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Libra 17° (October 10)

 

People forget, though they do not need reminding, that I am an actual wizard. I have clairvoyant powers of prediction and have been known to affect the weather, specifically bringing on storm clouds. I have also experienced what can only be described as shapeshifting—pin in a big story on that subject—yet my ability to astral project is wonky, mainly due, I think, to allergies, a certain nocturnal asthma, that prevents me from restful sleep. So I might just move to Salem and become a stand-up metaphysician. My comic heroes are the ascended masters and Joseph Campbell and St. Germain and other sages and time-traveling alchemists. Rasputin was a scream. Aleister Crowly? He killed. These are my brand of funny men.

There are 12 rays now apparently in the Ascended Masters theosophy. That kind of makes sense in terms of astrology. I should trace my roots through the theosophical society. I should have a large shock of white hair and fit into tiny grey flannel suits.

If would have an apartment in Boston, an apartment in Paris, a house on Outer Cape Cod and a house in Maine, the Maine house and Paris apartment could be rented. I would write a show that answers the question how did you meet and come to do what you do.

Really it is about being within the construct of Time while coming to understand that all is one big “simultaneaity” happening in a cosmic instant which is exactly why it is that Quinn gets increasingly psychic and Stella, likewise, to borrow from the Baroness, “can see the future” in her own way. The trick is to just start picking stories from our individual and shared lives and plug them into a timeline until we find a string of stories that work as a show. Cosmic.

Quinn is….Stella is….maybe Emily and Alejandro could play us.

So we are closing in on that newsletter notes on which will be the fodder for this Blague for the next few days. I need to build the momentum and get my words and pictures together and start putting together packages for Corporations. Also putting together a single web page for the new glowfest.org. I do need to address, via Open Letter to Former Afterglow Artist Who Might be Too big for us, that there are ways they can help us. I also need to put together an Open Letter to Would-be Sponsors who never heard of us. And once this newsletter period is over. And I am writing the book intros and the holiday show, simultaneously, my Blagues will be excerpts from past good Blagues with new thoughts surrounding them in a Back and Forth series.

So I have these stones, themed paperweights under which I put bits of paper on this or that subject, mainly creative projects. I may have shown you pictures of them in the past.

I collect them from the beach where I haven’t been able to bring myself since the death of that young man from a shark bite, the second one this season, though only this one fatal. I know I need to get out and enjoy our beach but I’ve been really spooked to be honest. This time last year we were beachcombing for bits and bobs from which we made these amazing costumes which weren’t celebrated enough for my taste lol. Who knew dystopia could be so much fun; although it always brings my mood down to run into a certain person from NYC who ended up being there as part of the band’s entourage. Of all the curmudgeons in all the cities to run into. And Chris Klein was kind of a dickhead. Debby was her usual lovely self. She doesn’t remember crushing on me at Todd’s birthday, when I danced and danced with Parker P. But so what. Not everyone can get me. Famous people have it easy. People flock to them and they can pick and choose and sort of wade through. Mayber Parker and JCM should play Stella and me in the TV version of our life. Could be cool. Or JCM and Cynthia Nixon if she returns to the world of entertainment. I think she was saved from something by losing the primary to Cuomo to be honest.

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All That Glitters

Libra 16° (October 9)

 

I am spending exactly nine minutes writing this today. I feel as if my time has been hijacked but I also must concede that that would be up to me to allow to happen. I have to do things in units of time today in order to stay on track. That much I know. Enough good is happening in my personal life that I must find my gratitutde within all of it. The idea of the tour planning (grant) and setting up a neo vaudeville circuit have do not in the end dovetail. It would be too easy to say that people wasted my time. But people wasted my time. My allowing them to do it any further would be my own damned fault.

Anyway, I am in a take-no-prisoners position. We have to now present this new piece in 2019. I will get all the information in that I need to make this reality happen. And I will make major bank on this. I just realized something: If we could be paid as part of the artistic team we could move forward with this botched project. I cannot believe I have had to spend so much time deconstructing grant projects that other people were meant to be managing. Either way, this leg of that journey is coming to a natural end. And my raging cough continues—I can’t sleep at night because all I do is wheeze when I lie down. I probably have pneumonia or something. Or well, I rather be killed by a Dickensian disease than by Mesothelioma or some modern-day malady.

