The Days Of Desi Arnaz

We went to the two-hour Tropicana show on our last night in Havana. It was an open air extravaganza. It reminded us of the early days of Desi Arnaz when he entertained us from his night club on TV, also called the Tropicana. The club was often featured on the legendary “I Love Lucy” TV show. If you watch the videos you will see the fantasy TV show come alive.

https://youtu.be/Y_8Rl1RMvZk

Other Scenes…

One of the best restaurants in Havana, La Guarida.

Spent the day in the country side miles away from Havana.

Tree top bungalows

DigiDame: Three Subjects

Cuban Cigars

I almost bought a box of Cuban cigars today. The word “almost” is the operative word. The reason why I didn’t is because I found out that if I didn’t gift them to friends immediately, the cigars would go bad. I also found out that you can buy Cuban Cigars in the United States now so the novelty of getting one of these gems has long worn off. Even though I hate cigars, visiting a Cuban cigar specialty shop was a rare treat.

Sights From Cuba

One of my travel mates said Havana is one of the most beautiful cities because it has the same architecture everywhere. No mixing the old, with the new. Everything looks like it came from the same time period. That provides a very pleasing and rare look.

A Photo Studio

The first photo below features my friend Hector. I met him in Cuba six years ago. He visited us in Miami a few times. There is always a great bond when we meet up.

The photo gallery below belongs to Ernesto Fernandez. He is a famous Cuban photographer because he cleverly incorporates lights and videos in his photos. Each piece is totally unique. His work is exhibited all over the world. Eliot is pictured with Ernesto below. I would love to see them collaborate.

We Arrived In Havana

We are in Havana for the Cuban Art Bennial. People from all over the world are here to see all of the new Cuban contemporary work. Cuba has come a long way since we were here six years ago. The hotel we are staying in is totally luxurious and there are many new restaurants. Hopefully, future generations will turn this beautiful island into paradise.

We are missing a few in our group.

Posing with my new painting from José Fuster.

Joon and her husband, a Lieutenant Colonel.

Gail, Ruth and me.

My special friend Bobby Williams

Dawn and Gail

Bobby and Gail

Team leader Carmen Santamarina

Our hotel m

Ernie and me

Happy Birthday Steve

Happy birthday Steve!!!! You are the best brother ever. Today you retire from proofing DigiDame every day. Thank you for helping me out. I’m sorry you had to scratch your head all too often to figure out what I was trying to say. You made me look good. Have a wonderful year and enjoy the blessings of your wonderful children and grandchildren.

Love, Lois and Eliot

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We leave for Cuba on my brother’s birthday, Friday, April 12th. We are attending The 2019 Havana Biennial. Read all about it in Cuban Art News.

Club House Circuit

Our friend Alison Kaplan is a talent agent in South Florida. I follow her on Facebook. From time to time, she posts photos of her legendary singer and comedian clients before and after their gigs.

The high season is just about over in Florida. Most of the talent have gone from club house, to club house, in the gated communities from Ft. Lauderdale to Palm Beach. They also performed in local clubs.

I don’t think the talent makes the big money of their heydays, but they are getting paid. These gigs are not about making a lot of money. It’s about still drawing a crowd and being on stage. They live to entertain. Not entertain to live.

Alison and Robert Klein

Can you spot Bobby Vinton?

Alison with Frankie Avalon

This Post Will Go Down In History

You heard it here first. Other than the magnificent John DeFaro, be sure to watch the career of artist Asad Faulwell. One day soon, Faulwell will be as famous as some of the biggest names in the art world.

How do I know?

He is 37 years old and tremendously accomplished. Read his resume below. He’s also gorgeous and very married.

I asked Asad why he is so successful. I really wanted to know what makes certain artists popular and fruitful, while other creative souls can’t get arrested. It was a question that holds true for writers, actors, singers, and comics. Asad said it’s mostly, “Luck, connections, a business sense, determination and dedication. Unless you are willing to put yourself out there all the time, nothing will happen.”

Born 1982 Caldwell, Idaho.

