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Alice Photoshopped: Maggie Taylor’s art

Maggie Taylor’s beautiful altered digital photography will be on display in Carlsbad, California, at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery from July 17th thru September 9th. She explained her inspiration, what led her to Alice, and process to the North County Times: “I had been doing some digital work with rabbits, holes in the ground and… [read full post]

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György Ligeti’s “The Lobster Quadrille” from his Nonsense Madrigals

There’s at least one performance on YouTube of György Ligeti’s take on “The Lobster Qaudrille,” a movement in his later work, the vocal a capella Nonsense madrigals (1988-1993). (Ligeti was a 20th Century Hungarian composer most famous for his experimental music used to great effect in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.) This video is… [read full post]

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Mike Batt on the Snark: “it is whatever you want it to be.”

Mike Batt’s The Hunting of the Snark is finally getting a U.S. release on July 12th on his own label Dramatico. The original 1980’s concept album featured Art Garfunkel, Roger Daltrey, George Harrison, Stephane Grappelli, Sir John Gielgud, John Hurt, Captain Sensible, Deniece Williams, Julian Lennon, Sir Cliff Richard and a kitchen sink. Mike Batt… [read full post]

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6 + 100 impossible things before breakfast

This new “brain-boosting” book by Robert Quine and John Nolan has an amusing title: 106 Impossible Things Before Breakfast ($14.95.) The question is, is it possible to do that many impossible things without pushing breakfast back at least to brunch? “Alice laughed. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’ “‘I dare say you haven’t had much practice,’… [read full post]

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