The Art of Heckling

My friends,

Gala has once again proven how hip I am  with a cool new underground discovery. But readers, you must promise not to tell the masses, so that it does not become mainstream… or maybe you should tell everyone, so this extremely entertaining new form of heckling can take off and entertain us all! It is called movie heckling, and it comes to us from MuVChat, a company that allows audiences to text all sorts of  messages to a particular number, and have it displayed on the movie screen for all to see… as if today’s youth needed another platform to  express their opinions. Similar to a Twitter feed, your comments are posted in a live feed  right underneath the movie itself.

If you are interested in joining this elite group of movie hecklers, The Dali Museum will be holding a movie screening of “Twister” with this technology at  their Surreal Summer Nights event. The first movie ,“The Batman” was a hit, with a perfect combination of ridiculousness from the movie itself and  hilarity from the audience. One cannot forget the fact that this was the version featuring George Clooney in  a skin tight bat suit. Members get free admission and a drink ticket to use at the cash bar (more details at TheDali.org); and if you do join in on the fun, make sure to bring your most humorous wit along with you.

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Birthday Bash

“Let all the bells ring!

Look! Salvador Dali has just been born!

No wind blows and the May sky is without a single cloud.

In a house on Calle de Monturiol a new-born babe is being watched closely and with infinite love by his parents, provoking a slight and unaccustomed domestic disorder.”

Of course, only my Dali would write about his own birth in such a majestic way. Sunday, the 13th, marked 108 years since that glorious day, when at forty-five minutes after eight o’clock baby Salvador came into this world. It is the second most important day of the year, after my birthday of course, and what a grand party we had! Dali’s Annual Birthday Bash was held on May 11th this year, with everything from look-alike contests, tarot readings, mustache painting, and prizes galore. The cake pops and singing took place at my favorite venue, The Dali Museum, where Gentlemen Please played a wonderful set and the party lasted from 10 am until evening- the perfect start to summer!

For those of you who didn’t get the chance to go, you can see the highlights of the evening on the Dali Flickr page. And for those of you who went, I hope you got a mustache or at least some photobooth pictures holding one. And do tell me, what was your favorite part of the celebration?

Comedic Genius

In light of The Dali Museum’s upcoming Dali + Science topic, Dali + Comedy, I wanted my dear readers to know, Dali was not as funny as he thought he was. At least from my point of view. Imagine simply wanting to go out to a nice dinner with your world-renowned artist of a husband, only to have him make a mockery of your date by showing up in a limousine filled with whatever vegetable with which he had recently become obsessed! Don’t get me wrong, we had almost the same sense of humor, both enjoying classics such as the Marx Brothers, but to me, there was a line and Dali always found a way to cross it. Of course, I was his center of attention, but it would have been nice to send the paparazzi into frenzy due to my fabulous evening gown for once instead of the stale loaf of bread on Salvador’s head.  I can’t say I didn’t know what I was getting myself into with him though, for he was always a ridiculous man. I’m sure you’ve all seen the self-portraits from his youth, robed and wearing his mother’s makeup, or heard the stories of him parading around his home in the costume of a little king. His sense of humor never quite matured. Maybe it is time for me to also embrace my childlike tendencies of playing dress up. Tell me readers, what should Gala do in order to steal the scene next time we are out?

Earth Day Musings

As I wait for Summer to arrive in Pubol, I cannot help but marvel at all of the new life sprouting up around me. Springtime completely transforms the foliage into a lush, green landscape. As I write from my favorite contemplating window at my castle, I cannot contain the fascination I have with Mother Nature’s beauty, and just in time for me to praise her for Earth Day. Luckily, my garden remains untouched by any sort of environmental damage that is harming the globe; and I intend to keep it that way by nurturing and caring for it as often as possible. If only the rest of the world would follow in my footsteps and make an honest attempt to conserve the wonderful life that surrounds us…

There exist an infinite number of ways for us to attempt to make a change in the way we live and yet leave no harmful impact on this fantastic gift Mother Nature has given us. Even Dali has always appreciated her beauty, and if you look closely, his paintings reflect exactly that. His optimism for the future was based strongly on faith in scientific and technological progress, as is mine.

