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  • 10/22 The Pinhook – DREAMS OF THE RAREBIT FIEND **soundtrack**

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    October 11th, 2011adminUncategorized

    Hi there, members of the Felix Obelix all-star fan club, with your shiny mail-ordered decoder rings on your fingers, the kind that don’t exist. I want to invite you to a very special Felix Obelix performance of something I’ve never done before, which is similar to every other Felix Obelix performance, i.e. something that’s not been done before by me. On Saturday, October 22, at the Pinhook in Durham, NC, Felix Obelix will perform an original, live soundtrack to the 1921 animated short Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend: The Pet by Winsor McCay. Winsor McCay “invented” cartoons, with his important work Gertie the Dinosaur and was also known for his newspaper comics strips, notably, Little Nemo in Slumberland. This cartoon is based on a series of comics where a character eats a Welsh rarebit (a kind of heavy, gooey, cheesy toast meal) and then proceeds to have a nightmare. In this creature feature, a wittle bitty cutey pet shows up and mischief ensues, and then the cartoon takes some very dark and funny turns. The animation is sophisticated and fluid as Winsor McCay drew every single frame, something like 4000 of them, by hand, because this was in the days before the traditional animation studio. The score is for organ, xylophone, auxiliary percussion and glockenspiel, and I’m pleased to say I roped Billy Sugarfix into performing it as a duet. While Billy may have performed on mallet percussion in his early music major percussion ensemble years, this represents my public xylophone debut. In addition to this soundtrack, I’ll also be performing some “regular” Felix Obelix songs. This entire show is a celebration of Le Weekend’s pre-release show, which is a wacky concept in which Le Weekend has planned to record an album on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Pinhook itself, so to pump themselves up, they are having a pre-release show, playing the songs before the recording is even made, the night before the recording. Are you confused? By how much? I think, rather, you should just get excited and come. Show starts at 9:30pm.

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