Keeping the #WCEbob & @WCEBroadway Peops Connected

Strikes me that all or some, if you’re anti-social (there’s a pun in there, I swear), of the attendees going to tonight’s Tweet Seat event for WestCoast Entertainment’s Best of Broadway showing of In the Heights might want to follow each other on Twitter (that is a lot of words for one sentence. I think I’m exhausted.). And now back to keeping the #WCEbob & @WCEBroadway peops connected 

So Tweet Seat peops, here’s your roll call (and don’t forget to follow hashtag #WCEbob tonight)

And don’t forget to post to WestCoast’s Facebook page, por favor. See ya later.

Oh, and Mike Ellis, can’t wait to see what you’re wearing tonight.

Attn #WCEbob @WCEBroadway Tweet Seaters & Facebook Fannies:

Reminder - tomorrow night is it! In the Heights 411:

  • Look for me at 7:00 by the coat check. I will have your tickets
  • By 7:10 I will be leaving the coat check in the hopes that you will be on the second level, south corner wine bar buying me a beer. In other words, DO NOT BE LATE. You might get left behind.
  • Meet me at the wine bar.
  • Feel free to tweet about any part of your day/evening/drive to the INB Performing Arts Center/Parking, etc. Let the world know you have arrived.
  • Use the hashtag #WCEbob and tag @WCEBroadway. Tag them on Facebook as well.
  • Upload images.
  • Turn your phones off during the show.
  • Turn em on and use em during intermission and after the show
  • WHERE ARE WE MEETING UP AFTER THE SHOW FOR A NIGHT CAP?

Have I left anything out?

Calling all Wild Women

Wild Women and dearest friends…if you are lucky enough to be invited to the 89th Bi-Annual Wild Women, Subset Crazy Ladies, Clothing Exchange this Spring, please consider helping out Project Beauty Share. We all know that you have unopened product just sitting around your house getting old, doing you absolutely no good. Consider bringing it to the Clothing Exchange please. There are women in need who could use it and Project Beauty Share will provide it to them in a safe and hygienic manner. See the list of things most needed below.

In fact, in addition to emptying out your drawers and cabinets, would you please consider bringing one NEW box of feminine hygiene products as your ticket in to the clothing exchange? According to Amy at The Make-Up Studio, the most in need items tend to be feminine hygiene products. I will make certain all of the donations are taken to The Make-up Studio and Project Beauty Share.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or you can check out Project Beauty Share’s website for more info.

Project Beauty Share Needed Items

Barely Used Make up
Clean Make up Bags
Facial Cleansers & Moisturizers
Body Lotion & Sunscreen (more than half full)
*Bar Soap & Shower Gels
*Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
*Deodorant
Feminine Hygiene Products
Shampoo & Conditioner (more than half full)
*Combs & Brushes
Hair Styling Products
Hair Styling Tools
Perfume & Body Sprays
Nail Polish & Remover
*Nail Files

*These items need to be unused

So, how about it? You ready to donate?

Bingo - better late than never, right?

Yes, as if my opinion of Bingo at Spokane Civic Theatre counts

Yea, I’m late to my date for reviewing Bingo at Spokane Civic Theatre. Sure it only plays for one more weekend. Sure you only have four more shots at yelling Bingo. Sure you’re all, I’m not in to Bingo. You might think Bingo is for the silver hairs among us, but you’d be wrong. It’s not. And if you continue to think it is, you’ll miss seeing Nurse Ratched in a silver sequined dress shouting Cuckoo, Cuckoo. But, whatever. You choose. Me, I went. I saw. I conquered. I groaned. I giggled. I contained my ADD addled monkey brain. And here’s what I thought about Bingo - better late than never.

