Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wizard of Oz in 1904

Awesome post on Unusual Kentucky about a weird musical version of The Wizard of Oz that predated the movie by almost 40 years:

The Creeps Records blog has an mp3 of a recording of an antique music box that plays a song from that very same weird Oz musical:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vote for Sidney Hymson!

Catclaw Theatre Company's Sidney Hymson, star of Toulouse-inations, needs your help - vote for him in the AMC Mad Men casting contest:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Death and Pugilism

Four boxing stars dead in four weeks! JSH ponders these fallen heroes on Transylania Gentlemen:

Monday, July 27, 2009

Today in JSH history: Desperate Telegrams

On June 27, 2003, Jeffrey Scott Holland's Desperate Telegrams exhibition was unveiled at Bob Morgan's Gallerie Soleil, Lexington, KY.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

"I can't stand being preached to"

"Combine zeal for current-events topicality with the ongoing trend towards shorter, simpler, smaller-scale plays and you have a lazy liberal's wet dream: something that's easy to stage, and invokes certain buzzwords that look good on certain kinds of grant applications.
And so we see more and more plays that consist of just two or three characters (or even better, just one monologuing his or her heart out) on a minimal set, talking about "relevant social and political issues." If you ask me - and I know you didn't - that kind of "Theatre of NPR" jazz is about as interesting as watching a staged reading of transcripts from the Congressional Record. "

JSH's weekly Suspension of Disbelief column on the Theatre Louisville site:

Today in JSH history: Bruno Bischofberger

On this day in 2004, JSH's painting "Elderly Crossdresser Watching Television" was acquired by legendary art dealer Bruno Bischofberger, famous for his representation of Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente and others.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Fake Kentuckians of 1919

A dixieland jass band by the name of Johnny Hamp's Kentucky Serenaders, who actually were NOT from Kentucky, is the subject of both the Creeps Records and Unusual Kentucky blogs today:

Aphra Behn

The life and times of Aphra Behn, playwright, poet, feminist, and sexual secret agent:

Friday, July 24, 2009

Back in Black

It's the Unofficial JSH Site, 3.0! After years of being hosted of Geocities, first by indie filmmaker Jon Shelton and then graphic artist Rob Ruane, the site is now hosted by yrs truly, Miss Vanilla Dendrite. I've moving the site to Blogger because of the announcement that Geocities will be shutting down in October. Not sure what's to be done about all the old archived entries going back to 2003. Maybe I'll backdate them into this blog, or maybe I'll just leave it to JSH himself to figure out some other place to host that.