Archive for July, 2009

Buttercup in the Bottom!

Posted in Music with tags on July 30, 2009 by kozmicdogz

News Flash Just in From my favorite band, Buttercup:
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….Well, better late than … No time for witty euphemisms … A penny saved is a … Does a bear … I’m just a walkin’ the dog …

Thursday July 30th in the fresh open air with more trains going by then you can shake a stick at…
8:00 to 11:00 in the nite time, which, again and again and once again, is the right time
No Cover

BOTTOMS UP PIZZA
1700 Dock Street in lovely Shockoe Bottom
644-4400
Park anywhere
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It should be a lovely evening outside on the patio!
Sorry we will have to miss it. Tell me how it was.

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Grupo Fantasma Bowls!

Posted in Music with tags , on July 28, 2009 by kozmicdogz

This Wednesday, July 29th at the Plaza Bowl in beautiful Southside Virginia, the Latin big band from Austin, Texas Grupo Fantasma plays Richmond, VA. Grupo Fantasma played the National Folk Festival In October 2007 here in RVA.

Groupo Fantasma at the National Folk Festival - 2007

Groupo Fantasma at the National Folk Festival in Richmond, VA - 2007

Thanks to the neighborhood blog, Southside Richmond for the heads up.

Recently Seen…

Posted in Film with tags on July 23, 2009 by kozmicdogz

I know, I know….but, “Angels & Demons” was actually better then expected. I read both of Dan Brown’s books and liked “Angels & Demons” much better and same goes for the movie. I saw it at the Byrd this past Monday and for $2.00 you can’t beat it.

Two hours of mindless fantasy in a beautiful historic building.

Tom Hanks got a better hair stylist this time and all those scenes of Rome made my heart warm. Directed by Opie and aslo starring Ewan McGregor and the beautiful, Ayelet Zurer.

Where Has the Summer Gone?

Posted in Art, Photography, Richmond with tags , , on July 23, 2009 by kozmicdogz

On a recent trip to downtown Richmond VA with some co-workers we were treated to a tour of the new University of Richmond:Downtown offices, a short visit to the Poe exhibit at the Library of Virginia, and a great tour of the State Capitol.

The office of UR: Downtown was once the home of Franklin Federal Savings and Loan and is located at the corner of 7th and West Broad Street. In one of the meeting rooms an incredible plaster relief covers the wall. It was created from layers of colored plaster, then carved by the artist to create his images. The relief once stood just behind the tellers. I will post the artist’s name later. Pretty interesting.

Detail of the Relief.

Detail of the Relief.

Side view so you can see the layers of colored plaster.

Side view so you can see the layers of colored plaster.

At the Library of Virginia, there is an exhibit, Poe: Man, Myth, or Monster that is available free, for your viewing until December 5th of this year. Lots of cool Poe images from the Poe Museum are on display. Free parking in the underground deck at the LVA, or take the bus! Don’t miss out on the LVA’s amazing online digital collections, Virginia Memory series. I am particularly fond of the photograph collections.

Lastly we toured the Virginia State Capitol. We entered through the new underground entrance and enjoyed the tour by one of the Capitol historians. I had not been since accompanying my daughter on a school trip many years ago. And the lunch counter was good to.

George Washington

George Washington

Now if we could only get some sun for a few days in a row and get back to summer!

The National Gallery of Art

Posted in Art with tags , , , , on July 7, 2009 by kozmicdogz

Leo Villareal's moving and constantly changing lights!

Leo Villareal's moving and constantly changing lights!

This past weekend included a trip to the National Art Gallery on the Mall in Washington, DC.

Leo Villareal has installed approximately 41,000 LED lights programmed to form kinetic configurations in the tunnel between the East and West wing of the National Art Gallery. The lights will be blinking until November 2009. We saw lots of people taking movies with their new iphones.

We also saw some amazing armor from imperial Spain and a great show by the abstract artist Philip Guston. The Guston show is in the Tower and runs through October 18, 2009.

I also loved the piles of Virginia slate on the ground level of the west wing by Andy Goldsworthy.

We are so close to DC, we should go up more often!

A trip to the National Art Gallery is always inspiring and life affirming.

Edison’s Frankenstein – July 4th Special!

Posted in Film with tags , , on July 3, 2009 by kozmicdogz

EF1Once thought lost forever the 1910, “Edison’s Frankenstein” is now available on DVD.

Who knew there was a version of the story of creation and redemption by Mary Shelly before the much more famous 1931 version starring Boris Karloff as the monster and directed by James Whale?

Along with this 19 minute silent gem comes an exhaustive 200 page study by Frederick C. Wiebel, Jr. of the film and the story behind this historic and elusive film.

Wiebel who lives in Hagertown MD, is an artist, author, and Firesign Theatre expert.

His story is almost as interesting as the search for this lost film.

Charles Ogle as the Monster - 1910

Charles Ogle as the Monster - 1910

Recently Read…and seen.

Posted in Film, Writers & Writing on July 2, 2009 by kozmicdogz

A link to my post on the blog I share with my writing group about two books I have recently finished.

I have also recently seen Star Trek, the movie. It was our father’s day movie. Not a huge Star Trek fan, but this was great and will gladly see it again at the Byrd when it comes back for $2.00. The wikipedia entry is better then the official site which took a while to figure out.

Monsters vs. Aliens looks fun for the holiday weekend at the Byrd for the 7:15 show!

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