Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Simon and Garfunkle: Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters

New York City: The Old Friends Reunion Tour

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Grant Achatz from Alinea: Wins Beard Foundation Best Chef Award

Grant Achatz from Alina Wins Beard Foundation Best Chef Award

Grant Achatz: At the Awards Reception

On Tuesday, it was announced that Grant Achatz (Alinea, Chicago, IL) had won a Best Chefs in America Award from The James Beard Foundation. The winners of the 2007 James Beard Foundation Awards were announced during a ceremony that was held at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall on May 8th. The Awards, which are now in their 17th year, recognize excellence and achievement in the culinary profession. More than 60 awards were presented, and over 1,600 industry leaders attended the ceremony.  The awards ceremony was followed by a reception that was dedicated to “Celebrating the Art of American Food,” featuring guest chefs from an esteemed group of Rising Star Chef award winners and nominees.

“Tonight’s winners represent the best and the brightest in the food world,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the Foundation. “Winning a James Beard Foundation award is like taking home an Olympic gold medal, a Pulitzer or a Grammy. For many, being selected by their peers is confirmation of achievement of excellence, marking the pinnacle of their careers.”

Established in 1990, the James Beard Foundation Awards recognize outstanding achievement within the fine food and beverage industry. The Awards honor professionals including book authors, chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, journalists, broadcasters, and restaurant and graphic designers in North America. To select the nominees and winners, independent volunteer panels of more than 600 food and beverage professionals from around the country vote on specific Award categories. The trustees and staff of the James Beard Foundation do not vote. Winners’ identities remain confidential until the Awards ceremonies. Award winners receive a bronze medallion that is engraved with the image of James Beard, the late journalist, cookbook author, chef, and cooking teacher.

Additional articles, photographs and videos about Grant Achatz and Alinea restaurant can be found here: Link

A full listing of the Awards nominees and winners can be found at:

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My Articles for Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Working at home, in the late night quiet that can soothe one’s soul. Listening to Soul Resurrection singing “Everybody’s Clown.”

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This is an infographical video about its own costs, an intriguing music video that visually illustrates the relative costs of a common music video production, in contrast to what could have been spent on poverty-related needs, such as education, health and food. On this video, which is included, Sarah McLachlan performs “World On Fire.”

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This presentation is an art collection of Chicago fire escape photographs, which includes a slideshow. The photographs showcase fire escape scaffolding on commercial and industrial buildings in the Chicago Loop, as well as renderings of fire escapes on classic older residential buildings located in Chicago north-side neighborhoods.

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Her: As in Hepburn


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American Film Institute: Katharine Hepburn

During her long and legendary acting career, which included receiving twelve Academy Award nominations and a record four wins for Best Actress, Katharine Hepburn personified a peculiarly American, dignified tenacity. With her 100th birthday approaching next Saturday, her life and accomplishments are already being widely celebrated.

From The New York Times:

“Hepburn became an American Rorschach test, mirroring the ways we wanted to see ourselves. Each generation redefined her, rubbing out and adding to her myth. In the ’60s, she fell into step with the counterculture, promoting interracial love in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and exposing the folly of war in “The Trojan Women.” When the times took another rightward lurch in the 1970s, she made “Rooster Cogburn” opposite the conservative icon John Wayne, and told the press how refreshing it was to work with a “real man.” Hepburn had remade herself from a sexually and politically suspect outsider into an exemplar of true-blue Americana.

By the time of her death, Katharine Hepburn had come to stand for Yankee common sense, Emersonian self-reliance and an all-American ethic of hard work. There’s no question she possessed all of those things. But there was so much more.

It’s taken 100 years to see Hepburn in all her complexity, and we are still trying to figure her out. The limited fictions used to elevate and sell the lives of public figures often form a cloudy chiaroscuro that covers their true humanity. Like many men and women of her time and every other, she had to deal with being different.

Hepburn’s drive for fame meant she would spend her life struggling between the demands of “the creature” (what she called her public image) and the more bohemian, unconventional life to which she was drawn. She was forced to invent a role for the kind of woman she was — her own kind. Labels — sexual, political, artistic — hold little meaning when talking about her. Sex, love and marriage were only the beginnings of the things she had to learn, re-make and often reject.

Hepburn was human, a fact we sometimes forget about the very famous. Too often our public figures remain wrapped in unchallenged “truths,” the cheap garments of hacks and press agents who keep their wayward charges safely moored to the boundaries of convention. But this gives only a partial glimpse into Hepburn’s life, and a distorted one at that. Only the whole truth can do credit to what our heroes did with the actual challenges they faced. People who live worthy lives can stand up to scrutiny. In Hepburn’s case, the real woman makes the icon seem like a bo-ah, bo-ah, bore.

Happy birthday, you old troublemaker.”

May 12th, 2007

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This Video Cost $150,000: $150 K Could Have Helped 1,000,000 Poor


Sarah McLaghlan: World on Fire

This is an infographic video about its own costs.  It’s an intriguing music video that visually illustrates the relative costs of a common music video production, such as make-up, filming equipment, catering or salaries, in contrast to poverty-related needs, such as school fees, classroom equipment, meals, power, or hospital maintenance.  The video is by artist Sarah McLachlan, performing the song “World On Fire.”

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