Sunday, August 2, 2015

Taking French leave

Winter With Satie from Soyoung L. Kim on Vimeo.
This is an 8 minute long shadow puppet performance I performed at the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline, MA. It is based on a short story I wrote about a young pianist who encounters the ghost of Erik Satie and this encounter sets off a process of healing and inspiration for the woman.

Note that the above caption is from the official description on Vimeo. I didn't write it.

Still and all, I find this a sweet and affecting mini-movie, using only those two basic colors (black and white) and a few forms. It's a lovely little mock-up of Paris the artist made.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Shadowy Friday Random Ten (sorry)

Tonight I watched Shadows. It's the first film directed by John Cassavetes. The all-improvised nature of the movie may have given it a few longueurs, as even at under an hour and a half it drags in some places. On the other hand the jazz score is very evocative, and some scenes are pretty compelling. Biggest treat for me is seeing Tom Reese - Sgt Velie on the ol' Ellery Queen series - as a sort of philosophical hoodlum.

1. Finn Riggins - Furs
2. Les Baxter - The Shrike
3. Nat King Cole - Too Young
4. David Bowie - Rock 'n' Roll Suicide
5. Beth Custer - Happy Dance
6, The Beatles - Girl
7. Lower Dens - To Die in L.A.
8. Sun Ra - New Day
9. Roxy Music - Beauty Queen
10. Kendra Shank - You and the Night and the Music

Thursday, July 30, 2015


There was a quick blackout earlier tonight. All the lights and everything else electric went off and spent a few seconds out before returning. It was a blinand-you'll-miss-it affair.

Still unsettling, though. For a few seconds it felt like an angry mob might come running through the streets. And me without a thing to wear.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Emperorical evidence

I'm reading a book now about Joshua A. Norton also known as Emperor Norton I, whom I've found an interesting subject for awhile. First encountered him as a character in an issue of Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics and wasn't sure if he was real at first.

He was, although he got fictionalized quite a bit, serving as the model for the Dauphin in Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn. English by birth, Jewish by extraction, and raised largely in South Africa, he was for a time a successful businessman in San Francisco. Then, to cut a long story short, he wasn't. It was after he lost all his money that he started embracing his entirely (but not to him) unofficial role as Emperor of the United States and issuing his proclamations. Some of these are silly and/or obnoxious, but some were prescient. He seems to have been a little ahead of the curve on slavery. This is the time when Twain got to know about him, as a writer for the Chronicle.

How important is delusion to keeping up your morale. Eliot said "Go go go said the bird/Humankind cannot bear very much reality." Norton certainly didn't seem very capable of bearing his.  But how many of have room to criticize?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Comedy! Sweaters

Joe Pera Stand Up from Joe Pera on Vimeo.
From the Moonshine Show at the PIT Theatre, March 22, 2011.

I kind of like this guy's style. And the baldness/hat joke. There are a few comics who settle on a delivery that seems like it shouldn't work, but they make it work. Stephen Wright is famous for this, of course.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Diner's Friday/Saturday Random Ten

Apologies if you tried reading this when it was just an ellipsis. Or maybe that was a mindbending experience.

A few stories have garnered attention this past week, including this one. Which is a media kerfuffle on one hand, but on the other.

Neugebauer does seem to have become a folk hero for a couple of days, if mostly in her own mind. And you hear a lot of people complain about "if you can't control your kids, leave 'em home." Fine up to a point, but be reasonable about this, too. Families have to eat, and eating breakfast isn't something you need tomblike silence for. If the kid turns into an air raid siren while I'm at the next table, then yes, maybe they should take the kid out until it's over. There are courteous ways for management to say this. But that doesn't even seem to have been the case to begin with. Rather, it was the kind of low level fussing that would have just made me, as a customer, feel a little sorry for the parents.

1. David Bowie - Five Years
2. The Ramones - All's Quiet on the Eastern Front
3. Dave Van Ronk - Hang Me Oh Hang Me
4. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - You'll Never Be a Man
5. Nick Drake - At the Chime of a City Clock
6. St. Vincent - Bring Me Your Loves
7. Lower Dens - Suckers Shangri-La
8. Sun Ra - Where Is Tomorrow
9. Les Baxter - Calcutta
10. Kendra Shank - Angel Face

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Service advisory...

,,, as in, advising you that there's still service going on here. You know, loosely defined.

Once more, there's been stuff I've wanted to write about, but I get around to it too late, when energy is starting to flag.

Mmmm, flag.

Where was I?

Oh yes, more of a post coming up tomorrow, possibly mixed with FR10.