Monday, March 26, 2007

The Golden Compass - first TRAILER

And I'm looking forward to this, 'cause you can't beat warrior polar bears.


Day Watch

I'm looking forward to this. The author's commentary on the Night Watch DVD were excellent in pointing out the differences between his novels and this movie series.


Monday, March 19, 2007

Omnicircus Redux

There was a time, 1981 to be exact, when I found myself drifting in Chicago. I had recently arrived from Texas where I had been playing synths in various projects and I had just finished performing and playing in a musical version of Shakespeare's The Tempest. (Don't ask - the last line of The Reader review said, "Stay away in droves.")

Charlie and his Moog Prodigy for hire

I was looking for my next wild-haired art thing and, boy, did I find it. I was drinking (surprise) at The Gingerman, next to Metro, and saw a homemade flyer on the wall asking for a synthesizer player for a movie soundtrack. I ripped the tag off the flyer and called and thereby entered the exotic sphere of Frank Garvey.

Painting by Frank Garvey

Why am I telling you this? Frank and his expanded Omnicircus clan of misfits will have an installation of robots, paintings and performing at Acme Art Works on Wednesday, March 21 at 8PM. I haven't seen it yet, but it strikes me as a similar vibe to Survival Research Lab only inside and with less blood, fire and gasoline. All art, revolutionary manifestos, robots, dirty words, flung paint played at 11. I'm looking forward to it.

Check out Lilia Ahner's Flickr set for one of Survival Research Lab's shows. Trust me, if you can't go to an SRL show, at least take a peek at what you missed.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Alex Wald and Dave Dorman Are Up To Something

Denise Dorman, Alex Wald, Linda Reinhold, and Dave Dorman at Wizard World Chicago 2006

Both Alex Wald and Dave Dorman have been working hard. There is an excellent overview of some of the things Alex is up to, including an upcoming toy exhibition at Rotofugi, over at Omni Monster (Kaiju Utopia).

Photo © 2006 Mark Nagata. All rights reserved.

And Mr. Dorman was just featured in an article on working fathers in USA Today, along with his son, Jack. Some great photos accompanied the article, including one of Dave hard at work in his studio with Jack.

Dave and Smilin' Jack

Photo By Brian D. Kersey for USA TODAY

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Friday, March 02, 2007

That Face

50 years later...