They just put out a report that things are going to go to shit envronmentally in the next fifteen to twenty years give or take. That the ice capes will have severly melted causing the waters to rise signficantly. And It suddenly dawned on me why the Republican (Reptiles) might not care about climate change. They want a series of natural disasters they can blame. And then get the contracts for cleaning things up. Just like Cheney did rebuilding Iraq or Guiliani did post 911 (oh really, is it too soon?) That’s why Puerto Rico was allowed to happen the way it did. But seriously, think about it. Who risks suffering more than coastal elites. When will Replicand so anything about climate change. After I they let climate change happen just enough so that the waters rise and all the coastal elites are eliminated.

 

All I’m asking for is a little bit of a break–that’s all. It’s not like I even know how to squander anything. I would like a break because I feel that I would do right by it; and by doint right by it I would make myself proud; I would thereby make other people money as well. If I had loving family with a ton of extra cash, don’t you think I would love it if they would let me have some of it? Would I feel bad? No I’d want to make them proud along with myself. I do feel as if I wish as if I feel as I wish someone would invest in me. I wish someone with means would understand what a goldmine my brain can be; how deep a treasure my creativity is. I’m the smartest, most creative person I know really. I’m not the most prolific, nor am I the most naturally gifted. But I do spend far too much time in survival mode—not in a scary way—but it’s just that I never frontloaded making money in my experience. I always derived joy from doing and from experiences over things, let alone any kind of luxury. And, as that story goes, I feel I have at times experienced untold luxury, on many levels, that term applying (at least to me) to many other things besides material, aptly named stuff. It’s stuff. It gets in the way. I know more unhappy rich people than happy ones I can tell you that right now.

 

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Turn and Cough

Libra 15° (October 8)

There is something very satisfying about getting caught up, after the fall out of summer and as the new series at Oberon kicks off this week, which I’m really looking forward to. We have Tori Scott on Thursday and I’ve replaced the errant Illustrious Blacks with Desiree Burch. Only a matter of time before I screw up and say Tori Burch. Which would be more excusable than saying Thory Burch. It will nearly be twelve years ago, this winter, that our original jewelry collection got the rug pulled out from under it by those terrible, terrible people. I find that they same characters, in life, who cling like crazy, spending nearly every waking hour with you; these are the same people that will turn on a dime or do a disappearing act. I’m very interested in working on songs, starting tomorrow which should be quite exciting. I like the singer of Screaming Females—I think she has a similar quality to his voice as Bryan Ferry.

One of the things I def need to do on Wednesday is focus on a beefed up list of venues. I can also play around with this on Thursday when I will have the whole day to myself. I look forward to feeling totally at one with my schedule and with my creativity. Making headway on finances first thing; and secondly reviewing the lawyers notes are what are most pressingly on the agenda. The house needs a deep clean the basement needs to be vacuumed yoga must start again and I am back on keto. Everything is fine there is truly nothing to worry about.

I want to tell Brian that spending many hours this week getting my brain around the reality and enormity of this project which necessarily includes adminstrative work associated with continually fulfilling the stipulations and requirements of the grant in addition to the booking and more creative bits. I think what I needed to do was just explore every nook and cranny of the requirements entailed and to begin making drafts and projections such that me might only have to tweak as we create an engine for moving this project along. These include final report narratives, agreement letters, thank you letters to legislature, a workable budget, a timeline and an extensive venue-outreach list. I had a bit of a mini meltdown when I realized how many hoops there will be to jump through, the largest of which is understanding what’s what (how we didn’t know that venues had to apply to NEFA themselves???? that was a big chunk of missing information!). But I’ve managed to spend the last three days focussed on bundling all these bits and bobs, making major inroads on them, and drafting any documentation that will need final version for submission/mailing etc.

