Smarten Up with Little Green Gourmets

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It’s time for the next Smarten Up Creative Learning Workshop and it’s going to be a good one!  On December 15th at noon, children of all ages are welcome to join chef Isabel Gunther of Little Green Gourmets at Thompson LES Hotel for some deliciously sweet holiday fun.  There will be treats galore and so much more!  For more info visit, email us at, or call 917-297-3764.



Ken Price


Ken Price’s work is so beautiful on the outside I kind of want to explore the inside too, don’t you?!  Very excited to go check out the show at LACMA today.  For more than fifty years, Ken Price, born in 1935 in Los Angeles, California, created remarkable and innovative works that have redefined contemporary sculpture and ceramics.  His work is beyond beautiful.  Read more here and here.





RIPPED: Expressions from the Underground, explores the art and influence of punk rock on design and culture. Curated by Cesar Padilla, artist, musician, collector, punk rock enthusiast, and co-owner of CHERRY (one of the best vintage stores in NYC).   What started off as a book has expanded into an exhibition opening this week at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Museum in Los Angeles.  RIPPED includes 150 band T-shirts, photographs, posters, and related ephemera from the punk, post-punk and indie rock eras.  Should be good …








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… and spread the word.  I will be co-hosting the third Smarten Up workshop with fashion designer Wendy Mullin this Sunday, October 21st.  It is sure to be spooktacular fun for all!


The Hawk Model Company, founded in 1926, produced lots, and lots, and lots, and lots of different car, plane, and boat model kits during the 50’s and 60’s.  But by 1963, William “Bill” Campbell, a free-lance artist who illustrated some of the box-covers for Hawk, felt that the car model market was saturated.  The believed that the next big thing would be the perfect blend of model making, gore, and hot rod kulture, and so the Weird Ohs were born …






Weird-Ohs feature crazed, blood-shot eyes, gnarly teeth, dangling tongues, and putrid skin.  The cars are equally over the top with amazing paint jobs, tricked-out tires, flaming exhaust, and kooky accessories anchors and a baby bottle shifter!  And, as if that weren’t enough, each kit also came with additional props that ranged from Daddy’s martini to Leaky Boat Louie’s swimming area float.

There was no toy on the market then, and there have been few comparable items since.  It was so unique the Weird-Ohs brand was extended to games, Halloween masks, bubble gum trading cards, a record entitled ‘The Sounds of the Weird-Ohs’, special ‘Weird-Ohs’ paints, and even a short-lived Fox Family animated series!





Brian Eno and his New App

Brian Eno is a music god on so many different levels.  He did the glam rock thing with Roxy  Music, worked with David Bowie on the seminal “Berlin Trilogy,” helped to popularise that little-known band called Devo, and was amongst the first proponents of the punk-influenced “No Wave” genre.  Oh, and did I mention Eno produced and performed on three albums by Talking Heads, produced seven albums for U2, and worked on records   by James, Laurie Anderson, Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Paul Simon, Grace Jones and Slowdive, among others?  Then there is the fact that he single-handedly founded the entire genre of ambient music.  To say the least, Eno has a pretty good track record for identifying and creating cool …




… which means we should give a bit of consideration to his futuristic new music app.  Scape’s goal is to revolutionise the concept of the ‘album’.  “Until about 120 years ago,” Eno says, “all music was ephemeral in the sense that you would never actually hear the same thing twice. Recording changed that. You could listen to an identical thing over and over and over again and that’s what all of us grew up doing. Most of our experience is of perfectly repeatable music.”  With the new app, created with musician and software designer Peter Chilvers, the user is able to generate their own ever-changing, continuously evolving “album.”  Scape comes with music, or rather sounds, created by Eno and Chilvers, but the user is meant to think of that piece like a sheet of paper to be written on.  By arranging icons on the screen – an E shape, for example, or a triangle – he or she is able to continuously build new and different musical experiences.  Chilvers explains: “You’ve not just got every track, you’ve got every instrument on that track and, really, every musician playing them. Every piece in Scape is really like a collection of musicians playing together and they’ve got their own rules.”  Eno claims it’s the future of music and listening, others would disagree.  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see …

No matter what, it is undeniably, amazingly cool.


Smarten Up with Wendy Mullin at Above Allen

On Sunday, October 21st, we will be hosting our third Smarten Up Creative Learning Workshop with special guest Wendy Mullin!  She is a multi-talented fashion designer, and Mullin is going to help kids create the most magical, special, and most importantly cool trick-or-treat bag that you could possibly imagine.  Kids can and should come in costume ready to make some Halloween magic happen.  Hope you can make it!

When: Sunday, October 21 from 1:00 – 2:30

Where: Above Allen at the Thompson LES hotel, 190 Allen Street, New York, NY. 10002

Who: Children 6ish to 12ish, tuition $25