Sunday, December 5, 2010

RECENT BEACH GLASS GEMS
Our latest beach glass collecting results, apropos Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/19/science/19glass.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=sea%20glass&st=cse

I found this large shard, very rare, from a boat lens.
Unusual cornflower blue, found by Jeanne.
Intense blue green turqouise, probably from an old ink bottle. Very rare, found by Jeanne.
Antique olive/amber flatware.
Remnants from a marble?
THE ASTRONUTS IN SPACE
NASA & ESTY SPACE CRAFT CONTEST: TO THE MOON AND BEYOND
See Jeanne’s newest Peanut People adventures in zero gravity and romping about on the lunar landscape.
Full color glossies personally autographed by Ray (the space“nut”) and Dawn (the shuttle queen) available!
The winning entry gets a ride on last space shuttle mission. Please go to Etsy and vote for the Astronuts early and often.
Voting begins Nov 12th.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/60631594/handmade-2-peanut-people-space-astronuts

NETFLIX PICK OF THE WEEK:
THE PAJAMA GAME
Directed by Stanley Donen 1957
Choregraphy by Bob Fosse
Set in a textile union sweatshop this decidedly up-tempo, pro-union production features (except for Doris Day, who’s not really the reason to watch this musical, or particularly believable as a union activist) the entire original cast of the Broadway show.
We get to see the energetic work of a young Bob Fosse showcased by his protégé, an athletically agile Carol Haney in “Steam Heat”, a number that foreshadows some his best work in “Chicago” and “Cabaret”. Haney helped launch the stage career of Shirley MacLaine in the stage version of PG by breaking her ankle, MacLaine was the understudy. Sadly, Haney died at 39 from complications of alcoholism.
John Raitt (father of Bonnie) is fun to watch especially in “Hernando’s Hideaway”, a surrealistically leaning stage design with a goofy Latino beat.
The other set designs are great also, the sweatshop looks convincingly like the real thing (even with ceilings and hanging fluorescents), and the park in LA where the picnic was filmed looks quite bucolic.
Unfortunately I’m pretty sure the NetFlix DVD is in a pan and scan format, but at least the original print was 35 mm so I’m guessing you don’t miss too much of the complete framing.

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