"Personally, given the ubiquity and propensity of life to flourish wherever it can, I would say that the chances for life on this planet are 100 percent. I have almost no doubt about it," Steven Vogt, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at University of California Santa Cruz, told Discovery News.
The newly alive Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says POM Wonderful must stop making unscientific claims about the health benefits of pomegranate juice. POM juice, the FTC says, has not been shown to prevent or treat heart disease, prostate cancer, or erectile dysfunction, as the company claims.
OSTERIA MORINI Michael White and Chris Cannon will open their latest restaurant, specializing in the food of the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy, on Oct. 4.: 218 Lafayette Street (Kenmare Street), (212) 965-8777.
At the National Gallery’s “Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy” it’s easy enough to see why the Surrealists adopted this quirky artist (who had been more or less obscure since his death). Dalí and Magritte picked up on the uncanniness of his main conceit, building heads out of other body parts and bits of the landscape. Man Ray made a direct homage in paint to the gnarled-branch face of Arcimboldo’s “Winter.” Alfred Barr, the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art, included Arcimboldo in a 1936 show called “Fantastic Art, Dada and Surrealism.”
Yard Dogs Road Show: In 2005 the Yard Dogs embarked on their first full fledged national tour (25 shows in 35 days). Seven shows sold out, including a magical homecoming show at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. The Yard Dogs started out seven years earlier as a three piece jug band performing in road houses and dance halls. Most notably here in Oregon where they partook in modern day acid tests with the likes of Ken Kesey and The Merry Pranksters. After many sleepless nights they moved on. For the next year they traveled up and down the west coast, with a trunk full of instruments and props. A 1967 Ford Galaxy 500 was their tour vehicle. One cold night they pulled off Interstate 5 at a place called Dog Creek Road. After situating themselves - laying out sleeping bags, building a campfire - they fell into conversation. The possibilities were discussed. Spirits revealed themselves in the fire: dancing girls with feather fans, a man in silver sunglasses eating fire, a dreamy guitar boy with big hair, a bearded swami swallowing swords. And it was from this night of fantasy that the Yard Dogs Road Show was born. One by one these apparitions climbed aboard. Eventually the Ford was replaced with a fleet of vans. The original three were now thirteen. And the offspring of that night by the fire was a wicked and mobile cabaret. They told their stories minutes after they were lived. This was the new vaudeville, as portrayed by professional misfits and creative thrill seekers.