To say I’m a Doctor Who fan is a bit of an understatement, as anyone who’s read my first book, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy: The Discerning Fan’s Guide to Doctor Who, can tell you. So I was rendered somewhat dumbstruck when my wife surprised me with a visit to Brooklyn’s The Way Station. The main reason for my dumbstruckness (dumbstrickenness?) was that I had no idea the place existed or why it was so cool until we walked through the door and I spotted a police box parked at the far end of the bar — this despite the fact that my sister-in-law had mentioned the place in a fairly lengthy email outlining all of the attractions we might visit on our weekend visit to her neighborhood. And while the fact that I was so surprised might also suggest that I don’t always read lengthy documents that I claim to have read, it also underscores the value in not reading such documents. After all, had I read my sister-in-law’s email, I would not have had the pleasant surprise of discovering what I can only describe as The Greatest Loo in the Galaxy.
I topped off my spring break with a visit to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Though I imagine most people probably think of Amish farm country when they picture Lancaster County, the city of Lancaster is developing the hip vibe of an artists’ colony. While the fact that the Lancaster Convention Center was hosting an anime/comic book/sci-fi convention made the visit seem surreal at times — particularly when Captain Jack Sparrow, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Rorschach all showed up (separately) at the farmers’ market — what really impressed me was the range of art in the museums and galleries all over town.
Though pretty much everything about our trip to Lancaster impressed us, my wife an I were particularly taken by an exhibit of work by high school students at the Lancaster Museum of Art. Though the museum itself is very small, the art of the local high school students reflected a massive range of interests and talents. Perhaps the most mesmerizing of all the pieces was the following short-subject claymation film by a twelfth-grader named Samuel Root:
All told, it was a great weekend. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Lancaster, I highly recommend it.