Billy Eichner, half of the dynamic team that brought you Creation Nation, is branching out with a solo run GAY WHITE AND TERRIFIED, at Joe's Pub with three shows left (6/1, 6/8, 6/12). Best known for his 'Man on the Street' videos, Billy has worked on stage, TV, and wrote for the current season of The Big Gay Sketch Show on LOGO. Obviously he is not scared to open his mouth.
Rants: Billy could teach a college level course. He can set up a string of zingers that will leave you breathless, spell bound, possibly wet in the pants. Usually centered on a single subject, Billy has a LOT to say about Mr. Depp, Ms. Jolie, well anyone famous enough to hold an US Weekly cover. His thought process is astounding and his conclusions are at once startling and reassuring. Time Out New York said it best, "If America’s love/hate relationship with fame were ever to yield a child, he might look a lot like Billy Eichner…a case study in celebrity obsessiveness voicing outrageous, hilariously mean spirited rants against the vicissitudes of fame."
He is also fearless. While interviewing Cynthia Nixon she noted that she was "too busy as a child actor to experiment with girls to realize she was a lesbian." Billy replied without dropping a beat, "as an actress you started out very young, but as a lesbian you started out very old." (Page Six)
Like many celebrity hang outs, Joe's Pub is usually worth avoiding. However, this, I promise will be worth it.
check out some videos and buy tickets here (http://www.joespub.com/component/option,com_shows/task,view/Itemid,40/id,4478)
The upcoming New Yorker issue (week of June 1) boasts a 21st century face lift. Drawn in less than an hour, the image depicts a typical Times Square setting...drawn completely on the artist's iPhone. BRUSHES is an application that essentially turns the touch screen smart phone into a Wacom tablet. Don't believe me?
The is also a new application just to prove my point, BRUSHES VIEWER. Follow the link to see the video of the designer's every stroke. ( http://www.newyorker.com/video?videoID=24055494001 ) Watch him build the background, then cover it up with a hot dog cart, and two tourists...
Still up for debate is how, exactly this art is readied for print. It doesn't seem like it could possibly be print ready right from the phone, vectors or not. But The New Yorker asks you to believe otherwise.
So hands up for innovation! It certainly skyrocketed Jorge Colombo, the artist, to the cover of The New Yorker. Not an easy feet at all...
Lately I have been thinking a lot about how easy it is to answer a question these days. When was the last time you went into a library and didn't use the internet? When was the last time you went into a Library?
My iPhone tells me everything: the weather, my horoscope, directions to the nearest gyro shop, what artist is showing work this weekend, where to get tickets to my favorit band (hell I can buy them on the damn thing). Now I don't even have to type my questions, with Google Voice I just ask them directly to the little machine. (Note: Google knows I just typed that, this too). Information is so readily available that production of thought is almost impossible without a technological crutch. When was the last time you won a trivial arguement without someone pulling out a laptop or smartphone and plugging in the question at hand? To write this post I have four browser tabs open!
So, in the interest of never being wrong again, here are two new resources that provide you with yet more information:
Wolfram|Alpha @ http://www51.wolframalpha.com/
"Today's Wolfram|Alpha is the first step in an ambitious, long-term project to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone. You enter your question or calculation, and Wolfram|Alpha uses its built-in algorithms and growing collection of data to compute the answer."
It will do your math homework for you, calculate the population of China, or tell you how old you are down to the moment. But don't ask it HOW the people in Europe are FEELING. It does not deal in the subjective
For that head over to.........
We Feel Fine @ http://wefeelfine.org/ (thanks to Shireen Lohrasbe for pointing me in this direction)
"The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 - 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men?"
Here, you get all the subjective you can handle. Even the visuals are emotional. With clouds of color miandering across an aimless feild, point your curser to one of them for a random feeling from someones blog all over the world. Or, if you really are trying to prove the subjective, type in your question. No matter what it is, there is an answer out there. They even break all the data down and provide you with the metrics. So you really can see how many people in Europe are singing the blues.