Month: February 2018 (page 1 of 11)

A New Vaudeville

Capricorn 29° (January 19) 103

 

Hello You

I hope all is going swimmingly in your world. Gutted that we didn’t get to see your show at [insert last performance here]; I can only imagine it was glorious. Did anybody film it? Anyway, I’d love some verbal if not visual highlights of that and of your life in total—when we can make a moment to chat.

I want to talk about your performing Afterglow again this year, if you’re up for a visit. We are settling into a new rhythm with our new Art House venue. Last year at this time we didn’t know our existing host was about to implode, but we didn’t scramble for long before Art House, which was my first choice of Afterglow venue all the many moons ago, welcomed us with open arms. They team there, which is fantastic, couldn’t have been more supportive and they credit us with bringing their favorite artists and shows to date. And you know, on season, that place is teaming with Pattis, Kristins, Audras & Christines.

The other thing I want to discuss is the newest branch of the non-profit biz. Last year we tried a summer event under the auspice of Glow at Oberon where we do Glowberon (which is finally getting a name change!). Well we’ve decided to activate Glow into a “moveable fest” if you will and we are reaching out to venues, in and around New England, to bottle what we bring to ART/Oberon and so on.

I know we talked about this sort of thing in the past: The non-profit acting as a producer and booker for select artists to create other homes and foster audiences in New England cities and towns, especially, where there are colleges and universities, leveraging our relationship with Harvard to create like collaborations. Related to this we are seeking touring grants from New England agencies like NEFA (that one being applicable only to New England based artists), still outreaching to venues we could also book any and all of our willing Afterglow artist alum.

Whether or not I get the grant for the New Englanders, I’m already mapping out venues which will include museums, clubs and organizations as well as theaters and boites. One more Excel program in progress. With Afterglow in its eighth year I feel like we are starting a new cycle after a nascent one has been completed. And now planning a fourth season at Harvard/ART, with our best press to date this past year, I feel we are in a good position to have some effective conversations with directors of various theater/spaces to whom I can make a strong introduction to our works and, moreover, the works of the great artists we’re so fortunate (and love) to champion.

More scope for Afterglow, more audience and moolah for artists, more exciting programming for venues. Everybody wins. I imagine creating a “circuit” all fueled non-profit, wherein performing artists can loop. I see many possibilities but, steady, not to get a head of myself….

 

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Dysmorphicism

Capricorn 27° (January 17)

 

I don’t want to turn into the older man in the comfortable shoes, you know, the one for whom wearing Rockports is no longer ironic. And for those of us too short to age like Anthony Bourdain, blessed with those skinny legs and all, becoming a Breatharian often seems to be the only route to not being some stubby sextagenarian. I joke. But even in my youth I would live on Hemingway’s words: hunger is good discipline. I skipped meals sometimes, breakfast certainly, and lunch every once in a while. I had never been overweight then, I remember, particularly, living in Paris in 1985, 1986, ordering just a pot of tea I’d drink with lemon. Of course, that’s when I wasn’t drinking all the beer and wine; but that never registered physically then either, except in a vague, teen-age puffiness.

But it’s more than just the avoidance of certain footwear. It’s also the way ones jeans fit. I do declare I must avoid jeans altogether unless they are altogether flattering. The truth is I haven’t exercised other than walking in a long time. That said, I walk many miles on the beach which can often be tough going, not a stroll in the park. And the times I’ve been able to swim have been glorious. If I lived in London, I would surely join a swim club. Those days at the Aldwych, I can’t tell you: they pulled on my heartfelt being so much. It is my most favorite pool in all the world. If I had sick money I would get a 15K pound membership just to go there every day. Which is just over 4 pounds a day. Just under six bucks a day. Six bucks a day to swim in a pool isn’t a lot if you go every day. It’s the price of a coffee or near enough. I would give up coffee to swim in that pool. Just one thing: I don’t live in London. But you know what Diana Vreeland said: The best part about London is Paris. There is sense in what I say if you look for it.

