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Paper City Studios Announces Spring Open Studios and Installation Event! May 8, 9 and 10, 2009.
Paper City Studios’ “Pulp Science Fiction” spring event offers open studios with resident artists working in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, multimedia, performance and fashion design. Guest artists featured in our 5,000 square foot special exhibition space present gas masks for elephants, video by alien invaders and close encounters with spaghetti and marshmallows. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 8, 9 and 10 at 80 Race Street in the Holyoke canal district. Admission is free. Information at www.papercitystudios.wordpress.com
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Place: PAPER CITY STUDIOS
(MapQuest – 80 Race St, Holyoke, MA, 01040)
Dates and Times:
Fri, May 8 Opening night reception, open studios and installation exhibit – 6 to 9 p.m.
Sat, May 9 Open studios and installation exhibit – 12noon to 9p.m.
Sun, May 10 Open studios and installation exhibit – 12noon to 5p.m.
ARTISTS SHOWING AT PAPER CITY STUDIOS
Bernard Banville, sculpture/installation
Michal Barrett, sound
Neil Broome, collage, painting
Christopher Blair, video
Torsten Zenas Burns, installation , video projection
Karen Dolmanisth, sculpture/installation
Bruce Fowler, sculpture, video installation
Unique Fredrique, unknown artistic direction
Kari Gatzke, installation
Gary Hallgren, sculpture
Amy Johnquest, installation
Charles Jones, sculpture
Ruth Kristoff, sculpture/installation
George May, photography
Rebecca Migdal, multimedia
Mia Nacamulli, installation
Chris Nelson, sculpture/installation
Dean Nimmer, painting, drawing
Twyla Reardon, installation
Mo Ringey, sculpture
Kim Rosner, clothing design
Nancy Sachs, sculpture
Dan Warner, installation/video/sound
Christopher Willingham, painter /installation
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Bruce Fowler, brucefowlerart[at]yahoo.com
Dean Nimmer, deannimmer[at]gmail.com
In a way… click here. See for yourself.
“Do you believe in helping in my bizarre but hopefully entertaining quest to reunite the Kinks – and to capture it on film? Or do you simply want to get your name on the thank you section as the credits of a film scroll down the screen? Here’s your chance. We’ve been filming my quest for almost year. We’ve filmed Sting, Zooey Deschanel, Brian Wilson, Paul Weller, Robyn Hitchcock, among others. But we need about $5,000 to finish filming and editing in the next few weeks. Anything helps! $2, $5, anything. And for $200, you’ll be listed in the credits.
Here’s a clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mosQ3dp0pUY
You can paypal me at: email@example.com And thanks!”
UPDATE: In an effort to uncover the author of the Touts I have sent the following appeal: “Dear Geraldo Rivera, Can you please do an expose on the Lotus Totus, like you did with the ‘wrestling’ industry? That was awesome! Thanks, Mo”
What really happened to The Economy?
It just hit me today.
I think someone emailed the “Lotus ‘Touts” chain email to The Economy and it failed to forward it to all of its friends and then this “very unpleasant surprise” happened.
Maybe Bernie Madoff emailed the Lotus Touts to each of his clients and none of them forwarded it. If so, his actions are clearly justified as it was meant to be, per the negative magical power that is the Lotus Touts.
Astrologists the world over are trying to figure out why all horoscopes have suddenly turned dire.
The Lotus Touts must leave your hands in 6 MINUTES. Otherwise you will get a very unpleasant surprise.
It’s plausible. I mean, everyone – regardless of their faith, should believe in the true brilliance of the Lotus Totus/Touts, right? “This is true, even if you are not superstitious, agnostic, or otherwise faith impaired.”
That sentence confuses me, grammatically. Doesn’t the ‘not’ refer to everything that follows? So this would read, “This is true, even if you are not superstitious, not agnostic, or not otherwise faith impaired.” <–I like this version of that sentence not less, but many a lot more.
I failed to forward my Lotus Touts email and within hours I received a delinquent tax notice and one of my pirated software applications broke. <–True story. Who do I see about that? The sender (who, according to my logic, now owes me a paid, legitimate version of photoshop)? What risks do we take by forwarding this potentially dangerous bit of magic to our friends and family? Like, what if something REALLY awful happened? What if you found out that 10 minutes after receiving this email (and a subsequent investigation showed NO outgoing forwards of the Lotus Touts/Totus magical email on their computer) something really horrible had happened to your mother-in-law/neighbor/co-worker/partner? I think magical chain emails with potentially harmful consequences should be outlawed. Look what it did to The Economy.
AND HERE’S THE BEST PART-
According to breakthechain.org it was originally called Lotus Totus and apparently someone typoed it along the way. And now it keeps coming back and around as Lotus Touts.
That’s fucking hilarious! A chain letter with a typo in the very name of it, going around the world with said typo ten times. Brilliant.
For those of you who have not yet been blessed with this magical email I give you THE FULL BRILLIANCE THAT IS THE ORIGINAL LOTUS TOUTS EMAIL: (additional grammaticalities and typos below were included free of charge with the original email. I make more interesting typos, IMHO)
Lotus Touts means Good Luck which is a phrase use by the British!
The Lotus Touts must leave your hands in 6 MINUTES. Otherwise you will get a very unpleasant surprise. This is true, even if you are not superstitious, agnostic, or otherwise faith impaired.
HOPE IT BRINGS ALL OF YOU GOOD LUCK!!!! (but of course – the author has inserted 4 exclamation points!!!!)
(SNEAK PEEK: After the jump …”TWENTY. Smile when picking up the phone Anthony Robbins. The caller Anthony Robbins will hear it in your voice…”) Continue reading
Cardboard boxes and hints of forgotten things, these are often full of the most mysterious things.
Last week I moved a bunch of boxes out of storage and into my studio. The resulting chaos is a pile of cardboard boxes full of things I barely recall packing. As I go through them and try to somehow assimilate them into my very finite space, I am finding all manner of thoughts and artifacts.
“What Yuppies have discovered is nothing less than a new plane of consciousness, a state of Transcendental Acquisition, in which the perfection of their possessions enables them to rise above the messy turmoil of their emotional lives. They know that Beauty is Truth, and Truth is Beauty, which is why their most eloquent symbol is the Rolex watch, which has both.”
A lot of the boxes were packed back in 2002 when I moved out of my Hewitt Street apartment in Roslindale – just one of many an apartment in the Boston area – in preparation for a move of hilariously epic proportions for its Odyssian foolishness, and which, something like 18 states later, landed me here. I think a lot of these boxes were never unpacked at that apartment; the contents seem to hint at being packed when I was 17 and packed to move to my first apartment.
Among these things are journals with entries about getting on stage with a band at Sheehan’s and playing the maroccas (Evidently on October 12, 1985; wonder who the band was. I have no recollection of this, and likely had no recollection the very next morning), and articles and pictures scissored out of magazines, clothing, random framed pictures and adornments from past, decorated, apartments, and this intriguing issue of Newsweek Magazine from December 31 of 1984. Evidently 1984 was THE YEAR OF THE YUPPIE.
Isn’t it funny – the phenomenon that was the yuppies – that it merited a special Gary Trudeau illustration and the cover of Newsweek? Funnier even that people posed for the photographs inside as bona fide yuppies and proud of it, because apparently they didn’t know the article would not entirely make them look good. I love the pics of yuppies restoring their gentrified townhouse in outfits that seem to never have seen a dirty moment. I was not a yuppie in the 80s. I was too busy getting perms and shoulder pads. But the article makes for great soundbites, especially when removed from context…