Dusty Wright's Culture Catch - Smart Pop Culture, Video & Audio podcasts, Written Reviews in the Arts & Entertainment http://www.culturecatch.com/node/feed en Short Play Fury http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3802 <span>Short Play Fury</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>December 12, 2018 - 16:56</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/theater" hreflang="en">Theater Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/88" hreflang="en">off broadway</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="embedded-entity"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-12/bannerc10website.jpg?itok=hUTY4Mxx" width="1200" height="675" alt="Thumbnail" title="bannerc10website.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></article><p><i>Capture</i></p> <p>Written and directed by various artists</p> <p>Presented by The Collective NY at the Royal Family Performing Arts Space, NYC</p> <p>November 29-December 16, 2018</p> <p><i>Capture</i>, a collection of one twenty-minute and three ten-minute new plays that share concerns with gender and the ambiguities of morality, makes up one third of the sixth annual C:10 festival, running in rotation with two further programs of ten-minute plays: <i>Bound</i>, with works focusing on the NFL, madness, privilege, and gun control; and <i>Escape</i>, with works focusing on addiction, home, anxieties about government, and school shootings. C:10 is presented by not-for-profit theater company The Collective NY, a group of more than 60 artists that was created in 2007 and counts Amy Schumer among its founding members. As part of its mission to keep theater widely accessible, The Collective's No Empty Seats initiative makes seats available on a free or pay-what-you-can basis, and donations are accepted both after shows and through the group's website.</p> <p>The best short plays, like the best short stories, draw power from the distillation inherent to the form, maximizing their impact, and the quartet of selections composing <i>Capture</i> are certainly no exception. <i>Choked</i>, written by Antony Raymond in collaboration with Ava Paloma and directed by Bettina Bilger, provides a hilarious opening to the program. Or perhaps we should say darkly hilarious, since it begins with underdressed, tequila-soaked Dennis (Rock Kohli) having called his friend Clark (Swann Gruen) to come to his place because he is fairly sure that he has unintentionally killed Martina (Ava Paloma) during a sexual encounter following a discussion among bar regulars of kinks and fetishes. Dennis, of course, has not told Clark precisely why he needs his help, and the complications that ensue strain their friendship, expose ulterior motives, and touch on issues such as the messiness of consent. Throughout, Dennis primarily treats Martina as a problem to be gotten rid of, and Clark, the more apparently sympathetic of the pair, himself has a moment in which he seems to care much more about a perceived betrayal by Martina than about the fact that she is likely dead. Crisp direction and excellent performances propel <i>Choked</i> to a climax involving a second, ironic instance of its titular act.   </p> <p><i>Mrs. K</i>, written and directed by Brian Leider, contrasts the comic energy of <i>Choked</i>, but it is no less intense in its own, quieter way. Leider's play engages some of the same issues as <i>Choked</i> as well, as it imagines the private side of a ripped-from-the-headlines #metoo story in which rising politician Eddie (Dante Alexander) has been accused of a drunken rape 20 years in his past. He tells his wife, Sarah (Claire Ganshert), that he will need her televised support in order for his claims of innocence to be given credence, but, for various reasons that we discover, she is unsure that she can grant his request. Eddie steadfastly maintains his innocence and argues as well that the goals that they are on the cusp of achieving are not merely personal but for the good of wider communities (although Eddie's race doesn't seem to be part of the narrative itself, that he is played by a person of color lends an extra dimension and weight to these arguments). Even though he can't bring himself to say the word rapist, Sarah is not so sure that he is innocent just because he is telling what he remembers to be the truth; and, at the same time, she <i>is </i>sure that his accuser is not lying about what she remembers to be the truth. <i>Mrs. K </i>offers a sensitive look at how and how far we trust and can know others, even loved ones; at the misperceptions around why survivors keep silent about sexual assault; and the unfortunate difficulties of trying to establish objective truth through human memory. Alexander and Ganshert both bring compelling nuance to this brief study of a marriage in conflict, and Ganshert communicates as much with her body language as with her lines.</p> <p><i>Rear Ending</i>, written by Erin Mallon and directed by Sayra Player, steers the proceedings back towards the comic, perhaps even the whimsical. Mercedes-driving professional woman Dayanara (Katherine Wallach) is rear-ended by the much more Bohemian Imogen (JB Roté) in her much less impressive vehicle. Their exchange of insurance information turns out to be one-sided, and Imogen gets very personal very quickly, but the conversation does lead these two outwardly very different women to discover some bonds of similarity. While it briefly appears as though Mallon's entry will take a turn for the creepy, its direction is ultimately one of rather sweet mutual understanding; even a climactic near miss of connection leaves the door of possibility open.  </p> <p><i>Little Lights</i>, written by Lacy Marie Meyer and directed by Bianca Puorto, has humorous moments, mostly courtesy of performatively aggressive character Beezer (Karen Irwin), but it is. on balance, the heaviest play of the four, and furnishes a sobering though hopeful ending to <i>Capture</i>. <i>Little Lights</i> takes place in an overly air-conditioned abortion clinic in Muncie, Indiana (perhaps in a nod to the current, anti-women's-health Vice President Pence), although, in an echo of Eddie's inability to say "rapist" in<i> Mrs. K</i>, neither the word "abortion" nor any synonyms are ever spoken. In addition to Beezer, Luna (Nathaly DeLaCruz), Sarah (Kelly Touhy), and Shantal (Elizabeth Baker) occupy the waiting room overseen by no-nonsense Nurse Gertrude (Geany Masai). These characters, significantly and representatively, all have different reasons for and reactions to being there; much of the focus, though, falls on the intensifying conflict between Beezer and the assertively Christian Rita (Jeannine Kaspar), whom Beezer has known since at least her time in Catholic high school. Rita evinces no compunction about attempting to convince the other women that they can leave before their procedures even as she awaits her own. However, when the volley of insults traded with Beezer boils over into something more, it forces Rita forced to reconsider on the spot what compassion really means. Beezer herself, in conversation with Sarah, learns a different version of the same empathy with the perspectives and experiences of others. Supported by strong performances from the rest of the cast, Irwin and Kaspar bring real emotional resonance to Beezer and Rita and the posturing, anger, shock, and vulnerability of their shifting relations to one another.</p> <p>The four plays of C:10's <i>Capture </i>possess distinct voices and leave unique impressions even while some of their concerns reverberate with one another. <i>Capture's</i> smart, entertaining collection of short works is likely leave audience members wanting more; luckily for them, <i>Bound</i> and <i>Escape</i> can help to meet their needs</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3802&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="vARohuScWHYP1I-xZJnD3ei3_G13ucVe-rR7f3XflYE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:56:42 +0000 Dusty Wright 3802 at http://www.culturecatch.com http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3802#comments Knoxville Art Time http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3715 <span>Knoxville Art Time</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/user/349" lang="" about="/user/349" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dom Lombardi</a></span> <span>December 10, 2018 - 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/art" hreflang="en">Art Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/203" hreflang="en">painter</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="839" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-12/joseph-delaney-vj-day.jpg?itok=Fqe_dEQo" title="joseph-delaney-vj-day.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1200" /></article><figcaption>Joseph Delaney, VJ Day (Courtesy of the Ewing Gallery)</figcaption></figure><p>As someone who has kept a sharp eye on the New York City art scene since the early 1970s, I must admit that some of my most <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.com/d-dominick-lombardi/nashville-arts_b_1924180.html" target="_blank">memorable experiences</a> have occurred in Tennessee. In 2012, it was the Tennessee State Museum where I saw and reviewed an exhibition of the politically charged, multi-media works of <a href="https://www.artslant.com/ny/articles/show/30900-skeletons-in-our-shared-closet" target="_blank">John Mellencamp</a>. Later that same year it was the powerful and moving retrospective of the photography and videos of Carrie Mae Weems at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, both in Nashville.</p> <p>This time around I find myself in Knoxville, as I visit three different institutions featuring four very diverse selections of art and ideas. <a href="https://ewing-gallery.utk.edu/" target="_blank">Ewing Gallery of Art</a>, which can be found on the campus of the University of Tennessee, features <b><i>Blurring Boundaries: The Women of AAA from 1936 – Present</i></b>. The exhibition is comprised of art by 54 female members of American Abstract Artists. An institution begun in New York in 1936, at a time when the pioneers of abstract art, and to a much greater extent, their female counterparts were having a near impossible time finding a gallery to exhibit their work.</p> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="932" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-12/esphyr-slobodkina-the-red-l-abstraction.jpg?itok=zV9nBveN" title="esphyr-slobodkina-the-red-l-abstraction.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1200" /></article><figcaption>Esphyr Slobodkina, The Red L Abstraction (1940), gouache on paperboard, 8 x 9 inches</figcaption></figure><p><i>Blurring Boundaries: The Women of AAA from 1936 -- Present</i> begins with few formidable examples of the earliest work from AAA’s archives. Initially, I am drawn to the painting <i>The Red L Abstraction</i> (1940) by Esphyr Slobodkina, an intimately sized spatial narrative that traverses an advancing perspective with active shapes and a sophisticated color scheme. You can just see the artist’s mind working here, wrangling with representation and abstraction in the pursuit of a purer, more universal and timeless aesthetic. Alice Trumbull Mason’s <i>Magnitude of Memory</i> (1962) has a similar feel with far less representation and increased rhythmic transitions that are suggestive of the kind of visual variances one sees on screen at the end of an old color film projection as it breaks free of its reel and quickly blurs into wiggling bands of color.