Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Bobby Mills remembers June 12, 2016.

Bobby Mills moved to Orlando in 2000 from New Mexico. He was the general manager at Pulse Nightclub. Pulse was his life, though he was not at work on the evening of June 12, 2016. He had trouble getting to sleep that night. He woke to the sound of a neighbor pounding on his door. He noticed security alerts on his phone. There has been fights and bomb threats at Pulse before. The neighbor sat him down and insisted he watch the TV.

He felt numb when he realized what was happening. He felt personally attacked. He had to be strong. A friend called, she was hysterical. The next 15 hours were a marathon of checking to see if loved ones were safe. He called and texted everyone he knew. He recalled another friend who had been there's voice being strange, a dull monotone. Altogether, Bobby knew five of the victims of the mass shooting personally.

He wished he was there that night to help, but also thankful he wasn't. Had he been there he feels he would have died, probably being shot first. A bartender told him about rolling under the bar where the dishes are washed. It is gross and sticky down there by the end of any night. When he went to the Lake Eola Vigil, he was angry. He saw a news reporter interviewing a girl who claimed she worked at Pulse. He called her out on air. He knows everyone who worked there. She was just seeking some lime light.

After some time, Barbara Poma, the nightclub owner, allowed the staff to return to Pulse. At around 9AM, 30 employees went inside to see Pulse one last time. He walked towards the back of the now stripped down club. Nothing remained. The walls had been removed to the bare studs. Even the tile had been chiseled up because of the mess. He had worked in the white room. When he saw it, his heart tensed up, that was his worst day. He had to go outside for 15 minutes to get some air. Then he returned inside and walked behind the bar before standing on the stage to look around at the worst of the damage.

Today, the smell of dead flowers always brings back horrible memories. Some Pulse staff have started hosting events at The Abbey. They have hosted Latin Nights there. He went once but felt spooked. The wide open glass windows would allow for an easy drive-by massacre.

As Bobby works to heal, he mentioned he feels that he was put on this earth to be wildly inappropriate, to get a smile from the people around him. He has gotten a new job in real estate. He cherishes life and wants to live it to the fullest.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sunshine State of Mind with Adam Ware.


Dr. Adam Ware, the Orange County Regional History Center historian and research librarian gave a talk titled "Sunshine State of Mind" as the final installment of the Joseph L. Brechner series of lectures at the Orlando Public Library (100 E. Central Blvd., Orlando, Florida 32801). “The media” often refers to the news or entertainment media. But even an idea can be a medium – an idea, for instance, of a sunny paradise where any plant will grow, any idea will succeed, or any dream can be realized. Through real estate ads, citrus-crate labels, souvenirs, and shuttle launches, the idea of Florida has moved people to travel, to invest, to relax, and to persevere. In this program, Ware discussed the varied ways the Sunshine State operates in American feeling and memory, from “the Italy of America” to “Florida Man.” He discussed the materials that evoke and invent our image of Florida and the pioneers and entrepreneurs who mobilized the concept of Florida to change the course of the state’s history.

This was an insightful and entertaining talk that spanned several hundred years of our perceptions of what Florida is and could be. His talk began with a long dissertation about how media affect our perceptions of a place. As Marshall McLuhan stated, "The medium is the message." When Adam began digging into Florida's early history things really got interesting. Early explorers hoped for gold or slaves. For hundreds of years Spanish settlers attempted to set up colonies in Florida. Most of these colonies failed. The few who survived and returned to Europe described Florida as a desolate wasteland, a hell on earth that they never wanted to see again.

The first name for Orange County was Mosquito County. There probably isn't a worse name ever imagined for a place. Who would ever move to Mosquito County? It took railroad tycoons and developers to finally tame the land. But convincing people to move here was always a word game. Find the right word and you can change peoples' perceptions.  It wasn't until the 1970s that Florida became "The Sunshine State." Dr. Phillips changed the perception of orange juice, making it a staple of any breakfast, and making Florida Orange Juice more desirable than any other juice in the American mind.

There is a Twitter account called Florida Man that just posts news stories that begin with, "Florida man..." My favorite being, "Florida man tosses an alligator through a Wendy's drive through window." The man was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, illegal possession of an alligator and petty theft. He is also banned from all Wendy's and not allowed to come in contact with animals except for the family dog. Another that I just ran across is, "Florida man pissed that AT and T trucks are parked outside his house, shoots out their tires." I dropped AT and T because of their piss poor costumer service, so this news item didn't surprise me. Or, "Florida man claims dog shot girlfriend as she slept." Such strange stories are a daily occurrence, leading to Adam's favorite tag line and former state slogan, "Florida, you don't know the half of it."


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Fawn Goldstein, former VIP Hostess at Pulse.

Fawn Goldstein was a VIP Hostess at Pulse on the evening of June 12, 2016. She had been working in the nightlife industry since she was 18 years old. She worked at Pulse for 5 years and the people that worked there were like her family.

Fawn remembered that it was last call and she had just one table to settle up with the bill. On this Saturday it was Latin Night and it was very packed, everyone was dancing and having a good time. There were the regulars but she also remembered a large birthday party group in which one individual was handicapped. Luckily that group left before things got bad.

Shots rang out. She wondered if they were part of the DJ mix but people started screaming. Fawn ran to the back of the kitchen and hid in a pile of CO2 canisters. People ran into the room she was in and up a ladder. She  decided to follow. She slipped off her shoes when she climbed the ladder. They shut and locked the door as the shots kept going. She and two other men hid under the metal and wooden desks. She had left her phone down stairs. The shots would go and then stop. They tried to stay quite. The gunman must be looking for them.

When the police finally arrived hours later, they knocked on the door and she opened it to find an assault riffle pointed at her. The police escorted her across the dance floor to the exit. She saw the aftermath, and tried to not look at the faces. She finally broke down when she got out of the club. Outside the dancer Milan gave her his red shoes since hers had been left behind, he also gave her somebody's phone so she could call loved ones.

Everyone was brought to police headquarters for questioning. 10 AM the next morning she was released with no phone. She went to a friend's apartment. Fawn is going to school, training to be a school counselor. Part of that training is in emergency response, bringing up questions such as, "What do you do if there is a shooter at the school?" In some ways that background helped in the months to follow. Memories of what she saw as she walked across that dance floor are hard to erase. For two or three days, she couldn't go to school. She lost a dear friend. The media hounded her, and she avoided them. She works at the Abbey now once a week with other members of the Pulse family who host events there. Love must conquer hate.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Base around the World Body Paint Art Showcase.

The Base Around the World Body Paint Showcase was held at DRIP (8747 International Drive Suite 102, Orlando, FL.) This showcase is one of the few places in the world where guests can witness a body painting event of this magnitude. Pam Schwartz and I arrived early so I could sketch the amazing models when they were just beginning to be painted. It is fun to sketch as they turn into creative living canvases. Each body paint show is centered around a theme. Each model this evening became a different country or exotic port of call.

Over a dozen body paint artists' works could only be seen for several fleeting moments of artistic completion at the end of the evening. Music was provided by Dub Masters. Besides the body painters, artists also had tables to sell their wares.                                                                       

I focused on the models in front of a paint splattered rainbow of color that had the saying, “What Color Are Your?”  One model was being painted all the golden colors of the Savannah with a large lion face being painted on her butt.  The other model was being painted with green flames and a Chinese dragon wrapped around her torso.  

The Orlando community of body painters spent years gathering in bars or homes to practice and exhibit their art. Mandi Ilene Schiff founded BASE Orlando in an effort to reach out to a wider audience and produce events as a complete art show.  Now three years later the showcases keep getting better. It is always a sketch opportunity like none other.

Mark your Calendar. The next BASE showcase is going to be a black light extravaganza held November 30th starting at 8 PM at DRIP (8747 International Drive, Orlando, Fl). I am excited to see the glowing colors in the dark. 



Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Drum Schtick was a 50 hour drumming marathon.

As part of Art in Odd Places, Brian Feldman performed at a drum kit in front of City Hall for 50 hours straight. Of course, part of that performance included eating and sleeping on the drums. I had signed up to volunteer on Saturday at 7 PM so I returned for a second sketch. The idea behind volunteers was that they would be sure the live stream camera was safe and answer any questions from passers by.

Pam Schwartz walked with me to the location along with Sprout, her scraggly-haired pup. Orange Avenue was a buzz as the clubs geared up for the weekend night of debauchery. Sprout was excited to discover all the new smells. I sat much closer to the percussive noise this time around. Brian told me that earlier in the day a huge gust of wind had lifted up the entire tent and dashed it against the flag poles to his left. Jeremy Seghers has a video of the incident. Brian's camera was covered with a plastic bag to protect it from the rain so it didn't catch a thing.

A mom and her son stopped to listen. The young boy wanted to perform and Brian let him sit down and start drumming. This Tom Sawyering allowed Brian a chance to get up and stretch his legs. The mom sat with Pam and told her all about each of her pet cats.

Brian now resides in Washington DC. I let him know that I would be sketching in DC the next day. He suggested I see an exhibit of moving light displays called Lumia by Thomas Wilfred (1889–1968). These mesmerizing displays all predate the digital age and are created by translucent objects and refracted light that display ever-changing colored forms against a black background. They resemble Aurora Borealis, but are more complex and ever-changing. One display had just a slight gap in the side which allowed a glimpse of the inner mechanical workings.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Weekend Top 6 Picks for November 18th and 19th.

Saturday November 18, 2017
11 AM to 1 PM $10. Soul Fitness Session. Elar Institute 736 Boardman St, Orlando, FL 32804.
We've learned that in order to keep things in optimal working order, maintenance is required. Cars get gas and oil changes. Our bodies need nutritious food and exercise regularly. What about the emotional and spiritual parts of us?
Other than venting to a friend occasionally how can we process and clear the daily challenges we face? It's typical for us to stuff down emotions that are uncomfortable or numb with one or more of the many options available to us - alcohol, media, shopping, eating, etc. There's nothing wrong with these activities on their own, but when used to numb ourselves, the result is life feels heavy and often overwhelming. Or even worse, life becomes bland and insipid.
Soul Fitness is an opportunity to free yourself from the weight of the emotions, stress and worries that are a normal part of life. Consider this fitness for your soul - leaving you strong, clear-headed and energized. Like any other fitness regimen, making it a part of your life on a regular basis will keep you there.

Each session will:
- Increase your emotional intelligence
- Provide you with new tools for self-care
- Unite you with others who are seeking to live life fully

Currently Sessions Are:
Monday Evenings: 7pm to 8pm
Saturday Mornings: 11am to 12pm

To register, visit:
http://elarinstitute.org/soul-fitness

Pricing Options:
Single Session: $10
2 Sessions Per Month: $15
Unlimited Sessions Per Month: $45


 6 PM to 10 PM Free. Jingle Eve 2017! Ivanhoe Village. Celebrate the Orlando launch of the Holiday Season! Iconic & annual Jingle Eve...Santa, carolers, bands, food trucks, Pop Up shops, VIP concert and the best Wine Stroll in Orlando by Tim's Wine. Want more...check here for updates! Event proceeds benefit Ivanhoe Village Main Street.

6 PM to 2AM ARTundressed - South Florida's Sexiest Art Event is coming to Orlando.  DRIP, 8747 International Dr Ste. 102, Orlando, FL 32819.
ARTUNDRESSED ORLANDO :: THE INTRODUCTION ARTundressed introduces its world renowned exhibition to the city of Orlando with a great selection of creative, sensual, thought-provoking work of art. The show is recognized and appreciated for it’s engaging aspects in exhibiting beautiful artworks that captivate the erogenous mind, but also incorporate interacting ideas that connect the audience both mentally and physically. We encourage our audience to get in the spirit of sensuality and express themselves with sexy, alluring and provocative fashion. Our entertainment and music crew will tantalize and tickle your sensual soul!
ART SELECTION Although the atmosphere at ARTundressed circles around interaction with ideas and concepts that engage its attending audience, one of the most important aspects of the festival focuses greatly on the art selection process. ARTundressed attracts and exhibits skilled artists who are established and recognized; talented artists who are less popular; as well as junior and freshmen artists who are breaking through and providing a new perspective into the genre of creative nude art. For this show, we will present a reprise of some of our favorite art pieces, and a very impressive curated collection of work from local and international artists. The selection of art is chosen by knowledgeable art experts and curators from some of the world’s most prestigious art museums and galleries.
LET YOUR MIND BE FREE… TO EXPRESS YOURSELF!!! We do not restrict artists to work or be confined within any particular or specific theme. Instead, we want every interested mind to think freely and create interesting unique concepts. We want to see what we haven’t seen before and feel what we haven’t experienced before. In creating / submitting work, whether visual or performance art, please make sure to incorporate at the core of it the ARTundressed C.O.D.E., our acronym for CREATIVITY – ORIGINALITY – DEPTH in DESIGN – EROTICISM… The fusion of these key criteria plays an important role in achieving an exceptional selection of unique artworks and talents, which in turn helps to set ARTundressed apart from other similar events. ENTERTAINMENT A different theme each of the 2 days of the art exhibition, incorporating our audience to become actual performers… Our Sensual cast of talents will delight and tantalize all your erogenous spots.
THE EXPERIENCE: *** Celebrating the sensual aspects in Art + Music + Fashion + Entertainment *** Art Exhibition showcasing over 200 exceptional curated art pieces *** A beautiful collection of highly creative sexy artworks that will titillate all of your senses *** Various artists representing many different countries *** Meet the Masters behind the art… Many participating artists will be in attendance ***Live shows and performances; Music; Amazing Visuals; Chic and Provocative Fashion *** A packed lineup of talents and performers that will entertain you and virtually connect to your erogenous spots *** Art Installations and participation by local, national, and international artists who specialize in nude art *** Art contests for Body Painting; Live Drawing and Photo shoot Sessions *** Bar Service for beverages and cocktails *** Friday Night Theme: “Dirty Canvas”, a glow light interactive art experience where you are the canvas and also the artist. *** Saturday Night Theme: “Bound”
EVENT DATES / LOCATIONS: DRIP – 8747 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
Friday 6:00pm – 12:00am — Official Exhibiting Hours (and Entertainment)
7:00pm – 11:00pm — Body painting Competition (Live!)
11:00pm – 2:00am — Dirty Canvas (A Suggested Nude Body Art Party) Saturday >> 6:00pm – 12:00am — Official Exhibiting Hours (and Entertainment)
7:00pm – 11:00pm — Nude Photography Competition (Live!)
11:00pm – 2:00am — Bound (A Fetish Themed Experiment)… You are encouraged to ‘Leather Up!’
DON’T MISS IT… GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!!! For more info / tickets: http://www.artundressed.com

