VegOut Loves JR’s Chronicles & Kehinde Wiley at the Brooklyn Museum!


This is art of our time. It is also completely timeless. I think Sister Wendy would agree (use your internet machine if you don’t know who she is). Our globe has never been more polarized across continents and countries than it is now. JR is bringing the world back together one portrait at a time. These portraits are then synthesized into massive portraits depicting a moment(um) for here and now.
We’re taking this in on the free First Saturday event at the museum. So it’s free!
Here is what the Brooklyn Museum has to say: “Over the past two decades, JR has expanded the meaning of public art through his ambitious projects that give visibility and agency to a broad spectrum of people around the world. Showcasing murals, photographs, videos, films, dioramas, and archival materials, JR: Chronicles is the first major exhibition in North America of works by the French-born artist. Working at the intersections of photography, social engagement, and street art, JR collaborates with communities by taking individual portraits, reproducing them at a monumental scale, and wheat pasting them—sometimes illegally—in nearby public spaces.

This soaring multimedia installation traces JR’s career from his early documentation of graffiti artists as a teenager in Paris to his large-scale architectural interventions in cities worldwide to his more recent digitally collaged murals that create collective portraits of diverse publics. The centerpiece of the exhibition is The Chronicles of New York City, a new epic mural of more than one thousand New Yorkers that is accompanied by audio recordings of each person’s story. All of the projects on view honor the voices of everyday people and demonstrate JR’s ongoing commitment to community, collaboration, and civic discourse.”

We’ll also take in the two portrait comparison of Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley. The museum has this to say: “Kehinde Wiley’s triumphant Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps (2005), a hallmark of our collection, comes face to face with the nineteenth-century painting on which it is based: Jacques-Louis David’s Bonaparte Crossing the Alps (1800–1). The unprecedented pairing of these two magisterial portraits, in the exhibition Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley, also marks the first time David’s original version of Bonaparte Crossing the Alps is on view in New York.

Seen together, the works by David and Wiley reveal how race, masculinity, power, and representation layer onto portraiture and shape the writing of history. Both paintings cast their protagonists—be it the French general Napoleon Bonaparte or an unnamed man in everyday streetwear—within a heroic tradition of equestrian portraiture. However, each artist defines an icon that reflects the unique political, historical, social, and artistic conditions of their day and age.”

Our plan: 5:30-7:30p – take in the exhibits.

Then walk to Screamers Pizzeria for inspired vegan pizza. We should be there by 7:45 or 8:00pm depending upon our stay at the museum.

Accessibility: Both the Brooklyn Museum and Screamers Pizzeria are accessible. The nearest accessible station is Prospect Park (B/Q/S). Atlantic Avenue/Barclays Ctr would be second best. (B/Q/2/3/4/5/LIRR).

More about the exhibits can be found here:
and here:


VegOut Loves Dr. Neal Barnard & PCRM!


I’ve heard Dr. Neal Barnard speak at the Animal Rights Conference as well as Vegetarian Summerfest. He’s awesome! He has a new book out titled Your Body in Balance: The New Science of Food, Hormones, and Health. The book also has recipes by the Happy Herbivore, Lindsay Nixon who I had the pleasure of having breakfast with at Summerfest. She’s awesome too!

Guests will hear from Dr. Barnard about the surprising effects that foods have on our hormones and health. Tickets are free.

Link for tickets:
Space is limited so reserve your spot now.

Check out more on Dr. Barnard and PCRM here:
The Happy Herbivore here:
Seventh Day Adventist community here:

I hope to see you there!

