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Tuesday Links: We Woke Up to Fire

Barbara Kruger, Who is Beyond The Law

Barbara Kruger, Who is Beyond The Law

Malcolm X said it best #Ferguson

— Will Ferrell (@WillyFerrell) November 25, 2014

  • A reminder of the number of civilians shot by police in the U.S., as compared to officers other countries. In 2012, the States saw 409 deaths caused by police gunfire. [The Economist]
  • You can also watch the livestream and ongoing social media coverage of the riots in Ferguson, and nationwide, after the grand jury ruled in favor of Mike Brown’s killer. Brown’s family urges the public to push for police body cameras. [ANIMAL NewYork]
  • For the Twitter users amongst us: Follow Garance Franke-Ruta’s Ferguson list. And follow Visitor Design for critical commentary. [@thegarance]
  • The case for “war porn” photography. [Lens Blog]
  • Making art with seniors, and a papier mâché Jessica Rabbit. [Senior Moments: The Happy Ones!]
  • Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of Tetris among many other things, is really sad that the KGB wanted to use his speech recognition experiments to create “an audio system that would start recording automatically if and when certain keywords, deemed dangerous to the state or incriminating to the speaker, were uttered.” Sound familiar? [Motherboard]
  • Kevin Hearn, keyboardist for a band-you-might-remember called the Barenaked Ladies, has released a single called “Gallerina.” It’s about a painting that falls in love with a “gallerina” who is as graceful as a “ballerina.” What a rhyme!  [Exclaim]
  • The first ever NYC Porn Film Festival is cumming to Bushwick. [Brokelyn]
  • Who wants to play dress up with famous philosopher Slavoj Žižek? [BuzzFeed]
  • To this day, no culprits have been apprehended in Chicago’s infamous TV-hacking incident from 1987. Remember Max Headroom? [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • Trolls, up your comeback game. Familiar unsubstantiated whining has been rolling in the comments section, this time from World of Warcraft players on Angela Washko’s Creative Time Report. Washko writes about two years of bringing feminism to WoW; according to commenters, she’s a lecturing feminist killjoy who’s interrupting your video game and she’s a BAD JOURNALIST. Also, she clearly didn’t put in enough playtime. Basically, trolls tell writers to stop nagging. [Creative Time Reports]
  • The New York Botanical Garden plans to recreate a version of Frida Kahlo’s garden, alongside a show of her botanical-themed paintings, such as her flower monsters. [Hyperallergic]
  • Did you know that all the women in Francesco Clemente paintings wear Manolo Blahniks? Thanks to Sotheby’s Lisa Dennison who sat for a portrait, we now know that Clemente would’ve been loved by the Sex and the City crowd. [Seen]
  • The Armory Show released its 2015 exhibitor list. [Art in America]
  • More internet dross: The art fair preview slide shows are starting. No link.
  • And on a lighter note, here’s the Art F City panda calendar in geometric abstraction form. Drag any image into Simplify That Shit and you too can have your very own modernist masterpiece. [Simplify That Shit]


Author:Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball Corinna Kirsch Marina Galperina

At the High Museum, Rediscovered Civil Rights Photos Are Current as Ever

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"At Segregated Drinking Fountain," Mobile, Alabama, 1956. Gordon Parks (Image courtesy of the High Museum)

“At Segregated Drinking Fountain,” Mobile, Alabama, 1956. Gordon Parks (Image courtesy of the High Museum)

“Hard to believe,” the woman next to me remarked thoughtfully in “Segregation Story,” a photographic exhibition of Jim Crow-era Alabama at Atlanta’s High Museum. I’d thought the same thing several times of photos of families lining up behind “Coloreds” signs, and cold looks on white faces. How could America let this happen? But when you compare the show to the 2014 news cycle—as I write this, Ferguson awaits the verdict on Michael Brown’s shooting—images of deep south segregation only make clear how little things have changed.

Shot by African American photographer Gordon Parks for a well-known 1956 Life Magazine image essay “The Restraints: Open and Hidden,” the High Museum provides an uncut version with over 40 photos. The timely exhibition itself is just a sampling sourced from over two hundred color transparencies recently re-discovered by the Gordon Parks Foundation.