I am also cultivating a giant Excel sheet of venues and will collect phone numbers and email addresses for each of the places located throughout the New England states. We will include way more many venues than we need and then go after spaces more surgically. I must plan trip through Vermont on the way up to Montreal and back through Maine on the return. I did read the script of Gravitational Fool and feel that we can add in some more jokes and really make the characters that much more different, one from another, the bits with the talkbacks at the end feel awkward. I feel like we should be coming to some crescendo, maybe we have to go into more an ecstatic mode? Liken the hanged man to a cocoon for our own metaphysical transformation?

I’m guessing the smartest thing to do each day is to write the astrological stuff and to stay off social media. I can keep a Blague narrative page handy to act as more of a record than a safe space for musing these next few days. I have to go so deep and be all about it.

 

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Unraveling

Libra 14° (October 7)

 

I was really looking forward to going to this art gala thing last night but I feel depressed now the day after. I was a bit sideswiped by my host asking me about an incident that occured a year ago at the restaurant owned by another guest. And I felt hijacked and really put on the spot. Then the person to my left bumped me and spilled red wine all over my trousers; and then another one of the drunken people at my table picked at the string label of my Margiela jacket while I was midstream at the urinal. People were just so drunk and unruly and I felt unsafe during the evening. We managed to leave early and just did a French exit. Yesterday, too, Kavanaugh was confirmed so the day already felt lousy. And I cannot kick this stupid cold I still have. Added to which, it seems so many of our efforts have been falling on dead ears. I’m so tired of the ambushes, the lion’s dens, the garden paths I’m led up. The users and the overpromisers, all in all, the malignant narcissists (aka same old tune). Hell really does feel like others now and I am making a giant about-face right now and putting putting focus firmly on myself. I agreed to be the non-profit agent of a tour the work of which was meant to be all about putting that tour together and the writing of releases and promotional materials and all such things as goes along with that. What I didn’t sign up for are the countless hours that have to go into the fulfilling of the grant admin itself. I have to write letters to my state representatives even.

I am an artist not an administrator and I really need to start valuing that. There is an argument for writing when you feel like it. But I like the exercise of the daily thing, even if I go months without anything earth-shattering to seay. For me it’s about facility more than anything else. And luckily I am just about an hour away from getting some serious creative thoughts I need for my book writing and my creative life down onto paper. This also serves as a giant to-do list. And I pride myself on knocking things off my list as best I can. I did talk to David Drake about performing the Tru piece. Whatever comes of it will come of it. And, more than anything, I am so ready to get my witch on. It is so frustrating—and I know it’s a universal experience of being human—but I’m really bent on closing the gap between the life I’m currently living and where I think it should be. I don’t see any reason why I can’t just now put all the pieces together. So that’s what I’m going to do. The one thing I can say about myself is I like myself. I’m not perfect nor do I want to be. But I am kind and if I’m bound to hurt anyone, it’s typically myself. But I’m done with it I really am.

I am older and I’m nobody’s famous offspring. But I have done a great many things of which I am proud. Do I regret that they have in large part not been sustainable. Maybe. But I chalk that up to the fact that I don’t have heavy enough a dose of narcissism, I really do. I have put a lot of work into ideas that others can invest in. And as someone who has always invested in others it truly is time for me to get a little love back for all we put out there. It really only feels fair at this point. There is no guarantee I realize; but if those who’ve made promises, unsolicited, don’t materialize at this juncture, it saddens me to say that it will change some things for me, sadly. I have to put my head down and power through one way or the other. And perhaps I need to get my brain around living, once again, frugally on surprise. I’m always happiest doing for myself in any case.

In other news, I think I have a herniated disk in my neck. And this two week old cough is not helping any. I cough so hard I almost black out. That cannot be good.

 

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A Dark Day in America

Libra 13° (October 6)

 

I’m having this weird visceral reaction to what’s happening and it is surprisingly not a bad sensation. Hear me out. I think because the gloves are off and they’ve played their hand: I feel unapologetically Democrat and American. These people aren’t true Americans—they are all in some way traitors, and we shall discover the specifics thereof very soon. Also, I know this is a bit woo-woo but if one were to trust in a higher power then this all might be one big Icarian set-up for the GOP. They pushed it, pressed their luck. Now anything can happen. And maybe, just maybe, karma will be the kind of bitch I can get with.

