It is harder than it used to be to live as an artist in New York City, given the cost of housing, studios and rehearsal space, and the Bloomberg administration does not want artists to leave the city. Culture is a magnet for tourism and a major reason why people in other professions (and often higher tax brackets) want to live here. Ergo, two city-financed courses devised to help artists help themselves.
“It’s kind of the teach-a-person-to-fish school of cultural support,” Mr. Pinsky said.
The group attending the five-week program includes painters, sculptors, photographers, filmmakers, creative writers, actors, directors, dancers, singers, musicians...
Along with group sessions covering subjects like intellectual property
and Internet marketing, each artist has a 20-minute meeting with a New
York Foundation for the Arts staff member or an outside adviser to
review his or her business plan. At the end of the course, the students
can apply for subsidized studio or rehearsal space at the Brooklyn Army
Terminal, courtesy of Chashama, an organization that transforms vacant
properties into art spaces.
“Hive addresses one of my least favorite things about Houston,” he says. “The lack of community.” He pauses then adds, “But one of my favorite things about Houston is the idea that, if you’re not satisfied with the city, or the neighborhood, you can do something about it.”
How did all these fucked up people end up on the same plane?
I love this stuff! People kept treating Lost like a mystery. But it was more like a soap opera where the agony can only end when the characters die but the characters really don't die they just time-shop but then it had to end so they did. Nicholas Jahr continues...
The essential question the series asked in episode after episode was:
you find yourself on a deserted island with a bunch of strangers. You
can be anyone you want. Can you reinvent yourself? Can you leave your
past behind? Again and again, the answer the show returned was a
resounding: No. When a character made peace with their demons, his days
were numbered. It was hard to tell if this was a matter of dramatic
convenience or part of a grand design, but the body count rose at an
Dr. Boultinghouse and two colleagues — Michael J. Davis and Glenn G. Hammack— run NuPhysicia, a start-up company they spun out from the University of Texas in 2007 that specializes in face-to-face telemedicine, connecting doctors and patients by two-way video.
Spurred by health care trends and technological advances, telemedicine is growing into a mainstream industry.
And Houston is at the forefront of pioneering
technology that may be the next big thing in attacking cancer:
nanomedicine, which works on a molecular scale to target tumors
specifically and to guide drugs to an exact location within the body.
"I can see in Houston the nanomedicine industry
developing like Silicon Valley," said Mauro Ferrari, chairman of the
Department of Nanomedicine and Biomedical Engineering at the University
of Texas Medical School at Houston. "I think it’s a big opportunity for
the city and the state, and it’s developing at a good pace." ...
Ferrari also heads a consortium of eight research
hospitals and universities — including Baylor College of Medicine, Rice
University, the University of Houston and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center —
that forms Houston’s Alliance for NanoHealth, which funds 170 faculty
members among those institutions.
"If you put together the numbers for my department,
plus these 170 faculty in the alliance, you have by far the largest
collection in the world of nanomedicine expertise, and literally
hundreds of millions of dollars in funding coming in," Ferrari said.
"Nanomedicine is an area that has an unbelievable economic impact, and
to be leaders in this high-growth field has a huge impact on Houston
and on Texas."
Woodhull Medical Center recognizes that artists possess special talents that can lift spirits, bring hope, and provide a momentary break from one's concerns. Performances or artistic activity enjoyed by individuals or groups of hospitalized patients are desirable. For each hour of performance or artistic activity, 40 credits worth of health care services will be added to your personalized health care account. Credits may be exchanged for an equivalent value of health care services in dollars. When you need health care at Woodhull, the fee (your fee scale will be determined at your first visit with a Financial Counselor) will be charged to your health care account. For example, if you performed or provided artistic activity for one hour, your health care account would contain 40 credits. If your doctor visit costs $20 (as determined by your fee scale), 20 credits will be deducted from your health care account. The result? A free doctor visit plus enough credits left over for another free doctor visit or prescriptions! Interested? The financial counselor will help set you up for an interview with Woodhull staff to discuss your performance plan. Please see the application for the art exchange program attached, and please bring a completed application with you to your first meeting with the Woodhull Creative Art Therapy Department.
As we explore way to enjoy the stifling Texas summer, we thought
we'd compile a list of the best day trips you can make from H-town. For
our purposes, a "day trip" means you can get there in two hours (ish)
one-way. We got an authority on the subject — day trip expert (it's his
job) Chet Garner, host of the local PBS show The Daytripper — to lend us his head.We put ours together for this list of Texas sights, no overnight bag required.
Now, I observe that these suggestions will NOT help you escape the heat. For that you'll have to go to Maine, like the Bush family does.
The CultureMap article is very good, but here's the 30-sec summary: Shiner (brewery), Brenham (ice cream), Galveston (parks and museums), Anahuac (zydeco), Orange (botanical gardens), College Station (??), Needville (star gazing), Vider (lake), Bragg Station (spooks), Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy (who knew?).