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March 10, 2006

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Megan

Jonathan, you are going to love this. It's like KISMET! I've been wanting to send you an email about this, but didn't really have any real reason to...and now you're asking for cool holidays!

Here's the link: http://www.lawrenceks.org/web_based_agendas_2005/12-27-05/12-27-05H/dadaism_month_proclamation.html

Here's the official proclamation:

WHEREAS: Dadaism is an international tendency in art that seeks to change conventional attitudes and practices in aesthetics, society, and morality; and

WHEREAS: Dadaism may or may not have come into being in the summer of 1916 at the Cabaret Voltaire at 1 Spiegelgasse in Zürich, Switzerland, with the participation of Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Emmy Hennings, Marcel and Georges Janco, Jean Arp, and Richard Heulsenbeck; and

WHEREAS: The central message of Dada is the realization that reason and anti-reason, sense and nonsense, design and chance, consciousness and unconsciousness, belong together as necessary parts of a whole; and

WHEREAS: Dada is a virgin microbe which penetrates with the insistence of air into all those spaces that reason has failed to fill with words and conventions; and

WHEREAS: zimzim urallala zimzim urallala zimzim zanzibar zimzalla zam;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Dennis “Boog” Highberger, Mayor of the City of Lawrence, Kansas, do hereby proclaim the days of February 4, April 1, March 28, July 15, August 2, August 7, August 16, August 26, September 18, September 22, October 1, October 17, and October 26, 2006 as

“INTERNATIONAL DADAISM MONTH”

(dude, the dates were pulled out of a hat!!!)

(and I really want you to see the picture of him turning in the proclamation to the town council. The costume is a reproduction of a 'suit' designed and worn by Hugo Ball: http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2005/dec/28/71802/)

(this story makes me so happy)

Megan

oh man, I didn't realize that i needed to class it. Sorry. How about...
394.2912 Boo (how did I build this number you might ask? Well, as I'm sure you're well aware, 394.2 is "special occasions" and this is indeed special. The numbers "912" were pulled out of a hat, and Boo is the author declension, although I'm using his nickname, because 1) it's funny, and 2) I think it's more in keeping with the spirit of the holiday.

How do you think we should celebrate International Dada Month? March 28 is next Tuesday...something random, I think.

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