I have to start giving myself some positive feedback and I do need to read some books again. Look, if this is going to be a quiet, slow winter then so be it. I might as well give over to the relaxation and get my ass back to yoga class and all that good stuff. I have to stop obsessing over every single little thing or word. It is so not worth it. On Monday I will work till 10 on the Blagues and then I shall work until noon on book stuff. Then in the afternoon I will get finances up to speed. And Monday evening I can review what the lawyers had to say. I must take it easy Tuesday and Wednesday as well. It’s so funny because there was the festival in September, then trip to NYC then Boston and I’m still in this kind of hyperdrive when really all I need do right now is learn to relax. The state of the world, such as it is, is really terrible. But there is precious little I can do about it. I can only move forward.

I don’t know what is worse—people’s FB accounts being cloned or having to hear about it through the death of a thousand messages. I’m now convinced nobody is sending me anything—that that’s the hacky bit. Life is increasingly an unreality on so many levels, it might as well be one, too, on this most banal of them. Just quite FB! Meanwhile, let the rest of us happily have their identities stolen in peace!

We had a nice meeting just the two of us this morning and I feel like we really got onto the same page—for the first time al the numbers matched. I then spent several hours working on the tour project. The irony of this project is that I find myself working many hours on a grant that is designed for someone else; when I’ve made clear that I needed help from said individual for our own grants. There was supposed to be this person on hand to take care of the work but she quit right at the start. The Boston crowd is very precious as a whole I’ve learned. They are not necessarily hard-boiled like the New York stock; they’re easily triggered and have huge chips on their shoulders, I think, because they don’t live in NYC and they aren’t Amanda Palmer. Though many performers in Boston are Amanda Palmer clones. They are very attached to their identities and I’ve never met so many self-professed trans people who don’t live or function as trans, seemingly, in my life.

It’s that superior-inferiority thing though that is most irksome. And even people I work with at brick and mortar venues are constantly jockeying and trying to grab credit where it isn’t always due. I really can’t give a shit about it anymore. I’m on my own path and it doesn’t include worrying about this sort of thing. People will do what they do. I can only have compassion for them.

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Red Letter

Libra 12° (October 4)

 

Last night was something of a shit show. I’d been feeling something brewing for the last several days—both personally and globally, as ever the twain now meet. I want to articulate some thoughts that could translate into a plea to people and corporations vis a vis the tour. I guess that dovetails with the Newsletter idea which I will put out there this week as well. I don’t know if it’s all the traveling but I don’t feel that well or rested—this cold I caught after New York has lingered now for over a week. I need to let it all go (tension) and lean into health now more than ever. Though as it nears 5 PM it’s so hard not to reach for some medium bodied solace. But I am attempting to reel it all in. I need to prepare for my good as they say.

It was a fairly decent day. One client who is very nice and very good always brightens my mood to be honest. We have some very tony characters in our roster and sometimes it does wear on me that the consultancy isn’t really scalable, which is why we are working our way into other means of making do-re-mi. I’m fairly happy getting things underway. I know that I have to work on the show coming up but it is so hard to get motivated when so many tasks and things are constantly hanging in the balance. I know we are working as hard as we can to plow through all the loose ends that are dangling everywhere. And we really do the best we can in the circumstances. I have pretty much everything where I need it to be. I just have to find the motivation to get more accomplished in the days given. Everything takes forever—or at least it feels that way sometimes.

David who moved to D.C. spent some time on the phone sith S about the biz plan which we are waiting on to take root. I’m really hoping for something of a score on this front. When last I stayed at the Eliot in August we were heading to Alaska and I had this joint I hadn’t smoked. So I hid it in my hotel room (we often stay in same room at hotel) and sure enough it was still there when I returned last week. This is something I can’t typically tell anyone, so I thought I’d tell all of you. It feels really hard to be funny right now doesn’t it. I want so much to feel jolly but western civilization is going to shite and this orange douchebag is leading the charge. He was such a joke for decades living in NYC; and now he’s president. And it’s almost been two years of this terrible depression and the GOP using it as a shield to get whatever they need done done. I really hope they all come to a painful end—isn’t that terrible to say. But really I do. Where is Valerie Solanas (is that her name?) when we most need her.

