||[Dec. 25th, 2006|07:43 pm]
The Mad Potter of Biloxi
i don't keep this place up like i ought to.|
for instance, i neglected to mention that, some time ago, the Ohr Museum moved into a transitional location, at 1596 Glenn Swetman Drive, in Biloxi. they are open from 9am to 4:30pm (M-F), & they are not currently charging admission.
the Museum is currently in the midst of more fund raising, hoping to get re-started on construction of the Museum buildings that were destroyed by the storm. Frank Gehry, the world-renowned architect who designed the the new buildings, has made statements that he will do everything he can to help with the fund raising so that construction may begin again. the project, so far as i have been able to determine, has basically been on hold now for better than a year - although the Museum organization, in its temporary location, has become active once again. they are again hosting Ohr-related social events.
last friday, i went to the Imperial Palace for what turned out to be an astoundingly delightful dinner at a new restaurant they have there - Carnaval De Brasil. it's quite an experience to eat there - like nothing i have ever before experienced. the head server makes a brief speech explaining how the place works, & then they send you off to the salad bar, which was strange & wonderful. & then they begin serving the main course, which works like this:
various servers keep coming to the table with huge hunks of various meats spitted on huge spikes, & you tell them how much of each you want, & they keep bringing it to you in waves until a) you get full; b) they close; or c) you die. it was wonderful. there were sixteen i think varieties of meats. the lamb was my favourite. anyway, my kind of restaurant. lamb, filet mignon, top sirloin, scallops, shrimp, all you had to do is wave & a guy would come over with a huge spit of beef or lamb or pork & slice off as much as you cared to have. it was like some kind of culinary wet dream.
not Ohr-related, strictly speaking, but i thought i'd mention it since it was likely the single best dining experience i have ever had. the restaurant is at the Imperial Palace Casino, in Biloxi.
on a final note, i was at the Beau the other day & once again walked past the space where, during pre-Katrina days, the Beau's collection of Ohr works was displayed. i am saddened every time i am there. i am still even in the unconscious habit of walking over there to take a brief look at the pieces before i realize that they are gone. somehow it seems depressingly fitting that a man like George Ohr, who saw so many of his own pieces destroyed or maimed when his studio burned down, & who struggled his whole life to make a living off of his unique talent, should suffer the random destruction of more of his pieces. it just seems like bad luck & Ohr pieces go together too well sometimes.
anyway, that is all for now, & i shall try to be more on top of things from here on out.