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Robert Taplin: Everything Imagined is Real (After Dante)

Posted in Art, Dreams with tags , on September 6, 2019 by kozmicdogz

The Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art at the University of Richmond is currently showing the work of Robert Taplin.

Taplin is a self-taught sculpture who uses resin, wood, plaster, and lights for his work. At first I had thought his figures were 3D printed, but they are resin figures, representing his take on Dante’s Inferno and to me some scenes are reminiscent of Edward Hopper’s paintings.

The work in this show consist of diorama’s, large wooden bases, and boxes framing the art. One piece also brings to mind Duchamp’s famous peephole work, Etant donnes.

The show runs from August 22, 2019 to October 6, 2019.


Grace Street Seven

Posted in Art, Music with tags , , , , , , on May 8, 2019 by kozmicdogz


Last Thursday we spent a delightful evening at the VMFA listening to the Grace Street Seven. A seven piece band playing songs from the 1920s and 30s. Led by crooner Jay Brown, the band brought back memories and visions from the past.

They played 3 sets and opened with a ragtime song by Scott Joplin. Brown sang and alternately played banjo, slide kazoo, and tenor sax. The other members were: piano, drums, bass, trumpet, clarinet and an amazing alto sax player who occasionally would bring out his soprano sax. All great musicians.

What a wonderful surprise to find this band that appears to have been around for quite a while. I am glad we finally got a chance to travel with them to another era.

More photos from May 2nd.

Over the River!

Posted in Art with tags , , , on April 22, 2019 by kozmicdogz

Referring to over the James River here in Richmond, VA.

The spring event for makers to sell their wares sponsered by Perk Coffee shop in Bon Air Virginia.

See you there with Amy’s Accessories, April 28th from 10am to 3pm.

Indigenous Gourd Orchestra

Posted in Art, Music, Richmond with tags , , , on March 3, 2019 by kozmicdogz

The Indigenous Gourd Orchestra plays for a benefit to raise money to eradicate invasive species from the James River Park System.

March 1, 2019 – Westower Station on Forest Hill Avenue in Southside Richmond.

For more photos go HERE!

Icepick to the Moon

Posted in Art, Film, Music on October 4, 2018 by kozmicdogz

Friday September 28th director Skizz Cyzyk brought his film “Icepick to the Moon” to Richmond, VA. The film, investigates the mysterious Reverend Fred Lane and his relationship to the Raudelunas arts collective in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

The film showing was at Sound of Music in Scott’s edition. Before the film the ragtag improve group, Waiting for Ladonna played. This onetime musical group featured: Paul Watson (electric guitar & his secret effects) , Danny Finney (ripped paper & water falls), Fred McGann, Rebby Sharp (on the phone, fiddle, and keyboard), Pippin Barnett (percussion & record player), Tom Campagnoli (sticks & soprano sax), and LaDonna Smith (violin).

The film played to a full house and afterwards, more music with LaDonna, George Lowe and others.

For more information on this film and Skizz: Fred Lane

Starting reading a new book…

Posted in Art, Writers & Writing with tags , on January 29, 2018 by kozmicdogz

I knew I was in trouble when “glowering” was on page 8.

Putting the X back in Xmas!

Posted in Art, Film, Richmond with tags , , , on December 21, 2017 by kozmicdogz

John Waters took the stage of the 1928 Byrd Theatre shortly after 8pm and did not stop talking and pacing for almost two hours. Waters shared his love and hate relationship with Christmas, christmas presents, mangers, film, music, and our modern society. Waters said he was tired of gays coming out and he was going to come in again. He discussed some new projects and his disdain for old boring people and how hard it was to be an outlaw these days.

Waters performed to a packed audience of adoring fans. The December 20, 2017 was the 17th stop for Waters on his 18 stop Christmas tour. Waters also performed at the Byrd Theatre in 2015.

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