“1,2,3,4,5,6”-Pinball Countdown!

One of my favorite channels to watch when I was little (and even today as an grown up) was:

I would watch everything on that channel! Like Julia Child’s cooking show:

To British comedies even though I didn’t understand the some of the tongue and cheek jokes:

One show I was particular fond of was Sesame Street:

One of my favorite segments they would play on that show was “The Pinball Number Count”:

I did not realize until I was much older that the songs were sung by the Pointer Sisters:

The Pinball Number Count made it’s first appearance on the show in 1977. It is a 11 60 second segments that have the same beginning and ending. The number one did not have it’s own segment even though the words in the song they are singing numbers ranging from 1 to 12. The pinballs always drops in the hole of the pinball game except for number 7.

The only difference between the segments is the number and that number’s theme.

Here is the breakdown of the segments:

Number 1: No segment

Number 2: ” A Day at the Carnival”: the ball weaves through an different rides you would find at an amusement park. Including going out of a huge clown’s mouth:

Number 3: Circus Capers: The pinball goes around a bunch of circus oriented items. Such as a bunch of clowns, a ape who juggles and a pink elephant:

Number 4: “Fore!”: The pinball goes through a mini golf theme area.

Number 5: “The Only Way to Travel”: The pinball goes through various modes of transportation. Like a bicycle, an airplane and a tugboat.

Number 6: “Down on the Farm”: The pinball goes to the farm and maneuvers it’s way through a barn, and gets kick by donkey.

Number 7: “Sightseeing A: World Tour”- the pinball takes a journey to the world’s most famous landmarks. Such as the Sphinx, the pyramids, and Taj Mahal:

Number 8: “Forest Follies”: The pinball goes through the woods and meets a bear on a unicycle, a kangaroo and a racoon.

Number 9: “Play Ball!”: The pinball goes to a baseball game and meets some baseball players, runs over a person selling hot dogs and gets drop into the hole by a sports loving dog.

Number 10: “Medieval Times”- the pinball goes back in time to a where knights and jesters are a norm.

Number 11: “Wild Things in the Jungle.” The pinball goes to the jungle see an elephant, a lion and a big gorilla the throws the pinball into it’s hole:

Number 12: “Sightseeing B: USA”: On the pinball finally journey. It takes a trip to the USA and pasts through important landmarks. Such as Mount Rushmore, The Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge.

For some reason I was a fan of number 6,8 and 12. But it didn’t mean I didn’t like the other segments as much but I remember those were the most shown when I was watching Sesame Street at the time. I remember this was a good way for my to learn my numbers because of the catchy tune that went with it. I still hum it time to time randomly. What number segment was your favorite out of the 12?

Comment below!

Until Next time!!

Cathy the comic strip: My 3rd grade bestie

When I was in the 3rd grade my daily go to reads involved a lot of comic strips reading. I looked forward in getting the Washington Post delivered to my house so I can feel like a sophisticated 30 year old in an 12 year old body. I would be the first person every morning in my house to grab the Style section and open it up to the back of that section just to look at the comics. One of my favorite ones to read was the Cathy comics. She literally became my best friend during that time because I felt like I could relate to her.

Not that I necessarily understood the tongue and cheek humor of Cathy. But I did admire the fact that this particular comic strip revolved around a woman and not a animal, or floating head or a guy with a horn helmet.

The Cathy comic strip was made by Cathy Guisewite and it was a reflection of her life while she was single. Her struggles in the comic strip was so relatable especially to me now re reading some of the comic strips. Things just was work, love, family and just basic living your life. Her comic strip has a humorous and refine way to showcase it. The comic strip ran from 1976-2010.

Cathy Guisewite

Some of my favorite Cathy comic strips’ involved a super cute dog named Electra. Who is a rescue dog from a shelter:

Her boyfriend Irving. Who later turn husband on February 5, 2005:

Cathy’s Mother Anne. Who always had marriage on her mind. Especially when it came to her daughter and when she was finally going to get married:

As a child reading the Cathy strips it left an impression on mind. Particularly when I got older and I started reading some of the strips over again. That Cathy with all of her insecurities was never ashamed of admitting she had them. Which made me feel better about myself because we all have insecurities about ourselves. If you treat them head on and say them out in the open they don’t feel as scary anymore.

