Here's a photo from Frank Baltazar, using his new Kodak digital camera:
Here's a photo from Frank Baltazar, using his new Kodak digital camera:
Check out Rita Figueroa's coverage of today's conference call with Sylvester Stallone on his latest Rocky movie:
Juan C. Ayllon
Dammit Juan, the day I so feared has arrived. For weeks I've been loving to open this thread because of the little cutie at the top of the page each time. Now it's rolled over to the next page. I actually have to LOOK for her....
And no Sharkey, I don't mean Joe York. He looks a little too much like Porky Pig for my tastes.....
Holy cow! You are brrrrrrutal!
Oh my gosh! Thanks for the laugh, my friend. I needed that!
Well, we'll have to remedy this situation here and now...
Here are a couple pretty entertainers:
Kevyn Lettau, one of my favorite jazz vocalists. I love her Bossa Nova flavored vocals, especially on an out-of-print John Patitucci disc, Mistura Fina, that's a tribute to Brazilian music.
Sometimes, she sounds bubble-gummy, but at others, her vocals really shine. You can also hear her voice on Sergio Mendes' delightful album, Brasileiro.
One of my favorite actors, Jacqueline Obradors (right). I especially liked her in the movie, Tortilla Soup.
Several scenes from Tortilla Soup:
Have a good weekend,
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The incoparable jazz voalist and piano player, Diana Krall
Have you heard her sultry Christmas CD?
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Photo courtesy of http://www.cabsbistro.com/
Cabs hosted a big Christmas party on Thursday night for a local law firm. Interestingly enough, Illinois Boxing Commission Supervisor Joel Campuzano and his wife were in attendance.
My brother, Luis--who happens to be Chef/owner--made him a hanger steak, andouille sausage ,and swiss cheese sandwhich, which apparently Joel loved!
Hey, to Joel, Ron, and the rest of the guys at the boxing commission, I want to wish you a safe and happy holiday season.
P.S. -- Check out the new look of Cab's website! Luis really jazzed it up. It's got a really slick feel, loads of photos, including several with WBC Interim Lightweight Title holder David Diaz, heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo, the CBZ's Jorge Bravo, an Indi band when it shot its video there, and more!
Also, if you click on "Upcoming Events" and then click on the "Major's Junction" logo about a third of the way down the page, it'll take you to their "My Space" page, where you can hear one of their songs! They're a cool band with a lot of original, country-folk style rock, as well as great covers.
They happened to be playing last night, when I dropped by after attending the Examiner's Christmas party (I've done several pieces for them on Fres Oquendo, who lives in Carol Stream, Illinois).
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I'm listening to Diana Krall as I'm writing this reply, I love the way she sing these song, "As Time Goes By. Cry Me A River, Winter Wonderland & Fly Me To The Moon"
That's terrific. I played several of her Christmas songs several weeks ago when I DJ'ed for a church singles group.
You can actually see Krall play in the movie "At First Sight" with Val Kilmer and Mia Sorvino. What a voice!
I don't know if you've heard it or not, but a gal named Chystal Lewis has a really cool and jazzy Christmas CD she put out several years ago.
Ditto for a disc that Bluenote put out a while back. I really like Kurt Elling's lead off song on that disc.
As I mentioned earlier, last night I swung by late at Cabs, where Major's Junction played. They sounded great, as usual, and provided atmosphere for a good, pre-Christmas hoe-down!
Suddenly, about 11:30 at night, things took an ugly turn...
One of the gang comparing feet with the female singer. The look works for her, but for him--as Borat would say--not so much!
Somebody cut this guy off...
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I just received this press release from the head of the Masters in Writing program I'm starting work on. I'm definitely planning on attending this free presentation and, in fact, plan on interviewing him for the Examiner newspapers out here in the suburbs soon.
Check it out:
PULITZER PRIZE WINNING SPORTSWRITER IRA BERKOW AT NLU
Named the “Best Sportswriter in New York,” Pulitzer Prize winner Ira Berkow will
Talk about the art of covering sports in a free discussion on Monday evening, March 6 at National-Louis University’s Chicago Campus.
