Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz sits down with director and comedy writer Mel Brooks, now 93, who opens up about his politically-incorrect films like “Blazing Saddles” and “The Producers,” and whether they could be made today; and about his relationship with his soulmate, actress Anne Bancroft, with whom he was married for 41 years until her death in 2005. “CBS Sunday Morning” video.
Georgia- cradle for multitalented people whose names have been embossed in the history of United States with gold letters
George Balanchine – choreographer, co founder of the American ballet, contemporary neoclassic ballet and performing arts in general. John Malkhaz Shalikashvili – American (four star) general and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Supreme Allied Commander of NATO in Europe. Obviously, there are few people of this high caliber. Nevertheless, even today natives of Georgia are making significant contributions towards the development of the American performing arts, science, medicine and other important areas of human ventures!
I would like tell you about a talented person – a student of Kingsborough College Lasha Bagaturia who was born in 1987 in Senaki, a city in Georgia. Since he was little, he loved to pain as much as his father Tamaz and sister Lana. He could glaze at the painting that he was mesmerized for hours in attempt to penetrate its secret. His mother Ia Bagaturia sewed beautifully instilling in him the artistic taste.
The question of contempt didn’t stand before him. After completing high school, in 2006 he graduated from Kutaisi Institute of Arts. His canvases attracted the attention of experienced specialists, although inexperienced in the intricacies of paintings since Institute times, his stylish home, apartment and office designs up to this day remain prestigious in Georgia. Famous journals Tbilisi, Bomondi write about him and he has been invited as a keynote speaker on the radio. However, the real master constantly thrives to exquisiteness. In 2015, Lasha arrived in America to attend an exhibition hosted at the famous Javits Center, leading venue for displaying best artwork of fine artists, a place where best designers in the world work, where experienced masters could lay forward the career of a younger master to hone writing techniques.
In love with his profession, he decided not to become a taxi driver. His first step towards achieving his goal was enrollment in the Kingsborough College where he became fluent in English language. He is taking arts and interior design classes. Interesting fact is that students in his class use his paintings as a reference. He is a wise painter the real pleasure lies in sharing his masterful skills with younger students. The great country provides unique opportunities to newcomers to gain new profession or to perfect previous profession, or get diplomas and licenses. Lasha is immersed in his studies with enthusiasm.
Concurrently, he continues his creative activities: his paintings are displayed at the Art Galleries in Soho, Midtown, Lower East Side (“Artifact Gallery”). On September 26, his works will be showcased on Manhattan at the “George Bill Gallery” located at 525 West 26th Street. He doesn’t forget his passion for design: his new projects with fresh motives and extraordinary ideas are displayed on his personal website https://lashany.000webhostapp.com/
Lasha Bagaturia – has a vibrant personality, easily identifiable style of painting that strives to comprehend the deepest meaning of everything. His paintings are picturesque. They present to the viewers a rich spectrum of colors and shades that coexist in astonishing harmony. His favorite themes remain Georgian landscapes, abstract figures, objects and animals. Lasha is not seeking for photographic accuracy, rather attributes romanticism to his landscapes, hence adding mystery. The essence of his paintings does not lie in the location of figures and paint stains, but rather in the ideas and feelings that he embodies in those artworks. Thinking about the theme of his next artwork Lasha aims to not only express his viewpoint about the world but more importantly give viewers some food for thought.
Although his artwork stands on solid foundation nevertheless under the influence of new circumstances it undergoes evolutionary changes that manifests itself in the appearance of American motives in his artwork in which he glorifies the country that became his second homeland. His eagle (as on the United States emblem) with powerful beak and spread wings demonstrates an indestructible power of the country. His painting “Freedom” showcases a long path full of hardships towards true freedom, that United States itself went through with its citizens, all immigrants of various generations who adopted its values and traditions and transmitting them to their children and grandchildren had an indelible impression on me amongst many others.
Besides new motives Lasha has adopted a new method of painting with aerosol spray. Acknowledging his skills gaining popularity in the “Hilton” hotel chain allows many to enjoy the painting at the hotel restaurant located on the 42nd street on Manhattan.
Lasha’s first painting teacher and a valuable friend, famous Georgian painter Firo Sichinava provided tremendous support in his quest of finding his own path in arts in the United States.
Lasha belongs to the list of those people who in accordance with Kennedy “ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”
After more than seven decades in the heart of Manhattan, the Paris Theatre has closed its doors for the last time. A note was posted on the theatre’s doors on 58th Street this week saying that its lease had ended. Rumors had been circulating about its closure since June. The iconic Paris Theatre opened in 1948… ABC7 New York News video.
