Film for a Friday: The Scoundrel (1935)

Yes, the end of grading is in sight! Here’s an entertainment for you that manages to be both tart and sweet — or possibly leaning over into sappy a bit by the end. However, the script by Ben Hecht and Charles McArthur positively sings at its best — especially since the best of those lines…

Monday Cornucopia of #Crime

Despite my dedicated devotion to idleness, I nevertheless manage to get some things done now and then (seldom what I am supposed to be getting done, of course). Today several spring into the ether at once and a few over the weekend. At Punk Noir Magazine — which you should be reading it every day!…

Forthcoming fun! Fun now!

Delighted to be invited! Here’s the latest from Liz over at Punk Noir Magazine including her latest music video: Just trying to keep the channel open, to quote Martha Graham. Oh, and I made this today: And then there’s the billionty things what I wrote over at Punk Noir Magazine for you to peruse at…

Out Now: >>>>>>Self Isolating Compilation<<<<<< by Linear Obsessional

>>>>>>Self Isolating Compilation<<<<<< by Linear Obsessional ‘Musicians, sound makers and artists isolated and creating. Solo sound works all recorded at home. Volume 2 will bring the artists together. I started coming up with the idea for the >>>>Self Isolating Compilation<<<<< just before the full lockdowns started – we were all being told it would be a…

Bandcamp Bonanza

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ― Maya Angelou Hie yourselves over to Bandcamp: 100% of the proceeds go to the creators. Many artists of every stripe are facing difficulties in the midst of the pandemic. Precarity is fun for no one!…

Live Tweet Transcript: Sword of the Valiant

Inspired by the forthcoming A24 film of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight which actually looks fantastic, Carol and Angela, renowned of the Cultural Gutter (and other famous deeds of valour) and me had a cracking good time live tweeting a viewing of the incredibly terrible Sword of the Valiant, much of which I had forgotten since…

#FallFriday: A New Face in Hell

Delighted to watch this: good embodiment of the two figures now gone — is your hell my heaven or vice versa, do those ontologies even matter and can one continue cultural critique from beyond the veil…? SLASH EPISODE 02 A New Face in Hell BY Emily Allan & Leah Hennessy ABOUT Welcome to hell. The late…

Double Edge Theatre: Leonora & Alejandro – La Maga y el Maestro

People always want to tell you that magic doesn’t exist, yet that is the stock in trade of theatre. Gal pal Stephanie and I were treated to an extraordinary event last night out in the wilds of Western Massachusetts. You’ve got an opportunity to go to tonight’s performance if you’re in the region, and I…

Blake at the Tate

Why did it take me so long to get around to posting this, you ask? Well, I took about 300 pictures at the exhibition and the tedium of uploading them finally happened today as it’s a holiday [fight capitalism in the name of MLK!]. The agony of sorting just a few to post here (see…

#RIP Jonathan Miller

I first knew him from Beyond the Fringe which I knew as an LP in my desperate searches for more of that comedy I had been alerted to by Monty Python, The Goodies and I’m Sorry I’ll Read That Again which were playing on my local public radio and television. Yes, of course, my adoration of Peter…