Alvin Baltrop at The Bronx Museum of Art


We’re spending an afternoon examining New York City in the 1970s through the eyes of two photographers – Alvin Baltrop and Henry Chalfant.
Alvin Baltrop was a singular artist who was compelled to take photographs. He is most known for documenting the sexcapades that took place inside and around the crumbling piers on the west side of Manhattan. Those piers are now gone but live on in Baltrop’s work. The photos clearly speak for themselves.
Here is what The Bronx Museum has to say: “A quiet man who supported himself doing odd jobs such as street vendor, jewelry designer, photography printer, and cab driver, Bronx native Alvin Baltrop left an important body of work after his untimely death in 2004 that only now is garnering the serious attention it deserves. Like the startling images of Peter Moore, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Hujar, and Gordon Matta-Clark, the photographs of Alvin Baltrop memorialize New York City at a breaking-point moment amid ruin and chaos.
As such, they constitute an important document, remarkable both for its social import as well as for its groundbreaking visual dare. Rarely shown during his lifetime, Baltrop’s images return us to that conflicted era when the city was on the brink of a financial crisis; they convey the raw energy that characterized some of the city’s most impassioned grassroots campaigns for survival. Focusing on the derelict warehouses sited alongside Manhattan’s West Side piers, Baltrop’s images are an extensive documentation of the underground gay culture that flourished along the Hudson River, in an isolated section alongside the collapse of a segment of the West Side Elevated Highway in 1973. A few blocks southwest of Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, the area also became a center for drug smuggling and prostitution. Baltrop’s images captured leisurely sunbathing, cruising, sexual acts, and crime scenes. With a sensibility to architecture, Baltrop portrayed his subjects with a heightened sense of drama, instilling his scenes with humanity. While the interest in Baltrop’s work often focuses on the libidinous atmosphere he captured, it’s important to situate that moment as pivotal in the LGBTQ community in its struggle for inclusion and civil rights.
The exhibition features over 200 photographs drawn from the Bronx Museum’s permanent collection and from private collections. In addition, the artist’s personal archive, housed at the Bronx Museum, will be shown to the public for the first time.”
Also on display is an exhibit from Style Wars filmmaker: HENRY CHALFANT: ART VS. TRANSIT,[masked]. We’ll stroll through this one.
Our plan: We’ll meet inside the main entrance at 2:00pm. We’ll take in the exhibits.
Food: If we’re thus inclined, we can head down to Harlem/UWSide for supper.
More on The Bronx Museum of Art:
The museum is always free!

LGBTQI Meditation & Talk at New York Insight


Insight meditation is a way to develop wisdom and compassion. Let’s get together for an evening of meditation with instruction led by a NY Insight Practice Leader followed by a talk from the author of Enlightenment by Trial and Error, Jay Michaelson. We can go for tea afterwards for a conversation if your schedule allows.

Meditation is a wonderful tool to keep us grounded and sane in our fast-paced world.

Here is the event description from NY Insight – Insight OUT Refuge: LGBTQI Sangha & Allies

From the (Internalized) Closets to the (Intersectional) Streets

with Jay Michaelson

This Insight Out LGBTQI Sangha evening sit is open to all.

Queer theorist Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick argued that “coming out” is not a one-time event, but takes place every day in countless interactions. Drawing on insights from his new book Enlightenment by Trial and Error, longtime insight, jhana, and mindfulness teacher Jay Michaelson will talk about how this phenomenon manifests in life and meditation, and how we can work with the insights of the closet to build bonds of solidarity with other targeted groups.

The meditation sit will be led by NYI Practice Leader Katherine Marx from 6:30-7:15pm, followed by a talk and Q&A given by Jay Michaelson at 7:15pm. The new book will be available for purchase.

Fee by donation: Suggested starting donation is $15 but whatever you offer is greatly appreciated and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Jay Michaelson works both as a featured columnist for the Daily Beast and a meditation teacher in Buddhist and Jewish traditions. Jay is on the board of directors of the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and has taught at BCBS, Harvard Divinity School, Omega, and numerous retreat centers around the country.

His six books include The Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path and Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism & the Next Generation of Enlightenment. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University, and was a professional LGBTQ activist for ten years.

Jajaja Mexicana!


Jajaja Mexicana is “a patchwork of culture, community, and comida threading plant-based eaters to the Mexican palate.
Jajaja is where south of the border flavor meets Lower East Side flair to create global experiences rooted in local heritage. They feature a playfully curated Tequila and Mezcal program, Mexican beers on tap, fresh pressed juices, and plant-based street food with options for both comfort and health.”
Check out the menu:

Screening of A Prayer for Compassion!


