Back in 1989, the Norwegian National Opera staged the world's first (and only?) "drive-in opera" with a performance of the Barber of Seville broadcast live on a 225-square-foot movie screen in downtown Oslo. The idea was that people could watch the performance from their cars. This was supposed to be a way to bring opera to the masses, to let people know that "opera can be fun."
However, the event didn't go quite as planned since the Norwegian audience wasn't quite clear on the "drive-in" concept. Most of them showed up on foot. And many of the cars that did show up parked facing away from the screen. More info at AP News Archive
Several currently for sale on Etsy and eBay.
Thanks to Deborah Newton.
One of those essential holiday treats!
Back in the 1980s, Betty
Burian Kirk got the idea of starting a business spinning dog-hair yarn. Her clients were people who "want to wear something from their dog." She said it was "becoming more and more popular."
Has the trend of "wearing your pet" continued to grow in popularity since the 80s? Well, here at WU we've posted before about people who wear dog-fur sweaters
. So maybe it is a popular thing.
And though Betty
Burian Kirk no longer seems to be in business, a quick google search pulls up plenty of places (such as here
) that'll spin your dog's fur into yarn for you, if that's what floats your boat.
So her middle name is "Burian", not "Burlan". And she's still in business. Her website, bbkirk.com
, offers plenty of info on dog hair — how to collect it, wash it, pricing, etc. Plus, she has a Gallery of Dog Hair Items
Original page here.
Do we dare to believe this Weekly World News
article? Well, the case was reported a year prior in a reputable newspaper.
Original article here.
, curiously enough, makes no mention of this brush with fame.
Canadian tax dollars at work!
Back in 1984 (source: Montreal Gazette - Oct 17, 1984
), the Canada Council gave the following grants to fund Canadian artists who had "innovative" projects:
Jim Freedman got $4,885 to write a book on "professional wrestling as it relates to small towns, offering reasons for its decline in popularity."
Richard Lyle Hills received $3,125 to write "a collection of short stories examining the lives and values of those who work at construction jobs."
Joanne Claire was granted $8,200 to write "a book which questions the beliefs and assumptions upon which our lives are based."
Daniel Boudereau and Helene Cosette got $14,700 to develop "a performance integrating movement and color by acrobats inside a multi-chambered cubic structure."
Thirty years later, what became of these projects? The only one I could track down was Jim Freedman's wrestling book, which was published by Crowbar Press
in 1988 as Drawing Heat
). And it actually sounds like an interesting book.
But all the other projects — nada. Did they actually produce anything with the money given to them?