</p> <p>From here, the early work quickly moves to the diversity and the vitality of the current day and how well every piece here, despite the various media and messages, all fit together exceedingly well. Susan Smith's <i>2 ½ lb Irregular Grid</i> (2012) is a reactive, jazzy jaunt of red lines as she riffs off of a flattened out, crisscrossed fast food container in surprisingly systematic and seamlessly expanding tangents. The wall label lists the media as collage, but I definitely see ball point pen lines and a slightly different color red in the areas surrounding the more obviously printed pattern on the crushed container; both indicating elements of added drawing. The painting <i>Laughter and Forgetting</i> (2017) by Cecily Kahn reveals an odd sort of control somewhere between the chaotic and the meditative. It almost seems as if when making this painting, the artist was moving back and forth mentally between a waking dream and focused frenzy.</p> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="1194" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-12/susan-smith-irregular-grid.jpg?itok=duJMQ2ut" title="susan-smith-irregular-grid.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1200" /></article><figcaption>Susan Smith, 2 ½ lb. Irregular Grid (2012), collage, 9 x 9 ½ inches</figcaption></figure><p>Susan Smith, <i>2 ½ lb.</i> <i>Irregular Grid</i> (2012),  collage, 9 x 9 ½ inches   </p> <p><i>Blurring Boundaries: The Women Of AAA, 1936–present</i>, which is curated by Rebecca DiGiovanna,<i> </i>runs through December 10, 2018.</p> <p class="text-align-center">----------------------------</p> <p>The second exhibition is titled <b><i>Mutual Muses</i></b>. Here visitors will experience the work and vision of two late-career artists who inspired and complimented each other's productivity virtually their entire adult lives. Individually, they both are leaders in their chosen fields. Both are living examples of the transition between Modern and Contemporary Art. <a href="http://mimigarrarddance.com/" target="_blank">Mimi Garrard</a> today, is an award-winning creator of videos that feature her beautiful and elegantly choreographed dance performances. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Seawright" target="_blank">James Seawright</a>, her partner, who currently has his ground-breaking, multi-media light based work <i>Searcher</i> (1966) at the Whitney Museum of Art’s exhibition <i>Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965-2018</i>.</p> <p>For this exhibition, the artists have created a number of collaborative prints that reflect a variety of sources including video stills that fracture and re-form into largely geometric or symmetrical shapes. Comprised mostly of curious marks that almost jump off the surface of the paper, each image represents a cross between organic and mechanical mapping. When looking at prints like <i>Untitled (KY5)</i> (2018) I keep picturing an army of artist/ants controlled by M. C. Escher in the rigorous pursuit of symbolizing a perfect balance between mind and body resulting in incredibly intricate patterns.</p> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="1200" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-12/seawright-garrard-untitled.jpg?itok=kXVmP5ZR" title="seawright-garrard-untitled.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1200" /></article><figcaption>James Seawright and Mimi Garrard, Untitled (KY5) (2018), archival digital print, 20 x 20 inches</figcaption></figure><p>In addition to the optically opulent prints are intriguing examples of Seawright's more intimately scaled kinetic and light based art and Garrard's multi-layered videos of her stunningly choreographed dance performances.</p> <p><i>Mutual Muses</i>, an exhibition curated by T. Michael Martin, ends February 20, 2019.</p> <p class="text-align-center">----------------------------</p> <p>At the UT Downtown gallery is an excellent show of portraits by Joseph Delaney (1904-1991) titled <b><i>Face to Face</i></b>. Most of the work here ranges in dates from the 1950s to 1970s when the Knoxville-born Delaney lived in New York City. The portraits featured throughout the gallery come from the time he spent at his beloved Arts Students League or participating in many of the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibits. I am told the subjects that are forward facing were made during his idle time at the Washington Square exhibitions, while the three-quarter and near profile views are most likely of the models at the League.</p> <p>Delany an accomplished artist who painted numerous city scenes like his wonderful renditions of parades and nightlife despised abstract art. I sense, hearing stories about him, that he felt there is more than enough one can do with representation to expand the critical course of art making, therefore abstraction was an unnecessary endeavor, even an abomination in his eyes.</p> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="835" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-12/various-details-joseph-delaney.jpg?itok=SAnnkUns" title="various-details-joseph-delaney.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1200" /></article><figcaption>Joseph Delaney, Various Details</figcaption></figure><p>Being an artist myself, I know how my skills and level of concentration can vary from day to day and in these mid nineteenth century portraits by Delaney in a wide spectrum of styles and materials, anyone can see how the media and the mood of the moment can yield such different approaches and results. There is something iconic about the images rendered in charcoal; the overwhelming honesty in the graphite drawings, his distinct flair in the lines he produced with ink and brush; that wispy weariness in his watercolors and that odd sort of awkwardness in his pastels that all the results, somehow, reveal the substance of his subjects and the seductiveness of their souls.</p> <p>Curated by Sam Yates, <i>Face to Face</i> ends December 8, 2018.