So what to do. Well, being well hydrated and slightly underweight is my secret manorexic goal. But I am one of those people who eats so well already, and barely; I never snack or eat dessert except maybe sharing in a restaurant; and I generally avoid restaurants except when traveling, manning the kitchen, my favorite household milieu, will fairly militant precision. Seriously, I am anal when it comes to food, which isn’t a pretty sentence, nomatter how you slice it. So let’s put it this way: I’m ridiculously organized, an expert at gard manger, I never waste even the tiniest sprig of thyme. I shop for exact ingredients, I make menus, I schedule prep times for chopping for a few meals ahead, I do a little at a time, all the time throughout the day—there is always something cooking in the kitchen—such that, when meal times arrive, I need do little else but assemble. It’s one of my greatest, I won’t say only, joys.

 

 

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Open Letter to An Arts Journalist

Capricorn 26° (January 16)

 

Open Letter to a Boston Arts and Entertainment Editor or Journalist

Picking up the thread. I’ll be in Boston on Monday if you can possibly meet up.

Otherwise I’m not back until March 19, also a Monday.

I will likely have other times in town. I just know these both for sure now.

The next show in the series is April 5, Joseph Keckler. and then Fauxnique (Monique Jenkinson) May 17.

The Lady Bunny shows (we added a second one) sold out. Funny how that is.

Taking nothing away from Bunny, as her show elevated her drag-act to performance level which was super interesting…

But Joseph and Monique for instance, whom Boston audiences haven’t heard of, are true Afterglow/Glow material…so interesting and innovative.

I thought it might interesting to highlight these lesser known artist in a piece to illustrate how Afterglow really is on cutting edge (hate that expression but you know what I mean)

They kind of get to the essence of what we’re all about.

Meanwhile artists we’ve produced at Afterglow as unknowns like Bridget Everett, Cole Escola, John Early, Drew Droege, Martha Graham Cracker are now all in movies, on The Tonight Show, have primetime television series or are playing Vegas LOL

I would venture to say that there are at least 30 artists we’ve produced in Ptown and Cambridge whom 99% of audiences first heard of via Glow world.

But the nature of our particular beast is that we have to keep bringing those emerging artists…..we can only occasionally bring back those who’ve already “made it” since they appeared with us.

So it’s all about trusting the CURATION of the best artists you’ve never heard of. And for audiences to show up and take our word for it. Given our track record they should…..

that type of thing……?

 

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People Get Ready

Capricorn 25° (January 15)

 

All I keep telling myself is that this will soon be over. Burping smoke. And I will be aligned in my day with enough time and space to make the proper, designated posts and observations. My one goal now is, by January 2019, to have shifted the base of the international consultancy to Paris so to align with our fashion clients whom, we know, have to be in that great city at least twice a year. Otherwise it’s Cape Cod and Boston, and the occasional New York City and Los Angeles. Done. So easy. A nice two bedroom in Paris where we can meet our clients and host the odd guest. A place to gift to friends, especially those, who have likewise gifted us over the years. A little bit of Parisian heaven but a great big chunk of living. So easy to get to Edinburgh and London and Zurich and Geneva and Marseille to visit friends. A chance to explore all of that beautiful country which has always been a spiritual home. An announcement to the world: Starsky + Cox have set up shop in Paris and Provincetown, splitting their time. What a glorious gift to myself. I dare say I can afford it now, in some form, even on what little bit I have put away. I have never been a materialist, much to my own chagrin at times. I traded that for freedom. But what good is freedom unless you take it.

I was meditating on the six of wands in the Tarot which begs the question: Am I prepared for the responsibility this public success and exposure implies? I have to say I think I am. If not a bit over ready. In my mind I know I am, but, okay Tarot, I get it: am I ready in spirit. Am I equal to my dreams? Is that what you’re asking me? Fuck you. Who are you to ask me anything, Tarot? It is me that does the asking. You got that? But you’re right.

Feeling this distinct difference between my mind, which races ahead, creating a disconnect, and my spirit which instead begs for nurture and doesn’t want to go anywhere it till it gets it, I demur…demurr?…it’s not demure. Anyway, I beg off non-chalantly, embracing my confidence issues. But this is part of getting confidence back. This is part of the reclamation. I know there is no such thing as catching up in life, just like there is no such thing as getting behind; but I am apparently engaged in both dynamics simultaneously, such that it is enough to make any Mage’s head spin.

 

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More Double Duty For The Venues

Capricorn 24° (January 14) 98

 

Dear So and So

Hello I’m Quinn Cox.