Sunday November 19, 2017
9 AM to 11 AM Dapper Day. Epcot Center, 200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32830. Park admission price. All refined fashions from vintage-inspired to contemporary-chic are encouraged as we "step out in style" at The Walt Disney World Resort!

Noon to 2 PM 1,000 Paper Cranes A Benefit for Orion Predko and Base Camp Children's Cancer Foundation. Will's Pub, 1042 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL 32803. "1,000 Paper Cranes" A Benefit for Orion Predko and BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation at Will's Pub Family Entertainment Live Music, including performances by Terri Binion and; Kaleigh Baker, plus more Orlando favorites. Market Vendors Food Drink Specials Local Art Silent Auction Family-friendly activities from 12 - 3pm Silent auction at 4pm All for a great cause! Vendor fees are $20 donation or an item for silent auction, please contact michelle@theempresstable.com if you are interested in being a vendor for this benefit.

 Noon to 1 PM Free. Yoga. Near red gazebo at Lake Eola Park.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Howl at the Moon Fundraiser.

Howl at the Moon raised money for In Harmony Nature Animal Haven. Patrons were invited to dress up their dogs for Yappy Hour at Orlando Brewing, (1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL 32806). Nature Animal Haven is a sanctuary for wolves, wolf dogs, dogs, cats, parrots, reptiles and pigs. They work to find forever homes for animals ready for adoption.

There were folks at the door to explain the event and accept $10 donations. The donation allowed for money off of draft beers. Pam Schwartz brought Sprout her gentleman of a mutt, He wore a green polka dot bow tie for the occasion. His hair was spiked up into a Mohawk for as long as it lasted. There were plenty of dogs in the house, and my favorite costume was the German Shepard in the foreground dressed in a yellow rain jacket with a red balloon. This is of course reminiscent of the beginning of the Stephen King movie, It, where a little boy chases a paper sail boat down a drain, only to have his arm ripped off by a demonic clown. The dog had all his limbs. Another smaller pooch won the costume contest wearing an inflatable power pack from Ghost Busters. His owner had on a similar power pack. They spent all their time at the bar and I didn't notice them until the end.

There were wolf dogs and dogs everywhere. Sprout had a great time sniffing and meeting all the dogs, though none of them were particularly interested in playing. Dogs in Orlando are so well behaved. There was a silent auction and none of the items had bids yet, so Pam put starting bids on several items. She didn't end up winning anything. She ordered us a beer sampler with 5 different beers. I liked the German Blonde beer the best.

Once the  sketch was done, we went outside to try Mighty Weenie which was vending Seattle-style hot dogs. What is different about these dogs is that they have thick cream cheese spread inside the buns along with onions. It was a rather bland tasting hot dog to be honest. It needed something other than white bread and cream cheese for flavor so I mounded on the sauerkraut.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The In between Series at Avalon Island Gallery.


I had scheduled an Orlando Drink and Draw (ODD) event at Joysticks bar downtown. However when I got to the bar, I suddenly discovered that they aren't open on Mondays. Joysticks is right across the street from the Gallery at Avalon Island, and I noticed a crowd gathering. I decided to go inside since I needed to get a sketch regardless.

The In between Series are concerts that happen in between the hanging of shows in the Avalon Island gallery (39 S Magnolia Orlando, FL 32801). The evening featured an experimental music performance by Tiger Fawn. She wore Klingon Ears which was a fascinating visual touch. Behind her were hung cotton ball clouds that has violet lights inside. One warm cloud was embraced by a halo. As the sun set, the light in the space grew dimmer and dimmer. The tribal psychedelic electronica  music was mesmerizing and unexpected. Largely instrumental, she also incorporated audio loops of vocalizations rather than lyrics.

I sent out a quick Facebook message letting any artists know that Joy Sticks was closed and that Avalon had a great sketch opportunity. Colin Boyer showed up at the tail end of the show. He does incredible digital illustration and has probably attended more ODD events than anyone. I enjoyed the challenge of capturing the fading light and the music certainly inspired me. I had to run to the airport right after the show, So I didn't linger.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Chakra Kahn at the Timucua White House.

Chakra Kahn (Alexandra Love) was performing with Beautiful Chorus and special guest Emily Fontano at the Timucua White House, (2000 S Summerlin Ave Orlando, FL 32806). The music had a deep, personal writing style, along with eccentric cadences and lush harmonies. In concert with DiViNCi’s vast, poly-rhythmic, orchestral soundscapes is perfectly matched. Together, their sound is like smooth electricity, an intense, bass-rich, melodic wind. Their newest album, The Cope Aesthetic, which was released June 3, 2017, is a more jazz-inspired, electronic soundscape than anything else the group has created thus far. She explained on stage that she lost her hair at a very early age, and came to realize that how she looks to other does not define who she is.