</p> <p class="text-align-center">----------------------------</p> <p>The University of Tennessee's graduate student gallery, <a href="https://downtown.utk.edu/" target="_blank">Gallery 1010</a>, maintains a very vigorous schedule with quickly changing exhibitions. This time around it is Dana Potter's <b><i>No Good, Know How</i></b>, an interactive, mixed media installation that challenges the senses while recording your responses. The basic set-up here is quite impressive as all the elements and states of her art-making process are present for everyone to see. From the computer cutouts that graphically represent artist’s equipment and every-day tools to the multi-layered prints they eventually make, Potter reveals a keen vision layered in mysterious methodology that slowly deepens with most onlooker's involvement.</p> <p> </p> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="1572" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-12/dana-potter-computer-work-station.jpg?itok=Mi6jo-bq" title="dana-potter-computer-work-station.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1200" /></article><figcaption>Dana Potter, Computer Work Station, Installation View, No Good, Know How, various sizes</figcaption></figure><p>At the core of the installation is the mapping of eye movements via computer relative to the instructions devised by the artist, a process that results in limitless possibilities as printouts. The way I end up dealing with the stresses of the challenge -- the self-imposed anxiety of playing a game on an interactive computer screen is a very effective and somewhat disorienting or reorienting experience for me. Additionally, Potter's prints create a new sort of edginess to the concept of aesthetic beauty -- and one that I can easily live with. I very much look forward to seeing what comes next in the promising career of Dana Potter.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3715&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="rP8aQr-HRkLjQXbRfw2loZLLhceewKbUNOjeO_k_iH8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 10 Dec 2018 15:00:00 +0000 Dom Lombardi 3715 at http://www.culturecatch.com http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3715#comments Song of the Week: Change of Pace http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3800 <span>Song of the Week: Change of Pace</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>December 6, 2018 - 17:53</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/580" hreflang="en">folk rock</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/636" hreflang="en">indie rock</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/94" hreflang="en">rock</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Q5cVWCChpPo?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Check it out! <a href="http://www.andyfrasco.com/" target="_blank">Andy Frasco</a> &amp; the U.N. have just released yet another catchy, badass tune to uplift and inspire. It's Friday and time to get on your good foot. Hailing from LA, Frasco (lead vocals, piano), Andee Avila (drums), Shawn Eckels (Guitar), Ernie Chang (Saxophone), and Chris Lorentz (Bass) know how to throw it down. From his soon-to-be released third studio album <em>Change of Pace</em> (2/22/19), check out the studio version <a href="https://soundcloud.com/andyfrasco/change-of-pace-2" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3800&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="mYW0BtVeVp99xNhYcKOBMSgpvjwtPAm158kO7J9MDH4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 22:53:04 +0000 Dusty Wright 3800 at http://www.culturecatch.com http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3800#comments Cubed By Eozen http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3799 <span>Cubed By Eozen</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/maryhrbacek" lang="" about="/users/maryhrbacek" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Mary Hrbacek</a></span> <span>December 6, 2018 - 12:22</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/art" hreflang="en">Art Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/203" hreflang="en">painter</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/639" hreflang="en">cubism</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/204" hreflang="en">abstract expressionism</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="embedded-entity"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-12/eozen-agopian-presently.jpg?itok=yJ7TmWoW" width="1200" height="1504" alt="Thumbnail" title="eozen-agopian-presently.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></article><p>Eozen Agopian: <em>The Fabric of Space</em></p> <p>Greek Consulate, New York</p> <p>November 15 – 30, 2018</p> <p><em>The Fabric of Space</em>, curated by Thalia Vrachopoulos, conveys an unusual vision by Eozen Agopian that borrows from Cubist art without in any way replicating its intensions. At first glance the similar-sized shapes in Agopian's works spark the link that soon dissolves as the intricacies of her elaborate overlapping configurations of colored fabric and skeins of thread invade one’s senses. The intelligence of these spaces and movements quickly takes precedence over the superficial initial impressions of the moment. In a city where abstract art reigns, and holdovers of gestural abstraction from the heyday of Abstract Expressionism remain intact for decades, it is a pleasure and a relief to discover an artist whose convictions are backed by the strength of her individuality.