Today was a national holiday called Marine Day. We spent the day cleaning our apartments, moving furniture between them, packing, and worrying about airline weight limits. We started around 8 this morning, and stopped at around 11 tonight, with brief intermissions to feed and rest. Though we haven’t really stopped with the worrying.
In the late afternoon, one of Jarrod’s classmates set up—with their drums, cymbals and flutes—in the park across the street with a couple of other kids. They must’ve practiced for two hours. It was quite something, especially with the hyperactive acoustics of the bare concrete buildings we live in and around. They gradually got better, but we were sure glad when they stopped.
But that has nothing to do with puppets. I know that at least one of my regular readers is a fan of puppetry, so here’s a trio of links, in random order of seriousness. Enjoy.
- On July 14, the New York Times published a review of a 1922 puppet opera by Ottorino Respighi, titled “La Bella Dormente nel Bosco” (“Sleeping Beauty in the Woods”). Hopefully this link will work. You may have to register to read the article.
- Over Time is an animated tribute to Muppets creator Jim Henson. It’s a beautiful and sinister film, done—I think—as a final project by students at a French animation school. The original server doesn’t have the file, but the site I’ve linked to does.
- And the last of our eclectic trio also concerns the Muppets: it’s The Rocky Horror Muppet Show, script by Tom Smith. From what I can tell on the linked page, it has been produced before, the premiere having been in 1987. Those of you unfamiliar with either The Rocky Horror Picture Show or The Muppet Show might find it a tad strange. Heck, it’s a tad strange even if you are familiar with the originals.