Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Special thanks to Taryn for shooting the video, Jim for the audio, and my new toys for helping me slap the two together.
The audio and video that is, not Taryn and Jim.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
And in case you were wondering, Bruce was a peach...a PEACH, I tell ya! Nicest. Guy. EVER.
Signed a million items and made time to chat with everyone after the show.
We heart him, and we're not afraid to say it.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
And I sincerely apologize to Huckleberry Hound’s family who may have been deeply hurt by all of this. He died in Vietnam of course but if I'm not mistaken his wife is still living and I think I heard his kids followed him into show business. H.H. Jr. played Eddie on Frasier and his daughter played the love interest in one of the Air Bud movies. I’m pretty sure.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Back in August, Kate Sokoloff (Live Wire producer), fellow Faces For Radio Theater member Sean McGrath and I went on a big fat adventure through all seven regions of Oregon.
The trip was a collaboration between Live Wire and our totally-kickass-in-every-way sponsor, Travel Oregon. At each stop, we created a video blog (or vlog) introducing you to brewers, chefs, farmers, ranchers, and even the owner of an old-fashioned flour mill - all people who help create the amazing food, wine and beer that makes living in Oregon so damn tasty.
Greg Robeson, our experienced leader, showed us the way and Sean acted as his co-correspondent, utilizing his extensive journalism experience.* Videos will be up on the Oregon Bounty Website for a week starting September 27th- until then, check out this preview video to see the glory that is Sean McGrath. Oh, and I've posted a few photos as well.
Here are some of the lessons I learned along the way:
- If someone screams in their sleep, don't go in their room and check on them. Really, what are the odds that they're being murdered? Minuscule.
- The curry cheese torta from Rising Sun Farms is like crack cocaine for cheese lovers. Holy freakin' heck is that thing GOOD.
- Sean drives like a person who's not afraid to die.
- Kate drives like a person who's not afraid to kill everyone else in the car.
- 100-degree heat turns me into a giant pile of whine with a side of wussy pie.
Flowers at Rising Sun Farms.
The Bend sky at dusk.
The well-worn bar at the Rainbow Cafe in Pendleton, est. 1893.
*3 months at the Columbia School of Journalism in Bogata. Unfortunately, Sean doesn't speak Spanish.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
1. Richard Simmons' shorts seamstress. (No one sells those anymore. They have to be custom-made. By someone.)
2. Post-St. Patrick's Day Cleanup Crew: Vomit Division.
3. Whoever's in charge of telling George Lucas that his latest script is awesome.
4. President of the United States.*
5. Those guys who die for crab legs.
*This is only a bad job if you didn't pay a lot of attention in school and therefore have difficulty grasping complex ideas and sometimes can't remember the names of all the continents.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Being Able to Write a Blog Entry
(a.k.a. The 1st Annual Festival of Excuses)
1.) We've been really busy. Sweeps were just last month, and the damn TV's not gonna watch itself, Rick.
2.) We've lost the capacity to experience joy.
3.) Most of us are Amish now.
4.) The way Bush and Cheney are pissing people off all willy-nilly-like, we're all gonna blow up soon anyway. So what's the point of some pithy blog?
5.) Aunt Flo came to visit.
6.) Also, we got our period.
7.) We were passed out from a tequila binge and our ferret mistook us for dead and chewed off our fingers. Again.
8.) We're out there living life, not sitting in front of a glowing computer screen! Just yesterday we all went to Costco. We got som mayonnaise. (See picture at left)
9.) Do you know there are over 50 million blogs out there? Dag. That's a lot of competition. So, we're thinking of getting into the roofing business or studying the dental arts.
10.) We got stuck on the word blog. Blog. Blog. It doesn't even sound real. Sounds like a sound a muppet might make. Blog blog blog blog blog blog! Then we started doing a muppet sketch and we got distracted. But now we're back. Sorry.
Faces For Radio Theater
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Here’s a big old list of our fake Roller Girl handles, for your possible enjoyment.