For those on social media. Cathy Guisewite does have an instagram and the information for that is below:

@cathygwite

Until Next time!!!

a random update:

Hello everyone! Now that the holiday season is over I will be updating the blog soon. But I just like to write my yearly random updates. I have made a new list of interesting topics to write about so keep an eye out for that. I am planning to do another giveaway as soon as my @lady.cult feed hits 61K followers.

Personally I have not put away my Christmas decorations because it took me longer than last year to put everything up. Also at this rate putting a deadline on anything does not really matter to me at the moment:

The blog posts will be spread out more than usual this year. I am taking some classes for the next two months and I am not in the mood to over work myself. I love to write and I don’t want my writing to feel like a chore. Rather it should be viewed as an enjoyment and exciting. I will post more interviews to highlight other amazing people because I am all about learning about others!

Just wanted to check in with everyone! How is everyone doing so far?

Until next time!!

-Clarissa

Artist’s Spotlight: @bigfunstore

Hello everyone and welcome to my first interview of 2021. I was so fortune to interview artist : @bigfunstore !

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:

” Hey Clarissa, thank you for asking me to do this! I’m Beth.

I spent most of my adult life living in Brooklyn, (with brief detours to Hudson, NY & Philadelphia) and  recently am living back in New Jersey, my home state. Diners, Taylor Ham & Gabagool are just too hard to resist. I’m married to a bread baker, have a cat named Pretzels and had a baby eight months ago. She is not named after a food. There was however a brief fantasy that “Sprinkles” could be her middle name. When I first moved to NYC I pursued painting while working part time jobs, one at a now defunct restaurant by NYU that specialized in food nostalgia via overpriced peanut butter sandwiches, and one of the first specialty coffee shops in Williamsburg. That’s where I hung a felt fake food show when I first began sculpting food before Big Fun had a name. It occurred to me while answering your questions that the part time jobs I have had my entire life have almost all been with food. Big Fun is my fake food passion project that I started about 10 years ago. I studied painting at Boston University and sculpture was ironically my least favorite medium, but when I started to make work again from my apartment, after giving up a proper art studio, I was drawn to paper pulp/clay as mediums I could work with in tight quarters. I also found that the texture of the paper pulp gave itself over to natural food textures in a terrific way. I have always been one to overdose on nostalgia myself, so I started to make sculptures of food that related to food memories in my life. Including a mini antipasti plate, which is something we make every Thanksgiving in my house.

Fake Antipasti

My artful arrangements of the real meat have become family legend.

Real Antipasti

I also began to incorporate the food nostalgia of America into my work. The vintage recipes and food photography of Betty Crocker, Wilton and McCall’s are hauntingly beautiful and strange to me. They make me long for a time I wasn’t alive for. When I’m not working on Big Fun. My sister Amy, and I own Greenwich Letterpress, a stationery store in NYC’s West Village, which we started back in 2005. 

We also celebrate nostalgia and pop culture there too, but not always with food. Although I have started to let my love of food imagery sneak in as of late ;)”

2. What made you choose fake food as an art form?

” I have always been drawn to food, period, and artists that referenced food, like Oldenburg & Thiebaud. As early as college in 98′, I would buy Hostess cupcakes and Twinkies etc…and set up still life’s to paint. To this day there is a snack cake painting from 00′ that hangs in Greenwich Letterpress, as well as a felt turkey and black and white cookie, both from the coffee shop show circa 05′. Food moments in pop culture were always important too. I was obsessed with Cathy Mitchell food gadget infomercials growing up, and I loved watching food on TV being made.