The selections here mostly follow three generations of the Thornton, Causey, and Tanner families navigating a world where the houses are shabby and small, and the department stores are spotless and intimidating. Overall, it paints a simple picture of what was: children on the outside looking in; colored water fountains and entrances; crowded beds in Alabama shacks. Some photographs fall on the Rockwell spectrum, with almost too-perfect compositions in colorful pastel palettes. Barefoot children crowd expectantly around an ice cream parlor’s “COLORED” water fountain and side entrance; a young mother and daughter look off into the distance, under of a neon “COLORED ENTRANCE” sign; a father looks exhausted in front of a “COLORED” sign on a train platform. If permanently engraved on the cultural psyche, though, the familiarity of these characters, their expressions, and their settings drives home the fact that this was a fairly mundane sight in the fifties.

"Airline Terminal", Atlanta, Georgia, 1956. Gordon Parks (Image courtesy of the High Museum)

“Airline Terminal,” Atlanta, Georgia, 1956. Gordon Parks (Image courtesy of the High Museum)

It’s the more casual photos, though, that really take you by surprise. One over-the-shoulder shot captures a sour white mother sitting a seat apart from her exasperated black nursemaid, in an airline waiting terminal. Half the image is cropped by a blurry head, apparently used to hide the camera; the viewer’s left to imagine the potential stakes of shooting that photo. In another print, a black child looks back at the camera from a doorway. He’s wearing a red cowboy hat, a simple reminder that there were no black cowboy movie stars.

For those of us unfamiliar with unequivocal hatred as part of daily life, it’s easy to believe in the progress narrative that Martin Luther King’s dream reversed history leading to an upward ladder through The Jeffersons to a black President. (To show how far 1950s segregation pictures are considered from today’s politics, the show is sponsored by Coca-Cola, a company with a well-known history of racist advertising).

"Ondria Tanner and Her Grandmother Window-shopping", Mobile, Alabama, 1956. Gordon Parks (Image courtesy of the High Museum)

“Ondria Tanner and Her Grandmother Window-shopping,” Mobile, Alabama, 1956. Gordon Parks (Image courtesy of the High Museum)

Why is an image of “colored” water fountains of yesteryear compartmentalized from those of today’s black-filled prisons? Or even an image of a dozen police pointing guns at an unarmed man? Without the 1950s dresses and ice cream parlors, several of these photos could be contemporary; in Ondria Tanner and Her Grandmother Window-shopping, we look down from a department store platform at a little black girl, stopped in her tracks and staring up at a group of chalky white mannequins. The simple illustration of racial imbalance looks like a relic of the bygone days of golliwogs; now, pop culture now walks a thinner line between appropriation aesthetics (Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea), and a general whitening of black divas (blonde Beyoncé, and a lightened Nina Simone, resurrected in the form of Zoe Saldana). What’s okay to do with race is more of a fuzzy grey area.

The show ends with a reminder of what’s not in frame, events that were too dangerous to document. The text quotes an entry in Parks’s diary: “My thoughts swirl around the tragedies that brought me here. Just a few miles down the road, Klansmen are burning and shooting blacks and bombing their churches. …Lying here in the dark, hunted, I feel death crawling the dusty roads.” His subjects suffered consequences, too. After the images were published, the young mother Allie Lee Causey—a vocal proponent of integration—was fired from her teaching job, and gas stations refused to serve her husband. As the New York Times reports, the family left the state two weeks after the essay was published, and Life eventually paid the family $25,000 to help them start over. (It’s hard to imagine a site like BuzzFeed giving that kind of support to one of its subjects today).

With less optimism about class mobility, and a seriously-shaken dream of racial equality in U.S.A., this series is well worth reconsidering. Are we so progressive? For answers, and more on “Segregation Story,” look to the news.



Author:Whitney Kimball

Recommended Show: Samara Golden’s “The Flat Side of the Knife”

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Installation view of The Flat Side of the Knife

Installation view of The Flat Side of the Knife

Samara Golden: The Flat Side of the Knife
Runs through August 30, 2015

For those of us who chased fairies in our backyards and played with make-believe friends, there’s Samara Golden’s two-story trompe l’oeil installation—it’s one for the dreamers. More specifically, it’s for those who fantasize about a world beyond. Peering over PS1’s small, ground-floor balcony, you can peek into Golden’s own fantasy: a shiny, large-scale fiction of a dollhouse, with staircases and furniture seemingly made out of tin or aluminum-foil, some attached upside-down to the ceiling. The staircases zig and zag, with silvery wheelchairs descending and ascending them (as if they’re about to fall over), and seascape horizons projected on the windows. At first, the interior of this house seems to be endless; it just takes a second to realize that the floor is mirrored, which makes it seem like this house has been doubled. Bottom is up, the top is down, and the floor seems to go on forever.

