Searching for Sugarman




We saw “Searching for Sugarman” a wonderfully moving documentary last weekend and had to spread the word. Based on the incredible true-life story of the 1970s musician Sixto Rodriquez, the film reveals the dark mystery of his conflicting fame and obscurity. We’ve been huge fans of his smooth as butter voice and folky, blues-like storytelling music for years now and even got the chance to see him play a small venue here in the city. Little did we know though about his insanely perplexing life story. Put this doc on the top of your must-see list. And make sure you download his album Cold Fact asap! You won’t be disappointed!



Does it get any better than this…!? Not really.





The Last Lions



Last Saturday, we attended a moving and inspiring talk by acclaimed film makers, Derek and Beverly Joubert. The pair have devoted their lives to documenting Africa’s big cats and this film–which took them four years to make–is a call to action. As noted in the film, lion numbers have dropped from 450,000 to 20,000 in the last 50 years, a number almost too startling to comprehend. Their filming, researching and partnership with National Geographic has created The Last Lions, one of the most moving documentaries we have seen in years.



As devoted fans of nature, lovers of all big cats, and die hard adventurers, we hope you will join us in support of saving one of our world’s most beautiful animals.



Proceeds from the film will go toward National Geographic’s “Big Cats Initiative”, which aims to help prevent the loss of habitat for lions and other large cats, which can require up to 100 miles of hunting ground for a single pride. For each viewing of the trailer on YouTube, $0.10 will be donated toward the cause up to 1,000,000 views (current views stand at about 150,000). You can also learn more or donate at CauseanUproar.org, or follow the organization on Twitter @CauseanUproar.


(all photographs by Beverly Joubert)



Birds of a Feather…

I’ll (Nicki here) admit it: I’m a bit of a bird lover and wherever I go I’m always listening & looking for birds. It makes for a bit of ribbing from family and friends who can’t help but tease me about my long-standing obsession. Here’s a recent article in the New York Times that brings together two loves: India and birds. What’s not to love?

Teal, umber, chocolate brown, a bit of persimmon…perfection!

I don’t even know what to say about just how fantastic this guy is. Those hot pink legs alone are enough to make me fall over!

Loving the color green as I do, this little fellow makes me want to create a dress in all these hues and put on a big swipe of black kohl eyeliner.

I’d like to paint my kitchen the gorgeous terracotta color of his wings.

Yes, I own this and try to make anyone visiting me watch it! I promise, it’s worth watching again and again.



YouTube Play


AP Photo/Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

This past weekend, the Guggenheim Museum exhibited 25 finalists from its YouTube Play collaboration, which sought to discover the “most creative video in the world.” Although the videos–judged by a panel including performance artist Laurie Anderson, the music group Animal Collective and filmmaker Darren Aronofsky–were only on view this weekend in NYC, they can still be seen online (of course) on YouTube.com/play. Here are a few of our favs:




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