Archive for December, 2010

“Fearless cooking from a tiny kitchen in New York City”

Here at Holiday Matinee, we love a good food blog (check out our Do Tell with the founder of Eating/SF, now called Turntable Kitchen), so I think it’s time that I introduced you to my favorite site out there. Smitten Kitchen is one of those blogs that I go to when I need a step-by-step guide to poaching an egg – Deb’s beautiful photography (coupled with witty descriptions) keeps you reading and wanting more. Her recipe index also has categories like “budget” and “freezer friendly” for those of us that love to cook, but might not have all the skills resources we need. Now there’s no excuse for not hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner party (or only bringing wine to your next potluck).

Let someone else explain the Internet to your parents.

When it comes to technology, sometimes parents just don’t understand. If you’ve ever spent an evening importing your mom’s vacation photos or looking up movie times for Uncle Frank, I’m sure you catch my drift. Now there’s Teach Parents Tech, a site that allows you to send tech support videos to the, umm, less savvy Interweb users in your life. Filling out the form takes minutes, and it will undoubtedly save you hours this holiday season. I do find it interesting that most of the how-tos use Macs in their examples, so if your ‘rents are still stuck in the prehistoric PC times, they’re shit out of luck. My favorite one’s below, but there are plenty more videos that actually explain something here. Goodbye Geek Squad!

The importance of surrounding yourself with awesome people.

Let’s face it, the holidays are overwhelming. No one ever takes a second to breathe. So let’s change that, at least for a few hours. Holiday Matinee and Collective Good want you to join us and take a load off, throw back a few cocktails and surround yourself with creative and inspiring friends. There’s no agenda, no fees, and no mayorships. Just good people, good drinks and for a good cause. This is your chance to reset and do so in the company of others who share your vision in doing good and making this world more awesome. All this goes down Tuesday, December 28th from 7-11PM at Von Bar in NYC. As they say, “amazing things happen when creative people get together.” RSVP now open here.

Help Times Square become Art Square

It might sound like the classic David and Goliath story, but a group of creative professionals is dead set on taking over all the advertisements in Times Square for an entire day. Artist Justus Bruns is trying to change they way we think about public art, and his Times Square to Art Square (TS2AS) project is starting to gain momentum.


Photo credit: D. Billy

The TS2AS group is fundraising, not to buy out advertisers or billboards, but to raise awareness and build an interactive iPhone app that will illustrate their goal. Check out their FAQ for more information, and make a donation (or just help spread the word) if you believe in the cause. [via TBD]

These kicks should be illegal they’re so damn fresh.

It’s all in the details. Rich brown leather, chambray linings, red and navy laces, custom embossed tongue…shit, these kicks should be illegal. But this is what happens when you take one sick artist and pair him with one of the most recognizable brands on the planet. The outcome is a pair of Chuck Taylor All Stars by Cody Hudson and yes, I’m completely drooling. More images here.

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