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The Suburbanite
  • On the Beat: ‘Odditorium’ draws huge crowd on opening night

  • Saturday’s opening of “The Odditorium” exhibition at the Massillon Museum was a major success, attracting about 900 people of all ages, from young couples with children in tow to artsy bohemians to senior citizens. The place was packed — inside and out.

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  • Saturday’s opening of “The Odditorium” exhibition at the Massillon Museum was a major success, attracting about 900 people of all ages, from young couples with children in tow to artsy bohemians to senior citizens. The place was packed — inside and out.
    Everyone seemed delighted by the placement of unusual historical objects from the museum’s collections in colorfully eccentric room settings, and, most of all, by the actors portraying members of the fictitious Wunderkammer household.
    David Sponhour, in goggles and wielding a laser pointer, was a hoot as the crazy physician, and Margie Stocker was boundlessly amusing as the flask-sipping, feather dusting maid. Tim Carmany, sporting mile-high platform boots, intensely pounded an old typewriter as the aloof teen son. Patty Carmola, seemed delightfully (and theatrically) lost in her own world as the failed-actress mother. Sydney Richardson, as the circus-obsessed little girl, and Don Jones, as the confused grandfather, rounded out the cast.
    As someone who was involved in the show’s conception (and created the circus bedroom display), I can attest that it was a labor of love — and considerable labor — for the entire museum staff, volunteers and others.
    While visiting “The Odditorium” won’t be the same experience without the opening-night theatrics, it also will be much easier to enjoy the detailed rooms and read the accompanying text without the crowd. The show remains on view through Aug. 26 and admission is free.
    BIG SWEET ADVENTURE
    Local rock band The Big Sweet, which includes three Jackson High School seniors, has joined the ranks of Wilco, Spoon, G. Love, Death Cab for Cutie, Cage the Elephant, Drive-By Truckers, MGMT, Vampire Weekend and a slew of other acclaimed indie artists.
    How so? Like each of the above bands, The Big Sweet was invited to record a session for the esteemed music website Daytrotter. It seems that Daytrotter founder Sean Moeller is a fan of the latest Big Sweet album, “Ultraviolet Rain.” Big Sweet vocalist-guitarist Sam Regas says, “We were really excited. To be in that same league with a lot of our favorite bands for even one event was flattering, definitely.”
    On May 4, the band traveled to Davenport, Iowa, and recorded four of its songs in the Daytrotter studio on reel-to-reel tape with no overdubs. “We recording was pretty quick, pretty painless, all recorded live with an old-school, organic feel,” Regas says. The session should appear on www.daytrotter.com in mid-June.
    The Big Sweet will open for The Cloud Nothings on July 12 at the Buzzbin Art & Music Shop in downtown Canton.