Marianne Spellman

Marianne Spellman
Location
Seattle-ish, Washington,
Birthday
April 06
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Pop culture, progressive politics, weird family life, music, photography, humor, the world outside delivered daily. Like sands through the hourglass, this is the feed from popthomology.com.

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I have been asked more than once -- perhaps maybe even up to three times possibly -- the question, "How do you find such funny/weird/unusual/terrifying things at the thrift stores you go to?" I always answer, "Honey/Baby/Sweetie/Your Honor, they find me." Please to enjoy this lot of losers!!

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Everybody does a preview post for festivals, but I like to do a post-view post as well, after my eyes have recovered from editing a prillion photos and I've had some time to reflect on the three days of the giant annual Seattle music and arts festival, Bumbershoot. I look forward… Read full post »

Well, kiddies, this is it: the final day of my 2014 coverage from Seattle's great urban arts and music festival, Bumbershoot! Labor Day brought us sunny skies and sweet warm temps -- a perfect end to the long weekend of spectacular performances, international foodstuffs, and me yakking it up in the… Read full post »

Ya know, it's really fortunate I wasn't born two hundred years ago or something, because instead of taking a Saturday to make a music video with my daughter, she and I would probably bond by working together in ceaseless and grueling domestic toil! Bummer! But here we are, it's 2014, the… Read full post »

Back for more visual loveliness from Day Two of Seattle's annual music and arts mega-fest, Bumbershoot! The drizzle and grey from Day One had hit the road and this was a perfect Sunday to enjoy being on the Seattle Center grounds, listening to and photographing some truly great bands. If you… Read full post »

I'm delighted to once again bring you coverage from Bumbershoot Festival, a world-class festival that infuses the Seattle Center with incredible color, sounds, laughs, and creativity each and every Labor Day weekend. I'd like to brag that over this three-day event I did not accidentally run into… Read full post »

Are you a busy person? Of course you are. You have a CRAP-TON of things to do, right? Word to your mother. You don't have time to get yourself all stressed out over figuring out what to choose to do at Seattle's mighty Bumbershoot, the music and arts festival that occurs…

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Oh ya hey, I'm tote-ly back in Seattle now, but I got more stuff to share with you from my Wis-CAHN-sin visit, eh? Ta-day it's gonna be more ahhd-ball recurds frahm da St. Vinny's and da Goodwill! I even bought a few but I ain't gonna tell ya which ones! Ennyway,… Read full post »

(Today, photog/writer AJ Dent wraps up her delightful coverage of Seattle's punk party of the year, Pizza Fest! Be sure to check out Day One and Day Two, too! THANK YOU so much, AJ!!)

It wasn’t long before madness took over Pizza Fest’s final night. I rolled in as Freak Vibe wasRead full post »
(THANK YOU to photog/writer AJ Dent for this monster coverage of the punk party that is Pizza Fest Day Two! HERE is Day One if you missed it and don't forget to come back to see even-more-monster Day Three!!)


We can all agree that due to Pizza Fest’s furlough in 2013, lastRead full post »
(I am so excited to bring you three days of coverage from one of the big highlights of the year for Seattle's punk/garage/psych music community: Pizza Fest! My friend, the very talented photographer/writer AJ Dent, is your tour guide to the fun and games, stepping in for me while I am… Read full post »

I'm here in Wisconsin on my annual family vacation, and of course I must keep up with my thrift store visits, eh? Ja! Here are a few weirdo things that caught my eye. Please to enjoy!!

The expression on the smaller doll perhaps reflects some poignant angst over the larger doll's looming… Read full post »

A dual-state post of more musical mayhem from the past! Please to enjoy!!

Tell it like it is? OK, THERE IS NO GOD!


Loose & Fiery? Sounds like my bowels after last night's Mexican meal AH HA HA HA HA HA! Sorry.


 OK MISTER ALL CAPS GOOD TO KNOW.

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(My mom steps in to write this short but heartfelt piece tonight, as she and I and millions of others across the globe mourn the sudden and terribly sad passing of actor/comedian Robin Williams, who died today at the age of 63.)


The phone rang.  It was my daughter. 

Mom, did youRead full post »

Halloween idea: buy up a huge pile of these creepy knick-knacks from your local thrift store and pile them around your front door on October 31st. You will either delight trick-or-treaters or scar them for life. You're welcome in advance, and please to enjoy!!


THE OLIVE TRAY OF DEATH!!!!!

A lovely day out yesterday with our visitors from Florida to a couple of Seattle landmarks: the epicenter of all things goofy, Archie McPhee, and the very unique Gas Works Park. Here are a few photos because, fun. Please to enjoy!!









Ah, we wait impatiently through the grey and gloomy fog and rain months for days like last Sunday in Seattle: a perfect summer afternoon with blue, sunny skies in a lush green city park, an ideal setting for Vibrations 2014. This one-day music and art festival, now in its third year,… Read full post »

Have you made a record yet? What?? Why not?!? 'CAUSE EVERYONE ELSE HAS! Or at least you would surmise so by perusing the vinyl bins at the thrift stores. Here are some examples of "everyone else," and please to enjoy!!

The best you can be, apparently, involves trying to rescue a child… Read full post »

(I was lucky enough to be assisted by Seattle photographer-writer and all-around goddess/badass Suzi Pratt this year at CHBP, so she and I bring you this co-post! All photos © Suzi Pratt unless noted. Please to enjoy!!)








Suzi: This past weekend, the 17th annRead full post »
(I am absolutely delighted to once again feature here on Popthomology my friend and colleague, Seattle-based writer and photographer extraordinaire Suzi Pratt! Suzi will be bringing you SMOKIN' HOT coverage of the annual Capitol Hill Block Party this weekend, and I am so excited to see her work I am… Read full post »



Play baseball in your shed!


Talk on the phone in your new kitchen!

Enjoy some Chopped Beef Dinner and Hawaiian Punch!


Don't get too casual!


Exercise with Bruce Jenner!


Learn the new fad sports craze: soccer! 


Hang to the right!

My theory™:

After the clusterbang that will be climate change and nuclear holocaust and whatever else nasty we've chosen to inflict upon this fine Earth, all that will be left will be roaches, Rush Limbaugh, and massive piles of curios and knick-knacks.
Of course, I won't be around to see this p…

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Six things I've learned about people from rummaging through the old record bins at thrift stores:

1. Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand, people are dumping your entire recorded works in every thrift store I've been at all over the nation. Sorry.

2. Local religious records are not popular.

3. Nor are reco… Read full post »

When I found out several months ago that THIS show was coming to Neumos...




...THIS is what I did:



And then this!



And then this!


 
I mean, come ON! You regulars here already know that I… Read full post »

 Q: What is more fun than seeing a superb live triple bill at a sweaty Belltown club on a lovely July evening?


1. Staying at home and watching a rerun of "Dance Moms" while clucking your tongue.

2. Organizing your pencils and pens by height and color.

3. Drinking craft beer at the… Read full post »