Friday, December 25, 2009

Print ad

Here's the ad I designed to promote thedailycity.com in the print program of "Sleigh," a live theatre production of PB&J Theatre Company. This is the first time I've shown my face in an ad for the blog.
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Thursday, December 24, 2009

I was on the radio!

I appeared for an hour on 91.5 in Orlando, Florida December 23, 2009 to plug my site, TheDailycity.com on the show "Front Porch Radio," co-hosted by Jeremy Seghers. They had me on this show June 24, 2009 too. (Thanks Google)
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bye!

I'm leaving New York December 10, 2009.
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Off-kilter Christmas sightings



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Fresh Air and new ideas

Today warmed up to 65 degrees, the sun screamed through the curtainless windows in the living room, and all signs pointed me to getting the eff out of the apartment and going for a walk.

I walked through the New York City Botanical Gardens, which is in my neighborhood. I mean, is there a better place to walk in NYC, besides Central Park? The quiet, the high temperature, my podcast listening... I could breath and relax. I forgot everything and just let thoughts enter and exit my head.

The walk ended with me coming up with a super idea to bring to Orlando. I called a friend and we're gonna produce it in January 2010.
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Monday, November 30, 2009

Mark Baratelli in the Red Venue

The red venue apparently had more spaces than applications at Orlando Fringe (May 2010). The producer Beth Marshall called me cuz I was on the waitlist and asked me if I wanted a spot in it. The downside is that its outside, un-air-conditioned, and does not allow for piano rental. The upside is that its less than half the cost of the blue venue but only has ten seats less than the blue venue. So its only 70 people less than the blue venue could seat, for all 7 performances in total.

I've got Chris Dinger to direct. I'm leaving the structure up to whatever we come up with. It will be musical improv, one person and a piano. That much will remain. But new ideas for how to present it, how to bring more audience involvement, will be considered.

Honestly, the awards is a big project already, and adding in this show is just going to bring more chaos. But, I like chaos, so it might be fun.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Philadelphia | Thanksgiving Day Walk 2009

Some highlights from the walk I took around Philadelphia on Thanksgiving Day with Jacob and Ed. These are all from the Italian neighborhood. I thought they were quirky.

More Thanksgiving 2009 photos:
All 127 walk photos
Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Sad Face: I am not in the 2010 Orlando Fringe

I am #11 on the wait list for 2010 Orlando Fringe. This means eleven shows have to DROP OUT of the festival before I can get in. Sad face.
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Skyped into MOOM | Nov 20, 2009

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I got skyped into an Orlando brainstorm Friday morning at 8am called MOOM that I was producing before I left Orlando. Its been going strong with the help of Jeff and Amanda, and this time they skyped me in so I got to participate.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Dreamgirls at Apollo

I saw Dreamgirls at the Apollo theatre Tuesday, November 17, 2009. Its in previews, which explains why the entire audience appeared to me to be some sort of theatre person. The set was barbaric, the cast was talented and energetic and I'm glad I got the chance to see it.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bench

Well this photo turned out nifty.
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Fall in the Cemetary

Woodlawn Cemetary is in the Bronx and is like Central Park with tombstones.
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Book night and Ignite New York City

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I made plans a week ago with my friend for Monday night to start co-reading this book about resumes and cover letters given to him by his former roommate who is currently at a hoity toity MBA school and should know all too much about this subject. We did 30 minutes straight, each reading a few paragraphs out loud and then switching off, stopping now and then to voice a thought.

So far, the book is excellent. One big take-away I love is that a resume is not about where you've been, but where you want to go. Your experiences, no matter how alien they are from each other, can be crafted into personal narrative that tells a story about your skills. I've always thought the some of the things I've done are good examples of leadership and creativity, but never knew how to explain them in resume form.

We took a break after chapter one to discuss what we read, which led us to get online and look for meetup groups. We started on meetup.org, and as we talked, I was reminded of two events I learned about in Orlando: Pecha Kucha and Ignite Orlando. I wrote about Pecha Kucha and asked someone in Orlando to bring it there, but they brought Ignite instead. They're the same thing so Orlando wins.

The event goes like this: About ten people sign up ahead of time to be presenters. Each is given five minutes and twenty slides to present on any topic they choose. The slides move automatically every 15 seconds as they talk. Since topics can be about anything, sometimes you don't care about what the presenter is saying, but since you know his presentation only lasts 5 minutes, you're not worried so you don't get bored.

I went to both events' websites and one of them, Ignite, was happening... get this... Monday night... about 15 minutes from the time I saw the website! We took a subway over, got in and got to see it!

These are the types of events I knew I wanted to target when I moved to New York City, but I didn't because, well, I fell into a blue fog. I know this is a great way to feel like you're not in some giant city all alone, and a way to meet new people who have similar interests or personalities. And they're free!

