The Anti-Restaurant

By Tom Ran

Published: August 27, 2008 under Dining & Food

A table from A Razor, A Shiny Knife, in Homer, N.Y.

Photo: Gabriele Stabile for The New York Times

Supper clubs, underground restaurants, or anti-restaurants call them what you want, they are breeding all over Manhattan. But a few are taking them upstate, like A Razor, A Shiny Knife. A club that invites guests upstate to not only dine but to get their hands dirty, from stirring the pot and washing dishes to butchering a boar. The Times takes us through several of these anti-restaurants and one upstate one, and reveal that these events aren’t always perfect but give the diners some satisfaction in contributing to a meal.

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Damien Hirst - Beautiful Inside My Head Forever

By Tom Ran

Published: August 27, 2008 under Art

The Golden Calf

Photo: Sotheby's

Beautiful Inside My Head Forever is Damien Hirst’s latest collection of works. Over 200 pieces will be offered during the two night event. Not to be shown in a gallery but auctioned off on the evening of September 15th through Sotheby’s in London. Hirst has bypassed the galleries and has gone directly to the auction house. One of the reasons for this is avoid the large commission charged by galleries during a sale, up to 40 percent. Beautiful Inside My Head is expected to fetch £65 million.

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Ace Hotel New York

By Tom Ran

Published: August 26, 2008 under New York

New York Chapter

Photo: Ace Hotel

Anticipation and buzz are beginning to build for the opening of an Ace Hotel on Broadway and 29th Street. Calderwood and company are bringing a little bit of the Pacific Northwest into Manhattan. With their expansion eastward the hotel will include a Rudy’s Barbershop and Portland’s, Stumptown Coffee. Dining options will include a new restaurant by the people behind the Spotted Pig. Opening is scheduled for sometime in the winter in 2008 or 2009. Check the Brilliance’s Flickr set to see renderings of the rooms or Hotel Chatter’s sneak peek into one of the spacious model rooms.

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NY Mag's Fall Preview

By Tom Ran

Published: August 25, 2008 under New York

Fall 2008 Preview

Photo: New York Magazine

The long days of summer are coming to an end, along with it numerous events that helped us to enjoy the season. But for New York the fall is the symbol of the beginning for a lot of things. In the coming weeks many NY publication including the Times and Time Out will be ready to unveil new openings from art, music, television, film, retail, restaurants and listings for even more events. New York magazine is the first from the batch with this week’s issue, to reveal their fall preview.

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Ian Dingman

By Tom Ran

Published: August 25, 2008 under Art

"The Lemur" from the New York Times Magazine

Photo: Ian Dingman

To my surprise it wasn’t Wes Anderson’s brother, Eric Anderson, that illustrated the cover to the new Criterion version of Bottle Rocket, but a Chicago based artist by the name of Ian Dingman. The style of innocence mixes with the loneliness of his subjects. Dingman’s work has been published numerous times in the New York Times. His work can also be purchased on his site and is quite affordable.

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Bottle Rocket Criterion

By Tom Ran

Published: August 25, 2008 under Film

Cover illustrated by Ian Dingman

Photo: The Critertion Collection

The movie the started it all, Bottle Rocket, is ready for its blu-ray release this November via The Criterion Collection. Criterion wisely waited till the HD war was over before deciding to release their first series of high def discs. Bonus features includes the original thirteen-minute black-and-white Bottle Rocket short film from 1992. Wong Kar Wei’s Chung King Express is also set to be release the same time.

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Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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