I’ve had this DVD for a while and just haven’t gotten around to watching it. It looked quirky and it is, but <em>Sleepwalk with Me</em>, a story of struggling, neurotic, sleepwalking comic just missed the mark. I liked the hero, Mike Birbilgia, fairly well, but there wasn’t enough story here. While it’s new to watch a comedian who’s got a real sleep disorder and the cast was strong, the story was weak. It’s like having great milk and sugar, but really bad coffee. What is the point?
Birbilgia not only sleepwalks, he sleepshowers, sleepjumps, sleepwhatevers. He’s in a relationship with a lovely woman, who should leave him because he won’t commit, but she sticks around for years waiting and hoping. He isn’t a bad guy, just one with Peter Pan syndrome. The whole “I’m not sure about commitment” syndrome seems passe or should be. Making another movie about it is just another walk down a well-worn path. I do hope we move beyond this hesitancy as a society.
Smart, but ho hum.
Last week I visited the 798 Art Space in Beijing. I’m proud of myself for getting to this place beyond the subway system using public transportation rather than a taxi. Just take the subway to Dongzhimen and then take bus 418 or 688 (1 yuan) to 798. If you show the fare taker “798,” she’ll make sure you don’t miss the stop.
I visited 798 a couple years ago and I remember it as being less commercial. There were cafés, shops and restaurants, but there seemed to be more art. Also, now there were a few galleries that charged entrance fees. I haven’t seen that anywhere, let alone in a country with so many great free museums, so I passed them by. Still this extensive area with dozens of galleries is a great place to wander.
I returned to the Shandong Provincial to see their two new exhibits. Today I’m sharing some modern art by Liu Guo-Sung. He started with traditional Chinese painting and then got interested in oil painting in the West. Now he’s synthesized the two media and methods. Pretty cool stuff.
We’ve been blessed with sunny warm days. Today all the American English teachers went on a walk over to the traditional market. Here’s a few things I saw on the way.
From an exhibit at Prince Gong’s Mansion, Beijing.
I saw this at an exhibition at Prince Gong’s Mansion in Beijing. They didn’t have any English signs so I don’t know who made it.