Saturday, July 15, 2006

tonight

saw microscope maintenance and repair at the axiom...
awesome...again.
then went to gig at helios...
alternately pissing me off/ok/awesome...
smoking something now
I promised to have ready
for folks
on bikes
when they get here...
oh well...


darn that dream
and bless it too
without that dream
I never would have you
but it haunts me
and it won't come true
so
darn
that
dream

listening to the magic bullets,
we were good and bad
in all the right ways...
loose, and raw, and right.

i hope yr tomorrow is less terrifying than mine...


Kid Ornery

Friday, July 14, 2006

tonight

just want to say...

I am a firm believer
in the restorative power
of "bad" behavior.

carry on.

Independent Online Edition > Profiles

Independent Online Edition > Profiles:
"'I'm starting to go to bed at a reasonable hour. I have to get up and do things now,' says Black, who married the cellist Tanya Haden, 35, in March, just three months prior to the birth of their son. 'I even quit smoking two days ago,' he says proudly. 'I've been quitting on and off for the last 10 years but this time I'm really going to quit for real.'"

Tanya Haden...
that's Charlie Haden's daughter...
so not only is the man funny,
but he married into one of the coolest families of all time...
if you don't know who Haden is or why he's amazing I'll just say, "google is yr friend."

Thursday, July 13, 2006

colbert on conan

Colbert on Conan

the link goes to part 1,
but part 2 should be there too...

He sings some Mahalia Jackson songs and talks about D&D...

"What's a 23rd level magic-user?"

"Just someone you don't wanna mess with."

brilliant.

in part 2 he talks about gary gygax...
and speaks in high elvish.

DANCE DANCE DANCE!!!!

WHAT:  Benefit Party for THE ADDING MACHINE
WHERE: 1441 Lawson, 77023
WHEN: Saturday, July15, 2006.  10 PM
WHO: You and about 100 other AWESOME PEOPLE!
WHY: To help INDEPENDENT THEATRE, dance the night away, and have a
wonderful time!

Hey, everyone!

Wow, it's been a long, long time, but the time is finally right for
another incredible experience of joy, conversation, music, and
madness!  Come and celebrate life, support the arts, and dance to some
of the world's greatest music.

What music?  Well, how about the ol' timey, bluegrass, funk-rock
revival of THE MEDICINE SHOW???!!!  Or the junglistic, bombastic,
groove-station cuts from the mystical turntables of DJ CUB???!!!  Can
you ask for more?

Well, you shouldn't.  TMS and CUB are awesome enough. But, feel free
to bring an instrument and join in the ho-down, if the music is in
you.  That's right, folks ROGUE MUSICIANS ARE WELCOME!!!!

This is a donation party, suggested entry for the DRINK ALL YOU WANT
MARATHON is $20, but no one will be turned away.  Bring a bottle for
absolutely free entry, or just drop a couple of bones and a smile.  We
love you all.

You will also find yummi food, funny jokes, great art, THE
DEFENESTRATION UNIT and FIST OF KONG CDs for sale, cute girls,
attractive boys, true love, a cheap date, unmentionable narcotics, THE
PARTY HORSE, and THE TRUE MEANING OF LIFE*!!!!!

Wow,  That's sounds wild!   Come check it out, stay for a bit, stay
longer, pass out talking to strangers, wake up in mid-morning and help
clean.  It'll be great!

Hope to see you, call if you need directions or just want to chat.

Love,

TomZ.
(713) 8884-6793

ASK ABOUT THE CYCLIST DISCOUNT!!!!!




*THE TRUE MEANING OF LIFE is not guarranteed to be either true, or the
meaning of life.

Apocalypse Pooh



the first "underground" videotape I think I ever saw had this,
"Blue Peanuts" (Blue Velvet as performed by the Peanuts gang)
and The Archies doing "God Save the Queen"...
let's hear it for youtube...

