Wednesday, June 17, 2009

It is Summer all right -- I'm complaining that we need more rain!

Sitemeter Sez: Someone from The Netherlands, searching for Josie Biereye; Madrid, Spain; Rollins, Montana (looking at Carol Buchanan's live-blog); Columbia Falls, Montana; Webster, New York; Singapore; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Grand Junction, Colorado; Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Oakland, California; Orange Beach, Alabama; Milwaukee, Wisconsin (One of the Cheney/Mills family); Portland, Oregon; Houston, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Chesterfield, Massachusetts; Slough, UK (between London and Heathrow Airport), and Warm Springs, Montana.

MORE New Mime Troupe History at: Theater X-Net

Starring: Ida Rubinstein Belle Epoch Russian/Parisian beauty.
Ida's Places in Paris -- from my first jet-lagged day by the Seine.
Read more about Ida in Sisters of Salome by Toni Bentley

Visit: Michael's Montana Web Archive
Theater, Art, Flash Gordon, Funky Music and MORE!
MORE UPDATES! Outre Space Cinema -- Featuring: 1930's Rocketry, Spitfires of the Spaceways and especially Cellulose to Celluloid, Even more Flash Gordon comparisons from 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 -- is a bit simpler than FreeRice Game.

In The Community: The Plein-Aire Paint-Off is up at the Hockaday Museum of Art, fresh off the artists' brushes. Dan Fagre and Lisa McKeon's show is on the first level -- about the vanishing glaciers of Glacier National Park, it is a true labor of love by scientists from the USGS. Here's another website comparing glacier photos from the early 20th Century and recent decades.
The Hockaday Museum of Art's Face Book Site (There's a link to the conventional website there.)

The other week, I ran sound for Carol Buchanan's public discussion of her historical novel God's Thunderbolt -- The Vigilantes of Montana at the community college. Here's the link to a live-blog of the event.

Media Watch: A videotape made from a film shot by the Royal Ballet in 1959 -- featuring Margot Fonteyn at the height of her powers, just before she started dancing with Rudolph Nureyev. The director was Paul Czinner, and it is pretty well filmed -- Gawd only knows how many takes they had to repeat for all those medium, long, and closeup shots. Michael Somes is Fonteyn's co-star, but the men's choreography was pretty dull in the first two pieces -- Swan Lake Act III, and fragments of The Firebird. (By the way, it is Igor Stravinsky's birthday today.) I liked the third section best -- quite a large segment of Ondine by Hans Werner Henz. There were more parts for men, and the guys all danced, rather than just postured and held the lovely ballerinas. The production was rather old-fashioned, even for the late 50's. The costuming tended to favor heavy fabrics, and the scenery was somewhat confining and overwrought. Fashions in both Modern Dance and Ballet would favor more lightness and sensuality onstage, even when this film was first released. Nureyev's career would soon literally take off, and male ballet dancers would leap at the chance to follow him into the air. Quick, strong, and charismatic Margot Fonteyn was by far the most inspiring aspect of the entire picture, and instead of retiring at the end of the decade, as was her plan, she became an even greater star.

What are the neighbors up to, lately?

I snapped this shot of a Whitetail Deer while walking near Woodland Drive last Monday evening about sunset.