Last Friday night I hosted a roundtable discussion on ‘Perception and Imagination’ at the Philoctetes Center. The panelists included mastering engineer Greg Calbi (Sterling Sound), perfumer Sophia Grosjman (International Flavors & Fragrances), chef Nils Noren (French Culinary Institute), artist Philip Pearlstein and neurologist Frank Wilson. As you can imagine, with a group like that, it was a highly stimulating evening!
Archive for November, 2007
Tonight was another exciting night. Having assembled all these fantastic performers for the Calder Foundation anniversary party last night, I put together a variety show/art circus for the public at the National Arts Club. Bryan Berg, Masaji Terasawa, James Godwin and I performed a stage show together for a packed house. Pianist Paul Wallfisch was cool as a cucumber and beautifully underscored the entire evening after being trapped in an elevator for half an hour just before the show… Thanks to Nyehaus for helping make this incredible event happen!
Bryan standing on top of a stack of books, on top of two layers of stacked cards!
(photo by Peter Steinberg)
The Calder Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. They had a big party for family and friends last night at the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park. I brought in some very unusual performers to add to the festivities: Bryan Berg, the world-champion card castle builder, created a throne and an Eiffel Tower out of hundreds of decks of cards; Masaji Terasawa performed the traditional Japanese street art of candy sculpting; puppeteer James Godwin brought his amazing and funny puppets to life; the beautiful Valeria Fox showed off her constrictor snakes; and I performed magic around the room.