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(L to R) Melvin Fraenk and Katie Duck at OT301 in Amsterdam December 2013.

(L to R) Melvin Fraenk and Katie Duck at OT301 in Amsterdam December 2013.

I have been passing out these postcard sized flyers (above) at various coffee houses around Salt Lake, and speaking with some interesting people in the course of promoting this workshop.

April Showers

Centerville Tulips 2014 -- Photo by M.E.

Centerville Tulips 2014 — Photo by M.E.

The local deer don’t graze under certain bushes, so we have a few bulbs flowering in the neighborhood. There are also Quail and beautiful Goldfinches!

No fools of any month at Ladies That Rock in April 2014

A full set of Acoustic MiNX capped a perfect spring day.

A full set of Acoustic MiNX capped a perfect spring day.

Ladies That Rock was billed as all-acoustic show, a welcome context for MiNX, who have often been at their most elegant and/or raw singing around a wooden guitar. The night began with Spoken Literature and Slam Poetry, with high qualities of performance, literary quality, and intense imagery, informed by Feminism.

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(Top) Stephanie Novack, our MC — When She Speaks I Hear The Revolution.

Notice the poets who are reading — one is using paper, others are using smart phones:

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I can only WISH I knew everybody’s name!

OK — it was a BIG challenge to follow that, no matter who you were!

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(Top) Kelli Moyle had the “star spot,” and worked it until closing time. (Lower Left) Chanda Charmayne played Raffi’s own guitar — lucky lady! (Lower Right) Nirvana Huntington’s amazing voice really RIPPED through the Woodshed.

What about MiNX?

Ischa and Raffi did fine in their acoustic set, but it surprised me that they performed so many songs that they didn’t write. I have heard these so-called “covers” piecemeal since I’ve followed this band, but there were many more than usual in a single offing this Friday night.
Twenty four hours later I was surprised again when they STARTED with an electric set and FINISHED acoustically at another venue.

I ain't crazy, I'm DIFFERENT ... !

I ain’t crazy, I’m DIFFERENT …  at Fatts Grill on Saturday April 5, 2014.

Raffi played a new Fender Stratocaster that night, finished in Hot Rod Pink — and made it ring with great enthusiasm!

Acoutsic MiNX made the crowd cheer with appreciation.

Acoustic MiNX made the crowd cheer with appreciation.

Impressive as full-track electric MiNX was, the audience totally fell in love with their reinterpretations of songs by famous people as sung by Ischa accompanied by Raffi’s hollow-body guitar, through the P.A. system.

Hanging on, in quiet desperation is the English way, the time is gone, the song is over, thought I’d something more to say.
Home — home again I like to be here when I can, when I come home cold and tired, it’s good to warm my bones beside the fire.
Far away across the field, the tolling of the iron bell calls the faithful to their knees to hear the softly spoken magic spell …

Day-UM — I’m so glad I was there that night!

Check out MiNX’s original acoustic and electric music at MiNXband.com

More art, but from another time

When I was in elementary school, C.B. DeMille’s biblical epic Ten Commandments impressed moviegoers everywhere, and the production paintings by Arnold Friberg also impressed me and others around Utah, where he’d moved after the movie wrapped up in Los Angeles. Until this year, I’d only seen them as prints, but the actual paintings were put on display by his family in Downtown Salt Lake City.

Sample from my Freiberg portfolio.

Sample from my own Friberg portfolio.

My art teachers at the University of Utah preferred less built-up textures of paint on the canvas, but we still went for anatomy and color in similar ways. Friberg sure liked orange, red, and yellow Cadmiums!

Freiberg portfolio

From my Friberg portfolio

(Below) The Egyptian princess discovers infant Moses in the bulrushes along the Nile River. Nina Foch played said princess in DeMille’s movie, but I swear that the lady in the painting also resembles Anne Baxter.

Freiberg portfolio

From my Friberg portfolio

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Speaking of movies

(L to R) Nortje Kohne and Vilbjorg Broch at Orgelpark.

(L to R) Nortje Kohne and Vilbjorg Broch in performance at Orgelpark.

My own video of Manson II is based upon subjective interpretations of history by the cast, but the improvisatory concert is a piece of history on its own. Watch it HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNWYysB8Q2c

Credits: Katie Duck — Choreographic Score and Direction
Jakob Lekkerkerk — Musical Direction and Church Organs
Alfredo Genovesi, Freak Musbach — Electric Guitars
Nortje Kohne — Viola
Vilbjorg Broch — Soprano
Miri Lee — Patricia Krewinkel
Carla Behal — Leslie Van Houten
Manuela Tessi — Susan Atkins
Alekszander Szivkov — Tex Watson

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Interplanetary Overdrive

Mars and Earth are close, and it is summer in the northern hemisphere of Mars.

The Curiosity team named this place Mount Remarkable.

The Curiosity team named this place Mount Remarkable — photo from the surface of Planet Mars via NASA/JPL/MSSS/Emily Lakdawalla.

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Online Versions of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom Novels:
REMINDER: Research this prolific author on ERBzine.

A Princess of Mars ; The Gods of Mars ; Warlord of Mars ;
( 1911 to 1913 — The heart of the Pulp-Classic world of Mars/Barsoom.)

And thereby hangs a tale As good luck would have it As merry as the day is long At one fell swoop … (We’re stealing from Elizabethan/Jacobean Theatre, like Shakespeare did.)

Read my very personal review of 004’s CD State of Affairs: HERE
Buy one through RAUNCH Records’ Facebook page!

E-Portfolio for Michael Evans

Of Dance and Video

Poster-sized description of Katie Duck's US Tour 2014

Poster-sized description of Katie Duck’s US Tour 2014

New students are stepping up to dance — May 2014 looks like a good month in Utah and California. Our Salt Lake City studio is located inside the west gate of Downtown Sugar Space, next to their art gallery, running north to south, with a door looking out onto a cute patio between us and the gallery — it has a newly-laid sprung-wooden floor, and all the electricity and sound equipment we need for the workshop.

