Taking the curvex
According to the Gruen Marketing Corporation, the Gruen Curvex was "the watch of the Thirties," curved to fit the wrist and a favorite of "veteran pilots, sea captains and explorers all over the world." Now it's back in the form of an 18-kt.-rose-gold-plated case fitted with a modern quartz movement. There's also a separate sweep second hand and a classic and classy leather strap. The Curvex costs $195 and can be ordered from S. A. Peck, 55 East Washington, Chicago 60602. Or call 800-235-3000 if you can't wait.
In the spirit of glasnost, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab in Petaluma, California, has joined hands with Moscow's first jazz club, the Bluebird, to produce CDs and cassettes that showcase live performances of established and rising Soviet jazz artists. The recordings, which will be on the Art & Electronics label, will be available in early 1990. Featured will be such Muscovite biggies as Aziza Mustafa-Zade. Look for them, comrade.
29 Sails in the sunset
Originally built in 1931 for E. F. Hutton, the Sea Cloud is the largest oceangoing private sailing yacht that ever shoved off for exotic shores. Now the ship has been restored to its original elegance, and the four-masted Sea Cloud is ready to sail this coming February tenth to 17th out of Antigua for six offbeat Caribbean ports of call: Saba, St. Martin, St. Bart's, Nevis, Montserrat and Guadeloupe. Salén Lindblad Cruising, 133 East 55th Street, New York 10022, is offering the cruise for $3100 to $5600, including round-trip airfare from Miami to Antigua. Anchors aweigh, my boys!
Get the lead out
Tired of people telling you that your ideas "go over like a lead balloon"? Don't get mad, get even. Youtopia Enterprises, 2464 El Camino Real, Suite 435, Santa Clara, California 95051, has created a lead-balloon sculpture (it's actually made of wood that has been carefully sprayed with a glossy gray paint) that has a flat side so it can rest comfortably on Mr. Negative's desk. The balloon, five inches in diameter, sells for $149.95, postpaid, including a personalized certificate that's worthy of framing--if you can get yourself in a positive frame of mind to have it done.
King of the Hill
Daredevil Europeans have been taking to the slopes in luges for years. Now the sport has slid to the States in the form of open-slope luging that's done on safe, soft snow instead of an ice chute. Avalanche Luge, Inc., P.O. Box 53, Lake Placid, New York 12946, manufactures a steerable wooden sled with free-floating stabilizer bars, a bridge suspension and bowed runners. It can be ridden in either a sitting or a reclining position. Best of all, you can steer, stop and even maneuver through a slalom course like a seasoned sledder. Prices are $129 (for sledders under 4'6"), $139 (for those 4'6" to 5'8") and $149 (for anyone over 5'8"), all including postage. It's all downhill from here, gang. Move over; we're doing 50!
Something to kick up your heels over
As you know, the Rockettes are still kicking up their lovely heels--as they've done for more than 50 years on the stage of Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan. But now 83 vintage, oversized (72" x 54") original poster paintings by artist George Telo have been discovered, and if you've ever wanted to own a piece of Rockettes memorabilia (we'd go for a piece of the Rockettes any day), here's your chance to do so. Prices range from $3000 to $5000 and each poster is one of a kind. (Rainbow's End, pictured here, is $4800.) For more information, contact Bernice Jackson, Fine Arts Consultant, P.O. Box 1188, Concord, Massachusetts 01742. Calm down, guys; she isn't a former Rockette.
Now that you've checked out Sex in Cinema in this issue, you'll want to order The Bare Facts Video Guide 1989, a 91-page softcover that tells "where to find your favorite actresses and actors nude on video tape." It even includes info on corresponding magazine features, such as this Jayne Mansfield photo that originally appeared in Playboy. All for $10, postpaid, from The Bare Facts, P.O. Box 3255, Santa Clara, California 95055-3255.
Lightning strikes again
First there was Eye of the Storm, the plasma sculpture that snaps, crackles and pops with electronic excitement. Now comes White Lightning, a phenomenon created by artist Larry Albright that captures the effect of lightning within a manmade environment. It responds to touch and can even be fine-tuned to create a rain of electrons striking the glass. Rabbit Systems, Inc., of Santa Monica is marketing White Lightning for about $200. Let the lightning light show begin!
Ride her, cowboy
We don't know if American artist Gordon Snidow paints what he feels, but if he has been fooling around with the model who posed for the cowgirl posters pictured here, he's buckin' for a busted jaw. The three posters--I Don't Do Windows, I Don't Do Coffee Either and Some Things Just Never Change--measure about 17" x 24" and sell for $37 each ($75 for all three) sent to Desert Hawk, P.O. Drawer 1328, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504. Saddle up! Let's ride.