Amazingly on the evening of the Pulse nightclub tragedy, Chakra Kahn performed a piece titled Pulse at the venue. The lyrics seemed to eerily predict the events that was about to happen. "Their is a Pule and its fading, but we claim we are still alive."

Elizabeth St. Hilaire was the visual artist working on stage during the performance. Elizabeth usually works with collage but this evening the was painting with acrylics. The painting depicted a female sun bather from perhaps the 1920s. She swayed to the music clearly inspired by the music.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Double Jeopardy: A Double Bill of One-act Operettas.


Producer Theresa Smith-Levin invited me to sketch a Double Jeopardy dress rehearsal. Two one act operettas stood back to back both having a trial theme. The first was The Trial of B.B. Wolf with music by Curtis Tucker and words by Nelson Sheeley. Children's blocks were on the stage. Part of me thought I was in the wrong place. A giant mushroom tiny house was house left and vines intertwined on house right. The judge in this case was a Leprechaun dressed all in green and with a bright orange beard. Pam Schwartz later explained that the blocks had the letters and colors associated with each character. For instance Little Red Riding hood stood by the red R block and the judge stood by the green J block. Members of the audience were invited to go up on stage to sit on the jury.For this rehearsal only two audience members were picked since there officially was no audience. Nishaa Carson the shows musical director performed on the piano with an iPad for her sheet music.

I was confused by the operetta writer's motive. Did an adult audience really want to watch a trail build around Grimm's Fairy-tail characters? The fact that the lyrics were in English was a plus. Of course Stephen Sondheim created the musical Into the Woods, a Broadway musical that was a success, so perhaps it was a viable option. So B. B. Wolf is as it turns out, an actual wolf (Bryan Hayes) in a grey suit and furry skull cap with wolf ears. He was on trial for destroying the three little pigs homes. A chubby little pig (Christina Rivera) took the stand and was interrogated about the incident. She shook in her boots letting out the occasional oink and squeal. Her testimony was overshadowed by the ferocious wolfs stage presence.

The wolf was indited in a second case involving Little Red Riding Hood (Katherine Stenzel). She related the usual tail of gong to her grandmothers house with the unexpected twist that she is an expert in martial arts. When the wolf took of his grandmother disguise, she karate kicked  his sorry butt and brought him in for trial. I am glad I chose to sketch this first operetta since it was visually interesting.

The second Operetta, Trail by Jury was by W.S Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Sarah Tellier took over at the piano. The set was transformed into a more traditional courtroom. This was a case of a man, the defendant, (Bryan Hayes) not wanting to marry his voluptuous fiance, the plaintiff, (Christina Rivera) and she brought him to trial to try and force his hand. Some of the language contain references that are unknown to a contemporary audience. For instance that defendant sang, "Be firm, my pecker." Pecker used to be slang for courage, and in the case of a bird, it's beak, in other words, "Keep a stiff upper lip." Even knowing this before hand it was hard to resist a juvenile giggle.

During this performance I was focused on finishing my sketch from the previous operetta so my attention was divided. The defendant was in love with another woman and if forced to marry his fiance he would quickly then marry another. With characters singing over on another and the staging changing so quickly I honesty got a bit lost trying to follow the inn working of the case. I would have made a horrible juror.

Double Jeopardy
CFCArts Black Box Theater 250 SW Ivanhoe Blvd Orlando FL
Tickets: $25 reserved seating, $18 General seating and $16 Student / Seniors
Remaining show dates:
Thursday  November 16, 2017  at 7:30 PM
Friday       November 17, 2017  at 7:30 PM
Saturday   November 18, 2017  at 7:30 PM
Sunday     November 19, 2017  at 3:00 PM


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Art in Odd Places.



Around 2:30 PM on Friday November 10, 2017 Performance Artist Brian Feldman began playing drums in front of the Orange County City Hall on Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando. The invite claimed the location to be 300 Lincoln Plaza which is a parking garage and corporate offices. However, Brian was in a much better location across South Street in front of City Call. Drum Schtick was his contribution to Noise: A Visual and Performance Public Art Festival in Downtown Orlando. Brian has never performed on drums in his life, but he will be banging away for 50 hours, the full duration of the Art in Odd Places Festival. Drum Schtick is going to be his longest performance piece to date and he confided to me that it will be his hardest.

When I arrived Brian and his dad Edward were rolling up the side panels to the tent which were billowing like sails. The fellow Brian rented the drum set from was there to offer a few tips until Brian got started and then he wandered off. Online Brian set up a volunteer sign up sheet so people could be at the location with him so he would remain safe, Over the course of the 50 hours he will have to sleep on the drum set in the evening. His dad set up an iPhone which was live streaming the performance. I signed up for a two hour window to sketch but Brian suggested I sketch the very beginning since he might get shut down by police. As of this writing, he is still at it.

During the initial hours, three dancers began to perform inspirational dance to Brian's beats. Rebekah Lane wore a walkie talkie on her lapel Emma Cotter a choreographer from Brooklyn NY was on the sidelines offering arrive on what dance movements they should perform next. I was impressed they did n amazing job performing with Brian's first beats. I have to wonder if Brian will become a virtuoso in 50 hours or will he degrade into loosing all sense of rhythm.

Brian should be finishing his performance around 4:30 PM on Sunday November 12, 2017. Be sure to catch his performance before that time.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Orphans at Theater on the Edge.


Orphans written by Lyle Kessler is being presented by the artistic production team at Theater on the Edge (5542 Hansel Ave, Orlando, FL 32809). I am a huge fan of their hyper realistic set designs by the amazing Samantha DiGeorge. The attention to period detail allows me to get lost in that particular place and time. The plays presented in this intimate space highlight an American aesthetic of brutality and unfulfilled dreams. Orphans is set in 1989  in  a two story rundown Philadelphia row house. During the pre show, Philip (Adam Minossa) was mashing cereal in his breakfast bowl and then sat to watch a TV game show. He lived his innocent preoccupied life in the home as the audience filled in. He settled in on the couch to watch TV while hugging a red woman's high heal shoe. When he sees his brother Trent (Zack Roundy) approaching, through the window, he rushed to clean up  the place and then hid in the closet.

Trent is a terror. He has returned to show off his earnings form the mornings robberies. He likes to taunt his simple brother and a game of tag became a power struggle between the siblings. The red high heal shoe becomes another point of contention and Trent throws it out the window on the front lawn. A painful head lock is the only sign of affection between the two.