</p> <p>Elaborate networks of interlocking and overlapping thread charm and captivate the eye with fleeting recollections of electrical lines or even intertwined networks of roots, maps of roads or the webs of spiders. The artist forges universal comparisons that give full play to viewer imagination and participation in the interpretation of her visually expansive orchestrated cloth ensembles. Because the works are not connected with conceptual art they are free of a planned or prescribed narrative. One may meander visually through the forest of shapes that differ in color, to contemplate their meanings. The square shape is said to symbolize matter, the earth, and stability. In Islam it denotes the heart of a normal human being open to four paths of influence, which include the human, the divine, the angelic, and the diabolic. ("1000 Symbols," p. 335, Rowena + Rupert Shepherd, Thames + Hudson.) The square forms mirror the complexities one might discover within a maquette of the human mind with its quick, shimmering apprehensions of data that are continually entering its portals</p> <p>Agopian succeeds in bringing the canvas beneath the cloth labyrinths to the surface of the works via the cream and off-white colored heaps of vertically and diagonally fixed multiple mounds and hills of directed threads. Thread suggests diverse implications, from narrative literary fables to mythic fates that measure and cut the threads of an individual human life. Threads establish boundaries of alignment in the mazes of the mind. They are indiscernible transmitters of sound, light, memory and emotion. Looped and tied threads conjure intertwining associations and dependencies. Inter-winding knots appear to have no beginnings or ends, implying the process of evolution and the power of destiny. Knots combine as well as entangle. Themes of entrapment arise in the surface of the works, which do not read as morose; rather they present moderated emotions with egalitarian feeling states. Knotting and unknotting reflect the psychic method of analysis and synthesis of the threads of the individual personality. (<em>The Book of Symbol</em>s, p. 518, Taschen.)</p> <p>Fabric is often compared in literature to the "stuff" of life.  Life is created through threads of experience as fabric is created through the weaving of cloth. In this sense, these works are universal metaphors for life; they resound with the richness and vibrancy of sight and touch that our senses respond most to. The artist’s small works grouped in series are especially compelling as they relate intricately with each other, as if carrying on complex conversations. There is a sense of urgent energy that flickers palpably among them.</p> <p>Nets are typically symbolic of binding, capture and entanglements. In certain types of Buddhism, earthly existence is regarded as a net that entraps the human spirit. The net is also regarded as a marshalling force that transforms irreconcilable energies. Networks reference connectedness whether it applies to business, personal, social, or to communication in the World Wide Web. (<em>The Book of Symbols</em>, p. 518, Taschen.)</p> <article class="embedded-entity"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-12/eozen-agopian-nicholas-space-.jpg?itok=1jc0gmum" width="1200" height="1326" alt="Thumbnail" title="eozen-agopian-nicholas-space-.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></article><p>In myth and legends, the patience represented by the stitching process leads to redemption; it mends the torn fabric of the psyche and repairs the beguiled circumstances. Sewing links us to the notion of the weaving of life and the strands of fate. (<em>The Book of Symbols</em>, p. 460, Taschen.)</p> <p>Cloth is perhaps associated historically with women who have created such things as garments, lacework, quilts, bedding, embroidery; the list goes on. But Agopian makes no move to produce careful stitchery or utilitarian or even "fine" handiwork or objects. She is a quirky artist who is having her own say in a language of her ingenious invention, much as Judy Chicago has done in 1974 - 79 in her "Dinner Party" piece. Agopian does not confine her materials to thread and cloth; she also applies paint to her works to provide a rich array of multiple medias whose interplay connects her pieces to the ebullient art of painting. The richness of the paint on the strands of the canvas provides a textural contrast, which augments the artistic revelations and historic comparisons that it stimulates. Agopian's art is tactile and visual; it appeals directly to our senses in an effective fusion of forms that reinforce the abiding power of its intelligent underpinnings.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3799&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="jO_J9suU1bmacoNWgrz4vcxU0HINfSPb3f9Vp4BA08w"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:22:25 +0000 Mary Hrbacek 3799 at http://www.culturecatch.com http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3799#comments Do The Zombie! http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3797 <span>Do The Zombie!</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/leah-richards" lang="" about="/users/leah-richards" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Leah Richards</a></span> <span>December 3, 2018 - 17:22</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/theater" hreflang="en">Theater Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/572" hreflang="en">Zombies</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/88" hreflang="en">off broadway</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="1799" src="/sites/default/files/2018/2018-12/zombie-asian-moms.jpg" title="zombie-asian-moms.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1200" /></article><figcaption>Photo credit: Helen Tansey</figcaption></figure><p><i>Zombie Asian Moms</i></p> <p>Created by Kate Siahaan-Rigg and Lyris Hung</p> <p>Songs by Slanty Eyed Mama</p> <p>Presented at The Downstairs at La MaMa, NYC</p> <p>November 29-December 9, 2018</p> <p>While the audience waits for <i>Zombie Asian Moms</i>, the new show by Kate Siahaan-Rigg and Lyris Hung, to begin, a slideshow cycles of memes and social media posts commenting humorously on life as the child of Asian parents. The title of the show derives from the conceit that the powerful voices of these mothers survive them, and Siahaan-Rigg and Hung, who also perform as musical duo Slanty Eyed Mama, delve into not only the manifestations of pressures typical of Asian, particularly immigrant, mothers around things such as clothing and appearance, food, and achievement but also larger issues of representation and internalized and external racism. Biting, heartfelt, and hilarious, <i>Zombie Asian Moms </i>offers a marvelously enjoyable evening of experimental theater.