Overheard at 192 East Walton

192 – Cabaret (2020). Acrylic on wood. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Counter-clockwise, from bottom left:

“The game is this: I’m still Roy, and that makes you the dauphin…”

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“Roy is so dramatic when he’s dressed up. So tell me Sleepy darling, does that mean you are an underboss, or lieutenant, or something?”

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“My dear, as I am an anglophile, and an avid viewer of really old movies, I prefer leftenant, If you don’t mind…”

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Silently, to herself: “I look great tonight, and I should; I spent all my extra money on this get-up; so why am I flitting about, three inches above the floor here, all alone? I should be home, but…the music, the food, the beautiful people… sometimes I just love this place.”

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Silently, to himself: “This section is so busy, so why am I alone? I should go home but, the customers, the kitchen, my rent…sometimes I just hate this place.”

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“Yer crowding me Louie, whaddaya want?”

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“I know we’re supposed to make Roy go bye bye tonight, but wouldn’t you rather kick that until tomorrow and romance that lonely beauty instead? I happen to know that she’s short of rent money and youz are holding heavy this week; and I mean you can’t take your eyes off of her – am I wrong?”

Danny Grosso

Overheard at 192 East Walton

192 East Walton, Reception (2021). Acrylic on wood. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Left to Right:

“Right this way, folks!” Then, singing to herself: “Dance away the heartache, dance away the tears…”.

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“Oh, this is such a cozy place.”

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“You see all the art on the walls, Dad?”

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“Apparently there is some kinetic art as well.”

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“I mean, uglugk gluk gluk…”

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“Guffaw! Snort. Detour for the bar!”

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“Come my dear, your uncle and aunt are moving to table.”

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“…Aaaand then two of my customers were late, so I had to rush to get ready. I don’t know if I put enough pins in my updo. Charles likes my hair up but I don’t think it will last the night”

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Silently, to herself: “Like my relationship with this horse’s ass behind me.”

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Silently, to himself: “Now, If I can just make it through dinner without looking bored I can give her a peck and a cab and head over to see Neena at the club.”

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“C’mon baby, I’m hungr… Hey, whadja find?.”

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“Why, the most beautiful rosebud, of course….”

-Danny Grosso

Overheard at 192 East Walton

192 East Walton, Dining Room (2021). Acrylic on wood. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Left to Right:

“Bellow is so much more elegant…”

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“Perhaps, but Roth is so real, and vital; I don’t imagine anyone else can voice a character like he does.”

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“Boo. I’m from Chicago, I choose Bellow.”

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Silently, to himself: “Heathens! I’ll lay odds none of them has read Voltaire in the original French!”

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“Elegance? it’s Fitzgerald in a class by himself.”

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“Yes. I thought so, and then I read Waugh and was so moved I went out and bought a new wardrobe to match that ‘England between the wars’ vibe. Cost me a small fortune, so I started waiting tables after work…”

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“Oh, come on. If you must search for elegance on that tongue than read Oscar Wilde, there is no better. Otherwise head to the continent and pick up some Proust.”

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Silently, to himself, “Ugh, these people! I can’t wait to curl up with some low-brow fiction tonight.”

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“Pay no mind to how long the book is, DeLillo is worth the investment in time. Besides, you’ll be lost in the storytelling and won’t notice the hours flying by.”

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“Wallace was the same for me. I read the opus several times, even backwards and sideways and never found it tedious.”

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Silently, to himself: “Am I the only one in here that would rather watch a ballgame on T.V.?”

-Danny Grosso

Overheard at 192 East Walton

192 East Walton, Kitchen (2021). Acrylic on Board. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Left to right:

Silently, to herself: “Schnabel once used dishes like this back in the ’80s for those big paintings that helped make him famous…”.

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“Rothko is clearly, (or hazily, if you consider how the work presents) better – he started that movement when he passed from figurative urban vignettes to pure abstraction.”

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“But Frankenthaler refined it so. She dyed those canvases with a lighter touch, and expanded the palette in ways to create more movement and space. Those chunky blocks became passe’. Lets talk free form, lets talk freedom.”

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“I like flowers and Monet does them best, so he’s my guy.”

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Yeah, well how about Van Gogh’s irises? So punk!”

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“Pollack is great if you are listening to Jazz”.

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“No, no, no – Jazz is the soundtrack for Stuart Davis” work – much more symbiosis there than with Pollack.”

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“Hey, boss, can we plate this masterpiece I just cooked up?”

-Danny Grosso

Overheard at 192 East Walton

192 East Walton Bar, Right (2021). Acrylic on wood. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Left to right:

“Snorkie, Snorkie, Snorkie…what are you say…”

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“I’m tellin’ you Doc – ain’t no way she knows whose shoes those are!”

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Silently singing a Waterboys tune to herself: “I saw a rain dirty valley…you saw Brigadoon!”

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“Two Emerald Isle Cocktails, Marty.”

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Silently to himself: “Do I have any Midori?”

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“He’s looking?’

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“Not sure.”

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“He’s looking. Aaaaand in other news, this guy next to me is either going to propose or fall on me.”

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“I propose that I fall FOR you – how ’bout that, lady?”

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Ha! He really did that?”

