From time to time I’m reminded of Leon Trotsky’s invective against writer Dwight MacDonald: “Everyone has a right to be stupid, but Comrade Macdonald abuses the privilege.” I was specifically reminded yesterday when I realized I’d abused my stupidity privileges and was responsible for a bad date in this week's Night & Day pages of the paper, thus sending out into the more than 100,000 copies of MT suggesting that the Petting Zoo show at Bohemian National Home might well be worth checking out — but sending folks out to see it exactly 24 hours after the actual appearance. So, for the record the show is this SATURDAY, MARCH 22, featuring the multi-instrumentalist and multi-media artist Tom Abbs presenting works developed in collaboration with painter and multimedia artist M.L. Landis. Besides years of artistic collaboration, the two now share Abbs’ original complement of kidneys (2006 transplant), which has become the subject of a video to be shown during the performance. The tour is being underwritten by the legendary ESP label (Sun Ra, Fugs, Albert Ayler, etc.) and the entire catalog is to be displayed and on sale at each tour stop with funds going to the Petting Zoo Tour Fund. (The date was changed from what was announced earlier, but that’s no excuse...)
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