Scotiabank Nuit Blanche is an annual all-night art festival in Toronto. It is a celebration of contemporary art, which is produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community. In honour of the five-year milestone, there are more than 130 free art projects within the three zones. This year includes four curators and 40 temporary public art projects by local, national and international artists, all of which have been commissioned within four outdoor exhibitions. Once again there are independent projects by Toronto museums, galleries and institutions.
Vibe: 2 Atlas is often crowded with hard-working people, which can be infectious and good for productivity. However, crowding is an issue. For some reason they don’t allow laptops outside and considering the overcrowding, this is a big mistake. They will come out and yell at you if you try to set up shop in the sun.
Layout/Aesthetic: 3 It’s a pretty straight-forward, cool coffee place with a general cabin in the woods type theme. Not stunning, but not distracting.
Wifi: 4 The wifi is excellent at Atlas, lightning fast. Occasionally there’s a connectivity problem but it works most of the time.
Outlets: 3 It can be a struggle to plug in here. Power strips are scattered around to remedy the problem, but somehow it’s still always a challenge.
Coffee: 3 The coffee here at Atlas is better than okay and much better than deli coffee.
+1 People come to Atlas exclusively to buy baguettes and croissants. Their sandwiches and salads are also quite good.
Total: 16 Atlas does play the coffee shop game well, packing the house while other places in the area are veritably empty. However, the overcrowding is a real issue, and their rules about laptops at outdoor tables are extremely frustrating. The baristas can be prickly, too.
Vibe: 4.5 A great place to work. The baristas are friendly and helpful, the music is good and not too loud and the whole place is generally very laid back.
Layout/Aesthetic: 4 Simple and straight-forward. Set up so that there’s lots of seating, but no overcrowding.
Wifi: 3 Pretty good. It’s better than average, but it occasionally doesn’t work which can usually be remedied by a re-boot. Speed-wise it’s among the better places with a steady 2mbps instead of the high-speed then suddenly no-speed situation that happens at a lot of other places.
Outlets: 1.5 This is Gimme’s downfall. The place has two outlets.
Coffee: 5 Gimme’s coffee is the lynchpin. It’s the richest, most flavorful coffee of any of place on the list. Try the Americano with an extra shot.
+.5, The baked goods from Balthazar aren’t very breakfast-worthy, but Gimme! now serves delicious salted caramel macaroons from a local baker, Danny Macaroons. They are also totally laid back about bringing in your own food, which is a huge plus.
Total: 18.5 Gimme! is one of the top contenders, even as a place not really intended as a work spot, it’s one of the best in Brooklyn, and if coffee is what’s most important on your list, you needn’t look further.
Vibe: 2 When working in coffee shops it’s important to spend according to your time spent there—it’s a matter of courtesy. However, you will feel guilty for being here no matter what you buy. It’s a huge shame since the seating and layout are so well done. Prices are also a bit steep.
Aesthetic: 4 Very cool look and layout. The outdoor seating gives it a huge boost and it’s one of the few places where you can bring your dog to sit and work. The tables are well-spaced, varied and comfortable and the aesthetic is sort of pioneer kitsch, in a cool way.
Wifi: 3.5 Solid wifi. Pretty much the same as speed and reliability as Gimme! (right across the street) if not slightly more reliable.
Outlets: 3.5 Very few spots at Second Stop are far from an outlet.
Coffee: 2 Just because a place carries good coffee beans, doesn’t mean they have good coffee. The machine being used and the person making the coffee can have incredible bearing on how it turns out. They carry Stumptown Coffee, which is an indie-coffee darling these days, but tends to be a bit overrated. Stumptown is designed to be brewed and prepared in a very particular manner. This doesn’t always happen and iced coffees here tend to be a bit sour.
+1, some of the best muffins in town—try the donut muffin.
Total: 16 Second Stop is a well-designed, great place to sit with some serious attitude issues.
Vibe: 3.5 Music isn’t too loud and people are nice, but Variety is another place with an overcrowding issue.
Layout/Aesthetic: 3.5 Dark, modern and to the point. It has a slight neo-southern transplant, Johnny Cash thing going on.
Outlets: 3 Variety has a fair amount of outlets but there is a definite need for more, especially in certain far-off sections.
Wifi: 2 The wifi here is the best example of the “super fast, then squat” variety. At first it seems like the greatest place to work, then suddenly, you’re in the middle of something important and stranded on no-internet island.
Coffee: 2 The coffee is seriously disappointing, a mere step above deli coffee. Bland, and weak with a jarring aftertaste.
Total: 14 Variety looks like a place that should have great coffee, but they don’t. New beans, and better wifi would put this place among the best of the bunch.
“Adaptation is becoming an euphemism for social injustice on a global scale. While the citizens of the rich world are protected from harm, the poor, the vulnerable and the hungry are exposed to the harsh reality of climate change in their everyday lives. Put bluntly, the world’s poor are being harmed through a problem that is not of their making. The footprint of the Malawian farmer or the Haitian slum dweller barely registers in the Earth’s atmosphere.”—Desmond Tutu
CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — Newport Beach, Calif., is the most expensive real-estate market in the country and Detroit is the most affordable, according to a report by Coldwell Banker, released Wednesday.
The Coldwell Banker Home Listing Report looked at more than 18,000 four-bedroom, two-bathroom properties listed on ColdwellBanker.com between February and August, in nearly 300 markets where the real-estate firm has a presence. The average listing price of the homes studied was $353,000, though there was a $1.7 million difference between the average price in the most expensive and most affordable markets. Visit ColdwellBanker.com for the complete list.
The findings didn’t produce many surprises: The most expensive markets can be found mainly in California and the Northeast, and the least expensive ones can be found in the Midwest, said Jim Gillespie, chief executive of Coldwell Banker.