The Urban Art Gallery, located between the Rio Grande and Union Pacific depot buildings, showed Jimmi Toro’s portraits and innovative paintings on their walls while Porridge for Goldilocks created a series of improvised dances with as many as four musicians playing — led by drummer Wachira Waigwa-Stone. Many of the dancers used bicycles to get around that wet early-spring evening, and arrived in four discernible waves.

(L) Amy Freitas started things off as the first layer began cooking.

(L) Amy Freitas started things off in Wave Number One.

 

Wave Two flowed ashore

Wave Number Two flowed ashore with solos, couples, and group work.

 

Two male dancers made big differences in Wave Number Three.

Two male dancers made big differences in Wave Number Three.

 

Amazing female dancers and a telepathic flautist surfed in for the delightful Wave Number Four.

More amazing female dancers and a telepathic lady flautist surfed on in for sparkling Wave Number Four.

A simple event with a lot of talent on display — the dancers and musicians made art that only existed for the hour they were playing. Congratulations to the Urban Art Gallery for their guts and generosity!

I have been wondering if an audience would watch Dance Films for an hour:

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“Occupation” (Top Left) was shot by my colleague Tanja London — Congratulations to everyone involved with this most pleasant festival in the old wing of the historic Provo Library.

 

On Monday, March 24, 2014 the modest Utah Dance Film Festival showed THREE back-to-back series of short-to-long Dance Films, lasting about an hour each, with 40% to 90% attendance in a comfortable, airy, and classy conference room. This all makes me confident that there ARE audiences for my own movie-length videos like Manson II at Orgelpark 2013:

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(L to R) Alekszander and Noortje in the pipes at Orgelpark.


Watch Manson II at Orgelpark 2013

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I recently saw Cosmos‘ host Neil DeGrasse Tyson speaking about Human Values in Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah, a building that was one of my haunts when I was a late-teen/twenty-something.

Link to local news coverage/precis of talk.

When Tyson talked about religion suppressing science, and the decline of US leadership in the field, he KNEW where he was and who was in his audience. He also made us laugh most of the time he was onstage.

At least one family took their children right up to Dr. Tyson at the end of Q&A. They exchanged jokes, hugs, pictures, and smiles with one another. I met him separately about an hour later in the autograph line, which wove across three floors and up four flights of stairs. We shared Cosmos stories, like the little cartoon-kid saying “Hell’s Bells” in the animated biography of Edmund Halley. This new series has an irreverent sense of humor quite unlike Sagan’s transcendental style.

Tyson was relaxed and friendly with everyone — initiated conversations and totally enjoyed meeting the wide range of Salt Lakers in that mellow line. Once I got to the top, I made a drawing of him, a sketch of Mickey Mouse’s dog Pluto, and well — got his autograph on a bookplate before I had a chance to finish either one. The line moved fast, once it started.

Since I was one of the last in queue, I stuck around to see how the event would end — finished his sketch-portrait, gave it to him, and enjoyed seeing the way he eagerly spoke to whomever he wanted for as long as the conversations lasted. Dr. Tyson interacted with young and old, smiling and joking all the while.

He handled his official handlers with polite ease — some of the U of U entourage were audibly fuming about playing fourth fiddle — behind line-jumpers and janitors. (Chuckle) Good going, Neil — You might be director at another building in New York, but you were one of us that night!

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Ladies That Rock — February Darks & Lights

My stars — MiNX generously bridged the opening and closing acts with an electrifying concert that relied heavily on the brilliant songs from their MiNX 13 CD.

MiNX in concert at the Woodshed -- Making the wonderful REAL!

MiNX in concert at the Woodshed — Making the wonderful REAL!

Local music legend Allison Martin played a fine piano, and recruited some fine help.

(L and R) Allison Martin with guitarist, and with Juana Ghani.

(L and R) Allison Martin with guest guitarist, and with Juana Ghani.

Juana Ghiani was an experience that went far beyond the bandstand. They have a familial tribal vibe going on that makes a fun atmosphere long before the music starts to play.

Juana Ghani made it a gypsy-good time in the Star Spot at Ladies That Rock.

Juana Ghani made it a gypsy-good time in the “Star Spot” at Ladies That Rock.

Once they get started, the music kicks into dance-time, with clean controlled rhythms and expressive singing. I’ve experienced these same Euro-Folk vibes in France, England, and Holland — with real Gypsies and without, but the inclusiveness and simple fun are impossible to beat. Congratulations to this wonderful group for doing it HERE!

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NASA / JPL / SSI / Animation by Bill Dunford.

NASA / JPL / SSI / Animation by Bill Dunford.

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Online Versions of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom Novels:
REMINDER: Research this prolific author on ERBzine.

A Princess of Mars ; The Gods of Mars ; Warlord of Mars ;
( 1911 to 1913 — The heart of the Pulp-Classic world of Mars/Barsoom.)

And thereby hangs a tale As good luck would have it As merry as the day is long At one fell swoop … (We’re stealing from Elizabethan/Jacobean Theatre, like Shakespeare did.)

Read my very personal review of 004’s CD State of Affairs: HERE
Buy one through RAUNCH Records’ Facebook page!

E-Portfolio for Michael Evans

March came in like a Kitty-Kat

Ladies That Rock is an inspiring way to start any month:

MiNX starring at Ladies That Rock in the Woodshed, Venture A Go Go, uh -- Grogan's.

MiNX starring at Ladies That Rock in the Woodshed, Venture A Go Go, uh — Grogan’s.

Check out some Summertime Unplugged MiNX at their website — we fans are hearing more brilliant wood-sounds more often these days, I’m happy to say.

I’ve been calling ESX a “Good Time Music” band — their lead singer Crystal makes it happen!