Every spiritual path has a core tenet – The Golden Rule. Veganism inherently holds this value. If you experience cognitive dissonance with whatever path you observe by eating animals and their products of lactation (dairy/cheese) and menses (bird eggs) then this documentary is for you! (Let’s not forget all the finned fish and other aquatic beings.)
What better way to truly live your values by leaving suffering and violence off your plate and out of your body.
A Prayer for Compassion is a feature length documentary by Thomas Wade Jackson that strives to inspire and encourage those already on a religious/spiritual path, to expand their circle of compassion to embrace all life, regardless of species, and make choices in alignment with this value. Victoria Moran, Producer, will be at the event to do a Q & A.
Our Plan:
Meet at 1:15pm just inside the door of All Souls church. I’ll post what I’m wearing the evening before so that you can easily recognize me.
After the Q& A we can grab a bite or a meal at a local vegan or vegan option-friendly restaurant.

More on the film here:
More on Victoria here:

Field Trip to Harmony Hammond


“At 75, the trailblazing artist, feminist and author of “Lesbian Art in America” finally gets a museum survey, and it shines.” – NYTimes

Harmony Hammond’s first retrospective is off the beaten path but this is a pilgrimage worthy bucket list art show if there ever was one.


– Out gay artist when few were.
– Exhibited and curated not long after Stonewall.
– Organized the first local exhibition devoted entirely to art by gay women, and called it what it was: “A Lesbian Show.”
– Co-founded the feminist Heresies Collective and coedited a lesbian-themed issue of its journal.
– Published “Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History,” the first and still only comprehensive survey book on the subject.
– In her own sculpture and painting, she bucked the trend that equated political art with figurative work, and invented her own modes of queer abstraction.
– In 1972, became a founding member of the all-women A.I.R. Gallery, which is still going strong.
(extracted from Holland Cotter’s review)

“Tons of abstract art has been churned out in the past five decades, yet not much new has happened. Galleries and museums are filled with walk-on-by works that, whatever their ingenuities, are basically just variations on old models, wall-filling exercises in easy, comfortable beauty. Ms. Hammond’s art has beauty too, but of a prickly, irritant kind: it’s burlap — sometimes sandpaper — as opposed to silk. No surprise that, in a market-driven art world resistant to what can’t be classified and resentful of work that refuses to ingratiate, the spotlight has been a long time coming her way. At the Aldrich, it shines.” – Holland Cotter

Our Plan:

Meet at 12:45pm in front of Margaret Thatcher Projects, 539 West 23rdStreet. We take the shuttle bus from the Chelsea art district directly to the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield CT.
Bus arrives at The Aldrich at 3 pm
Bus departs The Aldrich at 5 pm
Bus arrives in Chelsea around 7 pm

If we’d like to continue the conversation post trip we can choose a local nearby vegan option to do so.

Shuttle ticket –

Purchase your ticket no later than Thursday (9/5) for our 9/8 trip.
Shuttle: $40
Museum admission: $12

Bring lunch for the bus trip if you don’t eat prior to boarding. A good choice with vegan options two blocks from departure point at 8th/23rd is: Two blocks further east just down from 6th ave you have Taim, By Chloe and Cava.


Labor Day Get Together in LIC’s Gorgeous Parks!

Hunters Point Park South, Phase 2We’re mixing city and state on Labor Day when we’ll seamlessly move between Gantry Plaza State Park and NYC’s Hunter’s Point South Park and it’s new annex.
This is the exact opposite of our Forest Park outing. Forest Park is acres and acres of native forest. These two parks are Designed to a D (yes, cap D). They’re also far more than what they represent aesthetically. These parks are engineered with rising waters in mind. They’re huge sponges and filled with drainage perfectly placed to get the water out. Amazing, no?
In the words of the U.S. Department of Labor: “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” When will our government think of Shop Til You Drop Day? – a salute to America’s great pastime – shopping! Oh, that’s Black Friday. 🙂
Our Plan:
We’ll meet at at the clock in Court Square. See photo below.
Bring a picnic lunch. There is a location of FoodCellar in Court Square with plenty of veg options for takeaway if you’d rather go that route.
We’ll make our way down to the waterfront and find a spot to enjoy our lunch. We’ll then explore the East River coastline right up to the Newtown Creek which divides Queens from Brooklyn.

