Rant by Chuck Palahniuk
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Rant by Chuck Palahniuk
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Today a theater group that I work with put on a free preview presentation of a production opening this weekend. After the preview, which the audience received very well, the audience was offered the option of buying "Pay What You Can" tickets for a full presentation of the show.
As a theater administrator and actor, let me tell you what I believe Pay What You Can is supposed to be. I believe that you are to pay what you can, or what you feel the show is valued at. This is generally between $5 and $20. Now, Pay What You Can is meant to make the arts accessible. It is understood that people are living with different means so people will pay a huge variant based on the income they have to give.
In the instance of what I experienced today, audience members opted to pay $1 per ticket. After enjoying the preview, being engaged in a talk-back, and hurling accolades, they opted to pay $1 to see the full performance. Sure, there where people who could probably only afford $1. But there were others, who at the opportunity to name their own price, they chose the lowest possible. People who requested change from a $10 bill, so they could pay $2 for two tickets. People who pulled a single dollar bill out of their purse packed with bills.
For some reason the live arts are not seen with the same value as commercial entertainment. This play is very influential when it comes to the history of Black literature and the Black experience, yet the same people who I would bet money would shell out $17 for a Tyler Perry ticket, opted to pay $1 instead of really supporting their local Black actors and creators doing something truly positive on stage... and during Black History Month!
As a worker in the non-profit arts it is always thrown around that a struggle is that people don't have money to pay to support the arts and buy tickets. THIS IS A LIE. The truth is people don't VALUE the live arts the same way they value commercial entertainment. They will easily pay $100 for a concert ticket, but scoff at the idea of paying $25 to go into a theater. I don't feel like money spent on the arts is "disposable income," I feel like it is making an investment into the culture or the world, and the stories of the past, and an influence on the future.
Stage actors work HARD, and so do the directors, and lighting and sound designers. They don't have the glitz and glamour of your favorite TV show, but they work just as hard, and should be valued as such.
This makes me angry. It makes me sad. It makes me ashamed. Most of all, and probably most important, it makes me really want to do all I can to support the art that I feel has value, and the things I feel have value even outside of the arts.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Time to pick back up on the ABCs of Fall/Winter Series!
O is for Oatmeal - I am an oatmeal fiend. I LOVE oatmeal. I can eat it for breakfast, lunch or a snack. Now, I don't subscribe to the myth that oatmeal "sticks with you" and keeps you full longer. I don't think it does lol. But, I find it to be a great healthy, tasty, eating option. I stick with maple and brown sugar.
Does anyone remember when we were younger, Quaker used to make oatmeal and you got a little pouch that you could squeeze on top? For the strawberries and cream there was a packet of like strawberry sauce, and with the maple and brown sugar there was a packet of like maple sauce. I'm sure they stopped doing that cause the packets were likely chocked full of sugar, but they were goooood lol. Does anyone remember those?
P is for Punxsutawney Phil - This year the good ole groundhog saw his shadow and predicted 6 more weeks of winter, which is usually a drag, but with the way winter has been going here on the East Coast, it almost doesn't matter. We've had 1.5 snow "storms" that accumulated less than an inch, and the rest has been 40-50 degree days. I'm not complaining, but we're definitely seeing some really strange weather patterns for the end of February. Global Warming anyone?
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I read a lot of blogs. My google reader can easily get to 300+ unread items if I neglect it for a day. Outside of blogs I also come across interesting,funny, cool things on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter. Sometimes I'll come across something that I want to keep to read more thoroughly later, or save an image that might be good to use in a future blog post of my own. How do I organize my online life in a way that puts things aside for me to easily return to them later? Enter... Clipix.
clipix is a free online tool that lets you bookmark and "clip" things to various "clipboards" for your perusal at a later date. You can have public boards to share with others, or have private boards of things like blog topics or shopping wish lists. For example, here is a screenshot of my recipes clipboard:
Although I haven't tried it yet, I think another awesome way to use Clipix, as you see in the video below, would be setting up a board to compare product prices for something you're trying to buy. It would make things a lot easier than having 15 Google Chrome windows up lol. That way you'd have an easy one glance at where and how much the item is at different places.
Clipix does have an iPhone app where you can "clip" photos you take from your phone, and you can link it to your Facebook or Twitter for easy sharing. Check out their promo video below:
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
- Drink water
- Eat vegetables and fruits
- Get the recommended amount of fiber and other vitamins
- Limit intake of sugars and red meat
- Limit the intake of highly processed foods
Sunday, February 12, 2012
If you are sleeping in the winter without flannel sheets on your bed... you're doing it wrong.
The hubby has wanted flannel sheets for as long as I can remember. I never understood what the hype about them was, they were just sheets right? So this year for Valentine's day I got him a flannel sheet set.... Let me tell you, the warmth and softness of these sheets is AMAZING. It's already hard to get out of bed in the morning, but the added warmth and comfort from these sheets and pillow cases makes it doubly as hard! Flannel sheets are the way to go.
If you have a smart phone, and you watch TV, and you don't have the Viggle app... you're doing it wrong.
I wrote about Viggle before. I just need to update and add that with very little effort I got enough points for my first reward, a $10 iTunes gift card. All I did was watch TV and "check in" to the shows I watched. "Watch TV, Get Rewards" is their motto, and it couldn't be any more clear. The next thing I'm racking up points for is a $10 Sephora gift card :-)
Saturday, February 11, 2012
This actually made sense when I thought about it. When I have plenty of time, I'm probably not doing much in life outside my normal routine, so there is nothing new to inspire topics. When I'm super busy that means I'm doing things, going places, and seeing people that I don't normally see, which is more likely to spark a blog idea. To have new blog content it's best to experience new things.
Happy Saturday. Go out and do something blog worthy ;-)
Friday, February 10, 2012
I kid you not, I am in awe at her cuteness sometimes lol.
HAPPY FRIDAY! :-D
P.S. -this is the first YouTube video I've ever uploaded, and I uploaded it right from my iPhone to YouTube. Technology never ceases to amaze me.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
EXHIBIT A: The Song Heard 'Round The World
I don't think there was a woman in American who didn't swoon a bit at President Obama laying down some Al Green.
EXHIBIT B+C: First Lady Michelle Obama on Ellen
Her ease and candidness when being interview, her dancing along with Ellen, and not to mention an impromptu push-up contest...I love it.
EXHIBIT D: A Slide-show of President Obama First-bumping all over the place (click the image to get to the slide show)
Charisma and coolness don't make someone an effective leader of the country, but in this case, President Obama's accessibility is the icing on top of what I think is a good president cake.