ESX opened the night on March 7, 3014.

ESX opened the night on March 7, 3014. Crystal Pistol – vox, Jordan – guitar, Bones – bass, Li – keys, Maz – drums, August – guitar. They successfully closed the show during the previous winter.

“Wild” times continued with surf music and Magda Vega in the star slot. Robin’s new songs have powerful lyrics with high literary quality and extreme emotionality.

Whomever did the graphics for the Wild Ones and Magda Vega has a great hand. Singer Robin, as drawn by M.E. on the back of her flyer.

(Left) Whomever did the graphics for the Wild Ones and Magda Vega has great hands. (Right) Singer Robin, as drawn by M.E. on the back of one of her flyers.

(Above) Blogmeister Michael ran down two separate battery packs in his camera, and ended up drawing Magda‘s lead singer Robin on the back of 3×5 flyers.

As Raffi Shahinian played his axe, local guitar legend  Aldine Strychnine was on hand to hear every note!

As Raffi Shahinian shredded his fretboard, local Punk Rock guitar legend Aldine Strychnine was on hand to hear every note!

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Modern Dance, Bolshoi Ballet, and the Sugar Space

Many productive hours went by seeing live Dance, both while I edited my Orgelpark movie, and after the film went online. I am burning European and American DVDs right now, and promoting Katie Duck’s workshop in May, which is coming up fast:
katie_flyer0wwwKatie will teach her workshop at Sugar Space’s newly-purchased location on the west side of Downtown Salt Lake City, near Utah State Fair Park. Some people call it the River District, but the Jordan River lies just beyond the Fairpark, a half-mile away. We are a block and a half south of a TRAX train station.
Our dance studio is located inside the west gate of Downtown Sugar Space, next to their art gallery, running north to south with a door looking out onto a cute patio between us and the gallery — it has a newly-laid sprung-wooden floor, and all the electricity and sound equipment we need.

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Complete One-Hour Concert — Manson Two:

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(L to R) Alfredo Genovesi, Nortje Kohne, Jakob Lekkerkerk, Vilbjorg Broch, and Freek Musbach in performance at Orgelpark, Amsterdam.

Magpie in Concert, August 29, 2014

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More dance on video/film — Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet at the Broadway Theater, doing Balanchine’s Jewels.

I’ve attended three Dance concerts at The Sugar Space, and had a good time at each one. The second was my particular favorite, partly because they had live music by a disarmingly gentle band called L’Anarchiste!

Digitally-altered programs by M.E.

Cause A Decision began with a dance video introducing the cast, shot on the foothills above the University of Utah — Digitally-altered programs and CD cover from L’Anarchiste by M.E.

Braving Deep Winter

RDT’s young company are doing extraordinary work.

Digitally-altered souvenirs by M.E.

Digitally-altered souvenirs by M.E.

Before I go see RDT’s LAND performance on April 12, it’s worth saying that LIVELY totally lived up to the title of the concert. The first half relied on a variety of beautiful pieces choreographed by Martina Harris, and climaxed with a highly energetic and moving Bolero by Joanie Smith. I was shaking my head in awe at the interval — they seemed to be passing the INTENSITY bottle around. Everybody was stepping up.
Bill Evans’ epic character dances are among the things that define RDT in my mind, and Jukebox is a fine example of his art. Anybody of any age can learn a lot from Linda C. Smith’s sense of timing, too. The whole second half was a major ride. I braved a snowstorm the next night to personally thank Linda and the company at a reception for doners.

Speaking of navigating snowstorms, I did a similar thing for Stephen Brown, and I’m glad I did:

Drinking at Sundance Film Festival with Stephen Brown Dance.

Drinking at Sundance Film Festival with Stephen Brown Dance.

Because of SB Dance this winter, I’ve heard Vanessa Angulo sing I Put A Spell On You, saw Jenny Larsen dance in the air, heard Totem & Taboo do another concert, watched the dancers “hit the mattresses,” and heard an exceedingly moving narrative from Stephen.

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History Here and Now

I had the great pleasure of doing some more research for my highly-satisfactory Cosmic Aeroplane Memorabilia website.

Starting about 1972, Linda Huntington (below right) of Mother’s Earth Things helped lead a loose collaboration of Alternative shop owners at the Ninth East and Ninth South Community after the Cosmic Aeroplane moved closer to downtown. Linda also fostered the successful Mayfest celebrations at Westminster College. There will be further pictures from those times posted soon.

The original partners of Mother's Earth Things model their stock of beautiful antique dresses at the Cosmic Aeroplane location on South Temple while Cosmic partners Sherm, Jack, and Steve are clad in denim.

The original partners of Mother’s Earth Things model their stock of beautiful antique dresses at Cosmic Aeroplane’s location on South Temple while Cosmic partners Sherm, Jack, and Steve are clad in denims.

I also had the great pleasure of introducing Monuments Men author Robert Edsel to my friend and Asian Art History Professor Lennox Tierney, who served as a Monuments Man in Occupied Japan. We had breakfast at a hotel downtown, and then Mr. Edsel sprung a surprise or two:

(L to R) Dr. Tierney peers at Robert Edsel's book Rescuing Da Vinci.

(L to R) Mr. Edsel’s autograph; Dr. Tierney peers at Robert Edsel’s book Rescuing Da Vinci, which goes into the astounding details of recovering what the Nazis stole in his documentary movie called The Rape of Europa

Mr. Edsel presented Dr. Tierney with a Senatorial Proclamation honoring his service, plus recognition from the Eisenhower Foundation, and an American Flag. Lennox Tierney was previously honored with the title Kensho, Order of the Rising Sun, from Emperor Heisei of Japan.

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Cluros and Thuria, as seen by Curiosity Rover on Planet Mars.

Cluros and Thuria, as seen by Curiosity Rover on Planet Mars.

