Turkmenistan’s “Wedding Palace” in Ashgabat
Getting married in Turkmenistan is no easy task, thanks to a lengthy list of requirements that all couples must fulfill on their special day (including planting trees and visiting an earthquake memorial site). Newlyweds can also celebrate their nuptials with family and friends at the “Toy Mekany,” or “Wedding Palace.” Since it was opened in October 2011, couples register and traditionally rubber-stamp their union by having a wedding photo taken there under the watchful gaze of a portrait of President Berdymukhammedov
Morton & Hayes
This series was centered around the “rediscovered” work of a fictitious comedy duo.
Each 30-minute episode was presented in the style of a documentary, in which host Rob Reiner introduced another long-lost comedy film short starring Chick Morton (Kevin Pollak) and Eddie Hayes (Bob Amaral). The films on the show were supposed to have been produced by (fictional) producer Max King in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
Each black-and-white Morton & Hayes short was played, not as a parody of old-time comedy, but a tribute to it. The films were made to look the way they would have if they’d been authentic, and the comedy was in the style of Abbott and Costello, with lean Morton in the “Abbott” role and plump Hayes as his “Costello.”
After each film, Reiner would introduce and interview one or more of the actors from the picture (made-up to look decades older, of course). At the end of the last episode, the “now-elderly” Morton and Hayes were reunited on the show, after years of estrangement.
The show used a “rep company” approach to casting, often using the same actors in different roles from episode to episode. Seen frequently in various roles were Christopher Guest (3 episodes), Raye Birk (2 episodes), Hamilton Camp (2 episodes), and Allison Janney (2 episodes). Making one-time appearances were Courteney Cox, Joe Flaherty, Penelope Ann Miller and Michael McKean.
80 Blocks from Tiffany’s
The gangs in the South Bronx (about 80 blocks from Tiffany’s in more ways than one) are handled with kid gloves in this one-hour treatment by Gary Weis. The more articulate members of the Savage Nomads and Savage Skulls are interviewed while the less articulate minorities who incongruously brandish swastikas are glossed over. Aside from gang members venting about “social injustice” and cops, there are interviews with the police, a priest, and some community workers. In general, the documentary indicates that this one small part of the U.S. would gladly be engaged in a mini-civil war if left to ferment on its own.
The Ryugyong Hotel is a true display of North Korea’s madness. Work started on this 105 story hotel only a few years before a massive famine plagued the country. Abandoned for 16 years, work once again began in 2008, when it was coated in $150 million worth of glass.Foreign guests have reported that although the structure now looks complete on the outside, a lot of the interior is still abandoned and incomplete.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s short parody of MTV’s Fanatic for SNL staring Jimmy Fallon and Ben Affleck.
This is the track “Balance and Rehearsal” from the JBL LP “Sessions”. This track documents the recording of the Hoyt Axton track “Captain America”. You may recognize the piano riff at 2:41.
Finished Hoyt Axton track Captain America
Nash The Slash - Wolf - 1980
Nash the Slash was the alias of Jeff Plewman (born on 26 March 1948), a Canadian musician. A multi-instrumentalist, he was known primarily for playing electric violin and mandolin, as well as harmonica, keyboards, glockenspiel, and other instruments (sometimes described as “devices” on album notes).
Nash worked as a solo artist beginning in 1975, then founded the progressive rock band FM in 1976. After the release of FM’s first album, Black Noise (FM album) he left in 1977 to resume his solo career, which he relaunched in February 1978. (It was not until after Nash’s departure that the album was widely issued and promoted, eventually charting and receiving a gold record award.) He later rejoined FM from 1983 to 1996, concurrent with his solo work.
Nash’s music covers a wide range, varying from instrumental mood-setting music to rock and pop music with vocals. In addition to giving concert performances, he has composed and performed soundtrack music for silent films, presenting these works live in movie theatres to accompany screenings of the films. Another venue for his music is in performances to accompany the viewing of paintings by surrealist painter Robert Vanderhorst, an audiovisual collaboration which took place in 1978, and again in 2004.
Nash has performed with surgical bandages covering his face since 1979. “During a gig at The Edge in the late ’70s to raise awareness of the threat from the Three Mile Island disaster, he walked on stage wearing bandages dipped in phosphorus paint and exclaimed: ‘Look, this is what happens to you.’ The bandages became his trademark.” Prior to 1979, Nash performed three times on TV Ontario's Nightmusic Concert, first as a solo artist (a live broadcast which was never re-aired), then with FM (Nash and Cameron Hawkins), and again as a solo artist. In all of these appearances Nash wore his typical black tuxedo, top hat, and dark sunglasses, but not his signature bandages. He was also photographed in this attire for a profile in the Toronto Star, published April 28, 1978.
Born Jeff Plewman (as given in copyright depositions at the Library of Congress),[not in citation given] in later years he attempted to keep his true identity the subject of some speculation, although the Star profile of 1978 had already matter-of-factly revealed his real name. Nevertheless, in a 1981 interview with the UK magazine Smash Hits, Nash was questioned about his real name, and replied with “Nashville Thebodiah Slasher”. By being coy about his name, some fans came to believe that the Nash persona was an alter-ego of Ben Mink, who replaced him as FM’s violinist in 1978. This is a common misconception, but he has been photographed onstage with Mink.[original research?]
The “Nash the Slash” persona was born of silent film, and the name “Nash the Slash” comes from that of a killer butler encountered by Laurel and Hardy in their first film Do Detectives Think? (1927), for which he has composed a soundtrack score.
Images of Nash the Slash are featured in a variety of murals painted by artist Jungle Ling, in Toronto. These images are located in the Leslieville district, next to a TD bank at Queen St. East and Logan Avenue, and below Queen St. E. on Cannaught Ave., as part of a neighbourhood beautification project conducted by the Toronto Transit Commission. He is considered a local hero by many[by whom?] Toronto artists.