Nudes, films and cassette tapes

Been awhile since I’ve posted anything, looks like I’m going to break the silence now.

Last year went quite quickly. The adult education courses for cooking and nude drawing came and went. I’ve learned quite a bit about cooking, but I yet have put the skills into practice at home. Nude drawing has hard, especially after a hard day’s work, but I guess I learned no learning comes without some mental toll.

Nude drawing proved to be very hard, as expected. Probably the only drawing I let myself loose and not mind one bit how accurate or realistic things look.

Nude drawing proved to be very hard, as expected. Probably the only drawing I let myself loose and not mind one bit how accurate or realistic things look.

If there is one location in Helsinki that I’ve more or less always visited and educated me in movies, it would be the Orion movie theatre, that was the National Audiovisual Institute’s home base for presenting movies new and old (mostly old). As many know, it moved into Oodi’s new movie theatre (which is also an auditorium) Kino Regina.

My last visit to Orion last year was pretty much perfect. It is always that same magical feeling when I step into the theatre’s lobby: it is like a time capsule unaffected by the changes in the outside world with its Art Deco looks and old movie posters on the walls. The half-empty theatre, no seat reservations in the tickets, super-comfy seats and no trailers before the movie.

The screening was Alfred Hitchcock’s last silent movie Blackmail. Before the movie, one from the staff introduced the pianist to the audience, who will provide the music for the film. I totally forgot this nice theme for these silent movies. As the theatre’s lights went down, the screen cracked the first film roll and the pianist played a sinister tune, I almost shed a tear in an emotional rush. This was been my shared living room and spot for so many memorable movie experiences. A beautiful piece of Helsinki.

Last time I entered the legendary Orion movie theatre serving as the National Audiovisual Institute's (KAVI) home for showing movies.

Last time I entered the legendary Orion movie theatre serving as the National Audiovisual Institute’s (KAVI) home for showing movies.

Last weekend I visited the new Kino Regina to see one of my all time favorites The good, the Bad and the Ugly. It was still great and I think it was the first time I saw it on the big screen. The theatre itself was fine, if a bit sterile. But at least the technology is better, which was probably the biggest reason they moved along with the better location. Interesting to see also how the renovated Orion will turn out to be later.

Finally payed a visit the Aleksi Gallen-Kallela's home.

Finally payed a visit to Aleksi Gallen-Kallela’s home.

Being restless between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, I finally visited legendary Finnish artist Aleksi Gallen-Kallela‘s home and studio. That wasn’t enough however, so I later made a day trip to Kotka. The city itself was quite dull on a grey, cloudy winter day, but the Sea Museum turned out to be a big surprise. Worth the trip alone.

I got restless and found myself wandering around the Kotka harbour at some point.

I got restless and found myself wandering around the Kotka harbour at some point.

I’ve bought a decent amount of music the past year, but only a few of them were new releases. But I will say that last year’s best Finnish release was Suistamon Sähkö‘s “Etkot, Pectopaн ja Etnoteknoa” which is a successful mix of Karelian folk singing, accordian playing and electronic beats. And the band itself is worth seeing live.

Domestic album of the year 2018: Suistamon sähkö’s “Etkot, Pectopaн ja Etnoteknoa”. Also, c-cassette’s are cool again.

So that is what has been going on lately. This year will bring at least one major change to my daily life, but maybe more about that in the following months.

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