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Online Versions of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom Novels:
REMINDER: Research this prolific author on ERBzine.

A Princess of Mars ; The Gods of Mars ; Warlord of Mars ;
( 1911 to 1913 — The heart of the Pulp-Classic world of Mars/Barsoom.)

And thereby hangs a tale As good luck would have it As merry as the day is long At one fell swoop … (We’re stealing from Elizabethan/Jacobean Theatre, like Shakespeare did.)

Read my very personal review of 004’s CD State of Affairs: HERE
Buy one through RAUNCH Records’ Facebook page!

E-Portfolio for Michael Evans

After the Holidays 2013-14

While we await St. Patrick’s Day and a late Easter, the movies have been fun:

My name, Michael Evans, was run before the main features throughout this festival.

My name, Michael Evans, was onscreen preceding main features throughout this “Digital” Festival — along with many other contributors to the Salt Lake Film Society.

2001 Memories: This movie was brand-new when I was 18 years old and has maintained a strong influence on popular culture for many decades. The photography is still very handsome when digitally presented with 21st Century projection equipment on a large screen. When it was new, 2001 was shown in real Cinerama at the huge Villa Theater, which I daresay had a screen that was twice the acreage of the Broadway.

The late Stanley Kubrick told his original version of Odyssey in images most of all, a method which still encourages the minds of his living audiences to make connections. The ultra-black Monolith, or Sentinel joins some far-flung mini-plots together in a de facto narrative that is more subjective than vague. Violence is also a component of the mini-plays: Dawn of Man resolves with newly-enlightened man-apes making tools, weapons, and making war — the primeval bone-weapon is thrown in the air to become — a space-liner. The kitschy Coffee Tea or Me routine, with space travel modeled exactly like the Jet Set Age of the 1960′s, has a good prediction or two — we had picture-phones by 2001 . Unfortunately, rivalries between Russia and the West existed (like in 1968) when I saw this movie in March of 2014.
Kubrick’s characters do a lot of lying in the second act, and there is a lot of official deception. The logos for Pan American and Aeroflot are proudly displayed in the decor of the film, and the plot shifts to Cold War Conspiracies. The episode has more onscreen suspicion than discovery, and there is a militaristic and somewhat threatening attitude rather than a vibe of open-minded investigation, but even though there’s only a few seconds of violence  at the finale — it’s not quite the end of Secret Agent Man.
I’ve accepted this gossamer weblet as satire of a sort — targeted on the idea of how toxic secrets and lies can be. The military goofballs and diplomatic clowns who are somehow in charge of guarding their control over the most important discovery in history just fall down, and out of the story, when the Selenite Sentinel signals Planet Jupiter.
2001′s third act is the famous HAL 9000 sequence — boredom and breakdown. Conflict, treachery, and that dumb-ass diplomat (Secret Agent Man) subverting the computer’s circuits with contradictory orders from the paranoid High Security State he represents. “It’s always human error …” Frankenstein in Space — this act ends in substantial violence. However, there is clever satire in strategic places, like the acrostic relationship(s) between IBM and HAL.
As our sole human survivor approaches the Jovian Monolith, a visual climax that secures this film’s place in history begins. The equations describing Black Holes were just beginning to congeal, but whether Kubrick utilized them or (likely) not in his imagination, this multiple-colored photographic journey is a true milestone in the Art of Moving Pictures. The chateau-like architecture furnishing the Finale was an unexpected touch in a Science Fiction movie at the time, but counterpoints throughout the soundtrack between Waltz King Johann Strauss and Modern Classicist Richard Strauss helped make sense of the context of this scene — the enigmatic coda of the Aging Astronaut & Star Child finishing the film without violence, and with a high ambitious vision, but time moves fast through Monolith Gate, and it is a little unsettling to see the leading man get old and die so quickly!

Arthur C. Clarke wrote a wonderfully-plotted novelization of 2001, with an introduction saying that it was based on “… what I thought Stanley might have meant …” Clarke’s novel 2010: Odyssey Two, written a decade later is all his own, one of his deepest — and both novels are fine literature. The movie version of Two relied on conventional cinematic techniques, was neither a major failure nor major success, wasn’t directed by Kubrick, and is mostly remembered as a footnote to 2001 when it is remembered at all.

S-F fan and screenwriter Harlan Ellison was less than enthusiastic about 2001 during its first release, and spoke of holes big enough to drive …  He had some valid points of contention, but he already had a reputation for contentiousness, and Kubrick’s choice of visuals over words created an apple-and-oranges situation. Stadislav Lem’s great film Solaris later stood as an artistic challenge to Kubrick’s handling of human psychology under the stresses involved with space travel. George Lucas led the way towards quantum changes in movie effects in the next generation of Cinema, but these kinds of things still don’t detract from the accomplishments of 2001 A Space Odyssey.

Past and present, gold records, and gold statues

Redigitization of a photo featuring singers Claudia Linnear, in the flesh, and Judith Hill on the poster for 20 Feet From Stardom.

Redigitization of a photo featuring singers Claudia Linnear, in the flesh, and Judith Hill on the paper poster for 20 Feet From Stardom.

I have been a fan of Darlene Love since I saw her singing regularly on Shindig, a Rock N’ Roll showcase broadcast on primetime TV in the mid-60′s. She led a fabulous trio called the Blossoms and also made innumerable hit records as a studio/backup singer in a golden age of Pop Music. She made a vocal splash on the Oscars a few days ago when 20 Feet From Stardom won an Academy Award for Best Documentary.
Luckily, a local Cinema/Pub hosted a showing of this movie as a benefit for KRCL-FM, and I had a wonderful time seeing and hearing some of the finest singers on the planet and learning a little about their lives.
Merry Clayton of the Raeletts, Claudia Linnear of the Ikettes, the Blossoms singing as the Crystals, and more fabulousness from the Waters Family, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill, and Táta Vega. I also appreciated pointed talk from Patti Austin, Lynn Mabry, and Gloria Jones — all of whom have many, sometimes heartbreaking,  stories they could tell. The arc of Darlene Love’s career took a certain amount of screen time, but the appreciative audience spent many rewarding and revealing moments with Ms’ Fischer, Hill, Clayton, and Linnear as well.