Anyway I decided to just see what kind of stuff and nonsense would come to my brain after a very busy day. I have spent the last few days catching up on all things to do with creating this new tour—now what needs happen, starting on Monday, is to truly start putting my words into place. I have to get all my finances and press clips up to date. I have to go over everything the lawyer sent me. But mainly I have to get right back into this book writing and somehow make it fun. And also dovetail it with work on the show. These are the most important things. We will let the publisher materialize. We will let the agent do likewise. We will let anyone who says they want to fund our business really do it. And I am going to parlay all of my sucesses into a great tour with great artists. And I’m going to get my self into shape and get that Tru show up on running. I also have to get back to the fellows on that Midnight at the Whatever show. To be honest I don’t think it stuck with me.

 

I’m rather going to focus my attention on Lumos. Which reminds me I do want to be in touch with Georgette.

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Let There Be Light

Libra 11° (October 3)

 

We were so happy to be a part of the Lumos event and to contribute, even, in our small way. We have of course been to a few of these events now, but there was something particularly resonant about the message this time. So kudos on that score because I think Lumos/U.S.’s mission is really sinking in! The HBO documentary will be huge; and the articulation of how sweeping this all is, via G and J and yourself and your colleague was that much more piercing. (You really deserved a major thumbs up!) What struck us, in particular, was the grass roots element that should be part of the Lumos outreach; and we had some very specific ideas about that.

The bigger donors that you reach with your events comprise a world that we ourselves don’t inhabit for the most part. And it occurs to us that the world in which we do live is peopled by those who have either never heard of Lumos or know very little about it. Not to say that our community isn’t populated by many people of means, because it is; but given our New York – Provincetown connection, the folks we rub up against are more bohemian in spirit, surely, and might not be obvious targets for outreach. That said, these same folks, many of whom are very rich and successful, are more personally activist in nature than they are, say, philanthropic.

So I feel there is a demographic that can be reached via the more grass roots means that you prescribe. As an experiment, for instance, I brought up Lumos to MH (married to TK) and he had never heard of it. So even within the theater community where you are making some inroads, there may be a bit of a disconnect that can be bridged. I can’t tell you how many producers and showrunners (from HBO alone) we hang out with in Provincetown, in summer. Given the fact that Lumos is about so much more than orphanages, that it is about human trafficking and addiction and human development and systemic greed, I feel that the organization could find a sponsor-based foothold among this population I speak of, which includes many artists and performers who are grass-roots activists themselves with varying causes—I feel Lumos could easily become one of them. 

So what am I trying to say here—I’m not exactly sure. But, whereas S and I don’t have the means ourselves to make that big a difference to Lumos’ cause, financially; I do feel that we could help in the grass-roots efforts that you described; and that we could specifically infiltrate the hearts and minds of some real influencers as we do tend to know a great many of them. And I’m just wondering if you would welcome this; and what tools we could be provided in so doing. Let’s use Mark and Tony as an example: I said something like Stella and I were in NYC for a Lumos event; you probably know about Lumos…but if you don’t it’s about creating alternatives to the orphanage system which is really rife with corruption and actually does a great deal of harm to children and families and communities and even nations, feeding into human trafficking and addiction…..you know the message. The reponse was NO! We have no idea with that is. To which I replied, Oh, okay. I’m going to send you some links and information. “Please do!” That type of thing. Just making it personal and getting in there. Of course mentioned Jo and Georgette and how it all happens—that Jo pays for the entire operation so that all donations go directly to the mission—that type of thing.

So I feel if we kind of always planted those seeds with people we know who might then become donors themselves to Lumos, of course; but more than that: Making Lumos a real cause for people who do take up real causes already, and also, dare I say, make the cause something important to be a part of. I can see, even, doing a different brand of event, say, at Joe’s Pub where we perform and other such places around the country which wouldn’t actually cost anything for Lumos, and surely wouldn’t bring in the big dosh that your events already do, but would get the word out to this more bohemian, monied or not, crowd. Is this making any sense? I’ll stop here and see what you have to say before I muse any further! In any case, S and I do want to be of any help we can and I hope we can find a way to be so, increasingly.

