Glass Trumpet at Carnegie Museum

As I stood in front of this piece of art I couldn’t help but think of Miles Davis and Randy Brecker. I never met Miles Davis but I did have the good fortune to be stuck on an airport Super Shuttle in New Orleans with the Brecker Brothers.By the end of the 90 minute ride we were showing each other pictures of our kids and swapping horror stories about life on the road. Great guys to be stuck in a van with. I have seen Brecker perform a few times, sorry I never got to see Miles.

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Glass Trumpet

Self Portrait at Carneige Museum

I seem to like self portraits were you can’t see my face like the one I use for my avatar where the camera is my face. Last year I posted a new one from Las Vegas.

Last week I took this one at Carnegie Exhibition in Pittsburgh.You can see my face a little but I like how slim it makes me look. Takes me back 40 years.

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Self Portrait at The Carnegie Museum

Alex Da Corte’s Neon Ghost House

One of the most amazing parts of the 57th Carnegie International Exhibition is The Neon Ghost House developed by Alex Da Cortes.The Neon house is amazing enough but inside is a small screening room. Running for over three hours there are 57 videos an homage not only to the anniversary but also to Pittsburgh’s famous 57 varieties.

Some of the videos are short and some longer and the artist performs in all of them. We saw him play Fred Rodgers and a strange version of Bugs Bunny singing Moon River.

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Neon Ghost House

Mozart’s Hobbit Hole

Visiting Mozarts house in Vienna was a wonderful experience. Just knowing you were in exactly the place where he wrote some of the world’s most beautiful music was overwhelming.

I looked out of the windows thinking the view was not much different than the view he saw. This door is the entry to the house. I don’t know if it is the original door but the roundness made me think of Tolkien’s Hobbits.

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Mozart’s Hobbit Hole

Mozart Lives!

Every big city has its street hustlers. In NYC there are the guys selling fake Rolex watches, in Honolulu it’s guys selling cruises and snorkel tours but Vienna has its own breed. Many guys of different appearance in white wigs and costumes selling tickets to Mozart concerts.

Vienna is a city of music and every night at multiple venues there are different concerts of mostly Mozart. Mozart is a really big deal in Vienna where he lived for a period. The hustle is the same but it does seem to be slightly higher class.

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Mozart Lives

Modern Mayan Sculpture

For some reason there is a myth that some people believe that Mayans disappeared leaving this great culture they created. Like any indigenous people this is not true and they are still where they have always been.

Sure they have intermarried with other indigenous people and with their Spanish conquerers. However, like northern Native Americans they still live and they have not been cruelly displaced by the Mexican government. They live in the shadows of the temples and edifices they created a thousand years ago,

Like their ancestors, modern Mayans are also artists. This is an example of modern Mayan sculpture you can find at the Mayan Musuem in Cancún.

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The Mayan Museum in Cancún

Zane Grey House

Most people think of Zane Grey as a man of the west. However when he took up writing full time and gave up his dental career in 1905 he moved to a house at the confluence of the Lackawaxen and Delaware rivers in Pennsylvania. He wrote a lot of his novels there before moving his family to California in 1918.

Today his a house is a beautifully maintained museum near a great spot to view Bald Eagles on the Delaware river.

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The Zane Grey House