Cathy Mitchell

I saw a program, I think on HBO, as a kid that showed you how prop artists prepared food for commercials and television shows. It always stuck with me and I couldn’t believe that could be a career. Food has just always made an impact. When I worked in an ice cream shop on break from college one Summer, I would just take the scoop for the rainbow sprinkles and fill it up and pour it back into the bowl in a daze. The top TV food moments I think about a lot: The sheet cake that the “Alice” character becomes in Tom Petty’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More” video.

Tom Petty’s Don’t Come Around Here No More video

 The meal that Audrey in European Vacation gorges herself on in her dream sequence. The pastries that Bill Murray shoves into his mouth in Groundhog Day. The giant pancakes John Candy makes in Uncle Buck. I really can’t imagine a better subject for art making than food, it always comes back to food.”

3. What was the first art piece you created?

” The felt food art was the first real Big Fun work I made, without a plan or purpose. I was just having fun. The very first thing I made was a felt jar of rainbow sprinkles.

I hand punched the felt with a paper punch and my hand was bruised by the time I finished. The first work I made that is closer to what I make now was a paper pulp steak. It was based on a vintage plaster butcher display I saw at a flea market, and a paper pulp cured ham that I made to hang from my ceiling, to feel as if you walked into an Italian market. I learned a lot from those pieces, the steak was hollow underneath and the sides caved in, which was a valuable lesson. The ham came out better, I sculpted around a solid armature. I still have both in my house today, as well as the felt sprinkles.” 

4. What is the weirdest or most complex thing you ever created in terms of your art?

“I decided that I wanted to start replicating the actual vintage food from those old Americana recipe cards and books. 

The most complicated piece I made was a carousel cake based on McCall’s Jelly Bean Circus Cake from the Great American Recipe Cards. It was a full form cake, with candy and animal cracker details.

I’m really excited about how it turned out, and now that I have a daughter, I hope she likes it enough to display it in her room when’s she’s older. “

Beth and her baby 🙂

5.Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

” I have slowly begun to upload and sell off my sculptures from throughout the years on my webstore: BigFunFood. (People can always message me on Instagram as well if they see something that isn’t on the site.) It’s an ongoing work in progress, but things will continue to pop up and be available as time goes on. The work is all so personal to me, so parting with it has been hard. 

Berry Sculpture

They are also all one of a kind pieces so I like that they just float out in the world waiting for the right person to scoop them up. I realize that it’s not meant for everyone.  I have also started to bring my love of vintage cookbook imagery into some new textile work as well as some new sculptures that will be coming soon. I am always trying to find new ways to make Big Fun more accessible to more people by making more of one piece, but I hate making the same thing twice so let’s not hold our breath. ;)”

If you like to learn more about Beth. Here is her following contact information:

Instagram: @bigfunstore

@greenwichletterpress

Website:

BigFunFood

Greenwich Letterpress

Thank you Beth for the interview!!!

Until next time.

@lady.cult gift giving guide part 4!

Hello everyone! This is the last section of this guide for this year.

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Hidden Gems Holiday Specials

Hello everyone!!! Here is a quick guide to some great holiday specials. Some of them are better knowns than others and some are not.

Ziggy’s Gift (1982) directed by Richard Williams: I am not going to lie when I was little I had a huge obsession with Ziggy. It was such a cute cartoon so it was no special that it joined the ranks of him having it’s own Christmas special.

Ziggy gets hired as a street Santa because he saw the need of Santas in the city. However gets caught up in some undermined scheme when he just wants to do good. This heartwarming Christmas cartoon doesn’t get enough recognition it deserves.

Fun Fact about this special: It is the only special made for Ziggy.

Christmas at Pee-wee’s Playhouse (1988):

So the first time I watched this special I was about seven years old. I was not aware of all of the amazing guest stars on this special! It was also my first introduction to a lot of them. I just remember forever dancing and being excited about watching it. I even watch this special when it’s not even the holiday season. For some reason I get in the mood to watch it during the summer.

Fun fact about this special: This special first premiered on December 21, 1988.

A Claymation Christmas Celebration (1987) directed by Will Vinton

So I always been a fan of Claymation but I didn’t know that the majority I watch growing up was by Will Vinton. So I knew I had to include this special on this list! Also I had an obsession with the California Raisins so if I knew they were on TV. I would totally make a point to watch them:

Fun fact about this special: Will Vinton won an emmy for this special.

