“Craziness is like heaven.” — Jimi Hendrix
Alright, things are starting to get a little wacky around here now.
The Herald Times yesterday ran a story (paywall) on a “real life exorcist.” Okay, it’s Hallowe’en season and all that but I don’t see this city’s daily paper running a piece on a real life vampire who rises from the dead at night. Nor have I seen even a small feature on a wolfman or Frankenstein’s monster.
This is on top of Newsweek mag bannering “Heaven Is Real” on its cover last week.
A neurosurgeon named Dr. Eben Alexander writes in the newsweekly that he fell into a coma and went to heaven. The mag and its sister online pub, The Daily Beast, are treating his assertion as, well, gospel. The Huffington Post is all gaga over Eben as well. Fox News, natch, is slobbering all over itself covering this “news.”
Now Alexander says he’s going to devote the rest of his life to the study of the afterlife.
Gawker calls it “possibly the most embarrassing cover story Newsweek has ever run.”
One question: Why do all these near-death afterlife experiencers go to heaven? Don’t sinners have near-death experiences?
What if Charles Manson came out of a coma and swore up and down he’d seen Beelzebub? And since Manson’s an unrepentant mortal sinner, might he then say, “Hey man, I dig hell. I can’t wait to go back permanently.” How would Newsweek and The Daily Beast cover that?
What About Hell?
What if…, aw, hell with it. I’m gonna go pop open “The God Delusion.”
Get ready to have the bejesus scared out of you this coming weekend.
Here’s the lineup for the fest:
Friday at Bear’s Place
- 8pm: “Found,” directed by Scott Schirmer, plus Bear’s Annual Costume Contest
Saturday at the Buskirk Chumley
- 2pm: Festival Introduction
- 2:05pm: 4 films — “Dummy,” “The Keeper,” “Vadim,” & “Zero Killed”
- 4:50pm: Lacore Valmon Circus, Live aerial performance
- 5pm: 6 films — “Other,” “Once Upon a Liver,” “Seamstress,” “Transmission,” “Attack of the Brainsuckers,” & “Nailbiter”
- 8pm: Lacore Valmon Circus, Live sideshow performance
- 8:20: 6 films — “All Men Are Called Robert,” “Bariku Light,” “The Last Day of Harold Fishman,” “Sandwich Crazy,” “Hell’s Belles,” & Video Diary of a Lost Girl”
Sunday at the Buskirk Chumley
- 1:30pm: 5 films — “Mother Died,” “Chompers,” “Shine,” “Roman’s Ark,” & Harsh Light of Day”
- 3:45pm: 4 films — “Lovebug,” “Weight of Emptyness,” Firelight,” Feature TBA
Speaking of the Buskirk Chumley, you’ve only got two weeks left to get tix for the Indigo Girls, who ought to draw just as a rabid a crowd as Richard Thompson did last month. The IGs will hit the stage on Friday, November 2nd.
You’ve got two and a half months get purchase ducats for Emmylou Harris. She’ll be here Monday, January 2, 2013.
Did I just type 2013? Sheesh!
BTW: Emmylou Harris is 65 freaking years old and she’s still hot as a pistol. What’s she eating for breakfast and can I get some of it?
Harris — Hot
Yep, one of the late John Hughes‘ fave bands.
