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The Rainbow for Seven Inch Cinema, including live performance from the Zx-Spectrum Orchestra and DJing / VJing from the Sugarfoot Stomp DJs.
Brum and saw Misty's Big Adventure at the Bar Academy. Got there late, and was only let in due to the grace of god, the bouncer and manager! Missed the beginning of the set, when I entered I could hear the band but not see anything due to a kind of tiered wall of audience - lots of people standing on chairs and stools to see over the crowd. Still, managed to work my way to the dance-area near the front, for some rather cramped dancing!
Misty's just seem to get tighter and more together, they've been touring a lot recently, so I guess they're well practiced. They played with this a bit with some free-form jam sections added to a couple of the songs. They also played a couple of newer numbers such as Hey Man, Not Enough Brains, Wiseing up Song and Waiting for You.
Not Enough Brains tells us about the parallel universe in which there's a parallel you and a parallel (with a parallel brain), which remembers everything you forget and forgets everything you remember (because there's too many numbers and too many names, too many faces, so you need two brains to take it all in).
Apparently the new album will be out in May, and the next single will feature Hey Man and the Wiseing Up Song.
influenza pandemics and notable epidemics. Added Dave Deans' Kitty Killer blog ( http://www.livejournal.com/users/snooo/ ) to my list of BirminghamBloggers.
the Rep. Set in a post-war seaside boarding house, with just one guest, Sydney, a dippy landlady and her quiet husband. Sydney seems to do nothing, doesn't go out, not even that interested in the young woman Lulu who asks him out. Then two men come to visit, on a sinister seeming mission. Very interesting. At the start, I tried to figure it out too literally but found the it all made perfect metaphorical sense in the end. The brow-beating scene was fantastic, and I'd single out the actor playing Mr Goldberg as particularly strong.
Influenza Pandemic - we don't know when it will come, it could be 5 weeks, a year, 5 years or 20 before we have a new virus which spreads from human to human, but the odds are looking shorter.
On Friday, the WHO issued figures for the total number of cases(69, and the total number of deaths so far(46). This gives a mortality rate of around 2 in 3 people, or 66%. The UK contingency plan assumes a mortality rate of 0.37%. Yep. That's not a type, nought poing three seven percent. That's 50 times lower than what's been observed. More at Influenza Pandemic.
the MAC, the 1926 silent version of Faust ( or "forced" as the PA announcer called it) with live music on Dulcimers and flute from Geoff Smith (and some else whose name I didn't get). The music was great, with a number of catchy recurring themes. The film itself was engaging, occasionally funny and quite dark. Mephisto provided some comic relief, but the action centers on Faust himself (aged scholar granted youth and power through a deal with the devil) and Grechen (virginal, church going innocent, likes flowers, bit wary of charming young men accompanied by the devil).
The first musical bits which stuck out to me was when Faust summons Mephisto (who, for some reason, reminded me of Terry from Terry and June), where the dulcimer really reflected the tensions, and the sudden realisation of evil.
The special effects were wonderful (did something bad happen to SE's between about 1939 and 2000?) with "our hero" flying though the sky, views of villages from the air, and the appearance of the giant devil indicating the comming of plague. One scene depicted the wedding of a rich and beautiful wedding and featured quite realistic faux-elephants . I've no idea if these were something deployed for celebrations, but it's a great idea.
In summary, Cinemaphonic: you can't miss it!
More on Faust Legends at: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/faust.html
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