In Memoriam of Lou Cohen: John Cage in The Park

OpenSound closed its 2017 concert series with a performance of John Cage’s “Variations III” in Seven Hills Park, in Davis Square.

Since 2005, OpenSound has been a home for Boston-based improvisers, sound artists, dancers, and creative thinkers, as well as for regional, national, and international touring artists. For many years its final concert was a performance of John Cage’s Variations III, curated by the series co-director, Lou Cohen, a student and colleague of Cage and Christian Wolff.

When Lou passed away in 2013, OpenSound organized several events in his memory, including an important concert and memorial including 100 musicians performing Variations III at the Somerville Armory. This event was powerful in bringing together members of Boston’s family, many of whom had since spread throughout the United States, and a wonderful expression of remembrance, support, and creativity.

Innovative Design

The Simeone Museum’s Innovative Design Day celebrated 4 cars  famous for individual innovations. Some of these fine examples changed the course of automotive history while others disappeared forgotten…

 

1924 Lancia Lambda Third Series Tourer

According to Dr. Simeone, this was the first car to feature a load bearing monocoque body which, ultimately, became the standard of auto manufacturing a decade later.

1937 Cord 812 Supercharged

Back in 1937, the Cord set a new speed record of 107.66 miles per hour for the flying mile. The run took place on a circular course of ten-mile radius, so the two-way runs were not needed…

1950 Allard J2

In 1951, Bill Pollack drove a Allard J2 with a Cadillac V8 to victory at the Pebble Beach Road Race.  Sydney Allard and Tom Cole drove a J2 with a Cadillac engine to third place in the 1950 24 Hours of Le Mans.They achieved this even though the first and second gears of the 3-speed gearbox were broken.

1965 Ferrari 365P “Tre Posti” Berlinetta Speciale

The 365 P was a radical platform for a new design study as it was intended as a Le Mans contender. Located midship, the 4.4 liter V12 which powered this car, produced 380 horsepower, and that was in detuned form.

Internally at Pininfarina the car was known as Coupe Ferrari Tre Posti for its unique three seat design. Much like the McLaren F1, it has a central driver’s position with two seats at each side of the driver.

From The Scrap Yard To The Race Track: The Curious Case Of Brooklands

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia demonstrated five fine cars from Brooklands which, besides being the world’s first purpose-built race track, was a place where members could race their sports cars on a club-owned track.

Brooklands gave drivers the opportunity to use cars that were otherwise outdated. Many historically significant cars were saved from the scrap heap at Brooklands. Among them are the following five fine examples from the Simeone Museum collection:

1925 Alfa Romeo RL SS(Super Sport)
1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spyder(Castagna)
1934 MG K3 Magnette
1936 Delahaye 135S

1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B MM

Racing Legends: When NASCAR was for real stock cars

The Simeone Foundation Museum demonstrated five legendary NASCARs in Philadelphia, PA, three of which were captured in images:

1963 Chevrolet Impala “Mystery Motor” ex Junior Johnson
1969 Pontiac Grand Prix “PEPSI” ex Roy Tyner.
1938 Ford Louis Smith Replica
1953 Hudson Hornet “Satan of Morimar”
1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird

Racing Legends

The Simeone Foundation Automative Museum showcased 5 European racing cars from the 20th century:

1959 Ferrari 250 GT Interim Berlinetta 1377 – 6th place in the 1959 Lemans race

1956 Mercedes Benz Gullwing 300 SL

1933 Alfa Romeo Monza

1954 Austin Healey

1956 Jaguar D-Type – 3rd place in the 1956 Sebring Race

The Best Is Yet To Come

The fifth Mohnton Professional Car Club auto show at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Les Rhinocéros

played a set of their music at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, PA.

Les Rhinocéros at Johnny Brenda’s

Les Rhinocéros is known for bending the rules with their music. Their pieces often contain elements of Rock, World Music, Noise, Ambient and Jazz.

Deveykus: Hasidic Doom Metal

Deveykus debut their album: Pillar Without Mercy at Johnny Brenda’s

Deveykus is Trombonist Dan Blacksberg’s latest brainchild, blending traditional Ashkenazic Jewish Music with Doom Metal.

The idea was conceived by Blacksberg in 2012; he decided to collaborate with musicians whose backgrounds spanned experimental rock, metal, Jazz and Jewish music to form the band.

Deveykus is:

Nick Millevoi, Guitar
Yoshie Fruchter, Guitar
Johnny DeBlase, Bass
Eli Litwin, Drums
and
Dan Blacksberg, Trumbone

In Hebrew, Deveykus means: “To Cleave to god” and refers to an ecstatic, trance-like state brought on by the singing of Nigunim.

The video was captured at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia and marked the debut of Pillar Without Mercy in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s Hack 2.0

An overview of Philadelphia’s Hack 2.0 event at bahdeebahdu art space.

HACK 2.0 is a technology based design and art exhibition featuring hackers, artists, and designers from Philadelphia and beyond.

This video shows a glimpse of Joo Won Park’s performance as well as other happenings.

 

Joo Won Park et al at Philadelphia’s Hack 2.0