Maybe this all sounds like a trompe l’oeil gimmick, but I stayed with the installation for some time. From the vantage point of the dinner table-size balcony, you’re only allowed to see snippets of the house at one time. If you want to see more, you have to move…and move…and move around. Within the smallness of the space, you feel like you’re creeping, like you shouldn’t be privy to this mysterious scene. Maybe someone has died (the wheelchairs tumbling down stairs) and this is eternity (the endless ocean vistas)? What I took from Golden’s installation was a vision of eternity, but made out of stuff found in kitchen junk drawers, it shared in that unfettered making that’s so often missing in hi-def, prefab art.


Author:Corinna Kirsch

Massive March For Mike Brown In NYC

Massive March For Mike Brown In NYC

On Tuesday evening, New York City continued to show solidarity with Ferguson. Following the announcement that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for the fatal shooting of Mike Brown, protests have erupted around the nation. ANIMAL’s Bucky Turco has been live-tweeting from the scene in NYC, where protesters are marching through the streets. It began in Union Square and snaked its way through several neighborhoods, eventually overtaking the roadway on the Manhattan Bridge and into Brooklyn. See the updates below.

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets. Southbound lane on 3rd Avenue shut down.

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

Protesters walking down middle of street on St. Mark's chanting: "No justice no peace. No racist police."

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

Traffic has come to a standstill as marchers walk south on 1st Avenue in middle of street.

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

As protesters walk through the Lillian Wald Houses on Ave D, residents are chanting and showing support from above.

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

Crowd overtakes the FDR south.

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

Crowd jumps barrier, takes over northbound lanes on FDR!

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

Protesters abandon FDR, walk west on Grand Street through the LES.

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

Protesters are headed towards Williamsburg Bridge and rolling deep.

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

Police barricades set up on Williamsburg Bridge preventing protesters from walking to Brooklyn.

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

Crowd abandons bridge idea, now walking west in the street on Delancey.

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

March on Allen Street headed south towards… wait for it: more bridges.

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

Protesters arrive at Manhattan Bridge are walking up an exit ramp as cars honk their horns.

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

Protesters waking into traffic on roadway. March is headed to Brooklyn.

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

Protesters carrying sign that says: "Black lives matter." Despite traffic, lots of motorists honking in support!

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

March now well past midway point. Brooklyn… straight ahead.

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

A driver got out to film protesters and give them high-fives. Then he led the crowd in a "hands up don't shoot" chant

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

Protest arrives in Brooklyn.

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

Protest is continuing on Flatbush Ave towards Prospect Park.

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

NYPD trailing protesters who are on Fulton Street, just off Washington, headed east. That's all for tonight.

— ANIMALNewYork (@ANIMALNewYork) November 26, 2014

(Photos: Bucky Turco/ANIMALNewYork)

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Adventures In Selling Experimental Video Art: An Interview With Undervolt & Co.

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Single: Johnny Woods, Breakaway

About a year ago, artists Yoshi Sodeoka, Johnny Woods and Nicholas O’Brien launched Undervolt & Co., a video label like no other. They began to distribute collections of experimental video artworks created for their label, giving artists an alternative to the existing binary of models—dumping their work online for free or dreaming of that illusive, baller limited edition gallery sale. Their model offers their work to the public as low-priced downloads of well-curated, original, high-quality “albums” or video bundles, 20 to 60 minutes in length.

From a playlist of pulsating psychedelic geometry set to symphonic feedback to glitchy nightmares from Baltimore, the bodies of work represented by Undervolt & Co. are varied and fresh, each artwork’s visual and audio components intertwined.

Undervolt & Co. set out to fill a void in experimental video art representation with the help of the internet and a hope to someday grow into “a significant video archival institution.” They saw their dually experimental efforts actualized on and off line.

Art F City recently caught up with Johnny Woods and turns out they’re still not really sure what they’re doing, but it seems to be working out pretty well.

Why did you conceive Undervolt?

