Monday, July 21, 2008

Venangoland previews the Thursday's Silver Cornet band concert which will feature Jim Self:
This week's Franklin Silver Cornet Band concert will feature an appearance by tuba pro Jim Self.

Self was born in Franklin and raised in Oil City. Consequently, though he's come back and appeared in the area a few times, I'm not sure that people in these parts get how enormous he is in the biz. He's the heir-apparent to the great Tommy Johnson, the go-to guy for film scores-- Self has appeared in everything from his famous mother ship solo in Close Encounters to more recent films like Lemony Snicket, War of the Worlds, & Sin City. He has way over a thousand film credits, as well as recording credits with everyone from Leon Redbone to Maynard Fergusun to Barbra Streisand. He has worked with orchestras and jazz groups around the globe. He is without a doubt one of the top low brass players in the world.

Meadville's skate park needs some repairs. And no wonder:
According to the attendance report compiled by the complex, a total of 1,500 users made use of the skateboard facility during June. . . . far ahead of the 875 who used the baseball fields and the 750 who made use of the tennis courts during public sessions.

I guess it's really not a crime. Who knew?

I'm reading Museum of the Missing: A History of Art Theft by Simpon Houpt for the Franklin Public Library's Summer Reading Program for Grown-Ups - it's an exploration of art theft, both thuggy and institutionalized.

What's the future of photojournalism?

Art makes better doctors.

Yeats in the Digital Age

Tomorrow's father daughter project? A papercraft steampunk x wing kit.

Free and Legal Downloads:

Fiery Furnaces Live at East River Park, NY NY July 17, 2008

Retribution Gospel Choir Live at Bottom of the Hill on July 8, 2008

Hayseed Dixie Live at Stella Blue on May 7, 2008

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