Hey, weavers out there… I’m selling my loom.


Ici is open & it rocks. First of all, it’s an environmentalist ice cream eater’s dream: metal tasting spoons, & then your ice cream comes in a paper cup, with one of those funny starch-based biodegradable faux-plastic spoons. Can I just say what a relief all that is? I hate the plastic angst that accompanies my trips to most other ice cream shops. Ici gives you guilt-free ice cream. (If you’re one of those people who feels guilty about eating ice cream itself, I can’t help you.) The ice cream does live up to all that advance hype. Catalan hits the tongue first with rich cream, then subtle lemon, cinnamon & anise aftertones. Coffee chocolate chip has an almost cakey, dense texture. Interesting & yummy! My spoonful of Donna’s lime sorbet went pow with a burst of citrusy goodness in my mouth. We’ll be back soon to try more flavors!



Okay people, lest you think it’s all ice cream & cupcakes from here on out, here is an actual Art Moment. I’m back in the saddle with this group show, opening next week. Three photos from the Chinese Restaurant Project, Southern installment, will grace the spiffy walls of the Asia Society in New York.

Official info follows (don’t laugh too hard at the “born in the 70s” thing):

One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now

Thursday, September 7 through Sunday, December 10
At Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
New York, NY

Opening reception Thursday, September 7, with a “Meet the Artists” tour starting at 6:30pm; galleries open until 9pm.

Artists in the Exhibition: Michael Arcega, Xavier Cha, Patty Chang, Binh Danh, Mari Eastman, Ala Ebtekar, Chitra Ganesh, Glenn Kaino, Geraldine Lau, Jiha Moon, Laurel Nakadate, Kaz Oshiro, Anna Sew Hoy, Jean Shin, Indigo Som, Mika Tajima, Saira Wasim

Co-Curated By Melissa Chiu, Karin Higa & Susette S. Min

Asia Society presents its first major group show devoted to contemporary Asian American art in more than twelve years. Named after Blondie’s hit song, this uniquely conceived exhibition of works by seventeen Asian American artists—most of them born during the explosion of pop culture in the 1970’s—will draw attention to the most critical and prevalent themes current among today’s young Asian American artists.

Asia Society’s groundbreaking 1994 exhibition, Asia/America: Identities in Contemporary Asian American Art, showed the works of artists actively wrestling with their immigrant experience and the sensation of otherness. The current exhibition presents artists for whom other sensibilities and artistic questions have greater importance. One Way or Another includes works in a wide variety of media, including painting, sculpture, installations, and video.

A fully illustrated book, One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now, will be available at AsiaStore.

For information on related programs, see AsiaSociety.org or call the Asia Society box office at 212-517-ASIA.

For more information, contact Elaine Merguerian or Jennifer Suh at 212-327-9271