Originally, the idea was to create a format for longer experimental video works or collections of work. These tend not to work so well with streaming sites. We also wanted to find a way to add value to these more substantial projects, which we refer to as “albums”. They are typically 20-60 minutes in length. If this were ten years ago, we would just be releasing DVDs, but in the relative demise of that format we felt we needed something else to help disseminate these more substantive works.

How many releases have you done now that it’s been almost a year since your launch?

We currently have ten album titles available. In addition to the albums, we’ve started releasing “singles” which are shorter, individual videos that don’t necessarily fit into a larger body of work and can be a nice introduction to some of the artists we plan to do albums with in the future.

Single: Adam Ferriss, Moss Merseles’ Melodie. Working entirely with code, Adam Ferriss constructs surprisingly organic digital worlds. Building upon his webGL experiments and spectacular still images, Moss Merseles’ Melodie takes the viewer on a ride through cascading feedback.

What have you learned about digital and video art distribution through this experience?

I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is that nobody really knows how any of it works yet! We try different things and see if they work. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t, but we are very open to the fact that we do not know how distribution will work in our post-internet age. It’s exciting to see what people are trying, and taking little bits from different strategies to see if they work for us.

How do you curate your roster? What sort of work do you represent as far as its sensibilities, forms and unique qualities?

Our number one criteria is work that shows commitment. Part of our mission is to create an archive of work that can last, and we like to encourage our artists to take their time and make something substantive. For better or worse, the nature of the internet forces a sort of disposable way of thinking: artists feel pressured to keep their Tumblrs and Vimeos full of content. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, but we are trying to find a space on the internet for another way of thinking about content. I guess the most important thing for us is that the artist has the focus and practice to create such a work.

Album (trailer): Peter Burr’s SPECIAL EFFECT explores “The Zone”, a space from Tarkovsky’s film Stalker, in which our rules of physics are suspended. This environment is traversed through a hypnotizing blend of live action and various animation styles. 

I think a lot of our artists are pretty different. We have some releases that use found footage, some that are completely abstract, some using CGI and other animation forms, some that have a narrative structure, and some that are completely free-form. We do look for a strong audio-visual connection, however.

Where have these pieces ended up offsite?

One of the biggest surprises this first year was seeing how important events and screenings could be for the label. I don’t think we were really expecting that to be as successful as it has been. Just in the last year we have done events in Croatia, Portugal, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Portland, San Francisco, and Baltimore. In Pittsburgh, we were asked to be a part of the VIA Festival, which was especially wonderful since they were able to bring a number of our artists out to do live performances. Those artists had never met before, and it was a really amazing experience. At the end of the day, we are trying to help promote our artists and encourage their practice, so these sort of events are just wonderful to be a part of.

Album track: Sabrina Ratté, Littoral Zones. One of four videos in the collection which explore the visual and sonic relationship between modular synthesis and simulated space.

What are you planning next?

We have a couple big things coming up, but unfortunately I can’t talk about them quite yet. I can generally say that we will have probably between 7-10 album releases in 2015, a lot of events, and more releases with physical elements. [Undervolt will be screening experimental videos from their artist in the First Look 2015 film series at the Moving Image Museum.]

For Sabrina Ratté’s album [the last album Undervolt released], we had a limited edition poster option that people really enjoyed, and that was our first time doing something like that. Generally speaking, we are very content to take our time and let things evolve organically. We learned a lot in this last year, and will continue to do so as we move forward.



Author:Marina Galperina

GIF of the Day: A Honey Boo Boo Thanksgiving Dance Party


Remember GIF dance party? It still works, allowing anyone—that means you—to pair their favorite tunes with their favorite dancing internet gifs, and with their favorite backdrops. Here’s one for the holidays. Just think of what you could do with Lent!

Here’s one of just Honey Boo Boo:


Here’s a lot of Honey Boo Boos:



Author:Whitney Kimball

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

CB23 x Tony DePew, Bushwick. (Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)

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Author:Aymann Ismail

Unconscious Woman In Ferguson Carried To Police Line, Police Line Responds By Firing Tear Gas

Unconscious Woman In Ferguson Carried To Police Line, Police Line Responds By Firing Tear Gas

In one of the more harrowing videos to emerge out of the discord in Ferguson last night, is this footage by livestream champ Tim Pool. It shows a group of good samaritans flanked by others with cameras, carrying an unconscious woman to the police line, frantically yelling, “She’s having a heart attack, she’s having a heart attack.” Another voice can be heard saying, “help her.” The cops, clad in riot gear, respond by telling the group to “back up, we will get her,” and then fire a volley of tear gas. At least one officer can be seen discharging his shotgun right above their heads. One woman tells them, “That’s my momma, that’s my momma.” Tear gas then envelops the area and the crowd flees.

