Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I will try to embed playlists like I did this week; otherwise, it will be my thoughts and links/photos.
Week One highlights UK punk/rock act The Kooks. The Kooks have been blowing up the scene both in America and overseas. They invoke thoughts of vintage UK punk acts like the Clash, Kinks, The Smiths and I'm sure they spent a lot of time listening to the Rolling Stones, The Ramones and Velvet Underground. Here is a link to their site:THE KOOKS.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
My brother Ted and his college band mate Tommy Giamichael, used the night to rekindle their days playing in Potsdam. They played a first set that included Lenny, by SRV, Friend of the Devil, He's Gone, Hey Hey and original tunes. My brother and I began the second set with The Allman Brothers' In Memory of Elizabeth Reed and went into In The Kitchen, Beautifully Broken and others. Then all three of us played well past midnight, touching on tunes like This Must Be The Place by the Talking Heads, Willin' by Little Feat and Don't Go Changin' On Me, a Ray Charles ballad.
All said, it was a fun night and I look forward to doing it again.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Sure, seeing Joeseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Broadway and Blue Man Group in a small NYC theater was cool, but my point is, I'm not "a theater guy."
Well, discovering the Mettawee River Theatre Company may have changed all that.
Ralph Lee is the visionary behind MRTC. Since the early 70's Lee has been adapting folk tales and myths from Egyptian, Greek, Native American and Myan cultures and incorporating his hand-made puppets to create full-on theatre productions.
Here is the first graph of his bio (Read the rest here):
Ralph Lee first created puppets as a child growing up in Middlebury, Vermont. He graduated from Amherst College in 1957, and studied dance and theater in Europe for two years on a Fulbright Scholarship. Upon returning to the United States, Lee acted on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theaters and with the Open Theatre. During that period he started creating masks, unusual props, puppets and larger-than-life figures for theater and dance companies, including the New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center Repertory Theatre, the Living Theatre, the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, Shari Lewis and Saturday Night Live (he created the Land Shark).
The puppets aren't the talking kind you put on your hand. They are whimsical, detailed works of art that are pulled or worn by dancers. Some are enormous.
From the Web site
Performances are held both in the middle of a corn field in Salem, N.Y., and in theaters New York City. I'll be opting for the farm setting, where the audience sits on the grass and the show proceeds around you.
These "al-fresco" MRTC shows are few and far between, but I will surely have to experience this in the near future.
In the meantime I will create some artwork in response to MRTC. Add it to the list ... it's coming.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Since the camping trip I have been to NYC to a Yankees game at the new stadium (forgot my camera in the car) and have been practicing for my first real gig tomorrow night at 9 p.m. at Wallabee's in Glens Falls with my brother and his college bandmate. As soon as I put the gig in the review mirror I will get back on track with graphic design on the brain.