July 31, 2010

Reed Space HNL at the Waikiki Parc Hotel

At the Interisland Terminal / Reed Space / Staple Design pop-up bookstore at the Waikiki Parc Hotel, which was more of an event than just a bookstorecool (or dope as NY'ers seem to say)!

Other than the show itself, I am amazed at the viral aspects of the event—I never thought New York could create a tsunami in the islands (unless of course, it swept over from Tokyo)!

July 30, 2010

Art & Flea at Fresh Cafe

At the Art & Flea event at Fresh Cafe with Grady (finally got a chance to buy a print, a party-at-thirtyninehotel photo, in his classic "shoot from the hip, cut their heads off" style!), Aaron (bought a print which later turned up as the cover of the next Honolulu Weekly), Uvovu+Yeda (what a performance! I love the fact they are doing what they are doing), the Shopping List (a first for me, was already impressed after hearing the first number), Narwhal, Persian Excursion (Rob is wild!), Mike (shooting and mingling, wouldn't be a party without him), Aly (controlling the crowds with her smile and her clipboard!), Nicole (already organizing the next event), Alyssa (just hanging out, being beautiful with her friend Kori), Bootie (lounging around with her mom Tiffany and her buddy Christa), Shelly (being her always charming and cheerful self) and Melissa (as hip, creative and personable as can be), and many more faces that I cannot remember or list here...

Even though I hardly know these people (other than seeing some of them here and there around town), I do mention them on a first-name basis since I felt like I was among friendsthe venue, the energy and the attitude was just rightyoung, hip and real, which I suppose defines a good party anyway you look at it.

July 10, 2010

Paraşüt Kulesi / Parachute Tower

I have always had fond memories of our family visits to the Izmir International Fair as a child.  The most vivid memory that I have is of the Parachute Tower, which stood in the middle of a circular plaza, surrounded by stands of perfume vendors.

There were many other attractions within the fairgrounds, both for children and adults alike, and I also remember the pavilions of exotic foreign countries with all the the promotional items that they gave away, and the open-air, white-tablecloth restaurants under the palm trees, the balloon vendors, and the ice-cream (Sütsan!) sellers...  But none impressed me as much as the the parachute tower surrounded by the perfume sellers!  Obviously for a child of ten the tower itself would be impressive, not only because it was really tall, but people actually jumped from its great heights and landed safely; and the perfume memory is probably related to the purchase or sampling of some cologne (kolonya in Turkish) by my parents, maybe the smells, or maybe the visual display of rows and rows of multi-colored glass bottles in all shapes and sizes.  

For the last 40 years I was dying to go back to take another lookthe nostalgic longing never left me all those years even though everyone in Izmir always mentioned that the fuar (the fair, as it is commonly referred to in Izmir) was not what it used to be. Even though I visited Izmir many times over the years, it was never the fuar season.

So, finally in 2009 my wishes came true: The parachute tower was still there and was operational, however the the perfume sellers were all gone, replaced mostly by food vendors and exhibitors, of which I found the pişmaniye makers the most interesting (and got to taste some after many years).   

The picture of me taking pictures of the tower, were taken by my niece, Ebru Atay.