YouTube - Ernest and Bertram

Go watch this before it's pulled...
really...
YouTube - Ernest and Bertram

new podcast

http://kidornery.podomatic.com
http://kidornery.podomatic.com/rss2/xml

30 minutes with Avijit -
real busy with "the adding machine" this week,
but here's 30 minutes of tunes from the first "improv" group
Charlie Naked and I put together...
We recorded every time we got together and released a tape a week for a long while...
the only folks to ever buy them were local record store employees and members of Charalambides...
I'll take quality over quantity any day, won't you?

It's much more riff/song based, but everything you hear here is a first take with no discussion of what we're playing before we start...
Well, Mozo X did overdub the vox on "kissing ann magnuson" - our little tribute to Bongwater...

1. Nicoderm
2. Freakout Luau '68
3. Searching for my Flashlight
4. Kissing Ann Magnuson
5. John Bell

All these tracks are available on various Avijit Cd's -
Charlie's Store

if yr in H-town come see "The Adding Machine"

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

"Western Martial Arts Styles at Catholic Academy of Sacramental Combat Arts"

"Western Martial Arts Styles at Catholic Academy of Sacramental Combat Arts": "# You teach grappling and weapons, but so do Asian martial arts. What makes your perspective unique?

A: What makes our style unique is the distinctive Christian spirituality involved in our martial arts. Parents of Christians don't have to shuffle through the various pagan philosophies to discern which is consistent with orthodox Christian doctrine, and which is not.

# If that is the case, how does this differ from Christian karate?

A: Christian karate removes non-Christian philosophy from karate, and replaces it with Christian philosophy. C.A.S.C.A. uses martial arts that either go back to Biblical times, or were developed during Europe's Catholic era, when religious knightly orders were thoroughly permeated by Christian philosophy. Therefore, instead of adapting a non-Christian martial art to Christian use, C.A.S.C.A. maintains a historical link to Catholic spirituality and combat systems."

hot damn!
now it's not just heatherns what can learn to kill a man with their bare hands!!

Damn Interesting � Tesla

Damn Interesting � Tesla:

"Upon Edison’s death, most of the remarks made in his epitaph were kind, save those from Tesla, who said of his former employer: “He had no hobby, cared for no sort of amusement of any kind and lived in utter disregard of the most elementary rules of hygiene.”"

That's right! fuck a buncha Edison!
Right bastard he was!

Guardian Unlimited Arts | Arts features | What Syd Barrett means to me by Rick Moody

Guardian Unlimited Arts | Arts features | What Syd Barrett means to me by Rick Moody:
"It's a great album, especially the big rave-up Interstellar Overdrive. But it's only in Bike, the strange closing number, which seems to wander off and never quite come back, that we get the first intimation of Syd Barrett, sui generis. His voice was strange, thin, reedy, capable of leaping awkwardly high, and of ominous basso rumblings. His guitar playing was trebly, raga-influenced, more like Eric Dolphy than Eric Clapton."

blog | Reviews index

blog | Reviews index:
"'It listed all the things you were not allowed to do. You could not have pictures of the opposite sex on the wall, for instance,' he says. 'My favorite was 'I will not attend the theater as a way of life.''"

Adding Machine Fundraiser

 
Get Drunk! Dance to the Medicine Show! Help me!
We're having a fundraiser/party for "the adding machine"

http://www.myspace.com/theaddingmachine

The Medicine Show will be playing,
and I'm working on a DJ...

There'll be a keg, and some bottles...

We're saying, "$20.00 suggested donation" but since I know most of my peeps is poor, no one will be turned away...
come spend what you'd spend at the bar, and drink with us instead...

Sat July 15th
9pm
1441 Lawson
Houston, Tx 77023
 
 

Lieberman's Real Problem

Lieberman's Real Problem: "He is not being opposed because he doesn't reflect the views of his Democratic constituents 100 percent of the time. He is being opposed because he leads causes many of them find repugnant."

Bingo! Give that man a cigar!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

the adding machine

please help spread far and wide....

