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  • Tampa

    Down Home with James Brown

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 26th, 2015

    On the way to New Orleans decades ago took a detour to visit Phil Bleeth and formar Moroccan model Corinna. She was about to give birth to child model, daytime soap star and later Baywatch Babe Jasmine Bleeth. The four of us caught James Brown in a Tampa basketball court.

  • Max's Kansas City

    Steak, Lobester, Chic Peas and Stars

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 26th, 2015

    Restauranteur Mickey Ruskin settled tabs by swapping for art with Andy Warhol and other art stars of the Pop era in New York. During happy hour for the price of a nursed glass of wine starving artists survived on chicken wings. Sticking around to catch the glam floor show.

  • Consigliore

    Mentor and Friend

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 26th, 2015

    During ongoing dialogues about art, food, music, history, philosophy and literature my friend and consigliore Robert Henriquez brings a lot to the table. During the off season there is an annual seminar entailing intensive research and discussion.

  • Guns

    Boys and Their Toys

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 26th, 2015

    Every boy needs a gun. Bang bang. Not just one would do, like Tom Mix. I needed double six shooters like my hero Hopalong Cassidy.

  • Apathy

    Out of the Mouths of Babes

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 26th, 2015

    My freshman chemistry lab partner at Brandeis later blew up a bank as a Weatherperson. Abbie Hoffman was a senior when I was a freshman. I had coffee with Angela Davis in the snack bar. We marched and protested. Memories of radical 1960s failed to impress my college students. Not interested in changing the world they just wanted jobs and the good life.

  • Mad Max

    Oh My Canada

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 26th, 2015

    The visiting curator for Canada was not quite up to a night on the town.

  • Fear Eats Itself

    Gnawing at Memory

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2015

    Trapped in the wild an animal will gnaw at and amputate it leg in order to regain its freedom. Is it any different from the artist struggling for liberation from restive memory?

  • Birthday

    Twilight of the Don

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2015

    Under my roof he would proclaim laying down the law. Losing power over a family in conflict during the last days of the Don.

  • Lotus

    Benignly Resisting Authority

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2015

    Breaking away from repression she spent several years in the Orient. Returning home there was a harrowing conflict during a holiday dinner.

  • Summer of Love

    Rescue of a Runaway

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2015

    During the Summer of Love Scott McKenzie sang "If you're going to San Francisco wear some flowers in your hair." In the Lower East Side we rescued a Flower Child from the reality of an escape from suburbia.

  • Fence

    Back Yard Barbecue

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2015

    The landlord Mr. Padziba provided a delivery of old doors. With my pal Gerry we created a fence enclosing the patio behind my storefront in the Lower East Side.

  • Harry Bikes

    Slandered by Rolling Stone

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 25th, 2015

    It was a setup. Bill Cardoso sent his roommate David Felton to interview me about Mel Lyman and his Fort Hill gang of zealots. In the Rolling Stone cover story Felton wrote about me as an ersatz political thug and Lyman foe dubbed Harry Bikes.

  • Making Art

    Risking the Human Toll

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 13th, 2015

    This morning listening to an interview to an interview on art,. criticism and the relative values of art education. Dark introspection for what it's worth over morning coffee. Tennessee Williams, Jackson Pollock and Francis Bacon, to name a few, died for their sins. As John Patrick Shanley told me when I asked "Nothing is off limits."

  • Easter

    Reluctant Matchmaker

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 13th, 2015

    Everyone loved Suzie now gone these many years. Cardoso insisted that I make the introduction. They married not long after. My fault.

  • Beauty of the Beast

    Negotiating the Labyrinth of Self

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 13th, 2015

    Mythology of the Minotaur the beast that must be fed human sacrifices. The artist in the labyrinth looking for self and a way to unwind its thread.

  • Killing Time

    On the Bridge

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 11th, 2015

    On the bridge in literal transition. Dropped my watch into the frozen Charles River.

  • Out of the Blue

    An Afternoon with Dennis Hopper

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 08th, 2015

    Justin Freed was screening a low budget Canadian film Out of the Blue at the Coolidge Corner Theatre. There were half hour interviews set up with the star and last minute director Dennis Hopper. Making the most of my slot he kept leaving to do more blow.

  • Sisyphus Now

    Rock Climbing

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 07th, 2015

    Existential metaphor for the cycle of life. Pushing the boulder up the hill.. Letting it roll down, Over and over. Different metaphor for a life ordinary but lived.

  • Big Easy

    On Bourbon Street Every Day is Mardi Gras

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 05th, 2015

    It starts to crank up around noon. By midnight the throngs in beads with Hurricanes in each hand stagger along Bourbon Street. Nearly nude women entice guys into strip clubs.Con artists work their scams. Life in the Big Easy.

  • Tennessee Williams Hotel Plays

    Close and Compelling

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 03rd, 2015

    The Hermann-Grima House is a vintage mansion in the French Quarter. In groups of about 25 we rotated through the rooms for performances of brief vignettes by Tennessee Williams. It was unique and evocative with the familiar themes of human degeneration and bad luck.

  • Pip

    Little Sister Getting Older

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 03rd, 2015

    Birthday greetings to Mary Louise Giuliano my sister Pippy or Pip. Nine years younger incredibly she is getting older. All these years she has been an intimate and insightful best friend.

  • The Contentious Playwright John Patrick Shanley

    Sparring with a Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer Winner

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 03rd, 2015

    Growing up as an Irish kid in the Bronx provided playwright John Patrick Shanley with inspiration from tough love and hard knocks that earned him a Tony, Oscar and Pulitzer prize. Exuding the street wise persona of a made man he read and discussed his works during the annual Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival.

  • Divine

    Pay to Play on Bourbon Street

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 02nd, 2015

    On the road looking for adventure the wild ones hit Bourbon Street. Grope in the dark until the bloke hit the ropes.

  • Trees

    Tough Competition

    By: Charles Giuliano - Apr 02nd, 2015

    Astrid hugs trees. Darting off to photograph one we were late getting to the museum. I asked a tough question.

  • On the Beach

    Live Sex Shows in Copenhagen

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 23rd, 2015

    The porn film I Am Curious Yellow was all the rage when I visited Copenhagen on the cheap. A tourist attraction featured an expensive live sex show . Our group went but I opted for another night of ballet. Seems I didn't miss much.

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