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The Gate Theater presents “The Dodo Bird”

The Gate Theater Group will be performing “The Dodo” at Kad Suan Kaew Theatre the first weekend of April.First produced in 1967, “The Dodo Bird,” is an intense one act drama which explores what it means to live on the fringe of society, to be a man who failed to achieve the universal dream of being able to sustain himself and his family and ceased to live by the culture’s standards. The Dodo Bird represents those we often choose not to see; the guy with glazed eyes walking down the street talking to himself, carrying a bottle in a brown paper bag, maybe asking for change. All these Dodo Birds came from someplace, had parents once, maybe their own family, maybe a job. There will be a preview performance on April 3 of our new show at 6 p.m., a free test performance, open to anyone who wants to come. There will be a question & answer period after the performance. The full performance will take place from April 4 through 6 at 7:00 pm with a matinee performance on April 7 at 2:00 pm. Suggested donation 250 baht. Tickets available starting March 8 at the information desk at Kad Suan Kaew.


Life at 33 1/3 By Carl Meyer

Is it time for vinyl records to make a comeback? (Photo/Wikipedia/Moehre1992)

Somewhere down the line there was this thing called an “album” or even an “LP record” that was supposed to be placed on a “turntable” (or simply a “record player”). The thing was made of vinyl, had music on both sides, so you had to turn it to investigate its full contents.
Now, this strange invention was quite vulnerable, so it was placed in an “innersleeve” for protection, another word for a square envelope-like creation made of paper, and this again was placed inside an outer sleeve made of cardboard (sometimes glossy cardboard even) and sporting, hopefully, a striking photo or drawing or painting that would stop you dead in your tracks when you came across it shifting through the album sleeves in your local record store.
The album sleeve was very important indeed, whether it was a single sleeve or a gatefold. At 12" plus it was the size of a small painting or a square coffee table book. You could stick it on your wall, but most people preferred to study it while playing the music. For some the sleeve had as much importance as the music it contained. The two were inseparable.
The album was supposed to deliver a full listening experience for somewhere between 30 (early 60’s and even later in the US) and 45 minutes (including a 30 second break for turning the record over). The program was quite different to that of a single record in that each tune did not necessarily sound like a million dollars.
An album took its time on you, there would be tunes in there that wasn’t that striking on first listen, but eventually they became as important for the complete picture as the more immediate winners. The format was perfect for the ambitious musician as it wasn’t just aimed for the hit parade, but also had generous room for experiments.
In 2013 the album is but a fading memory. People are into streaming now. They don’t know anything about sleeves and overall concepts and stuff like that. They are into tunes. Downloaded or streamed, naked digitals of mystery, no sleeves, nothing to hold and study, just the audio ripped out of its context. Aye, the album is close to extinction and so are all those tracks that never got to be hits or classics.
It might be that the CD did the dirty work as the expanded playing time combined with the fact that the record companies poured titles out as if it was going out of style (which it was), gave lesser talents too much room for dross and too little room for focus. And what with the sorry excuses for “sleeves”, those miniature booklets that was hard enough to read even for young eyes. MP3 took care of the CDs. They are dying big time, and it is an ugly sight.
But against all odds, vinyl is slowly creeping back into the market. There are shops specializing in vinyl now. Are we in for a come-back? Not just yet as the sales figures aren’t that impressive. But they are growing. Maybe some youngsters (to quote Ed Sullivan) have stumbled upon the secret of the 12" delight and the mysteries of the gatefold album sleeve. Then there is hope for the future.
Me, I will stick it out here in Pattaya Mail, presenting relics from the past, set the controls at 33 1/3, grab the sleeve and blast away at 11.
Look out in next week’s Mail for a review of Black Sabbath’s 1971 album release - “Master Of Reality.”

CMU Art thesis exhibition, 2013

By Shana Kongmun
The graduating students of Chiang Mai University held their art thesis exhibition at CMU Art Center (and it runs through the end of the month, so go have a look) on Monday, March 11, 2013. The students of the Faculty of Fine Arts showed that creativity is alive and well in Thailand as the works of art caused one to think, re-think and stop in amazement even. Certainly many very unconventional pieces were on display, each artist had a description in both Thai and English of what it is they were trying to portray in their pieces.

Thanatcha Chairin will be travelling to the United States on a Young Thai artists program.
The proud students were happy to talk about their art and their motivations and equally proud parents stood by their creative youngsters with flowers and smiles.
One such student is the creative and hardworking Thanatcha Chairin whose two pieces took her over 3 months to complete. Her pieces reflected how she imagined plants and trees grow, struggle, change and adapt to their world. And creative she is, as she is going to be travelling to the United States where another piece of hers is on exhibition in Los Angeles in a Visiting Young Thai Artists Program that sees 13 students nationwide chosen for the program.
One girl had beautiful sculptures of voluptuous women reminiscent of ancient Babylonian goddesses. She was showing the beauty of people who are usually reviled for being “fat” and to show that appearance is not as important as self.
The thesis exhibition from the students of the Faculty of Fine Arts is worth the visit to CMU Art Center, it will encourage anyone who fears that too much creativity is lost in the Thai education process for creativity is something many of these students have in abundance.

Many students used their medium to send a message.

This amazing painting came with 3 D glasses.

While this piece was actually 3 dimensional.

The Colour Factory talks about elephants in Bangkok

Chiang Mai’s very own Colour Factory staff and Director Joanna MacLean joined Miguel LaSalle of Miguel’s at an exihbiton at the Siam Paragon Shopping Center for Thai Elephant Day on March 13, 2013. “Talk about the Elephants” was organized by the Colour Factory and featured talks on elephants, audio visual exhibits, music and of course, the Colour Factory’s fabulous painted elephants from famous artists. The Colour Factory is located in Chiang Mai Land and supports Elephant Parade, an organization dedicated to saving the Asian elephant.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

The Gate Theater presents “The Dodo Bird”

Life at 33 1/3

CMU Art thesis exhibition, 2013

The Colour Factory talks about elephants in Bangkok