Saturday, August 31, 2019

Metro, Twin Peaks, and Cinergy: Deaths in France & Texas

Odessa, Texas

Odessa means "wrathful," and is the feminine version of Odysseus, which has taken on the connotative meaning of wandering, traveling adventure in honor of the famous voyage in Homer's epic The Odyssey
Odysseus ~ to hate. The name Texas is derived from the word "teyshas" (meaning friends or allies), from the native American Caddo language.
Odysseus ~ hate + Texas ~ allies = Hate allies.

Aurora, Colorado

Colorado ~ Red + Aurora ~ Dawn = Red Dawn.

On August 10, 2019, at 5:02 PM Eastern, Enki sent this predictive comment to Twilight Language:

An event on another anniversary date caught my eye recently. On, July 20, 2019, the seven-year anniversary of the Aurora shooting by James “Joker” Holmes, another joker appeared. Damik A. Disdier, wearing a clown mask and wielding a prop chainsaw, led police on a bizarre low-speed chase which ended at Southern California’s synchromystic hotspot Venice Beach.
Upon arriving at the beach, Disdier abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot. In the final minutes of the surreal chase, Disdier stopped to assist someone in burying a friend in the sand. A clown appearance on July 20 already had me nervous about another coming rash of Red Dawn events, but this especially odd, seemingly symbolic behavior triggered this morbid thought: They will not be able to bury the dead quickly enough.

The recent spate of high-profile mass shootings suggests my intuition was correct. I expect things to continue to heat up through 2019’s Summer of Hate, and even extend into the fall. A synchromystic Evil Spirit of 76 seems to be at work here, with The Joker scheduled to premiere at the original Venice’s 76th Venice Film Festival on August 31, and with the film's wide release happening October 4, 76 days from the Venice Beach clown craziness. These two dates will be ones to watch for jokers going wild.
Enki was correct. As he wrote to me on August 31st, "so far today we have had clowns marching at a straight pride event in Boston, a mass stabbing near Lyon, and a roaming shooter in Texas. Crazy times."

August 31 turned into a day of violence.  This took place exactly 4 weeks after the two shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. In America, it apparently began at the Twin Peaks and ended at the Cinergy!

The first the clowns, then the hints that this would be a day filled with random attacks came from France.

Venice, Italy

The film festival premiere of the Todd Phillips-Joaquin Phoenix version of Joker went over well on August 31, 2019.
Joker was received with an eight-minute standing ovation following its premiere at the Venice Film Festival Saturday, Variety reports.
Director-writer Todd Phillips and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Zazie Beetz were on hand for the event. During a press conference, Phillips said his drama was inspired by 1928 silent film The Man Who Laughs as well as the Martin Scorsese-directed Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The King of Comedy, three of Scorsese’s seminal works each headlined by Joker co-star Robert De Niro.

Boston, Massachusetts

The Straight Pride Parade occurred on Saturday, August 31, 2019, in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, and attracted counter-protesters, as well as a heavy police presence. Within the parade, according to photographs taken there, clowns were in attendance. Were they part of it, or in protest of it?

The "straight pride parade" in Boston got people so enraged by anyone who would participate, an epic trolling campaign started with people posting pictures of clowns as "participants" of the event.

Events went downhill from there. But the clowns were at the fringes of yesterday's tragic events. Was that an indicator of things to come?

Lyon, France: 1 Dead, 8 Injured

One person was killed and eight others wounded during a knife attack on people waiting for a bus near the Laurent-Bonnevay metro station in Villeurbanne near Lyon, France. Three of the eight victims were seriously wounded.
The single fatality was a 19-year-old man, Villeurbanne Mayor Jean-Paul Bret told reporters.
The assault occurred in Villeurbanne, a suburb of the southeastern city of Lyon, about 4:30 p.m.
A suspect has been taken into custody, according to Lyon Mayor Gerard Collomb. The motive for the attack is unknown. The suspected attacker is a 33-year-old asylum seeker, Sultan Marmed Niazi from Afghanistan.
(On September 9, 2018, seven people were injured, including two British tourists, during an attack by a man wielding a knife and an iron bar in northeastern Paris, police said. The assault came after a series of knife attacks in France.)