I’m founder, with John Cameron Mitchell, and director of the not-for-profit Afterglow Festival in Provincetown, which takes stage each September. Entering its eighth year, Afterglow’s mission has been to preserve and champion Provincetown’s birthright as the birth place of modern American theater. Something of a spiritual “Save Provincetown” campaign in the face of gross gentrification, it is our aim not only reclaim important stage space for experimenting, evolving and emerging artists, innovative talents changing the face of theater and performance as we know it, but to help develop and proliferate important new works and acts being premiered or progressed in Provincetown.

Playing host to artists around the country and abroad, Afterglow has strengthened Provincetown’s exsiting spiritual bonds with both the Greenwich Village, NYC and Cambridge, MA theater and performance communities via partnerships, repectively, with Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater and the Oberon stage at the American Repertory Theater.

In it’s third season, Afterglow’s critically acclaimed collaborative Glowberon series with the American Repertory Theater, brings artists and their works, primarily originated at Afterglow, to the Oberon stage, from September to May. Glowberon has energized subscribers to A.R.T. and audiences from all around the Boston metropolitan region and garnered great praise from the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and PBS-WGBH’s Open Studio, to name a few. We also staged a small Glow Festival at Oberon in summer, 2017.

Our non-profit enterprise is now in a place where I am reaching out to other select theaters and arts arenas in and around New England that might likewise be interested in collaborating with Afterglow to produce and present our various artists, whether as a series or as a loose collection of solo-act performances over the course of the year or during certain seasons. As we present many emerging artists, many of whom have gone on to great success and wider even more mainstream notoriety—Bridget Everett, Justin Vivian Bond, John Early, Taylor Mac, Our Lady J, Drew Droege to name several—it is Afterglow/Glow’s curation that New England audiences have come to trust as we carefully nurture our press profile, audience build efforts, promotion and social media.

Our goal in partnering with like-minded venues throughout the region is at leas three-fold: To provide the surpassingly talented artists, working in various forms all under the heading of performance a wider platform to reach audiences in places they otherwise wouldn’t reach; to provide the increasingly savvy and eager audiences in these key places the kind of surpassingly entertaining and transformative perfomances these artists deliver; and to establish new spiritual homes for these artists with willing venues who might thrill to present works by artists and acts on the edge of stage craft, theater and performance in these various forms.

 

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Double Duty: Sponsor Letter

Capricorn 23° (January 13)

 

Sometimes when I have a lot of writing to do I like to double duty (especially as I’m playing catch-up after a long drama-if-not-trauma induced hiatus). Here is a letter I’m drafting for returning Sponsors to my Afterglow Fest.

To Whom It May Concern

With just a few weeks of winter to go, I hope this finds you happy and optimistic. It’s been a time of daily societal drama, yet I can’t help feeling that some righteous good is being galvanized in the process, and sometime ringer, we’re being put through. So we persevere and pursue the realization of our own good intentions as best we can.

Careful not to itemize all we’ve done under the Afterglow aegis, I want to keep this letter short and just spotlight a few things. We are now entering our eighth year of festival. Last spring we very unexpectedly lost our venue of the previous five years which sent us scrambling rather late in the season. A blessing in disguise: as our original first choice, the Art House in Provincetown, with its two stages, cleared their schedule for Afterglow week, welcoming us, and we enjoyed our best attended shows ever in our history. We return to the Art House, September 20-16, 2018.

The third year of our collaborative series with the American Repertory Theater at their Oberon stage in Cambridge (for which, thankfully, we needn’t fundraise) has gained ever more steam. We credit the uptick in our Provincetown, audiences, actually, with the increased press and promotion and awareness generated by this partnership, as many festival goers this year were Boston and Cambridge folk. Our collaboration with A.R.T. is modeled on our pre-existing relationship with Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York City where Afterglow has produced both solo works and promotional variety shows.

We staged the first mini Glow festival, too, at Oberon in Summer 2017 which scored us high-profile features in the Boston Globe and coveted coverage on the PBS/WGBH program Open Studio, which mainly and happily focused on our mission and the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown, which is at its core. Moving forward, Glow will become “a moveable fest”, funded (fingers crossed) by state and city grants, allowing us to move and develop work, originated at Afterglow, throughout the region.