“People like the sun, they like the beaches, they like the mountains. [California] has been the land of opportunity,” Gillespie said. It’s one of the biggest economies in the world, and even its real-estate market has started to bounce back, he said.
On the flip side, the middle of the country typically has more modest home prices. And cities like Detroit and Cleveland have been wrestling with depressed economies, bringing down home prices in those areas even more.
In Detroit, the average listing price is about $68,000. The monthly mortgage payment, including interest and principal, on a $68,000 home is $350, Gillespie said, assuming a 4.5% interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20% down payment.
The priciest cities
At the top of the list of most expensive markets is Newport Beach, the setting for many television shows, including “The O.C.” and “Arrested Development,” according to the Coldwell Banker news release. Five other California cities also made the list of the priciest markets.
Below are the most expensive cities, and their average listing prices, according to the report:
Newport Beach, Calif., $1.83 million
Palo Alto, Calif., $1.48 million
Rye, N.Y., $1.33 million
San Francisco, $1.33 million
When people ask me if I plan to move back to Southern California after school I’m going to direct them to this list.
Thus we dictated our demands to all the Manifesto readers left on Earth:
1. No more neutrality! No more special cases! No more culture of the gods! All art must take sides!
2. No more false universalism! No more minority culture for the masses! No more diluted art on the high street! Art for all means art by all! Art for all means art riddled with the same differences and divisions as the world can bear!
3. No more ambiguity! No more irony! No more pussy-footing-around! Artists, it is time to say something and stand by what you say!
4. Down with art’s shopkeepers! Down with luxury trading! Down with giving-the-collectors-what-they-want! The private sector is about freedom and diversity, not anxiety and uniformity. Sell, by all means, but for fuck’s sake, sell SOMETHING!
5. Down with the art police! Down with the protectors of the common good! Down with the experts and officials who keep the art world shipshape! There are no experts on happiness! There are no experts on liberation! There are no experts on art!
6. There is no more beauty except in struggle. No aesthetics without aggression. No taste without power. Beauty is ideological! Beauty is no hiding place for art! Protest is more beautiful than the return to beauty in art. Art must strive to be as beautiful as emancipation, liberation and resistance!
7. We stand on the far promontory of centuries of struggle. If our task is to smash the impossible portals of mysterious privilege, it is only possible because of generations of vandals, philistines and dissenters before us! Look ahead! Plan ahead! Dream up utopias! But remember! You did not get here on your own! You cannot achieve what you want without help! We are in this together! We are the tail and the head!
8. We want to glorify struggle – the only motor of history – dissent, protest, sloganeering, events that change everything, words that act on the world, and the scorn of the dispossessed. Art is protest or it is worthless!
9. We want to demolish monuments: public sculpture. We fight against consensus, authority and all opportunistic and utilitarian cowardices. Abolish culture-led regeneration! The correct response to public art is anger! Smash all the town center fountains, statues and heritage sculptures! Make your ideas public! Publish! Publish! Publish! But know this: Publishing is not an arm of town planning!
10. We shall join the great crowds tossed about by work, by pleasure or by revolt: the many-colored and polyphonic surf of revolutions in modern capitals; but our art will not profit from them. Protest will not be our readymade! Our art will take sides, make a difference, say something and do something! And we will stand by what we say!
America, the Greatest Country God ever gave Man, was built on three bedrock principles: Freedom. Liberty. And Fear — that someone might take our Freedom and Liberty. But now, there are dark, optimistic forces trying to take away our Fear — forces with salt and pepper hair and way more Emmys than they need. They want to replace our Fear with reason. But never forget — “Reason” is just one letter away from “Treason.” Coincidence? Reasonable people would say it is, but America can’t afford to take that chance.
So join The Rev. Sir Dr. Stephen T. Colbert, D.F.A. on October 30th for the “March to Keep Fear Alive”™ in Washington DC. Pack an overnight bag with five extra sets of underwear — you’re going to need them. Because, to Restore Truthiness we must always… Shh!!! What’s that sound?! I think there’s someone behind you! Run!
"I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!"
Who among us has not wanted to open their window and shout that at the top of their lungs?
Because we’re looking for those people. We’re looking for the people who think shouting is annoying, counterproductive, and terrible for your throat; who feel that the loudest voices shouldn’t be the only ones that get heard; and who believe that the only time it’s appropriate to draw a Hitler mustache on someone is when that person is actually Hitler. Or Charlie Chaplin in certain roles.
Are you one of those people? Excellent. Then we’d like you to join us in Washington, DC on October 30 — a date of no significance whatsoever — at the Daily Show’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Ours is a rally for the people who’ve been too busy to go to rallies, who actually have lives and families and jobs (or are looking for jobs) — not so much the Silent Majority as the Busy Majority. If we had to sum up the political view of our participants in a single sentence… we couldn’t. That’s sort of the point.
Think of our event as Woodstock, but with the nudity and drugs replaced by respectful disagreement; the Million Man March, only a lot smaller, and a bit less of a sausage fest; or the Gathering of the Juggalos, but instead of throwing our feces at Tila Tequila, we’ll be actively *not* throwing our feces at Tila Tequila. Join us in the shadow of the Washington Monument. And bring your indoor voice. Or don’t. If you’d rather stay home, go to work, or drive your kids to soccer practice… Actually, please come anyway. Ask the sitter if she can stay a few extra hours, just this once. We’ll make it worth your while.Name:E-mail:
“Undeterred by reality, conservatives claimed Rauf was “threatening” America when he made this entirely non-controversial statement of fact. [Rauf said that outspoken opposition to his project creates “danger from the radicals in the Muslim world to our national security.”]”—media matters