Haitian Art

In commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of Haiti’s independence as well as the 60th anniversary of Port-au-Prince’s Centre d’Art, Indigo Arts Gallery presents Masters of Haitian Art. In a time of political turmoil and great deprivation in Haiti, we pay tribute to the incredibly rich cultural and artistic heritage of the Black Republic with an exhibition of some of Haiti’s leading artists of the last sixty years.

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Cape Cod Potato Chips are Thick

Bag of Cape Cod Potato Chips and contents: whole potato & soggy, unsalted chips, purchased 4/11/07.

From Design Observer:

Dear Cape Cod Chip Company:

I am attaching a picture of the bag of your usually enjoyable “Cape Cod Potato Chips” that I bought today. The objects sitting beside the bag were its full contents. You will notice that these include a few soggy chips and a full, shriveled potato. What you cannot see is that the potato has a strange, vaguely-chemical smell, and the few chips, in addition to being soggy, are not even salted. Ultimately, the whole package was (rather) inedible.

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Iron Eyes Cody

The crying indian was Sicilian?

Iron Eyes Cody (April 3, 1904 – January 4, 1999) was an actor born in Kaplan, Louisiana. He was born Espera De Corti, the son of Sicilian immigrants Francesca Salpietra and Antonio De Corti. He was not born a Native American, but he claimed to be part Cherokee and part Cree. Cody and his wife Bertha Parker adopted children that were Native American. Cody began his acting career at the age of 12 and continued to work until the time of his death. In 1996, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported his Sicilian heritage, but Cody denied it.

He appeared in more than 200 films including A Man Called Horse (1970) and Ernest Goes to Camp in 1987. However, he’s most famous for his “Crying Indian” role in the Keep America Beautiful public service announcement in the early 1970’s, an ecology commercial in which he sheds a tear after some trash is thrown from a speeding car and lands at his feet.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

And profiles for the restaurants in the list. El Bulli from Spain took the #1 spot:

For the second year in a row, el Bulli has topped our poll. Including its triumph in our inaugural 2002 list, it’s now been voted Best Restaurant in the World an unprecedented three times.

There’s not a lot that hasn’t been written about el Bulli and – to give him his full name – Fernando Adrià Acosta. This magazine has talked about his food as “21st Century tapas made by an eccentric scientist with an artistic bent” (2002); we’ve pointed out that “no other restaurant in the world concentrates more on what’s in front of you on the plate” (2003); we’ve noted that when visiting, “the only thing customers know to expect is the unexpected” (2004) and – clearly written by a member of the Restaurant team with a shoe fetish – that in the kitchen Adria “paces the sections in his orange Prada sneakers and is always tasting, tasting, tasting” (2005).