My Fair Yank

A million years ago before the last crash when we had money to do funny internal videos, I wrote and was forced to act in this work video.

A new woman at work that is American and is always Super Excited reminded me of it.

The Emperor of Ice Cream

Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
Let the wenches dawdle in such dress
As they are used to wear, and let the boys
Bring flowers in last month’s newspapers.
Let be be finale of seem.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

Take from the dresser of deal,
Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheet
On which she embroidered fantails once
And spread it so as to cover her face.
If her horny feet protrude, they come
To show how cold she is, and dumb.
Let the lamp affix its beam.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

Wallace Stevens (1879- 1955)

‘Glow Worm’ by The Mills BrothersWas raised on these guys. Always makes me happy…

‘Glow Worm’ by The Mills Brothers
Was raised on these guys. Always makes me happy…

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Do You Love Theatre?

I grew up in Las Vegas. Whenever I tell people that, their eyes light up and they imagine I had a childhood of wild parties. When I was nine, my family moved for a bit to Visalia, California. When the kids on the playground found out where I was from, they asked, “Did you live in a casino? Do you gamble?” I was confused. “I’m nine…”

The reality was far more normal and I was lucky that my parents took us to the theatre when it came to town. My first play was the first revival of Fiddler on the Roof directed by Jerome Robbins. It was an amazing experience.

I know that Las Vegas isn’t the first place you think of when you think of theatre, but there are a number of amazing artists and talents from there that are striving to create a new professional theatre that pay their artists and does original work.

Their Mission: In an age where our neighborhoods are quickly evolving into a series of online social media pages, A Public Fit aims to reinvigorate our community by working with emerging Las Vegas artists to create exciting, innovative and provocative theater. APF believes strongly in the communal power of great stories, dramatic ideas and the sincere engagement that audiences find in challenging theatrical events. A Public Fit genuinely hopes to unite artists and audiences through the most effective form of human connection, treating each production as the beginning of an unending conversation.

APF is raising money for their first production and they have a little over 12K to go. That’s a big number, but if a few of us that care about story, that came from small towns where you had to work at it to see art, if each of us that remembers that magic of our first play- If we each gave $5.00, they’ll easily make that goal.

So friends, even if you don’t live in Las Vegas, please, can you spare $5.00?

APF’s IndieGoGo Fundraising page is here and there is also more information about the organization.

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‘Shake a Tail Feather’ by Ray CharlesWatching Blues Brothers on TV… Good times…

‘Shake a Tail Feather’ by Ray Charles
Watching Blues Brothers on TV… Good times…

‘16 Tons’ by Tennessee Ernie FordBack to the salt mine tomorrow. Feeling blue after a week and a bit holiday…

‘16 Tons’ by Tennessee Ernie Ford
Back to the salt mine tomorrow. Feeling blue after a week and a bit holiday…

Office Laugh

Sitting in Viaduct Tavern near St. Paul’s having drink. A City Suit laughs a loud barking staccato laugh.

Parker: I hate laughs like that. It’s so obvious they work together and he really didn’t find that funny.

City Suit laughs again.

Parker: And they’re both wearing the same blue suit. Was there a two for one sale?

40 pounds

Nicole: After our holiday, I am going to start seriously dieting. I need to lose 40 pounds.

Parker: Are you going to start gambling?

Nicole: Sorry?

Parker: Well, if you want to lose 40 pounds gambling is the fastest way to do it.