Making My Own Movie:

(R to L) Nortje Kohne and Vilbjorg Broch alongside Jakob Lekkerkerk (useen behind the keyboard) at Orgelpark in Amsterdam 2013.

(R to L) Nortje Kohne and Vilbjorg Broch alongside Jakob Lekkerkerk (useen behind the keyboard) at Orgelpark in Amsterdam 2013. The musicians and the dancers move all over the former church during the concert.

Manson 2 –Improvisatory concert by Magpie at Orgelpark, Amsterdam August 29, 2013

Some of the reasons my name was in the marquee trailer for the This Is Digital Festival was because of my membership in the Salt Lake Film Society, and their Open Screen evenings, when I’ve shown 10 minute segments of my video work documenting the astounding choreography and compositions of Magpie in Holland and the USA. This video is a full hour of INTENSITY.

Credits: Katie Duck — Choreographic Score and Direction
Jakob Lekkerkerk — Musical Direction and Church Organs
Alfredo Genovesi, Freak Musbach — Electric Guitars
Nortje Kohne — Viola
Vilbjorg Broch — Soprano
Miri Lee — Patricia Krewinkel
Carla Behal — Leslie Van Houten
Manuela Tessi — Susan Atkins
Alekszander Szivkov — Tex Watson

Manson 2 utilizes multiple cameras to capture the brilliance of an entire theatrical evening built on improvised music, dancing, and acting. Katie and Jakob create structures that the talented players turn into reality onstage. Their work rivals even the BEST examples of set choreography in skill of execution and artistic richness. One metaphor we use to describe this process is … working in the deep end of the pool.

A Solar eclipse as seen from the surface of Mars by the Curiosity rover -- Phobos does not cover the entire Sun.

A Solar eclipse as seen from the surface of Mars by the Curiosity rover — Phobos does not cover the entire Sun.

That’s enough catching up for now — I will be posting photos of MiNX and their colleagues from Ladies That Rock very soon — maybe as an addition to this chapter, or maybe in a whole other chapter. I’ve also attended several Dance concerts at The Sugar Space, and did more research for my highly-satisfactory Cosmic Aeroplane Memorabilia website.

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Online Versions of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom Novels:
REMINDER: Research this prolific author on ERBzine.

A Princess of Mars ; The Gods of Mars ; Warlord of Mars ;
( 1911 to 1913 — The heart of the Pulp-Classic world of Mars/Barsoom.)

And thereby hangs a tale As good luck would have it As merry as the day is long At one fell swoop …
(We’re stealing from Elizabethan/Jacobean Theatre, like Shakespeare did.)

Read my very personal review of 004’s CD State of Affairs: HERE
Buy one through RAUNCH Records’ Facebook page!

E-Portfolio for Michael Evans

Intermountain seasons in transition

The snow on the Wasatch creeps lower and lower -- photo by M.E.

The snow on the Wasatch creeps lower and lower — photo by M.E.

Walking around Centerville dramatically demonstrates the contrast between Autumn and Winter.

Autumn lingers in the valleys. It isn't Winter until the Solstice -- photo by M.E.

Autumn lingers in the valleys. It isn’t Winter until the Solstice — photo by M.E.

Summer across the Atlantic

Events around Amsterdam last summer

Events around Amsterdam in the summer of 2013

M.C. Escher owed a LOT to mathematical tessellations used by Moorish architects and craftsmen in stone and tiling — especially inside the former mosque at Cordoba. Making a connection between Holland’s modern cultural icon and Islam, even Medieval Islam, represents a courageous move in today’s sad world. I do not hesitate  to point out that there are whole neighborhoods where Muslims of different sects comprise the majority of inhabitants in Amsterdam and other large European cities.

Tekenen means “to draw” and the subtitle basically says “artists around the city.” I happened to see a lot of digital art on the walls of various Amsterdam cafes, and made some artwork of my own:

Photos and assemblage by M.E.

Photos and assemblage by M.E. — featuring Chandana Sarma, Harald Pretschner, Shelly Owen, and Matthijs Kuhlemaijer dancing in the courtyard of Eerste Nassaustraat 7.


Because the night is made for
music — because the night is made for MiNX

Raffi Shahinian and Ischa Bee as MiNX at the release party for their new CD 13 -- photo by M.E.

Raffi Shahinian and Ischa Bee as MiNX, at the release party for their new CD entitled 13 — photo by M.E.

At the invitation of my young friends, I went to the release party for Thirteen, their second CD in less than a year. (I missed the release party for Golden last April, while I was in San Francisco.)  Their shows are pretty theatrical anyway, but Ischa really threw down when it came to costume changes reflecting aspects of all those new songs.

Ischa wailing her heart out, while the audience gladly gives theirs -- photo by M.E.

Ischa is wailing her heart out, as the audience gladly gives up their hearts in return — photo by M.E.

The songs from Thirteen are literally being given away on their website MINXBAND.COM — I strongly suggest anyone who loves to hear the creation of new music to take advantage of this offer, and perhaps make a donation to the band!

I'm like a bird in a gilded cage, if you open the door, I'm going to fly far away ...

… I’m like a bird in a gilded cage, if you open the door, I’m going to fly far away …

I repeatedly talk about the quality of MiNX’s songwriting, and musicianship, so let’s allow someone else, like Kolbie Stonehocker of City Weekly, to say something about the band and these new songs.

MiNX at Salt Lake City's Music Garage -- photo by M.E.

MiNX at Salt Lake City’s Music Garage — photo by M.E.