On another occasion, Trent returns to the house with a drunk business man. When the man passes out on  the floor, Trent takes his brief case and forces it open on the kitchen table with his knife. Inside are piles of stocks and bonds. Kidnapping this man would clearly be extremely profitable. While out looking to cash the stocks and calling people for the ransom, he leaves his brother to watch the now tied up business man. The ropes are sloppily tied and loose so, Harold, the business man (Allan Whitehead) gets free. He doesn't try to escape however and goes up stairs to clean up.

Trent isn't pleased when he returns and there is a power struggle between Trent and Harold. Harold doesn't play the part of a victim but instead says he likes Trent's anger and could use hims as a body guard.  Harold grew up as an orphan and he sees a bit of himself in Trent's deviant behavior. He becomes a father figure to both the boys offering support and affection the boys clearly lacked probably after their parents deaths. He builds Philip's confidence to the point where the boy is able to venture out into the world alone.

The end of the second act ended with gut wrenching results. When the house lights came back up, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Someone said, there should be a warning before the show begins. All three actors did an amazing job exploring their characters and their underlying motives. The intricate relationships left me wishing there was more time to see what happened next. On the car ride home with Pam Schwartz, I was full of questions. I had a an affection for the characters and couldn't let go. Perhaps that is a sign of great theater. This show got under my skin exposing regrets and the need for acceptance that seems never realized. I highly recommend this production.

Orphans
Theater on the Edge 5542 Hansel Ave, Orlando, FL 32809
Tickets: $22 to $26
Remaining Show Dates:
Saturday November 11, 2017      8 PM
Sunday November 12, 2017        2 PM
Wednesday November 15, 2017  8 PM
Saturday November 18, 2017      8 PM
Sunday November 19, 2017        2 PM
Friday November 24, 2017          8 PM
Saturday November 25, 2017      2 PM
Saturday November 25, 2017      8 PM
Sunday November 26, 2017        2 PM



Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Weekend Top 6 Picks for November 11th and 12th 2017.

Saturday November 11, 2017
10 AM to 1 PM. Free. Circling the World in a 24hr Sketch Walk! Disney Springs 1780 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830 Planet Hollywood and Coca Cola buildings. Nearly 80 Urban Sketchers chapters around the globe will hold sketch walks in their cities and towns to celebrate Urban Sketchers 10yrs anniversary, showcasing sketches from their cities and towns. Orlando's Urban Sketchers group is one of them!
 Using social media Instagram network all sketch walks will be followed starting with the first chapter to see daylight (Auckland, New Zealand) to the last chapter to see the sunset (O’ahu, USA). Photos and videos from each chapter will be shared throughout the day.
Where is Orlando in all of this? We are in an awesome place in the middle! With the world's eyes on us here in Central Florida, we will be showcasing in sketches one of our unique and iconic locations.
The renovated Downtown Disney, now called Disney's Springs, and the newly added section provide plenty of sketch opportunities. Take a pride in our Central Florida community! Come join us!

2 PM November 10, 2017 to 4 PM November 12, 2017. Free. Sidewalk in front of Lincoln Plaza in Downtown Orlando (300 S. Orange Avenue). Drum Schtick. As part of Noise, an Art in Odd places production, award-winning D.C. based performance artist Brian Feldman will embark on his longest project to date. For 50 consecutive hours, Brian will remain at a drum kit. Brian has been trying to realize this project since 2007.
Brian is seeking up to 50 volunteers (one hour shifts) to help ensure (1) his safety, (2) the continuity of the live stream (periscope.tv/BrianFeldman), and (3) answers to attendee questions (to the best of your ability), as he won’t be speaking during this project. Go to Sign Up Genius if you want to help. Earplugs are provided!

Noon to 4 PM through November 19, 2017. $15 Festival of Trees: The Gift of the Holidays. Orlando Museum of Art (2416 North Mills Ave. Orlando, FL 32803) The Festival of Trees, now in its thirty-first year, transforms the Orlando Museum of Art into a glittering wonderland filled with sparkling trees, vignettes and stunning décor for visitors of all ages.
The Orlando Museum of Art will showcase designer Christmas trees of all sizes, holiday vignettes, custom hand designed wreaths and table décor, a gingerbread village, tabletop displays and more. Each piece is designed by Orlando’s finest designers and is available for purchase. A glamorous gala night will mark the start of the 9-day event.
The Festival continues with musical performances, fun family entertainment and delightful programs for all ages throughout the week at the museum. View the museum calendar to see all of the related Festival events. Festival of Trees is presented by Council of 101, a non-profit organization. All proceeds benefit the Orlando Museum of Art. For more information, please contact the Council of 101 at (407) 896-4231, ext. 254 or by email at councilof101@omart.org.

Sunday November 12, 2017 
11 AM to 5 PM. Free. Pagans in the Park. Mead Botanical Garden 1300 S Denning Dr, Winter Park, Florida 32789. A day of connecting, workshops, readers and vendors at Mead Gardens, Winter Park FL. Please bring a pot luck item to share!

1 PM to 5 PM Free. Family Day on the Second Sunday. The Mennello Museum of American Art, 900 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803. The make-and-take craft table is open from noon-2:30 p.m., and docents are available to give mini-tours of the museum. Then it's open house in the galleries until 4:30 p.m.

Noon to 1 PM Donation based. Yoga. Lake Eola Park near the red gazebo. Bring your own mat.

2 PM to 4 PM Free but get a drink. Kelly DeWayne Richards Pop Up Piano Bar. 1212 Country club Oaks Circle 32804.




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Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Orlando Weekly Best of Orlando Party.


This year I was nominated as the Best Artist of Orlando. Andrew Spear won first place, and Boy Kong took second place. They both certainly deserve the recognition. I came in third place but just being nominated meant I could sketch the Orlando Weekly Best of Party at The Beacham (46 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801). The party of the year is a celebration for winners of Orlando’s most prestigious awards, Orlando Weekly’s Best of Orlando. It's a free party for 2000 taste maker VIP's: Best of Orlando Winners, Orlando Weekly clients, select readers, artists, politicians and media. This is always a blowout event that gets super crowded. Pam Schwartz and I arrived somewhat early and as I sketched the venue filled up to capacity. Only when people left, would more people be allowed to enter.

There were two entrances to the event, a "Winners" entrance at The Beacham, and a general admission entrance at 64 North. A series of bars were interconnected, including The Social, Aero, and The Patio. Different things were happening at all the bars. Lasers and spotlights created a two point perspective grid over the crowd. I sketched the grid and then took it back out feeling it hid too much of the crowd detail. When the live performance started confetti was shot over the crowd. I like to watch the hectic action at the two island bars as the bartenders are swamped by orders for free drinks. Working digitally meant I could catch the amazing lighting of the scene.

