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Peculiar Popularities

February 25th, 2013 · 5 Comments


The Ullage Group is back for another afternoon of the odd and obscure.  This time, we present “Peculiar Popularities”: a diverse selection of now-forgotten-but-once-popular public interests, practices, and fixations.

Anthony Matt will survey the short-lived but popular cinematic stage shows of the late 1800’s that anticipated the birth of motion pictures.  He will discuss panoramic paintings, phantasmagorias, traveling peepshows, and a projection ride inspired by H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine.  Anthony will also attempt to conjure a smoke phantasm on stage.

Doug Skinner will talk about evanescent language, including catch phrase flare-ups, abandoned universal languages, and occupational slang.

Lisa Hirschfield will explore the public’s fascination with the power and potential of the recently-discovered Roentgen ray at the turn of the last century, a phenomenon that bordered on obsession, and forever changed perceptions of modern medical science.

When: 4 pm, March 3, 2013
Where: Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia St., Brooklyn NY 11231.

Admission is the nominal sum of $5 and the slang expression of your choice.

(Posted by Doug Skinner; the picture is by Hogarth.)

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gail // Mar 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I have no “bigger fish to fry” today, other than to see your performance at the Jalopy. Can’t wait!

  • 2 Angela // Mar 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm


  • 3 Win // Mar 4, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I was grounded.

  • 4 Matt // Mar 6, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Great job all around on Sunday. It was propa quoz!

  • 5 Doug // Mar 7, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Thanks, everyone! Glad you had a good time. Sorry you couldn’t make it, Winston; there will be others…

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