Thursday, April 29, 2010

4.22 4.30

j'ouvre mon Louvre
follow me

as i ash in silverware
look here, pupils
and eyes - they follow

and eyes - they tear
as i ash, as they smoke

timid resurrections of evenings i miss
of mornings i wish
follow me

choose a hill
and we will lay there

and for every one,
we will plant two

choose a hill
to resurrect timid evenings
you miss

run
even if i lag
i'm following you
stripped of things

and my silverware

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

DONKEY RIDE!

I GOT THIS EMAIL TODAY - I LOVE YOU, SO HERE YOU GO:

On May 1st, experience arak making and enjoy the delights of rural Lebanon

This year, along with the four large (800 liter) stills one small (20 liter) karakeh will be provided to let you clean and fill the stills at 11:00, 12:30 and 16:00.

We advise you arrive before 11:00 to enjoy the guided tours and to open and clean a large still with us between 11:00 and 12:00. Workshop program details on:
El Massaya workshop- Certificate of Attendance available.

Live Oud- Zajal- Fortune teller- Backgammon- Tombola- Valet parking- Wifi
You can choose between the Relais menu and the Karakeh menu. The updated Buffet Campagnard of the Restaurant Vineyard will be an improved formula of our successful Sunday menu served for nine years, while the Karakeh Menu will be prepared on the firewood embers of the running stills.

Clown & Children's entertainer in shaded area- Donkey ride
We have added a shaded children's entertainment area with clown, face painting, donkey ride...
Dress code: Casual. Sun protection sun-block and hats strongly advised


Adults: $37
Children between 15-10: $20
Children between 9-4: $15
Nannies: $20


Reservations required. Send email to
arak workshop 2010
or telephone on 08-510 135 /03-735 795


Additional information: El Massaya workshop
Outdoor pictures: summer pictures
Arak pictures:arak pictures
Access map please visit :access map

Massaya has an open door policy
Any time you visit Massaya Lebanon, it is our duty to show you the winery and distillery premises


We firmly believe transparency reinforces trust


Monday, April 26, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

BEIRUT MAY 22

BEIRUT MAY 22



Thrillseeker, heartbreaker
Shapeshifter, secret keeper
You know I love to see ya
All the time shakin' down
Movin' with the sound
You know we like to turn it up loud

Price is right (x5)

Rhyme, we steppin' up and dance oh
Move on up and get yours
You know, right on up and they go

We say, "Go move your body baby"
All right, we're movin' up and inside
And get to ride, move your body baby
This place is live movin' with the ride

Thrillseeker, heartbreaker
Shapeshifter, secret keeper
I love to see ya
Movin' it on
shake your body down yeah
I'm moving with the sound

With the ride we're moving up and inside
I'm feeling high upon life
I'm feeling good tonight
And there's strange vibe
Don't know what it is
Let's check inside
Open it, space is too tight

Hey you know, somebody say hello
You know it's time to go say flow so
A different kind of style you never know
Never right, we're so slick we slip and slide

We say, "Go move your body baby"
All right, we're movin' up and inside
And get to ride, move your body baby
This place is live movin' with the ride

We say, "Go move your body baby"
All right, we're movin' up and inside
And get to ride, move your body baby
This place is live movin' with the ride

Thrillseeker, heartbreaker
Shapeshifter, secret keeper
You know I love to see ya
Make it tight, slip and slide
with the right so this is how we flow hard

We say, "Go move your body baby"
All right, we're movin' up and inside
And get to ride, move your body baby
This place is live movin' with the ride

We say, "Go move your body baby"
All right, we're movin' up and inside
And get to ride, move your body baby
This place is live movin' with the ride

Thursday, April 22, 2010

SOME QUESTIONS ARE BETTER LEFT UNTACKLED:

WHAT IS YOUR ARTIST STATMENT(S)?


1.YASMEEN WANTS TO CONQUER THE WORLD. RAAFAT WANTS TO SEE THE WORLD CONQUERED. THIS IS THE MAIN STRUCTURE OF THIS TEMPORARY COLLABORATIVE. WHEN THE WORLD IS CONQUERED, THE COLLABORATIVE WILL DISINTEGRATE. THEN, RAAFAT WOULD WANT TO UNCONQUER THE WORLD, AND YASMEEN WOULD WANT TO SEE IT UNCONQUERED, HENCE THE NECCESSITY OF THE REEMERGENCE OF THIS COLLABORATIVE.