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Author:Bucky Turco

Banksy’s “Christmas Card” Resurfaces As a Billboard… In Atlanta

Banksy's "Christmas Card" Resurfaces As a Billboard... In Atlanta

A controversial painting by Banksy depicting Mary and Joseph (Jesus’ parents) unable to reach Bethlehem because of the Israeli- Gaza separation wall, has reared it’s head once again. Made in 2005, the artwork keeps being passed around each year as his “new Christmas card.”

This time it’s ringing in the season on a billboard in Atlanta. If Americans Knew is an organization dedicated to raise awareness about the conflict between Israel and Palestine. According to Mondoweiss, the organization wants to put up more billboards in South Dakota and Nevada so they’ve started a fundraising drive. If you want to actually send it as a Christmas card, IAF has those for sale too.



(Photo: If Americans Knew)

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Author:Rhett Jones

Here’s Why There’s No Difference Between St. Patrick’s Day and SantaCon

Here's Why There’s No Difference Between St. Patrick’s Day and SantaCon

For some reason, 2014 is the year to hate SantaCon. Although the annual drinkfest has had its detractors in the past, the backlash is more concentrated than ever with bar owners, community organizations and even the City of New York, officially rejecting the group’s repeated attempts to establish a kicking-off-point for attendees.

But how come this same level of NIMBY outrage isn’t directed at the city’s other annual drinkfest — no not New Year’s Eve — St. Patrick’s Day? It too is rife with public drunkenness, brawls, and lots of lewd behavior. Oddly, it doesn’t generate nearly the same level of scrutiny from the locals.

To show the commonality between the two, ANIMAL culled YouTube clips of both events from over the years (click video above). Despite the many similarities, we will concede at least one major difference: one group wears green, the other wears red.

(Video: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)

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Author:Bucky Turco

Thanksgiving Pot Luck: How To Cook An Entire Holiday Dinner With Weed

Thanksgiving Pot Luck: How To Cook An Entire Holiday Dinner With Weed

Thanksgiving is almost here and people will start cooking dinner tomorrow, if they haven’t began already. For those looking to spice up the holiday or make spending time with family a little more bearable, ANIMAL has assembled a guide to cook a whole Thanksgiving feast with weed-infused dishes. The following recipes are guaranteed to make even the most steadfast of potheads sleepier than the strongest dose of tryptophan. Eat responsibly and happy holidays.




1 medium-sized (12- to 15-pound) turkey
1/2 cup marijuana butter
¼ cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon sweet basil
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon sage


Melt the cannabis butter in a small saucepan over low heat and blend in remaining ingredients. Stuff the turkey and/or season it with salt and pepper, if desired. Make a small incision in the skin of the turkey. Force a finger through the slit and break the contact between the skin and the meat. Using a meat injector, squirt half the butter mixture under the skin. Cook the turkey according to your favorite method, basting it with the remaining butter mixture every half hour until it’s done. We cooked it on a Traeger grill and it was juicier and more moist than any turkey I have ever had before.




¾ cup cannabis-infused butter

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

9 cups (1 lb) of diced assorted mushrooms (shiitake, crimini, chanterelle, etc.)

12 generous cups 1-2 day old ciabatta bread (cut into 1″ cubes)

3 cups diced onions (roughly 1 lb of onions)

2 cups chopped celery (4-5 stalks)

¼ cup fresh parsley (chopped)

2 tablespoons fresh sage (chopped)

8-10 sprigs of fresh thyme (chopped)

3 sprigs of fresh rosemary (chopped)

5 oz baby spinach leaves

2 eggs (whisked)

1½ teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup vegetable broth (if your stuffing is too dry, increase the amount by ¼ cup until you reach the desired texture).


To begin, cut the bread into 1″ cubes. You should let the bread become stale before attempting to use it for your vegetarian stuffing, as fresh bread will turn to mush. Simply lay the bread cubes out on a parchment lined baking tray on top of your kitchen counter for at least 1-2 days prior to cooking.