Midland to Odessa, Texas: 7 Killed, 1 Gunman Killed, 21 Injured

A gunman in West Texas killed seven people while firing from his vehicle and then from a hijacked mail truck. He was fatally shot by police in a gun battle in a movie theater parking lot, authorities said Saturday, August 31, 2019.
At least 21 people were injured, including some who were wounded by the shooter. Three law enforcement officers were injured: one from the Department of Public Safety, one officer from the Midland Police Department and one officer from Odessa Police Department.
The shooter was identified as a white male in his 30s. His name and a motive were not given.
The chain of events began when a Department of Public Safety officer pulled over a vehicle on an interstate highway Saturday. Reports said it began at a Twin Peaks restaurant, someone was shot outside an Olive Garden, also shootings near a Home Depot, Walmart, then at random cars on Highway 191, between Midland and Odessa. It all ended at the Cinergy movie theater in Odessa, where the gunman was shot dead. He was identified as Seth Aaron Ator, 36, of Odessa.

Leila Hernandez, 15, is one of at least seven people killed when a gunman hijacked a postal truck and began firing indiscriminately in the neighboring cities of Midland and Odessa, Texas.

United States Postal worker Mary Granados was shot and killed when the gunman hijacked her truck.

The final episode of David Lynch and Mark Frost's Twin Peaks Season Three (released two years ago on September 3, 2017) takes place partially in Odessa, Texas.  Cooper arrives at Judy's Diner in Odessa, Texas, and obtains the address of Carrie Page who resembles Laura Palmer. Cooper, believing she is Laura, drives her to Twin Peaks. He finds the Palmer house occupied by different owners. Confused, Cooper asks Carrie what year it is. Carrie hears Sarah calling Laura's name and screams. The house lights go out. The season closes with a visual callback to Laura whispering to Cooper in the Red Room. ~ sent in by various contributors.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Dakota in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood puts a focus on Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski, especially in the wake of Polanski's success with his first American film. Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film with elements of supernatural horror written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin. One of the major "characters" of Rosemary's Baby is the Bramford, an apartment building in New York City, which the Dakota was used for exterior shoots.

"Dakota" has become a subtle theme within Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Zitkala-Sa (Lakota: Red Bird = Cardinal, the bird) (1876—1938), 
Yankton Dakota Sioux author, photographed by Joseph Keiley.
Dakota (given name) ... The name is translated to mean "friend," "friendly" or "allies" in the Yankton-Yanktonai and Santee dialects of the Dakota language.
The word Dakota means "ally" in the Dakota language, and their autonyms include Ikčé Wičhášta ("Indian people") and Dakhóta Oyáte ("Dakota people")
As Taratino's movie notes, in February 1969, Polanski and Tate decide to rent 10050 Cielo Drive, a luxury home in Benedict Canyon, an area west of Hollywood in the Santa Monica Mountains that overlooks Beverly Hills and Bel Air, in the west-central part of the Beverly Crest neighborhood of Los Angeles, bordering Beverly Hills.

Rudolph Altobelli (1929-2011), a music and film industry talent manager, bought the Cielo Drive house in the early 1960s and often rented it out. Residents included Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon (it was their honeymoon nest in 1965), Henry Fonda, George Chakiris, Mark Lindsay, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Samantha Eggar, and Olivia Hussey. Charles Manson visited the house in late 1968, when it was occupied (from May 1966 to January 1969) by couple Terry Melcher (the son of actress Doris Day) and Candice Bergen with roommate/talent-manager Roger Hart. The couple split in early 1969, with Melcher relocating to Malibu. 

In February 1969, Roman Polanski and his Sharon Tate began renting the home from Altobelli. On August 8/9, 1969, the home became the scene of the murders of Tate, Wojciech Frykowski, Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring, and Steven Parent at the hands of the Manson "Family". William Garretson, Altobelli's caretaker and an acquaintance of Parent, lived in the guest house behind the main house and was unaware of the murders until the next morning, when he was taken into custody by police officers who had arrived at the scene. He was later cleared of all charges.

Altobelli moved into the house just three weeks after the murders and resided there until 1988. He sold it to Alvin Weintraub, and others rented it from him. The final resident of the original house was the musician Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Alvin Weintraub had it demolished in 1994, and construction on a new home began later that same year. A new house was constructed, with a new address, 10066 Cielo Drive. The property was on the market in August 2019, showing an estimated price of $9,665,500.