 

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No Gravity

Libra 10° (October 2)

 

Some thoughts on grants and Gravitational Fool deal I need to articulate.

On first glance that looks like a lot to me considering what I remember the grant comprised; but, again, the first thing we are going to do is tackle the grants topic itself and review NEFA specifically. I remember your doing a great deal of work on it yourself (and me doing clean-up at the end). But whatever the case, as I said a year ago: all should be reimbursed.

 We applied for $10K, $1500 of which would go to the artists. We received total $6K and just $4500 up front. When you consider that Anna made 10% of what we’ve received so far and that the lion’s share of work is still ahead of us, her fee seems like a lot; but let’s get on the same page. The way I see it is that the Endicott payment helped round out the grant to potentially $9K, which made the artists fee of $1500 easily possible so we ticked that box. I was thinking you would disperse that and use the other $1500 to pay yourself back for expenses (like anna, photographer, costume) to date. 

Given the hours  and the task ahead over the next several months the remaining amount will soon be eaten but as  I said I will continue working beyond that because i want to exceed the goal outlined by the grant, to create tour(s) that include multi venues. If I were just some guy cold-calling places to get tour dates I don’t think it would work. The fact that the grant is for a non-profit with some standing, and that Afterglow has 8 years experience in Ptown and 4 years in partnership with Harvard, should allow me to get dialogues and meetings going with venues that are desirable and with budgets to start bringing in cash sooner than later.

So as far as Afterglow goes: It will be giving you $1500 for artists fees and $1500 for expenses to date. If it were me, I would divide $1500 (not $3K) amongst the band and use the other half to pay yourself back and keep the remainder on hand for new expenses coming down the pike. I know you won’t do that and that you’ll divide the $3K amongst the band which means waiting until the next shot of cash for doing the job at hand. So you need to keep a list (as I do) of your expenses including the Anna payment and you may (depending on grant stipulation) need to have an invoice from her. 

In any case the focus should now be on getting that next cash infusion as soon as possible. But we need to know when, according to the grant, that can be. Otherwise it’s just me booking gigs in the meantime. So we just need to be clear about what the grant’s expectations are of us. If we can’t start touring until 2020 then we will be booking GF (or the band for music gigs) NOT under the NEFA auspice to get some dough in pockets.

 

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Home Away

 

Libra 9° (October 1)

Had dinner last night with a client and her new husband. Doing double duty here today because I have to prepare some blocks of text for a grant. So I’m afraid you’ll have to read my grant language or just move on. I do love staying at the Eliot, meanwhile, they make me feel so much at home. And I get to eat at Myers + Chang once again!

Afterglow is Provincetown’s Live Performance Arts Festival. The 9th annual Afterglow will be presented September 9-15, 2019 at the Art House. Afterglow brings to Provincetown engaged audiences from the region, country, and abroad to see its award-winning artists, who typically only appear in festival capitals like New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, London, Berlin, San Francisco, Manchester, Dublin, Edinburgh, et al. Afterglow has earned Provincetown a star on the international festival map, opening dialogues with directors of other festivals world-wide. Afterglow’s artists make headlines as social icons and activists; and range from the newly emerging to Grammy-, Tony-, Sundance-, Obie- and Academy- award- winners innovating live performance as we know it. Afterglow presents solo plays, neo cabaret, progressive sketch, performance art, multimedia, dance, electronica, poetic/rap, rock opera, musical comedy and other forms, fostering Provincetown’s reputation as a important live-arts center and incubator, not just a commercial/resort entertainment town. Afterglow cultivates local talent—performers, designers, costumers, choreographers, composers, playwrights —in festival, and with ancillary productions. The festival launched a “playwright’s initiative” and produces work at major venues/theaters under the “Afterglow of Provincetown” aegis. Afterglow reclaims Provincetown’s birthright as the birth place of the modern American stage, receiving support and promotion from Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater and Dixon Place in NYC, and from the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge where Afterglow produces the successful Afterglow-at-Oberon series, now in its fourth expanded season. Works originated at Afterglow have moved Off-Broadway, to NYC, and to London, Los Angeles, Paris and other major cities around the globe.