Started clunky but picked up steam

Let me be honest….the show started out a little, well, clunky. Could be the director, Scott Doughty, fixed it by now. I’m hoping so.The musical numbers throughout the show were so-so in my less than humble opinion, with a few stand out numbers from Laura Chamberlain. I might be a little biased on this one as I know Barb (Laura’s very proud theatre mom), but I think not. Hit of the night was her Nurse Ratched bit. I can’t describe it but I’m pretty certain Ken Kesey was standing up applauding her nod to his mighty powerful novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Character-wise, seeing Janice Abramson with that crazed smile on her face, pretending to paddle a blow up kayak just had be giggling. A lot. And Vern stubbing out a “cigarette” in her hand before going in to battle? Genius. The one-liners and the sarcasm, the “dirty dancing” by Marnie Rorholm: pure fricking silliness and it worked. Bingo really is fricking funny, and at times it’s slow, and at times, some of the musical numbers kinda bite, but all in all, I had a damn good time.

So there it is, my sorta opinion on Bingo at Spokane Civic Theatre. Now, I’ve got work to do, websites to project manage, clients to make happy. See ya!

Going fly fishing this Friday (sorta)

You’d think I could care less about fly tying and flies (that just looks weird, doesn’t it?). Truth is I’m really not that interested. Don’t get me wrong, I like tossing a line in and sitting back, reading a book, talking when I’m not supposed to and yes, I also like catching a fish or four. Especially deep sea but this post has nothing to do with that kind of fishing.

Why I care about the flies

Here’s the deal, my dad, rest in peace and all that stuff, was a master at tying flies. He’d sit for hours upon hours hunched over his set up which took over most of a two car garage, wearing what looked like a jeweler’s loupe and painstakingly winding threads around a fuzzy, feathered hook of death. He got so good, that his flies ended up being auctioned for charity and were featured in many a magazine and calendar and books were written about his technique. No surprise there….I got my obsessive repulsiveness for projects and such from somewhere. Seeing as how I’m his wonder twin image….

Back to Christina’s art

Again, I slightly digress. Imagine that. When I found out the amazonian and most talented Christina Deubel was taking on flies and creating a whole series of pieces (she’s an artist, yo) centered around ‘em, I figured I had to go. It might help me pay homage to the old man and get over the fact that I had to do all the yard chores because he was busy creating flies. Christina’s showing her fly self this First Friday at the Downtown Spokane Grande Ronde tasting room (next to Wild Sage Bistro - where I am totally stopping in to check out the results of their Facebook cocktail…so far we know it’s Vodka with muddled cherry tomatoes. Just waiting on Facebookers to vote on the remaining ingredients. But I digress, shocker!) to check out Christina’s exhibit.

Why should you come? Why should you care about flies. Their really kinda cool and Christina’s literally embracing this whole fly thing. From learning about tying her own, to visiting with some of Spokane’s most talented fly tyers to donating 10% of the sales from the Fly Fishing series of paintings to Soul River, Inc (check their sh!t out. Serious coolness). See you Friday night at the Grand Ronde tasting room.

PS Sticky note, just googled my dear old departed dad and hit on an auction for five of his flies going for $2,000. I’m a little freaked and amazed at this. Christina’s Fly Fishing Series has been a little cathartic for me. 

FLIES BY ALBERT COHEN
This set of 5 very rare flies were tied specifically for Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials: A Natural History. Volume 2 - Birds & Mammals where they appear on page 293 (silk section). Albert Cohen is best remembered for the spectacularly smooth, silk bodies of his salmon flies. No one short of Paul Rossman has ever produced better.

ALBERT J. COHEN lived in Dallas, Texas … and his heart was as big as that state until complications from cancer took their toll. Yet whenever Albert rolled into town for a business meeting, he always took an extra day or two and made time for his friends. He loved auctions and shows that featured angling collectibles and antiques. Cohen loved to collect fly boxes, particularly those by Hardy. But above all, Al Cohen was a meticulous fly tier and student of fly tying history who paid particular attention to the smallest detail . Through this, he inspired numerous fly tiers and thus left a legacy for the coming generations. His classic Atlantic salmon flies were featured in Judith Dunham’s The Atlantic Salmon Fly. Al was not a commercial tier and he rarely sold any flies. Examples of his work like these are rarely encountered. He was one of the finest full-dressed salmon fly tiers of the twentieth century.

