Monday, February 27, 2012

Chicago, Day 1 - Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks

After the San Jose Sharks were routed in Columbus 6 to 3, it was time to leave the Buckeye State for the Windy City, before ultimately heading northwest to the Twin Cities. One of my two major activities in Chicago was a Chicago Bulls game. Here are the photos:

I boarded the Megabus in Columbus, OH, and headed west towards Indianapolis. This is still Ohio... not very inspiring.

With all due respect to David Letterman, Indiana might be my least favorite state of all (the only four I haven't been to yet are Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and Iowa, so I feel like I'm fairly qualified to make a sweeping judgment).

Yawn...

I will have to say that Indianapolis is a beacon of urban hope in an otherwise gloomy pastoral state. Too bad I wasn't able to walk around and see the sights.

After just under 7 hours, the bus arrived in Chicago, one of my favorite cities in the world. I made a last minute decision to get a ticket for the Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks game, and got in a cab headed for the United Center (seen here with the Sears / Willis Tower in the background).

Moo...

The Chicago Blackhawks also play here, so needless to say I had been inside before.

Warm-ups (Bulls at top of photo).

My actual view was better than this, although this was taken from my seat (row 3 of the upper deck).

Michael Jordan may have had something to do with the Bulls' two three-peats.

Benny the Bull fires up the crowd.

Center Joakim Noah was about to have a special night (his first career triple double).

Chicago native Derrick Rose was the starting point guard (see, I'm learning something about basketball!).

And the game begins.

If you look closely you'll see Ronnie Brewer leaping for the basket.

Joakim Noah makes his free throw attempt.

Small forward Luol Deng was playing through a bit of pain, considering he opted to delay surgery on the torn ligament in his left wrist.

Derrick Rose's free throw attempt.

Halftime, with the Bulls leading = Cirque du Soleil's "Duo Design" wowed the crowd with their skills.

I can do that but I don't wanna.

After the halftime, the teams switched baskets (I know you find it amusing that I'm noting this, but keep in mind this was my second NBA game ever).

There was an 18 point spread to start the fourth quarter.

Music during the commercial break.

A nice night for Deng (#9)....

Brian Scalabrene entered the game in the fourth quarter.

The Bulls fans shouted for Scalabrine throughout the fourth quarter.

The Bucks may have been push overs, but I'd do horribly playing street ball against those guys, for what that's worth.

Final = Bulls, 110; Bucks 91 (and everyone wins fast food).

The Bulls' six champion trophies were in the concourse.

Outside, the statue of Stan Mikita impressively bears his likeness.

As does that of Brett Hull's daddy ;-)

Post-game (non-) antics could be had at the Map Room, a famous bar / pub / tavern in the northwest of the city. I knew they had 3 Floyds' brew, so I tried three different kinds. Verdict = Three Frogs IPA in Columbus > Three Floyds beer from Indiana. Oh well.

Coming up next - The Art Institute of Chicago. Stay tuned.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Columbus, OH - Part 3 (Columbus Museum of Art)

My big activity before the Sharks - Blue Jackets game on Tuesday was going to the Columbus Museum of Art. Here are some of my favorite pieces of art.

A humble exterior belies a wealth of art inside.

"Church Square, Montmagny" (1908) by Maurice Utrillo

"The Breakfast" (1885) by Edgar Degas

"The Assassination" (1890) by James Ensor... not for the faint of heart, although a favorite of the female owner who bequeathed it to the museum.

"Cathedral" (1920), Lyonel Feininger's only known painting to use circles as a geometric design.

Pleasantly presented artwork.

"The Anointing of David by Samuel" (1842) by Francois-Leon Benouville

The galleries were set amidst magnificent hallways like this.

"Jane Reed and Dora Hunt" (1941) by Clarence Holbrook Carter (the women are picking up lumps of coal dropped by the train).

"Come to Supper" (1939) by Dale Nichols

A detail of the same

"Lunch" (1964) by George Tooker... a commentary on social communion between ethnicities.
Va va voom! = "Hudson Bay Fur Company" (1932) by Reginald Marsh

"Jefferson Market Courthouse" (1935) by Francis Hyman Criss

Some of the 35 glass boats of Lino Tagliapietra's "Endeavor" (1998-2003)

"Red Coats (Fold Out)" (1973) by Larry Rivers

"Raphael and the Baker's Daughter" (1840) by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

"Morning After the Wedding (The Chambermaids)" (1957) by Norman Rockwell

"Lover's Dream" (1935) by Federico Castellon

"Man Is Man (The Confused Process of Becoming)" (1946) by Emerson C. Burkhart (a painting of his fellow Columbus, OH painter Roman Johnson)

Um, tumbleweeds...

"Earth: Vertumnus and Pomona" (1749) by Francois Boucher

One such gallery of the museum.

"Christ Triumphant Over Sin and Death" (1615-20) by Peter Paul Rubens and studio

"The Mediterranean (Cap d'Antibes)" (1888) by Claude Monet

"Portrait of a Young Woman" (1898) by Mary Cassatt

"Houses at the Foot of a Cliff (Saint-Valery-sur-Somme)" (1895-98) by Edgar Degas, one of his rare and secret landscapes.

"Boy with Cattle" (1906) by Pablo Picasso

"Schokko with Red Hat" (1909) by Alexej Jawlensky

"The Swimmer" (1924) by Yasuo Kuniyoshi

"Weda Cook" (1891) by Thomas Eakins

"Carmela Bertagna" (1880) by John Singer Sargent

Coming up next = my second NBA game, in America's second city