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The Great Schlep

Political activism, as only Sarah Silverman can do it (Explicit content: not for children*):

The Great Schlep from The Great Schlep on Vimeo.

* Or… Continue

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 29, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

nOn pOlitical pOst

a lOt of my blOg pOsts Of late have had pOlitical cOntent, sO i decided that in this pOst, i wOuld nOt Overtly state my pOsitiOn in the upcOming presidential electiOn.

aren't yOu prOud Of me? hOw did i dO?

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 28, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

24-Hour Protection

I'm spending a fortune on mouthwash these days.

...Because every bottle says, "Do not use if printed band around cap is broken or missing," and every time I open a new bottle, the band breaks or falls off....

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 26, 2008 at 7:09pm — 2 Comments

Working with other artists

Someone recently left me a comment saying something along the lines of, " what a joy you must have working with such great people."


...And no.

On the one hand, theatre and dance are collaborative art forms; if someone's not willing to collaborate with other artists, s/he should be a sculptor or a painter. My best lighting is almost always done in situations in which I'm working with great collaborators, and many of those performers, directors, and… Continue

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 25, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Dear Mr. President....

In the final episode of The West Wing, Abby Bartlet, the outgoing First Lady, says to her husband, "You did a lot of good."

Mr. President, in the coming months, I'm sure that many people will say similar things to you.

These people will be wrong.

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 24, 2008 at 4:32pm — 2 Comments

Michelle Pingel named Players' Managing Director

In case you didn't read Jay Handelman's article in this morning's SHT:

Players Theatre lays off executive director it hired in March

By Jay Handelman

The Players Theatre in Sarasota searched for more than a year before hiring Darlene Sparks as executive director.

But Sparks fell victim to a tightening economy. Her position was eliminated and she was laid off late last week from the community…

Added by Cliff Roles on September 24, 2008 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Do as I say, not as I do

I received this communication today:

Dear Valued Comcast Customer,

In the past, you have asked Comcast not to communicate with you via email regarding offers and promotions. We respect your privacy, and will only send you essential emails related to your current Comcast Services.

I received it guessed

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 23, 2008 at 7:45am — 1 Comment

What are you reading, Doug Knowlton?

To Walt Whitman, America by Kenneth M. Price. The University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

I come back to Walt Whitman,

What in the hell happened to him,

Wasn’t he a white man?

--June Jordan (1)

Here is something rare these days, like spats or an Edsel: a review of a book about a poet in a popular press publication. No worries though, this is not primarily about poetry but rather the arts, culture and social change in… Continue

Added by Rick Hughes on September 22, 2008 at 3:56pm — No Comments

The Next President

I feel sorry for the next president, who will undoubtedly be blamed for the economy's continuing to plummet, much like Hoover was blamed for the disastrous economic policies of Harding and Coolidge (that "whoosh" you just heard was the reference's going over the heads of those whose idea of "history" is, "who won last week's American Idol).

This is why a knowledge of history is important; if the Republicans hadn't been so eager to dismantle the regulatory safeguards that were… Continue

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 22, 2008 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Another Photo

Another non-production (there must be a better term) photo:

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 22, 2008 at 9:47am — No Comments

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds....

  • The Bush administration allowed Lehman Brothers to go bankrupt but the following week bailed out AIG.
  • Sarah Palin was enthusiastically for the "bridge to nowhere" until it became unpopular, at which time she decided to oppose it -- but she kept the money anyway.
  • Last week, John McCain opposed regulating Wall Street; this week he's in favor of it.

Remember when Republicans thought that "flip-flopping" was a bad thing? They've certainly flip-flopped…


Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 20, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

P.S.: Please send $$$

Dear President Bush:

I've made some very bad decisions and now I have no money. Please send my bailout check to:

Jeffrey E. Salzberg
1234 Main Street
Anytown, FL 01234

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 19, 2008 at 8:26am — 1 Comment

Set List

Set List

A nightengale Sang in Barkley Square

A tisket a tasket Ella Fitzgerald

All that jazz Ella Fitzgerald

At Last Ella Fitzgerald

Autumn Leaves Eva Cassidy

Beseme mucho Diana Krall

Boots Nancy Sinatra

Boy From Ipamema

Breaking up is hard to do Reeny Olstead

Can't take that away from me Billy Holliday

Come away with me Nora Jones

Crazy Patsy Cline

Cry me a river Ella Fitzgerald

Don’t know why Nora… Continue

Added by Sarah Combs on September 18, 2008 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Starving Artist? Damien Hirst ART Auction Fetches Record $200 Million

Well, not all artists are starving, eh? Check this out:

Added by Rick Hughes on September 17, 2008 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Just remember....

Jesus Christ was a community organizer....

Pilate was a governor.

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 17, 2008 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Gre Poulos Hazardous Angels at the Five O'clock Club this Friday Sept. 19th at 10pm

Friday September 19th GREG POULOS



Come see Greg and The Hazardous Angels joined by very special guests DANGEROUS DAN TOLER on guitar and MIKE KACH of Dickey Betts and Great Southern on keyboards and vocals. The smokin' rhythm section will be Dave Reinhardt on drums, and Rob McDowell on bass. Some of you know that Greg, Dan, and Mike have a long history together, so this will be a reunion of sorts. Come on out and hear some… Continue

Added by Caroline on September 17, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

A Week at Sarsota's Hermitage...or summer camp?

A Week at Sarsota's Hermitage...or summer camp?

A few weeks ago, I was privileged to be one of eight decorative artists from around the country invited to spend a week at the Hermitage on Manasota Key. The Hermitage is an artist retreat, which was originally started by the Sarasota Arts Council and is now self sustaining, from what I understand. You can read all about it on their website.

For our 'retreat', eight decorative artists… Continue

Added by Skip Dyrda on September 14, 2008 at 8:44pm — No Comments

Candidates and the Arts

In a recent post, I mentioned that I had no information about John McCain's position on the arts. I still don't, but today's NY Times has some interesting -- and disturbing -- information about his running mate, Sarah Palin:

The mayor quickly fired the town’s museum director, John Cooper. Later, she sent an aide to the museum to talk to the three remaining employees. “He told us… Continue

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 14, 2008 at 6:45am — 2 Comments

Nice to know that everything's working as it should


I came across a book called Events of This Day, which features columns that were printed in the Montpelier Evening Argus in 1933/34. One of the entries for July 1st was:

"Thirty years ago, the fire alarm was sounded for the first time. Everything worked perfectly, including the fire. The building burned down."

I really would have liked to meet that author.

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 13, 2008 at 1:04pm — No Comments

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