Come and meet Ira Berkow at the 6 P.M. complimentary reception, 122 S. Michigan Avenue, second floor Atrium. Stay for the free and open to the public conversation beginning at 7 P.M. Learn about some of the fascinating stories Ira Berkow has covered as a sports columnist and feature writer for The New York Times for 25 years.
Find out about his Pulitzer Prize winning article, “The Minority Quarterback,” his 17 books, including, most recently, the memoir: Full Swing: Hits, Runs and Errors in a Writer’s Life, the best-sellers Red: a Biography of Red Smith and Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar, and his book The DuSable Panthers, named one of the best young adult books of the last 75 years by the New York Public Library.
Ask about how a mediocre student from Chicago wound up with these accolades:
· “Sports at its best is a kind of music, and sports writing is a kind of libretto. Ira Berkow is among the best—a Sondheim of the sports page.”
· “Ira Berkow over the years has regularly given us sportswriting of the most elegant kind—his work glistens with intelligence and creativity, and has been a constant pleasure for readers of The New York Times.” –David Halberstam.
· “Ira Berkow belongs to that rare breed: a writer who specializes in sports but whose subjects represent a broad range in human aspirations and challenges.”—Gay Talese
· “One of the treasures of New York City”—New York magazine annual “Best of New York.”
Mr. Berkow has written extensively on Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Hank Greenberg and many others.
Reservations are necessary for this free evening, sponsored by the Ernest R. Wish Pulitzer Prize Series and NLU’s Master of Science in Written Communication Program. Please call 312-261-3777 or email CAS-Conferences@nl.edu.
Ira Berkow is looking forward to answering your questions on Monday evening, March 5. Mr. Berkow is the sixth speaker of honor in The Ernest R. Wish Pulitzer Prize Series presented by the National-Louis University’s Master of Science in Written Communication Program, offering students with an undergraduate degree in any field a unique variety of courses and personal attention from instructors who are published writers.
This Master’s program, directed by Joanne Koch, includes courses in journalism, screenwriting, feature writing, writing children’s books, desktop publishing, editing, writing nonfiction books, novels, humor and short fiction.
In celebration of Jose Hernandez' win over Jason Litzau, we're having a celebration at his bar, Copas, in Round Lake, Illinois.
WBC Interim Lightweight Title holder David Diaz said he'd be joining us.
For more info, click on the link below:
Celebration at Copas This Thursday
I hope to see you there!
You might get a kick out of my latest interview, this one with Donovan George:
Donovan George Interview
Donovan will be fighting on Friday in Cicero, Illinois.
I posted up this breezy review on a new book on Chicago amateur boxing the other night:
Chicago Amateur Boxing book review
If you're into that scene, it's a great book with plenty of pics.
I had a great time at Jose Andres Hernandez' bar, Copas, last night in Round Lake, Ill. where he celebrated last Saturday's victory over Jason Litzau. The fight was broadcast on HBO's Boxing After Dark.
WBC Interim Lightweight Title holder, David Diaz, and his wife, Tanya, came out. Diaz and Hernandez are very good friends and helped each other out in training.
"Macho" Miguel Hernandez called and said he couldn't make it out, due to weather concerns. It was raining throughout the evening, making roads slick.
I'll post photos up later.
Juan C. Ayllon
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When I googled "Art Institute," I stumbled upon this cool online site with a lot of wondefully shot photos in Chicago, New York City, Seattle, and elsewhere.