The Music Garage itself is a remarkable organization that promotes music education among local youth — instruments, equipment, and various technical skills. Hey Kolbie! What does City Weekly have to say about Steve Auerbach’s great project ?

I freely admit to being a sucker for MiNX's music. Ischa giving me a Lollipop during their song of the same name had NOTHING to do with it -- photo by M.E.

I freely admit to being a sucker for MiNX’s music. Ischa’s handing me a “Lollipop” during their song of the same name has NOTHING to do with it — photo by M.E.

Check out the Youth Programs at Salt Lake’s Music Garage

More Diva Doings

Dance to Terabyte & the Battery Eaters — music from the big woods via Soundcloud.
Singer Kelly West is on the ski slopes above Fish, Montana.
Angie Brown’s S.L.U.G. Magazine may be online, but it is also distributed free on paper anyplace that’s cool.
Rasa Vitalia is singing and dancing with Katdelic around the Bay Area.
Dancer Katie Duck is back from her tour in England and Spain.
Lady GaGa continues to flog Botticelli’s sea shells by the sea shore.

In the days of the comet

Comet Ison, approaching the Sun on Nov. 14, 2013, taken by Bruce Gary.

Comet Ison, approaching the Sun on Nov. 14, 2013, 70 minute exposure taken by Bruce Gary.

My only chance to see this sun-grazer will be close to Christmas when it will be in the western skies after sunset, which means Winter. Dare I hope for clear skies?

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Online Versions of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom Novels:
REMINDER: Research this prolific author on ERBzine.

A Princess of Mars ; The Gods of Mars ; Warlord of Mars ;
( 1911 to 1913 — The heart of the Pulp-Classic world of Mars/Barsoom.)

And thereby hangs a tale As good luck would have it As merry as the day is long At one fell swoop …
(We’re stealing from Elizabethan/Jacobean Theatre, like Shakespeare did.)

Read my very personal review of 004’s CD State of Affairs: HERE
Buy one through RAUNCH Records’ Facebook page!

E-Portfolio for Michael Evans

Speaking of the Devil (Above):

Last Roses and Early Snow -- Photo by M.E.

Last Roses and Early Snow — Photo by M.E.

Snow has been falling regularly in the mountains of Northern Utah and at lower elevations every day. The benches of Davis County seem to be at or above the snow line now.

Night In Europe

Stadionkade, Amsterdam -- Digital sketch by M.E.

Canal Boat on Stadionkade — Digital sketch by M.E.

Amsterdam had a boat festival at the end of the summer that celebrated watercraft of all sorts, at all times of day for over two weekends. I was staying on a pleasant canal on the south part of town, with mostly private pleasure boats plying the water, so it extruded a vibe of relaxation that was different from some other spots around that busy international harbor city.

Work and Play in Holland

Souvenir paper from Amsterdam's south and west neighborhoods.

Souvenir paper from Amsterdam’s south and west neighborhoods.

A shout-out to “Pebbles,” the personable manager of Ijsboutique (Delicious Ice Cream from the heart of Amsterdam) who read my post about her business in the lovely community surrounding Johannes Verhultstraat. The collage above consists of fragments from a few more more neighborhoods — My daily haunt at Studio Seven near Westerpark; The friendly printer on the other side of Vondelpark from Ijsboutique who helped turn my sketches into artwork; and Duende Dos, a Spanish Tapas place located at a fascinating  junction between the Brouwersgracht and De Jordaan. It is blessed with a resident Stork too.

Speaking of the Devil Below

This show was so interesting that I saw it twice in one weekend:

Memorabillia from the performances in late October 2013.

Memorabilia from the performances of late October 2013 — including credits. Yes, I went to the after-party and talked with some of the awesome cast. Finally met Stephen Brown too.

I had seen the “sneak preview” in June and was curious about how this challenging piece would continue to do in the cultured, but conservative, State of Utah. I’ve used the word “rambunctious” to describe what I saw in June. The energy of all the performers seemed high-strung, as if they were exploring their roles, which might have been true, or false, but is total projection on my part.
On Friday night, the dance was clean and smooth, the acting edgy and engaging, but Totem and Taboo’s music stunned me, although I’d heard it before.
Lead singer Vanessa Angulo had a somewhat more complicated part as Queen of the Damned that required her to join in with the drama, but her singing was brilliant, and the audio mix was superb. She has plenty of presence anyway, but the job she did as a dramatic bridge between the band, the dance, and the audience was nothing less than splendid — so there I was on Sunday to see and hear it all again. No knock on the superlative dancing and acting, but that 70 minutes of live music was powerfully satisfying.
Brian Kubayscz, the guitarist, told me that he was having more fun playing it after so many months. I took him at his word, and also thought the piece was a touch less cruel, although its Black Humor was just as dark — but it still retained its surprising and very subjective ending.

Alma Matters

I took a chance and saw this concert at the University of Utah:

From my program for the Performing Dance Company at the University of Utah's dance Building.

From my program for the PDC at the University of Utah’s Dance Building.

Seeing dance performances on campus was something me and my friends did regularly at said University when we were students there. We had some talented people, and they did some wonderfully good things. It was fun sitting with one of those same friends at a whole new Dance Department, watching fine choreography and quality dancing. Criticism of the Performing Dance Company concert? Uhh — it got better with each piece, and started out beautifully.

Disco Never Dies !!!

Funky is what Funky does — the Disco Drippers were always a Funk Band and still are!

Disco Drippers at the State Room Oct. 26, 2013 -- Photo by M.E.

Disco Drippers at the State Room Oct. 26, 2013 — Photo by M.E.

A decade past, they would play two or more weekends a month, year in and year out, which could be really tough on their golden-voiced singers. (Thank goodness cigarettes are banned indoors now.) They are doing yearly reunion concerts recently, and the voices of the leather-clad angels from Heaven are worth most any time or effort to hear and see! I spent a bit of time assembling a Facebook Album of this high voltage event, instead of sketching and drawing the band like I used to do in pre-millennium days.

