2011-10-28 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Ken And Barbie Are Revolting


Little Bo Creep makes an appearance at RAA’s interactive 2010 Halloween production, Grim and Scary Tales. This year – Rage in Toyland. Little Bo Creep makes an appearance at RAA’s interactive 2010 Halloween production, Grim and Scary Tales. This year – Rage in Toyland. Yes, little ones …and big ones, too. It is true. I, Madam Rayah, seer, sayer of sooth and amateur periodontist, know all and warn all. (Note who wrote this column.) Those beloved figures of Americana; of Patriotism; of all that is Good and Pure and Sanitized in the US of A; Yes, they have been kidnapped and brainwashed by subversive plastic soldiers (the powers of Evil). K & B and their malcontented, has-been colleagues have been recruited in a fiendish plot to overthrow our benevolent government and install as president a wooden marionette with orange hair and rouged cheeks. Yes, I know it was done before, but history is about to repeat itself. There is a RAGE IN TOYYYYLAAAANNND!!

This time, instead of invading our beloved country through California, ‘They’ are attempting to begin the mayhem of their rampage through …where else? …Fort Tilden. (We really have to put up some signage at the park saying, NO FIENDS ALLOWED.) And when is this happening? Natch, Halloween Nights!, October 29-31, 6-9 p.m. (NO LIFEGUARDS AFTER 6 PM!!!)

Oooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh, the heinousness of it all. Discarded toys; dolls that can no longer cry ‘Mama’; Teddys missing an eye and the stray limb; little rubber duckies that are no longer capable of ducking – all are seeking bloodthirsty revenge on the poor little tykes who outgrew their defective playthings and tossed them aside. Oh, the psychological damage – to be rejected thusly! And the parents, too, will feel the sting of the blade and the crush of the tightening rope around their necks, for not having taught their kiddies about loyalty! And the worst? In my glass orbs I see a giant decaying dollhouse and through a black-veiled window, the reddest of red blood dripping from the bicuspids of Ken and Barbie … and she having spent thousands on caps and a facelift. Ugly!

In all my lifetimes I have had 74 children; or 75, depending. In all those years, I have never seen a ghastly, ghoulish, horrible, heinous interactive playhouse like this one, filled with the sights and sounds of eating, maiming, enslaving. But my crystal balls don’t lie.

On Saturday, October 29, Sunday, October 30 and Monday, October 31 from 6-9 p.m. in and around sTudio 7, Fort Tilden, the dastardly devils of mayhem will have their way. Oh, good and decent villagers of Rockway, whatever you do, do not go up to Fort Tilden on those FREE nights of horror. And under no circumstances bring your children, though they may beg you to do so. Beware, BeWare, BEWARE of:

The Rage in Toyland – Revenge of the Discarded Playthings. I now return control of this column to its brilliant writer. Well done, Medium Rayah. Of course, friends. should your love of deliciously frightening fun get the better of you, wear comfortable shoes to escape through the interactive maze that is RAA’s Halloeen. And don’t take any little ones not old enough to be frightened in fun.

A wine and cheese closing reception for InkSplash is scheduled for Sunday, November 6 from 12-4 p.m. Featured will be a talk at 2 p.m. by participating artsts on the techniques they used in their work. There will also be the opportunity for you to ask questions. So, if you saw the exhibit and wondered, how did she do that, you will find out. This is your last chance to see this splendid exhibit of printmaking. Open call to artists working in glass (stained glass, blown or kiln worked glass) or fabric (fiber art, quilting or tapestry): “Glass & Thread,” December 9, 2011-January 15, 2012 at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center. Curated by RAA’s RenĂ©e B. Radenberg. Deadline for submission of entry forms and images is November 12, 2011. For forms and questions: glassthreads@gmail.com.

RAA CONTACT INFO: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474-4373; e-mail: info@raa116.org; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org

Fort Tilden Highlights

INKSPLASH 2011: through Nov. 6. The work of an international cast of printmakers. Free admission to gallery
and special events. Gallery hrs.: Sat.s and Sun.s 12-4
p.m. and by appointment.
SPECIAL INKSPLASH EVENT: Sun., Nov. 6, 2 p.m.: “The
Art of Printmaking” – Lecture by participants on the printmaking techniques used in the exhibit. Includes Q and A.
CLOSING RECEPTION INKSPLASH: Sun., Nov. 6, 12-
4 p.m. Wine and cheese.
HALLOWEEN 2011: Sat., Oct. 29, Sun., Oct. 30 and
Mon., Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m. in and around sTudio 7. “Rage in
Toyland.” Volunteers needed to prepare and participate.
Contact RAA.









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Program and Registration Information: Cost: Free Start Date: November 7, 2011.

Sessions: 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Location: Building T-149, Fort Tilden. Registration forms are available online at http://www.rockawayartistsalliance.org/ pdfs/KidsmartForms2011.pdf.

Completed registration packets can be mailed to or dropped off at the RAA office located at 260 Beach 116 Street, Rockaway Park, NY, 11694. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.

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