This is WICKED!

Wicked returns to Toronto this fall!
Canon Theatre
October 20 - November 28
Tickets go on sale June 7

Breakfast is served.

Playing until April 4 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
"You'll never look at breakfast the same way again..."

Disney's still got it

Stills from Disney's The Princess and the Frog
I was blown away by their nod to art deco graphic styles in the song "Almost There."
Bravo! Bravo!

Ti amo, Te Aro

Te Aro
983 Queen St. E., Toronto (Leslieville)

Happy Birthday Gaga

Gaga turns 24 today.
(Wow I feel old...)


Tonight is Earth Hour - at 8:30pm, turn your lights off
(design via)

Bionic woman

Interesting new artwork for Christina Aguilera's upcoming album, featuring Emigre's Mason


An "extraordinary achievement"

Obama signs historic American health care bill into law

Gaga lolz

The More You Know: Koch's Kabel

These are some preliminary drawings done by Rudolf Koch, where he outlines a system which became the basis for Kabel, circa 1920:
I kind of wish I had found this before I did my painting, but am also kind of amazed that I (re-)discovered many of these correlations and relationships on my own.
I love systems!

The battle is on

One of the many submissions in Lettercult's Alphabattle
Check it out!

Return of the Gaga

Four months later, Gaga announces a second leg of her Monster Ball tour
July 11, Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Tickets go on sale this Friday
(But will she have enough energy?)

Best way to spend a Sunday

This weekend, I got a glimpse into the fine art of bookbinding - above is my first attempt!
Special thanks to Tanya for the invite, and much thanks to Jaime, Rhya, Melodie, Celine and Rosalyn for sharing their amazing knowledge, and delectable baked goods and treats.
I can't wait for round two!

Girl power, 2.0

After almost four months since her last video, Gaga releases a new video for "Telephone" featuring Beyonce, directed by Jonas Åkerlund.
This new nine minute video (dubbed by some as "Paparazzi" part 2) is distinctly Sapphic, with a lusty female prison and the "Thelma & Louise" relationship between the two protagonists. The movie - I mean video - has a very dark revenge plot, with Beyonce helping Gaga escape prison, plan the murder of her Beyonce's boyfriend, and ultimately, poison everyone in a small American diner and flee the scene in a swag "Pussy Wagon".
I commend the overall art direction, makeup and costuming. We see Gaga decked in oversized chains, wearing glasses made of lit cigarettes, Gaga bound and tangled tightly in crime scene tape, Gaga in a boat-sized sun hat - two thumbs up!
And while I was originally turned off by all of the overt product placement (Virgin Mobile, Diet Coke,, Beats by Dr. Dre, Polaroid, Miracle Whip, Wonderbread... the list goes on), this video is another shining example of Gaga's brilliance as an artist and businesswoman. The fact that she can simultaneously promote Wonderbread while conducting a mass homicide with her lesbian lover - she really is getting away with murder.
Watch it here.

First book cover!

About a year ago, I was asked to design a cover for this small archaeology publication.
Today, the final copy arrived in the mail!

Please, take a moment

Today, I witnessed a serious pedestrian accident.
I don't want to politicize a very sad, very real-life event - I don't want to point fingers. This is a very difficult day for everyone involved.
For the sake of yourself and everyone else in this little world, let's take a moment to review a few of the things we learned in elementary school:
-Slow down.
-Follow the rules.
-Watch out for yourself and others.
-Look both ways before you cross the street.
Life is short. Please, take care.
Good night.

Reminder to self.


Weekend book find

Another great resource for 26 in 52

Timeless type

On the shelves of No Frills - classic!

You are cordially invited to...

Toronto Fringe Festival 2009 success!
My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding
Now in its second run at the Panasonic Theatre, Toronto
Playing until March 21 - get your tickets now!

I've got the power

My family crest
"This coat-of-arms incorporated gold, black and red. The color red represents fortitude and creative power. The sun symbolizes glory, splendor and high authority."

You spin me right round...

Circular Alphabet by Stuart Thursby
(This deserves a "why didn't I think of that?"!)