 

<BEGIN PRESS RELEASE>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE * 7/10/2006*

ELMER RICE’S

THE ADDING MACHINE

A Kid Ornery Production

In association with the Federal Entertainment Authority

Under special arrangement with the Samuel French Company

http://www.myspace.com/theaddingmachine

call 832-725-4109 for reservations or more information.

 

WHEN: 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, July 21,22,28,29, 2006, with a special ‘pay what you will’ performance Monday July 24.

WHERE: FrenetiCore Theater, located at 5102 Navigation, in Houston’s hyperfunky East End.

HOW MUCH: $10 all seats, all shows, except for Monday July 24, when your conscience decides the price.

AND WHY: Because producer and director Mike Switzer did a lot of unassigned reading at his university…

 

THE PLAY

Serendipity and Switzer's habit of browsing obscure play scripts at the University of Houston library yielded pay dirt when his fingers brushed across an old edition of Elmer Rice's THE ADDING MACHINE.

"I fell in love with its language, its humor and its

bleakness," says Switzer. A graduate of the school of philosophy, Switzer's lack of drama major acquaintances (back then, anyway) meant that he had "no idea it was a produced or even a known play," let alone one of the premiere examples of U.S. expressionism and a deep influence on all following American theatre. (It was for instance a known and deep influence on Tennessee Williams’ Stairs to the Roof.)

IN 1923, when Elmer Rice was writing THE ADDING MACHINE, a computer was not a machine but a person, tabulating columns of figures – one human cell in a preelectronic spreadsheet program.

The play’s antihero is one such nullity – Mr. Zero, twenty-five years a cog in the financial machinery at a massive department store. Zero snaps when he’s suddenly fired and replaced by a machine –"Does the work in half the time and a high school girl can operate them," says the Boss.

Mechanization, isolation, the grim logic of an efficient market, anomie compressed until blazing out into homicidal rage – THE ADDING MACHINE addressed issues already making headlines in the Jazz Age and even more relevant now.

WHO’S DOING THIS

THE ADDING MACHINE is the first ride out of the chute for Kid Ornery Productions but it’s far from the first time at the rodeo for producer/director Mike Switzer.

Most recently seen in Infernal Bridegroom Production’s Speeding Motorcycle, Switzer has acted with Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theater, Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company, Dos Chicas Theater Commune, SLUMP, the Brazosport Little Players and, under the nom de horn Kid Ornery, blew a mean trombone in the Federal Entertainment Authority’s series of cabarets. His double life as a musician in Houston’s avant-noise scene includes long stints in The Defenestration Unit and in his decade-long, two-man project with Charlie Naked, the Last Bastions, whose installation/performance Houston – A Meditation premiered at DiverseWorks in 2005.

Naked is music director for TAM and will be working from both musical and extra-musical themes and ideas to create a highly improvisational score for the show, different each performance.

The band includes members of The Linus Pauling Quartet,

Free Radicals, Friendship Bracelets, The Defenestration Unit, and Infant Mortality Rate. Featuring the sounds

of the theremin, cello, saxophone, in addition to your

more typical bass, guitar, and drums they have created

a beautiful, tension-filled, and at times disturbing score.

The cast is a mix of grizzled veterans and naifs and include members of the Dos Chicas, Theatre Illuminata, Mildred’s Umbrella, and other Houston theater outfits.

 

ANY FINAL THOUGHTS, MR SWITZER?

 

Why, yes. THE ADDING MACHINE's reputation as a challenging

play to produce has led to what Switzer describes as an

unsettling phenomenon. "I have hated how many people have

come up to me and said, 'wow, you're taking on a really…

ambitious project,'" he says.

Ambitious it is, but well worth your time and attention. Oh, and money.

ONCE AGAIN:

ELMER RICE’S

THE ADDING MACHINE

A Kid Ornery Production

In association with the Federal Entertainment Authority

Under special arrangement with the Samuel French Company

WHEN: 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, July 21,22,28,29, 2006. ‘Pay what you will’ performance Monday July 24.

WHERE: FrenetiCore Theater, 5102 Navigation.

HOW MUCH: $10 all seats, all shows. July 24, pay what you will.