Vivid Funk and Black Rock
Living Colour was on the road celebrating the 25th anniversary of Vivid, and I caught them live at the old Union Pacific Depot.

25 years of Vivid: "That makes me OLD!" sang Cory Glover.

25 years of Vivid: “That makes me OLD!” sang Cory Glover.

It was great hearing Mr. Glover sing twice in one year! He fronted Galactic very, very well, and was radiant at the lead microphone for Living Colour. Still, nothing will ever match my delighted surprise when he defiantly sang Swampp Dogg’s magnificent and ultra-obscure Total Destruction to your Mind with Galactic.

All Souls Day

Take it to the Woodshed! Stars of Ladies That Rock: (L to R) Amber, Ischa, and Melody -- what happened to Raffi, Amber?

Take it to the Woodshed! Stars of Ladies That Rock: (L to R) Amber, Ischa, and Melody — Hey, what happened to Raffi, Amber? (Photos by M.E.)

Halloween night was on a Thursday, which made it a little bit difficult for costume-lovers. I saw fancy dress at the Disco Drippers and Meat & Marrow the preceding weekend, and a few more the weekend afterward.

(Right) Ischa Bee enjoys the wonerful music of Melody Pulsipher (Left); Sinister view of Melody on All Souls Day inset at the middle -- Photos by M.E.

(Right) Ischa Bee enjoys the wonderful music of Melody Pulsipher (Left); Sinister view of Melody on All Souls Day inset at the middle — Photos by M.E.

It was my first time hearing local professional Melody Pulsipher, and I was totally impressed by her voice, songs, and work ethic. It was another one of those Ladies Nights where every act was extraordinarily good.

Thanks for the melodic CD, Melody ! -- scan by M.E.

Thanks for the melodic CD, Melody ! — partial scan by M.E.

I guess that’s ONE way of doing it  –  listen to the song above at http://melodyvocals.com/

Dia des Muertos, Batman -- what can be better than acoustic MiNX?

Dia des Muertos, Batman — is there anything better than acoustic MiNX?

I can’t remember being at the Woodshed while MiNX did an acoustic set. Whether this was the first time they brought out the wood for the Woodshed or not, it’s always GOOD to hear these arrangements.

Waking up the "Dead" with electric MiNX -- photo by M.E.

Waking up the “Dead” with electric MiNX — photo by M.E.

The sneaked one of their new songs from MiNX 13 into the electric set. We fans ALMOST convinced them to do one more, but we’ll just have to wait until the CD Release Party on November 16.

Lady Murasaki rocking the star spot on Ladies Night at the Woodshed November 2013 -- Photo by M.E.

Lady Murasaki rocking the star spot on Ladies Night at the Woodshed November 2013. Amber Taniuchi – Vocals / Guitar; Stephen McSweeney – Guitar; Tyler Morris – Bass; Jonathan Baez – Drums — Photo by M.E.

The sound mix was really nice, and I enjoyed the Lady Murasaki band’s intricately-woven jams around Amber’s sexy contralto voice as people danced until curfew.

Speaking of Diva Vu:

(R) Kim Manning on the very high stage at De Paradiso in Amsterdam. I was in the crowd that night, but this ain't my picture; (L) Ms. Manning's CD and our mutual Kickstarter project.

(R) Kim Manning on the very high stage at De Paradiso in Amsterdam wearing roller skates. I was in the crowd, but this ain’t my picture; (L) Ms. Manning’s CD — our mutual Kickstarter project.

After the Parliament/Funkadelic show in Amsterdam, I met singer/skater Kim Manning in the lobby of the band’s hotel. She recognized my name and gave me a copy of her new CD for contributing to the Kickstarter project that raised the money for it — Good People!

More Diva Doings

MiNX is throwing their second CD Release Party this year in November.
They played one new song last Friday — and the audience wanted more.

Dance to Terabyte & the Battery Eaters — music from the big woods via Soundcloud.
Singer Kelly West still watches the ski slopes above Fish, Montana.
Angie Brown’s S.L.U.G. Magazine may be online, but it is also distributed free on paper anyplace that’s cool.
Rasa Vitalia is singing and dancing with Katdelic around the Bay Area.
Dancer Katie Duck is going on tour in England and Spain.
Polymath Lady GaGa continues to recover from her hip injury, and those sea shells are still selling by the sea shore.

Isn’t that the Sun ‘way over to the right, beyond the Moon … ?

The Earth and Moon -- NASA photo from Mars Messenger.

The Earth and Moon — NASA photo from a Mars Express flyby.

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Online Versions of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom Novels:
REMINDER: Research this prolific author on ERBzine.

A Princess of Mars ; The Gods of Mars ; Warlord of Mars ;
( 1911 to 1913 — The heart of the Pulp-Classic world of Mars/Barsoom.)

And thereby hangs a tale As good luck would have it As merry as the day is long At one fell swoop …
(We’re quoting Shakespearean Theatre.)

Read my very personal review of 004’s CD State of Affairs: HERE
Buy one through RAUNCH Records’ Facebook page!

E-Portfolio for Michael Evans

Where am I?

The Old Mill, below Big Cottonwood Canyon in the Salt Lake Valley -- Photo by M.E.

The Old Mill, below Big Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake Valley. Site of many Rock concerts in the late 60′s — Fall photo by M.E.

Where was I?

Oudekerk-on-Amstel, near Amstelveen, a short tram ride from Amsterdam -- Photo by M.E.

Oudekerk-on-Amstel, near Amstelveen, a short tram ride from Amsterdam — Photo by M.E.

Any comparisons between the High Desert of Utah at 1300m and below-sea-level Holland are patently ridiculous.

