Summer Art Events NYC

Dan Graham with Gunther Vogt: Met Roof Garden- open until November 2nd, 2014.

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Jeff Koons: A Retrospective at the Whitney- open until October 19, 2014.

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Tara Donovan at Pace Gallery- open until August 15, 2014.

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All photos belong to The Basis NYC.


Firefly Music Festival 2014: An Overview

I just returned home from the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. I attended 2 out of the 4 days of the festival and it was a blast! Here’s my Firefly 2014 rundown =

Who I Saw:

| My favorite performer of the weekend was, without question, the Arctic Monkeys. They have been my favorite band for as long as I can remember and yet again they put on an insane show. I pushed my way up to the front during Iron & Wine, so I was nice and close when Alex Turner took the stage at 6:45pm. They played all my favorites, old hits and a lot of songs off their latest album, AM. It was magical.

| If anyone ever offers you tickets to a Girl Talk concert, don’t hesitate and TAKE THEM. Initially, I was pretty indifferent about seeing them, but from the moment Girl Talk took the stage at 12:15am I never wanted to leave. The whole crowd was a party. There were blow up animals crowd-surfing through the crowd, and giant machines blowing toilet paper into the pit. He blended mashup on top of mashup for a totally fun environment. The crowd was just there to have a good time and to get down and dance!

| Imagine Dragons put on a great show. I was standing pretty far back, but had a really good view of the area. They ended with “Radioactive,” and brought the Cage The Elephant’s lead singer on stage to help out with the chorus.

| Foo Fighters were awesome! No one else was performing at the same time as them, so the whole festival turned up for the show.

The Food:

The food at the festival was surprisingly great. There was so much variety in choices; they had everything from kale smoothies and salads, to burrito bowls and stir fry noodles.

Things To Pass The Time:

| Firefly had one of the coolest Silent Disco’s i’ve ever seen. Silent Disco’s have been at nearly every music festival I’ve ever been to, but this one was different. It was in the middle of the woods, pretty secluded from all of the stages. So many people were rocking out in silence; it was crazy!

| The Hammock Hangout: I spent a solid 2 hours one day rocking back and forth on hammocks at the festival. They have a giant area that is filled with hundreds of hammocks. It is so peaceful and a wonderful addition to the festival.

Overall, Firefly was great and I can’t wait to return in the future!

The 1975 at Terminal 5

One of the biggest perks of living in NYC is getting to go to concerts on school nights. On Thursday night, I saw that my friend was selling two tickets to The 1975 concert on Facebook and knew that I had to snatch them up quick. I had been trying to get my hands on tickets for weeks, since the show had been sold out for the longest time and there were only 22 tickets on Stubhub going for 170$. This was my opportunity.


We got to the concert during the warmup band (around 9pm) and got great spots towards the side. The great thing about Terminal 5 is that the entrance to the venue is on the side, so when you first walk in you are immediately pretty close to the stage.

At 10pm, The 1975 came on stage. First of all, I am OBSESSED with the lead singer, Matt Healy. He is beautiful. His voice is great, his moves are great, and most importantly, his hair is great. The band as a whole was totally awesome and put on such a great show. It was much more intimate than when I saw them at Coachella and the crowd was filled with fans who were there solely to see them.

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This was their first time doing a tour in the USA, even though they’ve been together as a band for ten years. They jumped right in and played all their hits- The City, Settle Down, Girls, Chocolate, Sex- and some of their lesser known songs like Menswear, An Encounter, M.O.N.E.Y, You. There was never a dull moment. If you missed seeing them this go around, don’t fret! They’ll be back for GovBall Day 1!

And if you aren’t familiar with The 1975’s music, check out some of their videos below.