</p> <p>The show proper opens with violinist Hung, who handles the music while Siahaan-Rigg handles the singing and speaking parts, playing over a montage of clips and photos, both professional and non-professional, that is eventually interrupted by Siahaan-Rigg as her own mother, sporting rhinestone-encrusted sunglasses and freely dispensing criticism. This entrance kicks off a heady melange of storytelling, poetry, song, comedy, and clips of interviews with other Asian moms, drawn from a larger, in-progress documentary project. Early on, Siahaan-Rigg, as herself, comments that maybe audience members will make some connections among these elements, and maybe they won't, but the hope either way is to "move the needle" on xenophobia and internalized racism while having some fun doing it; and this fantastic performance less meets those goals than blows past them with aplomb. Hung uses looping and effects, strumming her instrument under lightly crunchy distortion, for example, or laying down a pitch-shifted bass line, to create the soundscapes for catchy, clever, satiric songs that touch on topics including ethnic erasure, Asian mom fashion, and, in the most caustic number, the internalized desire to be White. Siahaan-Rigg's anecdotes about her mother include her fondness for (White) princesses, her ever-present hope that her daughter will finally choose to attend medical school, and her and her father's humiliating decision to have her perform as a sort of culturally-themed international busker, while interludes in which she plays a mother laying out the rules of a sleepover and one whom her family sees as its "general" unfold like short solo plays in themselves, deftly sketching personalities and relationships. Taken as a whole,<i> Zombie Asian Moms</i> is consistently funny and increasingly moving, including a couple of moments that really shouldn't be given away, culminating in individual tributes to the performers' mothers.</p> <p><i>Zombie Asian Moms </i>makes clear an appreciation of its eponymous parents without discounting the hurt that they sometimes cause(d) their children or the (inter)cultural factors that impacted these dynamics. The result is simultaneously thought-provoking, poignant, and wildly entertaining. These are zombies that you should absolutely let inside your head. - <em>Leah Richards</em> &amp; <em>John Ziegler</em></p> <p> </p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3797&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="u0uUsTAUnDzjNSH5YVN6OsxlsogawEUwZ9TD_w2P93Q"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 22:22:42 +0000 Leah Richards 3797 at http://www.culturecatch.com http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3797#comments Vinyl of the Week: Stay Awake http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3796 <span>Vinyl of the Week: Stay Awake</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>November 27, 2018 - 13:36</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/93" hreflang="en">album review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/92" hreflang="en">album of the week</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="embedded-entity"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-11/stay-awake-album.jpg?itok=CMTbfiOa" width="1016" height="1002" alt="Thumbnail" title="stay-awake-album.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></article><p>I hail producer Hal Wilner, not just for his short-lived but innovative  music variety television show <em>Sunday Night</em>, or his Sirius radio show with Lou Reed, but his excellent tribute records including the timeless classic Disney tribute <em>Stay Awake </em>(A&amp;M/UMe). Originally released in 1988, this remastered Record Store Day Black Friday album on double vinyl (only 3500 copies) sounds simply amazing. And it features a marvelously eclectic mix of artists like Michael Stipe, Bill Frisell, Harry Nilsson, Aaron Neville, NRBQ, Sun Ra Arkestra, Suzanne Vega to name but a few. One can't help but applaud a producer who would willingly take on the music of the Disney catalog and then set those beloved songs on fire by allowing the musicians complete poetic license. </p> <p>The sonic depth and quality of these iconic tunes jump off the album. And with so many extraordinary tracks to choose from one must listen to it in its entirety to experience the aural majesty. Some of my favorites include Bonnie Raitt and Was (Not Was)'s soulfully bluesy reading of the ballad "Baby Mine" from <em>Dumbo</em>, James Taylor's poignant and moving cover of "Second Star To The Right" from <em>Peter Pan, </em>Tom Waits' clanging and  banging "Heigh Ho (The Dwarves Marching Song)" from <em>Snow White</em><em>, </em>and my very favorite -- Los Lobos' spirited Americana roots-rock take on "I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)" that was originally done by Louis Prima for <em>Jungle Book</em>.</p> <p>Treat yourself to an early holiday gift and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JJ5WH56/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B07JJ5WH56&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=cultcatc-20&amp;linkId=9df4c54d7bb352570fef4b2896ca09dd" target="_blank">buy this album</a> now!</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3796&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="COAc01DGAMhi1af4-8fX9pDBxjuC5B_dKMjoRk7LHn8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 27 Nov 2018 18:36:54 +0000 Dusty Wright 3796 at http://www.culturecatch.com http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3796#comments Starcruise Trooper! http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3795 <span>Starcruise Trooper!