Traveling to the moon has been a dream throughout much of human history, and the idea of one day visiting an object we all see in the sky has inspired art throughout the ages. Now, a new exhibit at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art that’s inspired by the Apollo 11 anniversary is showcasing images from whimsical to the scientific. “CBS This Morning” video
Witness a world premiere by “the most influential choreographer alive” (New York Times)—along with Morris’ Empire Garden and V—at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival from July 10–13. For tickets, visit http://www.MostlyMozartFestival.org Lincoln Center video
Creative director Marc Balet bought his three-story loft in Manhattan’s Noho district 30 years ago, when the space was a dance studio. Although it did have a wood-burning fireplace, the beautiful architecture of the arched windows was hidden. Once the full windows were revealed, he called on his best friend, writer Fran Lebowitz, whose father owned a furniture store and upholstery workshop, and asked if her father could create and install the very, very long curtains that are still there today. …
Marc recently invited Fran over for visit, where they talked about their storied friendship and her dislike of his enviable apartment. New York Magazine video
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, ABBA’s Voulez-Vous has received a multi-format reissue to celebrate the album’s original 23 April 1979 release, Polar Music (via Universal Music Group) have released the following anniversary reissues: – A 2LP half-speed master on 180g vinyl, mastered at Abbey Road and cut at 45rpm. – A coloured-vinyl 7” singles box set, collecting the singles from the Voulez-Vous era. ‘Summer Night City, ‘Voulez-Vous’, ‘I Have A Dream’, ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)’, ‘Does Your Mother Know’, ‘Chiquitita’ and the extended dance mix of ‘Voulez-Vous’. – Each single released as a limited-edition standalone picture disc. ABBA official video
”The Painter” 91.5 x 91.5 cm, acrylic on stretched canvas, 2017, by Patrick O’Brien
”Rose garden walk at night” 183 x 91.5 cm, acrylic on stretched canvas, 2017, by Patrick O’Brien
”The Gourmet Cook” 183 x 91.5 cm, acrylic on stretched canvas, 2017, by Patrick O’Brien
Biography of Patrick O’Brien.
He was born in Los Angeles in 1969, and has been an artist all of his life. He studied art at UC Berkeley and still draws, paints, sculpts, writes, and makes lots of photographs.
Patrick O’Brien attended Loyola High School in L.A. where he studied drawing, photography, and ceramics. His grammar school art teacher was part of his inspiration to make art in the future. Patrick is also fascinated with learning about all kinds of subjects. He loves to garden, play backgammon, boogie board, and play tennis.
Patrick has shown his work since college in many galleries and cafes. He found that making art on his own time would create more wealth than working nine to five. During 2015 and 2016, Patrick spent time in Zagreb, Croatia making art the whole time. Now he’s back in L.A. making art again. His work simply unfolds based on the materials at hand. He claims that his work is not meant to make a statement.
”Play time” 25 x 20 x 14 cm, many materials, 2017, by Patrick O’Brien
”The balancing act” 190 x 130 x 100 cm, many materials, 2017 by Patrick O’Brien
”Sweeping and mopping” 165 x 90 x 90 cm, many materials, 2017, by Patrick O’Brien
”The Pink Palace” 50 x 30 x 30 cm, many materials, 2017, by Patrick O’Brien
”Shark attack” 50 x 30 x 30 cm, many materials, 2017, by Patrick O’Brien
”The Hunt” 40 x 30 x 30 cm, many materials, 2017, by Patrick O_’Brien
”The horse races” 30 x 30 x 30 cm, many materials, 2017, by Patrick O’Brien
”The Stampede” 25 x 25 x25 cm, many materials, 2017, by Patrick O’Brien
”The Fisherman” 30 x 25 x 25 cm, many materials, 2017, by Patrick O’Brien
”Mating call” 35 x 30 x 30 cm, many materials, 2017, by Patrick O’Brien
”Saturday walk” 30 x 20 x 15 cm, many materials, 2017, by Patrick O’Brien
‘Rose garden walk” 122 x 90.5 cm acrylic on stretched canvas, signed on back, 2017 by P.O’Brien
‘Tennis player” 91.5 x 61 cm acrylic on stretched canvas, signed on back, 2017 by P.O’Brien
”New York gallery show” 51 x 40.5 cm ink on stretched canvas, signed on back, 2017 by P. O’Brien
”The Librarian” 51 x 40.5 cm ink and acrylic on stretched canvas, signed on back, 2017 by P. O’Brien
”Year of the fire rooster” 51 x 40.5 cm ink and acrylic on stretched canvas, signed on back, 2017 by P. O’Brien
”Anthropology professor” 51 x 40.5 cm ink on stretched canvas, signed on back, 2017 by P. O’Brien –
”Coin collector” 51 x 40.5 cm ink, acrylic, glass & plastic on stretched canvas, signed on back, 2017 by P. O’Brien
”Shark attack” 50 x 30 x 30 cm, many materials, 2017, by Patrick O’Brien