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Three Things: The Dead Edition

2012 October 29
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What’s that you say? It’s Halloween this week? Well then, here are three corpses for you. Now you’ve got something to write about when they rise and walk past your window on Wednesday evening. Better sharpen those pencils!


Edward R. Hughes, Oh What’s That in the Hollow, 1895. Watercolor gouache. 


Edward Gorey, K is for Kate who was struck with an axe, from The Gashlycrumb Tinies, 1963. Pen and ink. Collection of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.


Lori Nix, Floater, 2001. Photograph.


Three Things: Come One, Come All Edition

2012 February 20
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Why hello there. Have you heard of this? This little thing here, called Words at WAM? Yes? That’s simply wonderful. I’m still going to pretend you said no, though, because I’ve already planned out my little speech here, and I don’t want these excellent 3″x5″ cards, upon which I have carefully transcribed said speech, to go to waste. Do you mind terribly? See, I even drew entertaining stick figures on the back of my cards so that you are guaranteed to enjoy my speech, whether you listen or not.


Are you a writer looking for a public debut for your latest work? You’re in luck! We have a microphone! Are you a wordsmith looking for inspiration? You’re in luck! We have inspiring poets scheduled to read!* Are you simply looking for an excuse to leave your apartment? You’re in luck! This place is definitely not your apartment!

Come to the Weisman Art Museum on Wednesday, February 22!

Refreshments, live music by Patrick Hertz, guided tour of WAM exhibit Sympathies, and open mic sign-up** at 6 PM. Open mic starts at 7 PM, followed by featured readers* at 8 PM. And it’s all free!

Oh, your applause is too kind. Thank you. Thank you very much.


(Come to stand in front of the open mic, to sit in the audience and enjoy the words, or both. Below are three audiences to get you in the mood. See you there!)


* Spoken word poet Miles Walser, and poet Lightsey Darst (Find the Girl, Coffee House Press)
** Please see more details and rules here



Ryan Mrozowski, Skirmish, 2010. Acrylic on canvas.


Edward Gorey, The piece was sung eXcruciatingly, illustration for The Glorious Nosebleed, 1974. Pen and ink. Collection of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.


Iveta Vaivode, Swan Lake 02, 2011. Photograph.


Three Things: Gettin’ Outta Dodge Edition

2011 December 19
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As the madness of the final-week-of-holiday-shopping crushes upon us, I increasingly find myself fighting one single urge: gettin’ outta Dodge. Luckily for me, our family’s annual Christmas celebrations qualify as just such an escape, so I only have a few more days to hold out for salvation.

Hopefully your holiday plans will be just as restorative. If not, you’ve got a few more months yet to plan your own wintry escape. This week, take some inspiration from these three folks performing their very own (dramatic) exits. Farewell, 2011!*


Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, da Vinci’s Wings, 1998. Photograph. 


Edward Gorey, After Federojenska did a grand jeté into the wings one matinee and was never seen again, Maud took over Oiseau de Glace to great acclaim, illustration for The Gilded Bat, 1966. Pen and ink. Collection of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.


Tamara de Lempicka, Auto-Portrait (Tamara in the Green Bugatti), 1925. Oil on wood panel. Private collection.


* This is the last Three Things of 2011, as we’ll be “outta Dodge” next week. We’ll be back to normal starting January 2nd, 2012.