Every week Nerd in the Brain does a Three Things Thursday post and invites others to play along sharing things that made them smile. Take a peek at what’s delighting me, and play along too if you’re inspired.
I feel like I’m smack in the middle of a week filled with magic – literally and figuratively.
August 31 through September 11 Chicago celebrates the Fringe Festival – an uncensored, unjuried, performance event that returns 100% of ticket sales to the artists. There are 50 different events, with each performance held multiple times, and the best part is it’s right in my neighborhood – everything is in very close walking range. Everything we’ve seen so far has been great, but I’ve been especially delighted and confounded by two performances – one with a mind reader and one a magician. I suspect between all the conjuring and sleight-of-hand and brain seering, some magical dust must have been sprinkled on me.
How else can I explain that I found a portfolio of mine filled with wrtings and scribbles and IMPORTANT amazements, quotes and bits of poetry, dream fragments and a variety of fabulousities – all of which I had totally forgotten about?! I had that happen before, so I think I conspire with myself to hide and forget these things just for the sheer magnitude of pleasure I derive when I find them again.
Part of what I recovered were some one-sheet double-sided zines I created at one point. I loved that format, and it was a treat to see what I was writing about back then – what rabbit holes I had fallen down and what I was exploring. This stuff literally feels like a treasure chest to me – and because I’d forgotten everything there is the delight of rediscovering everything as if it’s fresh and new. How magical is that?
Another treasure I got my hands on this week is the limited edition Ferdinando Crippa I Taroocchi 1978 deck. I’m utterly charmed by this seemingly simple artwork and the artist’s interpretation of the archetypes.
Given the fact it’s such a magical week I’m not inclined to stop at just three things that have delighted me. I have a couple bonus fabulousities to share.
I was thrilled to discover there’s such a thing as The World Nomad games, designed to promote and celebrate nomadic cultural and sporting traditions of central Asia. The opening ceremony of the games included a performance by 1000 musicians dressed in national attire playing the komuz, the national instrument of Kyrgystan. You can see (and hear) more here.
And finally, to close things on a perfectly sparkly note, have a peek at the work of artist Sigalit Landau. She’s created fabulous works by immersing objects in the Dead Sea until they become encrusted in salt. Pure magic and pure gorgeousness. See more here and here.
Those are some of the things lighting up my week. What about you? What magic or sparkling things have captured your attention? Ever found something you’d forgotten about and been transported back into the land of delight? What’s on the fringe in your world? Do tell – you know I love to hear.