The movie Being John Malkovich (1999) is an absurdist and comic existential tale which revolves around issues of identity and bodily autonomy. In the film, which develops in New York City, actor John Cusack’s character, Craig Schwartz, is a puppeteer, who is at times played by a puppet, as puppets are often at the center of the narrative. Continue reading Eye On Design: Portrait Marionette of Craig Schwartz From Being John Malkovich
Trekkie Monster is the alter-ego of Oscar the Grouch and Cookie Monster in the award-winning Broadway play, Avenue Q, which is an adult parody of Sesame Street. Geoffrey and I saw it several years ago and it was completely hilarious. Created by Rick Lyon, Trekkie is obsessed with social media and has made millions of dollars off investments in various platforms. In a previous iteration of the show, the original Trekkie was obsessed with Star Trek, hence his name.
Photographed in the Museum of The City of New York as Part of the Exhibit, Puppets of New York.
The good news is that Pearl River Mart in Chinatown has reopened! The great news is that they have all kind of terrific new merchandise in stock, such has this Shark Attack Hand Puppet, which is just insane.
OMG so scary, and yet it is made from such soft rubber, that it feels very non-threatening your hand.
This ‘Terror From The Deep’ is recommended for ages 3 and up, and sells for just $7.50! Shark Attack on Your Fist!
Geoffrey and I finally made it out to the Museum of the Moving Image today to see the amazing new Jim Henson exhibit, which was all kinds of crazy fun and well worth the haul out to Queens.
As soon as you enter the exhibit, just to the left there is a huge glass case full of assorted Muppets that aren’t necessarily the best known characters — but whom you would know if you are a diehard fan and have seen all of the shows — and one of them is this little gal whose name is Pink Stalk. She is kind of hard see because there is purposely not much light on the display, and I didn’t want to get kicked out for using my flash. To me, Pink Stalk looks like a Shrimp, but that seems to not be the case. Pink Stalk is just a stalk.
Here is the back story on Pink Stalk from a Muppet Wiki I found on my vey first Google Search attempt!:
“Two really gross clumps of crud – fabric – feathers and foam – maybe just mouths – realistic red interior and teeth. One has a club, which he smashes the others with from time to time. The other hits with his fist. They just make guttural sounds to each other – dialogue is to show inflection only and is completely unintelligible.”
After the Heaps beat each other up for a bit, two Stalks enter. The Pink Stalk prompts the Gold Stalk to get acquainted with the Heaps. However, when the Stalk pokes one of the Heaps to get their attention, they both attack him. The Pink Stalk tries to pacify her injured friend, who survived the blow with a twisted nose.The characters featured are listed in the script as Green Heap, Purple Heap, Pink Stalk, and Gold Stalk (although the stalks refer to each other in the script as George and Martha).
I love that story.
Geoffrey and I suspected we were in for some kind of rare treat when we arrived at David Zwirner and found ourselves waiting in a short line just inside of the gallery foyer. We were informed that artist Jordan Wolfson had made the gallery promise not to let more than 20 people into his exhibit at one time. “Well, OK,” we thought. Why not build a little suspense before we entered the exhibit, the contents of which was not visible from where we were standing.