Thursday, March 22, 2012

A Moose at the Ochre Ghost and More

The invitation to this Saturday's opening at the Ochre Ghost reads: IF A MOOSE DIES IN THE WOODS AND NO ONE SEES IT, IS IT REALLY DEAD?

It's an edgy show featuring new works by Brian David Downs. Fliers for the show include drawings of shrunken heads and socio-mythological paintings and drawings. I don't know about you, but the first time my dad pointed out shrunken heads at the Museum of Natural History in Cleveland, it was both compelling and confusing. Is them things real? Well, Downs' new work is called "an exploration, questioning, and celebration of what it is to be human." Saturday night I'll hope to take it in.

Brian David Downs is an artist residing in Minnesota currently working between paintings, drawings and band fliers. The opening reception will be held Saturday, March 24th, 6-10pm.

Rubber Chicken Theater’s annual Chicken Hat plays
To be honest, I have been wanting to compete in Brian Matuszak's semi-inspired off-the-map X-Games for Theater since I first heard about it years ago. As usual, I chickened out because I've never been to one and thought I should at least see what it's about before I throw my chicken hat in the ring.

Essentially, they have eight writers gather on Friday night to pull information out of a hat that they must incorporate into a play that will be performed live the following night... eight world premieres in one three hour romp. The writers have all night to write and by morning must be prepared to hand their scripts over to directors who then select or acquire actors and actresses to spend the day rehearsing for that evening's live performance. Sounds like a wildly insane concept and therefore appealing.

This year, Senator Roger Reinert threw his fedora into the fray to be one of the writers. For what it's worth, you can catch all the action Saturday night from 7-10 p.m. at the Harbor City International School Theater, 332 W. Michigan St. Tickets are ten dollars at the door.

Good luck, Roger.

In other news, Bob Dylan's first album, modestly titled Bob Dylan, was released fifty years ago this week. For those of you who do not know who Bob Dylan was, I will try to write about him sometime soon. Meantime, as life goes on all around you, enjoy the day.

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