Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
"Many years ago, as the story goes, Little Italy was repainting a 'Welcome to Little Italy' billboard, but the contractor didn’t obtain the proper permits from the city of Baltimore. Before the billboard could be finished, the city put an end to the project and the neighborhood was left with a huge white plywood eyesore on the side of Ciao Bella. Eventually, someone noticed the unfinished project oddly resembled a movie projector screen…and viola! An idea was born…When the movie starts around 9 pm, a hush goes over the crowd and sound is piped through the neighborhood’s street speakers. It’s an enchanting experience and one that we hope lives on for a long time to come." -Elisa, Baltimore is Awesome, July 27, 2011
This summer's selection is inspired by the exhibit, "What Makes Us Smile?" at the American Visionary Art Museum and screened on Federal Hill. Films include: Airplane!, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Pink Panther and Duck Soup.
The art exhibit "What Makes Us Smile?" looks amazing--a little silly and joyous and was "co-curated by renowned creator of 'The Simpsons,' Matt Groening, artist Gary Panter – known for, among many other things, his whimsy behind Pee-Wee Herman's Playhouse – and Museum founder Rebecca Hoffberger. 'Smile' features the costumes, cartoons, out-loud & 3-D glee-filled surprises created by 90 artists, imps, and comedians with accompanying essays, factoids, quotes and blurbs that revel in the history and science behind the gift of laughter." -AVAM, 2011
Detail: Tickling Machine by Carlos Zapata, 2003