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I’m going to see PJ on Monday in Toronto at the ACC. 20 years of their music….I’ll be honest, I fell off their radar after Vitalogy. I remember them so fondly when I saw them open for RHCP at the Concert Hall when I was 18 with Jakub. ’Alive’ had such great songs.
When I heard they were doing a 20th anniversary tour that also supported a docu directed by Cameron Crowe (Say Anything and Singles fame)which ironically is being showcased also at TIFF this weekend – I felt excited.
Mudhoney is opening for them and apparently Chris Cornell is also touring with them to support Temple of the Dog sets. I’m sure its going to be very emotional for both fans and the band. ‘Hunger Strike?’. Sigh…man its lovely.
I’ve been having a really hard time with music of late. As much as it is such a big part of my life it also is really hard for me to listen to right now. This summer in particular has been one of the biggest challenges I’ve had to deal with in awhile. Of course music just has to be sewn into that fabric when I need it so much in terms of providing me with self care. I can’t even go near it even in my own flat. My stereo has been silent for a long time with tons of CD’s looking onto it so forlornly.
Bottom line…I’m working on it. I’m trying my best to lean into those sharp edges and find the love again with music. First step…this weekend I do some work on my ipod.
This maybe my last show for awhile. I gave up my Portishead tickets as part of a divorce. Yep – not going there. Most painful thing I’ve had to go through in awhile and I’m not talking about the tickets. It wasn’t a good end to a tough summer.
I’m going with an old friend to PJ. Oddly enough from the time I was in love with PJ during university. It’ll be nice to hang with Sasha…we haven’t seen each other in maybe 12 years. Hmmmm….kinda like me and PJ. Here’s to new beginnings.
I promise to take pix and post after Monday. I’m digging out my plaid, mini skirt, combat boots tonight.
Yours in fashion,
When I was in Nice, France last Fall – I stumbled upon the Musée du Message Biblique Marc-Chagall (Marc Chagall Museum of Biblical Themes). It was a raining and one of the last days I had left in France so I wanted to make the most of it. I had just been to the Musee des Beauxs-Arts de Nice. There was a lot of walking and a bus trip into the mountains to the Musee Matisse. The Matisse Museum was a tad uneventful. I remember waiting for the bus to go back down the mountain and decided I’d just walk the windy road down. The rain had stopped and I enjoyed peeking into people’s private gardens.
As I walked, I remember passing the Musée du Message Biblique Marc-Chagall and thought I’d check it out if I happened to hit it.
Have life events brought you to your knees when you were least expecting them? Yep – that’s what the Musée du Message Biblique Marc-Chagall did to me that day.
It was gorgeous, beautiful, spiritual and full of so much warmth.
It stood out among Nice France museums as one of the most interesting on the French Riviera. It contains seventeen superbly displayed large canvases depicting biblical scenes and themes from the Old Testament in bright, joyous colors. The Chagall Museum also holds sculptures, stained glass windows, mosaics, tapestries, preparatory sketches, engravings, and lithographs from this important 20th-century artist. If you are looking for things to do in Nice the museum is an excellent option. It is on the Boulevard de Cimiez about two miles from the Nice beaches.
Marc Chagall was born in 1887 into a close-knit Jewish family in Belarus, then part of the Russian Empire. He moved to France before the Russian Revolution to be a part of the Paris art scene and went on to become a celebrated French citizen. Chagall paintings in museums around the world often depict biblical scenes or scenes of Belarusian folklore. Many Chagall paintings in museums are deep in spiritual meaning and metaphors influenced by his Jewish upbringing and his sympathy for the Christian message. The Chagall Museum Nice was a natural offshoot of the universal themes found in other Chagall paintings in museums.
Of any Nice France museum, the Chagall Museum has the most harmony between the building and its collection. The rooms are light, white, and cool, with large windows providing a perfect backdrop of outdoor greenery to the bright pinks and reds of the canvases. Chagall himself designed a stained-glass window for the museum and contributed a mosaic. Chagall was a great lover of music, and the building at times echoes the grandeur of an auditorium.
The seventeen vast paintings in the Chagall Museum Nice are arranged into two groups. The first twelve paintings constitute a cycle, each drawing as its subject a narrative episode recited in the Old Testament. The other five paintings illustrate the Song of Songs, not as a homogeneous series, but as five variations on the same theme—love. The artist said of the Chagall Museum Nice that he hoped people would leave having “found a certain peace, a certain religiosity, a feeling of life” and that after seeing the work, viewers would “hear their music and their poetry guided by the heart.”
Chagall helped open the museum in 1973 and was active in the museum’s life in its early years. Since the death of the painter in 1985, the Chagall Museum Nice has continued to carry the artist’s message of universality through special exhibits and by publishing books about Chagall.
Entrance to the Chagall Museum Nice is about $8 to $10 depending on the current exchange rate (less for people aged 18 to 25); entrance to both the permanent and temporary exhibits is a few dollars more. The Chagall Museum is free for those under 18 at all times and for everybody on the first Sunday of every month. Open Wednesday to Monday 10 to 6.
Lastly, I spent way too much money in the gift shop – something I rarely do. The art spoke to me. It was romantic, sweet, painful and full of so much love. It was funny at the time I thought I was holding a love in my hands that was growing like a lil seedling. It was so long ago. I wish I could have told that girl then that it wasn’t to be. But at the same time if I didn’t feel it so intensely perhaps Chagall’s art would have spoken to me in a slightly different way.
And now you can see his work at the AGO in Toronto until Jan /12.
If I ever asked my mom if she’d mack my style. Her answer would be simple. It would be ‘helllllllllllllllllllllllllll no’. Or translation ‘Don’t talk nonsense Melanie’. Good times.