorts of boycotts against that nation. One of those boycotts included Artists Against Apartheid, which strongly discouraged musicians from visiting, recording, or touring with South African musicians. Paul Simon seemed to think that it would be more productive to go to South Africa and record his new album “Graceland” in a South African Studio with South African musicians. Then he went on tour with those musicians in support of that album. I can see both sides of the controversy, Apartheid was an incredibly ugly thing, but I personally am glad Paul Simon chose to do what he thought was right. “Graceland” is a gem! And if you like the album, I’d definitely recommend you watch this documentary too.

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Chasing Ice

December 29, 2013

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esq-chasing-ice-120512-xlgI just watched a movie that I think everyone should see. A documentary called Chasing Ice. The film follows photographer James Balog and his team as they travel to and through the Arctic in order to capture on time-lapsed photography the effects of global warming and the glacial retreat. I heard a really good podcast interview with Balog a year or two ago (can’t remember which podcast though, dag-nabbit) and meant to see the film, but since it wasn’t out quite yet I guess I kind of forgot about it. This last week I saw it was on Netflix and I had to watch. I’m glad I did.

This may seem a little off-topic, but I don’t think so and its something I have felt for a long time… In my life I have come across two different mentalities and approaches to Nature pretty regularly that make no sense to me.

ChasingIce_filmstill2_by_James_Balog-Extreme_Ice_SurveySMThe first is an attitude that each of us are all too familiar with. That is, Nature is just a resource to be used, put up for sale, and exploited by man. The idea that Nature was created just to benefit our own materialistic greed actually does damage to me physically, psychically and spiritually. This approach, which has seeped into pretty much every aspect of our personal and civilized life, damages all of us. But not only us, it also damages every plant and animal we share this world with (wasn’t the world created for them too?). The idea that we can pollute the skies, fill the ocean with oil and plastic, tear and stab at the mountainside for coal, gas, and minerals, not to mention torture animals for their milk and meat… Hell, its obvious there are still some people who see other people that way too. As a resource to be exploited. Well, that attitude seems so ignorant I can’t even believe it. Its inevitable that there are consequences. Boggles the brain.

chasing iceThe other side of the coin is just as disturbing though. I’ve met many many people who sincerely believe that the world would be better off without human beings. Like we are not a part of this world, that we are somehow apart. But we belong here. I don’t mean that we have more rights than anything else to the air, land, and water, but just as much right to it at the very least.  Its a gift to each and every species that share this world. Sure, I also find it disgusting that we’ve exploited Nature too. This is a huge mistake. Whatever your beliefs, atheist, religious, nudist, we were created by Nature or God or Whatever to live here. We belong here. My feeling is we’re not a mistake. Even if you think it all happened by dumb luck and chance, I’m sure you’re still able to see how incredible it is that you can think that thought. And your ability to think that thought is one of Nature’s gifts to you. Whatever you believe, its plain to see we are Nature’s children and rely on Her for our existence, however our existence came to be.

I love Nature. You could even say that I am in love with Her. Whether its a cloud, a tree, a stream, a bird flying over my house, a mountain, another person’s face, or something that other person has created, I see Nature everywhere and She is beautiful (yeah, gotta capitalize Her beautiful name. Can’t be helped). If I don’t spend at least an hour or two every day with Her just walking up the canyon under some trees, I feel like I am going to go crazy.

chasing-ice-melting-glaciers-6I look at the human species as a whole almost in the same way I look at an individual person. That statement probably doesn’t make a whole lot of sense without some long-ass explanation, and this post is already long enough. But yeah, sometimes I see our species in the same way that I see an individual. Humanity wakes up for the first time in this strange world and looks around, learns to walk, learns to talk, tries to find its place and meaning, discovers things along the way, gets a little older, and we will eventually die. I know, as an individual, I certainly have made many mistakes in my life. Collectively, we’ve also made many mistakes along the way too. But Nature still gives us Her gifts, and I do believe we can learn from our mistakes and change.

Anyway, a bit of a tangent. You may ask what all these words have to do with the documentary. Well, I guess a good documentary makes you think.

