My early Valentine's Day yesterday ended up a mix bag of emotions. It started rather early with very discouraging job fair. The fair was hosted by an association of independent schools, and featured about 50 schools throughout Maryland. Despite the literature posted by the association, I came away feeling pretty unqualified for what the schools were looking for. Of course, most were after teachers in Math and Science and didn't want to bother talking to a writing guy like me.
After that, though, things improved. Anonymous L and I made a trip to the Visionary Museum for their new exhibit called Holy H2O. If you've never been there, all the works exhibited are Visionary or Naive Art. In broad terms, it simply means artists who are untrained. Often times the artists involved are working out odd frustrations and obessions, in some cases creating very powerful work. This exhibit, not surprisingly, focused on work inspired by water. Paintings of storms, fountains created out of bric-a-brac, and boats made out of toothpicks are just a few of the highlights. It's also the first time I've been there since the expansions, so it was interesting to see what they've done with their new space. They've added a lot of classroom/activity room areas, and I can easily see school kids having a great time with their programs.
That night, though, was the highlight. We went to a campy burlesque-style show called Trixie Little & The Evil Hate Monkey's Valentine's Day Cabaret.
I'm not kidding.
Trixie's a self-dubbed burlesque superheroine defending the world from the evil of the tap dancing Evil Hate Monkey. It was an odd mix of dance, acrobratic tricks, pasties, volcanoes, and goofy performance art. The humor's very Baltimore, so not for everyone. But worth it if you appreciate a little bizarre camp served with your humor. Definitely a fun way to celebrate that most fabricated of holidays.