Friday, December 24, 2004

Getting Goth ... Again

Sure, you may have hopped into a Hot Topic or a Torrid, smiled at the massive marketing blitz for "Nightmare Before Christmas," or exercised restraint at the teens who remind you of your own youth. Goth is back in a big way. And believe it or not, it was no more in abudance than at last Fall's NY Fashion Week. With the December 17, 2004 release of "Lemony Snicket," it'll probably continue to stay hot until it gets, literally too hot to wear long-sleeved black garb.



Mark Ryden
With a Pat the Bunny-meets-Seed of Chucky aesthetic, Mark Ryden's work has a hypnotic appeal that is as appalling as it is accomplished. (Marilyn Manson is a collector, natch.) For those in search of haunted celebrations, holiday or otherwise, Ryden's paintings are featured in two exhibitions: Frye Art Museum, Seattle, through February 12, 2005; Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA, February 26 to May 8, 2005.

Limited edition Blood CD in triptych package, by Stan (Wall of Voodoo) Ridgway and Mark Ryden, $33, available at and (503) 256-3122.
Photo: Courtesy of RedFly Records

Irish Humor: BBC AMERICA showcases one of Ireland's hottest comics with the U.S. premiere of Dylan Moran's (Notting Hill, Shaun of the Dead) stand-up show and the BAFTA award-winning UK TV comedy, Black Books. BBC AMERICA Comedy Live presents Dylan Moran premieres Thursday, January 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET\PT. Black Books makes its channel debut at 9:30 p.m. ET/11:30 p.m. PT.

Supreme Bourne:
The Bourne Supremacy sold five million DVD and VHS units in its first seven days in retail. (It was released by Universal Studios Home Entertainment on December 7, 2004.)

Putting It Down on Paper:
BBC AMERICA launches "Get Writing with Canterbury Tales" - a short story competition aligned with the premiere of BBC AMERICA's four contemporary versions of Chaucer's universal and timeless Canterbury Tales - The Wife of Bath, The Sea Captain's Tale, The Miller's Tale and The Knight's Tale. An Apple* iBook* will be awarded to the writer of the best short story. For further information, including full rules and guidelines, log-on to BBC AMERICA will host a series of three public events in Los Angeles, CA, Athens, GA and Chicago, IL where people will see a screening of The Miller's Tale and participate in a Q&A with its writer Peter Bowker. The events will also offer advice on writing a short story for the competition from a local writing instructor or professional writer.

The event schedule is as follows:

Los Angeles
, CA
, Monday January 24, 2005 at 7 p.m. Central Library, Los Angeles Public Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., Downtown Los Angeles, CA Call (213) 228-7025. Admission is free, but reservations are required

, GA
, Wednesday January 26, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. University of Georgia, Tate Center Theater, Tate Student Center, Athens, GA Call (706) 542 6396. Admission is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and available from January 12, 2005 at the Tate Center Cashier's Window or at the Tate Theater Box Office the night of the event.

, IL
, Thursday January 27, 2005 at 6 p.m. Chicago Central Library, Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL Call (312) 747 1194. Admission is free but reservations are required.

The "Get Writing with Canturbury Tales" competition is open to aspiring writers 18 years or older. Each story must be between 1,900 and 2000 words and inspired by the themes in Canterbury Tales (BBC
AMERICA's interpretations or Chaucer's originals). The deadline for submissions is February 21, 2005. Enter online via or by mail to BBC America's Get Writing, P.O. Box 30690, Bethesda, MD 20814-9998.

Canterbury Tales premiere Saturdays from
January 8, 2005 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

AMERICA partners in the Get Writing Campaign with: UCLA Extension Writers' Program, Los Angeles Central Library ALOUD program, University of Georgia University Union Student Programming Board and Chicago Public Library. Richard Bausch, esteemed author of nine novels, five volumes of short fiction and currently the Heritage Chair in Writing at George Mason University, will be among the judges in the "Get Writing" competition.