Blue Dime Cabaret

I’m all over the newspapers these days! Behold this lovely feature on Blue Dime Cabaret and especially our upcoming Winter Wonderland Show!

Blue Dime in Friday Magazine

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Dispatches From The Trenches, er, News From Midterms (in more ways than one):

Well goodness. In all my diary-like postings on my pen-name blog, I’ve neglected all you lovely lurkers. Well. Several of you follow me on Twitter and FB, yes? Anyway.

Let’s see, what’s happening? Oh, I’ve voted already. So ssh.

Teaching-wise: The young peeps at Metro are just embarking on their enormous one-act project, and the online ones are just now beginning to think about their research papers, as well as reading Black Elk Speaks. One Regis ha’semester has concluded, and another has begun–one of those is doing a Comparative Mythology course, which as you prolly know is one of my main expertises. So that’ll be fun. DU is about to end, with a reading event and last online week to go, only.

I’m about to teach a big group of junior high littles how to wield fist and (wooden) blade, and insert same into their Shakespeare scenes. That’s going to be fun, and for the first session I’m gonna be ghosted by a journalist from the Boulder Weekly, who’s doing two (2!) stories on me the next couple months.

Performance-wise, I had a lovely and kind of emotional time doing Vampires again. And our next Blue Dime Cabaret will occur at Full Cycle on December 14th. We’re gonna be covered by a few news sources too, so that’s a cool thing. It’s really becoming a thing that people follow, and etc.

Other than that (what other? What could I possibly add to all this?!) I’m still exploring/working on my career change: going to do a body language workshop for the Denver chapter of Spellbinders, coming up.

What better image to cap this post off with but me and the co-founder of Blue Dime Cabaret, cavorting in a real coffin at the first of two of the Vampires shows? What better, I ask you?

Hey! Links!

Oh man it has been a WHILE, hasn’t it, lovely lurkers? Whew!

Well never fear, I’m still here, and though I’m writing a bunch of stuff for other places and grading and giving feedback for even more other places, I am still around to toss bits and bobs around this site for all y’all.

Today? It’s a link list, which goodness I haven’t done for you in even longer than that! Well here’s the noteworthy stuff I feel has been worth reading the past several weeks and into today. Yer welcome (and share your links of choice in the comments, yeah?):

Voss Water Review

Problematic Badass Female Tropes

The Big Picture

Paper Cut

I’m also writing a sequel to the memoir style blog the SO and I collaborated on, under my pen name. It’s a tad personal and is all memoir, all the time, so if you’re interested in following that, shoot me a message and I’ll share that link with you too.

Happy reading!

The More You Holmes

From: Elementary 6.21

Character Names: Lord St. Simon, Hattie Doran

Reference: Not only the names of Holmes’ client and his missing American wife are from canon story “The Adventure Of The Noble Bachelor,” but the situation of her going missing at their wedding reception, and Holmes’ subsequent deduction that she wasn’t abducted but left voluntarily to be with another man, is also from the original.

(Side note: wasn’t Season 6’s finale just a corker? Love it…)

Shaky Narrative Upon a New Semester

Remember when we used to wear overalls with one shoulder loose? Yes I said “we”–don’t you dare deny it. At the very least, you wore suspenders dangling down around your knees, I know for a fact you did. If you were a teen or older in the ’80s, you did. Accept it and move on.

I mention this because I’m writing this beginning-semester musing, appropriately enough, from the Tivoli brewery on Auraria campus, and they always not only often play ’80s hits, but the videos of such up on their screens as well. So. The overalls. And the mullets. And short sprayed boy cuts for the women.

I have begun my new semester (and quarter) in earnest, lovely lurkers, and as is the tradition of this blog, I needs must give you an overview.

School wise, I’m headfirst in Regis, DU, and Metro. CCD has just expressed interest too, for next semester, and I’m rolling my eyes and heavenward gazing about how, of all the many jobs I’ve been applying for, it’s the additional adjunct job that actually bit. Ah well. Career transitions are supposed to take years, right? Sigh…

At Regis, I’m advising a student in a course called Editing Nonfiction, and on deck I’ve got a student doing a course I cobbled up from scratch, called Education Technology.

DU is a hybrid course this time, called The Writer’s Workshop. So I shall be guiding ten grad students in the Professional Writing program through several genres of writing and revisions of same.

At Metro, I’m teaching Intro to Theatre to a group of oh so very young things, and that online Staging Cultures class you’ve heard me mention before.

In other professional news:

FIGHTS! I did the fights for StageDoor’s production of Superior Donuts, which went great but I don’t know that I’ll be getting up there to see it. This week, I’m going back to Local Theatre company, to give them some fights and intimacy for Paper Cut. And I was conscripted by RRCC to do their fights for She Kills Monsters, in the beginning of 2019. Oh, and I’m involved in Shakesbeer now too–having done fights for their soused & abbreviated Henry IV, pt 1 I’m now part of their Irregulars. Which is nice.

DANCE! Blue Dime did great at the Fringe Festival, and now we are at the conclusion of three shows at Denver’s Dangerous Theatre (the pic above shows what our curtain looks like there). The SO mentioned that we are getting some high quality acts in our shows, and that we’ve basically leveled up. I agree. Our upcoming show in October back at Full Cycle is nerd themed, oh which reminds me! I’ve been asked by Frequent Flyers to return for their Theatre of the Vampires showcase, to sing Worms Crawl In while dancers swing in a giant coffin. We’ll be previewing this at Blue Dime’s October show, but what I’m really gobsmacked about is returning for this number I originated twenty years ago! Just. Wow.

BUSINESS! I’m still in changing-career mode, and as such I’m offering my body language workshop to a few different places (Twitter and Spellbinders at the immediate moment), and am seeking more expansion for it as well as reaching out to potential mentors. I’ll tell you how that goes.

Well that sounds like a lot, now I write it down. That plus an intense and long term relationship? How do I do it?

Because I’m a difficult person. Difficult people get difficult things done.

What’s on your plate right now?

The More You Holmes

From: 2.1, Elementary 6.19

Title: “The Geek Interpreter”

Reference: in BBC Sherlock, The Geek Interpreter is one of a quick chain of plays on words from canon mysteries that we see breeze by in an illustration of Sherlock’s busy-ness. In this case, it’s a group of young comic book fans that notice the comics are coming true.

In Elementary’s most recent ep of this same title, we watch a brilliant mathematician interpret some data under duress, and her lovelorn PhD advisor hire Holmes & Watson to find her and her kidnappers.

Both shows use this title as a nod to original canon story “The Greek Interpreter,” one of the most chilling and (in my educated and well-read opinion) underrated stories in the canon. Though the ending is pretty anticlimactic–good on the Grenada series for making that right.