Thank you for your attention. If you’re still reading all the way to this point, you are either very, very dedicated or really ought to get that OCD checked out. Thanks again.

<END PRESS RELEASE>

 
 

MediaNation

MediaNation: "What did we talk about...except lesbians...check these out:

gaysexcapades.blogspot.com
chessarmy.podomatic.com
talkshowamerica.podomatic.com
brainrevival.podomatic.com (!!!)
captaincox.podomatic.com (!!!)
jkwheeler.podomatic.com
kidornery.podomatic.com
djhatster.podomatic.com
djmaxcords.podomatic.com
hollow9ine.podomatic.com"

They review my show about 50 minutes in -
The host pretty much hated all the music and didn't get it at all...but they talk about the music for a bit, and it is very entertaining...and I'm talking to the guy in his comments, so at least there's some dialogue happening...

anyway, you should give it a listen as it is entertaining,
and some of the other podcasts reviewed sound like they might be good.

goodbye syd...

I've got a bike.
You can ride it
if you like.
It's got a basket,
a bell that rings,
and things
to make it
look good.
I'd give it to you
if I could,
but I borrowed it.

You're the kind of girl
that fits in with my world.
I'll give you anything,
everything, if you want things.

I've got a cloak,
it's a bit of a joke.
There's a tear
up the front,
it's red and black,
I've had it for months.
If you think it could look good
then I guess it should.

You're the kind of girl
that fits in with my world
I'll give you anything,
everything, if you want things

I know a mouse
and he hasn't
got a house.
I don't know why
I call him Gerald.
He's getting rather old
but he's a good mouse.

You're the kind of girl
that fits in with my world.
I'll give you anything,
everything, if you want things.

I've got a clan
of gingerbread men.
Here a man,
there a man,
lots of gingerbread men.
Take a couple if you wish,
they're on the dish.

You're the kind of girl
that fits in with my world.
I'll give you anything,
everything, if you want things

I know a room
full of musical tunes.
Some rhyme, some ching,
most of them are clockwork.

Let's go into the other room and make them work.

Monday, July 10, 2006

the adding machine - photo by ayn morgan

Julie Boneau as Mrs. Zero and Mark Carrier as Mr. Zero - Photo by Ayn Morgan

The Adding Machine - updated flier

The Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics | TPMCafe

The Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics | TPMCafe:
"It's a view of things that reminds me of nothing so much as the Green Lantern comics, which I enjoy a great deal but regard as a poor guide to national security policy."

See the necoons just aren't the Gaurdians...
and even they screw up to great consequence once or twice per universe...

The Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics | TPMCafe

The Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics | TPMCafe:
"It's a view of things that reminds me of nothing so much as the Green Lantern comics, which I enjoy a great deal but regard as a poor guide to national security policy."

See the necoons just aren't the Gaurdians...
and even they screw up to great consequence once or twice per universe...

Transistor

FOK/TDU will be playing this event...
yahoo!

Transistor
9 PM, HELIOS
Music Premiere
Film Premiere
and
Dance Preview

Join us at Helios on July 14 for a sneak preview of Transistor, a multi-media, modern dance performance conceived by Aileen Mapes and produced by Spacetaker. Transistor will be performed in downtown Houston this fall and projected on multiple downtown skyscrapers so that this event will be truly public.

The July 14th event at Helios offers a full evening of entertainment, featuring a live performance of Leif Moore's original score for Transistor, with Moore on piano, Kayte Covin on flute and alto sax, Alex Jones on tenor sax, and Howard Parker on trombone. Upcoming scenes from Transistor will be screened as well.

Also premiering this evening is Laura Harrison's film of Inside Out, a dance commissioned by Spacetaker for its 2005 gala at Lester Marks' home. Choreographed by Mapes, Inside Out stars Daniel Adame, Jesse Harper, Luisa Stainback, Aileen Mapes, and Melissa Winter. Different Kind of Monkey and Mike Switzer created the film's musical soundtrack.

Transistor is funded in part by the Mayor's Office through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County.