The Dakota

The Dakota is located at 72nd Street and Central Park West in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and was completed in 1882. This building was designed by Henry J. Hardenbergh and stands 110 feet tall with 10 floors. The Dakota houses and has housed many famous entertainers throughout the years (in many ways like 10050 Cielo Drive). One entertainer, famous musician and peace activist, John Lennon was shot four times in the entrance hallway to the Dakota and died on that spot on December 8, 1980.

The Dakota replica is by InFocusTech. This pewter replica stands 3 inches tall and is finished with a brown stain.

Cliff Booth's Comics

In a pan around stuntman Cliff Booth's trailer, we see his comic books, Kid Colt Outlaw and Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (1963-1981)Quentin Tarantino has cited Sgt. Fury as an influence on Inglourious Basterds (2009). The main character, Sgt. Nick Fury, later became the leader of Marvel's super-spy agency, S.H.I.E.L.D.

Johnny Walsh shares:
Re: the comics in Cliff’s trailer:
Kid Colt Outlaw once upon a time had as a foe Dakota Dixon.
Nick Fury secretly adopted twin sisters named North and Dakota.

Dakota Fanning and Squeaky Fromme

Lynette Alice "Squeaky" Fromme (born October 22, 1948) is portrayed by Dakota Fanning in Quentin Tarantino’s film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. (Hannah Dakota Fanning was born on the 23rd of February 1994, in Conyers, Georgia. Her father named her Dakota, her mother named her Hannah. Fanning is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Fionn, meaning "fair," and may have Norman roots from the Viking invasion of northern France. Her mother's maiden name Arrington has links to the east of England, notably Cambridgeshire. Her first word was "Momo", which was the family cat's name.)

In 1967, Fromme went to Venice Beach, California, suffering from depression. There she became a member of the "Manson family." Ranch owner George Spahn gave her the nickname "Squeaky" because of the sound that she made when he touched her. 

Fromme was not involved with the Tate time period killings. Six years later, she attempted to assassinate U.S. President Gerald Ford on September 5, 1975. She was sentenced to life imprisonment for the attempt, but was released on parole on August 14, 2009, after serving nearly 34 years. She lives in New York State, nowadays, with her boyfriend in a modest house "decorated with skulls," as the media puts it. Her book, which was originally over 600-pages about the Manson family, entitled Reflexion, was eventually published in 2018 by the Peasenhall Press.

Dakota, er, Decoteau, Daycahtoo, or Dechohtow

"Rick [Dalton]'s character on Lancer is named Decoteau, which he thinks is pronounced Dakota but everyone else pronounces as Daycahtoo (the French pronunciation would be closer to Decohtow)." Source.
The noble French surname Decoteau is of local origin, deriving from a geographic feature near where the initial bearer once resided. In this instance, the name is derived from the French word, "cote," which in a geographic sense, means, "by the coast."

See also Twilight Language: Dakota, August 3, 2011.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Clowns: Pennywise, La Loca, Joker, and Harley Quinn

According to the New York City media:
A 30-year-old ex-con has been arrested after allegedly sneaking a clown mask, a gun, and 50 bullets into a New York City government building, police said Tuesday [August 27, 2019]. Rahmeek Younger [30], who was reportedly released from prison in early April after serving time on a weapons charge, was found to be carrying a loaded .22-caliber Ruger semiautomatic firearm after another visitor to the Brooklyn Human Resources Administration building saw it in his bag, the New York Daily News reports. He also allegedly had a magazine with five bullets, an ammo box with 35 bullets, and a plastic bag containing another 10. Younger was confronted by police officers after the visitor told an HRA peace officer to call 911, and he reportedly tried to flee the scene but was quickly tasered and taken into custody. He faces a weapon possession charge and has been ordered held on $150,000 bail.
Younger was found to have seven prior arrests. The arrests included an armed robbery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, from 2006. Younger, who was 16 at the time, pointed his firearm at a victim and stole an iPod. He kicked and punched cops who responded and arrested him.

