leisure 07.9.10

Sundays are for Lovers
the skint

Everyone has their own idea of what makes up the ideal Sunday. Whatever the activities (or lack thereof), for us the ideal Sunday has that ineffable feeling of Sundayness—much easier to recognize than define.

Lines & Shapes, an independent art collective, was founded in 2008 by Brooklyn-based Lena Corwin and Maria Vettese from Portland, Maine. They just published Sundays are for Lovers, a single-edition, 1000-copy book ($30) featuring work from two dozen or so artists, photographers, and writers on the theme of the last—or first— day of the week.

One of the many pleasures of this book is the work of Brian W. Ferry. Mr. Ferry, who used to live in Brooklyn, but recently uprooted to someplace called London, is the man behind The Blue Hour which, without exaggeration, is one of our favorite places on the web.

There are funnier sites out there, and newsier sites, but few with the quiet pleasures of The Blue Hour. It's Mr. Ferry's images of a day/a room/a dinner/a stroll/the light that do something almost unheard of in the digital world: they encourage contemplation, they remind us to appreciate the small moments every bit as much as the larger events and tides.

When we see his photographs, they always makes us think of Thornton Wilder's line in Our Town when Emily is allowed to relive one day: "Choose an ordinary day. Choose the least important day of your life. It will be important enough."

Here's an image of his from Sundays are for Lovers:

skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious

Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.

artist emily blair shows you how to make a tunnel book, a 3-d work of art popular in the victorian era. center for book arts, $10. [fri 6pm]

'dusk: improvised tween erotica' parodies the twilight saga (in a nice way) @ the tank, $10. [fri-sun 7:30pm]

ifc's 'dinner with the band' takes over the finger on the pulse bbq blowout: chef sam mason (wd-50) feeds you while dwtb creators darin + greg bresnitz spin the tunes. good company (10 hope st, bk), $10/plate. [sat 5-9pm]

the piper theater company performs the book of liz, a play about an always-sweating nun and her cheese balls. really. written by the talent family (a.k.a. amy and david sedaris… of course!). old stone house, free. [sat-sun 8:30pm]

vive la france! celebrate bastille day at the annual fest with music, cancan dancers, food, more! 60th st bet 5th + lex. [sun 12-6pm]


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