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Ivan Bellman & the Trash Queen

I am sad to report that as much as I love TQ, we have not gotten to kick it so much on the social tip this go around. She is mad busy working and I am busy being mad about not working. So when Zack Glass (the son of my ersatz fairy-godmother, JoAnne Akabooboo) informed me via JUNK MAIL e-mail he was gigging at the TRASH BAR with a band called the ROYAL SEMI QUARTET my ears pricked up (as opposed to pricking up your ears, the gay allusions of which I hope are not lost ;). These portentous signs enhanced by promises of PBR drink specials and my Auntie’s namesake pub as photo-op backdrop drew us like moths to cashmere or, in this case, yuppies to Billyburg. Best of all I was going to clock in some QT with the TQ.

“Dirty Magic”: Charles McNulty riffs on Patti Smith

Charles McNulty has hit some strong points in his LA Times discussion of rocker-writer-performer Patti Smith’s memoir Just Kids, published by Ecco/Harper Collins this past January (New York Times review here; Patti talks about the book on NPR’s Fresh Air here). As a critic in today’s cultural climate, Yale M.F.A. in hand, McNulty’s reading of … Continue reading

Banana Bag & Bodice’s BEOWULF On Tour

Our pals at Banana Bag & Bodice are taking their hit show BEOWULF on tour. Two dates in NYC, then off to Boston and Montreal. If you haven’t seen this rock opera spectacle with music by Dave (Three Pianos) Malloy, then take one of these opportunities to check them out: NEW YORK SUMMERSTAGE East River … Continue reading

NYTW 2010-2011 Season

NYTW’s 2010-2011 season looks like a good one, with Ivo Van Hove taking on Lillian Hellman, the return of last year’s awesome Three Pianos and a co-production with Playwrights Horizons of The Shaggs, a musical about The Shaggs. I saw it a few years back at the NYMTF and it was really, really great. Looking forward to seeing this new version in the spring.

Hamlet Shut Up is Full of Fringe-y Goodness

Saturday night took us to LaMama to check out HAMLET SHUT UP – a fun and funny adaptation of HAMLET, but without all the pesky dialogue

Interview with AJ Ware from Chicago’s Jackalope Theatre Co.

Culturebot contributor Calamity West sat down with Jackalope Theatre Company’s associate artistic director AJ Ware to talk about memory and her co-adaptation (with Melanie Berner and Andrew Swanson) of Charles Mee’s “Under Construction” coming to Chicago audiences November 27th at The Artistic Home.

Planting Where They Bloomed: Headlong, Pig Iron, and Performance Training in Philadelphia

With the Live Arts Festival & Philly Fringe just around the corner, Culturebot contributor Lauren Dubowski talks with Headlong and Pig Iron about the growth of performance training initiatives in Philadelphia. (Photo: Audience and faculty look on at an HPI Open Salon showing.)


2010 ULSTER BANK DUBLIN THEATRE FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE SEPTEMBER 30 – OCTOBER 17. Europe’s Oldest Theater Festival Will Premiere New Irish Productions And Present a Wealth of International Work

Sneaky Nietzsche in Los Angeles

A collective of 25 LA artists will open their new interactive performance piece, SNEAKY NIETZSCHE, to the public on August 21, 2010. The event is an immersive theatrical party and concert, set in an urban forest underworld that has been built within a 6,000 square foot Downtown LA warehouse. The environment is an Exploratorium of sound, lights, music, dance, costume and homemade brews, and will feature an original live music set composed and performed by a fictional band of real musicians, dancers and actors.

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