Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
The Saint (club)
The Saint opened in the old premises of the Fillmore East, a former theater turned classic rock and roll venue of the late 1960s and early 1970s, on Second Avenue in New York City's East Village. The Saint was opened by Bruce Mailman on September 20th, 1980, with Alan Dodd as DJ. A 50,000 sq ft, three-story space, it opened initially as a private membership gay nightclub (returning the idea of a club to "club"), and set the standard for disco presentation, lighting, sound system, hydraulics and technical support, until it closed in 1988. The club re-opened briefly in the same location for a while, minus the planetarium dome and most of the more elaborate architectural touches, which had been dismantled after the "official" closing in 1988.
The Saturday night DJ at The Saint was at the top of their career: Jim Burgess, Roy Thode, Alan Dodd, Robbie Leslie, Mark Thomas, Terry Sherman, Shaun Buchanan, Michael Fierman, Warren Gluck, Wayne Scott, Chuck Parsons, Nao Nakamura and Sharon White all had their time in the booth. The lighting was operated by Richard Tucker, Mark Ackerman, Jorge Villardell, Richard Erskine, Tony Devisia and Richard Sabala.
The Saint was technically and creatively one of the best dance clubs of its era. The circular dancefloor was topped by a perforated seventy-six foot(planetarium]] dome. In addition to hiding the speakers, the dome served as a spectacular palette for the lighting effects, which included a Zeiss projector. A circular opening at the top of the dome could be automatically opened and closed to allow a large mirrored disco ball to be lowered into the room. The speaker cabinets were located and attached directly to the outer surface of the dome, creating a very euphonic "surround sound" effect. Directly underneath the dance floor level was a large lounge with several juice bars. Beer on tap was sometimes served for free to avoid the licensing oversight of the New York State Liquor Authority. Above and outside the dome, were balconies which overlooked the dancefloor through the scrim of the dome, and where men relaxed and indulged in the sexual mores of the time. Several times during the year themed parties such as the "Black Party" and the "White Party" attracted celebrities from around the world. The Saint is considered by most disco historians to be the precursor to the Circuit party.
The closing party for the "original" planetarium version of The Saint lasted three days from Friday night through Monday. There was a live performance every hour culminating in Marlena Shaw singing "Touch Me In The Morning".
Charlie walks into his bedroom with a sheep under his arm and says:
"Darling, this is the pig I have sex with when you have a headache."
His wife is lying in bed and replies: "I think you'll find that's a sheep, you idiot."
The man says: "I think you'll find that I wasn't talking to you."
Thanks to Deev for this one!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Seems AdRants Daily is running dry on material (writers' strike?) as they (Steve Hall, specifically) posted today on the EXACT SAME THING.
According to Grace's rep, John David is named for his father and John the Revelator.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
needs serious retouching before I post the entire original, shot from a Hasselblad back. Seems the Sharpie on the back scribbling the exposures finally bled through after, what? almost two decades?
The Saint 1985 streaming (part 3) smooth ride through Jimmy Sommerville to the Pointer Sisters' NEW ATTITUDE and "the tables being turned" as I reached for the brochures on the desk, which happened to have been about the turntable.
Some other stuff.
Monday, January 07, 2008
1. size of original negatives
2. dust, dirt, smoke and dog hair
3. absolutely flat transparency scan, both negatives
5. conversion to grayscale
7. use of color ink for a super-rich black,
or to use a combination of photo greys and blacks
1st day of Spring 2008
to place on eBay for sale; price to be determined by length, and use of color ink for a super-rich black, or to use a combination of photo greys and blacks.
Seems PC users of Quicken and TurboTax are being lured with a combo-discount of $20 if they buy both Quicken and Turbo Tax...
and Mac users can pony up an additional $10 over the PC users, saving $10 on the purchase of both, but paying $10 more than their PC counterparts.
I smell a rat. A big fat corporate rat.
Mac folk? Care to comment?
Thanks for your anonymous comment.
At 2:21am, I should hope you were about to close your computer,
and get a good night's sleep.
I'm sorry you didn't leave the address to your blog.
I'd really like to see something great, with a point,
and now I can't take your blog as an example.
Thanks for writing.
Stay tuned and tell me if I'm getting any better!
Sunday, January 06, 2008
do and be done with me
(cold cold cold)
Don't I exist for you
don't I still live for you
(cold cold cold)
Everything I presents
giving with tenderness
wrapped in a ribbon of glass
Time it may take us but God only knows
how I've paid for those things in the past.
Dying is easy it's living that scares me to death
I could be so content hearing the sound of your breath.
Cold is the color of crysal the snowlight
that falls from the heavenly skies.
Catch me and and let me dive under
for I want to swim in the pools of your eyes.
I want to be with you
slip me inside of your heart.
Don't I belong to you baby
don't you know that nothing can tear us apart
Come on now
come on now
come on now
telling you that I loved you right from the start.
But the more I want you the less I get.
Ain't that just the way things are.
Winter has frozen us
let love take hold of us
(cold cold cold)
Now we are shivering
blue ice is glittering
(cold cold cold)
Cold is the color...
And you know it's cold
with Billy Idol's
EYES WITHOUT A FACE.
I wonder where and how the evening started, as well as ended.
And where it took you, most importantly.