That’s enough news. Now, the reasoning for this letter coming to you earlier than typical in the new year: The highly function Art House venue works further in advance than our previous host and, as things go, is a pricier enterprise for us, overall, but so worth it. Though we landed safely and softly into the arms of the Art House, being left scrambling last spring hit home the fact that we need to begin our planning earlier each year. That and the fact that too many would-be sponsors have told us that, by the time we approach them, they are tapped out from other commitments.

So, here I come to you with my not-so-metaphorical begging bowl a tad earlier in 2018 to solicit support this year. We realize that our supporters might still prefer to cut actual checks closer to festival and that is still absolutely a-okay with Afterglow; what we are simply asking for now is a pledge to do so for x-amount so that we can better put our cart behind the horse in planning the programming and to pay for all that is entailed in staging the Afterglow Festival, which you’ve helped build into a formidable and important name in the non-profit arts world.

I will save my rant about how Afterglow honors Provincetown’s birthright as the birthplace of modern American theater, being a spritual “Save Provincetown” compaign, of sorts; or how we have preserved sacred stage space (now considered another form of valuable real estate here) for the pure creation and expression by the most influential and progressive performing artists on the planet today, whom you first saw or heard of at Afterglow (though many have moved on to wider exposure and success); or how we culturally and commercially enrich our community; or why, with Provincetown becoming the most sought-after, gentrified and increasingly exclusive place to live or visit, the preservation of Provincetown’s priceless theatrical and performance heritage can only be achieved by such a non-profit endeavor. Or will I?

Enough soapboxing. Please let us know if we can count on your support again this year and, if so, at what level you’d like to participate. With that knowledge we will be empowered to plan and pay all necessary deposits and so forth to pave the way for The Eight Annual Afterglow Festival. I like numbers as you might know; and I really thought of year seven as the completion of a cycle, the naissance and early childhood of our enterprise. Eight, the shape of which is called the lemniscate (a symbol of Infinity), does inspire provide a sense of solid footing and something of a forever feeling. We have made great inroads thus far and I can feel that proverbial wind beneath the wings of this non-profit enterprise in many ways. I believe we have together created something crucial and enduring. Touch wood.

Sincerely yours,

 

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Cemetary of Disappointments

Capricorn 22° (January 12)

 

I’m thinking around this time that I want to start sliding into home. I know I’m working hard but am overwhelmed, as evidenced by a need to go the Cook Shop for some kind of adventure. If all I had to do all day was write it might be fun. I am actually longing for that kind of time ahead. I don’t mind it being another year away to be honest.

It’s been so good to feel that my pasts regret are buried deep in the cemetary of get over yourself. Life really is so much simpler than we make it. And it’s more beautiful. And we have to be flexible and spread things out for sure. I have make an effort to be more than abstemious when it comes to all forms of self indulgence.

 At this point I’m still processing the trip which really just happened. I have to say I really loved Miami and would totally take myself there next time someone wants some time away from me. It could be quite the blast me thinks. But I generally want more of that. I need to begin to visualize it happening and to create my own little transporter room at the top of the stairs. I need to feel more relaxed (and get my bood pressure down) and to dream and scheme and roll around the attic of my brain. I need to be fearless.

I have been a so-called orphan now for over twelve years nearly and let’s face it, abandoned long ago on that score, most poignantly with the onset of mother’s memory loss. But the panic attacks are gone for the most part; they which once killed me beginning to decades ago. I can still go there but I am not gripped with fear and dread with a bright orange glare in the backs of my eyes. For one writing is a form of relasaction now as opposed to a process of endless siezing up.

And I’m coming up on having a lot to say. About a great many things. At the same time I am well aware of where I can sleep into the kind of mania that could turn my office into a bit of production design for A Beautiful Mind.

 

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Festival Phobia

Capricorn 21° (January 11)

 

I think the uptick in my spirit has come about from the sense of remembering that no matter what happens, everything will be alright. This applies to many areas of my life and work right now but, just as a for instance, it can be so daunting to crank up the fundraising machinery to ask people for moolah for causes. But fuck it. People will either give or they won’t, whether they be strangers or bestest of friends. Either way I’m not going to chase them in the least but just keep moving through, moving through. Honestly, sometimes the friends are more elusive—fundraising is so not personal. I need to ask for money and people can say No, no problem. What is frustrating is when friends don’t write back to my pleas at all because then the friendship can get twingey and I hate that.