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas directed by Jim Henson (1977):

So I actually did not know about this special until a couple of years ago. But I instantly was enamored with it when I watching it. And I am now a huge Emmet Otter fan! I even end up singing the songs while driving.

Fun fact about this special: Paul Williams made the songs for this TV movie.

A Muppet Family Christmas (1987) directed by Peter Harris:

Fozzie the Bear decides to surprise his mother and brought the whole muppet gang to celebrate Christmas together.

Fun fact about this special: It is hard to track down the whole version of this special. Although you can find parts of it on youtube.

A Garfield Christmas Special (1987) directed by Phil Roman:

Jon, Garfield and Odie pack up their things to go visit Jon’s grandmother on a farm. I remember making a big deal out of this special because I was totally enamored with Garfield the cat.

Fun fact about this special: This special first premiered on December 21, 1987 on CBS.

What holiday specials do you look forward to watching during this season? Comment below!

Until next time!

Source: IMDB.com

The Wonderful Edith Massey!

Edith Massey better know as Edie was part of John Waters group of Dreamlanders. The dreamlanders is a group of people that John Waters would constantly cast and work with on his films. Whether it is a crew member or an actor if he like to work with you then you will mostly become a dreamlander.

Most of the dreamlanders are close friends of John Waters and are native to Baltimore, Maryland. Edie happen to be part of that group.

Edie in front of her thrift store: Edith’s Shopping Bag

I remember the first time I saw Edie was in the movie Pink Flamingoes where she played Edie.

Who had a fascination with eggs and she was deemed the Egglady. When I first saw her performance was when I was seven and my go to cool hang out spot was my local tower records. They would have a TV playing movies and I happen to come in while they were playing the movie Pink Flamingoes.

They were showing the scene when the egg man visits Edie the egglady and I saw such a warm personality on screen and have been a fan of her work ever since!

Here are some fun facts this amazing lady:

Edie was born on May 28, 1918 in New York City, New York. She was one of ten children and unfortunately her parents decided to drop her and some of her siblings to an orphanage.

She was in a foster home until her teens when she decided to run away to Hollywood, California with dreams of being an actress.

There is a documentary on her called “Love Letter to Edie” ( 1975) that was directed by Robert Maier.

Edith was once married in 1946 and it ended in divorce seven years later. She said the reasoning behind the divorce was that she was bored with the marriage and cheated her way out of it.

She had quite a few careers such as a barmaid, a chorus girl and tap dancer.

She had permanent damage from dental work which resulted in her speech impediment.

Over years of living in various parts of the United States she finally called Fells Point, Baltimore Maryland.

John Waters discovered Edith in 1969 while she was working at a bar called Pete’s Hotel on an insistence of a close friend of his that he had to meet her.

In the 1970’s she quit her job at Pete’s Hotel and used her money to open up her thrift store called “Edith’s Shopping Bag.”

After she did various roles in John Waters movies she decided to pursue a singing career. She was the lead vocalist for a punk band called “Edie and the eggs.”

She would sometimes wear her outfits from her Aunt Ida role from the Female Trouble on stage.

I am particular fond of her version of the song “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” (1982)

Also I am fond of another song of hers called “Punks, Get off the Grass:

She wasn’t a huge fan of her well known black outfit she had on Female Trouble however when she outgrow the one that was used on the film. She had another made for her own personal use.

She made a cameo on a music video for the song “This Time” by John Mellencamp:

She was also on one of his album covers: “Nothin Matters and What if it Did”:

My favorite role of Edith Massey was her role of Cuddles Kovinsky in the movie Polyester (1981):

Her final movie before her death was “Mutants in Paradise (1984) directed by Scott Apostolou. The movie is about a group of scientists make some kind of superhumans but another group is trying to destroyed the scientists’ plans.

Edith Massey died on October 24,1984 from diabetes and lymphoma.

