Wednesday, August 20, 2008

CUTE!!! - August 6, 2008

On Monday I took some vacation time and made my way over to the Lincoln Park Zoo. I’d never been there before and was skeptical of how an entire zoo could be built in the middle of a place like Lincoln Park. I have mixed feelings about the zoo—on the one hand, zoos educate people, nurse sick animals back to health, and expose people to wonderful creatures they’d otherwise never see, on the other hand the animals all sort of look like they’re going crazy—pacing and chewing off their fur. But I saw the cutest thing when I was there. At the polar bear exhibit two bears straight out of a Coca-Cola commercial were swimming loops around their pool. The larger of the two liked to swim by, inches from the glass and eye the crowd. Then one little girl—Emily—freckled and pig-tailed stood in front of the aquarium and put her hand on the glass. The big polar bear swam right up to her, cocked his head, and on the other side of the glass he put his paw against hers.

I know that polar bears are vicious creatures, far more dangerous than their grizzly cousins. Maybe that bear thought Emily looked like a baby seal—easy pickings, but for that moment it was enough to imagine the bear looking out at the crowd and finding the one person willing to reach out to him. It was the cutest thing I’d ever seen.

Also filed under cute would be Rec Room’s August 6th fundraiser show, CUTE!!! Oh how we reveled in the cuteness—power points of dogs in boxer shorts, slideshows of a Korean toddler singing the Beatles. We played a match ‘em up game with baby pictures and listened to poetry, stories of childhood and short stories. in miniature sang about China, and somewhere, someone won some precious moment statues at our raffle.

Thank you to everyone who performed and to all you who came to see the show. It was a blast, and it was cute as hell!

Rec Room Moves to Monthly Format

Hey everyone-

I just wanted to remind you that we have moved to a monthly format, rather than bi-weekly. Rec Room shows will now be the first Wednesday of every month. Our next show is September 3 at 8:00 p.m. at Black Rock. See you there!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Erotics for Weirdos: The Aesthetics of the Everyday in the Erotic Imagination

(a letter to Olivia)

Olivia- I am so, so sorry, but we lost the pictures from this show. There was a slight tragedy involving a lost memory card from the camera. It's unfair, really, because so many of rec room's old friends were back; it was like a family reunion!

The show was a lot fun, too, and again I apologize not having pictures to document it all. But we heard work ranging from stories about hair monsters, to John Donne recitations, to crooning, to visits to the eye doctor. The stories, poems and performances of the evening were varied in the way they explored the theme, and that's what we like about rec room. Throw a theme out there and just watch what everyone does with it. You would have never predicted magnifying glasses and flowers in the hair, but it makes so much sense when it happens.

Thank you for the show, Olivia. It was wonderful to have you back. Please don't be a stranger!