What’s Happening Tonight? 4/28/17

CJ Ramone, Big Eyes, Scraper

at Thee Parkside

1600 17th Street @ Wisconsin
San Francisco CA
Time: 9:00pm     Day: Friday     Ages: 21+ Ages     Price: $15
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Solutions in search of problems…

From The Three Hot Trends in Silicon Valley Horseshit, by Freddie DeBoer:

“The basic idea here is that 40 years of stagnant wages, the decline of unions, the death of middle class blue collar jobs, the demise of pensions, and a general slide of the American working world into a PTSD-inducing horror show of limitless vulnerability has been too easy on workers. I’m sorry, Doers, or whatever the fuck. The true beauty of these ads is that they are all predicated on mythologizing the very workers who their service is intended to immisserate. Sorry about your medical debt; here’s a photo of a model who we paid in “exposure” over ad copy written by an intern who we paid in college credit that cost $3,000 a credit hour. Enjoy.

The purpose of these companies is to take whatever tiny sense of social responsibility businesses might still feel to give people stable jobs and destroy it, replacing whatever remains of the permanent, salaried, benefit-enjoying workforce with an army of desperate freelancers who will never go to bed feeling secure in their financial future for their entire lives. These companies are for people who think temp agencies are too coddling and well remunerative.”

YES!!! Read the rest here.

Way Out

Did you know that Roald Dahl (of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach fame) had his own creepy Twilight Zone style TV show in 1961 called Way Out? Did you know that show came about as a replacement for a game show called You’re In The Picture featuring Jackie Gleason (of The Honeymooners fame) that was apparently so bad that the second episode of the show consisted of nothing but a half hour long apology for the first episode from Gleason himself? Read all about it here:

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/in-1961-roald-dahl-hosted-his-own-version-of-the-twilight-zone

What a way out title card.

The Fiery Curse of the Crying Boy Painting

“In the middle of the night in Thatcher-era England, a home in South Yorkshire succumbed to a fire. The lounge room was charred black, drapes and furniture reduced to ash. The owners of the home, Ron and May Hall, lost nearly everything to the blaze, except one item: a painting of a crying boy, his wide eyes looking out from the wreckage, not even blackened by smoke.

This wasn’t the first time a picture of a crying boy had been found amid the ashes of a torched home.

On September 4, 1985, British tabloid The Sun published “Blazing Curse of the Crying Boy Picture!” a story about a very unlucky painting that caused fires, supported the comments of a local fire station officer. These paintings, the firefighter said, turned up mysteriously unscathed in fires across the U.K., all of which started spontaneously. It was well-known; he would never think of owning this cursed painting himself. “The couple had laughed off warnings” that their painting was cursed, wrote The Sun. Let all other heed the warning, and get rid of their own giant paintings of crying children immediately.”

What in the hell?! I’d never heard of this! Read the rest here:

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/crying-boy-painting-fires