With the sketch done, we agreed that we had seen enough. We didn't venture into the other crowded bars.


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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Red Black and Ignorant at Valencia College.


Red Black and Ignorant written by Edward Bond is the first installment of a war trilogy. The play introduces Monster, (Daniel Cooksley) an inhuman being who presents the life that he did not get to live because he was aborted and burnt to death in the nuclear global bombings. Killed within his mother’s womb, the play reveals the world which would have awaited the unborn child: a post-apocalyptic society of destruction and war.

The venue was a small circular area with cement benches. The cast uses the benches and the walkway leading to the site. The audience will be seated outside the circle. One cast member saw an animal move in the distance. She said it was the size of a raccoon but might be a possum. All the flashlights surveyed the edge of the woods. The wildlife watched the play unfold from a safe distance.

Daniel is the actor who played my part in O-Town: Voices from Orlando written and directed by David Lee. We hugged warmly as we waited for the rest of the cast to arrive. Jeremy Seghers is directing Red Black and Ignorant. He has a keen eye for staging plays in unexpected venues. He arrived carrying a pile of military clothing. He also had make up for Daniel. Daniel had to to wear colored contacts and black charred makeup. At the start of the play, the entire cast shined flashlights on Daniel while chanting an ominous hum. Daniel crawled up out of an imaginary pile or rubble. Jeremy explained that the set piece is almost done.

The mother of the monster (Blaise Terese Vance) delivered a moving monologue while her wispy frame was being lifted on the shoulders of the monster. She illuminated her own face from below with her flashlight. An imagined lover of the monster (Alyssa Zabel) spoke of what he might have become and seemed oblivious to his twisted self. The son of the Monster (Sean Kemp) found a woman (Anissa Hernandez) trapped under rubble. She screams for help but he realizes that her job would open up were she to perish. He feigns to help but leaves saying he would find help. His father comes across his son as he is debating the woman's fate. The father takes control of the situation and saves her. While chastising his son. The best position the son manages to find is in the military. He embraces the role. His position gives him a place of power over the monster. This father son relationship was destined to be tragic.

This play explores issues of conformity, social morality, and ongoing conflict between the individual and society, giving the story a terrifyingly relevant and timeless tone.

Being an immersive, site-specific work, this is an outdoor show held in a natural environment. I was advised to bring bug spray which was helpful.  The audience is advised to check in at the box office for a short, escorted walk to the site. Walking shoes are advised.  Late seating cannot be accommodated.  It is advised to arrive 30 minutes prior to show time. This production will not have an intermission.

What:  Red Black and Ignorant.
Where:  Valencia East Campus 701 N Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, FL
 Show dates:
Thursday, November 9, 2017   7:30pm to 8:45pm
Friday, November 10, 2017      7:30pm to 8:45pm
Saturday, November 11, 2017  7:30pm to 8:45pm
Sunday, November 12, 2017    7:30pm to 8:45pm
Monday, November 13, 2017   7:30pm to 8:45pm
Tickets: $12 General Ticketing; $10 Valencia students/staff/alumni and seniors.
Contact Name: Valencia College Box Office
Contact Email:  boxoffice@valenciacollege.edu/arts
Contact Phone: (407) 582-2900



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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Hound of the Baskervillesat at Shakes.

The Hound of the Baskerrvilles, written by Sir Conan Doyle was adapted for the stage by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. The 19 parts are played by just three actors. Steven Lane played Sherlock Holmes and I grew anxious since he didn't play the part of Sherlock very often. This hilarious  production at times involved the actors breaking character and talking to the audience one on one. They poked jabs at each other for the past productions they had done. Dr. John Watson, (Simon Needham) was a natural at the British accent since he comes form England. The other actors joked that he is taking good paying actors work from American actors. Chris Crawford played Sir Henry Baskerville among other roles. The production involved many very quick costume changes.

After the first act there was an intermission and the second act began with Steven Lane reading a note form an audience member in the center section. It stated that his acting was lackluster and sluggish. The response was for the cast to re-act the entire first act at an insanely accelerated pace. This time costumes were often only half assembled as the actors ran around the stage to hit their marks. This was hilarious and impressive at the same time.

The Baskerville family suffered from a curse that began when a young woman was imprisoned at their Devonshire estate. A huge and vicious hound then attacked the guilty abductor. Since that date the family carried the curse. Each generation would suffer from the attack of a devilish red eyed  hound. The recent death of a Sir Charles Baskerville rekindled the story of the cure and brought in Holmes and Watson on the case. Holmes was busy but sent Watson to the estate to investigate.

There is an escaped convict on the moor and mysterious candle messaged sent at night. Sherlock takes multiple disguises to watch the activity of the state from afar. His several attempts to reveal himself to Watson, are hilarious since Watson is blinded by theater blindness that allows for a costume change to be an absolute disguise.  Myth and mystery eventually give way to thought and reason and the suspect is discovered.

We were seated in the back row of house left which was a great vantage point when the actors left the stage and wandered into the audience. I almost tripped an actor as he rushed out the fire escape door setting off the alarm. I highly recommend the show for a light hearted evening of theater.

The Hound of the Baskervilles.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater, The Goldman
812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803
Tickets are $13 to $50.

Remaining show dates:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Sold out! There are no tickets available.


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Monday, November 6, 2017

The Perceid Meteor Shower..


The Perseid Meteor shower is supposed to be the brightest meteor shower of the year. According to NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke, the Perseids are perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year. Typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour, but in outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour. The meteor shower's actual peak was around 1 p.m. on August 12, which means that the night before and the night after will both have good rates; Cooke said the show would be slightly better in the predawn hours of Aug. 12, but that there would be a decent show both nights.

Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by Earth; its nucleus is about 16 miles wide. It last passed nearby Earth during its orbit around the sun in 1992, and the next time will be in 2126. But in the meantime, the Earth passes through the dust and debris it leaves behind every year, creating the annual Perseid meteor shower.

Pam Schwartz and I traveled to Magnolia Park on Lake Apopka in the hope of getting away from some of Orlando's light pollution. We arrived at the lake side park just before midnight. Several people were leaving the boat launch area in their SUV and they shouted out that a big gator was lurking there. We found a spot on a dock and waited patiently, seated on my artist stools..

In my nocturne I could clearly see the orange glow of the city light pollution on the horizon. I was afraid that this might hinder our chances of seeing meteors. Another drawback was that it was cloudy. After an hour of sitting on the dock, the clouds started to part and thin out. While I was staring at my sketch, Pam shouted out that she saw a meteor. I stopped sketching and stared at the night sky.

In the reeds near by two beady eyes stared back at me. It was a huge gator watching us and waiting for his chance to lunge. It was kind of hard to look at the sky with those reflective lenses staring at us. I finally did see a streak of light on the horizon. It was just a flash out of the corner of my eye, but I saw it. On a different occasion I saw a meteor that was huge and seemed to linger in the sky like  an open wound. If there were a hundred meteors and hour on this night they must have been only active when it was cloudy. What I remember far more vividly are those ravenous glowing doll like eyes. We left shortly after I saw my one meteor. Although the gator might have wanted blood, it was the mosquitoes that feasted the most that night.


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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Hand to God at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.


Hand to God written by Robert Askins, was presented by Generation Productions at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and was an unexpected, hilarious, and irreverent production. In a church Sunday school class, students are using puppets in a morality play. Timothy, a shy boy, played by Jerry J. Jobe had a puppet with plans of his own. The puppet calls out Timmy's attraction to Jessica (Devan Seaman) in rather lascivious ways. Jason, (Andrew Romano) skulked with crossed arms and was anxious to cause trouble. The Sunday school puppetry teacher was Margery (Rebecca Fisher) and she was also Timmy's mom.

The play's title is a bit misleading. From the moment the foul-mouthed puppet on Timmy's hand spoke for himself the laughs just kept on coming. This is no quiet morality play. The underlying unspoken heartfelt drama came from the loss of Timmy's dad. The brunt of the action was aimed at resolving the fractured relationship between Timmy and his mom. The stakes got higher when Pastor Greg (Jason Blackwater) insists that Margery present a play at the next service. Timmy, knowing he has no control over what the puppet might say, has to let his mother down.

Both Jason and Pastor Greg made advances on Margery. She was left devastated after her husband's death and crashed against the rocks. The classroom became a devil's den complete with a satanic star and a teddy bear, pubic hair included, with an arrow through it, when Timmy and his puppet take over.

One of the funnier moments came when Jessica decides to speak to Timmy's puppet through her own puppet. The result is a hilarious 5 minute sex scene with the two puppets as she is able to confide in Timmy, all as the distracted puppets bumped together. The production was a blast being a cross between Little Shop of Horrors and the Exorcist. Rebecca Fisher as Margery was fantastic. This was an amazing role for her. Jeremy J. Jobe also did an amazing job as he tried to remove the satanic puppet from his life.

The play was produced by Aaron Safer, and featured direction by Kenny Howard. The set design was by Bonnie Sprung, with costumes by Kyla Swanberg, and lighting design by Amy Hadley.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Collective presented the Opera Del Sol launch party.



The Collective presented Orlando's most exciting new performing arts concept, Opera del Sol at the Citrus Club (255 S Orange Ave, Ste 1800, Orlando, Florida 32801) on August 7, 2017. The evening was hosted by Andrae Bailey and Jon Busdeker of The Collective. That night also happened to be the birthday of  Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. At the party, I focused my attention on sketching the string quartet.

The mission of Opera del Sol, in partnership with the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, is to change the way audiences experience opera and performance art by creating curated, conceptual productions in unexpected places. They are creating new ways to experience opera, musical theatre, and visual arts, opting out of traditional venues, and instead creating alluring productions in unique and intimate settings. They will combine the visual and performance arts with cleverly curated foods and beverages to provide those unexpected thrills.

Founder Nichole Dupre was there to introduce the inaugural season. With venues in both Orlando and Brevard County, Opera del Sol will open this Fall with Opera Wars, an original production set in outer space, and close with the thrilling musical theatre classic, Sweeney Todd.

Keeping with their cross-arts mission, the company will also feature a curated art show with local artist Peterson Guerrier, and will also perform Bon Appetit, a one woman opera based on a well known Julia Child broadcast, accompanied with a five-course dinner presented by Publix.

Mark Your Calendar. Opera del Sol is hosting a Happy Hour fundraiser and Opera Wars Cast Meet and Greet on Tuesday November 7, 2017, from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Ace Cafe (100 W Livingston St, Orlando, Florida 32801).

 The countdown for Opera del Sol presents Opera Wars in Orlando begins. Join the cast at The Abbey Friday November 24th and Saturday November 25th. Show times are at 7pm, with a matinee on Saturday. Tickets available at: operadelsol.ticketleap.com


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Friday, November 3, 2017

Weekend Top 6 Picks for November 4th and 5th.

Saturday November 4, 2017
8 AM to 3 PM - Free. Fourth Annual Chalk the Walk. Winter Park Central Park (251 S Park Ave, Winter Park, Florida 32789). This is the fourth annual street painting event held on the first Saturday of the month of November. There are adult, high school and middle school artists creating art and competing for prize money in a one day event. It is always a great event to attend and see artists enjoying the day.

6 PM to 9 PM - Donations. One Voice Orlando Benefit. Timucua White House (2000 South Summerlin, Orlando, FL 32806). All proceeds to benefit Proyecto Somos Orlando (the funds will benefit Pulse survivors and and also Puerto Rico relief efforts). Includes a screening of my short film, "Finger on the Pulse."

6 PM to 10 PM - $30. Puttin' on the Ritz Fundraiser. Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center (203 S Magnolia Ave, Sanford, Florida 32771).  Each year the Densch celebrates a decade: this year it’s the flower power fab-1960's! The street in front of the theatre will come to life with groovy music, classic cars and entertainment. Supporters of the arts don their favorite 60s look and enjoy food from local Sanford restaurants. Inside the rehearsal hall, you’ll find a far-out silent auction. Be the highest bidder for fun, unique and other must-have items. There will be something for everyone. When food and bidding have closed, the fun is moved inside the historic theatre to view a live multimedia presentation highlighting musical talent from the Repertory Company and video reels helping us find our way back to the 1960s!

Sunday November 5, 2017
10 AM to 5 PM - Free Saturday and Sunday. Fall Fiesta in the Park. Lake Eola Park. The free, pet-friendly event includes artist and craft booths, food vendors, live music, a huge children’s play area and more.

10 AM to 5 PM - $7-$50 Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Fair.  (12835 County Landfill Road Clermont. FL). Travel back in time to the middle ages and enjoy food, drink, vendors, games, entertainment, and more.

Noon to 3 PM - Donation. Music at the Casa.  Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum, (656 N Park Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789). Guitarist, vocalist, composer George Grosman.


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Thursday, November 2, 2017

A Study of Dreams.

Ricky Brigante contacted me about sketching what I assumed was a haunted house experience. He and Sarah Elger had produced a warehouse interactive experience called Catharsis which was beautifully designed and a joy to sketch. This production was built around the idea of being a dream world. Sigmund Freud considered dreams as wish fulfillment and this production pushed that concept to the edge.

Tickets for this show sold out within hours of going on sale. Groups are limited to ten guests at a time. The experience was a beta test for a bar concept that the producers are considering. They used the home as a way to work out the kinks of a possible ongoing  interactive experience. Were they able to bring the idea to International Drive, it might very well take off.

I paused at the entrance to the home, afraid to ring the doorbell. Something was off. It was a small unassuming house in Thornton Park. The front windows were all covered with plush red fabric. Ricky met me outside and escorted me through dark corridors to the living room area. This was the heart of the show where much of the action would take place. I set to work immediately. Sarah asked if I could execute a sketch in 5 minutes. I didn't want to abandon what I had already started. Ricky showed me a photo of the scene she was considering. A beautiful nude woman stood in the shower bathed in red light. Bloody hell I thought, I need to figure out how to sketch faster, but I most certainly would be an odd addition to the bathroom. Ricky smiled and said, "I forgot to mention, this is a 21 and up show."

A flat screen TV next to the bar had abstract images in motion. An actor looking at the screen prior to the show suddenly realized that the images were pornographic. Once you could see the images, it couldn't be unseen. Sarah explained that guests were essentially kidnapped from a local park and then transported by van to the site. I had about 20 minutes to work before guests would get to the living room area. Odd cubist painting hung from the ceiling along with translucent gauze fabric. A spinning store rack had black mannequin heads with white strips of paper taped to the foreheads. Guests would take the strip with their name on it to find out what dream wish fulfillment awaited them. Menus also defined the delights that awaited.

A married couple had come to the experience. He wanted to experience the dreams as a way to get rid of his wife's nightmares. She was shy and afraid that others were watching her, even desiring her. She was pulled away and he encouraged her to go alone. That wasn't a great decision. The dream world was built by a doctor who was obsessed with phrenology, the study of skull shapes. The doctor, dressed all in black sat next to me on the couch. He had a drink and his hand shook. He was mumbling to himself that everyone should escape while they still could. The dreams didn't all function as wish fulfillments, sometime there were darker unexpected consequences.

The wife returned while her husband was off in another room. She was transformed, sensual and ravenous for interaction and pleasure. A woman seated next to referred to her as a succubus. She sat on the arm of the couch next to me and asked what my greatest desire was. I was a bit flummoxed. My desire at that moment was strictly to finish the sketch I has started. A man entered the room dressed only in his underwear, holding his crumpled clothes to his chest. He had just come from the bathroom and apparently had taken a shower with the sensual woman inside.

A red glow emanated from the next room. Red icicles dripped light from the ceiling. I could hear the moans of a woman the entire time I sketched. One guest rifled through all the papers looking for clues about what was happening. I couldn't avoid being part of the experience. Guests were curious about what I was doing. My sketch might be a vital clue. I simply explained that I was sketching the dream and kept working.

A semi-nude woman pulled a man down onto the mattresses on the floor to my right. They embraced passionately and kissed, but these moments happened so quickly that I didn't manage to catch them in the sketch. The husband was approached by the doctor who was holding a large drill. He said it was time to wake up, just before drilling into the husband's head in a horrific violent moment. The dreamers just watched in amazement. I imagine this was some barbaric form of lobotomy.

Towards the end of the evening, the disheveled husband was held in a chair by other women and his wife undressed in front of him. In a black garter she teased him and then strangled him. Pleasure always seemed laced with pain in his dreams. I finished my sketch after the guests had been called back to their waking life and responsibilities. I slipped out before the next guests began their dream. My dream had been fulfilled.


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Howler's Theater presents Wind Up 1957 at the Savoy.


Howler's Theatre's World Premiere production of an immersive play, written by Scott Browning, which invites audience members into a gay bar in the 1950’s to witness life and love at a time when the truth could get one arrested and conformity was almost mandatory. “Wind Up 1957” is a theatrical experience that dissolves the law of time to ask, has much really changed since then?"

The play was inspired by the book “Gay Bar” by Helen Branson - the first novel about gay culture that was legally printed in the U.S. Playwright Scott Browning explains, “I fell in love with Helen so much that I just wanted to bring her and her boys back to life, 60 years later, at her Hollywood bar "The Windup.”

Pam I went to a dress rehearsal in The Savoy (1913 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804). Director Vera Varlamov was incredibly welcoming. She bubbled with delight each time an actor arrived dressed in their best 1950s suits and ties. music from the 50s filled the theater in the round. Actors checked their cellphones to pass the time until the rehearsal started. The setting for the play was perfect. The Starlight room is an intimate cabaret space inside the Savoy. The air smelled of cigarette smoke covered by strong perfumed cleaners. In this interactive space, an actor might just sit down next to you.

Vera lead the actors in a viewpoints session. The actors walked the space getting used to the new space which was larger that the spaces they had been rehearsing in but also filed with chairs. Vera referred to the chairs as the ghosts in the room, soon to be filled by an audience. The actors had to get used to walking among the seats.In the first phase they walked the space not acknowledging each other. Then they added eye contact and emotion to their steps. In the final phase, they projected outward filling the space with their presence as they moved. For me it was  a quick introduction into how each character moved.

The edgy and funny bar keep, Carol Begerow-Adubato, was my favorite character in the production. She didn't take any crap from anyone and she instinctively knew how to protect her patrons. There was a natural playfulness to many of the scenes, like the characters were regulars who often joked together. Scott Browning was good at being intense and brooding. A slow dance with his stand in partner was incredibly sincere. One actor was in another production across town, so his lines had to be read by the tech.

Since this was the first time in a new space, the scenes had to stop once and a while to work out staging issues. But in general the production flowed nicely. The director acknowledged the audience of two and when the seats fill, there will be a new energy that will fill the space.

Other acting talents included Mitchell Dean Wells, Benjamin Dupree, Josh Breece, Barry Wright, Alina Alcantara, Rashad Alii, and Brandon Fabian Lope.

Tickets are $12.

Where: The Savoy (1913 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804)
When: All shows are from 8 PM to10 PM.
Friday     November 3, 2017
Saturday November 4, 2017
Friday     November 10, 2017
Saturday November 11, 2017
Friday     November 17, 2017
Saturday November 18, 2017
Friday     November 24, 2017
Saturday November 25, 2017


Due to my impending divorce, I am no longer ALLOWED to sell my artwork. I therefore have no means of income. I apologize to any interested buyers. I will post when I am again allowed to earn a living.