2.WE WANT BIGGER PLAYGROUNDS, WITH MORE CIRCULAR AUDIENCES. EMERGING AS ARTISTS WILL ALLOW US TO GROW CROPS OF GLITTERING DIASPORA THAT WILL ONLY INTERNALIZE A NEW MODE OF THINKING THAT COULD BE DEVISED ANYWAYS.



3.IF WE ARE GIVEN A MINUTE, WE WILL MAKE TWO. AND THIS IS HOW IT WILL ALL DEVELOP INTO AN ACCUMULATION OF NEGATIVE REORGANIZATION. IT IS NOT REALLY A CONSPIRACY. THE OMEN WILL NEVER ARRIVE COMMA PARIS HILTON.



4.OUR LEGACY IS OF OUR OWN CREATION. THE INVENTION OF AN EMPIRE, DYING, FOR US TO INHERIT. ITS INEXISTENCE IS AT THE CORE OF ITS EXISTENCE, FOR ITS LACK IS EQUAL TO ITS ABUNDANCE. ITS ABUNDANCE IS INVISIBLE TO EVERYONE, EXCEPT US – AND ITS UTILITY IS SCARCE TO EVERYONE EXCEPT US.



5. IF YOU WISH UPON A STAR.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

promise me

that you will never forget these








ELECTROCLASH


Electroclash is a style of music that fuses New Wave and electronic dance music.
The visual aesthetic of electroclash has been associated with the 1982 film Liquid Sky.

The term "Electroclash" first rose to media attention in 2001, when the Electroclash festival was held in New York.[4] The genre was a reaction against the electronic music of the time, in favor of an artistic underground movement.[5] The bands involved took inspiration from New Wave and modern art, and produced a synthesized pop sound. The Electroclash festival was held again in 2002 with subsequent live tours across the US and Europe in 2003 and then 2004.

Terry Poison is


the neighbor that i'm never gonna fuck.

that's what they say:
Rising from the sweaty underground, Terry Poison, Tel Aviv’s notorious electrock&roll crew have been performing together relentlessly all over Europe since 2004.

Putting a great emphasis on music, staging and fashion, supported by two of TLV’s most renowned stylists, Terry Poison’s music and live shows have been described as nothing short of “American sleaze with European finesse”, “A true love child of samplers and guitar riffs, analogue synths and apocalyptic beats”, their favourite: “The Tarantino of pop”.

that's what i'm doing:
http://www.terrypoison.com/
http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/3518789/Terry_Poison
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UWyT39jZA0

comme ci comme ca - terry poison



Tuesday, April 20, 2010

HAVE YOU MET the GiBs?

This would be the biggest chunk of CTRL+C / CTRL+V that i have ever committed, but this is such a cool post (no pun intended)- anyways - just check out their blog - and here's one of my favorite posts on there.. for the MousePotatoes that won't click to go elsewhere -

GiB#2 | Arab Naïveté and the Silk Cocoons


Picture Lebanon as one its trees, the mulberry tree / shajrit toot / mûrier; Picture its people as the silk-making worms.

The worms wander around the branches all day and night, going back and forth between the small and larger branches, feeding on fresh leaves or weaving silk cocoons, much of it ugly, some of it nice.

The worms are all living some kind of a love-and-hate relationship with the naturally beautiful tree that is their country. Many of the worms have long turned butterflies, and have gone seeking new horizons on Faraway trees. The tree gets busy around summertime, when many native and foreign butterflies, black or bright, come visiting.

Many worms, most notably GiB worms, are busy most of the time nesting their silk cocoon. Cocoons around their life at home, their life at work and their social life.

Some GiB worms wait impatiently for the weekend to come down from their little branch, and gather with fellow GiB worms on the tip of a handful of little Beirut branches, to feed together on Acid and Milk leaves.

Some GiB worms occasionally bump into each others on shady branches called Corniche or Freeway. Other worms prefer to meet other GiB worms from the comfort of their cocoons using Internet branches called Manjam, Gaydar or Facebook.

