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My Favorite Street in Ljubljana – LJ Pic of the Day

One of them anyway. It’s definitely on the short list.

Today’s pic of the day from the Slovenian capital is this snap of Gradišče, a small dead-end street located just behind the Slovene National Theatre-Drama Ljubljana. It’s in the heart of the city center, but very quiet, with little traffic. It’s the way the architecture comes alive that I find most appealing. There are stories, a breathing history of the city, layered in each of those exposed exteriors, slightly cracked windowsills and patchy facades, witnessed by the three wreath-bearing cherubs, their heads so admiringly shielded from the elements and the birds.

Speaking of drama and favorites – marginally related is today’s WordPress Daily Prompt, asking us to respond to the same ten questions James Lipton always poses to his guests on his show Inside the Actors Studio, most of them sharing variations on the theme of favorite. I’ve got 15 minutes to get my next film screenings today, so no time to dawdle or reflect:

What is your favorite word?
Fluent.

What is your least favorite word?
Blob.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Passion.

What turns you off?
Racism, greed and self-absorption.

What is your favorite curse word?
Pizda. (That’s Slovenian.)

What sound or noise do you love?
A violin, for one.

What sound or noise do you hate?
A sorrowful cry.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
An artist, as in painter.

What profession would you not like to do?
Public toilet cleaner. To them, my utmost respect.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Thanks for trying your best to make the world suck less.

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Fight Your Idols – LJ Pic of the Day

That’s the name of this piece by Slovenian artist Matej Jarc, currently on display as part of the 4th Independent Biennial, or Bienale neodvisnih, whose mission is to promote independent Slovenian illustration. At the second floor Kamera gallery space at the Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture through November 21.

I’m delighted that Basquiat managed to make an appearance in the Ljubljana Daily Pic project which is now chugging along at 13 straight. If you’re a Basquiat fan, check out this post from fall 2010 on the exhibit ‘Street and Studio: From Basquiat to Séripop’, at Vienna’s Kunsthalle where works by Basquiat formed the show’s backbone.

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Still Life With Tony Curtis and Whipped Cream – LJ Pic du Jour

Today’s Ljubljana’s daily pic is this still life snapped last night at Kino Komuna, or the Komuna Theater, just before the screening of the German indie film, Lose Your Head. Trust me, Humphrey Bogart and Tony Curtis look very Slovenian here.

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge asked for a picture of a habit. Stepping up to the bar to enjoy a coffee or glass of wine prior to a movie has been routine for years. This week, during my Ljubljana International Film Fest screening marathon and blogfest, it’s a somewhat over the top one. You gotta do what you gotta do. Four days down, eight to go!

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Caligula in Ljubljana – LJ Pic of the Day

Today’s pic of the day –the tenth (!) straight in the project’s latest run– is quite likely the goriest poster you’ll find in the Slovenian capital these days: this one announcing the Slovenian National Theater’s upcoming production of Albert Camus’ Caligula.

The ketchup-covered ruler? Noted Slovenian actor Marko Mandić. Poster design by Danijela Grgič.

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Audrey Hepburn in Ljubljana – LJ Pic of the Day

 

Cool spelling of the names, no?

This ninth straight Ljubljana Pic of the Day is a display at Kinodvor, one of the city’s ‘art house’ theaters, which this year is celebrating its 90th anniversary. It’s also one of the host venues for the Ljubljana International Film Festival, which today was on day two. I attended three screeenings today; reviews tomorrow, as promised. I promise. :)

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Faces of the BRICS – LJ Pics du Jour

That’s the name of an exhibit now on display at Ljubljana’s City Hall through –tomorrow, 6 November. My apologies for the short notice, but I only came across it today.

BRICS is the acronym coined more than a decade ago for the planet’s rising economic powers –Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Actually, it was BRIC until 2010 when South Africa was included in the association. Together they represent almost three billion people.

The photos were nice to look at but I was a bit disappointed by the title, which suggested portraits. On this rainy early afternoon, I was in the mood for portraits.

The rest of the selection, plus a couple of shots to give you an idea of what one of the atria in Ljubljana’s 15th Century City Hall likes like, below.

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Near Krizanke, Ljubljana

LJ Pic of the Day – Križanke After Dark

It was rainy today – I didn’t get out until after dark, just before the skies opened to unleash the heaviest rains of the day. Drenched to the bone in minutes. But I still stood with umbrella in one hand and camera in the other to extend the present Ljubljana Pic of the Day streak to five. You’re welcome.

This is a small street that runs next to the Križanke Outdoor Theater, a former monastery-turned-entertainment venue, in the city center. And directly behind me is the biggest puddle on the busy westbound lane of Zoisova Street.

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