Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Aren't you glad we're not China?

In a timely contrast to our amazing and free democratic elections, which no matter how much unjustified bitching the left wing nuthouse makes about non-existent "voter supression" or the right wing conspiracy makes about the equally non-existent "illegal voters", are the cleanest and fairest in the world, tomorrow on November 8, the transfer of control for the Chinese Communist Party from Chinese President Hu Jintoa and Prime Minister Wen Jiaboa, core of a fourth generation pre-appointed leaders, will take place and transfer to Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang.

In the People's Republic of China, no one has a say in this process other than the very, very few at the top.

Glad to be an American and a prayer to the billions of Chinese who live with a ChiComm boot on their neck.


My sincere congratulations to President Obama on his win for a second term for the Presidency. It's a great thing to live in a great democracy such as ours, where no tanks have to roam the streets before, during and after an election. As I do every year no matter who wins, I now hope that we can put aside our political differences and stand behind all of our elected officials to have them work together in spite of the clear cut division shown by this election.

I was shocked in this election by the incredible amount of divisive rhetoric from both sides, the astounding Facebookian vitriol and personal hatred coupled with dogmatic approach to political slogans of many of my Facebook friends and how Facebook and social media became an extended arm of the vast right wing  conspiracy and the even vaster left wing nuthouse.

And in the spirit of the hyphening of America, I'd like to be one of the first DMVers to welcome to our area some new faces, including my peeps Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who becomes the third Cuban-American currently in the US Senate (joining Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez) and the fifth Cuban-American Senator ever (others were Mel Martinez and John E. Sununu).

I'd also like to welcome new Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren, the first female Native American Senator and Hawaii's Mazie Hirono, the first Asian-American woman elected to the Senate.

Red Dirt open studio this Sunday

Red Dirt Open Studio
Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 1-5 pm
3706-08 Otis Street, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712 (free parking)

Jobs in the Arts

Some interesting openings at the Whitney in New York. Check the job openings here.

Wanna vote again?

What is the best Miami fair for discovering emerging art and emerging artists? In my highly educated opinion, and after visiting almost all Miami art fairs for the last 8-10 years or so, I recommend that you vote for Aqua in this poll being conducted by New American Paintings:
In a little over a month people will be flocking to Miami to visit countless art fairs. Everyone has their favorites, based on a countless number of criteria. New American Paintings In my prides itself on helping expose the work of hundreds of new emerging artists each year. We continue to serve as a publication that allows its readers to discover new artistic talent in each issue. Not surprisingly, we feel a good art fair should also be a place where art-lovers can have that same sense of discovery.

Our poll question is simple; What is the Best Miami Fair for Emerging Art? Think about which fair consistently gives you that sense of discovery. We have gathered a list of fairs that have been regular attractions during this important week of December. Of these, which one best answers this question?

Wanna go to an opening this weekend?

A Father's Law by Al BurtsLocal Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Competition winner Al Burts was chosen to represent Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC in the national final competition held during Art Basel Miami Beach this December 2012. 

He will be competing against 9 other top artist from around the country and will exhibit at SCOPE Art Show during Art Basel MB week.

The winner of this final competition will win a solo exhibit at Rush Fine Arts Gallery in New York City in 2013. The aim of the Artisan Series is to discover new artists from a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, graphics and digital art. 

Al Burts will be showing at International Visions - The Gallery in a solo exhibition  title "Passport Please" featuring new artwork from Burts. That show is from November 8 - December 8, 2012. An Opening Reception will be held for this exhibit on Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 6:30pm-9pm.