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art

Just Remember

Found this the last time we were in Shreveport
Love Thyself. Shreveport LA

Love Thyself. Shreveport LA

museum

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art , Mark Landis, Good Work

The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, Mississippi
Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Laurel MS

No photography is allowed in any part of the museum.

A nice, small museum, the strongest element of their permanent collection is undoubtedly the Native American basketry, with some images here.

Other notable pieces:
Thomas Moran 'A Glimpse of Long Island Sound from Montauk' 1907
Mary Cassatt 'Woman Bathing' 1891
Grant Wood litho 'In the Spring' 1939
John Singer Sargent 'Wooded Landscape' 1883
Robert Henry 'The Brown Wrap' 1911

A Clyde Butcher exhibit, "America the Beautiful: the Monumental Landscapes of Clyde Butcher" is going on now through September 4 of this year.

The museum just wrapped up a Chihuly exhibit (they acquired the 'Dale Chihuly Aventurine Green Chandelier with Copper Leaf' which was installed in 2013) and the LRMA happens to have the only Chihuly on display in the state of Mississippi.

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Laurel, Mississippi is best known in the larger art world as being the home of Mark Landis, the now-famous art forger who duped 50+ museums. In this 2013 New Yorker piece (one of the best on this topic), The Giveaway by Alec Wilkinson, the Lauren Rogers is mentioned, as Landis had gifted "Nymph on the Rocks" 'by' Everett Shinn to the museum in 2003. When Landis offered more works but never delivered, George Bassi, museum director, went searching for him -- Mark Landis lived in Laurel, after all. There were doubts about him. About the art.

The Shinn stayed in the museum’s vault until 2008. By then, Bassi had heard a sufficient amount about Landis that he thought it was time to confront him. When a member of the staff told Landis that he believed the piece was fraudulent, Landis said he wished he had known that when he bought it. “He made it sound like he’d been duped,” Bassi told me.

Sometimes, through the window of his office, Bassi would see a director from another museum on the sidewalk, waiting, it turned out, for Landis. An official from a museum in Kentucky flew in to meet him. Another one came from Florida. As a means of establishing his credentials, Landis sometimes dishonestly raised the name of the Lauren Rogers Museum in letters. He wrote the director of a museum in Chapel Hill, asking “if the museum would consider the gift of Weidlingbach, Egon Schiele, oil on panel, 12 x 9 ½ in. I bought this at Christie’s, New York in 1986.” He went on to say, “I hope you are familiar with our museum here, the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. It was founded by my mother’s family.”

From the documentary Art and Craft:


Mark now takes commissions (of non-copyright material) and donates a portion of the proceeds to NAMI for mental illness awareness.

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And big +++ to the museum for their provenance research project. They are looking into the history of 11 pieces for which they have incomplete ownership accounts to make certain they're not Nazi-stolen artworks. Other museums do this, but not all make it quite so prominent. Nice.
hotel

We Stay Here for the Fish

The boys' favorite hotel in Houston is the Omni Westside -- not for the rooms (though the rooms are nice enough, and they welcome guests with drinks in the room on arrival, and more upon wakeup), but because they love the fish.

Omni Westside Houston, Texas

Downstairs in the lobby area, much of the space is devoted to the fish
Omni Westside Houston, Texas

Omni Westside Houston, Texas

The desk agents always give the children bags of fish food
Omni Westside Houston, Texas

Which the fish gobble up happily
Omni Westside Houston, Texas
architecture

Christenberry's Famous Green Warehouse

Green Warehouse, Newbern AL

Here, a visit we made to Newbern, Alabama, and of course we photographed the green warehouse William Christenberry made famous.