Check it out:
Juan C. Ayllon
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Wow. Even though I don't have "fair colored hair and skin," I've had that same stunt pulled on me. Needless to say, I really, really hate when people pull that race card to to try and foist their agenda on you.Coming home from the Guggenheim this evening, I walked down into the subway and a middle-aged, respectfully dressed man stopped me. He asked if I had a quarter because he needed some money to buy a token. Visualizing my wallet in my head and knowing I only had a $10 bill in it, I said, "No, sorry, I don't." "I need anything, I just need to get home," he said. And I said, "Sorry, I don't have any change" and began to walk down the stairs. Instead of asking the next person if they could help him out, the man began to scream at me about how I wouldn't give him any money because he was black and that some day I was going to be sorry because someday I would need the help of a black man. His words made my blood boil! At the bottom of the steps I turned around and yelled back, "It's NOT because you're black!" But he just kept yelling, "Some day you're going to need a black man's help!" Just because I have fair colored hair and skin, I'm automatically racist? If he only knew.... grrr!
This caught my eye as I was futzing around getting ready to leave for the fights. There's acctually some good advice here. Check it out:
Have a happy and safe holiday!Party Survival: 9 Tips to Stay Energized
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All right, it's time to blow off some steam and go to a few holiday parties. Hey, parties are a good thing if you can just manage them and not get beaten up by late nights, crappy food, and too much booze. It's a drag to roll into the new year feeling fat and hung over. Not exactly an energized, go get 'em attitude for the fresh start we're looking for. Here's how to come out feeling like you just danced your butt off, laughed, and got to hang with people you don't normally get to see.
Eat before you go out. Not only will you not get as drunk, but this will keep you from eating 12 mini burgers or little fried finger food wonders. Make a point of eating something healthy to give yourself a head start. You're already going to a party so be diligent before you go let it lose.
Go to parties where you know you're going to have fun, and like the people. Don't be afraid to say "no" to an invitation. You'll do more talking, laughing, and dancing then drinking to escape the people you are trying to avoid. Unless it's work, try to remember that a party is supposed to be fun. Not another holiday "obligation."
Don't stand near the bar or buffet table. Avoid getting yourself in a situation where you're mindlessly eating or drinking. If you're that bored, go hang with someone you enjoy or leave. Don't force the fun.
Drink water in between each drink. You will get less drunk, and since you're staying hydrated, you may avoid the headache in the morning.
Go cut a rug. Let it fly. Even if you don't love dancing, go get your groove on. It keeps you away from the food, and it's hard to drink when you're busting a move. Plus you can blow off some steam. The dancer who has the most fun wins -- not who looks the best. Believe me, no one cares how anyone else dances.
Don't stay too late. Nothing good happens late. Get in, have some fun, and know when it's time to go home. Believe me, you won't be missing anything.
Use the party to reconnect with you. We play so many roles in our lives (moms, wives, executives, dads). Forget that. Just go be your hot self without all the labels. It's important to take advantage of situations that can remind us who we are.
Ladies, dress in a fitted outfit. That's right -- this will encourage you not to grab every little morsel that passes your way.
Drink water before bed. Even though you've been drinking water all night, make sure you get some more in before you hit the hay. I even take my vitamins before I go to sleep. You never know where you get a little extra help from.
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Photos from the party are now up:
Photos from 'Copa's' Celebration of Litzau Victory
Sheesh! I've got to start losing weight again!
Juan C. Ayllon
Here's a link to my most recent fight report. It's a little different, as I camped out in the DJ booth up next to the stands at Cicero Stadium and shot photos from there with the Cannon EOS 20D camera I'm buying from sometimes CBZ photographer Tom Glunz, who plans on upgrading to a Cannon 5D soon.
I screwed up with the settings on the camera a bit, making the photos more orange than I'd like. Tom Barnes, who also shoots for the CBZ now and again, had me readjust the "White Balance" from 5200 to 3100 to compensate for the lights in the ring, but we went about it in the wrong way. Tom showed me today to use another means of readjusting that on the camera.
Sheesh, I've got a lot to learn!
ANYWAYS, here's the link:
"Christmas Brawl" Fight Report from Cicero, IL
Merry Christmas/happy holidays,
Juan C. Ayllon
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I'm in Colorado Springs this week. I've been having a good time.
There was a LOT of snow up in Denver, where I landed and was picked up. It took about an hour and a half to get down to Colorado Springs. However, in Colorado Springs, there was just the slightest dusting of snow.