One thing I would want to tell the possible money friends is that we are doing the “movable” fest thing, activating Glow to present artists other places around New England, mostly focusing on museums and colleges as venues, punching the academic aspects of things. I feel that I might tap into Bard world and see what talent lurks.

I also want to say that, this time last year would prove to be challenging. Just as we were putting together the roster of artists, our Provincetown venue of the last five years unexpectedly ended that relationship and we faced the yearly succession of deadlines involved in mounting Afterglow in Provincetown when the very few venues in total have already planned and also booked their own season of performance programming. As if by some divine grace, the director of our original first choice for a venue, the Art House in Provincetown, decided to shorten its summer season by one week to accommodate us, and we were still good to go. However, this new partnership required more funds to be collected much faster in the planning process and it punctuated the point, which we already knew that we need to start our fundraising season sooner. At least we needed to solicit pledges from would-be sponsors sooner than usual. Many potential sponsors have told us, in recent years, that they commit their money earlier that we were asking for it.

It can also be daunting approaching artists. The landscape has changed quite a bit since we first began bringing performing artists to Provincetown, for instance. So many of our artists have gone on to bigger and greater things. But the fact is that most of the Provincetown, if not the New England population (not to mention international travelers to Provincetown), first heard the names of many artists who are becoming well known, because of our work in festival. Names like Bridget Everett, Taylor Mac, Penny Arcade, Justin Vivian Bond, Martha Graham Cracker, Drew Droege, John Early, Erin Markey…and the list goes on and on.

 

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Ongoing Outcome

Capricorn 20° (January 10)

 

I fell off the axis again, ever so slightly. Then again, grr, I never take a break. I’m so all or nothing as they say. And I was keeping up such a ridiculous schedule and so forth that I had to basically take to my bed for a week, just doing the minimum, to get through unavoidable commitments and deadlines. As I write this I realize that I’m even hard on myself when I’m pampering myself…no that’s not right, it wasn’t pampering…i mean to instead say: when indulging my exhaustion and not pushing myself…yes, that’s better. 

If anything this tired old boy has got to figure out to not work so hard. Being, for the large part, in the helping-other people biz, I’m used to the giving nature of my enterprise which isn’t, purely “scaleable” as the more type-A kids say. And on top of that I do wear a great many hats. I look very much forward to the day when “all things come together” which I think might be the ongoing outcome of living that life of unfolding I’ve been talking about these last several years. I am sure I’m not the only one to come upon that visualization, but it is a good one. For me, abundance needs to be included in the blooming process. See what I did there?

Anyway today that is what I was visualizing as I pulled my daily Tarot card and of course I got the Ace of Cups, which, visually, take on an overflowing, spilling pattern which is exactly like that which I was tracing with my arms as I pulled the card. All aces are about new beginnings and this one especially points to a promising time. It’s about being filled with spirit and signals fortune which must be met with an attitude of gratitutde. I’ll take all of it!

 

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Moose

Capricorn 19° (January 9)

 

Why do I so often come up bits of writing that I remember getting down on paper with the intention of making it so clear to myself only to stare at the paper blankly usually totally unclear as to what it is I wanted to say to myself. Case in point I come up something that I think is championing the notion that we could both be “writer-speakers”, me on my Blague trip and she on her Baroness trip and quite easily do some storytelling.

The “branding of the Blague” if you will is predicated on the notion that things often do seem to sparkle with some kind of stardust that is sprinked on experience, if not punctuating it, and in the extreme causing some major synchronicities. Like the other night for the first time ever in my life I called Stella “Moose” as a pretend would-be nickname (just taking the piss and trying to tease and make her laugh). Then I turned on TCM which was showing “Pillow Talk” in hopes it would make us sleepy. We both closed our eyes while on low volume Rock Hudson was pretending to Tony Randall that the woman he was with was also some kind of beast (she wasn’t, she was Doris Day whom he fancied) and he called her a Moose. We were both like WHAT?

 Anyway I was talking about taking stock of existing monologues and see if we couldn’t Sedaris this shit.

 

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