Lives and Works in Newport Beach, CA

MFA Claremont Graduate University, 2008

BA-Art UCSB, 2005

Select Public Collections

OCMA

LACMA

Columbus Museum of Art Pizzuti Collection

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Ulrich Museum of Art

UC- Santa Barbara Art, Design & Architecture Museum

The Rubell Family Collection

Franks-Suss Collection

University of Chicago Booth Collection

Solo and Two Person Shows

2019 Climbing a Disappearing Ladder, Lawrie/Shabibi Gallery, Dubai, U.A.E.

2018 Phantom, Denk Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2017 In the Heart of the Cosmos, Lawrie/Shabibi Gallery, Dubai U.A.E.

2016 Shapeless Shackles, Bill Brady Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2014 Obelisk Movements, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY

Bed of Broken Mirrors, Lawrie/Shabibi Gallery, Dubai U.A.E.

2013 Pins and Needles, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS

Asad Faulwell and Chris Johanson, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY

2012 Empty Vessels, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY

2011 Les Femmes D’Alger, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY

2009 Recent Work, Link Contemporary, Claremont, CA

Living History w/Matt Lipps, Marc Selwyn Fis

Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade

Many people in the United States still believe my adopted hometown, Miami Beach, is “G-d’s waiting room.” That’s a slang term for the state of Florida. In other words, a place where people wait to die. In the 25 years I’ve been living here (five full time), the residents keep getting younger and younger. I think Eliot and I are among the oldest.

The Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade is a perfect example of the spirit and lifestyle of what exists down here. People want to enjoy life, and live together in peace and harmony. The sun is usually shining, the weather is warm and we are surrounded by water that constantly reminds us that life is filled with surprises.

The Gay community was instrumental in shaping Miami Beach into the Paradise it is today. We all should be eternally grateful.

Ringside seats at the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade. Larios on Ocean Drive so accommodating. Restaurant owned by Gloria & Emilio Estefan. (L) Eliot, Lois, Gail, Debbie (R) Richie, Marcia, Gary and Myra.

Photos by Eliot Hess

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Gelber. He’s the Mayor of Miami Beach.

Superman Knew A Good Thing

The phone booth may be making a comeback. We all thought it was dead forever with the advent of the cell phone, but we forgot about one thing, privacy.

A company called JabbrrX is counting on business people, as well as the general public, to value their privacy.

They created a 4-foot square luxurious phone booth with sound absorbing walls, good lighting and an upholstered bench. It also has technology secure Wi-Fi, bluetooth connectivity, and a camera and monitor for videoconferencing. They thought of everything.

The JabbrrX phone booth is great for wide open workspaces and crowded public places. JFK International Airport has already installed two JabbrrX units in Terminal 4. More are on the way.

JabbrrX users pay $10 for 15 minutes to $60 for two hours. The company has sold phone booths to Fortune 500 companies. Audible has installed units in their offices, with hundreds more throughout the U.S. and a few in London, Berlin and Dublin.

The company was founded by Brian Hackathorn and Jeremy Jennings.

www.jabbrrbox.com

@jabbrrbox

Our Trip To Mexico City On Video

A few weeks ago I showed you a video my friend, Steve Greenberg, produced of our trip to Egypt on an app called yours.co.

I couldn’t wait to try it for myself. I uploaded my iPhone photos from our trip to Mexico City with the Fountainhead Residency and the rest was taken care of for me.

The company set the video to music and did the editing. They also figured out the proper sequence of events.

I hope the people that we traveled with will be thrilled. The video captures the art galleries and art collectors we visited in a much more creative way. The whole point of the trip was to see new bodies of work

This app is brilliant. The company told me they are about to introduce new features that will enhance the videos even more! I can’t wait.

Enjoy!

https://app.yours.co/share/4OGpq6phKlarswyl73jcMxcsdb33/-L_sXnyenoqw5LBDERT4

https://app.yours.co/share/4OGpq6phKlarswyl73jcMxcsdb33/-L_sXuCMfkJqefszrLRe

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