Ziegfelds Midnight Frolic
I was fortunate to attend “Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic” last spring in New York City. The historic theater that housed the show was hidden away behind a diner near Times Square. It has been said that the theater is haunted by one of its former stars. This show is described as immersive theater, as the action in the musical occurs around the audience who are also invited to dress up and play a part that is given to them as they arrive.
The story revolves around Olive Thomas, a Ziegfeld showgirl, whose life ended tragically after she married Jack Pickford. The performance explores whether her death was a suicide, murder, or just an unfortunate accident. During the three intermissions you can watch each scenario of the night of her death take place in a hidden glass enclosed upstairs room decorated to recreate the Paris hotel room where she died.
The first floor has a stage where various burlesque acts and singers perform contemporary songs in the style of the (1930’s). One of my favorite performances was the song “Chandelier” where the dancer’s were actually swinging from the ornate chandelier above us.
The second floor is decorated in the style of the infamous Cabaret du Néant (Cabaret of Nothingness) which was in Montmartre, Paris. One of the highlights of the show for me was while in the Carbaret du Néant, Jack Pickford took my hand and led me over to a bench and began to whisper sweet nothings in my ear. I was taken aback, though, when Olive Thomas came over and confronted me for talking to her husband. I truly was part of the immersive experience!
The musical was written, directed and produced by Countess Cynthia Von Buhler. I first learned of Countess Von Buhler through Dr. Sketchy in New York City. I saw her first immersive theater piece “Speakeasy Dollhouse” which explored the mysterious unsolved murder of Cynthia Von Buhler’s grandfather. The first time I saw the show I was hooked, and ended up seeing it two more times. Each time was totally different experience.
Ziegfelds’ Midnight Frolic was one of the most fun, thrilling and unique experiences I’ve had in New York City. I am really looking forward to see what Countess Cynthia Von Buhler comes up with next!
Vivi Noir @ Dr. Sketchy of NNJ – Hipstamatic and Artrage on iPad
This is a photo from a Dr. Sketchy session at Voltaire’s Necrocomicon in New Jersey. The session was organized by the wonderful Asbury Park Branch. This photo was taken with Hipstamatic on my iPad and altered with Pixlrmatic and Steampunk Photo Tada apps.
A digital collage from Dr. Sketchy Asbury Park at Necrocomicon.
This is a drawing from Dr. Sketchy’s Tribute to Doctor Who in New York. This session was about two years ago, before I was even familiar with the series. Thanks to Netflix I’ve been getting caught up with a couple older seasons. Who is your favorite Doctor?
WordPress recently sent me a reminder that my blog had reached its four year anniversary. So many exciting things have happened since I started this blog! I experienced a lot of new technology, from the iPhone to the iPad, and numerous types of art and photography apps. I started drawing with Dr. Sketchy and discovered a whole new world of burlesque and cosplay. I’ve exhibited my work all over the world, including England, Norway, Los Angeles, Wisconsin, New York and New Jersey. The mixture of art and technology stimulates creativity in ways that I could never have imagined! I’m looking forward to many more years of creating art and blogging about all of my discoveries.
Digital collage of Regina Stargazer using Repix and Sketchbook Pro
A couple of weeks ago I went to a Dr. Sketchy NNJ drawing session at the Art Garage in Montclair, New Jersey. Regina Stargazer took some wonderful poses and had two beautiful Belly Dancer costumes. I was able to take some pictures with my iPad at the session and decided to use the newly updated Repix app to modify them.
The neat thing about the Repix app is that you can “draw” on the various filters, as opposed to apps where the filter is applied to the entire image. You have more control over where and how much of the filter is on the image. There are different effects, such as Magic Dust, Daubs, Drips and Scratches. There are also a variety of frames and filters to further modify the photo.
This is the original iPad photo without filters
This is a screenshot of Repix showing the different “pens” at the bottom with Magic Dust on her fan
The Repix version before adding Picgrunger and adding collage elements in Sketchbook Pro
You can add some very interesting textures to your photos with this app. But remember, the filters are a little like adding spices to foods. A little bit goes a long way and you don’t want to overpower the image with too much of a good thing.