Vsyo budyet horosho

Hello hello and happy Friday!

I thought I’d end the week with an uplifting and decidedly weird blast from my past.

I am by training a Russianist, and in the course of my studies I became acquainted with the work of Verka Serduchka, Ukraine’s favorite drag queen (and Eurovision contestant!).

I give you now one of her biggest hits, “Vsyo budyet horosho” (Всё будет хорошо) – Russian for “Everything is going to be good.”

I did something I was supposed to do this week. I checked on someone, and it turns out they really needed it. If you’re thinking about reaching out to someone, please do it. You never know when you can save a life.


New music Monday

Hello hello and happy Monday!

I’m getting back to work after a week vacation, and I thought I’d share my new chill/relaxation track “Grey” to help us all get in the swing of a new week 😂.

Mostly over the course of my break from work I worked on queueing up new fiction posts on my personal website, schlomosteel.com. Head over today for my new story “Like Tar,” and subscribe to keep up with the approx. 20 stories I’ll be releasing over the rest of the year.

Happy Monday!

New music Wednesday


Hello hello and happy Wednesday!

There’s been quite a few additions to my playlist of original ‘chill’ music over on Soundcloud:

I like to pop it on at work to help me maintain. What helps you keep your chill? Let us know in the comments!

New music Friday!

Happy happy happy Friday!

This week I’m happy to share with you a playlist of some of the chill electronic music I’ve been making lately. If it strikes your fancy, maybe bookmark it so you can grab a quick meditative moment at work or on the go.

Hope you have an amazing day!


Free texts from the Guggenheim!

Hello hello and happy Friday!

To round out the week I thought I’d highlight this archive of free art texts available from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum:

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Including the works you can see in the above screen grab, plus works on Klimt and Schiele, the Aztec empire, Kandinsky, Munch, gender performance and so much more! I know I sound like a commercial, but I find this genuinely exciting!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Virtual Museum Visits!

To celebrate International Museum Day tomorrow (May 18), we’ve gathered up some of the awesome virtual museum tours that you can go on right now!

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The State Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage Museum, better known just as the Hermitage, is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. If you can’t make it to the famous Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia to see the world’s largest collection of paintings, click the pic above!

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The Smithsonian, it must be said, has an incredible virtual tour available! I’m probably going to go get all wrapped up in it after I finish writing this post!

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The Museum of the World is an online tour from The British Museum and Google that offers a timeline of artifacts from around the world, arranged by region and time. Click on any artifact, and you can find pictures, text, audio, geographic information, and links to related objects. Neat!

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You can even tour Georgia Aquarium – the world’s largest – right from your computer!

And of course we wouldn’t want to leave out the museum in the featured image above – the Louvre also offers virtual tours.

What are your favorite museum? Let us know in the comments!


Artistic landmarks

Happy Wednesday! This week, let’s take a look at some amazing public or collective artistic landmarks 🎨🎨

Malowana chata (Zalipie, Poland)

The town of Zalipie, Poland is covered all over with amazing hand-painted designs, with the town getting together to keep it up every spring.

The Heidelberg Project

The Heidelberg Project was started in Detroit by local artist Tyree Guyton, who transformed his neighborhood into a “living indoor/outdoor art gallery.” The project is currently transitioning to a new home in the city.

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The HOPE Outdoor Gallery in Austin, Texas was launched with the help of artist Shepard Fairey. “It is the only paint park of its kind in the USA and was developed to provide muralists, street artists, arts education classes and community groups the opportunity to display large scale art pieces driven by inspirational, positive & educational messaging.”

Are there are artistic landmarks where you live? Let us know in the comments!

The Friday Feelgood for March 17, 2017

Welcome to the Friday Feelgood. It’s Friday and we feel good! This week:


Artist Theaster Gates by photographed by Gabriella Demczuk for the New York Times.

The New York Times profiles artist Theaster Gates, his new show, “The Minor Arts” at the National Gallery, and the Chicago organization he founded to help transform vacant buildings into aesthetic, affordable living and cultural spaces.


Julián Faivovicha and Carlos Taboada

Researchers have discovered fluorescent frogs. That’s cool AND alliterative.







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Students at the new Dell Medical School at University of Texas at Austin are receiving training in nontraditional areas like mindfulness and observational skills. Above, students meet in the Blanton Museum of Art as part of a course on empathetic communication.

Essence reports this week that art historian Nana Oforiatta-Ayim is working on an encyclopedia of African art! The project has received funding from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and should yield a digital and maybe eventually physical compendium on African art both historic and modern.

And last but not least, PWR BTTM brings us their newest, Answer My Text…a feeling we’ve all had 😂 😂

What’s making you feel good this week? Let us know in the comments!