Yes, our Alice150 site is LIVE! Everything you need to know about the SequicenTenniel (150th anniversary) celebrations! Conferences, performances, and exhibitions are taking place all over the globe throughout this year, but the key one will be in New York City in October, the last three days of which (Oct. 9-11) coincide with our fall meeting. Check out the amazing programs, and note that even though admission to the LCSNA meetings are free and open to the public, this time REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED due to what we hope will be a major turnout. Do it today!
For those interested in translation, be sure to see the Translation Conference (Oct. 7-8), for which there is a nominal charge. Agenda is here; register on the Alice150 page (Day 1 and 2).
At the Big WOW! ComicFest in San Jose yesterday I (Mark B) met Diana Levin, an L. A. artist whose take on Alice is what she calls “Creepy Cute.” You can find her prints, pendants, pocketwatches, and the like here.
Ever wondered about that copy of the 1865 Alice that turned up in an Indian bazaar? This article has some interesting points, and sets a few things straight. I’ll leave it up to the hard-core Carrollians to validate or vilify.
Apparently it’s not just us Carrollians who’ve taken notice of the big 1-5-0, game designers have too. Take this for instance, a Gamejolt Jam, which is apparently a challenge to come up with games based on a theme, has a new Alice jam scheduled for June 27 – July 3. The rules are simple:
Base your game on the Alice in Wonderland book or characters
Include the mystery theme (this will be announced at the beginning of the jam)
Create the game within the jam period, including any graphics and audio
Entries can be from individuals or teams
Upload your game to Game Jolt and tag it with #alicejam150
Well, I guess it had to happen sooner or later, a Las Vegas Alice show. Performed infrequently, check the show’s page on the official Hard Rock website for details. Next performance appears to be May 20.
Alice: A Steampunk Rock Opera at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel, and the eight-member cast all have their Strip show duties first before the 11 p.m. explosion of bizarre makeup, outrageous costumes, fierce dancing and even fiercer music. “Alice” is the map-cap, zany creation of current “Jubilee” at Bally’s lead vocalist Anne Martinez.
I saw the production based on … Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” a month ago and was bowled over by the energy of the frenetic, sexy performers in their original and elaborate Steampunk costumes. The artistic tour de force really has dramatic singing and dancing.
These are original arrangements of favorite pop/rock songs by Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse andThe Rolling Stones with a nine-piece live band led by trumpet titan Dave Perrico. The Cheshire Cat and The White Rabbit are part of the theatrical experience choreographed by Ryan Kelsey (“Pin Up”at the Stratosphere) and Claudia Mitria, who perform in the show.
Don’t be frightened or surprised when the cast leaves the stage to perform routines in the audience with flashlights to spotlight them. Don’t miss this offbeat, rowdy and raucous revelry. The only question remaining for tonight is who will be the guest star to play The Red Queen to scream, “Off with their heads!”
On April 24th the Pontine Theatre will premiere its new Victorian-style toy theatre production of The Hunting of the Snark and Other Nonsense. Shows run through May 20th. The production is performed by Co-Artistic Directors, Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews. The figures, set, projected images and costumes are designed and created by Mr. Gathers, examples of which are below. Looks like fun, wish New Hampshire was slightly closer for us.
The Landing – Image Credit: Greg Gathers
The Baker’s Tale – Image Credit: Greg Gathers
The Beaver’s Lesson – Image Credit: Greg Gathers
The Barrister’s Dream – Image Credit: Greg Gathers
Currently in Beta, there is a new game being developed by PlayparkSEA for both Android and iOS platforms based on Alice. From what we can see in this video, looks like it might be fun Not sure if you can still get in on the beta, but follow on Facebook to see.
Who doesn’t love Peeps? When not eating them, or jousting with them, what can they be used for? Why, for constructing elaborate dioramas depicting scenes from Alice in Wonderland of course! The Washington Post’s annual Peep Diorama contest this year had an Alice entry as one of the best, and I must say it does look yummy!