This is how it looked when he captured it in 1978 and here, the painting he made of it in 2008 in the permanent collection of the LACMA.
revolving table

Revolving Tables, Still Revolving, And Peggy's Is Back

I read somewhere recently, and can't remember what article it was, that The Dinner Bell is the last revolving table restaurant in Mississippi. But that's not accurate, as Walnut Hills in Vicksburg is still spinning (in fact, the other day they listed on FB they were serving "Fried Chicken, Roast Beef, Shrimp Etoufee, Rice & Gravy, Butter Peas, Green Beans, Purple Hull Peas, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Mustard Greens, Smothered Squash, Coleslaw, Marinated Beets, Apple Cobbler, Mississippi Mud Cake"). On this visit, we were in McComb, and happily sat down to this table at the Dinner Bell, which was completely filled with other diners (I took this pic once everyone else had left)
The Dinner Bell, McComb MS
Besides the food, I love meeting the other diners, as most often we're all strangers to one another, and enjoy the dance of the table as people are so incredibly polite about taking dishes down from the lazy susan and putting them back, when to spin, and looking out for errant spoons looking to tip frosty glasses of sweet tea.

Here: (I guess the fried eggplant hadn't yet made it around) peas, beans, sweet potatoes, greens, a dumplin, cornbread, and a fried chicken thigh
Fried chicken and more at The Dinner Bell, McComb, MS

All delicious.

Shugie = huge fan.
Shugie at The Dinner Bell, McComb MS

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Best Mississippi restaurant news I've heard this month: Peggy's in Philadelphia (Neshoba County) is open again. That's another 'home' restaurant in which the honor system is in place: one pays cash in a basket upon leaving.
Peggy's, Philadelphia MS

Can't wait to eat from these sweet plates again later this summer
Dinner at Peggy's, Philadelphia MS
ziplining

Ziplining, And Zip Coaster?

We hosted some guests from Israel this summer, and one of the activities we did was take them ziplining at Red Mountain Park in Birmingham. *So fun!*

The first thing we came up on was the new Schaeffer Eye Center 'Schaeffer Spectacles' sculpture -- they're a little hard to see at this time of day but so neat:
Schaeffer Glasses Sculpture at Red Mountain Park, Birmingham
(and lots of love to Schaeffer, as that's where I had my LASIK (best thing ever), they do so much for our community, and we know them -- they're just a great family.)

There are different things to do at the park: hike, a new Segway tour, and they also have an hour-long ziplining tour with seven different ziplines -- that's what we did.

The last time I ziplined was across the lake at Camp Mac with my adventure group. Ashley took this slow-mo vid of me going across! Hilarious!
Camp Mac

This gave me a bit of a pause. I seriously didn't think at first my legs were long enough so I could make it from board to board on that wobbly bridge
Ziplining at Red Mountain Park, Birmingham

Did it. Heh. No makeup and not my greatest pic (so relieved I'm almost cross-eyed!!) but gosh am I so happy to have made it across!
Me in my ziplining gear

Ziplining at Red Mountain Park, Birmingham

Ziplining at Red Mountain Park, Birmingham

Ziplining at Red Mountain Park, Birmingham

So much crazy fun. Shug likes to do the zipline at the Birmingham Zoo. I think later this year we may take everybody to Georgia where they have the world's largest zipline tour.

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I just read that at the new Margaritaville Resort in Biloxi, they have a cloud coaster which is some kind of zipline ride -- not sure, but maybe something like this?

Roller Coaster Zipline from Taylor-Rae Kotschenreuther on Vimeo.

architecture

Blue

We always see this pretty blue church in Houston, near Ninfa's on Navigation.
Jesucristo todo Poderoso Church, Houston TX

If you look at the sign super-closely, in those mailbox sticker letters (the kind you can get at Home Depot or Lowe's) they list their clergy using three different Hebrew names for the Almighty.
ampersands

Holler, Real, Really Good, And Symbols

There are two restaurants that opened this spring in Homewood -- one is Holler and Dash, which is Cracker Barrell's first try at fast-casual, with an emphasis on all things biscuit.