Rockin’ October Legacy

Repertory Dance Theater presented a brilliant and ambition selection of pieces at their Legacy concert at the beginning of October.
(Below) What’s all this about Missa Brevis, Faith, Art, and War? The panel discussion at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art focused on the late choreographer Jose Limon — his family’s dreadful experiences during the long Mexican Revolution of the early XX Century, and US Army draftee Limon’s own days in Post-WWII Poland. It was moving indeed to hear direct observations of that period of time from Father Andrzej Skerzypiec, who grew up there during the Soviet occupation of his country. Besides the panel, Linda C. Smith wittily discussed Utah’s Repertory Dance Theater’s inventory of “dead choreographers,” and compared the minority of those “legacy” pieces with the modern works commissioned and created by the company. The generosity of BYU in donating a corps of well-trained dancers to RDT in order to present Missa Brevis with its proper number of performers impressed me beyond words.

RDT old and new, with BYU too. So many names, so little time -- collage on the fly by M.E.

RDT old and new, plus BYU too. So many names, so little time — collage on the fly by M.E.

The program began with a piece my companion saw when we were starting college and it was brand-new — For Betty, by Bill Evans. Next, it was time for intensity with Rosy Goodman Tennant on stage in Ariadne by Ze’eva Cohen with great actor Irene Papas on tape. Justin, Tyler, and Effen starred in two pieces by Ted Shawn. Sarah Donahue boldly leaped into the intensity zone via Linda Smith’s reconstruction of Doris Humphrey’s Two Ecstatic Themes, with coaching by Nina Watt.
Of course “Short Mass” was intense, in every sense of the word, but using it for humor does not do this performance justice, or honor the 22 wonderful dancers enough. The composer Zoltan Kodaly (Ko-dai) wrote it while the Nazis had their boots on the neck of his very culture in Hungary, and Limon seized on it as the aural web for the tapestry of this existential masterpiece from the fertile artistic turmoil of Late 1950′s America.
RDT’s next show is called Lively, and promises something a bit more “light” in the publicity. I’ll be there — stuff like that doesn’t scare ME.

Shaking off the intensity

Afterward, I re-grounded myself by going over to State Street and hearing some original music.

Sugartown Alley at Ladies Who Rock, October 2013 -- photo by M.E.

New bassist,  Wachira, Dimitra, and Brenda of Sugartown Alley at Ladies Who Rock, October 2013 — photo by M.E.

Roots-Rockers Sugartown Alley led off Ladies Night at the Woodshed. Merchant Royal had the star spot, but unfortunately the sound wasn’t as clear as it had been in September.

Raffi and Ischa as MiNX, under the saturated lights at the Woodshed.

Raffi and Ischa as MiNX, under the saturated lights of the Woodshed.

MiNX gigs have been somewhat rarer than usual lately because they have been making another CD. Their support for Ladies Who Rock has been unwavering, though.

MiNX has been creating new music in the studio. They are constantly creating new music wherever they are -- photo by M.E.

MiNX not only creates new music in the studio. They are constantly creating new music wherever they are — photo by M.E.

Note: I tried my video camera for still-shots that night, but they just don’t have the same resolution in low light as they do from my SLR. I’ve redigitized these images, and enjoyed playing with them, but it’s a fair amount of work.

Later on — a hot tip from Chris Snarr led me to the Widowmaker

Metro Music Club in performance with their dancing audience -- photo by M.E.

Metro Music Club playing and singing for their dancing audience — photo by M.E.

Actually, it was Cliff House in Sandy, a few miles north of Corner Canyon.
Then I collapsed from a cold virus and hardly went anywhere for a week.

Art Museum Mountain Time

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is in a building that was totally new to me, and I enjoyed exploring the massive airy structure after getting out of bed.

Shigeyuki Kihara's artful movement was showing on video in a corner gallery on the top floor -- sharing a huge space with art from New Guinea, Asia, America, and Europe.

Shigeyuki Kihara’s artful movement pieces were showing on video in a corner gallery at the top — sharing a huge space with art from New Guinea, Asia, America, and Europe.

Diva Doings

Speaking of MiNX — Raffi and Ischa are throwing a CD Release Party this month.
Their excellent album Golden came out just last Spring, but they continue to write — WRITE ON!

Salt Lake’s Disco Drippers played their second annual Halloween Bash at the State Room. The beautifully-combined voices of Lisa Rodgers and Erin Royall Carlson are quite a treat to hear, and a year’s time between their engagements makes these occasions very special — may they continue! Vanessa Angulo sang triumphantly that same weekend with Totem & Taboo at the Rose Wagner Theater, with Stephen Brown Dance, performing Of Meat and Marrow. Seventy minutes of non-stop live music, movement, and a future review of that fine sonic weekend.

Dance to Terabyte & the Battery Eaters — music from the big woods via Soundcloud.
Singer Kelly West is watching the slopes above Fish, Montana.
Rasa Vitalia is in the Bay Area … singing as well as dancing with Katdelic.
Dancer Katie Duck is going on tour in England and Spain.
Polymath Lady GaGa is recovering from her hip injury, and STILL sells sea shells by the sea shore as Venus.

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Planet Earth from a geosynchronous satellite -- Photo by Egeroff.

Planet Earth from a geosynchronous satellite — Photo by Egeroff.

————————————————————————————————————————————————

Online Versions of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom Novels:
REMINDER: Research this prolific author on ERBzine.

A Princess of Mars ; The Gods of Mars ; Warlord of Mars ;
( 1911 to 1913 — The heart of the Pulp-Classic world of Mars/Barsoom.)

If you think it is high time, and that THAT is the long and short of it, if you believe that the game is up and that truth will out … (You’re quoting Shakespearean Theatre.)

Read my very personal review of 004’s CD State of Affairs: HERE
Buy one through RAUNCH Records’ Facebook page!

E-Portfolio for Michael Evans

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