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Adventures in Boston [May. 26th, 2011|12:40 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Wednesday evening, muffyjo and I drove into Boston, parked under the Common, and hiked up Beacon Hill to the Athenaeum to see their Edward Gorey exhibit, Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey. The main exhibit took up one large room, but there were a few things before you went into the main hall, a smaller hall after it, and one display case in a tiny room beyond the smaller hall.

The show is only open til June 4th if you were hoping to see it & they're closed Saturday, May 28th until Monday, May 30th, reopening on Tuesday, May 31st.

It is pretty amazing to see, up close and personal, the detail of his line work. The man is a pen and ink MASTER and while I've always loved his art, seeing originals made me appreciate it more.

On our way there, we noticed some sort of exhibition made up of a LOT of little American flags, but we had a deadline. But, on our way back, we stopped and both took some pictures. Turns out that it's a Memorial Day memorial.

We talked with the Police officer guarding it after sunset & he informed us that he'd talked with the exhibit creators himself and they didn't have any particular shape in mind. Even though it kinda looks like an arrow. Or the state of Texas.

Then we had dinner at Rockbottom, which apparently no longer brews its own beer. Not that we cared, we were just looking for simple, relatively non-greasy food and it was tasty enough. Got cold fast, though.

All in all, an excellent adventure.

[User Picture]From: lillibet
2011-05-26 12:45 am (UTC)
Sounds like a nifty outing!

Have I told you about meeting Gorey?
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-05-26 12:48 am (UTC)
You have not told me about meeting Gorey! (At least, I don't think you have.)

Please tell me a story, Elizabeth!
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[User Picture]From: lillibet
2011-05-26 01:21 am (UTC)
Well, since you ask...

When I was at Wellesley, I was in an all-female production of Gorey Stories, the musical based on his work. I got to play C. (Claudius) F. (Frederick) Earbrass, the author. We performed in one of the gigantic living rooms on campus and the director, Wednesday Alma Sofia Raya-Willoughby (how's that for a name?) had some connection with Gorey, so she invited him to the show and he came. Sat right in the front row, making us all nervous. Afterwards he stayed for drinks & cookies with the cast and said nice things about my manly walk and how well the mustache suited me. He reminded me of Shel Silverstein, oddly enough, though that may have just been the bald-with-beard look.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2011-05-26 02:04 am (UTC)
Heh. That sounds like a lot of fun. And Wednesday Alma Sofia Raya-Willoughby may be the awesome-ist name that didn't come out of a Gorey book, ever!

Do you have any pics from the production?
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[User Picture]From: lillibet
2011-05-26 02:29 am (UTC)
She used to say that people frequently asked if she were born on Wednesday, to which she would say "no, I was born on Tuesday, but I changed my name."

Sadly, I don't have any photos from that show.
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From: moria923
2011-05-26 02:54 pm (UTC)
How was the no-longer-brewed-on-site beer? Rock Bottom has long been a favorite hangout of me and thorbol for a couple of reasons: a) they consistently have braille menus, and keep them updated; and b) they have enough meat-and-potatoes things for thorbol and enough slightly spicy things to keep me from getting bored.
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[User Picture]From: bedfull_o_books
2011-05-27 08:57 am (UTC)
I am so going to this exhibit this afternoon.

Thanks for posting about this.
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