Here are five, very rare and highly collectible full-dressed classic patterns from the man for whom no detail was small enough.

All in size 5/0 and tied on handmade replicas of Harrison Bartlet hooks by Gene Sunday. Patterns include (clockwise from top right): McNichol (Hardy), Parson (Hardy), Ondine (Ephemera), McIntyre (Hale), and Gordon (Hale).

And another dad fly tying reference:

As for attention to details, I think of Albert Cohen as one of the best fly dressers of our era. I had the chance to talk to him a couple of years ago. I was curious to know, amongst other things, how he built his married wings and attached them on the hook. He diligently sent me a letters explaining his technique, supported by drawings and photos of beautiful flies. I?m grateful to him and felt profoundly saddened by his death. To me, Albert Cohen represents the ?summum? [huh??] in scrutiny to detail and precise dexterity. His legacy is undeniable and his influence considerable in the fly tying community

And I thought this was all about Christina’s flies and something to do on a Friday night. Turns out, it was a whole lot more. Weird, huh?

West Coast Entertainment is looking for butts to fill their Tweet Seats as well as a few Facebook Fannies to help them cover their upcoming production of In the Heights.

 Let’s talk about In the Heights, it’s probably one of the best shows in the entire 2011-2012 Best of Broadway line-up (don’t get me wrong….what’s not to love about Young Frankenstein, right??). Look folks, everyone loves a little Tradition, Tradition, Tradition! Who, day and night, must scramble for a living…oops, sorry, wrong production.

  • Spokane, you love tradition.
  • Spokane, you love family.
  • Spokane, you’re always chasing a dream – and plenty of times you make that dream a reality.
  • Spokane, you are a city full of family neighborhoods – look to your left, look to your right…

In the Heights is a story about all of the above. Things you know so well, Spokane. It’s a Tony award winning musical brought to your fair city by the Best of Broadway and it runs from April 12th through the 15th. Sure it’s set in Washington Heights (steeped in latino culture – trust me, you want culture - I’ve always wanted a little latino lovah!) in New York City. And while all of that craziness may seem foreign, listen up my fair little Spokane, you keep asking for culture so let’s hop on the culture train and check this out.

Let me make something very clear here, those of your Spokanes hesitating to commit, this is a show written by someone in their mid-20’s. It’s his (Lin-Manuel Miranda) first show ever. AND IT WON TONY AWARDS. Hello. Does that tell you anything? So, why haven’t you gone out and secured your seats, hmmmm? Afraid of the culture? I certainly hope not.

Thanks to a cool new project by The Best of Broadway, there will be about 20 seats throughout the theatre filled with tweeters. And another 10 more filled with Facebook Fannies (as mentioned above). You want raw, unfettered opinions? You got em. You want on the spot coverage? You got it. This is taking it to the streets. Ok, not really, but it just sounded so good.

You know, I’ve heard this one before. Really.

clientsfromhell:

On the phone to someone with a website inquiry.

Client: I have this idea for a website, and I’m looking for someone to design it for me.

Me: That’s great! What kind of website is it?

Client: I don’t want to tell you.

So, does anyone else’s Pinterest board look like this, this morning? Or has Firefox just gone whack?
I have come to the realization that little evil pests have wormed their way into my work computer….whether it be vanishing Facebook news feeds or Hootsuite streams set to WIDE WIDE view. And now, the Pinterest monsters have attacked. And just so you know, everything works fine in Chrome. Imagine that.
(PS - a change in a setting or two and an update of an add-on and suddenly, Pinterest behaves).

So, does anyone else’s Pinterest board look like this, this morning? Or has Firefox just gone whack?

I have come to the realization that little evil pests have wormed their way into my work computer….whether it be vanishing Facebook news feeds or Hootsuite streams set to WIDE WIDE view. And now, the Pinterest monsters have attacked. And just so you know, everything works fine in Chrome. Imagine that.

