On June 23, Bunny Matthews announced on Facebook, “I have brain cancer.” Since then, the New Orleans artist, writer, and agent provocateur has made his page his most compelling work—not simply a diary or meditation on the process of dealing with cancer, but a place to be himself when there’s no compelling reason to fudge the trut
My Spilt Milk picks the week's highlights, including a birthday for Bootsy Collins, jamming with Mike Clark, going underground with Ryan Hemsworth, plus Michael Franti and Spearhead, Surfer Blood, and three nights of Widespread Panic.
[Updated] Pussycat's Puppets: Miss Pussycat's puppets remind me of Dr. Seuss because like his characters, the design of hers dictates the world they live in. I can't always tell one rodent species from another when she renders them as puppets, but their deliberately stylized, handmade quality necessitates a world decorated with foil and Christmas lights.
When I last wrote about Quintron and Miss Pussycat in OffBeat, photographer Elsa Hahne shot a photo of Miss Pussycat in bed reading a story to her puppets. That image has stayed with me as it captured for me her parental relationship to her creations.
Miss Pussycat - Panacea Theriac - has one of the most distinctive and charming artistic voices in New Orleans as seen in her puppet shows. Most of us first saw her work in 2001 when Cox Cable aired her half-hour Christmas special, North Pole Nutrias.