One of our mimsy minions just forwarded us this information about the “interactive installation” Alice in Berlin, which is now coming to Brooklyn, NY this week from 9/27-29, and then to Chicago on October 19-20th. To read more about this project, click me.
We have just received this note from playwright and LCSNA member Daniel Singer:
“I’m pleased to announce that “A Perfect Likeness” will run Nov 7 – Dec 22 at the Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena, with the same fine cast from the Actors Co-op production last summer. Details, when available, can be had from http://aperfectlikeness.com.”
The play has already had a couple of brief but very successful runs. If you are in the Pasadena, CA area, be sure to watch the play’s web site for performance times and tickets.
Singer Una Healy of the band “The Saturdays” has partnered with the Disney Channel’s Club Penguin for a new anti-bullying ad campaign “It Starts With You,” promoting safer surfing and constructive communal behavior online.
In the ad, Ms. Healy poses as Alice, falling into an unknown digital Wonderland. Kudos to Disney and to Ms. Healy for doing their part for a very worthy cause.
To read more about the campaign and to see interviews, click me.
One of our West Coast mimsy minions spotted this one: a list of 10 really neat miniature books, including a classic flip-book featuring the Cheshire Cat. To view all of these tiny delights, including a complete set of Shakespeare’s plays, click me.
One of our mimsy minions has shared this link from the Jewish Daily Forward. It is a review of a new book by Madelyn Travis entitled Jews and Jewishness in British Children’s Literature. The reviewer notes that while Lewis Carroll comes off well in the book, other well-known authors do not. To read the review, click me.
As reported in the December 2012 issue of the Lewis Carroll Society (UK)’s Bandersnatch, there is a new boutique at 14 Cecil Court in London called Alice Through the Looking Glass. (It’s right next door to well-known Carrollian rare book dealer Marchpane.) The founders of the boutique say they were inspired to start the business when they learned of the recent discovery of some draft designs for an “Alice” chess set by illustrator John Tenniel. They offer a couple of picture of the expensive, limited-edition set on their web site, along with teasing images of other Alice items. Sadly there are no conversations to go along with the pictures, so after visiting their web site, if you don’t happen to be in London, you’ll have to contact them directly for more information about what they actually have for sale! But at least you can see a couple of teasing glimpses of the chess set, if you’re curious. Or curiouser.
To visit their site, click me.
One of our West Coast mimsy minions reports that Trader Joe’s carries Babble Wine, made exclusively for them by “a renowned vintner” (who apparently shall remain nameless) from Mendocino County. The label sports Tenniel’s image of The Mouse’s Tale. So, if you drink want and want a little touch of Wonderland at your table, look for it at your local Trader Joe’s. To read more about it, click me.
Note: This wine may not be available at all Trader Joe’s locations.
For those of you who can’t get enough of stage adaptations of our beloved The Hunting of the Snark, one of our mimsy minions has alerted me to another upcoming production in London, playing this December. I will note that the description of the piece includes this frumious statement:
An imaginative musical adventure that will inspire, excite and entertain, with the story of a lonely Boy and his father at its heart.
Ahem. Clearly some artistic liberties have been taken once again. But I do hope some of you BritMinions check it out. And if you do, please report back for the benefit of your fellow blog readers!
To learn more, click the image or click me.
Another mimsy minion reports:
Yayoi Kusama’s Illustrations for Alice In Wonderland have now appeared in Japan, in a new translation by LCSNA member Kimie Kusumoto. Kimie has already translated Alice once before, for an edition illustrated by British artist Brian Partridge. Kimie explains, ” I translated this time using a different style of Japanese than for Brian’s Alice book. Brian’s Alice was so cute and characters were drawn rather comically, so I tried to translate it in a tone that will fit for young girls. For Kusama’s, I tried to choose a rather ‘dry’ tone and tried not to be explanatory, though I am not sure how much I fulfilled what I planned. There are also intentions of the editors, you know? For instance, I wanted to keep mile or foot or inch as they were, but the publisher asked me to change them to metric system as Japanese people use them normally.“
The English edition bearing Kusama’s illustrations was published in 2012, and is still available on Amazon.com and other resellers.
Our congratulations to Kimie on this new publication!
LCSNA member Jenny Woolf posted this intriguing video on her blog (which is well worth visiting, if you don’t already know about it). It’s from the US National Archives, and was made in 1971 for the National Institute of Mental Health, to discourage children from experimenting with drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes.
The animation and voice work are really quite good. As Jenny points out, they’re almost too good! Looking back now at this clip, the girl’s bouffant hair, and (ahem) eye shadow, is pretty trippy, too.
Here is a blog post from the National Archives, where they discuss the 1972 critical reception of the film. As one might expect, reviewers considering the film’s applicability as a teaching tool found the animation a little too entertaining, obscuring the intended message that taking drugs is a bad thing. Still, with proper guidance, the film might stimulate a helpful discussion. And for adults, it’s an interesting piece of film in its own right.