Sometimes I think I need to be more of an activist, but I know that is not my role or calling. My job is to create, to make and share these sometimes strange pictures and ideas that fill my head. But maybe there can be a blending? Anyway, I truly appreciate that there are people like James Balog trying to open peoples eyes to the damage we’ve been causing this world. His film has helped me love Nature even more.

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You Call A Tree A Tree…

December 7, 2013

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I probably first read The Hobbit when I was about nine years old. And then I immediately read it again a couple more times. Thinking on it now, I really don’t know that I have read it since then though, but I do know the story by heart and its very special to me. By the time I was ten or eleven I had collected and read The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarilion, and The Unfinished Tales. At that time I think the last two books listed were beyond me, but The Lord of the Rings… I read that over and over again. Back then me and my family were living in Taiwan, and there was this book store up the street that had these beautifully bound hardcover copies (same dust-jacket as the one pictured above) with a giant map in the back that I could unfold and pour over. We lived in the heart of Taipei by the Chiang Kai-shek memorial. Even though that was a pretty public monument and park, there was this secluded spot with a small waterfall I’d climb up to. I’d go up there and read about Ents, Hobbits, and Elves. Good times!

Tolkien has been a great companion in my life. Even though I may go for many years not reading anything he has written, its inevitable that eventually I’ll pick up and read one of his stories again and thoroughly enjoy myself. I think it was last winter that I picked up Morgoth’s Ring and read that for the first time. It’s really good! These days, The Silmarilion is far and away my favorite work though. The mythology in there is mind boggling, and his creation story is definitely one of the best.

Tolkien was a very religious person, and it shows in his writing. Even though I am not religious and I don’t really believe in a personified supreme-power (its hard to explain what I believe. Some sort of animism I suppose), there is one thing that always came through in his work, and it is also something I agree with… Tolkien believed that you can experience God directly in his handwork. God (or Iluvatar in Tolkien mythology) moves through Nature, and by spending time with Nature you can come to know and understand the mind of God. And it is our creativity and imagination that allows us to participate directly with God and Nature.

The quote below, taken from a conversation between Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, is really the point of this post. I wanted the quote to appear here on ArtDuh!

You call a tree a tree, [Tolkien said to C.S. Lewis], and you think nothing more of the word. But it was not a ‘tree’ until someone gave it that name. You call a star a star, and say it is just a ball of matter moving on a mathematical course. But that is merely how you see it. By so naming things and describing them you are only inventing your own terms about them. And just as speech is invention about objects and ideas, so myth is invention about truth.

We have come from God (continued Tolkien), and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming a ‘sub-creator’ and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic ‘progress’ leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil….

You mean, asked Lewis, that the story of Christ is simply a true myth, a myth that works on us in the same way as the others, but a myth that really happened? In that case, he said, I begin to understand.

Geek Out!

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Free Film

May 11, 2012

I want to invite everyone to see a free film. It’s called Addiction Incorporated, it hasn’t yet been released to theaters. It’s the story of a tobacco industry insider, hired to research how to make a safer cigarette, and then fired because he discovered the first evidence that tobacco is addictive. I know that sounds like old news today, but his discovery led to the first federal regulation of the tobacco industry, and the education campaigns that exist today. Here’s the screening schedule, tickets are FREE:

May 15
Brewvies Cinema Pub
677 South 200 West,  Salt Lake City
7:30 p.m.
Must be 21 years or older

May 16
Salt Lake Community College Amphitheater
4600 S Redwood Road, Taylorsville
8:00 p.m.
All Ages

May 21
Ogden Megaplex
2351 Kiesel Avenue, Ogden
6:15 p.m.
All Ages

May 21
Santy Auditorium
1255 Park Ave., Park City
7:00 p.m.
All Ages

May 22
Main Library Auditorium
210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City
6:30 p.m.
All Ages

May 22
Moab Arts and Recreation Center’s Stage Room
111 East 100 North, Moab
7:00 p.m.
All Ages

