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
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
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.
Chairin will be travelling to the United States on a Young Thai
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
While this piece was actually 3
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.