(PS - a change in a setting or two and an update of an add-on and suddenly, Pinterest behaves).

PBS really has some cool a$$ sh!t, yo.

Sweet words uttered to me by my husband (sheesh, I nearly typed partner…after 13 years, it’s hard to get out of that habit) this morning while we were getting ready for the worky work. You might wonder what brought on such a strong compliment in the wee hours of the pre-coffee fog, or not. And that’s ok.

We we’re discussing Fishbone , Spokane’s Pig Out In the Park and the PBS showing of Everyday Sunshine. Fishbone is playing at Pig Out on Sunday night September 2nd. How do I know this, you ask, or not? I that cool. Really. And I’m the Pig on Facebook sorta, and Bill Burke pays the Design Spike, Inc offices a visit almost daily working out Pig Out details and, again, I am that cool. Got off subject there for a second. Sorry ‘bout that. Back to the story. When I gave Cory the low down on Everyday Sunshine (the few minutes I’d seen), his response was “PBS has some really cool a$$ sh!t, yo”. How cool is he? Really?

And now that I have bored you with the above, let me bottom line you: PBS really IS cool. Consider:

I could go on and now I will stop. Plain to see PBS is cool. So, when you’re tired of the other trash and Jaysus, is there trash on TV…who the he!! are “The Shahs of Sunset”? Don’t you think “The Voice” is boring? And who really cares about “Bethenny Every After”?

Go donate. Spokane’s KSPS could use your $$. Just a few of them. After all you still want access to Cool A$$ Sh!t, don’t you?

There are times I question why I subject my ADD, monkey mind to the theatre. I mean, after all, paying attention to something I am not actively, physically involved in can be taxing or nigh on impossible.
The Count of Monte Cristo was NOT one of those nights. Never once did I check my cell phone and I think I may have only fidgeted twice - ok it was six times, but cut me some slack, that’s still pretty good for Queen Narcissa. You might think the two glasses of wine helped hold me to my seat but nay say I! It was really THAT good. As in pretty darned close to stellar, best I’ve seen, kicked some serious arse kinda good. This one, Yvonne AK Johnson (director) knocked out of the proverbial ball park - not edge of the seat kinda knocked, but the kind where you just can’t take your eye off the damned ball kinda knocked).
Spokane Civic Theatre really elevated their production value on this one…the costumes and make-up were super stellar although I have to say, the hair Paul Villabrille was sporting for the “I’m stuck in prison” look scared the hell outta me. Yeesh. And Peter Hardie’s head of hair (same scenes) was right up there. Speaking of Peter Hardie, holy hell, that man rocked the stage as Abbe Farria. I’ve only ever seen Peter backstage, creating sets and backdrops and running around with his Transcend the Bullsh!t mug drinking that horrible coffee they make in the scene shop. I’ve never seen him act and now, I’m sad for it. I fell in love with him and his character. He was, in a word, great.
Ok, back to my blathering and my original point: Yvonne and Spokane Civic Theatre took this production to a whole new, higher level from the special effects, set,  choreography, props, and direction. The acting was overall excellent with only minor quibbles and since I am playing theatre critic (with absolutely no experience to back that sh!t up), I’ll quibble.
I adored Dexter Calkins but i always do. The kid kicks butt and I’d like to see him in more local productions. 
You know Peter Hardie was my flavorite, but Damon Mentzner was a close second. He dangled the role of Eugene Danglars like a bad a$$. I mean he was pretty close to perfect (for me and we all know what qualifications I lack). Hats off to Ryan Patterson as his wife, Hermione. I’m betting having to faint four times a week is leaving a bruise or two on her.
Paul kicked it as Edmond Dantes (The Count of Monte Cristo) although there were times when he was playing all suave and debonair that I thought he rushed his words and hell if I know what he was saying. 
Who knew Chris Taylor could be so slimy? I mean he teaches the kids at Civic and in the production, he was awash with icky. I’ve met him in person and he’s all nice and quiet(ish) and over all good guy. So, not Gerard de Villefort.
Will (Design Spike Programmer Extraordinaire) favored the sons this production. He thought both Taylor Pedroza (Albert Mondego) and Steven Anderson (Benedetto) were among the best actors in the entire production. High praise. Trust me. I thought Taylor made a good schmuck. Then again, I think that is exactly what he was supposed to do.
So there you have it. My long diatribe telling you why you should see the Count of Monte Cristro at Spokane Civic Theatre. Only two more weekends left. And seriously, I realize my argument ain’t that good but c’mon cut me some serious slack. Ok? Just see this play wonderfully directed by Yvonne AK Johnson.
By the way, Yvonne, Will and I think you should produce the musical version of Cristo. Who the hell even knew there was one???

There are times I question why I subject my ADD, monkey mind to the theatre. I mean, after all, paying attention to something I am not actively, physically involved in can be taxing or nigh on impossible.

The Count of Monte Cristo was NOT one of those nights. Never once did I check my cell phone and I think I may have only fidgeted twice - ok it was six times, but cut me some slack, that’s still pretty good for Queen Narcissa. You might think the two glasses of wine helped hold me to my seat but nay say I! It was really THAT good. As in pretty darned close to stellar, best I’ve seen, kicked some serious arse kinda good. This one, Yvonne AK Johnson (director) knocked out of the proverbial ball park - not edge of the seat kinda knocked, but the kind where you just can’t take your eye off the damned ball kinda knocked).

Spokane Civic Theatre really elevated their production value on this one…the costumes and make-up were super stellar although I have to say, the hair Paul Villabrille was sporting for the “I’m stuck in prison” look scared the hell outta me. Yeesh. And Peter Hardie’s head of hair (same scenes) was right up there. Speaking of Peter Hardie, holy hell, that man rocked the stage as Abbe Farria. I’ve only ever seen Peter backstage, creating sets and backdrops and running around with his Transcend the Bullsh!t mug drinking that horrible coffee they make in the scene shop. I’ve never seen him act and now, I’m sad for it. I fell in love with him and his character. He was, in a word, great.

Ok, back to my blathering and my original point: Yvonne and Spokane Civic Theatre took this production to a whole new, higher level from the special effects, set,  choreography, props, and direction. The acting was overall excellent with only minor quibbles and since I am playing theatre critic (with absolutely no experience to back that sh!t up), I’ll quibble.

  • I adored Dexter Calkins but i always do. The kid kicks butt and I’d like to see him in more local productions.
  • You know Peter Hardie was my flavorite, but Damon Mentzner was a close second. He dangled the role of Eugene Danglars like a bad a$$. I mean he was pretty close to perfect (for me and we all know what qualifications I lack). Hats off to Ryan Patterson as his wife, Hermione. I’m betting having to faint four times a week is leaving a bruise or two on her.
  • Paul kicked it as Edmond Dantes (The Count of Monte Cristo) although there were times when he was playing all suave and debonair that I thought he rushed his words and hell if I know what he was saying. 
  • Who knew Chris Taylor could be so slimy? I mean he teaches the kids at Civic and in the production, he was awash with icky. I’ve met him in person and he’s all nice and quiet(ish) and over all good guy. So, not Gerard de Villefort.
  • Will (Design Spike Programmer Extraordinaire) favored the sons this production. He thought both Taylor Pedroza (Albert Mondego) and Steven Anderson (Benedetto) were among the best actors in the entire production. High praise. Trust me. I thought Taylor made a good schmuck. Then again, I think that is exactly what he was supposed to do.

So there you have it. My long diatribe telling you why you should see the Count of Monte Cristro at Spokane Civic Theatre. Only two more weekends left. And seriously, I realize my argument ain’t that good but c’mon cut me some serious slack. Ok? Just see this play wonderfully directed by Yvonne AK Johnson.

By the way, Yvonne, Will and I think you should produce the musical version of Cristo. Who the hell even knew there was one???