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!

Q10 LEWIS CARROLL
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.

Russian Artist and Filmmaker Valeriy Kozhin

We love discovering new talent, even more so when they seek us out! Valeriy Kozhin reached out to us with his short film “The Gardeners Dream”, and had this to say:

I was born in Moscow in 1983. I  studied in VGIK (Russian filmmaker’s institute).  I’m a member of Russian Artists Union.  My degree work was “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.  It was 13 pictures for animated film.  But a film wasn’t shot.  


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I began to learn Carroll’s works in 2003 from the moment that I learned English.  The nonsense style is very close to me.  I love it.   

I found “The Mad Gardener’s song” in my child’s book.  But it was in Russian.  When I read it in English I found a large  difference.  And I decided to make a short film based on original poem.  At first I wanted to use a motif from Sylvie and Bruno, but when I read The Game of Logic, I understood one very interesting thing, that The Mad Gardener’s Song and Game of Logic share one motif.  It’s a game and ‘A SYLLOGISM’.

The Gardener’s Dream was shot in 2013 in Russia.  It was my second film.  I shot this film during one year.  I connected puppet and cut-out animation.  The voices from the film are my friends from England.  I want to show Carroll’s logic or nonsense logic.  And don’t forget that It’s just a dream, Mad Gardener’s dream. 

There is no interest in Russia because very few people know Sylvie and Bruno and The Mad Gardener’s song.  The film was on MMKF festival in Moscow and Susdal’s animation festival in Russia.”

Series of Clay Sculptures by Florida Designer Dave Kellum

We came across this site quite by accident, but thought these sculptures quite nice indeed.  I’m particularly fond of the Mock Turtle.  Florida artist Dave Kellum created these seven sculptures based on the original Tenniel illustrations.  Well done indeed!

Interactive Alice Event in Andersonville, IL

Starting tomorrow and ending November 2nd, Upended Productions is remounting its interactive Alice show in the Chicago suburb of Andersonville.  As their website puts it

“Taking place over an entire city block in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago, this ambulatory, multi-disciplinary show doesn’t seek to retell the story of Alice in Wonderland (that’s been done and done again) but, instead, gives the audience the opportunity to BE Alice.”

Originally produced in 2004, this new production looks to be better than ever.  Weekends starting at 1p and running every 15 minutes.  Tickets here.  Part of Chicago Artists Month.

Important Update for Toronto Attendees

The meeting announcement for Toronto has been significantly updated. The Maxine Schaefer Reading venue has been announced, the Board Meeting venue has changed, as has the schedule. There are also transit maps and advice. Please click here and print out a copy for yourself. See you all soon!