New York Post, Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Police from the NYPD’s 88th Precinct posted a photo of the gun and mask — which resembles Pennywise the clown from Stephen King’s It — on Twitter. The mask, indeed, is of the new Pennywise character in IT Chapter 2.  This film opens September 6, 2019.


Veracruz state police said on Tuesday night, August 27, 2019, an attack targeted the Bar Caballo Blanco ("White Horse"), which does have the bar’s name also in English on a sign outside: “The White Horse Nightclub,” in the city of Coatzacoalcos. The site advertised “quality, security and service,” private rooms for $7.50 “all night,” “sexy girls” and a pole dance contest.

"They arrived in several vehicles, with rifles and pistols. They threatened the security guards at the door and took control of the entrance," one survivor told a reporter.

A hail of bullets killed at least 26 people as they trapped revellers inside, and then used Molotov cocktails to start a raging fire.

Veracruz Governor Cuitlahuac Garcia tweeted that authorities had identified one of the attackers as Ricardo "N" -- Mexican law bars the release of suspects' full names -- adding that he was a repeat offender known as La Loca ("The Crazy One").

In the New Testament of the Bible, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse include one seated on a white horse and one on a pale horse – the "white" horse carried the rider Conquest (traditionally, Pestilence) while the "pale" horse carried the rider Death. However, the Greek word chloros, translated as pale, is often interpreted as sickly green or ashen grey rather than white. Later in the Book of Revelation, Christ rides a white horse out of heaven at the head of the armies of heaven to judge and make war upon the earth.


Failed comedian Arthur Fleck encounters violent thugs while wandering the streets of Gotham City dressed as a clown. Disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow dissent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker (played by Joaquin Phoenix). Release date is October 4, 2019. Director: Todd Phillips. 


Hot off the success of her Sharon Tate in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Margot Robbie will portray Harley Quinn in Birds of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn, directed by Cathy Yan, set for release on February 7, 2020.

Since the events of Suicide Squad, Batman has disappeared, leaving Gotham City unprotected from crime, and Harley Quinn has left the Joker. 

Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (2016).

When Cassandra Cain, a young girl, comes across a diamond belonging to crime lord Black Mask, Harley joins forces with Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to help protect her.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood's Replica Buildings

With the July 26, 2019 opening of Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, I was looking forward to the film's recreation of 1969 Los Angeles and Hollywood. Hopeful that the motion picture's imaginative director would recall some interesting visual architecture from the period, I was not disappointed.

From there, it was a short leap for me to wonder if any of the filming locations might exist as replicas within the world of souvenir building collectors (of whom I am one). 

Thus far, I have found only three direct examples. Perhaps you can tell me of others?

Let's take a look at what replicas exist and where the souvenir building gaps may be filled in the future.


Quentin Tarantino utilizes a nighttime view of the classic Cinerama in one scene when the Leonardo DiCarpo and Brad Pitt characters drive by as the premiere of Krakatoa, East of Java is taking place.

Quentin Tarantino's recreated Cinerama (for 1969)

I was able to obtain InFocusTech's visually attractive replica, with founder Mike Merwine putting blue stain on the dome for me to replicate the version seen in the film.

InFocusTech's Cinerama (with blue stain on the dome)

The design of Hollywood's domed Cinerama was based on the geodesic dome developed by R. Buckminster Fuller. The design was proposed by French architect Pierre Cabrol, lead designer in the noted architectural firm of Welton Becket and Associates. Pierre Cabrol worked with R. Buckminster Fuller during his studies at the M.I.T..

[In a sync of some significance to me, since, for starters, I share Fuller's birthday with him, I happened to have been at Southern Illinois University at the same time Fuller was a professor there. On April 4, 2013, I gave the keynote address ('“Bucky Fuller: Fortean, Falling Frogs, and Frank Lloyd Wright”) at the First Fuller Future Festival in Carbondale, Illinois.]

ArcLight owns the theater now, and they have this to say about "The Dome": 
Built (in only 16 weeks!) in 1963, Pacific Theatres' Cinerama Dome opened with the "single-strip Cinerama" production of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. The Dome, the first and only theater of its kind in the world, has been host to over 50 years of premieres and blockbusters.

