Saturday, December 4, 2010

Clog Dancing'sBig Street Revival

Clog dancing in Newcastle

"The thing about clogs is that they're all surface: there's no grip and they're slightly curved so you stand in a slightly peculiar way. The potential to go arse-over-tit is enormous."

Clog dancing's big street revival | Stage | The Guardian

Monday, November 8, 2010

Valentine's Day Ceilidh

Our introduction to the awesomeness of English Ceilidh was Boka Halat at the 2006 Sidmouth Festival - step, and step, and step, and do-si-do!!.....

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Ancient Geek Goodness

at the Fitzwilliam Museum - a Roman multitool that dates back to the 3rd Century C.E. When unfolded, it has a fork, spatula, pick, spike, and knife blade.

Obama! A Modern U.S. President (musical spoof)

Annie Vought Paper Cut Letters

Annie Vought recreate notes and letters, enlarges the images onto a new piece of paper and cuts away the negative spaces with an Exact-o knife.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

‘Off the Wall, Part 2’ — Trisha Brown at the Whitney

‘Off the Wall, Part 2’ — Trisha Brown at the Whitney

“Off the Wall, Part 2” was an exhibition about ways in which artists have questioned traditional ideas about viewing art. Our company, Sapsis Rigging, Inc., provided the rigging support systems for this project.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Day of the Dead Papercuts

"In Mexico, papel picado (perforated paper), refers to the traditional art of decorative cut paper banners. Papel picado are usually cut with sharp fierritos (small chisels) from as many as fifty layers of colored tissue paper at a time. Designs may incorporate lattice-work, images of human and animal figures, flowers, and lettering. Many papel picado are made especially for the Mexican festival of the Days of the Dead and include skeletal figures engaged in the everyday activities of the living."

BibliOdyssey: Day of the Dead - Papercuts

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Early American Roots Music

A wonderful collection of free download-able MP3s of music from the 1920's-50's.

Animated Knots by Grog

How to tie all sorts of useful knots, beautifully animated and categorized. Now an iPhone app!

Animated Knots by Grog

Catalog Living

While Gary and Elaine were in the kitchen getting popcorn,
the brave yellow sweater attempted its escape.

A hilarious look into the exciting lives of the people who live in your catalogs written by actress Molly Erdman.

Catalog Living

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

gar • baj

n. 1. where waste meets want. 2. where freecycle meets feng shui. 3. or how I got rid of 1,000 things I can live (better) without. 4. a blog by lena wetherbee

Lena is giving away 1000 things in 1000 days and writing about it. Brilliant!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Illustrations by Květa Pacovská

Beautiful quirky illustrations by Květa Pacovská for Jak Se Hraje Na Dvere a Jine Muzikantske Pohadky (roughly: How to Play on Doors and Other Musical Stories) by Ilja Hurnik (Prague, 1973) scanned and shared at A Journey Round My Skull

Tracking the Trumpet Zebra and Other Musical Stories

Monday, July 5, 2010

Dueling Banjo Pigs

It started out with a duel between friends. Guy Francis challenged fellow illustrator, Stacy Curtis, to a duel of banjo playing pigs. Now, other illustrators have joined the fun with banjo pigs of their own!


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Let Your Feet Do the Talkin'

Let Your Feet Do The Talkin’ tells the story of 70-year-old buck dancing legend Thomas Maupin and examines music’s ability to form and strengthen relationships and lift us above our circumstances.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Youth Flock To Contra Dancing : NPR

Youth Flock To Contra Dancing : NPR
Contra dancing has been around since the 1700s. If you don't know it -- it's kind of like square dancing but with long lines of dancers. The dance is having a renaissance around the country thanks to a thriving youth scene.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Shorpy Historic Photo Archive

Shorpy is an online archive of thousands of high-resolution photos from the 1850s to 1950s.

Carol Shelkin Mosaics

My friend Carol makes beautiful, award-winning mosaics. She's also a painter, potter and one of the best people I know!

Carol's Mosaics

Handmade Russian Accordions

It was in Tula, Russia, where mass production of the famous 'Bayan' accordions began in the 1830's. The 'Tula' accordion is named after the city. Here's a look inside the factory where these instruments are made. The site is in Russian but the beautiful photographs make up for that.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Old Fonts
Authentic Old Penmanship Fonts & Old Text Fonts

Fallen Princesses

Dina Goldstein's Fallen Princesses depicts fairy tale characters in modern day scenarios. In all of the images the Princess is placed in an environment that articulates her conflict. The 'happily ever after' is replaced with a realistic outcome and addresses current issues.

Gluten Free Philly

I've eaten a gluten-free diet for about 15 years and it's gotten so much easier with resources like this: Gluten Free Philly

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

For love of the game

Rick Reilly: Compassion and Competition

Yes, a team that hadn't lost a game in 2½ years, a team that was going to win in a landslide purposely offered to declare defeat. Why? Because Roncalli wanted to spend the two hours teaching the Marshall girls how to get better, not how to get humiliated.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kulingarna: Hambo and variations

Accordian and banjo! Some lovely variations by the couple in white shirts, including what could become the hambo equivalent of the dreaded Petronella Clap.

Flash Brindisi

Opera Company of Philadelphia at Reading terminal Market in Philadelphia