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As the great philosopher and part-time musician George Harrison once said “all things must pass”, and last week was the time of another passing. The great green beast, my Volvo station wagon is no more.

On a trip down to Philly, halfway between New York and the City of lovely brothers, near the end of the NJ Turnpike, Susie and I were cruising along, minding our business when the car emitted a foreboding screech. A little bit later this was followed by a blinking transmission light and a little after that the car started slipping pretty seriously. We pulled over and called my friends at AAA. After their customary “Oh no, not you again” they arranged for a tow truck which got us to the nearest service station in Bordentown, NJ.
The mechanic after a brief diagnosis gave us the bad news, the “tranny” was shot. The tranny is kind of like the reproductive part of a car, and any problem down there is complicated and expensive. That, combined with other problems that needed fixing like a sagging bumper, a dubious timing belt, an exhausted car freshening tree, would have pushed the repair costs way beyond what the car was worth. So we decided to empty the coins out of the ashtray and say fairwell to our four wheeled friend.
I can’t say it was a dependable car, as a matter of fact it was somewhere between a lemon and a grapefruit. It’s volvnerability to all sorts of mechanical and electronic failures stranded me in some interesting places like Whitefish, MT, Death Valley, and a Walmart in Wisconsin. But we also traveled the country from New York to San Francisco, from Duluth to Savannah. We climbed the peaks of the Sierra and drove the Road to the Sun. We went to Montreal in -400 degree weather and crawled at 3 mph through a biblical rainstorm in Oregon. We drove the prairies of North Dakota and explored many a pothole in Brooklyn.

Good times, good times.

Rust in peace swede ride.

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©Stefan Falke

Even though The Sultans show at the Deutsches Haus at NYU enjoyed a very solid turnout despite New York being a giant icy puddle that night, I’m not resting on my laurels. As a matter of fact, after checking the spice rack in my kitchen, I don’t even have any laurels, but I’m not resting on my sprigs of rosemary either. No, I’m on to the next solo show which will happen in Minneapolis, MN, the town where they have 200 different words for snow.

The exhibition will feature my “Upstream” portrait series of adolescents and young adults with mental disabilities that we produced for the terrific Upstream Arts non-profit organization.

UPSTREAM
at
Intermedia Arts
On view from Wednesday, April, 6th to Monday, April, 18th.

Closing Reception on Monday, April, 18th.

2822 Lyndale Ave. South | Minneapolis, MN 55408

Phone: 612.871.4444
Fax: 612.871.6927
Email: info@IntermediaArts.org

Monday-Friday 10AM to 6PM and Saturdays 12PM to 5PM

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Tonight is the opening for a rerun of Stephen Mallon’s terrific “Next Stop Atlantic” show. In case you missed it at the Front Room Gallery in Billyburg, this is your chance. In case you’ve seen it already, this is your chance to see it again.

To read (or reread) Stephen’s insightful interview with The Heavy Light click here.

Next Stop Atlantic
Calumet
22 W 22nd Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 3rd, 6-9 PM
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-5:30, Saturday 9-5:30

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