Rep. Karen Meanness
Gov. Barbara RobHURTS
Upper Cut-prial and John
Janet Reno Means No
Ugly Betty Ford
Rachel "Death" Ray
Ginger Lee Hurling
Crazy Astronaut in a Diaper
Jackie the Ripper
Killer Bea Arthur
Stabby Von Killingham
Knee to the Groin
My Little Dead Pony
Mrs. Eloise P. Satan
Hug It Out, Bitch
Va Va Va Gina
Holly Hunt 'N Destroy
Moo Goo Guys Suck
Thumbelina in your Eyeball
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
G. Gordon Lydia
As you can see, there are some gems in there and the best thing to do with a gem is to give it to a special lady. There are a lot of rising stars in Roller Derby, just fixing to take off, and they’re all going to need names. So if any of those special ladies want to grab a handle off our list, that would just be our pleasure. We fear and respect the ladies of the RCR League and hope their continued happiness and future success means the asses they kick will be asses other than our own.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Live Wire is a not-too-distant descendant of vaudeville and is closely tied to several historic theaters. The beautiful old Hollywood Theater on
A less direct tie Live Wire has to another theater steeped in late vaudeville history is with the Rialto Theater in Deer Lodge, MT. That’s because in the early 80’s in the dark, sticky seats down front I copped my first feel. I’m sure more significant and historic events happened there since it opened in 1921, but the clumsy fumbling I achieved that night was sure a milestone for me.
My earliest movie-going experiences were at the
The Rialto was the cultural center of our little town and in recent years citizens rallied around it, raising money, maintaining, restoring, and improving the theater for generations to come. But tragically late last year it burned down. Compounding that tragic event was the subsequent (unrelated) death of one Jim Gilbert, this old-timer I knew in town who was instrumental in caring for the theater and bringing back a certain measure of its former glory. I can’t think of any other unfortunate event that has united the small town in shock and grief since…well…wars and such.
Maybe it’s because I make my living in theaters, but many of them, especially the old historic ones, seem like hallowed ground to me. There are in fact many churches in theaters and vice versa. I suppose there’s kind of a fine line between the two sometimes. Sure, that doesn’t stop pervy punks like I was from copping feels or sucking face down front, it just makes the worshipful element of the experience a bit more pagan. Understandably I’ve been able to appreciate these old theaters a little better lately. When we perform in the beautiful Aladdin I think of how lucky we are it still stands. Same goes for the
Now when I perform in the Aladdin or the
I’m thankful to be a part of Live Wire, a radio show that somehow brings people to the theater, in an age of cheesily apportioned multiplexes, cable movies on demand and Netflix.
(Incidentally, on the topic of theaters passing on, before the
And I’d like to thank that girl upon whom my feel was copped…a red head named Julie I think.
You can see pictures and stories about the Rialto and the fire at http://www.deerlodgerialto.com/index.htm.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
A night of almost completely true tales from five writers (Marc Acito, Chelsea Cain, Stacy Bolt, Courtenay Hameister and Scott Poole) and two musicians (Jim Brunberg and Willy Vlautin of Richmond Fontaine).
Last time these truth-tellers imparted stories of lost love, lost lives and lost lunches. I think the only way to go from there is up.
New additions to the group? Well, there's Mr. Scott Poole (author of Hiding from Salesmen), our favorite poet...pretty much ever. If you've never seen Scott before and you're not a fan of poetry, come to True Stories. See him read. You'll become a fan. He's David Sedaris meets e.e. cummings, but with proper capitalizations and punctuation. Not that you'd be able to hear those last two things.
And we're really excited about the addition this time of Willy Vlautin. Willy's always been known for great storytelling in his songs, but he's just published his first novel, The Motel Life, which will release in the U.S. in April. Just like Jim, Willy be both singing and telling stories.
Last time we played to a sold-out Mississippi Studios and it was a remarkable night, thanks largely to a highly receptive audience. But we can't have that if you don't get your tickets and go. See? It all depends on you. And I don't want to make you feel guilty, but I was hoping it would go really well, so...yeah. No pressure.
Info: True Stories II, Wednesday, January 31 at 7 p.m. at Mississippi Studios. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. You can get them here. Hope to see you there!