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Entries from November 2011

UnConvention 2002

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

In 2002, the nice people at the Fortean Times invited me to give a couple of talks at their annual UnConvention.  I gave one on John Keel and the Mothman, tying in with the film that was just released; and the other on the scientific method.  At Keel’s request, I introduced a talking frog puppet […]

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The Regard Evening

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments

In 2003, The Signature Theatre presented a series of three productions by Bill Irwin; I wrote the music for two of them.  The Regard Evening was the second.  The first half was a shortened version of our old show, The Regard of Flight; the second a sequel, showing the characters twenty years later.  We were […]

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The Harlequin Studies

November 30th, 2011 · 2 Comments

In 2003, the Signature Theatre in NYC presented a series of three productions by Bill Irwin; I wrote the music for two of them.  The Harlequin Studies was the first.  I called on two fine musicians to join me: David Gold on violin and viola, and Sean McMorris on drums.  The score included short cues […]

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Out in Cowboy Country

November 24th, 2011 · 1 Comment

I drew this originally as a slide show, then made a comics version.  I kept the graphic balloons translated by subtitles, however, since that was so much a part of it.  Our cowboy does see some cows, but they head out, so he stops for lunch.  His horse is stolen, so he serenades his sweetheart […]

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Not Funny: Crossing Over

November 16th, 2011 · No Comments

Performa 11 organized a “Visual Art Performance Biennial” in November 2011.  It included a a film series devoted to comedy, curated by Lana Wilson, and screened at Anthology Film Archives, in NYC.  The program for November 14 included a number of videos and performances I did with Michael Smith, and one of my ventriloquism routines […]

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Away We Go!

November 12th, 2011 · No Comments

    Before he wrote the musical Rent, Jonathan Larson collaborated with another songwriter, Bob Golden, on Away We Go!, a children’s video about transportation.  I had met Jonathan through New York Theater Workshop, and he called on me to operate the newt puppet that you see here.  I also had a cameo as a […]

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November 9th, 2011 · No Comments

A little cartoon of mine appeared over the letters column, in the 13th issue of Weirdo — founded by Robert Crumb, and edited at that time by Peter Bagge.  (I didn’t letter the logo; I just left it in for context.)

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November 3rd, 2011 · 2 Comments

A trip to Paris in 1993.

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Eddie Unchained

November 3rd, 2011 · 3 Comments

“Eddie Unchained” was the most elaborate appearance I ever devised for my dummy, Eddie Gray.  He was the star of this musical, supported by me, my other dummy Lloyd, the fine actress Ivy Austin (replacing Alice Playten on short notice), and a fine string quartet (Robert Zubrycki, Cenovia Cummins, Carol Benner, and Benjamin Whittenburg).  I […]

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