During Monday’s World Cup match between the Netherlands and Denmark, 36 spectators were removed from the stadium. They weren’t cursing at the referees. They weren’t causing fights. Their crime was wearing orange dresses. The group huddled in the front row of the stadium and the sea of orange grabbed the attention of several cameras during the game. But these weren’t just ordinary dresses. They were supplied by the Dutch brewery, Bavaria, which means they were in direct offense of Fifa’s marketing regulations.
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To help get you through your Wednesday, I thought I would share this video of 12-year-old Grayson Chance singing and playing Lady GaGa’s “Paparazzi” perhaps even better than the original. Since his first television appearance on Ellen last week, his YouTube videos have jumped to more than 30 million views in total. Once you watch, you’ll see why.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so why not talk about Tim Burton’s dark genius? I had the fortune of attending a private event at the MoMA over the weekend, at which I was able to view the most recent exhibit to grace the modern museum; a look back at the last three decades of Tim Burton’s work.
I’ve always been a fan of Burton. Beetlejuice and A Nightmare Before Christmas have always been in my top 10 favorite films and you may have read in one of my recent posts that I am anxiously awaiting Burton’s upcoming interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. What I enjoyed most about this exhibit was not only the massive, well-rounded collection of Burton memorabilia—everything from scribbles on cocktail napkins to the costume worn by Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands—but the creative use of multimedia throughout, which brought a level of modernity and added insight to the bizarre collection.
I would never consider myself an art connoisseur and, while I enjoy visiting museums and learning about famous works of art, am in no way an authority on the subject. However, I always appreciate an art experience—something more than just wandering down never-ending hallways of paintings without any direction. In this instance, the multimedia features including video of feature films and interviews with the artist provided a hint of insight into the seemingly normal life of Burton that somehow led to a series of eerie cartoons, satirical doodles and classic Hollywood costumes, including props from Batman, Beetlejiuce and Mars Attacks.
While after visiting the Salvador Dali museum in Barcelona a few years back I was not surprised to find that his bizarre, dream-like paintings were not necessarily a far cry from his mental state, I was surprised to find that Burton grew up in a seemingly normal suburb outside Burbank, CA and his creative instinct came from nothing more than perhaps an overactive imagination—
something I honestly had more of! After spending the good part of three hours wandering through the multiple rooms, everyone in my group, which included Burton fans and non-Burton fans, was able to find a deep appreciation of his work.
Whether or not Burton is your bag, we can all take a little something from this when it comes to creative inspiration. The exhibit is available until April 2010, so if you are in the New York City area, I wholeheartedly encourage the visit. If you do attend, please let me know what you think! If not, please note that A Nightmare Before Christmas is on Netflix instant watch. Enjoy!