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Theater, Art, Flash Gordon, Funky Music and MORE!
NEW --Launching NOW! Outre Space Cinema -- Featuring: 1930's Rocketry, Spitfires of the Spaceways and Cellulose to Celluloid, Flash Gordon in the Saturday Matinees and Sunday Comics.
Many thanks to Jim Keefe (Visit his Website) -- the LAST Flash Gordon illustrator of the 20th Century, and Flash's FIRST illustrator of the 21st, for including my efforts on his Flash Gordon Resources Page -- along with actual creators like Alex Raymond, Al Williamson, and others!
Charity Alert: Play the FreeRice Game -- improve your vocabulary, and donate food to the United Nations. Check into Terra Sigilata blog -- donate $$$ to cancer patients just by clicking onto the site. Keep that Resolution to click on The Hunger Site every day. BTW -- AIDtoCHILDREN.com is a bit simpler than FreeRice Game.
In The Community: The Hockaday Museum of Art is getting ready for new shows. We will likely change Crown of the Continent a little, and continue Ace of Diamonds. The Charles Russell Museum is handling the art run -- 1/2 day of travel for them, 3 days for me in this awful weather.
Media Watch: Stars themselves do not a movie make. I saw two examples from opposite sides of the Atlantic recently.
1) Don't Stop Dreaming, including Bollywood professionals Suniel Shetty and Rishi Kapoor, perhaps helping his relative Aditya Kapoor, who directed that terrible mess and shot it around Birmingham, England. (I kind of wish Birmingham would have shot back.)
2) The Aviator, starring Cate Blanchett, one of the best actors in the world, supporting Leo DiCaprio. The movie outlined some elements of the early career of wealthy recluse Howard Hughes, before mental illness dominated his life. Blanchett played Katherine Hepburn, yet another great movie actor and character in her own right. Director Martin Scorsese mixed firm dates with vague timeframes, and real people with composite characters. The film was far from a mess, but lost its focus, and unnecessarily repeated points which had been made earlier.
Both movies had too-abrupt endings which were very unsatisfying, except that Dreaming could have been MUCH shorter. In fact it would have been better if it wasn't made at all.
Concert Watch: George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars in Los Angeles January 2, 2009
With an unscheduled appearence by Sly Stone
(Thanks to P-FunkJazz)
Really just a so-so show, but it's LA so it's a fun homecoming. The band was up to let it hang but the sound system blew. (AS in blew OUT -- the concert was performed without monitor speakers, according to Ritchie "Shakin" Nagan.) This was the Club Nokia debut so let's blame it on the house.
The setlist wasn't all that interesting. Lots of adlibbing and vamping. George was magnificent on "Nig#g*erish". Pretty much the same ol bunch of songs. We had a ball sangin' aloud "I Got a Thang". Sly waltzed in all wrapped up incognito. He rapped a poem in tribute to George. Them two fools hugged and mugged. Sly tried to sang "If You want Me to Stay' then some humdrum makeshift mutterings and the band revs up for "Thank you". Sly came back in and got into the grrove but faded soon afterwards. Show was supposed to end at 12:30 AM, but George ran thangs up to 1:45 AM. Curfew violations in LA will wipe out your profit.
No sign of Blackbyrd (I didn't expect it) and a lot of the LA maggots were not to be found. Then again, I was nowhere around on the last two LA/OC shows. Mike was in good cheer, but cut his solo on "Bop Gun" with the first blow-out. Rouse was tearing thangs up including his guitar strings. That also a different song. Kim was on rollerskates for "Red Hot Momma". Kendra did "Bounce" and Shonda did "Somethin' Stank". I was on the opposite side with Mike and didn't get my usual pics of the funkdivas. George mentioned the "Gangstas" disc, but didn't play anything off it.
I did a "street-cop" off Danny's bag o' funk for the 2 disc SLEAZIEST OF THE GREAZE and his Teresa Jiminez GET STEREO disc. Vendor table was loaded down with shirts, CDs and DVDs. Lige had a new disc and they had the Shauna Hall DVD. I used my last $10 to cop the live Kendra DVD. Didn't see "Gangstas" on the table.
It was Lakers home game night and parking gets ramped up to $20. I wasn't paying that and hiked in from 6 blocks out. Draft beers were $6 and bottles were $8. That breaks my bank so I hope they don't come back to this venue again...Oh. Sheila E came out twice to invite us down to conga room for after party.
Actors as clones from Scorsese's Aviator -- 1st Row: Kate Hepburn, next to Cate Blanchett's portrayal of Hepburn; 2nd Row: Kate Beckinsale playing Ava Gardner instead of a vampire, followed by Ava Gardner; 3rd Row: Jean Harlow, alongside singer Gwen Stephani, playing Jean Harlow.