 May 23
The Price Theatre
30 East Main Street, Price
7:00 p.m.
All Ages

May 24
The Scera
745 South State Street, Orem
7:00 p.m.
All Ages

May 24
Salt Creek Cinemas
1101 East Highway 132, Nephi
7:30 p.m.
All Ages

May 25
The Electric Theater
68 East Tabernacle Street, St. George
7:00 p.m.
All Ages

Totally Cool Rewards Program

March 1, 2012

It’s a Bay Area week this week. On Tuesday, we blogged about Veronica DeJesus’ memorial drawing of Whitney Houston. Today, we are blogging about her beautiful partner, Regina Clarkina’s comedy sketches:

“My goal is to alleviate stress by laughing about all that which is terrifyingly depressing in our stunning society,” says Regina.

Here you go – a comedy sketch just for you about the poorification of the middle class:

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Bloody Mary Meets a Culture of Concealment

October 6, 2011

My dear friend Giuliana Serena put on a bloody big party for Salt Lake City Saturday night. The topic of the night: periods. And, no, we aren’t talking about punctuation. Giuliana shared with us her philosophy and thought, and the development of her Moon Cycle Timepieces, which help you track your flow, and what is going on with your body every day of the month in relation to the moon.

Giuliana believes that, like the trajectory of a planet, or a strand of DNA, time is built on a spiral. I love conversations about the nature of time. I love learning about different ways of tracking time and calendars. As an artist, I use time as a component of my work – specifically with dance and music. It is amazing how a three minute performance on stage can impact your life so much more than three minutes spent waiting in line at the bank. I also see individual use and structuring of time as an extremely important aspect of the journey toward self-actualization, as well as conveying respect both to yourself and to the people you share your life with. So managing my calendar is something I take very seriously, almost as if it isn’t a means to an end, but is a discrete skill and task to enjoy and develop.

The movie “The Moon Inside You,” is a foreign film about cultural attitudes toward menstruation. For me, by far the best part of the movie was the drawings about menstruation it shared by little boys. One boy drew a series of cant’s: “can’t swim,” can’t do laundry,” “can’t smoke,” and “can’t schedule your Pap smear.” (Ok, I forgot some of his cant’s, so I made up my own.) Another little boy did a pencil drawing of a stick figure with a bob haircut and no secondary sexual features. Her legs were apart and red marker blood was angrily flowing and pooling. HA HA, yep, that’s it exactly, son.

The point of the movie and discussion was to build a more positive view of menstruation in our society. After all, without it we wouldn’t be able to have children. Cultures were discussed that view menstruation as a reminder for women to take time for themselves and to be served by others. One culture sees it as a time of great feminine power. Another culture viewed the period as a time of rebirth. My favorite perspective, however, was that during the days before a period (AKA PMS), the veil between a woman’s conscious and subconscious mind thins, allowing her to speak the truth. Take that! I don’t have PMS, I’m speaking the truth, bitches!

One thing that bothered me about the movie, however, was the attitude toward the pill, IUD and other forms of birth control. The women in the film and in the room seemed to look at these forms of birth control as oppressive to women. I strongly disagree. The invention of the pill completely changed the trajectory of the female life and made the sexual revolution of the 1960s possible. No longer was your future entirely determined by the flow of blood, and the little egg that when fertilized changes your position economically, socially, educationally and in all of your relationships. Birth control technology  allows a woman more choices and opportunity.  So, while, yeah we all agree that the doctor who invented the uterine implant, who sees menstruation as pathological, is a dick. I still believe that most of the doctors who have advanced birth control options are heroes and heroines to my gender. Giuliana emphasizes that birth control is a personal choice for every woman, and that she must educate herself to choose the best option. I agree, but I can’t help wanting to celebrate the fact that I DO have those options, unlike my grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother and great great great grandmother.

But wait, there’s more. Giuliana is accepting registrations for a Red Tent retreat in November. Visit http://www.moontimerising.com/event-schedule/ to sign up. She is also at the Dowtown Farmers Market on October 8, 15 and 22, selling her Moon Cycle Timepieces. You may also visit her website to join her Moon Letter List or “like” Moontime Rising on FaceBook to be informed of upcoming film screenings.

