Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Knives Out

A critic can cut like a knife. That is the premise behind performance artist Brian Feldman's Knives Out at The Glass Knife, (276 Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, Florida 32789)which featured five current and former critics from Central Florida, each taking a stab at reading 3 reviews they’ve previously written about past Brian Feldman Projects; 15 reviews for the 15th anniversary of Brian Feldman’s performance art career.

Featuring the arts criticism of Mark Baratelli (The Daily City), Carl F Gauze (Ink 19), Seth Kubersky (Orlando Weekly), Elizabeth Maupin (Orlando Sentinel), and Thomas Thorspecken (Analog Artist Digital World). (Due to a schedule conflict with Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Brian’s Mom, Marilyn Wattman-Feldman, read for Betsey Maupin.) As an added bonus, I  decided Pam Schwartz would read for me since I was busy sketching the event.

Originally envisioned to take place inside of the Randall Made Knives Museum in Orlando, after Brian’s proposal was rejected he was conflicted as to whether this project was still worth pursuing. While the final realization may not have been nearly as visually interesting as critics in a room filled with 1,000 knives, there was at least be cake available.

A disadvantage of The Glass Knife's outdoor patio is that the sound of traffic meant that I could only hear bits and pieces of each review. I showed up to the event completely unprepared. I didn't realize that Brian had wanted each critic to choose the columns they wanted to read. I knew that time to sketch was limited, so I got right to work. Brian seemed to have assigned seating, but he relinquished the seat at the far end of the table that I felt I needed to sketch from. I managed to sketch every critic but Carl F Gauze since he was hidden behind others at the table. I usually try to get the back of his head in any sketch that I do.

Pam did a great job reading my columns. I particularly liked the article about the end of Analog TV. I really liked Seth's article about Wawa Shabawa. Carl read his review of #txtshow which had not been published yet. The gist of the review was that not many went to the show, but the few that did had a great time. Orlando is a transient town so anyone that was familiar with his Orlando Performances starting 15 years ago have likely left town. Then why am I still here?

Knives Out was one of 5 of Brian's performances (part of #BFP15) that he brought back to Orlando to Celebrate his 15 years as a performance artist. The last shows still to come include:

Fiddler on the Phone will have 2 performances.
• Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Sunset (6:28 PM EST)
• Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Sunset (6:29 PM EST)
Depending on your musical number order, Brian Feldman will call you between 6:28 PM – approximately 9:30 PM EST.
The performance will come direct to your Phone (Brian Feldman will call you from a pay phone).
Free (only 16 calls available)
Register for your phone call at brianfeldman.com.
Note: All calls to area codes outside of the U.S. will be made collect.
Taking place entirely over a pay phone, this performance features Brian Feldman singing Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein’s classic Tony Award®-winning 1964 musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” a capella, one song at a time, one phone call at a time.
Specific songs from the show may be requested, and will be fulfilled in the order received. Otherwise, all songs will be allocated randomly. Phone calls will range from approximately 1 to 8 minutes.  

The Feldman Dynamic on March 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM at:
Stardust Video and Coffee
1842 E. Winter Park Rd.
Orlando, FL 32803
Cost: $15 advance, $20 at the door
Free if your last name is “Feldman” (at the door, with valid photo ID). Offer not valid if tickets are sold out prior to the performance.
The original Brian Feldman Project returns to Central Florida for the first time in over five years, and to Orlando for the first time in over 10 years.
An unprecedented reality theater event featuring a family – Brian Feldman’s actual family (Mom, Dad, and sister) – having dinner together live on stage. There’s no script, no rehearsal, and every performance is completely different. It’s not improv. It’s the reality show that will never be on TV.
The Feldman Dynamic is Brian Feldman, Edward Alan Feldman, Adrienne McIntosh, and Marilyn Wattman-Feldman.  


Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

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