Edith was an amazing actress and lady who never played things safe in her life. She took her chances and it paid off because she is a cult figure and one of my forever icons. She was never a loud person on screen but she made her presence known and memorable.

Until next time!!

Source: https://shop.divineofficial.com/ Wikipedia, and IMDB.com

Song of the day: Last Christmas by Wham!

Today’s song of the day is “Last Christmas” by Wham! This is one of my favorite Christmas song because it is extremely relatable to my life. I had heard the song when I was five and have always played it even when it’s not the holiday season. Even though this song has been covered by other artists I personally still prefer the original song.

“Last Christmas” was written by George Michael for the pop music group he was in called Wham! It was recorded in August of 1984 at Advision Studios in London, England. proving that perhaps George Michael was in the holiday mood early.

The song was released on December 3, 1984 that was part of a double A-side that also had the song “Everything She Wants” attached to it. The song was written when the music duo went to visit Michael’s parents earlier that year. Michael actually wrote the song in the bedroom that he grew up in and the rest was history.

The song was a mega hit when it was released it reach number 1 on a bunch of countries such as Denmark, and Sweden. It also reached number 2 in the UK, New Zealand, Italy and Ireland. With the song being such a success the music duo decided to donated all of the royalties of the song to help provide relief of the Ethiopian famine (1983-1985).

Until 2014 a poll was taken in the UK that made this song the number 1 favorite Christmas song in that country.

The music video was shot in Saas-Fee, Switzerland and directed by Andy Morahan. And of course it takes place in this magically looking snowy backdrop in a cottage.

This music video has been watched and played over 500 million times and in December 2019 a 4K ultra high definition resolution version has been released which make the video crystal clear.

Fun facts about this song: A movie called “Last Christmas” directed by Paul Feig heavily uses this song along with other songs by George Michael.

What is your favorite Christmas song? Comment below!

Until next time!

Source: Wikipedia

In the holiday movie mood

December is here and like any month with a holiday I get in a mood to try and watch movies that revolved around that holiday. Some of these movies are revisited classics of mine while others I will try out for the first time. Here are five that stick out of my memory:

Scrooged (1988) directed by Richard Donner and starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, Carol Kane, and Bobcat Goldthwait.

I remember the first time I watched this move I was about seven years old and really enjoyed so it quickly became a holiday tradition for me to watch it every year. Bill Murray is so funny in it and he plays 80’s Scrooge perfectly.

Fun Fact about this movie: This movie was the 13th highest grossing movie of 1988. It made about 60 million dollars that year.

Christmas Evil (1980) directed by Lewis Jackson and starring Brandon Maggart, and Jeffrey DeMunn:

A couple of years ago I read somewhere that this was one of John Waters favorite movies.

By Sam Hadley

At that point I never heard of the movie so I decided to buy it due to it’s crazy plot. And I was not disappointed in the least! As a fan of horror movies and Christmas I really enjoy when the two worlds become mixed. Santa is a deranged guy who goes on a killing spree due to his work environment. Which goes to show you that it is important to have a good work environment because it spills onto your everyday life.

Fun fact about this movie: Kathleen Turner was offered the role of Harry’s sister in law but turned it down.

Batman Returns (1992) directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Christopher Walken and Michelle Pfeiffer. This is probably my favorite Batman movie. I like the dark art deco style of this movie. I had a huge obsessions with Batman growing up and when this movie came out in 1992 I made my brother take me to go see it on the first day it premiere.

It has two of my favorite villains in this movie: Catwoman and the Penguin. I like this movie because it made both villains more human to me because we learned more about their backstory. Also I consider this a Christmas movie because some of the plot does take place around that holiday.

Fun Fact about this movie: DeVito took on the role of The Penguin due to his friend Jack Nicholson’s advice.

Female Trouble (1974) directed by John Waters and starring Divine, Mink Stole and David Lochary.

How can I not add this movie to my list?!! One of my all time favorite movies from John Waters. I often quote from this movie that I wanted cha cha heels for christmas! Hopefully one day I’ll get them.

