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Champlain Mountain

Champlain Mountain

I used to perceive webloggers as introverted, awkward geeks who never leave the house. After starting Good Grief!, however, I found the opposite to be true and met a lot of interesting, like-minded people, got Blankbabied (i.e., got a job lead based on this site), and met the guy I’m currently dating.

The job story is here, and the guy story is below. After this post, I’m done with the super personal stuff and Good Grief! will return to stupid art posts and doll suicides and Max Raabe.

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Rodin and stuff

Philadelphia's Rodin Museum

These dog days of summer are drawing to a close, and life is slowly returning to the normal routine of “doing stuff” instead of “packing stuff” and “unpacking stuff” and “having nervous breakdowns and stuff.”

Last weekend I finally got to the Rodin Museum for the weekly 1 PM Sunday tour. Though Rodin had many influences, it was the city of Philadelphia that inspired some of his greatest works. For example, the piece pictured here, often erroneously attributed to an incident in Calais, is a study of SEPTA commuters waiting for the bus.

Other exciting upcoming stuff on the calendar:

  • Of Montreal is playing on Friday, August 26th at the First Unitarian Church. I don’t know anything about this band except for some mp3s.
  • The Philadelphia Fringe Festival (or the Live Arts Festival or whatever they call it now) begins on September 2nd. If anyone has a good tip on what to see, I’d be most appreciative.
  • 1812 Productions, my favorite Philadelphia theatre company, has good deals on 2005-2006 season tickets: three Tuesday shows for $30. 1812 is also hosting pay-what-you-can dress rehearsals that benefit ActionAIDS.
  • Accordion!
  • Barbara Ehrenreich is speaking at the Philadelphia Free Library’s main branch on October 5th.
  • Ike Reilly will be at the Khyber on October 9th!


Men Without Hats

‘Cause your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance
Well they’re no friends of mine

It is time to put these outdated prejudices behind us. We must strive to embrace all of humanity–even those people who do not dance. It is not our place to judge, and we cannot truly understand those who do not dance until we have not danced a mile in their shoes.

Fishtown Crime Scene

So what does it mean when you arrive home on a dark and stormy night to find an apparent doll suicide in your back yard? The properties to the left and right are currently vacant, so this poor, plastic creature obviously jumped from the second story of the house behind me.

doll crime scene
beheaded doll
UPDATE: Dan has provided an updated photo of the crime scene:

doll crime scene
UPDATE II: Sassy J’s analysis of the doll incident (as found in the comments):

Here we have a feminist commentary that women are idealized either for their bodies or their faces–but not both in one person–thus, dehumanizing them into erotic objects that do not take a full-person into account (air-brushing, body doubles, etc. feed into this). In this case, this heroine chic/anorexic model has been marked up, used, and carelessly discarded, with tens of thousands of other plastic models available to take her place.

Although we do not know the gender of the perpetrator of this art–in either case, male or female, hetero, metro, or gay/lesbian/transgendered the body has been rejected instead of cherished. Is this the case of a brother mutilating his sister’s beloved possession? Is this reflective of same-gender loathing on the part of a child? Or is there a progressive artist living in the house sending a message to you, Becky–do not become overly thin–or you could end up like this? Or perhaps it is a shout-out to toy creators to come up with realistic images of women.

Max Raabe is coming to Philly!

Max Raabe and Palast Orchester
Sherri W reminds us that the one and only Max Raabe will be performing at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center on Thursday, December 1st.  It is a dream come true!

Though we all fell in love with Max Raabe’s big band renditions of Oops, I Did it Again and Sex Bomb, I suspect that December’s show will not feature the pop cover songs. But nevermind. The straight-up stylings of Palast Orchester are reason enough to mark your calendar.

Tickets are in the $30-$40 range (which does not include the Kimmel Center’s outrageous surcharge) and are on sale now.

Fishtown Street Movies and Miscellaneous Short Animations

On Friday night, the Scribe Video Center’s Street Movies! program came to Fishtown. Films included Shouts from the Crowd, a documentary about local jazz band Nate Wiley and the Crowd Pleasers, From the Del to the El, a story about the evolution of Fishtown, and Still Life With Animated Dogs.

The hit of the evening was Y Did Yoda Figt Count Duku, an animated Star Wars movie by Sean McBride and his 5-year-old cousin. Watch it, or I will cut you in half like a sandwich!

All of this is a sad reminder of the short films I saw at the 2005 Philadelphia Film Festival and never wrote about. So in lieu of actually writing, here are links to some of the animated goodness–only four months late.

  • My favorite was Arthur De PinsLa Revolution des Crabes. It’s about crabs who mistakenly believe that they are doomed to traverse a single path.
  • Sergey Aniskov ‘s Candy Venery.
  • April by Jiwook Kim, a pencil animation featuring an “ugly” girl whose looks cause those around her to vomit. See it in QuickTime.
  • J.J. Villard’s Chestnuts Icelolly, a strange movie about an ice-lolly loving boy and the evil villain who forces him to sell chestnuts. Somehow, the use of Crimson and Clover on the soundtrack really works. See it in QuickTime.

Those last two pieces are hosted by California Institute of the Arts; its film school has many more streams available for your viewing pleasure.