Afterglow directly promotes Provincetown as a perfect destination spot for travelers during festival week and all year long. Afterglow draws upwards of 85% of its audience from Off-Cape—mainly New England, the mid-Atlantic and the West Coast. Attendees stay in inns and hotels, frequent restaurants, bars, lounges and nightclubs and partake of the many shops, museums and galleries and services. Business owners cite an economic boon during festival week—audiences and artists not only eat, drink and shop, but also take tours, rent bikes, ride ferries and sample all the town has on offer. Afterglow advertises town businesses via its website, programs and social media. Festival artists also promote businesses they frequent via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Afterglow disseminates information on town businesses to its artists and showgoers. Afterglow’s audience are well-heeled travelers and influencers who spend generously, tip freely, support local commerce and enrich the Provincetown’s economy. The festival has partnered with other non-profits, donating proceeds of its shows to such organizations as The Trevor Project, Camp Lightbulb, the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod and Helping Our Women (HOW). Afterglow tries to raise funds to produce work, increasingly, in the off-season and has planned ancillary programs, workshops and lab productions that attract participants year-round.

Unlike last year, our first at the Art House, when we presented more well-known artists resulting in more audience numbers per show, this year we planned to take more loss at the box office in presenting six artists we’ve never presented before, three we only presented once, years ago, and just one returning popular artist. So while we typically measure attendance in ticket sales, success this year was marked by our ability to foster this roster of new talent to Provincetown. Success also stemmed from an increase in Sponsors (complimentary passholders) who are not reflected in box office sales. And this year, for a small donation, we offered festival “Sparklers” pairs of half-price tickets, instead of just single tickets in the past. So our houses were fuller despite the dip in ticket sales. We doubled our Missionary Sponsors—local businesses whose owners and staff also receive free passes. This further augmented audiences. Afterglow’s hosting venue keeps precise records of paid and complimentary tickets year. All told our shows and events brought hundreds of additional audience members to Afterglow’s attention. To date, the festival has brought to Provincetown upwards of 80 artists, many of whom have become beloved fixtures. Though returning artists command bigger sold-out houses, the festival mission is dedicated to presenting new artists and acts never before seen in Provincetown.

In various ways, each year of Afterglow has been more successful than the previous one. We do not only measure success in sales as much as exposure. And presenting many unknown artists this year, we fundraised vigorously this year so we could offer complimentary and discounted tickets to our most avid supporters. Showgoers must trust our curation—and feedback on our programming this year was more favorable than ever, despite artists being unfamiliar. Success is measured by further increase in press coverage. We have established steady coverage from radio and television and have enjoyed a slew of features, now, from Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Cape Cod Times, Playbill, The Huffington Post, The Dig, Edge, Boston Spirit, as well as Provincetown Magazine and The Banner. Success is measured in increased awareness and attendance and in the uptick in local audience and sponsorship. Collaborations with the Public Theater and American Repertory Theater mean more scope and exposure. As works premiered and developed by Afterglow move to other stages—from Off-Broadway to London’s Soho Theater and beyond, our program credits are duly noted. More grants and sponsorships spell success: The Nelson Trust and the Mass Cultural Council continued their support along with successful artists and entertainment figures like Jim Hodges, Ken Fulk, Alan Poul, Dan Minahan and David Bowd & Kevin O’Shea. Success is more international artists seeking participation; and raising more money for other charitable causes via collaboration. Success is in the growth of subscribers and in the expansion of social media. Success mainly derives from supporters, far and wide, visiting Provincetown expressly during festival week.

We have yet, in eight years, been alloted the funds necessary for a print and broadcast advertising budget. We leave no stone unturned with editorial and other media, but we requiree the support of the VSB and other sources to create an ad campaign. We could advertise in other festival towns around the world and draw, largely LGBTQ, audiences from abroade. We want more local audience, too. And we hope to further increase our ability to provide complimentary and discounted tickets to students and seniors in particular. We do “gift” Sparklerships (donations of $100), from donors not using them to those who need such assists to see our shows. This boosts attendance and good will among locals. We learned that social media like Instagram is essential for consciousness raising and we have expanded that. We increased private and business funding and have created a Concierge service on our website that promotes these businesses. We have engaged local artists more this year and seek to create a residency environment whereby visiting artists can collaborate with locals. We strive to move works we’ve premiered to other venues stamped with a “Made in Provincetown” Afterglow seal. We want coverage on our work to preserve Provincetown’s little known stage heritage.

