The Art of a St. Patty’s Day Appreciation

A procession of pipers and drummers marched through O’Hanlon’s passing throngs of beer swilling St. Patty’s Day patrons to continue a long beloved tradition in Regina.  Every other bar in the city (indeed the world) had some sort of Irish themed festivities going on, but O’Hanlon’s is a special place.  You’re always welcome.  It’s a home to all sorts, from white collar professionals to no collar hippies.  All ages, shapes, and sizes are made welcome.  On the rare occasion when old friends aren’t around, friends you haven’t met yet are waiting to say hi.

Earlier in the day I taught a class at my old high school.  We’ve been working on story design and appreciation.  I’m constantly looking for ways to reach my students.  For the most part, I think I do alright.  To this end, I tried something which actually provoked a lot of discussion.

Throughout High School and University, we study brilliant films, plays, novels, and other works of art, hoping to emulate their brilliance in our own work, or at the very least, be able to talk intelligently about them.  This approach can be intimidating to the average person.  Why not study giant pieces of crap and try to figure out what makes them so shitty?

I played an episode of ‘Firefly’ (brilliant) followed by an episode of ‘Stargate SG-1’ (shitty).  I asked the students to consider the things we learned about the principals of good story telling, and how those principals applied to each show.  A couple of the kids thought ‘Firefly’ was awful, which provoked a debate that took us to the bell.  It put a smile on my face.

I stumbled home from O’Hanlon’s at 12am (a 3 block walk).  Wasn’t quite ready to hit the pillow.  Stared at the TV for a moment, popped in an episode of ‘Firefly’ and did a little art appreciation before calling it a night.

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