Non stop dancing in heaven

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If you ever caught me DJing at Gin ‘n’ Sin at the Niagara in the 1990s, or if you’ve just been to one of my parties, you know the key role James Last plays in my social life.

The German bandleader, whose rock medley-stuffed Non Stop Dancing records can be found in every thrift store bin, has died at 86 years old. The records were the sound of a square culture learning to have fun, complete with a singalong choir to help the listener get into the groove.

Great as James Last’ss medley records were, my favourite was 1972’s psychedelic rock-infused Voodoo Party, in particular the completely mad track “Mr. Giant Man”.

Saint paintings

I like the idea of saints, those haloed helpers for every imaginable problem.

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These little paintings are inspired by the prayer cards I find left on the seats of my local bus by the evangelically-minded. I’ve done them in earth tones on a baroque blue background, and added a pewter metallic halo to each one.

I’ve replaced the ecstatic expressions of traditional paintings with more human ones of irritation and recrimination, and maybe annoyance at being turned into a symbol.

The paintings of three saints – St. Agnes of Rome, St. Sebastian, St. Peter of Verona – are $150 each, or $400 for the triptych.

They will be featured in the Super Holy Show at the Super Wonder Gallery (876 Bloor St. W, Toronto) this Friday and Saturday night.

St. Sebastian. Acrylic on canvas, 5'x7"

St. Sebastian. Acrylic on canvas, 5’x7″

St. Peter of Verona. Acrylic on canvas, 5'x7"

St. Peter of Verona. Acrylic on canvas, 5’x7″

St. Agnes of Rome. Acrylic on canvas, 5'x7"

St. Agnes of Rome. Acrylic on canvas, 5’x7″

 

Happy Towel Day

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Towel Day (May 25) celebrates the life of author Douglas Adams. Funny guy, good human being. This sketch depicts the arrival of the Vogon Constructor Fleet and one of my favourite sentences from The Hitchhiker’s Guide The Galaxy.