When ready to make the stuffing, melt ¼ cup of the cannabis-infused butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Then, add the sliced wild mushrooms, and season them with a sprinkle of salt and black pepper. Stir the mushrooms and allow them to cook until they start to become tender, roughly 8 minutes.

Once fully cooked, transfer the mushrooms from the skillet to a plate or bowl, and set them to the side for now.

Next, melt the remaining ½ cup of cannabis-infused butter in the now empty skillet over medium heat.

Slice the celery and dice the onions – add them both to the skillet containing the melted cannabutter. Saute these vegetables for roughly 10-12 minutes, or until the onion becomes translucent and both are tender.

Add the spinach to the skillet, toss the veggies, and cook until the spinach is just wilted, about 1-2 minutes.

Remove the vegetable medley from the heat and add it to the bowl containing the sauteed mushrooms.

In a small bowl, crack open 2 eggs and whisk until beaten and set them to the side.

In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, sauteed vegetables and vegetable stock. Mix to combine.

Next, chop the fresh herbs, and season the stuffing with salt and black pepper. Mix well once more.

Taste the stuffing for seasonings and adjust as needed. If the stuffing is too dry, feel free to add an additional ¼ cup of vegetable broth until you reach the desired consistency.

Proceed to add the 2 whisked eggs and mix the stuffing well one last time.

Prepare a 13×9 baking dish with some nonstick cooking spray.

Pour the stuffing mixture into the greased baking dish. At this point in the recipe, your stuffing can remain at room-temperature until you’re ready to bake it.

When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the vegetarian stuffing into your preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until browned and crispy.

After this time, remove the vegetarian stuffing from the oven and allow it to stand for at least 1o minutes before serving.


Cranberry Sauce-


Makes 8 servings. You can also put this into a holiday mold for a festive finish.

2 cups of sugar

2 cups of Cannabis Simple Syrup***

4 cups cranberries (about 1 lb.)

2 tablespoons of orange zest


Combine and bring to a boil sugar and Cannabis Simple Syrup until the sugar is dissolved. Boil the syrup for five minutes, add the cranberries. Simmer the cranberries in syrup gently, uncovered and without stirring until berries are translucent, about 5 minutes. Skim off the foam and add orange zest. Pour berries into a large bowl that has been rinsed in cold water. Chill until firm and serve cold.


Grilled Corn on the Cob-


6 ears corn
6 tablespoons cannabutter, softened
salt and pepper to taste


Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate.
Peel back corn husks and remove silk.
Place 1 tablespoon cannabutter, salt and pepper on each piece of corn.
Close husks.
Wrap each ear of corn tightly in aluminum foil. Place on the prepared grill. Cook approximately 30 minutes, turning occasionally, until corn is tender.


Roasted Asparagus w/ Dijon Lemon Sauce-


2 bunches of asparagus (washed and trimmed)

2 tablespoons cannabis-infused extra virgin olive oil

2 cloves of garlic (minced)

salt and pepper

2 tablespoons cannabis-infused extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

½ tablespoon Dijon mustard

salt and pepper to taste

Optional garnishes: 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, Parmesan cheese shavings, etc.


Begin by making the cannabis Dijon-lemon sauce. Whisk together 1 tablespoon of cannabis-infused olive oil, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Mix well until all the ingredients are fully combined into a dressing/sauce. Set this bowl to the side for now.

Next, begin the asparagus preparations by preheating your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Thoroughly wash and trim the ends of the asparagus spears. You may also peel your asparagus at this point, although peeling is not necessary – it all comes down to personal taste/preference.

Then, place your now washed and trimmed spears on a clean tea towel or set of paper towels. Make sure you dry the asparagus spears to the best of your ability, as you wish to roast them in the oven, and any unnecessary moisture may lead to unwanted “steaming.”

After you pat the asparagus spears dry, place them in a medium sized bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons of cannabis-infused olive oil and the minced garlic. Make sure all the spears are evenly coated.

Then, arrange the asparagus spears in a single layer on a nonstick baking tray.

After the spears are arranged evenly, drizzle the cannabis Dijon-lemon dressing over them, as well as sprinkling more salt and freshly cracked black pepper, until all of the asparagus spears are evenly coated/seasoned.

