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Friday, March 23, 2007


London, ON makes homage to Banksy

homage to banksy, originally uploaded by plastictaxi.

So what to say about London. Ontario. The graffiti is a little derivative of London (the other one). But it's okay... the downtown area is a little strange - so many empty storefronts in one part of town, none in others. I went to see 300 at the mall (The London Galleria) and only the movie theatre and a college were open on the entire second floor. It was an indoor ghost town. Reminds me of upstate New York. But you can walk everywhere and the people smile at you on the street if you bother to nod at them. I've forgotten what a friendly mood on the street can feel like.

I'm here with Anna Chatterton and Evalyn Parry, putting up Clean Irene and Dirty Maxine for the week. It's fun, easy going, and there's time during the day to refine designs and such for the next big show.

Kind of surreal, though, sitting in the green room while the big musical upstairs is playing through the speakers. ("Say what you want! Say what you will! Somethin's cookin' at the Spitfire Grill!") Sitting there, in the basement, it's like the three of us are survivors in some post-apocalyptic world with singing crowds of performers belting songs at hundreds of bourgeois Londoners over our heads, while we put cookies in sandwich bags and prepare our humble show for an audience of a couple dozen lesbians and bohemians.

I like it that way.

A few questions: Who is "banksy"? Aren't there any bohemian lesbians or lesbian bohemians? And which is the correct order for those two adjective/nouns? In the order of adjectives (little did you know about how little you know about English!) which comes first? Sexual orientation or artistic outlook?

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Was your show at the Grand? And why is John Travolta playing Divine, a man I once saw perform through the open back door of a gay club off Yonge street while hanging out with a couple of huffing skinheads? That was back when he had a hit song...
Hey! I was one of those people in the big theatre upstairs belting out "Something's Cookin' at the Spitfire Grill!" Pretty nice that you think seven people are making that much noise! (good noise, I hope) I really loved Dirty and Clean. Thanks for sharing the green room and the glass of wine. Best of everything from "Hannah".

p.s. wasn't 300 the most photogenic testosterone soaked war mongering propoganda you've ever seen?
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