Early Bird Biscuit: Out of time, out of this world
Vintage knickknacks and kitsch decorate his little 725-square-foot bakery: There's the cuckoo clock that belonged to his grandmother (“I used to love to pull the pine cones,”), rotary phone, collection of old rolling pins long past their prime, and ...
January 5, 2015
Discreet luxury in Klosters
While the streets of Gstaad and St Moritz are lined with the boutiques of Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Prada, on my walk from the outskirts into central Klosters, I pass only shops selling garden machinery, kitchen cabinets and cuckoo clocks. Instead ...
January 23, 2015
Festival of Trees auction slated for Friday
More than 200 decorated trees, wreaths, stockings and other entries and their incentives will be auctioned off from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Muskingum County Welcome Center. Bids may be placed in person or by calling 740-450-1990. The auction ...
December 3, 2014
'The iPads of their day'
At six years old, Peter Guggenheim (1927–2012) was given a cuckoo clock by his grandfather — a gift that would inspire a lifetime of collecting. Together with Dr. John Abbott, he cultivated a renowned collection, following the Guggenheim family legacy ...
January 14, 2015
Literopolis: A Weekly Look at Portland Literary Events, March 16-22
Later on Sunday at Powell's City of Books, Sy Safransky, founder of the 40-year-old magazine The Sun, will be reading from his book Many Alarm Clocks, a collection of excerpts taken from his personal journal that have traditionally been published in a ...
March 16, 2015
Worldwide light show rings in 2015
Items being dropped include: a big chilli in Las Cruces, New Mexico; a replica peach in Atlanta; a musical note in Nashville, Tennessee; a large pine cone in Flagstaff, Arizona; an oversized spurred cowboy boot in Prescott, Arizona; an 80lb wedge of ...
January 1, 2015
Iquitos, Peru: Wet and Wild
the gentleman pushing a life-size red-and-gold merry-go-round horse up a lime neon-lit edge of an avenue and the woman stopping traffic at midnight with a pompom routine, and heard the tinny soundtrack of cuckoo-clock church bells straight out of ...
September 13, 2013
Who: Tim Laxton What: Handmade, old-fashioned biscuits and baked goods Where: 5411 Lakeside Avenue in Northside When: Opened July 2014 Why: To leaven a gimmick at long last Dishes: Flaky buttermilk biscuit with jam made daily ($2. 50). Ham... “Y’know, Richmond needs a really good biscuit,” Laxton said, recalling that thought. “My mom always used to say, you need to have a gimmick,” Laxton says. The thing that makes you feel alive…the thing that you know you were called to do. ” Since last July, the proprietor of Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery has been baking the city’s first true really good biscuit. Vintage knickknacks and kitsch decorate his little 725-square-foot bakery: There’s the cuckoo clock that belonged to his grandmother (“I used to love to pull the pine cones,”), rotary phone, collection of old rolling pins long past their prime,...
(1927–2012) was given a cuckoo clock by his grandfather — a gift that would inspire a lifetime of collecting. Here, Christie’s specialist Toby Woolley shares his highlights from the Abbott-Guggenheim Collection — focusing on a selection of mechanical masterpieces that spin, chime, and trace the stars. ‘In the 17th century,’ explains Toby Woolley, ‘clocks such as these were considered state-of-the-art — the iPads of their day. Comprising up to around 100 parts, this piece by David Bushmann is incredibly intricate, representing some of the craftsman’s finest work. ‘Perched on an intricately engraved ebony base, the gilded lion has automated eyes, and a jaw that moves when the hours strike,’ The piece is part of the Abbott Guggenheim ‘menagerie’, with objects in the collection ranging from horses and bulls... ‘It is one of several animal clocks to have been made in the period, feeding into a trend focused on fun, rather symbolism,’ says Woolley. ‘Wound by three interlinked barrels, it has several different mechanisms, including an astronomical dial — a rare addition to such a developed piece. ‘Though the maker of the work remains unfortunately unknown, a pinecone, stamped on the work’s metal work, shows it to be.
Compared to the last hectic and event-packed last couple of weeks, this week looks to be practically peaceful and quiet. Which doesn't mean there aren't some excellent books are worth reading and whose authors are worth checking out during their author events in Portland. On Monday , Powell’s City of Books is celebrating with Smallpresspalooza, their eighth annual marathon reading of small press authors. Check out Powell’s Events calendar for the full round-up and schedule of author readings. On Tuesday , Dennis Lehane will be reading from his newest novel, a mystery titled Worlds Gone By, which follows the bloody rise of the mob in the middle of World War Two, at Powell’s at Cedar Hills. Also on Tuesday , Paul Beatty will be at Powell’s City of Books reading from his new novel satirizing social and legal race relations in the United States titled The Sellout. 1005 W Burnside St. , 7:30pm, FREE. On Wednesday , steampunk author Gail Carriger will be at Powell’s at Cedar Hills with her newest novel Prudence , set in the same world as her Parasol Protectorate series about a young woman who, upon arriving in India via dirigible, stumbles upon... Also on Wednesday , acclaimed poet Jane Hirshfield will be at Powell’s City of Books reading from her newest collection titled The Beauty containing poems that use familiar, every-day items and concepts to touch upon the capriciousness of human...