Place the tray in the preheated oven and roast the asparagus for roughly 10 minutes, or until the spears are all fully cooked but are not flimsy or soft. You want the asparagus to be lightly browned from roasting, yet still have a bit of a bite to them.

Remove the baking tray from the oven and allow the spears to stand for a few minutes – both the asparagus and the baking tray need to cool down a bit.

After becoming cool enough to handle, plate your roasted asparagus spears. Finally, garnish them with a drizzle of roughly 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and some freshly shaved Parmesan cheese.


Baked Sweet Potatoes-


2-4 sweet potatoes or yams

2-4 tablespoons cannabis-infused butter (1 tablespoon per potato)

½ teaspoon of sugar

½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Canola oil (for coating)

Aluminum foil

Paper towel(s)

Baking tray


To begin, preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Next, wash and scrub the sweet potatoes to remove any dirt and then pat them dry. Make sure the potatoes are thoroughly dry as you do not want any extra moisture to cause the spuds to steam in the oven.

After your sweet potatoes are dry and ready to use, use a fork to poke various holes in each potato – these holes will allow steam to escape from inside the potato as they bake.

Once the potatoes are covered in tiny holes, you want to apply a tiny bit of canola oil to the exterior of each potato. The easiest way to do this is in the same fashion that you would stain a piece of wood-furniture. Take a folded piece of paper towel and place it over the opening of the canola oil bottle. Tip over your canola oil bottle (with your hand pressing firm against the opening of the bottle with the paper towel, essentially preventing any from pouring out) and allow your paper towel to become slightly saturated in that one spot. Then, proceed to rub the exterior of each sweet potato with your canola oil-towel. You want each potato to have a nice shiny-sheen after being rubbed, but not be completely basted in oil. Feel free to add more oil to your towel when necessary.

After, place your prepped potatoes on an aluminum foil-lined baking tray and top each potato with a pinch of salt.

Bake the potatoes for 20 minutes at 450 degrees Fahrenheit. After 20 minutes has passed, remove the tray from the oven, rotate and flip each of the potatoes, and then reduce the temperature of the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the tray back in the oven and continue to cook the potatoes for another 35-40 minutes or until tender.

You want your potato skins to be shedding away from the interior, and the interior of the spud should be soft but not mushy. You may also see some baked sugary-juicy-goodness that tried to escape from the holes you poked in thespuds earlier, this is the look you’re going for. Remove the potatoes from the oven and allow them to stand for 5 minutes before plating.

To serve your potatoes, use a steak knife to slice the top of your potato length-wise, this will allow you to fill the inside with cannabis-infused butter, cinnamon, and sugar.


Deviled Eggs-


12 eggs, hard boiled and peeled

1/2 cup CannaMayo

2 teaspoons white vinegar

1 teaspoon ground mustard

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

paprika, for garnish


Slice eggs lengthwise in half. Remove yolks and place them in a mixing bowl.

Mash yolks with a fork.

Add CannaMayo, vinegar, ground mustard, salt and pepper to yolks. Mix everything together until creamy.

Fill egg whites with egg yolk mixture. Sprinkle top of each deviled egg with paprika.

Cover and refrigerate up to 24 hours.


Blackberry and Apple Pie-


1¼ cups unbleached, all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

1 stick (8 tablespoons) cold, unsalted butter (cut into ¼ inch cubes)

3 tablespoons very cold water

4 organic apples (sliced thin into 1″ pieces)

3 tablespoons cannabis-infused butter

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons corn starch

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon salt

5 cups fresh organic blackberries

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 egg beaten with 1 teaspoon of water (egg-wash)

2 teaspoons turbinado sugar

1 cast iron frying pan (10 inch)

Optional garnishes: fresh whipped cream, vanilla ice-cream.


To begin, combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl (flour, salt, sugar).

Using either two knives or a pastry cutter, cut the cold butter into the appropriate size cubes, and continue to “cut” and work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles the consistency of rough cornmeal (the little bits of butter should be no smaller/larger than your average pea).

Add in 3 tablespoons of cold water and proceed to incorporate the ingredients with a fork until the dough begins to pull together.

Pro Tip: you can also choose to use a standing-mixer if you do not wish to mix your dough by hand. If this is the route you decide to go, follow the same instructions using your flat beater attachment.