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Monday, October 15th, 2012
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STUDIO TOUR ◗ Brown County, various locations — The Backroads of Brown County Studio Tour, free, self-guided tour of 16 local artists’ & craftspersons’ studios; 10am-5pm, through October
LECTURE ◗ IU Memorial Union, State Room East — Branigan Lectures Series: “Detroit: Then & Now,” Presented by Tiya Miles; 4pm
MUSIC ◗ IU Auer Hall — Doctoral Recital, Douglas Olenik on tuba; 5pm
POLITICS ◗ City Hall, Showers Building — Monroe County Schools Corporation board candidates forum, Presented by Indiana Coalition for Public Education; 7-9pm
MUSIC ◗ IU Ford-Crawford Hall — Martha Herr, soprano; 7pm
MUSIC ◗ IU Auer Hall — Doctoral Recital, Nina Zhou on piano; 8pm
LECTURE ◗ IU Musical Arts Center, Room 454 — David Baker; 8:30pm
CLASS ◗ Monroe County Public Library — IU Lifelong Learning Series: “On the Brink of Destruction: The Cuban Missile Crisis 50 Years Out“; 7-8:30pm
READINGS ◗ IU Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center — Nancy Shoenberger & Sam Kashner, Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington; 7pm
FILM ◗ IU Cinema — “Boys Don’t Cry“; 7pm
VARIETY ◗ Cafe Django — Bloomington Short List, Ten-minute acts, Hosted by Marta Jasicki; 7pm
MUSIC ◗ Muddy Boots Cafe, Nashville — Barbara McGuire; 7-9pm
MUSIC ◗ The Player’s Pub — Songwriter Showcase: ; 8pm
ART ◗ IU Art Museum — Exhibits:
- “New Acquisitions,” David Hockney; through October 21st
- Paintings by Contemporary Native American Artists; through October 14th
- “Paragons of Filial Piety,” by Utagawa Kuniyoshi; through December 31st
- “Intimate Models: Photographs of Husbands, Wives, and Lovers,” by Julia Margaret, Cameron, Edward Weston, & Harry Callahan; through December 31st
- “French Printmaking in the Seventeenth Century;” through December 31st
- Celebration of Cuban Art & Film: Pop-art by Joe Tilson; through December 31st
- “Workers of the World, Unite!” through December 31st
- “Embracing Nature,” by Barry Gealt; through December 23rd
- “Pioneers & Exiles: German Expressionism,” through December 23rd
ART ◗ Ivy Tech Waldron Center — Exhibits:
- “Ab-Fab — Extreme Quilting,” by Sandy Hill; October 5th through October 27th
- “Street View — Bloomington Scenes,” by Tom Rhea; October 5th through October 27th
- “From the Heartwoods,” by James Alexander Thom; October 5th through October 27th
- “The Spaces in Between,” by Ellen Starr Lyon; October 5th through October 27th
ART ◗ IU SoFA Grunwald Gallery — Exhibit:
- “Samenwerken,” Interdisciplinary collaborative multi-media works; through October 11th
ART ◗ IU Kinsey Institute Gallery — Exhibits:
- “A Place Aside: Artists and Their Partners;” through December 20th
- “Gender Expressions;” through December 20th
PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures — Exhibit:
- “CUBAmistad” photos
ART ◗ IU Mathers Museum of World Cultures — Exhibits:
- “¡Cuba Si! Posters from the Revolution: 1960s and 1970s”
- “From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web: The Origins of Everything”
- “Thoughts, Things, and Theories… What Is Culture?”
- “Picturing Archaeology”
- “Personal Accents: Accessories from Around the World”
- “Blended Harmonies: Music and Religion in Nepal”
- “The Day in Its Color: A Hoosier Photographer’s Journey through Mid-century America”
- “TOYing with Ideas”
- “Living Heritage: Performing Arts of Southeast Asia”
- “On a Wing and a Prayer”
BOOKS ◗ IU Lilly Library — Exhibit:
- “Outsiders and Others:Arkham House, Weird Fiction, and the Legacy of HP Lovecraft;” through November 1st
- “A World of Puzzles,” selections form the Slocum Puzzle Collection
PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ Soup’s On — Exhibit:
- Celebration of Cuban Art & Culture: “CUBAmistad photos; through October
PHOTOGRAPHY ◗ Monroe County History Center — Exhibit:
- “Bloomington: Then and Now,” presented by Bloomington Fading; through October 27th
ARTIFACTS ◗ Monroe County History Center — Exhibit: