“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.” -Clive Barker

LevineNew_4The Del Close Marathon at UCB this weekend was amazing…I was so lucky to have popped in at the right time on Saturday to catch Amy Poehler!! It was one of those perfect moments when I felt complete happiness.  Spending Friday & Saturday watching improv was a great way to kick off the weekend.  Saturday evening brought me to The Jonathan LeVine Gallery in Chelsea where I saw two striking exhibits, my favorite being Twenty-Four in New York by artist Brett Amory.LevineNew_4 He captured the essence of NYC with an honest vision – the best part was the collected artifacts which were held in the display cases below his paintings that strongly provoked the senses.  It was almost like teleporting to the time and place of the painting.  After that I headed to Last Rites Gallery where we saw the work of two more featured artists. Beau Stanton, who’s exhibit was Arcane Archetypes, was so friendly and down to earth – and his work embodied that same strong glow of his personal charisma.  They had loud music and a haunting space with artists doing joint live painting.  I met an array of people last evening, but at this particular event I met someone who trained at Second City and is now a producer in the NY Comedy scene.  He was extremely generous just pouring out advice and encouragement – what more could a girl ask for?  I love New York, I love it’s art, I love it’s energy, I love it’s people.

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