In addition, I’m looking at scheduling a girl power belly dance class to begin in November. Drop me a note or comment if you are interested in participating.

Lady's Room Sign at Vitalize, Where the Movie was Screened

Lady's Room Sign at Vitalize, Where the Movie was Screened

Art in the Caves

June 12, 2011

The Chauvet Cave

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A few weeks ago I went to see Werner Herzog’s movie The Cave of Forgotten Dreams at the Broadway Cinema. I have no doubt that there are some people who will not like this movie at all, but I think it is one of the most amazing films I have seen in a long time.

Horses and Rhinos

I have spent a good chunk of my life roaming through my imagination. I’ve also spent a lot of time researching history, and I am often able to understand the people from the past by looking at the artwork they left behind. Prehistoric man calls out to me through their artwork, and I have spent a good chunk of time living with them in my mind. My imagination wanders over old relics and art objects and builds a bridge between me and the ancient world. I have never been to the prehistoric caves in France to look at this artwork in person. Aside from running around Utah and other parts of the western U.S. looking for petroglyphs, I’ve seen very little prehistoric artwork in it’s original setting. But it is something I have a little bit ‘o book learning on, and Herzog’s film made it seem like I was right there exploring with him.

Lion Panel

I find myself thinking about how it must have been for mankind to live in such a harsh world 32,000 years ago, which is when the first drawing in The Chauvet Cave was created. People were surrounded by animals that just want to eat them, and every animal (including humans) was desperately trying to find enough food to keep themselves alive. Even the herbivorous were incredibly violent, which is illustrated on the cave walls in the images of all the woolly rhinos fighting. And not only that, but it was a freezing cold ice-age too.

Bison

These cave drawings weren’t made by one single person, but by many different people contributing to the panels over thousands of years. The way human beings experienced time must have been so very different. Another interesting thing to think about is, humans didn’t even live in many of the caves that contain the ancient artwork. Instead, people would just go down and down and down into the earth with flickering torches, into caves that were often occupied by giant cave bear or puma, to draw a picture. Somehow that picture became ritual. And that ritual became religion. And that religion probably made them feel like they understood, and even have a little bit of power over, this crazy world.

Cat & Crotch

In the end, this movie may not be for you, but I’d still recommend it to everybody. I came away with so many ideas and insights. For instance, I never even considered how the flickering torches the artists used must have made the artwork and panels seem alive, almost as though the animals were moving. So beautiful. I could go on and on…


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An aside, but there is one image from another cave in Trois Frères called The Sorcerer that kind of haunts me, and I’ve drawn many variations of this ancient character. I still don’t feel like I have said all I need to say about this Sorcerer/Shaman, so I am sure he will visit me through my artwork again, but he’s always a welcome guest.

Sorcerer - by Todd Powelson

Shaman In The Caves - by Todd Powelson

The Mighty Thor!

April 3, 2011

The Mighty Thor wasn’t the first comic book I ever read (that was an issue of the Fantastic Four), but Marvel Comics’ Thor was the probably the first comic book character to completely fascinate me. For that reason, I will always have a very soft spot right in the middle of my heart for him.

I remember being a kid of about eight or so making, what I thought at the time was, a pretty good replica of Thor’s hammer Mjolnir… it was really just a heavy rock that was clumsily tied to the end of a stick. I ran around pretending I was Thor all the time until one day I let some other kid use Mjolnir. The other kid was swinging that hammer around, he pretended to throw it at me, and the rock flew off the end of the home-made hammer and hit me in the side of the head. Actually, the rock would fly off all the time, I’d just tie it back on.. but I’m the only one who it ever injured. I think it even knocked me out for a second. I shouldn’t have let that other kid use it, because only the worthy can wield Mjolnir!