Still under the ownership of Pacific Theatres, the Dome was carefully refurbished and refreshed, reopening as part of ArcLight Hollywood in March 2002. The signature marquee and portico on Sunset Boulevard and the 316 hexagons in the geodesic dome were restored to their original dramatic presence. The Dome still seats more than 800 guests per showing and has maintained the historic loge seating - a favorite of moviegoers over the years.
The Cinerama at 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, California, had a gala sneak preview showing of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, with two advance 70mm screenings as part of a three-day Quentin Tarantino tribute over the July 19-21, 2019 weekend.

InFocusTech's Cinerama (without stain)

Cinerama (1969 ~> 2019)

Capitol Records Tower

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which he has said is a love letter to LA of 1969, appears to have a deep affection for the Capitol Records building, specifically. It is seen in publicity shoots for the movie, in a poster, and via fleeting glimpses, now and then in the film. It is iconic. It is Hollywood.

As noted,
The Capitol Records Building, also known as the Capitol Records Tower, is a 13-story tower building in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Designed by Louis Naidorf of Welton Becket Associates, it is one of the city's landmarks. Construction began soon after British company EMI acquired Capitol Records in 1955, and was completed in April 1956. Located just north of the Hollywood and Vine intersection. Source.

Quentin Tarantino's "recreated" the Capitol Records Tower (1969). Due to the clutter of modern buildings, Tarantino had them digitally removed.

Capitol Records Tower (2015 ~> 1969)

Capitol Records Tower (1969 <~ 2019) 

Several souvenir building replicas of the Capitol Records Tower have been made, down through the years.

Capitol Records (Anton Tremblay's Microcosms, 1990s)

Adam Ward's Capitol Records Tower (Unofficial LEGO Architecture/ Capitol Goods 2018)

Capitol Records Building (Mike Merwine's InFocusTech, 2017)

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Grauman's Chinese Theatre is located at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, and was completed in 1926. This building was designed by Meyer and Holler Architects. Grauman's is located along Hollywood's Walk of Fame and it is still used for many movie premiers as well as celebrity parties.

Tarantino's movie shows the theater in passing, during a drive-by (or at least the parking lot). But it was important in 1969 and 2019, to the movies.  Once Upon A Time In Hollywood had it's premiere release screening at Grauman's Chinese Theatre (nowadays called the TCL Chinese Theatres).

Mike Merwine has a replica available to the craft.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre (InFocusTech)

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood's Official Film Locations

The rest of the film locations for Tarantino's 9th film, as far as I have been able to discover, do not exist in official replica form. Yet.

Corriganville Park (standing in for The Spahn Ranch)

The Spahn Ranch
12000 Santa Susana Pass Road, Chatsworth

Casa Vega

13301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks

Cameron Nature Preserve (stand in for The FBI television series at Puerco Canyon)

3501 Puerco Canyon Rd., Malibu

The Bruin & Village Theatres

948 Broxton Ave., Los Angeles

Playboy Mansion
10236 Charing Cross Road, Los Angeles

Paramount Drive-In (stand-in for the Van Nuys Drive-In which has been torn down)

7770 Rosecrans Ave., Paramount

El Coyote

7312 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax, Los Angeles

Musso & Frank's Grill

6667 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles

Vogue Theatre
6675 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles opened in July 1935 next door to Musso & Frank Grill.

Cicada Restaurant
617 S Olive St., downtown Los Angeles

Chili John's
2018 W Burbank Blvd., Burbank

Jackalope Pottery
10726 Burbank Blvd, Burbank

Super A Foods

2925 Division St., Glassell Park

Melody Ranch

24715 Oak Creek, Newhall

Vine Theater
6321 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles


Supply Sergeant - Peaches Records & Tapes

6664 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood

Aquarius Theater
Sunset Blvd, Hollywood

Taco Bell

Here is a quick overview of some of the OUATIH sites mentioned above, as mapped out by Fandango, based on insights from Rick Schuler, a veteran location manager:

Manson Family Murder sites

10050 Cielo Drive ~ August 9, 1969.
Demolished and rebuilt, and renumbered as 10066 Cielo Drive.

3301 Waverly Drive ~ August 10, 1969.
Redesigned and renumbered as 3311 Waverly Drive.

Sources: LA 1, 2, 3, 4. SB 1, 2.