Man or Astroman?

Man or Astroman? is a surf rock group from the 90s.  True to their name, the group is wholly dedicated to marrying punk rock/new wave sounds to science fiction themes, audio samples, obscure electronic devices (such as theremins and tesla coils) in over-the-top live performances.

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In its standard form, the band generally consists of Star Crunch (aka Brian Causey) on guitar and sometimes vocals, Birdstuff (aka Brian Teasley) on drums, and Coco the Electronic Monkey Wizard (Robert DelBueno) on bass guitar and electronics.  Over the years, however, the line-up has changed and the band actually sent both Alpha and Gamma Man or Astroman? Clone groups out on tour.

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They are super cool, super talented, and super out there.  Check out their website, and go see them on your for an out of this world, super sonic experience!

 

Tea Time with Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass created a way to do everything in style – from using a calculator and typing a letter to sleeping and checking yourself out in a mirror – and tea time was no exception.XXX_8897_1285013058_1 XXX_8897_1287435045 635_520_520_90 ettore-sottsass-teapot 252416 16-3193-5_1

Slim Goodbody a.k.a. the Superhero of Health

33f5bf36f14e78a2610b4d0b5655b03fMeet Slim Goodbody, the “Superhero of Health.”  Created by John Burstein in 1975, the kind of not so exciting character had the impressive power of education.  His goal – to educate kids about anatomy and their bodies through the power of song and skits, all while wearing that super cool, skin tight organ suit.  Exhilarating, right?!  For sure (wink).

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Slim went on to appear in guest spots on shows such as Good Morning America and The Today Show, and in 1980 Slim even got his own T.V. show on PBS called Inside Story. Shockingly enough, the show became the channel’s second-highest rated program which led to even more appearances for the Superhero of Health.

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Burstein’s secret identity has obviously don’t wonders for the man himself as he is still at it today today, performing around the U.S. and Canada on his National Bodyology Tour.  Yes, the flesh-colored-organ suit is still around, and Mr. Goodbody is as dedicated as ever to educating kids about health, fitness, and human anatomy.  Creepy, yes.  Effective, must be.

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Smarten Up with Little Green Gourmets

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It’s time for the next Smarten Up Creative Learning Workshop and it’s going to be a good one!  On December 15th at noon, children of all ages are welcome to join chef Isabel Gunther of Little Green Gourmets at Thompson LES Hotel for some deliciously sweet holiday fun.  There will be treats galore and so much more!  For more info visit smarten-up.com, email us at workshops@smarten-up.com, or call 917-297-3764.

 

Tommy Roberts a.k.a. Mr. Freedom

“Tommy Roberts is a towering figure of British fashion and design – a truly original retailer and entrepreneur. In the 60s, he pioneered the vintage clothing trade, selling antique threads to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and the Who at his Carnaby Street shop Kleptomania. But it was with London fashion label Mr Freedom’s fun, rainbow-hued, pop art-inspired clothes – all cartoon and fruit-machine motifs, all satin and flash – that he made the biggest splash. Also referencing Art Deco and 50s kitsch, Mr Freedom ushered in a new playful eclecticism in fashion which infected design, too, throughout the 70s – especially as, in the wake of the 60s pop movement, creatives of all colours rebelled against modernism throughout the decade.”

-Flashin’ on the 70s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any interest in learning more, get this AMAZING book by the AMAZING Paul Gorman.  So worth it.