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Elizabeth Magie was inspired by her passion for the anti-monopolist economic theories of politician Henry George, and her desire to teach them to others in a simple, compelling way led her to develop The Landlord’s Game.
On the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) explores “how is play changing our lives?” with leading writers, thinkers, game designers, poets, artists— and you. Discover new writing on games and society, hear artists talk about what play means to them and see our curators in action as we prepare to open, PlayTime, the first major thematic exhibition to explore the role of play in contemporary art and culture.


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art makes you think big...MAKE ART

tick tock, the doomsday clock


supermoons again?

NEXT supermoon arrives January 1, 2018...
January 2018 brings full Moons—both supermoons! The first is the night of January 1—on New Year’s. This is the biggest supermoon of the year, aligning nearest to perigee—the Moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.  (January 31 is the second full Moon—also a Blue Moon!) via

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The history of a single monument is writ large in Pettengill's new short film, Graven Image, produced by Field of Vision and premiered on The Atlantic Dec. 1.

THIS is how I will spend my free time all winter...  BOOM BOOM

wrap up 2017: eye fruit

Eye Fruit: The Art of Franklin Williams at the Art Museum of Sonoma County

Installation view of Eye Fruit: The Art of Franklin Williams at the Art Museum of Sonoma County
May 13–September 3
Franklin Williams had been one of the more arcane examples of unclassifiable Bay Area artists from the late 20th century. In 2017, Eye Fruit changed all that. This show offered the first and, thus far, the only retrospective on Williams’s massive career, introducing the art world at large to a formidable talent whose work is the very distillation of authentic self-expression. It’s no wonder that Williams’s art has since shown in LA at the Parker Gallery, is currently on display through December 22 in New York City at Karma Gallery, and will be exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in the near future. Eye Fruit alone, however, deftly showed what was in store for art viewers as others take on the task of comprehensively examining the inimitable, mystical, and fascinating art of Franklin Williams. —Clayton Schuster



Boy meets Girl

Isle of Dogs! Coming March 2018

I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!  BOOM!!!!

Isle of Dogs (March 23)
Following the charming Fantastic Mr. Fox, Wes Anderson is back on his stop-motion-animation game with Isle of Dogs, the story of a Japanese boy who, in order to find his pet Spots, ventures to just what the title promises, a quarantined island of dogs. We have a feeling things will probably go better for him than for the explorers in Annihilation. The list of voice actors is enough to gawk over; Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, and Yoko Ono are just some of the famous (furry) friends who star.

That’s impressive, but it is an overwhelmingly white cast for a movie set in Japan…- Village Voice

R.I.S.E. nothing is natural

R.I.S.E.: Nothing is Natural at Reed College

(image courtesy Reed College)
August 11–October 1
Nothing is Natural was organized at Reed College by Indigenous artist Demian Din√©Yazhi’, curator and Director of Cooley Art Gallery Stephanie Snyder, and Indigenous arts collective  R.I.S.E. (Radical Indigenous Survivance and Empowerment). The exhibition, which was part of Converge 45 in Portland, Oregon, featured two installation works, one along the banks of tributary in Reed Canyon, and one in the historic Student Union. The outdoor installation, created by art collective Winter Count, titled “Nothing is Natural,” is an incredibly poignant work, redressing the notion of violence against the natural world, violence against women, and violence against Indigenous bodies. A work by Postcommodity, “Gallup Motel Butchering,” illuminated the contested nature of the landscape of Gallup, New Mexico as a commodified space — realities that tourism and the remnants of old Route 66 still present there — and that its identity as an Indigenous territory is often ghettoized. —Erin Joyce

How not to be Angry all the Time


Barry C Smith: We Have Far More Than Five Senses

plans plans plans (update)

You do have plans?
What kind?
Plans or pans or land or ands?
I have plans.
I'm saving plastic Wonder Bread bags and the oatmeal box plastic rings.
I even dreamt how I'm going to braid the bags and wrap the rings.
Maybe I'm nuts. Maybe not.
But hey, the next few years are unknown,
and instead of screaming at the TV (again)
or trusting people who say all will be OK, or not,
maybe even better than we expect,
that the orange clown will give us what we want, or not,
and the truth, or more lies,
the hidden shit, mind-blowing evidence, ending all conspiracy theories,
then I'm waiting.
I'm waiting to hear something smart come out of his mouth.
But I'm still waiting.
I'm making new plans.

UPDATED... A preview of my new chapbook: Am I supposed to be doing this?, using by penname Laramie Harlow.

The Departure - Official Trailer


writing about music is like dancing about architecture

here is one of my more abstract photos (c) LT Hentz (working on my new book)
Writing about music is like dancing about architecture. (I love this... VIA) ah... “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture”
—Frank Zappa

head gear


we are making a list of things BOOM thinks will be BIG HITS in 2018... like tiny cars and head gear... no, not dad hats...not blogs called poopsie... NO NO



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Sounds of the Year 2017 - free album

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a big highlight of my 2017 : Nick Cave

Nick Cave, “Until,” detail (photo by Robert Moeller for Hyperallergic)

Nick Cave: Until at MASS MoCA

ran October 15, 2016–September 4, 2017
Until may not have featured any of Nick Cave’s signature “Soundsuits,” but that didn’t stop it from being one of the more memorable shows of the year. Dominated by a massive installation that filled an enormous warehouse space, the exhibition was like an alternative universe. It was a somewhat disorienting expedition, from walking through the colorful “wind spinners” to climbing up bright yellow ladders to get a close-up view of the giant cloud of chandeliers, collected lawn ornaments, and various tchotchkes. While invoking a kind of childlike wonder, Until also brought us back down to reality, with repeated references to a pervading American racism, particularly the problems of gun violence and young black men killed by police. Even with your head literally in the clouds, you can’t get away from those deplorable lawn jockeys. —Elena Goukassian

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spam museum?

Oh yeah... it is real...

Eating Spam Downtown: A Story of Big Box Reuse

What to do with the empty boxes at the edge of town?

The small town of Austin, Minnesota, was faced with this question. They had an answer. The largest employer in town, Hormel Foods, swept-in and transformed an empty K-Mart into something special.
The Spam Museum is one-of-a-kind; there are no others. And, for this small town –home of the famous meat product – it’s an economic driver. Julia Christensen, author of the book Big Box Reuse, describes the feeling of driving into Austin.
As you pull into Austin, MN, you begin to see billboards along the highway advertising the Spam Museum. The billboards say things like “The Spam Museum– Even we don’t really understand,” and “The Spam Museum– Yes, we do answer the ingredients question.” This sense of humor carries over into the actual museum, the shrine to the canned meat that is produced and packaged right there in Austin, Minnesota, otherwise known as Spam Town, USA.
In the early 2000s, the Spam Museum was celebrated as a best-practices example of a repurposing a big box store. Christensen continues;
The renovation on this building has barely left a trace of the original use. In fact, the actual shell of the structure is all that is left of the old K-Mart. Windows, doors, walls, ceilings, and the entire exterior have all been completely overhauled. … This location sat empty for many years, and as a result, the entire end of town began to decline in business, and eventually in value. A grocery store across the street also closed down, leaving another empty big box across the street. READ UP



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We joined TERRACYCLE and send them our waste (we send them empty Tom's of Maine products) and then send a label so shipping is FREE and we also earn POINTS - which we donate to a charity - we chose OXFAM!  GO VISIT

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