Time goes by on this sun-bathed tree as the majority of its GiB worms stays quiet, untiringly wrapping their repressed and e-based double-lives in thick and sick cocoons.

You can tell the many GiB-ophobic worms by their traits of the family, macho and conservative type, but the GiB worms have learned to deal with it by just ignoring them. Generally the straight worms don’t seem to mind the GiB worms, some actually feed on them for fun or business, but the reality is that the majority of straight worms can’t even tell a GiB worm.

Remember this is a third world tree, it’s Arab and it’s messy. So messy that the subtly-GiB looks and acts of GiB worms easily go unnoticed and unquestioned around the branches, at least in Beirut. What holds true for these two presumably GiB-ophobic worms getting intimate after an exhausting day at the construction site (Photo from Charles Fred’s Flickr), also holds true for borderline-gay appearance and behavior of GiBs on the trunk, Beirut.

Because Lebanon’s worms know by instinct that they would be left alone to die if the tree were to dry, keeping the tree alive remains the common struggle of all. So after going through many storms and droughts, the tree’s got used to feeding on substances called “Whatever Happens”, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, and “Live and Let Live”.

Now add to the mix a touch of this common naiveté that prevails in third-world trees, naiveté about the reality of GiB matters and other disturbing things – a powerful substance made up of misinformation, self-denial and taboo. The result is plain and simple: the existence of GiB worms on the tree might be considered positive by some, negative by others, but it is, by any scale, so very secondary…

…for the tree’s crowded, but it’s here to stay, sexy and cruel, selfish and poor; good thing it’s got some fine silk and pretty butterflies, too!

source: http://gayinbeirut.blogspot.com/2010/03/gib2-arab-naivete-and-silk-cocoons.html

Sunday, April 18, 2010

SOAP DIED

Today i went to the Z'anneh Tribute thing at Unesco. I missed Mashrou' Leila, and got right into Mr. Khawli. Not nice. Then, it hopped into what's her name - Saleh. You know, some people have talent - others are endowed. You can have something pretty and big - yet not know how to use it. Common defunct. She has a really nice voice, yet - oh god a la faux-cabaret! She literally slaughtered parts of SoapKills' Aranis - the Z'anneh part at least. Then, Mr. Kaabour gave us some Picon Medleys to a social exit.

10,000LBP gone to waste. It's fine - I think in islam, they would accredit it as social work, or wait- i'm not supposed to listen to music.. or wait. islam?

Hm.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

LEBANESE LAIQUE PRIDE - :)

IN A FIRST ACTION OF ITS KIND SINCE THE END OF THE CIVIL WAR, A SECULAR RALLY FOR CITIZENSHIP IS BEING ORGANIZED IN LEBANON- BEIRUT

On Sunday 25 April 2010




A group of Lebanese citizens are organizing a rally on 25 April 2010 to call for the full implementation of article (c) of the Lebanese Constitution's preamble: "Respect for the freedom of opinion and belief," "social justice," and "equality of rights and duties between all citizens without discrimination or preference."

The objective of this initiative is to unite and render visible the efforts of citizens and associations working towards a secular civil society.

The main claims of this movement relate to the Lebanese civil code for personal status stipulating respect for human rights and equality between men and women; strengthening of public education in the service of education for citizenship; and securing equal opportunities in employment in the public sector based on qualifications and competencies.

This collective initiative will not stop at these claims. The rally of April 25 is the starting point in a series of actions aimed at raising awareness on the urgency of reflecting upon and conceptualizing a genuine Lebanese citizenship. Among the activities planned for are conferences and debates in universities and other cultural and mediatic frameworks.

Practical information:

The meeting will take place in Ain El Mraisse - Beirut facing the Abdel Nasser statue, and the rally will depart from there at 11 am sharp in the direction of the Lebanese Parliament.

Lebanse citizens in the Diaspora are invited to rally on the same day, at 11 am (local time) in front of the closest Lebanese embassy or consulate.


Contact:

Email: leblaique@gmail.com

Kinda Hassan: +961 3 918853

Alexandre Paulikevitch: +961 70 185894


Sunday, April 4, 2010

IF by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!