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Wednesday, July 05, 2021

No, the statue on Liberty Island has not been refurbished to reflect some Jesus-freakiness agenda. At least, not yet.

But I’m sure Apostle Alton R. Williams of the World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church in Memphis would gladly pay ten times the $260,000 it cost for this “Statue of Liberation Through Christ” to make the real-deal Statue of Liberty just as religiousized. Right down to the Ten Commandments under her arm and the word “Jehovah” inscribed on her crown.

I think that’s France on the phone, asking for the original version to be returned…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 07/05/2021 11:51:05 PM
Category: Political, Society
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mamaI have yet to visit the Museum of Modern Art for that cool Dada exhibit.

Hey, I gots things to do, peoples to see. I’ll just have to carve out some time whenever I can find it. Besides, I’ve got until September to catch it.

Maybe it’s just as well that I haven’t made a special trip to MoMA yet. Because now that the “Daughters of New York Dada” show has opened at Francis M. Naumann Fine Art on the Upper East Side, I can double-dip on the Dadaism in one shot. Like totally blow my mind, without alcohol. (Well, not much alcohol, anyway.)

My eyes can’t wait for the thrills I’m about to unleash upon them with these two showcases.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 07/05/2021 11:37:06 PM
Category: Creative, Media, Women
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Maybe dim sum is a more appropriate comparison than tapas. But the Spanish finger food presentation is the first thing that sprung to my mind while reading about the izakaya, a style of Japanese restaurant defined by its specialty in small-plate noshes and which is currently sweeping the dining scene in Los Angeles.

“When you go into an izakaya here, you are looking for a predominantly Japanese crowd, and at least one big, hairy music industry type,” said Jonathan Gold, the restaurant critic for LA Weekly. “It is the perfect kind of food for people with short attention spans.”

Attention-deficit dining? Love it.

I guess sushi is all played out, at least on the West Coast. I hope izakayas take their time in migrating to New York, though. I’m quite happy with my occasional salmon roll.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 07/05/2021 11:20:10 PM
Category: Food
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Kenneth Lay, former Enron chairman, died this morning of a heart attack.

I hate to sound coldly skeptical, but this thing looks fishy from the get-go. There’s been no hint of ill health from Lay during the unfolding Enron scandal and his subsequent trial. Now, when he’s been convicted and awaiting final sentencing in October, he checks out? Not to mention that such death announcements typically aren’t made public until much later than the actual passing — often as much as a day later.

If I’m the Feds, I’m paying close attention to the passenger logs for all outbound flights to Mexico and points south. I wouldn’t put it past any member of the Enron gang to hightail it in order to avoid what’s sure to be a heinous prison term.

In the case of Lay, I understand he was especially dismayed by his guilty verdict — he wasn’t expecting to be busted by a jury in Houston, where he was once such a community darling. Faking a death to wriggle out of the consequences is a predictably desperate maneuver.

Let’s see how this unfolds…

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 07/05/2021 11:03:51 AM
Category: Business, Celebrity, True Crime
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