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“Yeah, hit on his own wife, but he didn’t recognize her! She even asked him to say her name before she left in a huff. He was so drunk he couldn’t remember it. Meanwhile, he had another shot, and now he’s onto those supermodels next to us!”

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Dreaming of a fun place to hang out with interesting people: “Zzzzzz…”

-Danny Grosso

Overheard at 192 East Walton

192 East Walton Bar, Center (2021). Acrylic on wood. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Left to right:

“J.J.! Are you kidding me? You know I only drink top shelf at this joint!”

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“I’m telling you, this is the stuff! Boss man’s old football buddy bottles it just for us.”

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“J.J my boy, when you are done arguing with my sister here, would you set me up please?”

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“You know I adore you sweetie, but you’re starting to make me feel a little crowded…”

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Silently, to himself, “Uh oh…”

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“You think…”

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“Yes, she’s definitely ditching him.”

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“Poor guy.” Silently, to himself: “Am I gonna be her only boyfriend now?”

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“…aaaand then he drinks the champagne out of her shoe – right here at the bar- and hands the shoe back to her, and then he leaves! Just like that!”

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“Oh my god! Only our guy Smiley!” They broke the mold!”

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Silently, to himself: “This crowd is right out of some screwball artist’s wild imagination.”

Danny Grosso

Overheard at 192 East Walton

192 East Walton Bar, Left (2021). Acrylic on wood. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

From the left and down the line:

Silently, to himself: “Six o’clock and we’re already slammed here. Whatzit gonna be like at eight?”

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“Hey, slow down, big guy, you’re already doing the 2 am lean…”.

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“Shaddup I’m fine…I think.”

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“Are you kidding me with this guy’s face?!”

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“Really, buddy? I saw you walk in with the flower – you don’t have to ham it up any more than that.”

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“I came all the way from Zanzibar to give this bloom, and myself, to you.”

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“Ha! Zanzibar! He means the corner bar!”

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“One more martini, one more cuppa joy.”

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“Really, Arthur, won’t you marry me so you can move into my apartment and keep me sauced all day?”

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“Remember that Star Trek episode when the plants had feelings? You think the olives get drunk swimming in the booze?”

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“You are wise, my old friend. Yes, they may become pickled, but your concern is misplaced. You should be worried about yourself swimming in the booze.”

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-Danny Grosso

Overheard at 192 East Walton

192 East Walton, Green (2021) Acrylic on Canvas. Artwork and text Copyright Danny Grosso.

Counter-clockwise from bottom left:

“Well. that doesn’t seem plausible my dear, does it?”

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Silently, to herself: “Hmmm, she’s gonna pounce on him now, isn’t she…”

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“Are you kidding me? I think that silk bow is a little tight around your neck and it’s cutting off the oxygen to your already pickled brain. In fact, it’s not only plausible but evident that you and your ilk are unwilling to consider the importance of parties in the wake of our recent common circumstance! I think you should lighten up or dangle”

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“Hey Carlo, we’re over here!”

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“Who’s this old guy with the glasses?”

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“Forget about him. Who’s the guy in the leather?”

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“Best thing about this job is the girls – or maybe the jacket.”

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Silently, to himself: “Are those girls talking about me?”

-Danny Grosso

Overheard at 192 East Walton

192 East Walton Blue (2021) Acrylic on canvas. artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Counter-clockwise from bottom left:

“You know we’re gonna find out someday, right? I mean it’s all gonna come out.”

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Silently, to herself: “Not so sure about that – I was with’em and I’m not gonna tell.”

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Silently, to herself: “I bet she’s got a secret, and I’ll double-down that she’s not telling these two.”

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“Yea, well in this joint everybody knows everybody – no way anybody has the scoop and keeps the secret – youz can count on that.”

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Silently, to himself: “Perhaps the ascot was too much for these ruffians…”

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“I didn’t see anyth..”

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“Just so you know – Somebody Somebody say you were there and you saw. Just remember what I’ve been telling you your whole life – keep your mouth shut and don’t say anything to anybody about this thing.”

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Silently, to herself: “I think the ascot is too much for these ruffians…”

-Danny Grosso

Overheard at 192 East Walton

192 East Walton, middle panel (2021). Acrylic on board. Artwork and text copyright Danny Grosso.

Around we go…

“You know he’s looking at someone else right now. Look, he’s even waving to her.”

“It’s the camera, silly. He’s interested in the photo, not the photographer.”

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“I find the crowd here to be a tad droll. What say we go for a walk – there’s a moon out tonight and the view is spectacular from my terrace on the Inner Drive…”

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“Mr. Mister, the lady over there is asking if you would join her for a drink. She seems very discree… Hey! Put that camera down!”

“Don’t worry, Frankie, it’s fine. I’m shined up pretty tonight, that’s all. Whaddaya expect?”

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Silently, to her hopelessly conflicted self: “Don’t listen to him…don’t look at him…just don’t… “

“Say, pallie boy, we really need to get moving if we’re gonna meet that guy for that thing.”

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“I’ll just pose here for a bit – let him eat his heart out.”

“He’s at the other end of the table for a reason, sweetie – the place is full of his exes and he’s trying to save you from a drink in the face. Why don’t I bring you another cocktail and have the boys play your tune? Couple hours and this’ll all blow over.”

Singer (singing): …Aaand these feel…like someone else’s memories...

-Danny Grosso