Carrollians Ellie Schaefer-Salins, Matt Crandall, and Wendy Lane Crandall will be on a panel at this weekend’s DC comic book convention, Awesome-Con. The panel is Friday, May 29th (that’s today) at 6PM. From the convention schedule:
Why is a Raven like an IPad? The 150-Year Transmedia Evolution of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. Friday, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, room 145 B. 2015 is the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alice has gone down the rabbit hole in films, TV shows, comic books, and even video games. This panel examines the impact of Alice on media, art, and modern culture.
This panel is presented by the Lean & Hungry Theater Company, who will be presenting their own adaptation of Alice on June 14th. Details will be available at the panel, and at their website.
Scienceworks museum in Spotswood Australia has opened a new interactive exhibit to introduce science and math concepts to children. Running through October.
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
Go for it!
Quite a nice article in Forbes that discusses Anya in Wonderland by Nabokov under pseudonym, Dali, Steadman, and more at the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin now through July 6th. For those attending the Spring meeting you’ll get to visit up close and personal as this is where the meeting takes place!
When visiting Oxford in this 150th year, as I’m sure everyone will <wink>, you might want to partake of the official Visit Oxfordshire city tour called “When Alice Met Harry”, which is a tour of all the significant Alice spots, and includes a dash of Harry Potter. What could be better?
There was a discussion of Alice at 11am ET on February 25 on The Diane Rehm Show on NPR. Special guests Rosemary Jann – professor of English at George Mason University, John Pfordrescher – professor of English at Georgetown University, and Lizzie Skurnick editor-in-chief Lizzie Skurnick Books.
Also be sure to check out the article on Alice in video on her show page.
Walt Disney’s animated Alice is going to be showing at the El Capitan theater on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles for one night only February 12, 2015, as part of their Throwback Thursday series. Don’t be late if you want to see it!
So great news for Carrollians, the larger world is starting to notice that this year is the 150th anniversary of AAIW. And what better way to start than with a nice article in the New York Times.
Our good friend and past-president of the UK Lewis Carroll Society has created a centralized site for all items pertaining to the 150th anniversary celebration of our favorite book. Updated daily, this site is must see TV – or something like that 🙂 Invaluable resource to be sure.
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.