Woland’s is one of Fedya’s favorite hang outs when he’s not with the Circle Band, though he enjoys inflicting it on the band whenever he gets the chance. Charitably referred to as a dive, “smoke filled pit” is probably one of the nicer things you can say about it.
And it had everything it always has Music, overpriced festival food, obnoxious evangelists, arts and crafts, the list goes on!
To a certain extent I think it’s gone down hill quite a bit. For the longest time my favorite part of the street fair was all of the artists with my favorite part being the opportunity to talk shop with the watercolorists. This year there were no water colorists and hardly any regular artists (two painters, one photographer, two caricaturists. All in all I think the whole things been going down hill quite a bit. Still the people watching is always fun and I got to get a few sketches in. The first two being rushed street scenes and the other being musicians from the band Fabulous Party Boys.
Today’s sketch is an Allegory of the Four Elements done in 1611 by Louis Finson (1580-1617).
I really like this piece. Every time I look at I can’t believe that is was done in the seventeenth century. It keeps making me think of some of the more modernist styles particularly Mexican Muralism.
Well for some time me and all of my friends at the Dreaming Comics and Games store have been teased by the rumors of Marvel’s cinema universe taking it’s next step with doing an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D television show and just yesterday I was pointed towards the first full trailer of the show! What I’m seeing so far is the usual exposition, a taste of witty dialogue, what seems to be Luke Cage in the first episode and… HOLY &^$% AGENT COULSON IS ALIVE! I GOTTA SEE THIS!!!
Ahem.. .Well. Looks promising but of course the making of trailers has become an art form which when done right can drag you in whole heatedly while telling you absolutely nothing… but still, here’s hoping. What I’m seeing here is the usI don’t follow Joss Whedon quite as religiously as some people I know but I think I can trust him to focus on story arcs as opposed to the monster (in this case superhero/villain) of the week.
Today’s Rhapsody is the first of Two Rhapsodies (L’Etang) by Charles Martin Loeffler for oboe, viola and piano though in this version has been arranged by Huei Lin replacing the oboe with a soprano saxophone. I rather like this one’s haunting quality.
The long awaited “Maid and the Maiden Fair” This season’s episode written by the author George R. R. Martin was everything I hoped it to be including the advertised fight between Brienne and a bear. Along with all of this it very much looks like we’re well on our way to this season’s climax which, at the moment, I am fairly sure shall rhyme with “Dead Leading”
Again as I’ve several times I’m fascinated how the show is becoming it’s own thing. I keep waiting to see things happen on the schedule I’m expecting and I keep getting surprised that I’m surprised when it doesn’t. This episode was closer to the book than the last two episodes probably due to the work of the author but even then all of the new material began to continue it’s own way while at the same time compliments and improves on the original material. In this episode the best example of this is Tyrion’s mistress, Shae. In the book she is just a childish camp follower picked up at random and painfully naive. In the show she is intelligent and ambitious with her own agenda. It makes more sense for this character to do what she will do later on than the version in the book does.
The other example is the character of Gendry who’s story has gone in a completely different direction than it has in the book. In the book he joins the Brotherhood Without Banners and that’s it. Here his story is merged with another of his father’s bastards, Edric Stone. I have a hard time believing that it will end in the same way and I look forward to finding out.
All in all this one was great. We had one of the best dragon scenes in the entire season and we had a BEAR. What more can we ask for?