That changed today.
The snow is coming down heavily, which apparently kills my evening plans. Oh well!
I've had a lot of fun. I saw the Denver Nuggets vs. the Boston Celtics the other night from the seventh row behind the basketball net. It was great!
Yesterday, I saw an aunt, uncle and cousin in the Black Forest. My uncle and aunt are both artists and have a studio at home. In addition to all the wonderful art, I discovered my uncle was a bonafide audiophile. He has a pair of tall Magnapan (Magnaplanar?) speakers that sounded absolutely beautiful! We listened to various records over his outstanding system, which he insists isn't properly set up yet. Wow. This live recording of De Lucia, Demiola and McLaughlin sounded absolutely brilliant and spacious!
Later, I had dinner with Bryan and his family at Cracker Barrel. Bryan and I wound down the night by seeing "Casino Royale." It's by far the best James Bond film I've seen in a while, if not ever. It's got a lot of gritty violence, especially in the opening sequence. However, with all the twists and turns, I can see why Roger Ebert gave it a favorable review.
And I would put the guy who played Bond as being right up there with a young Sean Connery, who's a lot like him, but steelier.
On the downside, I've got a cold. Not much fun, but that's fine.
I'll have to share photos when I return.
Hey, everyone, have a happy New Year!
Aunt Lou and uncle Al Wynne (rear) with cousin
Jon in front. Lou and Al are both artists and have
their own studio on their beautiful property.
Al with a rare album we listened to on his audiophile system
Al's and Lou's Dogs. One of the tall Magnaplanar
speakers is in the background
Some of Al's pieces
Several Eames Chairs of theirs
Downtown Denver at night
At the Denver Nugget Game
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Number three, Allan Iverson
Link to Large Photo of Iverson Shooting
Shot from Garden of the Gods
Bryan out back of his house during his Christmas Eve celebration
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Some of Lou Wynne's pottery work in Al & Lou's Studio
One of their kilns in their studio
I love those magnaplanar speakers!
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Check how tiny the birds look atop this rock formation at "Garden of the Gods."
For those of you who are interested, I received this update from my brother, Luis, on the menu for Cabs Wine Bar Bistro on New Years Eve. They won't be serving kangaroo.
Personally, I'll be celebrating in Colorado Springs.
Cheers,New Years Eve 2006
Amuse Bouche: Brie, Artichoke and Sun-dried Tomato Bruschetta
· First Course Selections
Duck Liver & Venison Country Pâté Combination with traditional garnish
Seared Sea Scallops and Sweet Pea Ravioli with spinach, tomatoes, basil chiffonade, and ginger bouillon
Grilled Texas Cross Quail with cranberries, apples, Israeli couscous, spinach & watercress drizzled with Balsamic-chocolate glaze & white truffle oil
Wild Mushrooms and Polenta with shaved Asiago and Sage Cream
· Soup or Salad
Potato Leek with Lobster and Truffles
Mixed greens with grilled apples, butternut squash, spiced walnuts & pecans,
cornbread croutons and raspberry balsamic vinaigrette
· Entrée Selections
Seared Lamb loin with Pistachio Crust and Goat Cheese
Served with Peruvian lima beans, spaghetti vegetables and natural jus
Sautéed Duck Breast Glazed with Brown Sugar & Spice
Served with mushroom risotto, butternut squash, green beans, fruit compote & sage cream
Pan Roasted Grouper with Potato Crust, Herbs and Pink Peppercorns,
Served with spinach, tomatoes, spaghetti vegetables, pecans & honey butter sauce
Grilled Herb & Pepper Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Caramelized Onions and Truffle Butter
Served with roasted potatoes (tossed with Swiss cheese and bacon), asparagus, portabellos & peppercorn sauce
Sautéed Kurobuta Pork Tenderloin or Ostrich Fan Fillet with Apples, and Chestnuts,
Served with garlic mashed potatoes, spinach, asparagus, and blackberry-sage sauce
· Dessert Selections
Pumpkin Crème Brulee
Cheese Plate: Goat Cheese, Point Reyes Farmhouse Blue, & Manchego (sheep)
Served with honey roasted almonds, fig—strawberry compote & flat bread
Lemon sorbet topped with blackberries and strawberries
Drizzled with Crème de Cassis
Peaches & cream in filo
Fresh berries & Fruit splashed with Grande Marnier & topped whipped cream
Chocolate Symphony Cake
Corkage fee $20
Anyway, we hope everyone’s holidays have been enjoyable – and if we don’t see you – Happy New Year!
