Archive for July, 2012

William Wegman Show in Maine

Posted in Art with tags , on July 29, 2012 by kozmicdogz

William Wegman, 68 famous for photos of his Weimaraners, has a new show. Through October 21 you can see “William Wegman: Hello Nature” at the Bowdoin College of Art in Brunswick, ME. Here is an article from the NYTimes by Carlo Kino.


Destination Loversville!

Posted in Music with tags on July 27, 2012 by kozmicdogz

It has been a hot summer.

The storms have been strong and dangerous.

Well don’t expect anything to change when you take the Greyhound to Loversville, Sunday, July 29th.

It’s guaranteed to be hot with a 90% chance of country.

See you at the Commercial Tap House & Grill at 8pm. It is on Robinson Street.

German Sprinkler

Posted in Writers & Writing with tags on July 22, 2012 by kozmicdogz

Yesterday while searching for some flashing for a small leak above the front door, I finally found the iron sprinkler I had been looking for for weeks. It was in the shed underneath rags and fish bowls. It is old, the green paint which has mostly worn off its body very well may have lead in it. This is the sprinkler from when we were kids. Like I said it is old.

I looked into the end where the hose goes to see if there was a washer. There was none of course, but upon closer inspection I saw a small German WWII soldier hiding in the chamber. It was then that I rememberd that the last time I used it (probably over 15 years ago) that water came out of only 3 of the 4 spouts, it must have been because of the soldier. I am not sure if he was piloting some kind of secret German weapon or hiding from the allied troops. But he was definitely stuck in there and may have been in there for decades!

I rescued the soldier with a pair of tweezers and with a new washer, I am sure I will have a wonderful sprinkler again. I informed the soldier that Germany lost the war but was now a great friend of the United States. He seemed to appreciate the news.

The last time I saw him he was in search of his old unit.

Yayoi Kusama @ The Whitney

Posted in Art with tags on July 17, 2012 by kozmicdogz

A retrospective exhibition of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is currently on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC from July 12th to September 30th.

I was unaware of the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama until I ran across this article about her retrospective show at the Whitney in the New York Times. Kusama spent a decade in the US in the 1960s and was associated with American artists, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and Joseph Cornell. She has had a life struggle with hallucinations that she says has inspired her work and at 83 she is still producing art in Japan. It is always nice to run into new artists.

From the Whitney site:

“Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde. After achieving fame through groundbreaking exhibitions and art “happenings,” she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists.”

Here is an interview with Kusama by Grady Turner from the Winter 1999 issue of “Bomb” magazine which is quite fascinating.

Film Blog ~ Money Into Light

Posted in Film with tags , , on July 15, 2012 by kozmicdogz

"The Last Movie" directed by Dennis Hopper
Last night while goggling Candy Clark (don’t ask), who starred in the 1976 film by Nicholas Noeg, “The Man Who Fell To Earth” with David Bowie, I ran into this cool film blog. Money Into Light, founded in 2011, is a blog with articles and interviews with filmmakers and actors in films that maybe weren’t in the main stream, some flops, some hits, lots of favorites, and interesting films, but all worth taking a second look.

Here is the interview from April 2012 with Candy Clark, and here is part one of an article on Dennis Hopper’s “The Last Movie.” Both by Paul Rowlands

From the Money Into Light Manifesto:

The site aims to celebrate films that could be described as extraordinary in some way. These films could also be described perhaps as brilliant, underrated, lost, rare, forgotten, misunderstood…but mostly essential. MIL will also focus on the filmmakers we believe to be important and worthy of appraisal or reappraisal.

Last Night I Had A Dream…

Posted in Writers & Writing with tags on July 14, 2012 by kozmicdogz

Last night I had a dream. Werewolves, large houses overlooking the James River, and wolves roaming the river banks. The story was all laid out for me from beginning to end all I had to do was wake up and write it. I went back to sleep. When I woke up I could not remember the beginning. I could not remember the end. But I did remember the wolves on the porch trying to get in…..

“Moonrise Kingdom”

Posted in Film on July 6, 2012 by kozmicdogz

Suzy and Sam consult their map!
Tuesday night we ventured out into the heat of the early evening to see Wes Anderson’s new film “Moonrise Kingdom.”

Do yourself a favor, suspend reality, and delve into the world of Sam Shakusky and Suzy Bishop who live on the imaginary island of New Penzance. Suzy has 3 younger brothers and her parents are Billy Murray and Frances McDormand. They live at Summer’s End. Sam is a Kahaki Scout  with Ed Norton leading Troop 55. Sam has no parents and no friends. put on you coonskin hat, put the canoe in the water and float around the island and have a wonderful adventure.

“Moonrise Kingdom” takes place in 1965, but it is not quite the 1965 that I remember. I would like to live on this island.

Beautiful musical motifs and music from the era, a lovely experience.

If you loved “Fantastic Mr.Fox” go see this film now. If not stay home and I don’t want to hear about it.

PS Look for a famous actor in an uncredited performance.

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