Once the dough is mixed, transfer it to a clean surface and shape it into a ball. Once formed into a ball, flatten the dough into a disk.

Lightly dust the dough and working surface with some flour, and then proceed to flatten the disk of dough a bit more with a rolling pin – to do this, tap and roll around 6-8 times on your disk of dough, turn it ¼ of a turn, and then repeat. Do this until the dough-round reaches about 12 inches in diameter and ⅛ of an inch in thickness. Keep the pie dough to the side until you’re ready to lay it over top of your pie.

To begin, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

First, thoroughly wash both the apples and blackberries and allow them to drip-dry. Chop the apples into thin 1 inch slices, removing any bits of core or seeds as you go. Set the fruit to the side for now.

Next, in a 10 inch cast-iron frying pan, heat up the cannabis-infused butter over medium heat until all of the butter has melted.

Then, proceed to add the chopped apples, 1/3 cup of brown sugar,  2 tablespoons of corn starch, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Saute the apples for 5-6 minutes, or until they start to become tender.

After 5-6 minutes has passed, stir in the blackberries and allow the fruit to continue cooking for 2-3 minutes, or until the blackberries become fragrant and start to release their juices.

Remove the frying pan from the heat and turn your stove off.

Add the vanilla extract to your fruit and give it one final stir.

Next, you want to grab your rolled out pie dough (12″ round, and about ⅛ of an inch thick) and carefully roll the dough around your rolling pin. Then, while hovering over your frying pan, gently unroll the dough on top of the fruit filling.

Trim the edge of your pie dough using a pair of kitchen scissors, leaving about 1 inch of overhang – proceed to crimp this inch of overhang to seal the edges of the pie completely (simply pinch with your fingers to ensure a good seal).

After, grab a small bowl and whisk together 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of water. This will be your egg-wash.

Then, brush the edges of your pie crust with your egg-wash and sprinkle some turbinado sugar on the top of the pie.

Finally, using a small sharp knife, cut roughly 5 slits in the pie dough to release steam as the pie cooks.

Place the pie in your preheated oven, and cook for 25-30 minutes, or until the crust is golden-brown.

Remove your pie from the oven and allow it to cool for 1 hour on a baking rack prior to serving.

Serve the pie as is or with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or a scoop of ice cream.

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Author:Rhett Jones

Astor Place Cube Hauled Away To Rehab

Astor Place Cube Hauled Away To Rehab

On Tuesday, workers removed the Astor Place cube so it could be renovated according to Bedford and Bowery. The spinnable, iconic steel sculpture with a Texas-sounding name was designed by artist Tony Rosenthal and is by no means a one-off piece of artwork. The NYC version was first installed at its East Village location in 1967 and was only supposed to be displayed temporarily as part of a public art project, but local residents liked it so much, they petitioned to have it become a permanent fixture. In October, it was boxed up and today, shipped off. “We’re taking it to be rehabilitated,” said Amelia Ramos, a liaison for the NYC Department of Design and Construction.

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Author:Bucky Turco

Scientists Believe You Can Learn To Taste Words and Smell Colors

Scientists Believe You Can Learn To Taste Words and Smell Colors

In a new study, scientists believe that they may have unlocked the ability to teach people to experience synesthesia, the condition in which a person experiences overlaps between their senses. In its most extreme form, those effected by synesthesia report hearing tastes or experiencing sounds as colors.

For their landmark study, researchers conducted a nine-week course in which “volunteers read ebooks with 13 letters consistently written in a specific color. In addition, the volunteers spent 30 minutes every day associating the letters and colors, working on increasingly difficult tasks.”

After five weeks of conditioning, the test subjects began reporting that they saw the key words as colored text even if it was black. According to New Scientist one of the volunteers had this to say:

The color immediately pops into my head. When I look at a sign the whole word appears according to the training colors.

Just a few months later, all of the people involved with the experiment had returned to experiencing words normally but scientists aren’t convinced that it was just a case of memory training. The fact that those involved with the study experienced a temporary 12-point increase in IQ points to greater brain change. Researcher David Bor says:

It’s very rare to report such a large IQ jump so our suspicion is it’s something to do with synaesthesia.

If further studies produce meaningful results, it’s hoped that teaching synesthesia from an early age will increase learning abilities throughout a persons lifetime.

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