Business of Mythweaving -- In case you missed The Business of Fancydancing when it showed at The Met last spring, another chance to see it is coming right up. The Idaho Mythweavers, a 12-year-old nonprofit dedicated to bridging the gap between regional Indian cultures and mainstream America, presents Sherman Alexie's directorial debut at the Panida in Sandpoint on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are only $8, but proceeds go to benefit the Mythweavers and their efforts to launch a creative/educational/media center on their home turf of Clark Fork, Idaho. In years past, the Mythweavers have launched a radio production intensive training program, worked on an audio interpretive project between the Nez Perce Tribe and Yellowstone National Park and produced the documentary Keepers of the Earth. Jane Fritz, executive director for the Mythweavers, tells us Alexie has been invited to the event. "But I haven't heard a definitive yes or no yet," she laughs. "He's pretty busy, but you never know." For more information, call (208) 266-1284.
A Mac Learning Experience -- So we're at this fast food joint, and, yes, we're one of those customers with special burger requirements. To make it easy on everyone -- especially the line behind us -- we just order the burger "without any vegetables."
Last week, we were helped by someone who must have slept through biology class, because he looked at us and said, "Um, is onions a vegetable?" We thought he was being funny, but he was dead serious.
The burger arrived with a little sticker reading: "double checked for accuracy." Still, we were left wondering if ketchup still counts as a vegetable. But we didn't ask.
Dead TV? -- Over the weekend we were, to say the least, intrigued by a New York Times story about a new film, Necrocam, which aired recently on Dutch television. The film's premise? A group of young friends pledge to install a Webcam inside the coffin of the first one to die. When one of the pals dies, the others must decide whether to follow through on the pledge. In a bizarre version of life (or death) imitating art, the screenwriter's ex-husband was diagnosed with cancer during filming; he offered to allow a Webcam in his coffin after his demise. Ultimately, screenwriter Ine Poppe chose to let her ex-husband rest in peace. Long-time Webcam aficionado Jennifer Ringley, of JenniCam fame, thinks the idea of coffin cams is probably DOA: "Watching a person who's not even moving might be pushing it a bit too far."