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Dinner with Thor last night at La Lucha, a Mexican wrestling-themed restaurant on Avenue A. The movie being shown (without sound) was Santo contra Blue Demon en la Atlántida (1970), which includes several scenes modeled (cheaply) shot-for-shot on scenes from the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice, as well as stock footage from some Japanese films including Monster Zero, and a supporting actor who looked eerily like Dennis Hopper.

A young boy dining with his mother was allowed to try on one of the wrestling masks they have for sale, and decided that his ring name would be Snow Leopard (Leoparde Nieve).

All the menu selections were named after Mexican wrestlers. I had the Mil Mascaras (3 tacos).
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Quick getaway this week to the far north. Jeff was a Katz's virgin, so he and I had dinner here after seeing Exit through the Gift Shop at Landmark Sunshine Cinema.
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"…the Durham, NC-based theater
can be seen from space."


-- from a review of Blackbird in the Triangle Theater Review,
a free weekly e-mail theatrical newsletter


 

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I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.
 –– Wallace Stevens

Current show at Manbites.


Design: Rebekah Miel, QuickBrownFox Studio

Stamp Act

Jun. 9th, 2010 11:29 pm
tycho_anomaly: 1950s green plastic brontosaurus poking its head in from stage left (Alfalfa)




Yes.


That's right.



It's Kate Hepburn with Rogers and Hart.


 
Crossposted from The Upstager



Fan Mail

May. 19th, 2010 09:41 am
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Our Associate Artistic Director Jay led a guided tour of Manbites Dog last week for a kindergarten class from the school across the street.

It was a big hit.

Mad Men

May. 13th, 2010 09:55 pm
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Time Suck of the week! 

Duke University Libraries has an online archive with thousands of vintage teevee ads produced by ad agency Benton & Bowles in the 1950's-1980's. The search function is retarded and the iTunes interface is a bit clunky, but prepare to waste a lot of time scratching your childhood nostalgia itch. (I got 8 of 10 correct on the Ad Knowledge quiz!)

Here are suggestive screen grabs from three of the ads. Can you identify the products? (Yes, one of them is G.I. Joe, but can you identify the specific brand of G.I. Joe? And no, it's not Castro Street Clone Joe…)

Wicked

May. 3rd, 2010 10:46 pm
tycho_anomaly: 1950s green plastic brontosaurus poking its head in from stage left (Alfalfa)







Wicked
is in town, and so is Doug/[livejournal.com profile] soundbear69 .
tycho_anomaly: 1950s green plastic brontosaurus poking its head in from stage left (Alfalfa)
 





McDonald's drive through, Durham NC. iPhone shot.
tycho_anomaly: 1950s green plastic brontosaurus poking its head in from stage left (Pogo)









From Kanomi-san, my new favorite online comics site:

USA newspaper comics for Japanese audience to learn English and American cultures. It's fine stuff for you online brought to you by great Tokyo Sun newspaper company, a division of the Pikajuna Pachinko and Cigarette Vending Machine Company

So far, in addition to Nature Punchman, GO!, it has featured Pruggers, and Sinister Overalls Boy. I'm really, really looking forward to Why They Not Married? Apartment and Oni-Man in Purple Wetsuit.
tycho_anomaly: 1950s green plastic brontosaurus poking its head in from stage left (Monoculous)









Envy Clothing, Durham NC, March 2010, iPhone photo

To Marilyn

Apr. 4th, 2010 09:49 pm
tycho_anomaly: 1950s green plastic brontosaurus poking its head in from stage left (Monoculous)
 






Jeff in New York, July 2009, Sony Cybershot
tycho_anomaly: 1950s green plastic brontosaurus poking its head in from stage left (Take Tht)





Wicked was supposed to be a dream show for the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), but it may be turning into a nightmare for the producers.

Scheduled for an unprecedented 4-week Durham run, April 21 – May 16, the touring production of this acclaimed and popular Tony Award-winning musical was to be the high point of DPAC’s current Broadway Musical Season. But now producers, citing "unprofessional behavior", may be firing some cast members — and replacing them with performers from within the Durham community…

Read the full details in today's Upstager.
tycho_anomaly: 1950s green plastic brontosaurus poking its head in from stage left (Take Tht)







Not for the faint-hearted: a blast from the proto-internet past:


When men were men, and could hit a spittoon from ten feet away.

(From Shorpy, the 100-year-old photo blog.)
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Jeff is going to be teaching in New York from May 30 to July 5, and is looking for a sublet, preferably downtown and near subway. Any suggestions or leads would be much appreciated.
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A V A T A R



 


Create your own Oscar campaign trade-paper ad by posting an (in)appropriate image in the comments.

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Video by Nick Karner


Whodunit?

The world's greatest detectives are on the case… and they're looking for your help!

The promo video above is for the upcoming Great Human Race (if you watch closely -- and quickly -- you can spot me playing the unfortunate Professor Plum.) 

The Great Human Race is an annual event here in Durham, organized to allow local non-profit groups to raise some money. This year's Race is Saturday March 27. More about The Great Human Race

Once again, I'm "participating"* to benefit my theater company, Manbites Dog and our Great Human Race partner, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. Together we're known as Team PigDog, and we are unstoppable. We raise money by participating* in the race and getting folks to sponsor us. Anybody want to sponsor me?

Last year, thanks to support from friends including several LJers, I raised over $500; and the total raised by ALL participants for Manbites and Little Green Pig was over $10,000. We'd love to beat that this year. Like many arts organizations, Manbites Dog does great work with abysmally low funding, so you can be sure every dollar donated truly goes a long way.

There are two ways you can make a tax-deductible sponsorship donation:

-- Go to my personal Great Human Race donation page, and make a secure online donation with a credit card.
-- Mail a check to me. (if you need my mailing address, email me at tycho_anomaly@livejournal.com). Checks should be made out to "Volunteer Center/Great Human Race". I need to have it (or know it's on the way) NO LATER than Saturday March 20.

Here's information about Manbites Dog at the Great Human Race, including links (at the bottom) to photos from several different years. (You'll have to click around to find a snap of yours truly.)

Thanks for your support!

(* "Participate" = me being there representing. I will NOT be doing the 5k fun walk, and running in the 5k race is right out.)

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