Wednesday, March 26, 2008
François Delfosse is to visual art what Sylvia Plath is to poetry and PJ Harvey to rock music. Using charcoal, crayons, Indian ink and paint, the Belgian artist depicts abstract images of confusion, angst and pent-up emotions that cannot fail to disturb. Traces of both Jackson Pollock and Jean-Michel Basquiat can be detected in his nervous breakdowns on canvas. This particularly applies to two works that he completed last year: 'Morning are broken' and 'Edimbourg tatoo'.
Monday, March 17, 2008
It's always a pleasure to eat 'al fresco' in Piazza Santo Spirito. The Osteria Santo Spirito - a favourite haunt of recent resident Daniel Day Lewis - is the best option if you want a wide choice of menu. Any meal will start with a complimentary basket of breads and tapenade. Pasta dishes vary according to season; ravioli may be served with a delicate avocado sauce or taglierini with-made pesto. You can follow this with excellent meat or fish 'mains' or simply go for a big salad or plate of cheeses or salamis served on a rustic wooden board.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
He's been arrested on weapons charges, (allegedly) punched Boyzone upstart Shane Lynch and lost friends through gangsta killings. Is there anything tame about Seán 'Puffy' Combs? Yes, his music. Puff Daddy is the Val Doonican of hip hop, serving the antithesis of Public Enemy's urgent and angry beats. This is the man, after all, who made Sting's 'Every Breath You Take' sound more mawkish than the original. There is, however, one good reason to attend this concert: the remote possibility that his drop-dead-gorgeous girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez, might be in the audience.