Monthly Archives: June 2009

Local Music

Like any moderately-sized city, Nagspeake has a large and thriving music scene! For traditionalists, there’s the Magothy Symphonette and the Mid-Coastal Orchestra. For jazz lovers, there’s the annual Jazz, Blues, and Pig Out at Cape St. Charlestown Park. Then there are the many saloons, restaurants, and clubs that feature live music. These, on the other hand, should be approached with… (more…)

Who Knew?

Tales of the Horless and Deglov Players have been circulating, in some form or other, since the old pirate days. An antique shanty tells of a man who, even after being made brave by drink, still won’t go with his crewmates to the show where “the poppet-man’s packing ’em in.” He waits in vain all night for his mates to… (more…)

Local Theatre

Theatre in Nagspeake is a city-wide affair; more than one innocent bystander has been unexpectedly drawn in by the sudden apparition of drama on what was, moments before, a perfectly quiet and unassuming street.  And when theatre springs up in Nagspeake, there’s no easy distinction between spectator and event. As far as the “legitimate” theatre goes, there are only three… (more…)

Local Cinema

Nagspeake boasts several film houses, one of which is guaranteed to be showing exactly what you’re in the mood for. If you’re looking for first-run films, your best bet is the Tenefort 5-Plex in Bayside, but for more adventurous souls there are plenty more options to explore–you’ll find some of them below! For classics and a selection of more recent… (more…)

Who Knew?

Damian Whilforber, one of Nagspeake’s foremost world travelers, wrote a pamphlet over a century ago entitled Packing with Aplomb, in which he makes recommendations on what to take and not take on your next perambulations around the planet. Notable on the not-to-be-forgotten list: “disabling drugs of some variety in the event that one finds one’s traveling companions less than wholesome… (more…)

Accommodations

Do you like luxury? Is your vacation not complete without Egyptian cotton bedding (minimum 800 thread count) and a room service menu worthy of framing? Or do you prefer the home comforts and care of a bed-and-breakfast, where the smell of coffee and homemade pastries is the perfect wake-up call? Are you all business when you travel, because it’s just… (more…)

Who Knew?

The last traveling performance of the Asylum Choir at St. Gammerbund’s was a state dinner in the mid-eighties.  The humorous results of this and many of the choir’s previous engagements were detailed by Otto Middleton, a member of the tenor section, in his book Medicate Me With Song.

The Basilica of St. Horace Rye, Creve Coeur

Signs and Portents and Stained Glass Saint Horace Rye is a perfect example of why people continue to search for meaning–or if not meaning, than evidence of something more than plain everyday squalor–in Shantytown. It’s a persistent myth, and the extent to which people talk about it is inversely proportional to the extent to which people believe it.  Something significant… (more…)

Out on the Town

There’s more to Nagspeake than beaches and the last remaining asylum choir in the country! Charter a skipjack, rent a bicycle… …wander in an  Elizabethan garden…or just a nice garden on Elizabeth Street… …take the funicular railway up the hill to a fancy dress ball at the Shutter Club…or just wander the waterfront along the Bay Byway and amuse yourself… (more…)

Who Knew?

Edward Marie Bear has lived in Flotilla for sixty-seven years, which makes him the fifth-oldest living resident of that district. He has been a competitive worm grunter since age thirteen and still holds the world record for Most Worms Raised by Rhythmic Use of a Kitchen Whisk. His collection of worms, including over five thousand specimens representing twelve worm phyla… (more…)