Monday, November 19, 2007

Save the Date: Tomorrow

I meant to post about this earlier, but I got too wrapped up in my own stuff. If you get the chance, tomorrow at noon, there is a film lecture (part of a series put on by the College Honors program) being held in the Farris Auditorium at the Macon Cove Campus of Southwest Tennessee Community College.

From the news release about it:

Dr. Jack Barbera, English professor at the University of Mississippi, will give a presentation entitled Use of Static Space: The Vertigo Shot. He teaches film at the university. All students, faculty and staff, and the general public are invited – there is no charge; just bring your lunch and enjoy.
Parking is a little weird because of construction (see map linked above), so you might want to get there a few minutes early if you can.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

On Feeling Like Arse

I had every intention of writing about the transformative experience that was my trip back to Nashville, but I'm frankly too messed up on sinus medication to properly spell the word transformative without the aid of a spell checker. Maybe when my sinuses become convinced that I'm not the devil, I can tell you about it.

In the mean time, I'm posting the audio of Dave Hickey's lecture at MTSU. The recording was made with the rather crappy mic on my PDA because it's all I had with me in Nashvegas. The content is well worth the horrible audio (but if you know who he is, you probably already knew that).

Here you go. (1hr 8min MP3 audio - 27.6MB)

Friday, November 02, 2007

Desparately Seeking Star Trek

So it turns out that of all of the places in the country showing the remastered double TOS episode The Menagerie on the big screen, Memphis doesn't qualify. Nashville gets three screens. Jesus even Knoxville and !@#$ing Little Rock are getting screenings?!? Little !@#$ing Rock!!!!!

On the plus side, I finally got to see the inside of Metalworks tonight.

UPDATE 11/04:
Forget the Trek. We're getting Emmet Otter. DIY wins again!

(And no, I'm not being snarky. I'm seriously so excited I'm having to restrain myself from waking Amber up to tell her.)

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Towards the new Rhetoric of Purity

So I went to the U of M open studio and saw a lot of fantastic work by some really cool people. That is not why I'm sitting here writing this.

I actually heard an artist foist up and defend the position that of course oil painters are naturally better than acrylic painters because ones choice of medium is dictated by ones level of skill. In other words, oil painters are better painters, hence they paint in oil.

The whole time he's talking I'm just thinking to myself, "Go ahead and say what you mean: Oil is the one true medium."

Random Notes on Upcoming Events

Just a few quick notes:

  • There is the possibility of us getting a real jazz club in Memphis. Please, please, please god, let this happen. (Via Mediaverse)

  • The Lantana Projects will be holding their Class of '07 show on November 17. I can't find a location listed, but I'll post it when I find out.

  • It's a little short notice, but in case you haven't heard, the MFA students at the University of Memphis are holding an open studio night, tonight from 5:45 to 7:45.

  • For those of you into this sort of thing, mark your calendars early for the Geminid meteor shower, which peaks December 14. It should be a particularly good show this year and the last one for a while, since all of the major showers next year will peak against unfavorable phases of the moon.
Also, I've never said it here so it's worth posting now I suppose (even though if you're actually reading this on my blog page, it's directly to the right). I haven't really fallen off the face of the earth . Most of my day to day kind of stuff, probably more than you ever need to know, I'm posting to my Twitter Feed (here it is in RSS if you're geek like me).