Campbeltown Picture House

Campbeltown Picture House celebrated its 100th birthday on May 26th, with a gala performance of The Great Gatsby, a pipe band, and fireworks over the harbour. See my prequel to the event – I didn’t blog about it at the time. Here’s a BBC news report to make amends, filmed some time after.

Wee Picture House

Campbeltown’s art deco Picture House is celebrating its centenary this year. There’s to be a gala celebration on the 26th, with a screening of The Great Gatsby, a pipe band, and fireworks over the harbour. Which reminds me, I need to get a ticket.

There are cars parked in front every time I try to photograph the building. Very frustrating. So this morning I went out early and caught the car-free worm. And very tasty it was, too.

An earlier photo, with car, but better reflections.

The Weeping Chandelier

Weeping Woman - Picasso (1937)

A collaboration between two of my favourite bands and one of my favourite writers and artists.

The Kronos Quartet are passionate advocates of the sort of modern music that many people find difficult because it’s so different from classical music. I think it’s exhilarating and exciting – takes me places no other music can reach. Here they are  taking Purple Haze to places it’s never been before either.

The Tiger Lillies are a brilliantly evil, yet sometimes surprisingly tender, punk cabaret band. Like the crew member assigned to an Away mission in classic Star Trek, if you’re in their song then you’re doomed to a horrible death. Here they are in a reflective mood.

And finally to Edward Gorey, whose surreal stories and illustrations have a transportative effect similar to the bands above. The Weeping Chandelier, set to music.

Shoehorn

Live from the 2007 Moisture Festival in Seattle, a showcase for comedy, variety, and burlesque acts. The aptly named Shoehorn plays saxophone and tap dances at the same time. I have fond memories of the Moisture Festival, a wonderful, wacky event that reaches parts other festivals can’t even find with both hands. Watch out for more acts over the next few weeks.

TED Talks: Simon Stone on what theatre is capable of

A weekly post featuring talks by innovative thinkers, sponsored by TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design). This is what the internet was made for – to allow challenging ideas to escape from their academic ghettoes and hang out in a place where they can talk to each other.

Simon Stone, Australian theatre director, does something quite ambitious here. He attempts to show what theatre is all about by demonstrating what it’s capable of, using one basic scenario played out in different lights, social contexts, background music, and with a varying number of actors on a bare stage. And all in less than ten minutes. A fascinating exercise in the craft of theatre.

TED Talks: Richard Gill on the value of music education

A weekly post featuring talks by innovative thinkers, sponsored by TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design). This is what the internet was made for – to allow challenging ideas to escape from their academic ghettoes and hang out in a place where they can talk to each other.

This talk by Richard Gill, an Australian conductor, is one of series of TEDX talks on the arts at a day-long conference in Sydney. He argues passionately for the proposition that music opens up a child’s mind to creativity, and is worth teaching for its own sake. Gill is an engaging and funny speaker, using the audience as guinea pigs, and getting them to make music in the same way as he teaches children.