One of the great things about living in Chadds Ford, PA is the ease in which you can travel to other places.
There couldn't have been a more perfect day in NYC with my son yesterday. He snagged tkts from Craig's list to the sold out Tim Burton exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). It's about to close on April 26 and well- worth the cramped quarters to see inside the mind of this visionary filmmaker and artist. (See below)
From Amtrak's great service from Wilmington, De, to the arapes (light, fluffy corn muffiny things stuffed with everything for chorizo and cheese to veggie options) at the inexpensive neighborhood restaurant in the East Village, it was "all good." It was my first expereince with Venzuelan street food, served at trendy but inexpensive Caracas, and it was well worth the line. Got to check out lots of the resale shops and here what the kids are listening to. CLICK HERE.
The salad with arugala, roasted corn, bits of orange, sunflower seeds is one I want to imitate. Fortunately, I did not order their specialty milkshake, toasted coconut with cinnamon, and there was room for a chocolate covered, chocolate, chocolate chip cannoli at Veniero's one of NYC's premier Italian pastry shops a few blocks away.
Walking off all those calories was an enjoyable jaunt through Union Square, checking out the latest trends in contemporary art, and all the farmers market stuff, especially the many different kinds of potatoes, other roots and herbs. I'm still looking for striped beets.
The Burton exhibit was the highlight, with snapshots of his career on view, both realized and unrealized projects. You glimpse the teenage years of genius - growing up in Burbank where it strarted with an ad campaign to get rid of litter. And, there's his first pitch letter and rejection letter from Disney! - Take heart aspiring artists and filmmakers!
You enter through a passageway with World of Stainboy episodes that remind you of Beetle Juice, then a dark caverrn with a carousel with funky creatures with blacklight mezmerizes. Burton fashioned several pieces just for the exhibition but it is the entire body of work, drawings, scenes, characters in 3-d and other work that memorializes his unieque and substanital contribution to film with such successes as Nighmare Before Christmas, Sleepy Hollow, Attack from Mars, Edward Scissorhands ( the ehixibit has a life sized Johnny Depp figure in full regalia) and recently his fun Alice in Wonderland.
It's definitely worth becoming a member of MoMa to see this exhibition, which a lot folks were doing.