</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>November 26, 2018 - 14:18</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/events" hreflang="en">Events</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/629" hreflang="en">prog rock</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/630" hreflang="en">music event</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/nIAQZiSPAHM?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>Hey, prog rock and music fans alike, the final artist line-up is set for the sixth annual <a href="https://cruisetotheedge.com" target="_blank">Cruise To The Edge</a> -- prog-rock's premier music festival at sea hosted by prog rock icons and 2017 Rock &amp; Roll Hall of Fame inductee YES. <a href="https://cruisetotheedge.com/the-bands/" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see the entire line-up.</p> <p>Additionally, <b>The Sea Within -- </b>an incredible new international rock supergroup formed in 2017 by Swedish guitarist and singer-songwriter <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roine_Stolt" target="_blank"><b>Roine Stolt</b></a>, bassist <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonas_Reingold" target="_blank"><b>Jonas Reingold</b></a>, guitarist <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Gildenl%C3%B6w" target="_blank"><b>Daniel Gildenlöw</b></a>, German drummer <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Minnemann" target="_blank"><b>Marco Minnemann</b></a> and American keyboardist <b><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Brislin" target="_blank">Tom Brislin</a> -- </b>has been added to the line-up. Guitarist Casey McPherson will be stepping in for Daniel for the band’s cruise performance, as he’ll be touring with Pain of Salvation.</p> <p>This 5-night progressive rock cruise experience will sail out of Tampa, FL aboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas on February 4-9, 2019 and will visit two ports: Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico. </p> <p>Limited cabins are still available beginning at $1,299 per person, double occupancy. Government fees, taxes, and gratuities are additional and mandatory for all passengers, regardless of age. For booking and more info, visit <a href="https://cruisetotheedge.com" target="_blank">CruiseToTheEdge.com</a> and follow @CruiseToTheEdge on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/cruisetotheedge/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/cruisetotheedge" target="_blank">Twitter</a>. </p> <p> </p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3795&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="5f35Rfm0QVYzKYZ5XYZws5dhg2bG1uTejlDGfIHYmiQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 26 Nov 2018 19:18:09 +0000 Dusty Wright 3795 at http://www.culturecatch.com http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3795#comments Quote of the Week: Arlo Guthrie http://www.culturecatch.com/qotw/arlo-guthrie <span>Quote of the Week: Arlo Guthrie</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/webmaster" lang="" about="/users/webmaster" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Webmaster</a></span> <span>November 23, 2018 - 10:00</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/QOTW" hreflang="en">Quote of the Week</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/460" hreflang="en">celebrity quote</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/627" hreflang="en">Arlo Guthrie</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/m57gzA2JCcM?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>"You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant."</p> <p><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/alices-restaurant/id41229184?uo=4&amp;at=11l4R8" target="_blank"><span data-scayt_word="Arlo" data-scaytid="1">Arlo</span> Guthrie</a> (born 10 July 1947), American folk singer, and the son of Woody Guthrie, most famous for his song the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/alices-restaurant/id41229184?uo=4&amp;at=11l4R8" target="_blank">"Alice's Restaurant Massacree."</a> That song was played every Thanksgiving on the rock station WNEW-FM in NYC. Here is the entire version. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. </p> <!--break--></div> <section> </section> Fri, 23 Nov 2018 15:00:00 +0000 Webmaster 3136 at http://www.culturecatch.com http://www.culturecatch.com/qotw/arlo-guthrie#comments First Contact http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3794 <span>First Contact</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/millree-hughes" lang="" about="/users/millree-hughes" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Millree Hughes</a></span> <span>November 16, 2018 - 10:08</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/art" hreflang="en">Art Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/203" hreflang="en">painter</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/510" hreflang="en">painters</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/115" hreflang="en">gallery show</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="1160" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-11/rose-gold.jpeg?itok=ZKMM7Khr" title="rose-gold.jpeg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1150" /></article><figcaption>Rose/Gold, oil on canvas, 2015</figcaption></figure><p><a href="http://www.jocelynhobbie.com" target="_blank">Jocelyn Hobbie</a>'s new paintings are hanging at <a href="http://www.fredericksfreisergallery.com" target="_blank">Fredericks and Freiser Gallery</a> at 536 West 24th Street in New York, open every day, apart from Sunday and Monday, from 10am until 6pm. She appears to be