Sunday, October 01, 2006

Nanny's Plays Host to First Annual 'Fringe Homecoming'

AS Hogwarts packs up the rental chairs and distributes the leftovers to the dorm, I'd like to send out a special thanks to the folks at Nanny's who unwittingly put on the most special of this weekend's festivities. The fringe alumni association is proud to announce that attendance this year was up 300% (I'm not sure Hansen would pass that statistic as technically accurate since last year's attendance was zero, but hell, i'm a historian not a mathematician. GOTT SEI DANK!) Friday night's festivities included Guiness, of course, Harp (for WOP), and Irish whisky all around. Unfortunately there was no b-day party in the back or crazy Californian parolees, so we had to forego with the cheeseplate option; we were sustained, however, by the good company, the craic, and the beautiful memories of Nanny-burgers and club sandwiches (for those who haven't been at Nanny's lately you'll be creatfallen to hear that the poor girl lost its stove durng the summer to be followed last month by Marie, the cook, so..umm yeah, it's just nachos now). Music was provided courtesy of Nanny's and we all swayed on our barstools to Snakehead's soulful performance. Of course there were plenty of visits to the magic urinals and Pam the Butcher even made a cameo appearance (yes, Paddy still has his earlobe).

[LEFT: YITS provides a theatrical performance during 'Go on Home British Soldiers' - Up the RA!

We raised a grand total of $74 for the Society of St. Jude, which was promply used to cover the bar bill. Included in this year's festivities was a 2am tour of Chevy Chase. We all look forward to continuing the tradition and expading the Fringe Homecoming next year (hopefully we can expand the development department so they can get right on that).

[RIGHT: Of course Mat always gets sentimental when pullingpints for alumni.]

Thanks to all of those who attended and helped to make this year's homecoming quite memorable and a smashng success. Though we failed to kickoff our capital campaign to save Nannys (we're still looking to raise a grand total of $86, but there's rumors of a certain leader of the senate pledging $15 for the cause if we make his wife chairman of the next Fringe Night), we did manageto keep YITS off the street for a night.

Special Awards Handed Out Duing the Night: YITS - traveled furthest to attend; Paddy - most scared of Pam the Butcher at any given moment; WOP - most gratuitous use of false teeth and garage doors.

[Brought to you in loving memory of this guy, who apparently is alive and doing well.]

Anyway, the tme went by too quickly and YITS is already on a flight back to Belfast as I write. Until next year my friends - maybe we can get another 300% increase in participation in 2007 (but then we might need a table).


MrC said...

56 years on the fringe is a difficult way to live....but if it weren't for the fringe the world would never change.

sobinator said...

MrC. Im glad to see you're back with us. I'm writing an article in the Hogwarts times about the latent film program there and was wondering if you had anything to add. I spoke with Peter S (head of the theater) about it today and he said that since you left there has been no impetus to start a film program. The sad fact seems to me that Hogwarts has so many available resources for video/film studies, but no one is willing to spear-head the program. What do you think should be done to spark the program? Any comments about the program under your rule? This can all be off the record too by the way.

Paddy said...

I tend to think that given the state of technology, which has put quite good video equipment into the hands of so many more people (mostly younger ones)than jus fim students at fancy universities and big stuios, students these days know more about the process of shooting and editing than any 'adult' at Hogwarts. I know I've learned most of my pathetic technology skills from individuals under 20 who do not possess the fancy sheepskins (yet) from (too)highly vaunted institutions. What budding film-makers would benefit from is a good grounding in film context, i.e. a study of film history and theory. Unfortunately, it seems that too many 'video' courses simply send students out to shoot and then edit (a la McDonald's Week or the occasional 'what I did last summer' routine in assemly) without paying much attention to the rich tradition, now almost 100 years old, and ART of film-making. We can stand on the shoulders of giants, to paraphrase Newton I think, only if we study them and their work. But them wouldn't a video studies program only serve further to break up the humanities into more and more professional cubby-holes? Isn't film simply a form of media, a way to communicate? We should rather incorporate film into our classrooms (and I happen to be one that considers the world my classroom) as a vehicle for conveying a message. If anyone recalls my post on Orwell, however, forgive my harping upon a single string, but I'm also of the mind that fewer and fewer people even have a message to convey. They're language is inadequate for the task; they're thinking befuddled. In order to understand what Eisenstein was up to when shooting 'Battleship Potemkin' it is necessary to know his message, or at leat be willing to seek one, but alas, most don't worry their little heads about message anymore when it comes to movies, why bother thinking at all when you can just numb yourself with another predictable Hollywood script and lots of explosions?