Alice Songfest

Untitled-2Next Saturday, November 29, noon to 2 pm (East Coast time), Dee Michel will be doing a special version of his radio show, A Little Stage Music: all songs are related to Alice in Wonderland! Listen live at WMUA 91.1 FM if you’re in the Amherst area, or stream it from (live; it will not be available for podcast).

New Volume of Poetry Translated into Russian

31212920.l84dnzxzt4.W330Russian poet/scholar Dmitry Yermolovich has produced a volume, Охота на Угада и прочие странные истории (The Hunting of the Snark and Other Strange Tales), of Carroll’s poetry, containing his new translations of “Hiawatha’s Photographing,” “The Hunting of the Snark,” “The Three Voices,” “The Lang Coortin” and a number of other poems. All of them are printed in English and Russian side by side, and are supplied with endnotes and the original illustrations. An appendix contains poems by Lear and Milne.

His website is here. You can order it directly through the publisher through eBay here for $19, including shipping. The ISBN is 9785990533936.

Peanuts in Wonderland

IMG_20141109_0001The Peanuts in Wonderland exhibition opened yesterday at the wonderful Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California (in Wine Country, a bit north of San Francisco). The gallery welcomes visitors with what seems to be a Victorian parlor, replete with photographs of or by Dodgson (and J. M. Cameron), books, and the like. With many framed examples of original art and glassed-in displays of comic books, toys, and such, the history of the intertwining of Carroll’s characters and the mediums of comic books, comic strips, and animation unfolds, with many examples from Peanuts and other strips. The display is beautifully mounted, with many “Easter eggs” (e.g., a disappearing Snoopy and his grin on a wall, a minuscule Sally Brown falling down a rabbit hole behind a tiny door), not to mention great swag (a Disappearing Cheshire Beagle mug, etc.).

The Museum itself is always worth a visit to fans of Schulz and Peanuts of all ages; this exhibition is a fine excuse for Carrollians. The show is open until April 26, and there’s a panel discussion on March 7, but come anytime!

Mad Hatter on the Cover of New Yorker Magazine

The issue of The New Yorker Magazine cover dated October 27th, 2014 features our favorite Hatter.  Get your copy now while you can!

Signals Catalog, Now with More Alice!

Back in March we blogged about this cool necklace, and now catalog giant Signals has added it to its inventory.  Just in time for Christmas!

Wheelock Family Theatre Alice Musical Oct 17 – Nov 16

This just in:  The Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston is mounting a new Alice musical.  Starting last Friday and running weekends through November 16th, tickets available here.  From their press release:

This new adaptation sends us on a fantastical coming of age adventure. Alice, relying on her wit and empathy, must negotiate the seemingly arbitrary rules of polite society; the tea parties, the poetry recitals, the croquet matches, and the important dates with royalty. In this distorted adult world of Wonderland, will Alice retain her dreams when pressured by the capricious nature of conformity?

This new musical adaptation of the stories “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice through the Looking Glass” by Stoneham local, Andrew Barbato, offers a fresh musical perspective on the satirical vignettes drawn up by Lewis Carroll. Barbato, who has graced local stages as an actor, has been writing plays since he was a teen. “WFT has been an instrumental force in my artistic development and I feel lucky to have been mentored by founding members Jane Staab and Susan Kosoff,” says Andrew. “Places like WFT replenish my soul and remind me that the journey is much richer than the destination.

A nice review of the show appeared in the Boston Globe on Oct 22nd.

Dot and Bo Wonderland

Our favorite modern design shopping site Dot & Bo has a new page entirely devoted to Wonderland-inspired items.  Very cool stuff!

Alice in Nightmareland

This sounds fun for Halloween (my fave natch).  The town of Cedartown, GA will be puttin’ on a show, with a holiday theme accentuating its inate Alice-ness.

Cedartown residents have the chance next month to be tricked and treated to an original theatrical production written, directed and starring hometown folks.  A cast of more than 60 local actors and actresses will perform “Alice in Nightmareland” on Saturday, Oct. 18. Showtimes are 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission.

Described as an Alice-in-Wonderland-meets-Tim-Burton performance, the show director, Roland Chandler, describes it as a family event. “It’s kind of a creepy but fun show with lots of laughter. Definitely a family-friendly show. It’s not like a gory spook house, it’s a great plot with great actors.”

If you live in the area, this sounds like great fun.  Go, and tell us all about it!

Carroll Has Made the Big Time – A Question on QI

Even though I am American, I love QI.  Hosted by Stephen Fry, who wouldn’t?  This year  to celebrate Series L, the questioneers have published a special set of 20 questions in the Daily Mail Event page.  And Carroll made the list!

Lewis Carroll wrote many books but he was also a superb inventor. What did he invent?
a) A gas-fired toothbrush.
b) A pair of wheeled slippers.
c) A hat that combed your hair.
d) An alarm clock that threw you out of bed.

Answer: d). Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles Dodgson (1832-1898), an Oxford mathematics lecturer. He designed ‘The Alarm Clock Bed’, which featured in the Great Exhibition of 1851. It woke occupants by tipping them out at a set time. His other inventions included a device for writing down thoughts at night without getting out of bed and an early form of the game Scrabble.

Books About Town Auction of Alice Bench Oct 7th

Some  of you may have seen this picture floating about on Facebook last week.  Now all of the Books About Town BookBenches will be auctioned off for charity on October 7th – just 5 days from now!  Get yourself the Alice bench and you’ll be the envy of Carrollians everywhere.