Luis and Lisa
Cab's Wine Bar Bistro
430 N. Main Street Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Juan C. Ayllon
Last edited by Juan C Ayllon; 12-31-2006 at 02:54 AM.
By the way, I had a great day today in Colorado Springs. We checked out some art shops downtown, amongst other things. At one shop, one of the sales people/artists said that she was a student of my uncle Al's years ago when he taught art at University of Colorado. I gave her directions to get to this string to see some of his latest work.
Later, we picked up a high end Sony flat screen TV for Bryan at an audiophile shop, grabbed some dinner at a Chinese buffet and caught some jazz at a great downtown location in Colorado Springs.
I'll try to post some pics from the club in the next several days.
On Saturday night, we saw a jazz band playing in downtown Colorado Springs at "The Jazz Bistro." That red blown glass piece to the left of the stage in the photo below is by acclaimed glass blower Chihuly and sells for $15,000!
Meg (left) and Bryan's wife, Olivia. Meg--who's good friends with Olivia and Bryan--and I were trying to decide if the Chihuly piece was really worth $15,000.
On Friday night, Bryan, Olivia, some friends and I went to a place called The Golden Bee. On the way to meet the rest of the gang, Bryan took me by the Broadmore, one of the top Five Star hotels in the nation (see directly above and below). To say it was impressive would be an understatement!
Here's a brownstone house (below) just across the street from the Broadmore that Bryan and I were lusting after. Wow. If I ever get rich and famous, I just might have to buy me one of those!
Here's the host at the Golden Bee, which is essentially a pub transplanted from England.
Once there, I was initiated by being served a "Half Yard," in a container imported from--you guessed it--England! One of the quirky things about the place was that our waitress threw sticky bee and Christmas emblems at us that stuck to our shirts. As you can see, I took a few direct hits.
Here's a candid shot of our table.
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The delightful pianist who led us through song on passed out song booklets.
The entrance to the Golden Bee, which is located very near to the Broadmore hotel.
Some trees decorated with lights on the drive up to the Broadmore. Bryan insisted that I shoot a photo of them. Nice!
Bryan and I at a Mexican restaurant prior to going to Golden Bee.
My cousin, Marsea, whom I'd met up with for breakfast on Sunday, with Bryan. Marsea serves as PR Marketing Director for a Latin American art museum.
If I can pull it off with work, I'm going to try to return to Denver in April to catch a photography workshop she's arranging featuring a prominent sports photographer. His work appears regularly in Sports Illustrated and other high profile periodicals.
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Check out the photos Dalia Duran sent me to post up at the CBZ Newswire from the Sam Peter-James Toney fightcard on Saturday night:
Dalia Duran Pics of Peter-Toney
Interestingly enough, she told me that she knew Rivera was in trouble when she observed him in an open workout preceeding his title defense against Travis Simms. She said that he looked robotic and that he boxed on the wrong side of the ring to be facing a left hander like Simms.
Simms won by TKO at 2:00 into the ninth round.
Last night, I caught this beautiful view of skaters while walking to my evening class in Chicago. It's there by Millenium Park, just north of Chicago's Art Institute by Michigan Avenue. I had my cellular phone handy, so I pulled it out and shot thes photos.
Nothing like a little winter fun, eh?
By the way, my instructor in a journalism class is a hoot! As an editor at the Chicago Tribune, he's got a lot to offer in terms of practical knowledge. That, and a wry sense of humor, to boot!
Juan C. Ayllon
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