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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 has two new shows -- Seldom Seen, from the Permanent Collection, and First Nations Artists -- Contemporary / Traditional. We still have Crown of the Continent, and Ace of Diamonds. I also delivered the first version of my Bull Head Lodge video.
Media Watch: Doctor Atomic on the Metropolitan Opera today -- an opera in two LONG acts with labored music by John Adams and English uh, lyrics by the often-innovative Peter Sellars, who based the unpoetic text on original sources. I was working mostly, and might have tuned it out anyway, but it sounded like well-intentioned kitsch to my ears. Another opera this season, Appomattox, was better for mixing history and music together, but I didn't like it much either. I love modern classical music, except I have yet to hear a modern classical opera that compares with good Stockhausen, Varese, or even Cage, unless you call Phillip Glass' choral works operas, or try to tell me that Les Miserables is classical music.
Looking ahead, we're going to hear I Love Crazy Lucy again (AKA Lucia di Lammermoor), and four Wagner Ring operas (Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung) We can all sing "kill the wabbit" and swear in German!
Let's add THREE Andrews Sisters, singing Bei Mir Bist Du Schöne
We have NINE to match Die Walküren now!
A Bollywood Soap Opera Flick -- Om Jai Jagadish, starring Anil Kapoor, Fardeen Khan, and Abhishek Bachchan as three brothers whose first names were the name of the film. Amar Akbar Anthony it wasn't, though! Urmila Matondkar co-starred as Jai's somewhat-petulant wife, and several more beautiful actresses as well, including Mama-ji, played by Waheeda Rehman, who was making Indian movies when I was a child. I can't fault the acting, but the plot generally stank. I will also mention that young Abhishek Bachchan danced very well in the production numbers.
Anil Kapoor plays a game show host in the award-winning Slumdog Millionaire, circling the globe right now -- a character who resembles Abhishek's father on certain levels.
Uh Oh -- Signs of the Times !?!
(Support this group when and where you can!)
Yesterday's unexpected closing of the Zipper Factory Theater, the scheduled home of Bindlestiff Family Cirkus' 14th Annual Winter Cabaret Season, has placed this years season in a flux.
The Bindlestiff's season was to open this Sunday with an amazing international line-up. But the theatric tragedy may force New York to miss a month of Bindlestiff's unique mix of circus, sideshow, vaudeville, burlesque and cabaret. We are currently seeking an alternative venue. Stay tuned.
You can read more concerning the Zipper's closing at
MadFest Juggling Extravaganza features Bindlestiffs Madfest Juggling Convention, Madison, WI
The 47th Annual Madfest takes place on January (15), 16, 17, 18 and 19. The
Juggling Extravaganza stage show on Saturday January 17 at 7:00 PM in the Wisconsin Union Theater, featuries special guest The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus in New Brunswick, NJ February 16,
Cross Roads Theater, 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ
Fun for the whole family. Show times are 10 am and 12 pm. Tickets are only $5. A Bindlestiff lead circus skill worksop is at 2:30 pm.
Juggling & Circus Arts Classes in Upstate NY.
Circus is a great art form which combines physical discipline and fitness with mental agility and creativity. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus co-founder Stephanie Monseu is offering circus skill workshops (for youth aged 8 and up) in two locations:
Rhinebeck Dance Centre in Red Hook, New York
Morris Memorial in Chatham, New York
Students will be introduced to three-object juggling with balls, scarves, rings, and clubs, and will learn solo and partner juggling patterns. They'll also explore manipulative miscellanea like diabolos, balancing feathers, plate spinning and poi; and work on stilts, rolla bolla, low tightwire, and rolling globe.
FREE INTRODUCTORY CLASS! SUNDAY JANUARY 25, 2009
at Rhinebeck Dance Centre. Ages 8-12 from 2pm to 3pm • Ages 13-up from 3pm to 4pm
For Registration Information, call: 518-828-7470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Webisodes On-line
We hope you are enjoying the intimate "on the road with the Bindlestiffs" experience.
Episodes 1-7 are available on-line: