Libra 2° (September 25)
I promised myself I would never fly coach again, not that premium economy is going to be that much better. But for short flights to London, especially, it doesn’t make sense to overspend for the better class. I mean it is amazing but it simply isn’t worthy it. Better to pack some delicious food and have oneself ones own feast and get some work done; especially if one is traveling by day. Personally I like flying on Christmas or on Boxing Day. There is no need to stick around New England once family obligations are met. Again, for me especially. All this to say such topics come up on beach walks this time of year when there is hardly anyone on the beach but it still feels nearly like the full glare of summer. I’m starving. I’ve been eating very little these days admittedly. But it is all in service of my silhouette, my health and my confidence which steadily increases as my weight goes down. Also my anxiety. Although I may be more tetchy in the moment, I am far less nervy in the long run if I keep things extremely real. Getting my haircut so I’ll write some things that need writing by hand and record them here later. Case in point:
Hello I’ am Quinn Cox, founder and Artistic Director of Provincetown’s Afterglow Festival (which takes stage every September) and the creator and curator of this, the Afterglow @ Oberon series collaboration, here, with the American Repertory Theater.
The non-profit Afterglow Festival, now entering its 10th year, is dedicating to 1) Preserving Ptown’s birthright as the birth place of the modern American stage and as a century-old incubator for progressive theater and performance in myriad forms and 2) to thus carve out sactred stage space for progressive, innovative non-commercial performing artists (in an extremely gentrified town where even stage space is real estate and all but exclusively filled with Broadway stars or RuPaul’s drag race contestants demanding exhorbitant ticket prices) which can only happen via our not-for-profit efforts.
Soon after we started Afterglow we began producing some of our artists here, one night only, Justin Vivian Bond, Bridget Everett and others. And five years ago we decided to create a series here to bottle the Afterglow experience because, like Provincetown, Cambridge used to have a thriving rather avant-garde performance scene and truthfully, the consensus amoung our “family of artists” was that there was no existing home, no venue, and no audience in Boston Cambridge, like existed in other cities like NYC, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Austin, and London of course.
So here we are. Tonight marks the opening night of the Fifth Annual Afterglow @ Oberon series. (Applause). And we indeed have found a home, thanks to the American Repertory Theater, and if you lovely people are any indication I think we have found an audience too. And we are very grateful to you. We have a great season ahead which is detailed on the flyers on your tables and placed at the entrace. Take them home put them under your favorite fridge magnet or on your vision board or what have you.
And we cannot be more pleased and proud to open our fifth season with a killer artist whom we have presented four times in Provincetown—maybe that’s where you first saw them— and who tonight is making their Afterglow @ Oberon debut. Without further ado, please put your hands together for “The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret.”
Anway that’s what I will say not in so many words this coming week. I am also arranging schedule and had the idea to propose going to Provincetown in support of the tee-shirts and seeing if Tim maybe wants to do a mini event. I think it would be a good idea. Which brings me to my next project—I need to write a little press release about the tees that can go out widely, and then I can always tailor one to promote the them in local press. Speaking with our friend Raina yesterday she was recounting how people come into her restaurant wearing them—like couples, together—bragging about them. I think they can be a big hit for the new year, and they will be promoted on our own website too which is launching so I think the timing will be really great on that score as well. My sleep has been really weird. I think because I have absolutely zero in my system (do gummies count?) and I sleep deeply and dream vividly (and super sexually lately) but I wake up in the night, like wide awake, like I could drive across country awake, and then I’m fatigued in the day. But it’s all part of the process I think of coming down off a rather holiday-ish summer and then the full-on-ness of festival and such. Which reminds me, people who pledged haven’t yet given. Getting on them.
To view the original Sabian Symbol themed 2015 Cosmic Blague corresponding to this day: Flashback! The degree pointof the Sabian Symbol will be one degree higher than the one listed for today. The Blague portrays the starting degree of for this day ( 0°, for instance), as I typically post in the morning, while the Sabian number corresponds to the end point (1°) of that same 0°-1° period. There are 360 degrees spread over 365 or 6 days per year—so they near but not exactly correlate.
Typos happen. I don’t have a proofreader. And I like to just write, post and go!
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