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@tcmparty live tweet schedule for the week beginning Monday, February 13, 2017. Look for us on Twitter…watch and tweet along…remember to add #TCMParty to your tweets so everyone can find them :) All times are Eastern.

Thursday, February 16 @ 8:00 p.m.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
International spies kidnap a doctor’s son when he stumbles on their assassination plot.

Saturday, February 18 @ 8:00 p.m.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Classic adventure about the sadistic Captain Bligh, who drove his men to revolt during a South Seas expedition.

NASA Day of Remembrance

The twenty-four men and women who showed us that the conquest of space is worth the risk of life.

Theodore C. “Ted” Freeman: February 18, 1930 - October 31, 1964

Elliot M. See Jr. (prime crew of Gemini 9): July 23, 1927 - February 28, 1966

Charles A. “Charlie” Bassett II (prime crew of Gemini 9): December 30, 1931 - February 28,1966

Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom (Apollo 1): April 3, 1926 - January 27, 1967

Edward H. “Ed” White II (Apollo 1): November 14, 1930 - January 27, 1967

Roger B. Chaffee (Apollo 1): February 15, 1935 - January 27, 1967

Clifton C. “C.C.” Williams Jr.: September 26, 1932 - October 5, 1967

Michael J. “Mike” Adams (X-15): May 5, 1930 - November 15, 1967

Robert H. Lawrence Jr. (Manned Orbiting Laboratory): October 2, 1935 - December 8, 1967

Francis R. “Dick” Scobee (STS-51-L): May 19, 1939 - January 28, 1986

Michael J. Smith (STS-51-L): April 30, 1945 - January 28, 1986

Ellison S. Onizuka (STS-51-L): June 24, 1946 - January 28, 1986

Judith A. Resnik (STS-51-L): April 5, 1949 - January 28, 1986

Ronald E. McNair (STS-51-L): October 21, 1950 - January 28, 1986

Gregory B. “Greg” Jarvis (STS-51-L): August 24, 1944 - January 28, 1986

S. Christa McAuliffe (STS-51-L): September 2, 1948 - January 28, 1986

Manley L. “Sonny” Carter Jr.: August 15, 1947 - April 5, 1991

Rick D. Husband (STS-107): July 12, 1957 - February 1, 2003

William C. “Willie” McCool (STS-107): September 23, 1961 - February 1, 2003

David M. Brown (STS-107): April 16, 1956 - February 1, 2003

Kalpana Chawla (STS-107): July 1, 1961 - February 1, 2003

Michael P. Anderson (STS-107): December 25, 1959 - February 1, 2003

Laurel B. Clark (STS-107): March 10, 1961 - February 1, 2003

Ilan Ramon (STS-107): June 20, 1954 - February 1, 2003

A recently married young woman in front of a dilapidated building in Awka, northern Igboland. She stands next to what Bolinder notes [in Swedish]: “when a daughter marries, the father puts out such a character that appears in the picture outside his house.“ Gustaf Bolinder, 1930-31.

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I wanted to share some work in progress shots from one of my paintings (sorry for terrible cell phone quality). This is  ‘View from the High Line - 26th Street’, completed late last year. 

The painting is based on photos I took from the High Line park, which is a repurposed elevated railroad track that runs through parts of the Meatpacking District and Chelsea on the west side of Manhattan. I love the High Line because it is covered in lots of interesting plants, but the views are pretty great as well. From this vantage point, you can see the Hudson River and Jersey City at the end of the street in the far distance. The large building at the end of the street with the horizontal bands of windows is the Starrett-Lehigh Building. Built 1930-31, it is an interesting early example of International-Style Modern architecture in an industrial building. This was historically a very industrial area, but it is now the heart of the Chelsea gallery district. The buildings on the left and right foreground, along with most of this block, are home to several high-end galleries. 

For the painting, I worked on Arches Hot Press 300lb watercolor paper. The size of the art is roughly 18 x 26 inches. I start with a detailed perspective drawing of the entire scene in pencil. As you can see from the progress photos, I worked from left to right, nearly finishing each section of the painting as I go - but always going back and polishing previous sections as needed. This strategy of moving across the painting helps me keep track of how much progress I have made, but i do not focus in on each little section and mechanically copy inch by inch from the photo. As with all watercolor, the painting generally starts light and the darkest colors and finest details are added last by necessity. I use a mix of watercolor tubes, most of which are Winsor Newton brand. I didn’t use any gouache or opaque white. I usually use a small amount of masking fluid and masking tape but I don’t think I needed much for this painting.   From start of the drawing to finish, this painting took about one month to complete - working on average a few hours a day.

I approach the overall process of a painting like this as if it were a traditional landscape painting. I am most concerned with balancing lights and darks, color vibrancy, warm/cool, etc. throughout the whole painting so that the final product is harmonious and compostionally pleasing. Balance was incredibly important in a composition like this one, which is so dramatically split down the middle. 

Sorry for rambling on, hopefully someone finds this interesting!

One of Tolkien’s special areas of scholarship was the West Midlands dialect of Middle English, as found in Ancrene Wisse, a book of religious instruction for women who chose to live the religious life in small cells built alongside churches.

Tolkien’s interest in sharing such enthusiasms led him to form a Viking Club at Leeds, which met to drink beer and read sagas; and back in Oxford he founded an Icelandic club, the Kolbitar, which consisted of a group of dons that met from 1926 through around 1930-31 in order to read aloud to one another Icelandic sagas, translating impromptu.

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Douglas A. Anderson, “The Annotated Hobbit” (2002)

Sometimes, I forget exactly how titanically nerdy Tolkien was.

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Happy Birthday ♡ Barbara Pepper ♡ (May 31 1915 - July 18 1969)

Best known for her role as Doris Ziffel in Green Acres, most people are shocked to find out Barbara Pepper was actually a blond bombshell in the 1930s. A former show girl of the Ziegfeld Follies, she started her acting career as a Goldwyn Girl along side Lucille Ball. The two met on the train taking them across country and remained life long friends even making their film debuts together in Roman Scandals (1933). She was considered for the role of Ethel Mertz until Vivian Vance stepped in (You can still see her in 9 episodes of I Love Lucy). Her career lasted for 36 years during which she was in over 100 films and 100 tv episodes playing leading roles in B-movies and small parts in many hit films. She specialized in playing tough broads and wild party girls. In 1949 her husband, fellow actor Craig Reynolds, died tragically in a motorcycle accident which left her severely depressed resulting in weight gain. Even at a larger size she was able to find steady work. Something not many fellow actresses have accomplished.