Sunday, 30 June 2013

Frank Fairfield - Cafe Oto

Frank Fairfield plays Banjo, Guitar and Fiddle at Cafe Oto, Dalston on Sunday 30th June 2013. An intriguing mixture of rags and waltzes, stomping'and the like.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Same old story on BBC Question Time, then?

It's the same old story, I tell myself not to watch Question Time, but occasionally I dip in, only to find I may have well just watched the Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse skit again.

In the Red Corner, it's Liz Kendall MP ......

...and slugging it out for the Blues, it's David Willetts MP.....

Early night then.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Bob from Michigan - At the Andy Warhol exhibit

Who's this? Well, if it isn't our favourite Worldwide Everyman, Bob from Michigan. On this occasion perusing the Andy Warhol show and not too taken by the print of Chairman Mao.

Bob from Michigan idea: Giles Morgan
Art: Andrew Cieciala

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Tales of Terror - 1962

Part of the portmanteau Horror film strand, this 1962 take on classic Edgar Allan Poe stories are stitched together by some gloriously camp performances from Vincent Price, appearing in all three of the tales, 'Morella', 'The Black Cat' and 'The Case of M. Valdemar'.

With heavyweight support from Basil Rathbone as Carmichael (in Valdemar) and Peter Lorre at his bug eyed best (The Black Cat) it's an enjoyably brief film, not particularly scary and also not for purists of Poe (Yes, I'm talking to you Joe Carroll and Ryan Hardy).

I've chosen The Black Cat and The Case of M.Valdemar for my sketches.

Peter Lorre as Montresor, deep in his cups and about to lose his wife to the charming, attentive stranger...

Vincent Price as Ernest Valdemar in the midst of a mesmeric state, brought on by the cunning Carmichael (Sherlock himself, Basil Rathbone)

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Bob from Michigan - At the Magritte show

Bob from Michigan - Magritte Show

Worldwide Everyman, Bob from Michigan takes in the art, here observing Rene Magritte's famous pipe.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Four Rooms - Four Drawings

Back on our TV screens, running for a few weeks in a daytime slot before returning to prime time last Friday is Channel 4 curio Four Rooms.

With the premise being that a number of misguided individuals make their way to mysterious converted warehouse in the attempt to extract cash from some obscenely rich dealers for their goods. With the oddities on offer ranging from possible art masterworks, historical artifacts, new art, antiques and random cultural iconography and paraphernalia as well as a fair amount of old tat.

As you can imagine, it's one of my favourite shows and has inspired these Four Drawings for Four Rooms.

1. The punter gets, greedy and pushes his price (and his luck) into the stratosphere. These ones are great and regularly go home with nothing other than a bruised ego.

 2. Business woman, dealer, interior designer, property developer Celia Sawyer raises her hands to her face, aghast at the brazen cheek of one sellers unrealistic expections.

3. New dealer this season (along with Harry Hill and Nick Cotton) is the Soprano suited Maurice Amdur, a succesful dealer and 'Maverick Businessman' (Channel 4's words, not mine).

4. Returning again is gallery owner and dealer Gordon Watson, who loves to rub it in about his A-list clientelle, Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger....oh, and Tom Cruise.