Court Square is not accessible at this time due to elevator modifications to take flooding into account. The nearest elevator stop which isn’t far away is Queens Plaza on the E, M, R routes. Everything else is entirely accessible. There are wheelchair bathrooms throughout our route.

More about the parks can be found here:
and here:


Hope to see you in LIC on Labor Day!

VegOut & Radical Love!


Is anyone else exhausted by the notion of World Pride? Over 4,000,000 visitors are expected for this month of celebration. That’s a whole lot of people!
True to our boutique spirit, we’re keeping things, well, boutique. We’re taking time to visit an underpublicized boutique-size exhibit that isn’t even mentioned in the official world pride guide.
Radical Love is the second exhibit in a trilogy at the Ford Foundation Gallery. The newly opened gallery space at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice is dedicated to presenting multidisciplinary art, performance, and public programming by artists committed to exploring issues of justice and injustice.
Excerpts from their press release: “Love, in the context of this exhibition, is defined by a commitment to the spiritual growth and interconnectedness of the individual, their community, and stewardship of the planet. Guided by the powerful words of bell hooks, “Were we all seeing more images of loving human interaction, it would undoubtedly have a positive impact on our lives.” The works in Radical Love are grounded in ideas of devotion, abundance, and beauty; here, otherness and marginality is celebrated, adorned, and revered. Employing everything in their arsenal, they create enchanting works that transform disabled, black, brown, indigenous, and queer subjects into protagonists of new narratives of love and redemption. Throughout the exhibition, artists demonstrate that when the world deems your existence unworthy, casting yourself as a subject is an act of radical love. Understanding the regenerative impact of this love, their work is an antidote to our collective pain.”
The Ford Foundation is one of the most glamorous buildings in all of NYC. If you haven’t seen it, you simply must!

Our Plan:
3pm – Meet and view the exhibit. One of the pieces is a sound installation within the Ford Foundation gardens. There is also a sensory garden to experience.
4pm – We head one block east to Le Botaniste for a vegan bite to eat and an opportunity to discuss the exhibit and whatever else comes to mind.


Hiking Blue/Orange and Yellow Trails in Forest Park!


Spring has sprung! What better way than to observe a native forest coming into green.

The Forest Park Trust describes the Oak Forest where our trails are located thusly: “The most continuous oak forest in Queens can be found in Forest Park. Protected as a “Forever Wild” area, it features 150 year old oak and tulip trees and is home to songbirds, small mammals, pheasants, hawks and owls. No bicycles, baby carriages or unleashed dogs are allowed in this area of the park. Three marked hiking trails help you traverse the undulating topography and explore this 165-acre forest.”

We’ll do a combination of the orange and blue trail and then the yellow trail in its entirety. The hike will be approximately three miles total.

The terrain is a native forest. It is hilly so we’ll do gentle ascents and descents as we make our way through the woods.

Our Plan:
We’ll gather at the Station Square side of the Long Island Railroad east bound track. (see photo)

You can take the LIRR from Penn Station to Forest Hills which is the first stop (16 minutes from Penn). Make sure to purchase a City Ticket for $4.50. Or you can take the E/F express trains to Forest Hills and then walk over to Station Square about 2.5 blocks as you’ll walk under the LIRR tracks to our meeting place.

If you take the LIRR details are here:
Approx Travel Time : 16 minutes
Take the BABYLON bound LIRR Train departing at 1:21 PM
Get off at FOREST HILLS STATION at 1:37 PM
City Ticket Fare : $4.50

We’ll depart Station Square at 2:00pm for our walk over to the Park. This allows a cushion of time for those traveling by subway.

After our hike through Forest Park we’ll return to Forest Hills for an optional early supper at Bareburger on Austin Street which has several vegan options.

More on Forest Park is here:

MTA TripPlanner is here:

Bareburger vegan options answered here: