Tuesday, December 29, 2009

African Simpsons

How did I miss this back in August???

To be aired in Angola, the characters were altered to better connect to their new audience.  Marge always did look like she was rockin' a fro...!
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Done!!!


It's over!  The hardest school semester I have ever had has finally ended.  I've learned my lesson: never again will I over commit myself.  I got through it, but it wasn't pretty.  From now on, no more than 2 courses per term while working.  Anyway, it's done, now I want to celebrate!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday



The only thing we have to fear is greed itself.

Great Date Spot


Last Friday, one of the guys I went out with was a charming Venetian who invited me to a  restaurant in Newark.  Yeah, that scared me at first, but the place was a nice surprise.  Mompou in the Ironbound district.  Cute Spanish tapas place.
Oh, and the guy was nice, too.  Might see him again...  ;-)

Friends and Holidays

Spent Thanksgiving with a good friend this year.  It was so sweet of her to invite me and I had a great time.  I'm so thankful for all my friendships.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

My Song



Had a breakthrough in voice class at last week.  Been working on "Heaven Help My Heart" as an audition piece and finally nailed the technical bits of the vocals down nicely.  Never seen Chess, but my mom and I used to sing the duet "I Know Him So Well" when I was a kid.  Ah.


A Face in the Crowd

Sometimes watching a movie can be a master class in acting.  Last night my little red Netflix envelope took me to school.  A Face in the Crowd.  Every actor should see it.

p.s. The "special features" section of the DVD gives new insight into Elia Kazan that makes it a little harder to vilify him...

Photo credit:  IMDB

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Love: How? Where?

My last post must have been a bit unsettling.  I never think anyone is reading this and then I post a comment like that and my phone starts ringing with friends asking if I'm ok.  So, first of all, thank you for caring and reading, even if you don't leave written comments...  ;-)
And now, to offset that last post, I'm going to write about something fun.  Love!  ...or the pursuit of it...  If you remember, I set a goal of going on 50 dates in one year - basically one date a week.  Then I stalled; I just didn't have the time or the heart.  Bah humbug!  The Plenty of Fish dating website registration was useless, I was overwhelmed by random men requesting to text/email/IM me at all hours of the day and night. (Who has the time?  Don't these guys have jobs?!)  A friend of mine said it best: "There are a lot of desperate guys out there".  It's really sexist that we only hear stories about how desperate single women are because there is no doubt that there are just as many, if not more, men in the same position.  But I told myself to loosen up and allowed 2 of the guys to email me privately.  Big mistake!  One called and texted me obsessively  dozens of times a day then sent me insults for not replying; the other IM'ed me detailed accounts of his gay/bi fantasies AT MY JOB (blocked him immediately, but it was still embarrassing)!
So I decided to go back to the real world and date men I could assess in person and in normal situations.  An old friend confessed his "feelings" for me and asked out on a proper first date.  I had serious doubts (not only because of our friendship, but because I wasn't attracted to him and feared a bad ending).  But I said yes, anyway.  Another mistake!  The date was, of course, awkward and exactly what I'd feared happened: I hurt his feelings and, now, I've lost a friend.
What's even weirder is that during that very date, another guy asked me out.  He was a Fabio-esque Frenchmen  tending bar (which, it turned out, he owned) where I was waiting for my friend.  He was bold and fun, so I accepted his dinner invitation, evn though he was not at all my type.  A week later, we trolled the Lower East Side, slipping in and out of brasseries and sloppily making out while the Yankees won the World Series.  Sure, a mistake, but a fun one!  French Fabio made me feel adventurous.  Like a gentleman, he called the next day and the next...and like a jackass, I ignored all the calls.  How to let this guy down easily.  He didn't want a serious relationship, so it wouldn't have been a big deal, but was so afraid of just saying the words - I even asked my therapist about it (she told me to just do it, it'd be good exercise for me).  That was two weeks ago and I still haven't called back.
Wait, this post was supposed to be fun, right?  I guess the fun part was that I felt so much freer flirting face to face.  The online thing is just too removed.  There's something sexy about about the nervous energy in the air when you meet a guy face to face - whereas there's nothing sexy about being harassed in cyberspace.

I've got 3 dates lined up this week - all on Friday, so that'll be interesting...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Shedding Shame



I heard Mo'Nique name her abuser on international television and it proved to me that what I'd considered impossible was possible.  Thank you, Mo'Nique.  Thank you a million times over.
(p.s. I read "Push" 15 years ago and thought no film could have its raw power, but your portrayal of Mary Jones is simply earth-shattering.  The Oscar will be yours!)

Photo credit: Essence

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Naughtiest Thing You Can Do In Bed

I'm being very naught in bed right now...
Ha, I wish it was something sexy! No. Actually, I'm committing a cardinal sin: working in bed. To keep up with all this schoolwork, I've gotten into the nasty habit of bringing the textbooks and laptop to bed and working until I fall asleep.




Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Persistence!

A fellow artist at my day-job sent me this quote as an affirmation of my recommitment to acting as profession:
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
It filled me up with pride for all of us who keep at it.

Monday, September 28, 2009

The National Parks - See It!


Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park
Image credit: Florentine Films
I get two channels on the new HDTV system (yes only 2),  and I made sure one of them was Channel 13.  PBS is just leagues ahead of everything network and cable tv offer, and WNET schedules it perfectly.  Ken Burns has done it again with his captivating documentary "The National Parks - America's Best Idea".  This is education.  This is a master class in our history.  This made me proud of the land I'm so lucky to be part of.

Yosemite Valley painted by Albert Bierstadt in 1868.  Most expensive painting ever sold in the U.S. still today! ($25,000 - a fortune in its time)
Image credit: Oakland Museum of Art

Friday, September 11, 2009

Cheese Made Me Fat!




I've lost 13 pounds just since dropping dairy 3 weeks ago!
Image credit: EHow.com

The Pressure to Spend

Bummed out. Have house-guests and I, literally, don't have a cent to spend on taking them out (tuition, books, and rent sucked up my last 2 checks) - nevermind that I'm short on time, too. So embarrassing. Alone, I would be perfectly fine, but having guests, especially in New York, means that you're expected to show everyone a good time (whether it's SATC style or quirky underground style) and even doing that on the cheap can add up.
Now, I'll probably overspend come payday, just to to impress them and make up for doing nothing this week. Vicious cycle.

Finding A Safe Place


My therapist asked me to think about a place/situation/activity that gives me strength. The more I thought of it, the more I realized it was dance. So I'm putting Quenia's Samba class back into my weekly routine.
The idea of sanctuary is really powerful. I always thought I was faithless, but if dance is my religion, I'll be happy and strong.
Image credit: DontPanic.com

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Education: Bad Lectures


The great thing about online learning is that thanks to plethora of info on the internet, people from every style of learning can succeed. The system breaks down when professors or students rely too much on old fashioned learning/teaching devices. I'm struggling to stay awake through the long lectures my philosophy prof keeps giving in heavily accented ESL and with no visuals but fuzzy MS WORD documents. I'm tuning out and we haven't even gotten to Socrates yet. Why in the age of YouTube do I have to suffer through boring, low-tech lectures? It's like watching your neighbor's 80 slide presentation on their family vacation in Nebraska. Oy.
Image credit Gozde Otman

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Career: Looking Beyond Homebase


An invitation to audition for a theatre production Broward Staged Door Theatre near Ft. Lauderdale, which I got this weekend, seems like an answered prayer.

p.s. The business of acting coach cancelled our appointment, she had a call back for a commercial.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The Cat


I adopted a kitten from a rescue shelter today, Companion Animal Trust. He's adorable, loud, energetic, smart, and trying very hard to adjust to his new digs.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Love: POF?

This going on one date a week thing is not working. I just don't bother. So I just asked a friend who's been seeing guys 3-4 times a week what her secret is. She said, "Plenty of Fish". Free online dating and good quality candidates. I'm in. Setting up a profile tonight.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Health: Dairy Free


It's been 3 weeks without dairy (well, I've kept butter) and I feel great. Dropped a couple of pounds, too. Now that I can't just grab a slice of pizza when I feel snackish, I make much better (healthier) choices. I've even, painlessly, kicked my addiction to Chipotle burritos (and margaritas). No difficult adjustment period, it was like my body was just waiting for me to do this.

Finances: Hooray for Flex Spending

Confused my days, should have blogged about finances yesterday.
Anyway, I, finally, got hip to Flex Spending Accounts thanks to a few coworkers' overhearing me complain about subway fares. 35% savings on my pre-tax dollars! I've been throwing away money for years.

-- Post From My iPhone

Education: Books and Depps


Books are, finally, coming in. It was a bonehead move to order them at the last minute. Lesson learned.
p.s. The third yacht in the background is Johnny Depp's VaJoLiRoJa!

-- Post From My iPhone

Stress and Release?


Passed this store front yesterday on the Upper West Side and had to take a pic. Off Track Betting and Bikram Yoga - in the same building. Perfect dichotomy of relaxation and stress. Or maybe not so opposite; both can make you sweat.

- Post From My iPhone

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Spirit: A New York Thing?

I can see how people get addicted to psychotherapy and start seeing their therapist multiple times a week. All week I look forward to my appointment. It's such a relief.


-- Post From My iPhone

Education: Behind already?

Where are all the text books I ordered?!


-- Post From My iPhone

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Career: Identity Crisis

Why the hell am I still wasting my time at a day job?

Also, I watched Harlem in Montmartre today on PBS and realized that my time in New York is coming to an end. Ready to move on, soon.


-- Post From My iPhone

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Service: Cutting back

Even though I've reduced my plastic usage, I've still gotten 8 plastic bags a week - mostly with take out food...I KNOW!


-- Post From My iPhone

Love:

Hmm.


-- Post From My iPhone

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Health: Yoga to the People

I worked with a wonderful musical theatre actress in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Ann Elyse, and she kept mentioning a yoga studio called Yoga to the People. When she said their classes were only $7, I knew I had to try them. Tuesday, I finally did and it was fan-bloody-tastic! I'm hooked. I took the Hot Yoga Flow class which differs from Bikram yoga only in that the series of positions is not restricted to Bikrams twice repeated 26 asanas (the room is still 105°F). It was a real challenge - not just for me but for seasoned yogis in the room. We all had to take breaks several times, but I stuck with it for the full 90 minutes and I'm so proud of that. It was, actually, great to do an activity in which everyone was sweating profusely, not just me!

Image credit: Yoga to the People

Finances: Books and Snacks

Ooops, I was supposed to write about money yesterday, but got distracted by a little heartbreak...
Money's too tight to mention, as the song goes. Why are school books so damned pricey? Thank God for places like Amazon.com and other sites that cut great deals on used books. Why doesn't my favorite bookstore Strand Books sell textbooks? I'd really prefer to spend my money in a local business like them.
Anyway, between monthly tuition payments and almost $400 for textbooks, I got no money left for "entertainment". I've had to downscale all my dinner plans to picnics - and I kind of like that better! It's so much more personal to share food you've made than to pass around a plate you've ordered and worry about splitting tabs.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Spirit: Truths and Consequences

So I told my therapist. She called me brave. I just felt relieved; and it turned out to be perfect timing. I won't get into it, but the very next day something happened that made me very glad that I had begun the process of dealing with that issue in therapy.
Happily, I also made a little progress on the small-talk front. I was in a situation I would usually avoid (traveling with several people I didn't know well). On the way to the destination, I hid behind a book; but on the way back, I relaxed and chatted. Ha! Simple?! Not for me. Don't know yet if I made a complete fool of myself, but I definitely didn't let my shy side win.
As for pictures, I'm taking one per day of myself - just as my own little self-therapy, not for anyone to see. As an actor, I can't afford to be uncomfortable in front of the camera. Ironically, a bunch of high school pics have surfaced on Facebook, and I can see that even as a kid I shied away. While another girl in my "clique" was like Beyoncé to Destiny's Child, always in the center, I'm on the outer edge of each picture. Just how long have I relegated myself?

Monday, August 24, 2009

Education: 5 Days 'Til School Starts & Where Roxanne Shante Is NOW

These are the classes I'll be taking this coming semester:
  • Urban Anthropology (110)
  • Computer Fundamentals & Application (101)
  • Nature of New York (201)
  • Intro to Philosophy (101)
  • Art and Civilization (201)
Nothing too interesting there, but all courses I need for the degree. The Nature of NY (science class about local flora and fauna, I think) might be fun; and Philosophy and Anthropology could be right up my alley. Who knows?
I've been trying to get through CUNY's online student orientation for several hours, now. Either Blackboard 8 doesn't like my computer or the site's just overloaded. Trying not to be frustrated. Also trying not to freak out about the amount of work that's about to hit me. 5 classes and a full time job?!
On another note, I loved reading this NY Daily News article about former hip-hop star Roxanne Shanté getting her record company to pay for all her college education and, subsequently, becoming a psychologist specializing in treating African-Americans (notorious for not "believing" in therapy).
Her record company cheated her out of her earnings, par for the course it seems, but she remembered a little clause buried in the contract and fought for it. Now she's "giving back" to her community in a real way through her customized therapy and college scholarships. If every hip-hop artist would follow in her footsteps, it could change a race!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Career: Working It

I had a great time performing in Hudson Shakespeare Company's production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor". The photo above shows me as Mistress Page with Tony White as Falstaff and Elizabeth Picket as Mistress Ford. Tony White is a good friend and phenomenal actor; I'm in awe of his talent every time I work with him. And it was an inspiration to be a merry wife with Liz Pickett. She's one of the smartest actresses I've ever worked with. I learned every day with her! In all, this was truly a talented cast and a great show. A big hug and thank you to ALL!

Theatre performances are over for me for the next few months as I work on finishing the college degree, but Liz inspired me. She's doing her own type of conservatory program by taking intense courses in the different theatre and film disciplines and working with private coaches. If I do that for myself, this year will be even more valuable. On Sept. 2nd, I'll meet with her Business of Acting coach to help me get my rear in gear. What I need is someone to keep me focused and accountable, to remind me of the goal, and help me make good networking choices.

-- Post From My iPhone

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Service: Big Sister NYC

Orientation starts September 12th! Who do I think I am? I can barely manage my life - I should be a role model? I'm hoping that being a mentor for someone else make me more conscious of bettering myself. Wait, isn't that selfish?
-- Post From My iPhone

Love: Alone

Lonely.
I chickened out and didn't go on a date this week. I know, I know. I'm working on it.
As for returning phone calls, that seems like such simple thing, but sadly, I somehow don't do it and I've lost many friends that way. This week was not so good, I returned calls days later - people hate that. But I've got 51 more weeks to change this behavior - and that's an attainable goal.

-- Post From My iPhone

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thursday: Health

I haven't gone to the gym this summer since there's no time between day job and gigs, but I damn sure sweat off a few pounds each night performing in The Merry Wives of Windsor. The high humidity and the tight corset dress costume make every scene a cardiovascular workout and I sweat like a marathon runner!

-- Post From My iPhone
Image: www.sweatingcureonline.com

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Finances: Owing

Made a list of all my debts. Why's it always longer than you think? Feels like the financial version of "My Name is Earl".

-- Post From My iPhone
Image: www.usoge.gov

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Spirit: Admitting You Need Help

My goals to develop my spirit over the next 12 months are:
"Continue therapy, learn small talk, become comfortable being photographed"
I haven't talked about therapy because I was embarrassed, but I'm outing myself now. I am in psychotherapy. I'm 34 and have never had a committed relationship with a man - ever. I, finally, realized that it's me - not "them". I need to own that and address whatever it is in me that keeps me from a loving partnership. So this year, on my birthday, I gave myself the gift of therapy (at a very affordable $10 copay thanks to great insurance coverage!). I carefully, picked a woman (that seemed important) counselor and have been seeing her weekly for about 4 months. No drugs are involved, we just talk. I wish more was changing in me, but it's a long process to discover yourself. Right now, I'm becoming aware of my thoughts and actions both positive and negative. That's step #1.
Now I find myself in a bizarre situation. I have a secret that I should tell my therapist - a big, uncomfortable secret that may be at the root of my self-esteem troubles - but I've left it out of each session. Why? Of all the places to tell it, this is it. Why can't I just say it? Next session is tomorrow and I think I'm just going to blurt it out the second I sit down, so I don't talk myself out of it again.

There are 2 other goals: learn to small talk & become comfortable being photographed. I get so nervous around people that I either clam up or ramble on non-sensically. As silly is this sounds, I really have trouble having light conversation. And, while I want to be in photos, I shy away or cover my face most of the time because I feel ugly and unworthy a lot. I think it's realistic to improve those 2 things in one year. It's all about becoming comfortable with myself. Wish me luck!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Education: I Passed!


To complete my bachelor's degree, I needed 63 credits - 21 classes. Because I work full-time and need my evenings and weekends free for acting jobs, I chose an online degree program. City University of New York (CUNY) had the best price and full accreditation through their reputable colleges. They offer only 2 degrees in the online program: Business Admin. and Communication. Neither was really what I wanted, but Communication was closest to the path I'd started 11 years ago (study of languages with concentration in French and German). So I applied and got excited. My advisor suggested starting with only 1 or 2 classes, so that I could get used to online learning. I prepared for an easy summer. Then I booked the Ecuador gig which coincided with the first 4 weeks of the 10 week summer semester. No big deal, I thought. How hard could online classes be, anyway? Ha! My professors advised me to drop both classes saying I'd never catch up . Indeed I found myself drowning in school work when I got back (homework, research, complicated scientific reading assignments, discussion boards to post on and keep up with, a 20 page paper to write, 8 exams to take, and mathematical labs). But I did it!!!! Finished both classes with a B!

For fall semester I'm taking 5 classes. It'll be a lot of work, but I've got to make it. CUNY has the one theater degree that I think is most practical and they are the only school in the U.S. with it: Master of Arts in Applied Theater. This is the study of using theater in non-art situations. I believe in that. I think art cannot only exist for art's sake. Theater is powerful and can be used as a tool for academic an cultural learning, mediation, anger management, negotiation, diplomacy, corporate culture development... because it teaches empathy and listening. Anyway, I want to get into that program next fall, if I don't, I'll have to wait another year. So I'll have to complete the BA in Communication by next year's summer semester. It's going to be a busy year!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Finding the point


I'm breaking from the third person. It wasn't working.
I just saw Julie and Julia and walked away not only appreciating the story and great acting, but recognizing that blogging needs a clear goal. I thought of all my favorite blogs and none of them were ambling diaries like mine. I needed to find a purpose - and I did.
Going forward, I'll be writing daily about 7 aspects of my life I will be working on over the next 365 days. I'm in a rut and this project will, hopefully, get me out. I'm banking on accountability motivating me. Each day will be dedicated to updating my weekly progress in one of these categories:
Mondays - Education: Finish bachelor's degree, get into grad school (MA Applied Theatre @ CUNY)
Tuesdays - Spirit: Continue therapy, learn small talk, become comfortable being photographed
Wednesdays - Finances: Clean up credit report, live debt-free (exc. mortgage), own a home, save $5K
Thursdays - Health: Reach EquiFit goals, drop 40 lbs, clear up skin, tone everything, eat lactose-free
Fridays - Love: Go on 50 dates, return all calls from friends, host 2 dinner parties, help 10 loved-ones
Saturdays - Service: Join Big Sister program, reduce plastic use, volunteer once a week
Sundays - Career: Sign with an agent (no more freelancing), earn $5K from acting, book 1 int'l project



-- Post From My iPhone

Friday, August 7, 2009

Digital TV is a Joke

She will be tossing the tv out of the window! Why did we ever have to switch from analog? With a $40 tv and a $20 antenna she'd gotten perfect reception on all the standard networks in any part of the house. Now she'd spent $450 on an HD tv and $70 on HD antennas yet couldn't get more than the ABC stations, two Spanish language stations, and a religious station. And the antennas were so fragile they couldn't receive transmissions though stucco walls?! AND the few channels available seemed to freeze every few minutes! And for what? To see people's zits and wrinkles up close?

How did we ever allow cable companies to convince us that we needed this mandatory "upgrade"? It's clearly meant to create future cable customers. She wouldn't cave. Network and public television should remain free.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Next!

Bloody awful audition today. Know your limits.


-- Post From My iPhone

Monday, July 27, 2009

A House, A House!

Considering a move, she saw her first house and she adored it... But the cons outweighed the pros... Go with emotion or logic?



-- Post From My iPhone

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Don't Pick the Flowers!


Before her eyes, a man was assaulted today in Van Vorst Park for picking this flower. Community garden fascism?


-- Post From My iPhone

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Damn Homework

As a working adult, it's harder to tell yourself you'll need that science class' info in real life...gamma ray bursts and neutron stars...?





-- Post From My iPhone

Friday, July 24, 2009

Missed

So many bloggable things had happened in 2 months....

Ecuador had awed her.

She'd learned the art of collaborative writing and the truth about Panama hats. (Hecho in Ecuador!)

The play of the Ecuador story had been a New York success!

She'd started up university courses to complete her bachelors degree.

She'd gone on her first weekend getaway with the object of her affection.

She'd been cast in the yummy role of Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

She'd started apartment hunting, because she longed for a bathtub.

She'd lived out a naughty fantasy.

Found out she wasn't Pisces.

And she'd gotten a chic short chop 'do.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Insomnia Loves 13

Sleepless, in the middle of the night, she'd flipped on PBS and caught a short film that seemed to be about herself.  "Mitte", Noro Ejaita's little film about an over-emoting street performance artist in Berlin hit home.  She learned the filmmaker's own story and felt recharged.  There was a place for her - Everywhere!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sabotage

She'd been challenged to examine her inner saboteur.  Powerful.
Biggest revelation was that her crying was often not about emotion but a sabotage tool to avoid dealing with difficulties.  How'd it take her this long to figure that out?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

What? Pee Standing up? Like a man?

She'd accepted revolting restroom experiences as a part of adventure travel - even a kind of badge of rugged honor.  Balancing backward, on tip-toe, knees bent, over awful little holes or atop teetering commodes, praying for minimal splatter strengthened quads and gave one a real appreciation for certain western facilities.  She was prepared for the same in Ecuador.  That's why she was stunned to learn of this Whiz Freedom contraption that the DAT was encouraging all women to bring...  Really?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Savage Infra-Realism from Mexico

This book!  Infuriating, self-glorifying, original, over-hyped, arrogant, flawless and addictive.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Workout


Ouch.  30 extra pounds.  33% body fat.  Damn.  
Thank goodness her deceptively pint-sized personal trainer was kicking her a**.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

What? Pubic Hair Dye???!!!!



Photographed by a castmate's friend last week in a local Duane Reade pharmacy .

Friday, April 3, 2009

When all the book shops are gone...


It was a crying shame.  The cozy neighborhood bookshop was closing down.  One of her favorite Jersey City spots, in the lovely Van Vorst Park area, the little bookshop, Imagine Atrium, had been created by an enterprising, young, and handsome Jersey gent.  He was witty, sweet and engaging and his shop reflected that.  Why hadn't she and the rest of her neighbors shopped there more often?  Why had they let this noble business fail?  What other neighborhood gems were they neglecting?

Gig: Julius Caesar


Rehearsals for Julius Caesar were going swimingly.  
Savage killings, explosive speeches, angry mobs, intrigue, betrayal... good times.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Why You Should Never Wear A Wig to Work

Her friends in the support group meant well when they suggested covering the hairloss with a fun wig. And she gave it a real try, sporting the ... thing ... for 2 full days of activity (work, audition, rehearsal). But watching her colleagues trying not to stare at it, was embarrassing and she could only imagine the jokes they were whispering. When her paranoia lulled, maniacal scratching kicked in. This high-quality, expensive lace-front ...thing... was the itchiest contraption she'd ever felt. There had to be a better way to hide the annihilation of her hair.

Back to braids, as usual.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

CSA Time!

She gulped  at the $515 price, but knew she was doing the right thing as she signed up for a share in Downtown Harvest.  Every week she'd be able to pick up her crate of fresh local fruits and veggies from spring to autumn supplied by the Starbrite Farm in Hardwick, NJ.  Now she was hunting down tasty recipes. Her mistake with the last CSA share was not being prepared to consume the copious amounts of veggies and watching them spoil so quickly in her fridge.  Fresh organic produce doesn't keep long, but this time she was ready.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Gig: Vanessa Beecroft VB64

Yours truly will be performing in the next Vanessa Beecroft art installation, VB64, at Deitch Studios March 6th from 7pm to 10pm.  The exhibit will feature wax and gesso sculptures cast from live models who will be painted in white and posing among them.  The sculptures and video projection of  the performance will be showing at the gallery through April 12th.
Deitch Studios: 4-40 44th Drive, Long Island City (directions here)

Friday, February 27, 2009

Lemon Frosting?

Though she loathed personality tests, she was a sucker for the quickies.  How far off was the silly colored  refrigerator design test at Amanacolor.com?:  "Sweet and soft with just a bit of zest, you are the social equivalent of lemon frosting.  Whether that means you're happy on top of a cupcake we can't answer - this is a family website.  But we can say that your witty repartee saves you from being sticky sweet.  That and your disturbing proficiency with a meat cleaver."

Made her take a second look at some of those fridges...
                           

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