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The Addams Family, a tv show that goes way back in cable viewing history, has taken on many forms. Of course, it started as a black and white sitcom of sorts, then was transformed into a movie and a sequel (were there more than two?). But now, it has taken on a whole new face…a musical production on Broadway.

One would think that there would be much for theater artists to create, what with the morbidity and dark humor that oozes from the characters. I would picture a dark set with dark props…overall, very dark. Indeed. But what about the characters?

Critics who have seen it were let down by the new Broadway show.

‘”You’ll laugh a lot, though never during the unmemorable songs, which are supposed to be funny but aren’t,” said The Wall Street Journal. “You’re more than likely to spend a considerable part of the evening wondering how much the set cost.”‘

Ouch. That has to hurt for actors Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, who play Gomez and Morticia Addams, respectively.

According to ABC News, ‘The New York Times said: “Being in this genuinely ghastly musical … must feel like going to a Halloween party in a strait-jacket or a suit of armor.”‘

Geez, it must be pretty bad to spark such hatred. If you still have the urge to see this musical, be my guest. But make sure you tell us about it. I hear Nathan Lane was the lesser of all evils throughout the entire play. Check out the Addams Family Musical Website for more.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Okay, so those of you who have watched the show Lost religiously like I have will get more out of this post than anyone else will. How about that crazy season premiere last night?

In the first episode (or shall I say two episodes), it seems as if the creators of Lost have decided to show viewers an alternate reality. Not only do they continue on with the story of the hydrogen bomb not blowing them back in time, but they also show you what would have happened if the plane never crashed. So here’s my first point of confusion — which storyline is real?

I have always been a big John Locke fan, too, but things are just getting a bit too odd for me on that front. So we’ve finally figured out that the man who looks like Locke isn’t really him (because his dead body is on the island), but now we are to believe that he is a reincarnated version of Jacob’s opponent. Might I add that I would like to know more about him. All we know is that he is ‘the man in black.’ 

And what happened with Sayid last night? He was dying, then Jacob told Hurley to take him to the temple, where they could cure him. When that happened, the people at the temple killed Sayid, but at the end of the episode, he is sitting up and talking. Confusion again.

Also, I have to say that it’s a bummer Juliet’s character was killed off. She was a good match for Sawyer, but now things will most likely change for him and Kate. Or Jack and Kate. Who knows…

This season premiere is up for discussion….tell me what you thought and your predictions for the rest of the season!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Upon stumbling around the internet the other day, I came across a news story on a Chinese painter with some absolutely wonderful and fun art. His name is Liu Bolin, he is thirty five years old, and every picture he paints is a self portrait. How’s it done? He simply paints himself invisible….into each photograph, of course. 

Completion of one painting may take up to ten hours. Many of his pieces are not done on canvas, but instead he paints on himself. He then strategically places himself around certain parts of his city and has a photographer shoot photos of him. People that pass by his artwork usually don’t even realize he is in the scenery until he moves an arm or a leg.

According to Oddity Central, Bolin’s art is a form of protest to the Chinese government, which has caused him to feel a loss of personal identiy and also shut down his art studio back in 2005. One of his main goals, it seems, is to be strange — he doesn’t want to fit into modern society. Who can blame him? (PS. By clicking on the oddity central link, you can view a few more of his paintings.)

Watch the video of his work from ABC News….

or do a google image search for more of his art.

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