Posts Tagged ‘The Puppet Kitchen’
Today was one of those days that looked like I had nothing on the calendar and then I was out of the apartment all day. I started with breakfast and tea with a friend, then trotted off to the Puppet Kitchen to show some of the saw players I met this weekend around. From there I went to rehearsal for Tiger Tales.
There was some writing on the subway but I only managed to get 455 words in today. That brings me close to wrapping Chapter 5, which will hopefully happen tomorrow.
I got stuck in the elevator again today. Â Granted, it wasn’t long this time, but I did just sort of start laughing. Â
I was heading out to go to the Puppet Kitchen and decided to drop the trash off in the basement on my way. Â The thing about the basement is that there’s not another way to get to it except by the fire escape outside, which isn’t really an option. Â I got to the basement, put my trash in the bin and got back in the elevator to go back up to the first floor. The door closed and nothing happened.
You know how it is. You push all the buttons, hoping one of them will work. What was interesting this time was that I was next to the routing machine and could hear it clicking as it reset everytime I pushed a button.
I rang the bell. Then I twittered. Â And then I called Rob.Â
Pretty quickly this time, I heard people through the shaft trying to figure out where the elevator was stuck. Â They got me out in about ten minutes. It’s a little silly.
On the other hand, it’d be a great setting for an elevator pitch.
- 07:15 At the puppet kitchen, treating the wood witch’s arms to look like tree branches instead of aluminum and dowels. #
- 08:27 Hands are sculpted. I’ve restricted the elbows so they don’t spin around like a zombie’s. #
- 08:43 Adding strips of mache to the arms to give a treebark texture. I’m getting a little tired of having my hands in goo. #
- 09:43 Finished the bark treatment on the arms. Oddly, I can’t find the hair dryer with which I usually speed the drying process. #
- 09:45 After some thought, I’m going to papier-mache the wood-witch’s face instead of casting in neoprene. It’ll be significantly lighter this way. #
- 11:40 And I’m finished with the top part of the face. The bottom mold is very small and should go really fast. But first, lunch! #
- 11:51 Just passed a mob of high school girls who were screaming “Vote for Obama!” They were obnoxious yet cute. #
- 14:00 Just looked at wildly over-priced typewriters. Sigh. #
- 14:48 Woot! The upper face came out of the mold beautifully. #
- 15:17 I just listened to Tanuki Kettle, by Eugie Foster, on PodCastle. Excellent story and nice reading. tinyurl.com/tanuki Recommended! #
- 17:57 Car on fire at 4 and 2. I called 911 and the firemen came so fast that they must have already been called. #
- 18:50 Trying to pick stone witch puppet up from rehearsal. We can’t find it. Makes me nervous. #
- 19:01 Found the witch. Whew. #
- 20:00 Back to the papier mache mines. Mmm… goo. ##
- 21:11 Switching from wood witch face to stone witch arm. #
- 00:46 Back at the Puppet Kitchen and doing cleanup. I got to paint tonight, which makes me feel good. Painting and sculpting are my favorite bits. #
- 13:51 I’m watching the debate, which I missed last night. I’m struck by the fact that when McCain misrepresents something, Obama smiles. #
- 13:54 Huh. Just noticed that both candidates are lefties. #
- 14:33 You know, my mind was made up before the debates, but I watch them so I can discuss issues intelligently.Be nice if McCain discussed issues. #
- 14:35 He just can’t stay on topic. #
- 14:41 I am now understanding why so many people are making cracks about Joe the Plumber. How long before there’s a Hollywood movie by that title? #
- 14:58 Some puppet traditions decide character’s size by rank and importance. Camera just zoomed on Obama. He’s bigger in frame than McCain now. #
- 14:59 And they cut away to wide shot, coming back, they’re the same size. Odd. #
- 15:01 Did McCain really say that it’s okay to have teachers who aren’t certified? How does military service = good teacher? #
- 18:49 Good heavens. Rob and I are at home at the same time and are both awake. We’re even sitting down to have dinner together. #
- 01:35 I just finished macheing the stone witch’s head and am cleaning up to head for home. I think tomorrow I get to paint. Yay! #
- 13:40 They are testing the fire alarm in the building. We are not amused. How long does it take, really, to figure out that, yes, it makes noise. #
- 17:13 The green at Madison Square Park is totally surrounded by shakepeares. I wonder what’s going on? ((A shakespeare is an ellipsoidal light for theater.)) #
- 17:36 If you’re going to KGB tonight, I’ll be at the Puppet Kitchen which is just a few blocks away. Let me know if you want to see the witches. #
- 19:17 KGB is so crowded tonight. Hot, too. #
If you are going to KGB tonight and are curious about the puppets I’ve been working on, let me know. The Puppet Kitchen is also on 4th, mere blocks from the bar. I’ll be heading back to work afterwards.
- 01:19 It is never completely comfortable to be alone in a building, to know that one is alone, and to hear something fall over. #
- 01:34 I think I’ve hit the point of diminishing returns. Time for me to head for home. #
- 02:36 I was writing to someone and started to type, “my friend” & almost vomited on my keyboard. I think McCain spoiled those two words for me. #
- 12:39 Too crowded with people at the shop to work. It’s frustrating. #
I’ve started a new project, building the three witches for MacBeth. Yay! No dead dogs!Â This is for the Puppet Kitchen with Michael Schupbach designing.Â It looks like it’s going to be a fun gig and I’ve got full permission to post process shots as we go.
Today wasn’t very exciting in terms of having photos to offer you.Â We met with Emily De Cola, who’s directing the puppet movement to talk about the physical requirements of the figures.Â I also headed into the garment district to pick up fabric swatches.Â These are going to be beautiful but creepy puppets.