Now, to help get his message across, the Dali Museum and the City of St. Petersburg will be holding an Earth Day celebration for the official activation of electric car charging stations located throughout the city and at the museum itself. The museum will also be unveiling the oh-so-adorable “Dali” Wheego electric car, one of the most adorable homages to Dali ever seen. I certainly encourage all everyone to go, but while you’re there, please be sure to ask when the “Gala” Wheelgo will be available for me purchase. Also, make sure to bring along your own alternatively powered vehicle.

Happy charging!

Paranoia, Masturbation, and Math

My dear friends, as you know, my Salvador was absolutely fascinated by all things scientific. His obsessions with spirals, the golden section, biology, chemistry, and optical illusions are seen in many of his works. He insisted on meeting and corresponding with the foremost scientists of our day and of course shared his opinion on their work. He even once said, “Thinkers and literati can’t give me anything. Scientists give me everything, even the immortality of the soul.”

It is quite fitting, then, that The Dali Museum hosts a series titled “Dali + Science.” These monthly lectures explore a wide range of scientific topics that engaged my Dali throughout his lifetime, such as paranoia, masturbation, and math. Presented by docent darling Peter Tush, Dali Museum Education Curator, these lectures are a delight! Pure irreverence and quite easy to digest, I assure you. Alas, my social calendar is booked through the spring, but I do insist you make yourself available. Tell them Gala sent you, my darlings. That’s all you ever need say.

Art on screen

Darlings, this is going to be brief. Gala has a headache, and the very thought of writing is agony. But I will not totally abandon you, my dear readers and fans – I am going to give you a visual treat instead.

On November 3, the museum will feature screenings of the luminous cartoon, Destino. Although I am not supposed to call it a cartoon and I usually have no time for animated drivel, this particular moving picture is a work of art.

My Dali and Walt (that’s Mr. Disney to you) worked together on this groundbreaking project more than 60 years ago, and others almost as talented finished it in 2004.

It’s a story as old as time, a simple love story of boy-meets-girl, but told as only Dali could imagine it, complete with images that spring from his mind like no other’s: melting clocks, tuxedo-clad disembodied eyeballs, metamorphosing ballerinas, ants that become  bicycles, and surprising baseballs.

Still from Destino, 2004

But why all this talk? Come by next Thursday and see the full magic for yourself – on screen, accompanied by a wonderful documentary that can educate you all on how Dali made the film, yet another masterpiece.

Birthing genius, from palette to palate

It draws near, my friends – an event which has so held my attention for some time already. Chef Paco Perez, of whom I practically gushed last month, will be performing a culinary demonstration at The Dali on October 30. Finally! We welcome a genius into the fold, who can turn our minds toward the fantastical and exquisite.

He has told me in confidence that he will demonstrate how to prepare his Huevos Mar y Montaña, or Huevos “M y M.” Eggs of the sea and mountains … what a brilliant thought. Eggs, a universal symbol of birth or rebirth, coupled with the sea and mountains, steadfast symbols of constancy and strength.

Salvador Dali, Still Life (Fish with Red Bowl) 1923-24, In the USA © Salvador Dali Museum, Inc. St. Petersburg, Florida, 2011 Worldwide rights © Salvador Dali. Fundación Gala-Salvador Dali (Artists Rights Society) 2011

True birth is difficult, my darlings. I am not referring, of course, to the vulgar process of birthing a child … the off-putting screams of infant and mother alike are enough to make anyone lose their appetite. No, I speak of the moment in which an artist finally recognizes his true form. Genius is not easy to possess, dear friends. Artists are forced to cultivate their vision and imagination among the common masses. Imagine the strain!

But I digress. Huevos Mar y Montaña. Though I would sooner serve my own eyes on a dinner plate rather than spend time in the kitchen cooking for loved ones, the opportunity to see a master at work is too compelling to miss.