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Saturday, May 21, 2005

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

The Muppet's Wonderful Wizard of Oz world premiere aired on ABC-TV last night. It was as cute as any Muppet show can be but quite disappointing for any Oz fan like me. Ashanti plays Dorothy, but is far from being anywhere as endearing as Judy Garland or Diana Ross. Kermit the Frog is the Scarecrow, the Great Gonzo is the Tin Man, and Fozzie Bear plays the Cowardly Lion. Once you see them together for a few minutes that's good enough and there really isn't much else to the movie, expect that Miss Piggy plays all the witches, good and bad, while Toto the dog is replaced with a pet prawn (!) sporting a Spanish accent.

Today's Franklin Furnace meeting in Brooklyn marked the beginning of a new era for the organization. With the help of artists-in-residence Yury Gitman and Joshua Kinberg, the Furnace will now move towards dynamic publishing and RSS driven by blog technology. This is a significant move because it is now clear that Franklin Furnace must continue to evolve to remain the amazing force that it's been in the last 30 years. Martha Wilson's desire to remain on the cutting edge rather than rest on the laurels she has earned for the Furnace over the past three decades is truly inspirational.

See? I didn't blog about the Eurovision Song Contest, even though Malta received the highest number of points ever this evening. Perhaps I'll blog about that tomorrow as Chiara prepares to return home to a hero's welcome. We'll see what sunday morning feels like in New York City tomorrow. It usually mellows me out in a very Velvet Underground sort of way.

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