Coachella 2014

Coachella was everything I had imagined it would be and more: The giant astronaut, the overalls, the flower crowns, and the watermelons. It was unlike any festival I had ever been to. The people were far less grimy and the crowd was way more into the music. The food was amazing. I had everything from mac & cheese grilled cheese to salted caramel ice cream. There was a giant ferris wheel, over 8 stages, and 5 huge art installations. On top of all this, the music was freaking incredible. Lorde and Lana del Rey floated across the stage like angels, while the 1975, Arcade Fire, and Bastille killed it. Words can’t even begin to sum up the weekend I had, so I will try and let photos do some of the talking.

A Bittersweet Goodbye to Roseland Ballroom: Lady Gaga Performs

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The last time I saw Lady Gaga live was at her 2011 Monster Ball tour at Madison Square Garden. Since then, she has released a new album and has gained insane amounts of international fame. Also since then, it has been announced that the historic NYC music venue Roseland Ballroom will close. The venue, which has had artists like Beyonce, Lorde, Phish, Imagine Dragons, etc.,  will be closing after 95 years.

Last November, Lady Gaga announced her intentions to headline 6 shows at Roseland which would be the final performances ever at the venue, and after selling out in minutes, a 7th show was added. Last night, I got to attend the 4th show Gaga was playing at Roseland, which was also the 3rd to last show ever at the Ballroom.

Going in, I understood why Gaga was chosen to do these shows- she is a talented artists, a native New Yorker, and has a liberal outlook on life- but it wasn’t until the end of the night that I fully grasped the unique touch that only Gaga could add to the Roseland Ballroom.

The show wasn’t about Gaga’s crazy yellow wig or her costume changes, it was about the music and Roseland, and she knew that. The whole stage was decorated in giant plastic roses and each pole was covered in fake, colored flowers. Gaga ran around the whole room, using every part of Roseland as her stage. She climbed up a ladder to the top-tier while singing “Bad Romance” and ran to a side stage while singing “Dope.” Each song was so beautiful and the crowd was so into it.

Gaga has 3 more performances at the Roseland Ballroom until it closes its doors for good! (April 4, 6, and 7) The last show on April 7th will be live-streamed on YouTube so make sure you don’t miss it!

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Spring Break Week 1 in Instagram Pictures

1. On Monday I stopped by the Dover Street Market on 30th Street and Lexington avenue. The store was beautifully set up with a glass elevator making stops on all 7 of the floors. Perhaps my favorite part of the Market, which sells Comme des Garçons and Supreme, was this giant colorful sculpture pictured below.Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 3.40.16 PM 2. Cronuts! They were SO worth the wait. I woke up at 6:45am and got on line at the Soho Dominique Ansel Bakery at 7:15am. The bakery opens at 8am and there is a 2 per person cronut limit! This month’s flavor is milk and honey with lavender sugar. It was unreal. Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 3.39.58 PM 3. I finally got a GoPro! I had been meaning to get one of these for the longest time, and even though I’m not sporty I think I’ll be able to take some awesome pics and videos with it. I can’t wait to bring it with me to Arizona and New Mexico next week. Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 3.40.25 PM 4. The David Zwirner Gallery, which previously housed the Kusama show, now has a new show by Doug Wheeler and it is totally underrated! You have to make an appointment to see the room, and slip on a pair of booties, but then you get to walk inside a giant light purple infinity room dome. No words or photo could do it justice. It was just really cool! Directly upstairs was this awesome piece of art, which I snapped a pic of my friends in front of. Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 3.40.06 PM

2 Murals 1 Day

Mural 1: The Bowery Mural- located on the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery.
Artist: Maya Hayuk. The wall has previously hosted murals by Kenny Scharf, Swoon, Pose, Revok, and many other famous street artists.

02_6 01_5Getting to Mural 2: Walk to Bleecker Street downtown 6 Subway stop. Change at Brooklyn Bridge to the 5 train. Change at Fulton to the A train (8th Ave Express). Get off at High Street! Total travel time: 20 minutes.

Mural 2: DUMBO Walls // That Rainbow Wall
Artist: All throughout DUMBO, artists like artists CAM, MOMO, Stefan Sagmesiter, Yuko Shizimu, Shepard Fairey, Eltono, and Faith 47 helped to transform the dull brick into magical works of art.