2006-10-27 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Malice Comes To Fort Tilden Rockaway Artists Alliance
Commentary by Madam Rayah WARNING: HALLOWEEN - MALICE IN UNDERLAND - FORT TILDEN

Malice Comes To Fort Tilden
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Commentary by Madam Rayah
WARNING: HALLOWEEN - MALICE IN UNDERLAND - FORT TILDEN

- October 28-31 - 5 to 8 p.m. - sTudio 7 Gallery

Oh, my beloved children of this fabled peninsula. The time has come once again for me to scream from the rooftops, warning you of the dread that is to come. Beause I have so often in the past warned you of the devils who have threatened your very existence at the time of Halloween, it was necessary for me to be placed in the FBI's Medium Protection Program. No one knows of my exact whereabouts or new identity or even of my present e-mail address. Therefore, I have chosen to channel my vital message to you through our brilliant and dedicated journalist, Susan Hartenstein. Though the typing is hers, the words are mine.

This year the fiendish hordes who would devour this loving and innocent land are a crew of diabolically corrupted Victorian misfits who have nothing but deception and destruction in their hearts. I have seen in my recently simonized and botoxically uplifted crystal orbs, the likes of a large, neurotically time-obsessed lapin creature running down a hole yelling in rhythm, "I ate, I ate four and twenty-two of my mates." How horrifically cannibalistic! In my special order, custom-made Chihuly electric blue glass globe, I spy a diabolical Caterpillar sitting on a mushroom, smoking a hookah. In the forest, yet. How dangerous and environmentally threatening! Oh, the images in my smoke-clouded crystals grow curiouser and curiouser. A rather unprepossessing Queen covered in warts and red hearts fills the airwaves with her blood-curdling screams, "Off with their heads"! (The "their" is unspecified. But, heaven help the members of this community, it could be ANYONE who ventures into Underland.)

Perhaps worst of all, a seemingly obtuse, slightly underweight and frighteningly WASP-ish blonde girl is being chased by a man with an over-sized hat, while a politically incorrect giant turtle mockingly yells anti-thin comments at her (and who in society is to define what is "too thin" and what is not), and a steaming red lobster with evil (and melted butter) in its eyes attempts to place her in a pot of boiling water. Strangely, as Nero was to Rome, the band Indaculture strums while Alice turns.

Who could be the leader of this gaggle of ghastly ghouls? The name that keeps floating across my convexed screens is, "Lewis Carroll." A man with two first names. Never a good omen. Think of Sweeney Todd. Remember the havoc Jesse James caused?

Yes, my possibly-doomed friends. Take heed! For, in my tear-stained visions for All Hallow's Eve and the evenings preceding it, 'tis brillig and the slithy toves do gyre and gimble in the wabe. All mimsy are the borogoves and the mome raths outgrabe. A deeply ominous weather forecast if I've ever dreamed one. Take extra care on the ghost-filled nights of October 28, 29, 30 and, especially 31 during the hours from 5 to 8 p.m.

Evil forces will be about, in and around the sTudio 7 Gallery and in all the Fort of Tilden.

Wear sensible shoes to make a fast escape. Don't bring any children (or adults) who may scare too easily. (THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART.) Be safe, be sure, but above all, BEWARE! Medium Rayah has spoken!

I now return our columnist to her normal state.

The Arts from RoCA:

GIFTED , RAA's holiday member exhibit: November 4-December 10. Opening reception: Sunday, November 5, 1-3 p.m. in sTudio 6 Gallery, Fort Tilden. Free admission.

Gallery hours: Saturdays: 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. For information: 718 474-0861; rockart 116@aol.com, www.rockawayartistsall iance.org.

The Rockaway Theatre Company presents its third annual Carol Jasper Memorial Benefit Performances of The Rockaway Café '06: A Salute to the Songs of the Cinema, Saturday, November 4 @ 2 & 8 p.m.

Proceeds from these performances will be donated to North Shore Animal League America.

RTC Hotline: 718 850-2450.

RAA Out in the World:

RAA celebrates the richness of our membership with a "MULTICULTURAL" exhibit in the rotunda of the Citibank office building in Long Island City, One Court Square. The group RAA show, which is on view until January, displays artwork by six members born outside the USA.

For information: 917 306-8729

RAA board member and Metropolitan Museum of Art docent Joseph Rothenberg will present his highly informative and entertaining slide lecture about the great American artist, John Singleton Copley at Rock Hall Museum in Lawrence, New York on Sunday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m.

The museum is located at 199 Broadway, Lawrence, NY. For more information call (516) 239-1157.

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