Considering the hoopla of recent celebrities, it’s all water under the bridge for Paul Reubens and his man-child act. The fascination of Pee-Wee Herman’s Playhouse (which won 22 Emmys over its five year run) is one of mystery. The mystery man is back, the show is now on stage made popular with Reuben’s annoying nasal voice with all the innuendos abound in the original stage show based on the televised show. Paul Reuben is Peter Pan of our youth, once again bringing back our innocence.
Patti Smith is not a household name as is French poet Arthur Rimbaud, her idol. Considered a rock icon, she beats to her own drum without any Billboard attainment in the top 10. The closest she got was with “Because the Night”, which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen and reached number 13. You might not find her music in a jukebox, she is an embodiment of the rebel in its true sense. Stephen Sebring’s documentary took 11 years to film the essence of Patti Smith. Her muses William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Robert Mapplethorpe and Michael Stipe inspire her daily life. She is perhaps one of the last true beat artists that breeds the bohemian culture with her presence. Dream of Life is an appreciation of a true rock star who follows her own terms.
Where there is a will, there is a way. Subway that is or perhaps Skyway. Subway has comes up with the most ingenious way to sell food to construction sites. Bring the restaurant to the actual construction area. The makeshift restaurant is really a train container turned into a fully working food service so that construction workers don’t have to leave the site. The Subway restaurant can be lifted with any skyscraper built as it gets taller, the proximity will increase as the Subway takes flight with a crane that lifts the restaurant upwards. The recent Subway can be witnessed at the Ground-Zero at the Freedom Tower. This is a great publicity stunt but at the same time increases productivity by keeping those hungry appetites continuously accommodated.
The Ortery Photosimile 5000 is a gadget that you might do without if you think a $60.00 camera will do for photo taking images for professional display. The practicality of the Ortery Photosimile for every angle pictures is desirable, but the price of the unit might be out of reach for small scale projects. The Otery site states, “We do not list pricing on this website due to international pricing concerns.” Not a good sign for a gadget that looks like a giant popcorn popper with a revolving microwave turntable that takes pictures. Keep your money and invest in a good camera.
In like a lamb and out with Tiger in 2009, Jib Jab takes a poke at the year 2009 and the highlights of what made it so memorable and not so for others.
It seems that it is a rite of passage of sorts for many kids in North America to dress up as their favorite super-hero. Growing up Heroes is a collection of photographs of innocence past of kids dressed up as their beloved heroes of halcyon days. The collection is ever growing and encompasses from 1960 to the present. The volunteer photos are a blast from the past. David Bowie said it best, “We can be heroes!”