Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Propeller Move and Homegrown Musical Fest

The last scene in my last dream of the night, just before waking, involved Pierce Brosnan performing the propeller move to escape from his pursuers. I'm sure Brosnan showed up in my dream because I'd just finished watching Roman Polanski's The Ghostwriter this past Thursday, which features Brosnan as former Brit Prime Minister Lang. In my dream, however, he was doing a reprieve of his 007 schtick. Or at least this is how it seemed to me.

Here's the action. Crowded streets, chase scene, bad guys in hot pursuit right behind this little car with a long ladder strapped to its roof. A dark-haired woman is driving hard as Brosnan hangs from the ladder in front of the hood, staying low so as not to be shot by the gun wielding pursuers. Parked cars line the street and traffic creates the usual challenges for a car chase. At a certain moment Brosnan swings himself up and stands atop the ladder, stretches out his arms and with a slight twist of the outstretched limbs he leaps and spins, propeller like, over the parked cars into a marshy area where he escapes... and I wake.

This dream scene has nothing to do with anything other than it was my last image from the subconscious, boring through to consciousness, preceding my first thoughts of the day. Upon waking, after re-playing the propeller move and scribbling a note about it, my mind went to the day's agenda, which includes delivering a third painting to Jeredt Runions for the Homegrown Music Festival that starts next weekend.

Homegrown has truly blossomed here in Duluth. What began as a birthday party with a handful of bands has now become a multi-venue, multi-media explosion of talented musicians, artists, film and more from May 1 to May 8. Yes, even our Fire Dancers will be part of the act.

The week begins at Pizza Luce May 1st with the Opening Reception for Paintbrush Thinkers art exhibit at 7:00 p.m. The bands start at nine with Roxie Magistrate slated first.

The same night Carmody's Pub will be hosting events as well, beginning with the Homegrown Pub Quiz at 9:00 p.m. and music beginning at ten with The Tico Three, Sweetgrass and Pennies for a Dime.

After that, things really begin to accelerate. Monday is Ancillary Arts Night, followed by Experimental Tuesday, Hash Wednesday, Soup Town Night, Rawk Night, Roll Night and Sunday's Brunch & Shows for the Kids. The venues and featured artists and musicians are so numerous it is impossible to list them on this blog, but here's the link so you can mark your calendars.

I myself will be at Pizza Luce May 1, and hope to see you there.

In the meantime, don't get hurt trying that Propeller Move. It's a tricky one.

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