Natalie had quite a
day today as we maxed out on Beatlemania opportunities locally.
Starting at the Beatles US label - the old Capitol Records building in Hollywood.
Where she found Paul McCartney's star on the Walk of Fame right outside the front door (along with Ringo, John and George, but no Pete Best or Stu Sutcliffe of course)!
Feeling inspired we made a quick trip over to Abbey Road in our time machine.
And found we had time to check out the latest fashions on Carnaby Street!
Hitting the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg to check out Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and their rocking drummer RIchard Starkey, taking top spot on a double bill with some lesser known Liverpool band called The Beatles.
Rory is the genius who convinced Richard to change his name to Ringo, and Starr was kind enough to let Natalie sit in on the drums during the last set.
My daughter would have kept going until last call but her old man had to get home and hit the hay after A Day In The Life of my little Beatles Fan #1.
(Ringo and Beatle paraphenalia photos courtesy of the Ringo Peace and Love Show at the Grammy Museum!).
Being something of a post-post modernist himself, Diego thoroughly enjoyed hamming it up on his visit to New York's famous Museum of Modern Art on his recent visit for the winter holidays. With his natural delight in non-sequitors, incongruous juxtapositions, and verbal and visual puns, he felt right at home among the masters of 20th Century modernism.
Word play became part of the lexicon of modern artists, and Diego is no exception. Ever since Wall-E he has been fond of putting the emphaSIS on the last syllABLE of words, and the museum of mod-ERN art was no exception.
It was great to see him engage with so much visual input and stimulation, which can often overwhelm any of us, let alone children with autism who deal with issues of sensory integrtion and processing.
Being an artist is hard work, he decided, and he found a nice place to relax at the end of his busy tour.
Christmas was literally spectacular this year as we joined thousands of other tourists and native New Yorkers for the holiday ritual known as the Christmas Spectacular at the Radio City Music Hall.
While we were prepared for dancing Rockettes, who have been plying their trademark long legged kick for the past 85 years, we were enthralled by dancing reindeer...
...and dancing bears...
The show has a newfangled attraction to engage 21st century young ones weened on video games - part of the show is a 3D interactive video game whose visual effects showered out from the huge stage into the gasping audience. Of course Diego preferred to wear his 3D glasses (and his sound-muffling headphones) for the entire performance, so his trippy view of those dozens of dancing Santa Claus must have looked something like this...
Elsa, Natalie and Diego are here to visit for winter break, and it almost snowed last night.
But Christmas is multi-colored and multi-ethnic in the vibrant village of Harlem in 2012, and the kids are having a blast riding subway trains with ragtag mariachi's singing Feliz Navidad, sidewalk poets rapping about Rudolph the red-nosed Guiliani, and Dominican fir dealers sawing pint-sized evergreens down to size for the perfect Xmas bush to fit our snug little Harlem rental apartment.
Apologies to long time readers for my peripatetic blogging efforts these last few months. It has been a "be careful what you wish for" kind of year at Wonderful Films and the Horberg household with four films in prep/shoot or post-production over the last year and change.
Life IS change and this level of activity has meant something had to give, and alas my blog posts of late have been fewer and farther between.
But I hope to keep writing and sharing new and interesting news from the frontlines of filmmaking, arts, autism, music, literature, travel and other obsessions.
Natalie and Diego have been attending an "art camp" this summer.
Their daily immersion in creativity has been a joy to behold. Each day they come home with new handmade treasures. Natalie is already an accomplished artist, but for Diego this daily dose of independence in a structured environment has lead to an explosion of his fertile imagination.
We all know children can create amazing works of art, all the more special for their unique way of seeing the world. On a recent trip to London, the small book that really caught my eye at the used book store on Charing Cross Road was "Children As Artists" by R. R. Tomlinson.
Published in 1947, the author used the work of young children from various Junior Girls' Schools and High Schools as the basis for his essay on these tiny Titans or Titians as the case may be!
These amazing paintings are all from that small volume.
With the near elimination of the long held idea of the arts being an essential component of a child's development and education in our No Child Left Behind era, Tomlinson's words of 65 years ago echo loudly today:
"This innate urge in a child to draw and create is a precious inheritance, the value of which has not yet been fully realised by education authorities; neither has the beneficial effect of its encouragement upon other forms of expression and growth been apprehended by them sufficiently."
Expression and growth have been running wild around here lately, with a tip of the hat to old R.R.