In Norse mythology, as recorded and told in the Icelandic Edda, Thor is the Norse god of Thunder. He is the red-headed son of Odin and Jord, and is married to the fertility goddess Sif. In addition to his hammer, Thor also wore a magic belt that made him stronger, and iron gloves that would allow him to handle Mjöllnir. Thor is constantly warring with the frost giants, dark elves, and dwarves. Thor rides through the sky in his chariot, which is pulled by his two goats “Gap-tooth” and “Tooth-grinder”. When lightning flashes, you could bet that Thor had just thrown his hammer. Thor’s death is foretold in the myth of Ragnarök, when he and the world serpent Jörmungandr destroy one another.

In 1962, when Marvel Comics was just starting to get a foothold in pop culture, Stan Lee, Larry Leiber, and Jack Kirby adopted the myth of Thor and made him into a superhero. I’ve heard that those creators at Marvel Comics wanted to make a superhero that was as powerful and noble as Superman. Even though Marvel’s version of Thor was blonde, many of the comic’s supporting characters and adventures did come right out of the original mythology. Here is what Stan Lee had to say about creating Thor:

“I was looking for something different and bigger than anything else. And I figured what could be bigger than a god? Well, people were pretty much into the Roman and the Greek gods by then, and I thought the Norse gods might be good. And I liked the sound of the name Thor and Asgaard and the Twilight of the Gods’ Ragnarok and all of that.

“I wanted him to be the son of Odin, who is the King of the Gods, like Jupiter. And I wanted him to have an evil brother, Loki. And just like the Fantastic Four were always fighting Dr. Doom, and Spider-Man was usually fighting the Green Goblin, I figured Loki would be the big villain. He’s Thor’s half brother. He’s jealous of Thor. He has enchantment powers. So in a way he’s a good foe. Thor has strength, but Loki is like a magician and can do all kind of things. So that seemed good to me.”

I started reading reprints of the original Thor stories in the ’70s. They were pretty cool, although I didn’t like Thor’s alter ego Dr. Donald Blake all that much. I began collecting the Thor comics in the early ’80s and I had pretty much all of the issues written by Walt Simonson, which is considered by some to be the best Thor stories written for comics. Unfortunately, I misplaced all of my back issues somewhere when I was moving around so much in my late teens and early twenties. I did manage to keep track of Thor issue #300. I love that issue and kept it close. Partly because the Celestials appear in the story, but mainly because the Destroyer plays such a big role! Gotta love the DESTROYER!

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On May 6th, the movie that is based on the comic book character will come out. I have no idea if it’ll be a good movie or not, but it is going to be a movie I am sure to see. Probably more than once. I’ll be the guy wearing my Thor baseball cap, my Thor tshirt, and I might even bring my own hammer… that damn rock tied to the end of a stick!

Excelsior!

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2011 Academy Awards

January 25, 2011
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Dior 1955

This is my third year of an annual tradition. A few friends and I try to go see as many Oscar movies as we can between the time the nominees are released and Oscar’s night. Oscar’s night is on Feb 27th, it will be a wonderful night for movies, but is also one of the best nights of the year for fashion voyeurism. My favorite Oscar’s dress in recent years was Reece Witherspoon’s beaded Dior number from 1955. I love it when the actresses wear vintage. I’d really like to see the gents decked out in bits of fashion history, too.  Maybe our friend Ron Green, vintage trendsetter, who owns the Green Ant, could give them a lesson.

Here is the list of Oscar nominees for 2011. Who is up to the challenge of carrying on my movie-watching tradition? Drop us a comment and let us know your picks. Who do you think will win my favorite category: Best Costumes?

Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem in “Biutiful”

Jeff Bridges in “True Grit”

Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”

Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”

James Franco in “127 Hours”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale in “The Fighter”

John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”

Jeremy Renner in “The Town”

Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right”

Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”

Actress in a Leading Role

Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”

Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”

Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”

Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine”

Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams in “The Fighter”

Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech”

Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”

Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”

Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”

Animated Feature Film

“How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois

“The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet

“Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich

Art Direction

“Alice in Wonderland”

Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”

Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan

“Inception”

Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat

“The King’s Speech”

Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr

“True Grit”

Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Cinematography

“Black Swan” Matthew Libatique

“Inception” Wally Pfister

“The King’s Speech” Danny Cohen

“The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth

“True Grit” Roger Deakins

Costume Design

“Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood

“I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi

“The King’s Speech” Jenny Beavan

“The Tempest” Sandy Powell

“True Grit” Mary Zophres

Directing

“Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky

“The Fighter” David O. Russell

“The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper

“The Social Network” David Fincher

“True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Documentary (Feature)

“Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz

“Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic

“Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

“Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger

“Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Documentary (Short Subject)

“Killing in the Name” Nominees to be determined

“Poster Girl” Nominees to be determined

“Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon

“Sun Come Up” Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger

“The Warriors of Qiugang” Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

Film Editing

“Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum

“The Fighter” Pamela Martin

“The King’s Speech” Tariq Anwar

“127 Hours” Jon Harris

“The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Foreign Language Film

“Biutiful” Mexico

“Dogtooth” Greece

“In a Better World” Denmark

“Incendies” Canada

“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria

Makeup

“Barney’s Version” Adrien Morot

“The Way Back” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng

“The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Music (Original Score)

“How to Train Your Dragon” John Powell

“Inception” Hans Zimmer

“The King’s Speech” Alexandre Desplat

“127 Hours” A.R. Rahman

“The Social Network” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Music (Original Song)

“Coming Home” from “Country Strong” Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey

“I See the Light” from “Tangled” Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater

“If I Rise” from “127 Hours” Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong

“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3″ Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Best Picture

“Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers

“The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers

“Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers

“The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers

“The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

“127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers

“The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers

“Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer

“True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers

“Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Short Film (Animated)

“Day & Night” Teddy Newton

“The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang

“Let’s Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe

“The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann

“Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois

Short Film (Live Action)

“The Confession” Tanel Toom

“The Crush” Michael Creagh

“God of Love” Luke Matheny

“Na Wewe” Ivan Goldschmidt

“Wish 143” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Sound Editing

“Inception” Richard King

“Toy Story 3” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers

“Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague

“True Grit” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey

“Unstoppable” Mark P. Stoeckinger

Sound Mixing

“Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick

“The King’s Speech” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley

“Salt” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin

“The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten

“True Grit” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Visual Effects

“Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi

“Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell

“Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

“Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy

“The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

“Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich

“True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

“Winter’s Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Writing (Original Screenplay)

“Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh

“The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson;

Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson

“Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan

“The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

“The King’s Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler

Candy-Studded Picasso in Gingerbread

December 21, 2010
Double Wide Gingerbread Trailor

Double Wide Gingerbread Trailor

Halloween Gingerbread

Halloween Gingerbread

I love to make a good gingerbread house during the holiday season. One year I built myself a teepee to live in and a dogsled powered by cinnamon bears for my transporation. And I had pigtails with furry boots (who said gingerbread women didn’t care about fashion). Another year I built myself a boat to sail away on. My gingbread houses are not the picture-perfect, polyeurethane sprayed, built to last variety. Mine make a mess, express a dream and then are eaten alive. I use cream cheese icing because it tastes good. I make and roll out my own dough so I can cut any shape I want. Ever seen a dog-sled gingerbread house in the little boxes at the store, ready to assemble? I didn’t think so.

Todd and I are going to spend Boxing Day with two friends this year. If you didn’t know, that’s the day after Christmas. Gingerbread house making is at the top of the agenda. I’m already planning my creation. I thought I’d better look around for some inspiration. I found a gingbread house that looks like a double wide trailor, a blogger who recreated Hogwarts and I found a cute little halloween gingerbread house, too.

I’m not sure what I’ll make. I’ve always wanted to live in a tiny home paired with a giant barn, so that’s in the running. Or I may paint Todd a candy-studded Picasso. Or perhaps a Welsh Terrier farm? We’ll see. I’d love to hear your suggestions

Happy holidays. I hope you spend it creatively.

Gingerbread Hogwarts by redblueworld

Gingerbread Hogwarts by redblueworld


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