Archive for June 16th, 2007

Muppets

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

OK, so this post is mildly random, given how Galleon-centric my brain is at present, but it’s important. And I’m mildly random, anyway.

So. It is summer, and traditionally this is when art venues slow down a little bit in terms of their regular programming, and sometimes ramp it up with tourist/family-friendly fare.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which pretty much tramples SFMoMA when it comes to progressive, diverse, community-oriented programming (not to mention more generous ticket discounts and membership rates to encourage a wider range of folks to come) is offering something up this summer which delights me to no end. William Pope. l? Wonderful and provocative, but no. R. Crumb? Close, but not quite. The Collective Foundation? Even closer, but no.

It’s shameless.
It’s crowd-pleasing.
It’s Muppets.

June 24, 4 pm is The Great Muppet Caper. Now, it’s been some years since I’ve seen this, but if memory serves me, it contains not one, but two of the most iconic moments in cinema history: the definitive musical water-ballet number (featuring the elegant Charles Grodin serenading a certain porcine beauty), and the definitive lady-muppet- prison-break-on-a-motorcycle scene.

I’ve been digging for those specific screen-caps and video clips, to no avail, so these will have to suffice:

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These pics come courtesy of a brilliant site I uncovered, featuring the 50 Greatest Muppet Moments of All Time. The #1 Moment comes, from, naturally, The Great Muppet Caper.

There is also a great fight clip here:
…but for the full effect, you’ll just have to go to YBCA, and see the glory for yourself.

Muppets, Music and Magic
June 21-24, 28, 30 and July 1
YBCA Screening Room
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission at 3rd
San Francisco