Month: January 2017

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Spontaneous Commedia dell'arte bits in Stage Movement. This one from...2012? Maybe? In honor of the current Stage Movement class about to do these.

Spontaneous Commedia dell’arte bits in Stage Movement. This one from…2012? Maybe?
In honor of the current Stage Movement class about to do these.

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Musings on a New Semester

It’s the beginning of the second week of the semester, lovely lurkers. As such, it’s time for a Post Of Musing about the upcoming months. Why? It’s what I do.

Front Range consists of Comp 1 & 2, both classes of which have just created their blogs and are now putting up their first posts. 

Metro’s Staging Cultures is that online course I’ve told you about before, and this semester I have a nearly-full Stage Movement course as well! Woo-hoo! Was it because of my begging posts? Well whatever the reasons, I’m psyched to have such a big group of crazy theatre kids, even if the class is too damn early.

Regis has also begun; I’m advising a Capstone as well as facilitating a YA literature class. These are always grad students, always online and one-on-one. So that’ll be fun.

DU doesn’t start till late March, but it’ll be live and it’ll be a memoir course for the creative writing grads, which I’m also looking forward to.

Professionally, I’ve decided to cut down on the performing, so other than fight direction or instruction gigs (of which I have one for the KCACTF coming up), the only theatrical thing I’ll be working on is Boulder Burlesque. There’s a show in early February coming up and after that, who knows…

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5 Most Interesting Easter Eggs from Sherlock: The Final Problem

My latest Easter eggy post for these folks…

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SPOILERS ABOUND in this Easter-egg hunt through the very final-feeling finale “The Final Problem”. And did anyone think there weren’t nearly as many Easter eggs to choose from this time around? Not counting the over-arching Saw reference that was the entire plot…

1) Redbeard = Sherlock’s First Friend

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In “The Final Problem”, Sherlock finds out that his memory of his childhood dog Redbeard is actually a corrupted memory of his childhood best friend Victor Trevor.

In the canon, Victor Trevor is famously Holmes’ friend and brought him the very first case he ever solved, as revealed in “The Adventure of Gloria Scott.” Back when Sherlock was in school, he wasn’t even considering deduction as a career until Trevor’s mysterious father mentioned he should, after he had deduced waaay too much about his past.

The only thing this Victor Trevor shares with the canon one is the fact that he…

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5 Most Interesting Easter Eggs in Sherlock: The Lying Detective

My latest in the realm of Easter-egg-hunting..

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As with ‘The Six Thatchers’, there are, of course, many more easter eggs than just these five. I just find the following to be the most interesting of them. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments. Oh, and of course: SPOILERS abound in the following. Duh.

Honorable mention:

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Let’s play the Canon References game again, shall we? Again, add your own in the comments. Not including “The Dying Detective”, of course…

  • The Resident Patient
  • The Veiled Lodger
  • The Sign of Four (see below)
  • His Last Bow (and again)
  • The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Edgar Allan Poe, not Doyle, but this story is historically touted as the first detective-murder-mystery ever written)

5) The Dying Detective

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Canon story “The Adventure of the Dying Detective” is one of the shorter and sweeter of the original Doyle stories. The basic plot goes as such: Mrs…

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Sketch of the Day

I’m sure I must’ve posted this sketch before, but it’s been long enough that it warrants a re-post. (Riposte?) This is the fourth in a series of sketches based on the old ninja legend of the Four Demons. This is Ongyoki, the Concealed Demon. All four original sketches were displayed at the BEET collective’s monthly gallery, and they now live there. 

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6 Most Interesting Easter Eggs in Sherlock: The Six Thatchers

My latest for these folks…

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Okay, let’s be clear, there are WAY more than six Easter eggs in this episode, people. I had to narrow it down or I’d be writing more than you could possibly scroll through. Normally we do a Top 5, but since it is “The Six Thatchers”… Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments. Oh, and: SPOILERS BELOW. Natch.

Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments. Oh, and: SPOILERS BELOW. Natch.

1. Many Canon Cases Mentioned In Passing

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This episode begins similarly to “A Scandal in Belgravia” and “The Sign of Three”, with a string of case titles and brief glimpses of cases from the original canon. Some are ones Conan Doyle actually wrote, some are merely titles or brief descriptions that Watson mentions within other canon stories. Here’s a list. For a fun game, see if you can pinpoint…

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Reflections on the Dregs of a Semester Past…

I’m reclining on my Sherlock chair, a cat taking a bath on me, writing this on my phone, lovely lurkers, so forgive any overlooked typos or autocorrect’s odd mistranslations.

As I (the holidays having passed) finally pick up my color-coded calendar to look at the overview of Spring semester coming up, I needs must tie up the loose ends of my thoughts on the events which colored the end of last semester.

Many many research papers abounded for me, work-wise, of course: both Comp 1 & 2 at Front Range and Staging Cultures at Metro all conclude with research papers, all of which took me the better part of two weeks to take care of. Topics included: all sorts of discussion of marginalized cultures and theatre; medical care for trans people; always a couple about gun control; a few about use of LSD for mental health treatments; the CRISPR gene; the beneficial effect of music and playing it; arts in the schools; the benefits of a mandatory minimum sentence; and the dangers of climate change. Apparently some of my Comp 1 students got me a tshirt that has “It’s on the syllabus” emblazoned on it, which I must fetch from them soon before the new semester begins. Such a sweet (self-aware) gesture!

Professional artistic endeavors ended up very satisfactorily–as you’ve seen here, I’m quite happy with how the fights from Outrageous Fortune turned out. What I haven’t had a chance to talk about, though, is the absolutely stellar production of Hand to God, which I was so impressed with, especially acting-wise, and would have been even if my fights hadn’t appeared on the stage. Meaningful, gripping, funny, and a frankly virtuoso performance by a brilliant young actor named John Hauser. You know your fights turned out well when, as the first blow falls (w/perfect angle and sound), the audience collectively catches its breath: “Ooo!” 

How would you choreograph a man smashing his own hand to a pulp with a hammer?


Being a part of both these productions was helpful in the healing process of the continuing stress of my domestic life but especially the most recent heartbreak, which occurred on opening day of OF. (Nope, not writing about that here: buy me a pint or two and we can chat about it if you like)…

But perhaps the most life-changing professional/artistic endeavor has been my experiences with Boulder Burlesque. Since joining the training program in October, I’ve had the happy opportunity to choreograph, perform, and slumber party with these amazing women (and men); and also work the enlightening (to me) and super-fun Kink Carnival. This last event has contributed to my continued growth in my sexual exploration and expression, as I am sort of starting from where I left off in my 20s in that area. For more about that sort of thing, Facebook-friend Valkyrie Rose, my burlesque persona. I may do simple things here like share basic events, but if this subject matter and my journey thereinto interests you further, you’ll find more of my musings about it on that profile.

That’s about it, lovely lurkers! I should be much more frequent a poster here now too, and stay tuned for another musing upon the upcoming semester. It’ll be a busy one…