The Hidden Almanac for
Wednesday August 20th, 2014
Episode 147
Previous episode: 2014-08-18
Next episode: 2014-08-22


It is the birthday of painter Lorenzo Mandolini. It is also the opening day of the “Shrike Show,” and the day the red light district burned. It is the Feast Day of St. Brock, and in the garden, there is no longer a standing stone. We hope.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is August 20th, 2014.

It is the birthday of the great icon painter Lorenzo Mandolini, born in 1775, who produced some of the finest artwork of saints that the art world has ever known. His illustrated Book of Hours is still reproduced today. His most ambitious work, A Year of Feast Days, was begun when he was fifty and still incomplete when he passed away at age 85. He died after completing a painting of Saint Ramena, patron of small brightly colored fishes, having put the final scale on the mandarin fish that formed her left eye. Four hundred hagiographers attended his funeral. His tomb reads “Here lies one beloved of saints and men alike.”

And it was on this day in 1931 that the Gallery d'Authentique showed a collection of artworks consisting of framed bits of barbed wire fence, with reproductions of other, more famous paintings impaled upon the wires. The “Shrike Show” as it was called, was hailed by critics as “rather novel” and “an interesting statement” although it was generally agreed that having two hundred such paintings was belaboring the point a bit much.

And it was on this day in 1889 that a fire swept through the city’s notorious red light district. Property damage was surprisingly minimal, owing to an extremely well organized response by the Notorious Sisterhood, a guild of prostitutes who sprang into action with water barrels and hoses. These scantily clad firefighters are credited with saving the city from a much larger blaze, and were awarded a medal of valor by the Queen. The details of the meeting between Madame Organza, leader of the Notorious Sisterhood, and the monarch are not recorded, but apparently they maintained a close correspondence for many years.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Brock of the Bleak Black Rock, patron of tongue twisters. Radio personalities hate this day a great deal and believe it was introduced mostly to enrage us.

In the garden, the interns have been led away from the stone with promises of glowing letters of recommendation. We have locked them back in the shed. It is all very distressing. The stone has been taken back to the curb and we are watching the frog pond for any sign that the stone is trying to grow back from the roots.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Red Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and inaccessible teas. Red Wombat --- “We Dig Tea.”

Also brought to by the Garlic Scouts of Troyzantium! If you see Garlic Scouts running on your rooftop tonight, do not be alarmed. They are earning their parkour merit badge and ask for your support and patience during this time.

That’s the Hidden Almanac for August 20th, 2014. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, and is written by Ursula Vernon. Our exit music is Red in Black and our into music is Moon Valley, both by Kosta T. You can hear more music from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. The Hidden Almanac is copyright 2013-2014, Ursula Vernon.

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