Last night, C.J. and I went to a puppet show for adults at The Hub, a performance space/art gallery run by a small group trying to revitalize downtown Vallejo where we live. Because C.J. is a fan of puppets, I’ve become something of an expert on them myself over the years we’ve been together. Last night was my first Punch and Judy Show.
It was not for children.
I enjoyed the show, smiled through the entire thing, and even laughed out lout several times. I know it’s horrible, but it really was funny when Mr. Punch ran the baby through the sausage grinder. You had to be there.
However there was a hipster couple behind us who could not help themselves. Sarcastic commentary running through the entire show. Talking back to Punch and Judy is entirely appropriate, though it’s not something I do. But theirs were little asides to each other making fun of the whole thing, the whole thing being what the rest of us paid “good money” to see.
Dangerous Puppets performed a very cool version of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky after a short series of little entre act numbers that featured a puppet version of the devil who sang Ave Maria which I thought was brilliant.
Dangerous Puppets makes all of their characters from fallen wood and other natural products. They don’t paint any of them all all which gives them a very interesting and beautiful look. I loved all of their pieces but the hipsters behind us would not stop until I turned around and asked them nicely to be quiet using about 80% teacher voice. Teacher voice has turned out to be a useful super power.
Afterwards we went on stage and asked if we could see the puppets up close which is how I know about the techniques used to make them. Here’s a video version of their Jabberwocky:
Meanwhile spring break is hear at last. We’re not going to be taking any trips this year, but we have lots to do. We’re off to hear some jazz later today and to have dinner with some old friends.
For the rest of the week, I have four books I’d to review, a small stack of non-fiction that I checked out from the library post TBR Double Dog Dare and quite a few projects around the house that I’d like to see finished very soon. I just started The Secret History of Wonder Woman which has not turned out to be at all what I expected, but I’m enjoying it so far none-the-less.
We’ll be going into the city a couple of times this week to look for art supplies. We need a cheap paper source for school since we’re all planning on making journals for history when we go back to school. I’ve been taking a series of classes on how to bring more art into your school. One suggestion was having the students make their own journals for use in the classroom. I think these will work well in history where we do a lot of writing and can always do more drawing so I convinced my department to give it a go with our final unit of the year on Renaissance Europe. I’m waiting for the Dover historical coloring books I ordered to arrive. Between those and what we hope to find in the city we should be able to put together some pretty good journals.
Friday the kids were taking a test in history so I read a book. I got through all of Shelia Burfords The Incredible Journey which I had never read before somehow. It was wonderful.. I highly recommend it. The story of two dogs and a cat who make their way across 250 miles of Canadian wilderness to find their way home was one of the best animal stories I’ve read. It’s great for it’s depiction of nature and for the way she keeps her animals animals. At no point did I find them slipping into human qualities. They don’t speak to each other, the react to the people and other animals they meet as domestic dogs and cats would react. And the adventure is quite exciting, too. It’s a little old fashioned at this point since it’s 50 years old now, but I highly recommend it.
And I should have a review up later this week.