harking back to an earlier time when the artist's job was to praise youth and beauty and the skill of the other craftspeople of the day. Like Franz Winterhalter who painted the court of Queen Victoria and exalted Charles Worth the father of haute couture. The dressmaker, the fabric designer, the dyer, the hair cutter. And the painters themselves, who can cause a frisson by rendering a little application of lipstick on the lips of a lovely, just formed woman. </p> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="1278" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-11/fairisle-and-geraniums.jpeg?itok=gpLL00Ki" title="fairisle-and-geraniums.jpeg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1200" /></article><figcaption>Fair Isle and Geraniums, oil on canvas, 2018</figcaption></figure><p>In "Fair Isle and Geraniums" the geraniums are understood in a highly plastic way. They remind me of the flowers of the '70s rock album illustrator, Alan Aldridge, who amped up Nature in his book <em>The Butterfly Ball</em> so that dimensionality and depth of pigment trumped light and shadow. In a Jocelyn Hobbie painting everything is made out of a material that you would never mistake for a photograph. On a surface that is very far from a backlit phone. This is not a reproduction. The medium is the message.</p> <p> Warhol created "The Manufactured Painting" where the individual subsumes themselves so that the work can be about  mechanical reproduction. The idea is that "the studio" becomes a fantasy about "the factory."</p> <p>The influence of this concept has become so prevalent that the disappearance of touch has become desirable in some modern work. Jeff Koons has most famously employed his assistants to paint his paintings with the directive to not allow a brush mark to be seen. To act like photograph reproducers.</p> <p>Hobbie's pieces remind me of Kehinde Wiley's most famous paintings. Portraits where the skin is highly modeled and the clothes and backgrounds are more flat, referencing decorative surfaces. But Hobbie is hypersensitive to color where Wiley's choices can at times look approximate, as if they were chosen from a color chart. And his skin surfaces can look artificial where hers emanate light. It's inevitable when a portrait is made by a studio in China, full of workers, rather than by a single artist. But Wiley deliberately sacrifices touch for effect. He's making hip hop court paintings! The conceit that it is the work of a great studio is in keeping with its ambitions </p> <p>Hobbie is keeping it small, intimate. You are here in the gallery with "the thing." There's a dialogue, however unequal, between you and it. This is because there is the presence of another person in the room.</p> <figure role="group" class="embedded-entity"><article><img alt="Thumbnail" class="img-responsive" height="1045" src="/sites/default/files/styles/width_1200/public/2018/2018-11/ikat-bouquet.jpeg?itok=GFA1tW_o" title="ikat-bouquet.jpeg" typeof="foaf:Image" width="1200" /></article><figcaption>Ikat Bouquet, Oil on canvas, 2018</figcaption></figure><p>"Ikat Bouquet" is backed up by a deeply plumbed aqua blue, as you can see. If this is a glorified fashion "shoot," the model is appropriately detached. The rendering of the face abandons anatomy for effect. The cheek bone shading goes on forever. Hobbie points out visual aspects without conceptualizing them. Painting is a phenomenological project.</p> <p>Perhaps what's been forgotten is that when a painting is not the hand of a single auteur something about the work dies.</p> <p>This is because the onlooker seeks contact with the maker. Without that there is no dialogue.</p> <blockquote> <p>"It's always based on the two poles, the onlooker and the maker, and the spark that comes from the bipolar action gives birth to something-like electricity." Marcel Duchamp</p> </blockquote> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3794&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="LkIZZLONlC3Ys2gW5qsv1Utfb_Vn7sLPN78xs8SW49Q"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:08:41 +0000 Millree Hughes 3794 at http://www.culturecatch.com http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3794#comments Video of the Week: "Alexa" http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3793 <span>Video of the Week: &quot;Alexa&quot;</span> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/users/dusty-wright" lang="" about="/users/dusty-wright" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Dusty Wright</a></span> <span>November 15, 2018 - 08:57</span> <div class="field field--name-field-topics field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topics</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/music" hreflang="en">Music Review</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">music video</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tYQyKFud64w?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p align="left">British folk/indie singer-songwriter <strong>BEANS ON TOAST</strong> new single and video for "Alexa" is required viewing for all tech savvy, tech-challenged, and music lovers alike. This clever animated video -- using discarded Amazon boxes -- is a cautionary tale that examines the future of AI, voice-activated Internet controls, and Amazon's continued world domination. The video begins with Beans saying: <em>"And this one's got an intro that goes 'ALEXA play Beans on Toast... ALEXA' so nobody can listen to it on their Amazon Echo." </em>This is a funny but thought-provoking tune warning us about our <em>Brave New World</em>.</p> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=3793&amp;2=comment_node_story&amp;3=comment_node_story" token="SLpblTKUrSI5pOGX7VFJHsTX-gixRBmWoZbbr0qGh10"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 13:57:32 +0000 Dusty Wright 3793 at http://www.culturecatch.com http://www.culturecatch.com/node/3793#comments