Kylie’s Feeling Good

Kylie Minogue Aphrodite

Since the debut of “All The Lovers”, an effervescent have-a-good-time track, I’ve been anxiously anticipating the release of Aphrodite, Kylie Minogue’s 11th studio album. Scheduled for a July 5th release, the album has been designated as a Kylie’s back-to-basics record, and if this rings true, who else other than Stuart Price (the principal sound behind Madonna’s Confessions) to curate such a project?

“Get Outta My Way” squeezes fresh Kylie concentrate right into your ears, bringing back Kylie in a style that can’t come any sooner for the hot months ahead. Aphrodite, the album’s title track, starts with Kylie asking you “if you can feel her on your stereo,” and boy can you! The track’s immersed with late 80’s tinge, coupled with drum-like stomping and a cut throat chorus that you can’t help but groove to.

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Iran Independent Designers Society 2010 Entry

99 By Faris Habayeb

The Iran Independent Designers Society also knows as IIDS just ended accepting entries for their 6th International Annual of Typography Poster as Asma Ul Husna.

Ruminating on the nature of God within a rhetoric that nullifies iconography, the result is a subtle tête-à-tête, an esoteric dialogue between typography (the 99 attributes of God revered in Muslim tradition) and texture.

© 2010 Faris Habayeb

Elephant

Created by British typeface designer Matthew Carter in 1992, Elephant is a first-rate representative of characters that emit a lineage associated with typefaces that are not only beautiful but also functional. This has allowed Elephant’s characters to move in fluid harmony with each other, (something not all typefaces possess) as words become fashioned. In italics the result is arresting.

Corresponding to Bodoni and similar thin and elegant serifs, Elephant, in present day finds itself comfortably settling in the context of fashion and lifestyle. This settlement activates editorial spreads and fashion photography to become fluent complements to a visual composition.

Morningside Eats: Vareli

vareli

Opening only recently is Vareli, with quite the imaginative menu (if you like the oink, you’ll appreciate the incongruity of a pig Shawarma served on Pig Tuesdays).

Partnering with West Side Market, my staple purveyor of groceries which sits right across the street, Vareli brings a much needed dining alternative in the Morningside Heights neighborhood.

On a whim, the menu seems like its trying too hard, trotting the globe in the Middle East with tartars that meet za’atar, salumi, steaks, cheese and lots of wine. Having said that, there is a certain ambitiousness that can be appreciated. The prices aren’t morbidly expensive and everything seems to come into play with good intentions.

Highlights are the Turkish bread that comes with your staple Mediterranean spreads (the Tzatziki was divinely salty), the Rainbow Beet Salad and the Spice-rubbed Head-on Prawns.

Vareli
2869 Broadway (between 111th & 112th)
New York, NY 10025

Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man

Portrait of An Addict as a Young Man

Beeping on Vogue’s literary radar, Bill Clegg’s drug and sex-crazed memoir is definitely a title to consider for this year’s summer reading list. Published by Little, Brown, the positive negative composition of the art, teamed with jagged contours and type mirrors, a great deal, the work of Saul Bass. Weather this was done willfully or not, the result is successful.

Saul Bass’s poster for the American 1955 film, The Man With The Golden Arm manifests this comparison. Clearly, an important contribution, to the visual communication or visual rhetoric of addiction and substance abuse.

Snack Taverna

Snack Taverna

An unassuming yet ambient space that embodies the romantic temperament of the West Village.

Situated on Bedford, it’s not the easiest to find, and if you’re an uptown boy like me then you lose all sense of direction once the streets decide to have names, not numbers.

The floor to ceiling windows, the genuine exposed brick…Snack Taverna racks up brownie points for ambience alone. The waitstaff weren’t necessarily the most reflecting of the space’s look and feel. Having said that, the spot is perfect for an intimate wine and Greek tapas sort of evening. The food here is delicious and is one of the better Greek spots to nosh in the city.

Sampled was Lamb Stifado, tenderly braised with pearl onions and a yogurt tomato sauce, which was beautiful. The meat was so tender and the tang of the yogurt in the sauce just made for a very happy lamb moment.

The Shrimp Santorini was another eventful small dish. Doused in barrel aged feta and ouzo flavored tomato sauce, it was succulent and fresh and just all melded really well together.

Last, but not least was the Mushroom Yiouvetsi, orzo with a cinnamon tomato sauce, olives and shaved Kefalotyri cheese. The dish was very reminiscent of a hearty homemade Middle Eastern macaroni bake.

Snack Taverna
63 Bedford St.

New York, NY 10014