Holler & Dash, Homewood AL

It's corporate but cute, and one gets the sense the designers spent a lot of time on Pinterest.
Holler & Dash, Homewood AL

Holler & Dash, Homewood AL

Holler & Dash, Homewood AL

The star? The biscuit. In fact, there are 11 variations on the biscuit on the menu (you can get a yogurt parfait or even a salad, but it feels as though coming here and ordering something other than a biscuit would be like going to a steakhouse and getting the fish).

Among the offerings: Chicken Holler (hot chicken, cheddar, pickles in medium, hot, or "make 'em holler"), Andoille Hustle (andoille and cheddar over sausage gravy), Kickback Chicken (fried chicken, goat cheese, green onion, sweet pepper jelly), Hollerback Club (bacon, guacamole, fried green tomato, 'hollerback sauce')...here, plain ol' biscuit
Holler & Dash, Homewood AL

Leslie and I had the flying frittata (roasted vegetable egg white frittata, kale, herbed Greek yogurt, dash of hot sauce). Good.
Holler & Dash, Homewood AL

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We were invited to the soft opening of Real and Rosemary, which is also in Homewood, close to Holler and Dash. It's decorated simply and sweetly
Real & Rosemary, Homewood AL

Real & Rosemary, Homewood AL

Real & Rosemary, Homewood AL

We got to meet the owner and saw a few media friends; the food was served family style for this event so we could have a taste of everything. Here, the collard green pesto, and a dab of honey ricotta dip
Collard Pesto Dip, Real & Rosemary, Homewood AL

Southwest salad with apples, tomatoes, chicken, pepperjack, beans, avocado and tortillo strips, with a chipotle lime dressing
Salad, Real & Rosemary, Homewood AL

beet, fig, and goat cheese sandwich on cranberry walnut bread
Beet, Fig, Goat Cheese Sandwich, Real & Rosemary, Homewood AL

bacon, lettuce, and fried green tomato sandwich
BLT, Real & Rosemary, Homewood AL

I noticed one of the desserts mentions Pastry Arts, which is just up the street from Real and Rosemary. If you haven't been to Pastry Arts, go ahead and fix that as soon as you can. Their baby bites (like cake balls, but they're flat and un-iced on the bottom) are incredible.
Baby Bites, Pastry Arts, Homewood AL

yasssss.

Baby Bites, Pastry Arts, Homewood AL


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Do you think in a couple of years we'll be able to look back at the last decade in restaurant history as the ampersand years? In 2014, Eater ran What's in a Name? The Year of the Ampersand.  Last year the Washingtonian had Why do so many Hot New Restaurants Have Names that Sound the Same?:
As my colleagues Anna Spiegel and Ann Limpert pointed out recently, Ampersands are as common right now in area restaurants as dishtowel napkins and dainty grandma plates...


art

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Favorites from latest visit to The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston

Damien Hirst: The End Game
Damien Hirst: End Game. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Damien Hirst: End Game. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Wilson Tunnel (it's an actual walk-through) -- The Light Inside by James Turrell
Wilson Tunnel. The Light Inside by James Turrell. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Wilson Tunnel. The Light Inside by James Turrell. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Hydrospatial City by Gyula Kosice
The Hydrospatial City by Gyula Kosice. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Hydrospatial City by Gyula Kosice. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Reticularea by Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt)
Reticularea by Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt) The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

A 1961 Mark Rothko
Mark Rothko, Painting. 1961. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Georgia O'Keeffe's Grey Lines with Black, Blue and Yellow
Georgia O'Keeffe. Grey Lines with Black, Blue and Yellow. c1923. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Thing loved most -- this William Edmondson Eagle from the '30s
William Edmondson, Eagle. c 1930s. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

William Edmondson, Eagle. c 1930s. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

William Edmondson, Eagle. c 1930s. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Untitled work by Sobudh Gupta, 2008
Sobudh Gupta, Untitled. 2008. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Sobudh Gupta, Untitled. 2008. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Looking forward to seeing the Kusama: At the End of the Universe exhibit going on through September 18.

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