 

We secured highly visible TV and print coverage. (PBS WGBH, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, others) Our PR-marketing plan focusses on editorial, broadcast, promotional events, posters, postcards, e-blasts, newsletters, web campaigns, new media and social networking, vehicle advertising, staged events, tours and cross-promotion with Dixon Place and The Public Theater in NYC, ART in Cambridge, UnCabaret in L.A.. We print programs touting our sponsors, but fail to afford advertising. Our celebrated branding includes a classy, bold logo, identity and collateral and eye-catching posters. We hope advertising will be a new line of offense; with support from PR, shifting more to the national and international level. The impact of local coverage is arguable, while social media among local people and businesses is impactful. We launched a Playbill-Instagram initiative, via a photoblog led by our participating artists. We’ve had coverage from the Boston Globe (circulation 232,432 daily) Huffington Post ( 4-11 million readers, daily) New York Magazine (circulation: 600K ); Media targets include The New York Times, (1,150,589 weekday; 1,645,152 Sunday, Online: 30 million/month);); Style.com, the Daily Beast (3-10 million daily);; DailyCandy.com (600,000 daily). Travel, in-flight and arts magazines. Web support includes NYPress.com, BroadwayWorld.com, TheNewYorker.com, Culturebot.com, Vogue.com, www.Out.com, www.Playbill.com Ads would appear in Provincetown Magazine, Provincetown Banner, Cape Cod Times, Boston Globe; Providence Phoenix (80K); Time Out NY (86K); Boston Magazine (92K) , others.

 

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Yo Adrienne

Libra 8° (September 30)

 

I needed to get some clarification going for the touring grant we are doing. So I’m going to write the NEFA people and ask some questions and see what I get back:

 

Sorry to bother you but I just had a few questions as we make headway with the planning grant for Gravitational Fool. I know that the tour must consist of three New England bookings/venues—we plan to have a good deal more in the end. We just staged the showcase for GF at Endicott College which was great and we are speaking with a nice roster of interested venues for the tour. I have a few questions:

First, when is the earliest we can schedule a tour date — does it have to be after June 2019? Can it be before that time? Yes, all dates must be after June 1, 2019 in order to be eligible for Expeditions.

At what point can we ask for the remaining $1500 of the grant and what do we need to have accomplished to get that next infusion? Aside from the expenses incurred, we project that we will “use up” the money on administrative hours alone and the paying out of the artist fee well before reaching our goal of putting together what we hope will be a comprehensive tour (of course we anticipated that the grant would never fully cover the work entailed in booking a tour for GF but of course it surely helps and incentivizes the project). The balance of the grant will be paid once the planning has been completed and you have submitted a final report.

We will want to apply for the actual (separate) tour grant which I assume is due also in April for Gravitational Fool. In order to do so do we simply need to have  (at least) the 3 bookings made? The application for touring support is in February 2019. You will need to have at least three engagements confirmed and each of those organizations will need to submit an Expeditions Touring application.

Can we simultaneously apply for the planning grant again for another New England artist such that we have two artists at any given time being awarded each of these grants? Is it even limited to just the two? Yes, this is fine.

 

As we failed to receive the full $10K for which we applied, can you help us pinpoint why that was so that we have a better chance of being awarded full amount(s) in future? It was a clear and thorough application, but I think the panel just didn’t find your application quite as compelling as some others and that combined with unusually high demand resulted in your award being less than the request. The panelists change each year so it can be hard to predict the future. Continuing to stay in touch throughout the process will help strengthen your application next time.

 

To view the original Sabian Symbol themed 2015 Blague corresponding to this day: Flashback! The degree of the Sabian Symbol may be higher than the one listed here  as the symbols cluminate in the next degree. There are 360  degrees spread over 365 days.

 Typos happen—I don’t have time or an intern to edit.*
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