Gustatory Equation

Seattle + Copper River Salmon + Safeway Card Discount = elation

‘Course, if I had myself a grill and place to use it (curse of the endangered Seattle Apartment Dweller), that would equal out to “bliss”.  And if I could also still find fuckin’ Thai-ger Sauce anywhere, that’d equal out to “sublime enlightenment”.  But hey…since when was “elation” bad?

And hell:  thanks to that Safeway card, I got $10/pound off!  It may not be fresh off the boat, but I ain’t complainin’.  (Hmmm…come to think:  I ride by Fisherman’s Terminal every work day…)

Punk Zine Archive

Courtesy of the excellent bastards at Operation Phoenix Records, the Punk Zine Archive includes sanctioned PDF scans of bedrock punk zines, including Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll nos. 2 – 45 and misc. thereafter, Flipside no. 1 and misc. nos. 24 – 79, and numerous issues of HeartattaCK and Suburban Voice.

Run, don’t walk. And maybe consider contributing to the effort, eh wot?

Metro Classics Series Revives Revival at Landmark Cinemas

The Metro Cinema, University District, Seattle, WARiding home on the 44 bus recently, I espied on the marquee of the Metro Cinema in the U District a short message to the effect that something called Metro Classics is starting soon (colon), Sunrise.

Sunrise?!” I exclaimed aloud while rubbing my eyes (ree-oo, ree-oo), startling both the proto-yuppie in front of me and the smelly wino behind me. (The Chicago expat in me does have a special appreciation of the 44 line.) Sunrise as in the 1929 silent-cum-added-sound masterpiece by no less than Murnau?? At the Metro?!?! Well, in fact…yes, that very one.

Indeed, the Metro Cinema — part of the Landmark chain that includes such wonderful local theaters as The Seven Gables, the Guild 45th and The Neptune — is making an experimental plunge back into the repertory film game. If it succeeds, there will be more…which I say is A Very Damn Good Thing.

This initial series runs weekly on Wednesdays from June 27 through August 22. In the press release, it’s being billed as “a decade-by-decade survey of film history from the 1920s through the 2000s,” and while some elitist wags (see comments @link) are sniffing at the choices, I think on the whole it’s a very good selection that balances the desire to represent with the goal of getting enough audience to convince Landmark to do more. (Okay. Personally, I don’t know that I would have picked the same film for the 2000s. But regardless, I applaud the thematic approach.)

I commend the series to you, and further suggest attending with regularity — not just because there’s some truly excellent flicks that truly deserve being seen on the Big Screen (e.g. The Seachers and Blow-Up in 35mm!), but also because I’d love to see more of this kind of programming.

Here’s the full schedule:

Wed. June 27 at 7 and 9 pm: Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, 1927, sync-sound version) – digitally projected

Wed. July 4 at 6, 8, 10 pm: Duck Soup (Marx Brothers, 1933) – digitally projected

Wed. July 11 at 7 and 9:15 pm: Casablanca (1942) – digitally projected

Wed. July 18 at 7 and 9:30 pm: The Searchers (Johns Ford & Wayne, 1956) – 35mm

Wed. July 25 at 7 and 9:30 pm: Blow-Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966) – 35mm

Wed. Aug 1 at 7 and 9:30 pm: Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976) – 35mm

Wed. Aug 8 at 7 and 9:30 pm: Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989) – 35mm

Wed. Aug 15 at 7 and 9:30 pm: Miller’s Crossing (Coen Brothers, 1990) – 35mm

Wed. Aug 22 at 7 and 9:30 pm: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000/2003) – 35mm

This series is happening thanks to some enterprising souls who maintain the ironically-named blog, The End of Cinema. I’ve not fully plumbed the depths of the thing or sussed the Whos, but the main guy is someone named Sean, and this is what he had to say about it:

We’ve managed to convinced the powers that be at Landmark Theatres to allow us to program and run a repertory film series this summer at the Metro Cinemas in Seattle. It’s going to be a nine week series constituting a decade-by-decade survey of film history from the 1920s to the 2000s. If the series is successful (meaning if we can draw enough customers to break even) then they’re going to let us continue to program rep films in the future, and possibly expand the program to Landmark theatres in other cities around the country.

So standing ovation for “sean” and the undefined “we” for their initiative.

In fact, this is a bit of a return to roots for Landmark. I moved to Seattle in 1996, just in time to catch the last couple-few months of the Varsity Theater’s run as a repertory house. Frankly, that was one of several draws to the U-District for me. I love repertory houses. Sure, you can see a lot of the stuff on DVD or VHS ensconced on your couch, but there’s just no substitute for seeing films as they were meant and made to be seen: with an audience on the big screen.

Mucho kudos to Sean and the End of Cinema guys, and also to Landmark. More please!

Weird Guitar Guy Scares Children

Update: Well, it appears this was erroneous or a hoax (see the comment from Hell’s Donut House)…but it’s still kinda funny…

From the New York Post:

May 3, 2007 — Kindergarten kids in ritzy L.A. suburb Calabasas have been coming home to their parents and talking about the “weird man” who keeps coming to their class to sing “scary” songs on his guitar. The “weird” one turns out to be Bob Dylan, whose grandson (Jakob Dylan’s son) attends the school. He’s been singing to the kindergarten class just for fun, but the kiddies have no idea they’re being serenaded by a musical legend — to them, he’s just Weird Guitar Guy.

Random stuffs

What’s this fascist Dick hiding, anyway?

An above-average Sun Ra discography

The mighty Ivor Cutler on the John Peel show (thanks, Hell’s Donut House)

Weekly experimental music concerts at The Chapel in Wallingford (Seattle)

Dope-ass Vermont

Swanky “file browse” stylings (and another)

14 Rules for Fast Web Pages (excellent: summarizing Steve Souders’ presentation at Web 2.0, with links to the PowerPoint [very recommended] and all the references)

More optimization: “Performance Research, Part 4: Maximizing Parallel Downloads in the Carpool Lane” (YUIblog — related to the above)

More optimization: Optimizing Page Load Time (see bottom for additional links)

Why brain-teaser interview questions are stoopid

Bitchen 16mm scanned telecine machine (3 CCD coming soon, they say)

Official Forrest J. Ackerman site

The Online 78rpm Dicographical Project

The one and only Travis (ex-Ono)

Impressive synth sharity

And did I mention Vincent Collins?