Sex. Art. NDG – 4-22-14. James

Tonight’s drawings:

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Cuisine. Would you like a slice of pie? 4-20-14

Cherry pie from those weirdly red canned cherries covered in goo can be nice if you just want a quick fix of something sweet to serve with ice cream. If you want cherry pie, and fresh cherries are not in season, or you are not looking to have the experience of hand-cramping from using a pitter on 6 cups of cherries, frozen cherries might be your answer.

crust:
8 oz plus 4 tbsp of European salted butter
2.5 cups of flour
2 tbsp organic cane sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup vodka from the freezer
1/4 cup ice water
1 tsp turbinado sugar

Filling:
6 cups frozen pitted black cherries
2 cups turbinado sugar
1 cup of AP unbleached flour
The juice and zest of two lemons
1/4 cup kirschwasser

In the food processor, combine the flour, salt and 2 tbsp of sugar. pulse until combined. Cut the butter into quarter inch cubes. Put into the food processor with the dry ingredients and pulse until the mixture looks like shredded parmesan. Pulse while adding the combined vodka and ice water until the dough all moves in a single mass but not so long to form a ball. dump out the dough on a clean, dry surface, divide in half. form into disks, cover in cling film and refrigerate while you prepare the filling.

In a saucepan, combine the frozen cherries, sugar, zest and juice, and the flour. Stir over medium heat until the cherries thaw and break a bit, the sugar dissolves completely, and the juice begins to thicken. Add the kirchwasser.

Set aside to cool.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.

Roll out your pie dough on a lightly floured surface so that roughly half an inch of dough hangs over the edge. Add your filling. Top with the second crust, crimp the edges and vent the top. Beat an egg yolk into a quarter cup of cream and brush the top of the pie crust. Sprinkle lightly with one tsp of turbinado sugar and place the pie on a half sheet pan to catch any bubble-over.

When I make pies, I make a small tasting pie as well. This allows you to sample the goods without having to cut your main pie. They cook faster, so keep an eye on the little one.

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Bake at 375 for 35 minutes, then turn the oven temp down to 350 degrees. Bake for another 25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Let the pie cool for 25-30 minutes.

Dig in.

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Art. Sex. Vitruvian Drawing Group. Ryan. 4-17-14

Tonight’s drawings…

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Sex. Senses Withheld. 04-17-14

Putting down my phone after sending instruction, I looked for the remote to pause the artful splatters of blood and knives known as “Kill Bill.” From the media room, there’s a few short steps to a room. Its a locked room. There’s light. Its soft and indirect. There’s art. It’s erotic. There is sound. Music when played at a good volume can tune the body and heighten the senses.

There are… devices.

One of them is a blindfold.

Warm breath or a feather-light touch across the skin gains texture and intensity when focus is compressed by the loss of senses often used.

Other things are also intensified by blindfolds.

Yes. They. Are.

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Art. Sex. Vitruvian Gallery. 4-10-14. A-Rod

Tonight’s drawings…

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Politics. Brendan Eich’s Freedom of Speech. 04-09-14

Yesterday I was dropping my lunch into the company refrigerator and walked past a TV playing Fox News and as usual, I was offended. There was a panel discussion of three presumed straight White folks discussing the unfair treatment of the former CEO of Mozilla, Brendan Eich and his forced resignation due, in their perception, to the support of Prop. 8, a referendum put the the “Liberal” people of California which restricted the definition of Marriage to One Man – One Woman.

50 years ago in the United States, it was completely OK to say publicly that you didn’t want to swim in public pools with Niggers. You could post signs. You could protest and say loudly and proudly that you didn’t want your children to have to go to school with Niggers. In Virginia, marrying a Nigger if you were White was illegal.

Now people recoil in shock and horror if people use “The N-Word.” We have freedom of Speech in the country but there are some things you just don’t say, or do.

Lately in this Country, we have had a rash of CEOs opening their mouths in the name of Free Speech, and opening their wallets to support those actions. Hobby Lobby has taken their Free Speech all the way to the Supreme Court in their quest not to pay for Women’s Contraception because it violates their religious beliefs. ┬áCan a Corporation have a mandated religious belief when its not in the Religion business? ┬áCan it force its beliefs on its employees?

The CEO of Chick-Fil-A also opened his mouth and gave an opinion on Gay Marriage last year. He has the right to do so, and the GLBT had the right not to eat his sandwiches. This year, the CEO indicated that his statements damaged his company and will keep his speech to a minimum.

The CEO of Barilla also weighed in on Gay marriage and watched sales of his product drop accordingly.

The point I’m trying to make is this:

Freedom of Speech does not guarantee you Freedom from responsibility for your actions. CEOs are representative of the companies they run, and when they speak, their opinions are assumed to be representative of the companies they run. People complain this will have a chilling effect on CEOs giving points of view and giving donations.

Good. If more CEOs would get back to the business of running their companies and spend less time in the public eye weighing in on whether or not people they don’t personally know can have access to the same rights and privileges as everyone else, maybe we could get out of this stagnant economy and get a few more people back to work?

Maybe CEOs should concentrate on growing their companies and leave the political speeches to the politicians?

Maybe people will begin to realize that withholding rights based on one’s reading of a book not everyone follows as law is about as bad as saying “Niggers don’t have the right to marry, oh, and here’s a donation to your organization that’s sole purpose is to keep Niggers from marrying.”

And maybe someday, not just CEOs, but everyone will flinch when someone says that about Gay people.

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Art. Sex. NDG. John 4-8-14

Tonight’s drawings…

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