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It’s time for another journey in search of adventure and life-changing experiences.

I’ll be off-line for a couple of weeks, so there’ll be no new posts until early December.

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“Kingdom of Colors” — The View from the Floor

Here’s some video I shot during a daytime visit to ARTECHOUSE’s “Kingdom of Colors” installation, which I wrote about yesterday.

Because it was shot in a darkened room, the video quality is poor, and the sharp and saturated colours of the projection are blurred and murky, but this should give you some idea of how it felt to experience the show. Watch it on full screen for best results.

What an intoxicating afternoon I had!


2018 New Year’s Resolution Number 1

Since I’m going to post videos, I’ll spend a couple of days learning about video editing and use of editing features. Simply slapping together random strings of raw footage might be good enough for Michael Bay and Uwe Boll, but my viewers deserve better.

“Kingdom of Colors” — Psychedelia at My New Favourite DC Art Space

For maximum effect, enbiggen the video to full screen. Then imagine it covering 270° of the walls in a darkened room three or four stories high.

That’s what you experience at “Kingdom of Colors”, the current art installation at ARTECHOUSE in Washington. It’s the creation of French filmmaker Thomas Blanchard—who was on site when I visited—and artist Oilhack, with a soundtrack by Lyon-based composer Leonardo Villiger.

It’s like being surrounded by a high-tech, high-def, 21st-century version of a classic psychedelic light show.

And it’s absolutely phenomenal!*

ARTECHOUSE–that’s “ART-TECH-HOUSE”—opened in Washington a few months ago. As the name implies, it’s a space that showcases the spectacular possibilities of combining art and technology. “Kingdom of Colors” is ARTECHOUSE’s the third immersive experience. I missed the first one, but posted an item about the second, “Spirit of Autumn”, earlier this month.

“Spirit of Autumn” was highly interactive, with the mobile imagery on the walls and floors responding to the movements and sounds of the visitors. “Kingdom of Colors” is a more passive experience. Large cushions invite viewers to sit or lie on the floor and let the trance-like music and the awesome visuals carry them away.


Just Go with the Flow….

“Kingdom of Colors” is open to anyone over six years old during the day, and lots of children and parents show up. Evenings, when the bar offers wine and mixed drinks, are for people over 21. No smoking of any kind is allowed.

Guests are admitted in small groups, on the hour. There’s no limit on how long you can stay, and for this show, it is very easy to, uh, space out and lose track of time.

“Kingdom of Colors” is only here for a short time. It opened on 10 November 2017 and runs through 26 November 2017. Reservations are absolutely essential. Many of the remaining shows have already sold out.

Highest recommendation.


*It brought back memories of a time long ago, when a friend and I spent most of one summer researching the contrasting perceptual effects of watching the light show from 2001 under the influence of a wide range of pharmaceuticals and herbs.

For Science.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace — Full Trailer

A couple of weeks ago, I posted five stylish teasers for American Crime Story’s second season, which will deal with The Assassination of Gianni Versace. The first full trailer was released yesterday.

Edgar Ramirez plays the brilliant designer Gianni Versace, who rose from modest beginnings in post-WWII Italy to the heights of creative international high society in the 1980s and 1990s. His circle of friends included Princess Diana, Elton John, and Madonna.

Darren Criss plays Andrew Cunanan, the hustler-turned-spree-killer who longed to be part of everything that Versace represented, and left a trail of corpses across four states when he failed.

The casting is strong here. Ramirez and Criss look like the men they’re portraying.

Rounding out the cast are Ricky Martin as Antonio D’Amico, Versace’s long-time romantic and business partner, and Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace.

The first episode of American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace is scheduled to be shown on FX on Wednesdays, 17 January 2018.

“Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition” — Coming Soon to a Stronghold Near You

If “Downton Abbey: The Touring Exhibition” isn’t your cup of Afternoon Tea, perhaps this will be more to your liking—“Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition” has just gotten underway in Barcelona.


Where it will show up next is anybody’s guess, because the tour’s stops after Barcelona have not yet been announced. But with the final episodes of Game of Thrones not expected to air until mid-2019 at the earliest, and with the final book of the series not expected to see print until George R. R. Martin’s heirs hire someone to use GRRM’s notes to complete the last four or five volumes, the tour should run for a long, long time.

According to the tour website, here’s what to expect:

In Barcelona, standard adult tickets for the exhibition range from €10.00 to €18.50, depending on the time and day, which is really reasonable. Expect higher prices when it hits the US.

If you want to see it in Barcelona, you can order tickets here. Barcelona is a beautiful city, and the food there is fantastic. Also, it’s warm in winter, and we all know that Winter Is Coming, don’t we?

“Game of Thrones: The Touring Exhibition” will be in Barcelona until 7 January 2018.

2017 Cookery Project — Peach and Blue Cheese Toast

Peach and Blue Cheese Toast

Peach and Blue Cheese Toast

An update: I made Peach and Blue Cheese Toast for the first time last year, and liked it a lot, but thought it could be better. When I made it last week, it was.

The difference was the bread. Last year, I used mass-produced bread from a neighbourhood supermarket, while this year, I used freshly made Country White from a bakery.

The moral of the story is to use the best ingredients you can. It took me a long time to realize that, no, beef bullion from cubes was not an acceptable substitute for beef stock, and that once you try Maldon Sea Salt Flakes, you’ll never use table salt again. It’s a false economy to try.

The recipe came from Bon Appétit. Using great ingredients is what moves this dish from “Good” to “Excellent”.


★ Disaster. Inedible. Poisoned the cat.
★★ OK, but once is enough.
★★★ Mixed results. Something went wrong, but might try this again.
★★★★ Good, but lacks that special something.
★★★★★ Excellent. Goes into my “This is a winner” file.