January 25th, 2006

Odilon Redon - Egg

I thought it was Arthur C. Clarke who said...

“The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it’s stranger than we can imagine.” However, a Google search turned up an interview in Wired in which Clarke says that’s his paraphrase of a statement by J.B.S. Haldane, so that’s my new bit of trivia for the day.

The reason I bring up this quote is something I saw this past Saturday during one of the weekly live shows by Brian and Leon Dewan, AKA Dewanatron, at the Pierogi gallery in Williamburg, which is hosting an exhibit of Melody Gins built by the pair through the end of January. The latest performance involved the duo and a backing band, including Joe “Losers Lounge” McGinty, David Scher, and Brian’s friend John (not one of the Johns for any TMBG fans reading this; another John) playing along to various strange old films provided by Mark Newgarden. Now, when I say “strange,” I mean strange. In particular, there was the black-and-white clip that opened the second set: a girl skipped and danced on a rooftop, wearing a light-colored, long-sleeved top, a dark skirt, stockings, and shoes, and a headband from which hung a mirror that hid her face, with what appeared to be a chicken dangling from one hand. She kept this up for about three minutes, and somebody filmed the whole thing.

Also, who was the target audience for “How Not to Undress”?

All I’m going to say about the color film documenting Lone Star beer billboards in the Austin area is that in time the zooms onto variations of the same slogans, over and over and over again (I grew particularly fond of the “Pure Artesian Water” and what Brian dubbed the crucified fish motif), combined with John’s slide trombone rendition of “How Dry I Am,” became the funniest thing ever.
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