Cool website

The Philadelphia Fringe Arts Festival. They keep changing the name, but that's cool. Lots of things to see.

Our final Planet of the Apes post for this month (at least) is about Le Grande Singerie, a room decorated with all things monkey.

Detail from La Grande Singerie
Detail from La Grande Singerie, Château de Chantilly, [photo: France Today]
Our final Planet of the Apes post for this month (at least) is about Le Grande Singerie, a room decorated with all things monkey.

The grandest Grande Singerie is in the Château de Chantilly, a modest 18th century bungalow about 30 miles from Paris.

Says the Times:

In the early 1700s it was fashionable for aristocrats to keep monkeys as pets. They dressed the monkeys in fancy outfits for comic effect and taught them human tricks, like pickpocketing, that they would display on leisurely walks around Versailles.

“The monkey was like a dog, a domestic animal,” Ms. Garnier-Pelle said.

But why is Huet’s work so compelling today? “Monkeys represent man,” she said. “When we laugh at monkeys, we laugh at ourselves.”

This is the sort of thing that encouraged the French Revolution. Talk about your popular ape species uprisings.

Happy Bastille Day.

Dolly Parton played Yakkety Sax and brightened up the Glastonbury Music Festival. Unless you hate Yakkety Sax. And who hates Yakkety Sax?

It's a shame these two never met.

June 2014