Fun Fact about this movie: Divine took trampoline lessons for this movie for the scene in the end.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) directed by Chuck Jones and Ben Washam. Starring Boris Karloff.

This is one of my favorite cartoons and have always watched it during this season every year since I can remember. Next to the Peanuts gang this is the first cartoon I remember watching. It was also my first introduction to Boris Karloff.

Fun fact about this movie: Dr, Seuss was really unsure about casting Boris Karloff for the main voice character. He felt like Boris Karloff’s voice might scare the children.

What Christmas movies do you have as a tradition to watch during this season? Comment below:

Until next time!

Source: IMDb.com

Great Small Businesses: @lacyekristinpottery !

This week I interviewed @laceyekristinpottery

  1. Tell me a little about yourself:

“I currently live in Denver, Colorado with my husband, 2 Great Danes, and 3 ducks.  I have been working in clay for about 20 years now.  I received my degree in Art Education and Ceramics at Metropolitan State University of Denver. While in college my ceramics professor told me I was a “shitty artist, who makes shitty artwork and need to quit.” Those words have always haunted me and still fuel some of my anxiety about my success as an artist. (Shortly after telling me that she was fired. Karma is a bitch) After college, I had a string of random jobs in Georgia until I moved back to Denver to be a high school ceramics teacher. I taught for 8 years. I spent most of my time cussing out students and loving every minute of it.  I’m 5’3 and 90% of my students were taller than me, so when they would cuss me out thinking I would be scared of them I would just turn around and do the same to them. Somehow I was always rated distinguished in my performance reviews. Last year I left teaching to become a full-time potter and I honestly haven’t looked back.  Owning a small business and being an artist is an insane amount of work and moxie, but having freedom with my work is satisfying.  Being a full-time potter is a very satisfying fuck off to all the people who told me I would fail (and there were plenty).

2. What is the most popular item you sell and why do you think it’s so popular?

“The most popular item I sell is wine glasses; with shot glasses coming in at a solid second place.  Who the hell doesn’t love to drink out of a fancy handmade cup?  I have numerous collections going on right now such as the Fuck Off collection (my personal fav), the Birds on a Wire collection, and a more Minimalist/Scandinavian collection.

I work with different collections to keep things interesting for me.  I get bored quickly so being able to switch it up keeps me fresh.

My most popular collections are the “Fuck off” and the “Minimalist/Scandinavian”  Turns out people enjoy swear words, or just speckled clay with an opal glaze, and sometimes a mix of both.”

3. How did you come up with your brand name?

“Lacye Kristin Pottery is a play on my name. My initials are LKP, and the initials for my business name are also LKP. I tried coming up with a hip business name, but everything I came up with was lame.  I figured most artists are known by their name so I should just follow the trend. The hardest part is when people try to follow me on social media they can never spell my name correctly. It’s “Lacye” not “Lacey””

4. How long does it take to make an item and where do you find inspiration?

“It depends on the piece. On average start to finish each piece takes about 15-20 hours to complete.  This includes sketching the product, making the product on the potters wheel, dry time (if you put wet clay in a kiln it will explode), firing time, glazing, and then firing again.  This does not include photographing artwork. Ceramics is a slow and finicky process.  If you rush it you make stupid mistakes, and I have learned from many of my stupid mistakes. I pull inspiration from my life.  I enjoy the juxtaposition between a drawing of a delicate flower next to some swear words, especially if it’s a phrase I’ve been called before. I’m also a minimalist at heart and believe there is something beautiful about showcasing the raw color of the clay thus allowing the form to be the focus on the artwork. “

5. Do you have any exciting news or events that you would like to share?

“I am hoping to have my website store up and running before the new year. I currently will not accept commissions until February 2021. But, you can always say “Hi” or buy my “shitty art” on Instagram/Facebook under the handle @lacyekristinpottery.”

If you like to learn more about Lacye’s art the following contact information is below:

Instagram: @lacyekristinpottery

Facebook: @lacyekristinpottery

Thank you so much for the interview!

Until next time!!!