Every now and then I like to pull public service announcements in the form of recommendations of various and sundries. This week it’s a couple of items on Netflix that have been getting my viewing time.

The History Channel Presents: The American Revolution – This 13-part series is a comprehensive history of the American revolution starting with the Stamp Act up to the Washington taking the presidency and everything in between. They do a good job making historical figures and events come to life and giving the whole period a sense of context. Highly recommended.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 – An oldie but goodie.  I missed this during its original run because I either didn’t have cable at the time, or worked nights. The science fiction movies they spoof are the best episodes, but there are usually a healthy number of chuckles for all of the entries. Push the button, Frank!

Ancient Aliens – Another History Channel offering–this one a lot less serious. I admit that I’ve long been a fan of this series. Don’t worry. I’ve not drunk the kool-aid and I view the series with a great amount of skepticism. Many of the arguments made are based on more wishful thinking than actual logic or context, but the arguments are, nonetheless, entertaining and every now and then there are mysteries discussed that don’t have ready answers. Ancient aliens seem as good an answer as any–at least to hold one over until something better comes along. The various experts are all very earnest, and if you can get past the specious arguments, it can be a lot of fun to watch.

Star Trek: Enterprise – Another series I missed on its original run–more because I wasn’t convinced by the first episode, but I’ve recently been giving it another shot and it’s grown on me. If you, like me, didn’t give it much of a chance at first, then I recommend giving it another try.

Leslie Jordan: My Life Down the Pink Carpet – If you don’t know Leslie Jordan, you’ll recognize him almost immediately when you see him. He’s a fairly popular character actor known for his diminutive size, drawling southern accent, and open homosexuality. This is a fascinating, entertaining, touching, heartwarming, and very humorous monologue of the actor’s life and experiences in coming to terms with his homosexuality, his undeniably effeminate mannerisms, his family, community, and Hollywood. Straight or gay, I think this is well worth anyone’s time to watch. My only caution is not to watch it the same day you watch Charles Nelson Reilly: The Life of Reilly or John Waters: This Filthy World as you may OD on old theatre queen monologues (a genre unto itself now, it seems). All three, however, are highly entertaining shows and all three are on Netflix.

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Work continues. Italian theatre. Werewolves. Midgets. Rescue shows. Medical articles and abstracts. Murder mystery. Creepy childrens stories. Cute cat stories.

Oh, yes. The work continues. And I’m prepping stuff for an arts and crafts show next weekend including preparing a series of painting/silk screens and a few other mixed media pieces to accompany a stack of photo prints and books I’ll be hawking. This is the first time I’ve ever done an event like this, and a hundred things could go wrong beforehand, but I’m going forward just the same.  Whatever I don’t sell will likely go up on Etsy and/or my website.

And by the way… do you know how hard it is to find 9×12 frames in stores? Yeesh. Surprisingly difficult.

Cheers!