What an awesome (surprise) ending to the day.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Another "NO"

Just take a look at the availability for this $425 commercial technique acting class a friend recommended to me:
November 3, 10, 17 SOLD OUT
December 1, 8, 15 SOLD OUT
January 5, 12, 19 SOLD OUT
January 11, 18, 25 For Broadway and off-Broadway performers only
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New York City Improv Scene: I will never meet you

So here's the update. I missed the October UCB classes and so I was waiting for the December classes... and I missed them too. Filled up. Sold out. My other improv thing was to apply for "Test Drive" at Magnet Theatre. If you're accepted, you do your show on a Sunday night for an audience. No pay, its a try-out. Then I read the fine print: if accepted you perform your show two months from the time you apply. That would be January for me. Yeah so... yeah.
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Kermit drink

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

I'm surrounded by women

I'm sitting here alone in a coffee shop and I kid you not SIX girls came out of nowhere and surrounded the tiny table I was sitting beside. Thyre all around me. I'm in the middle of their converstion and they're doing their best to ignore me. But I'm smack damn dab in the middle. They're talking about Palatka.

It's not rude, buts so ballsy just to sit around me. I feel like the awkward one now, but eff that! I'm gonna sit here and talk loudly on the phone. My foot just scraped a girls butt. I apologized. She goes "we kinda bombarded you." whatdo i say? I smiled. This is rude. I changed my mind. They've totally invaded my tiny space and now a boyfriend has arrived.

They're talking about Magnolia bakery. They talk like 40 year ol women making small talk before their matinee of sone church service.
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Don Giovanni rocked me to sleep before the man with the bomb almost killed me

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Before the show, I heard the director speak at an audience talk-back

I saw "Don Giovanni" at New York City Opera tonight: three hours of live opera with professional singers and a full orchestra for twelve dollars! That's a value even the broke folk can't pass up.

Did you like the show?
While I appreciated the value, the quality and the chance to walk amongst the monied, I cannot say I was stricken with awe and amazement before, during or after the show. In fact, I got bored as shit. But I sat through it because I knew it was "good" and what the hell did I know about good/bad opera. I think just sitting though my first one was enough. You're welcome.

Dress
Some people were dressed up. I saw them at intermission. You know that show Gossip Girl? I saw real gossip girls up close in person. 14 year olds in ball gowns and braces. Nobody was dressed up where I was sitting. It was the peasant section. We wore flip flops, ate bananas and talked on our cell phones.

View
Speaking of where I sat, the view was beautiful. I had a great view of the stage. I was in the 4th level, which is high as you can go. And because of the acoustics (I guess), the sound was beautiful. Its amazing to me that without mics, you can hear the orchestra and the singers so well way up in the ghetto chairs.

Annoyances
One thing did stink about where I was sitting: I got a damn nose-breather right behind my seat. I didn't have the nerve to ask him to stop breathing. Then when Act Two started and his wife was smacking her gum. She stopped when i asked her to, but I got to hear nostril wind for 2 more hours.

Fear*
Also this Arabian man left in the middle of Act Two and hurried across the path in front of my row. I heard him drop something plastic from his leather bag. He turned around, looked at it briefly, and hurried out. I knew it was a bomb and planned on how I would be able to survive if I could just stay above the rubble. But then when I thought about how the people in the rows behind me would probably come crashing down on top of me, I gave up and decided I'd just die without a fight.

Again, Again
I'm going back for a second show. Yes I am dead broke, but (a) I will not be in NYC for lone and (b) If I am going to spend money, opera cannot be construed as wasteful spending... can it?

*This section is written in a playful tone. I love Arabian people carrying bombs to operas.
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Monday, November 9, 2009

Potential Fringe Show for Mark Baratelli

Show Title: "Mark Baratelli's Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas: A New Television Holiday Tradition"

About the Show: Mark sings Mariah Carey's entire album "Merry Christmas" live alternately accompanied by (a) 3 morbidly obese black female back-ups doo-wop harmony singers, (b) several Orlando-based a capella groups and (c) a 15-member children's choir. Each show is filmed then sold on dvd, and each show is streamed live on live to children's hospitals and gay bars.

Firsts for the blue venue: largest budget, most-complicated set, largest cast, most fake snow, and the blue venue's very first Christmas parade directly proceeding the show.
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The head and the headshot

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This is not the final one I'm gonna get 500 prints of. I just printed up five of these t Kinkos for an audition this morning and for the next few days.
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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Saturday, November 7, 2009

New York Musical Improv Festival

I went to the 10:30pm show at the New York Musical Improv Festival. Two groups performed: Don't Quit Your Night Job & Made-Up Musical. The show was very, very long. I'm glad I went to see how things ran. One thing that was organized: online ticketing. Super-simple. Also, the venue was small and simple. Things ran smoothly.
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Best Niagra site features my Phillips Noise Canceling Headphones review video

I think this is neat. An electronics retailer called "Best Niagra" has the video I made in which I review my Philips noise canceling headphones up on their page. I am flattered!
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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bronx Zoo | Comic strip

I made a comic strip out of a few bird photos I took, but when you put it on a blog, the text is too small to read. Boo.
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Bronx Zoo | A book

I made a little web book out of 5 of my photos I took at the Bronx Zoo. Put your mouse over the bottom right hand corner of the photo and click your mouse. It should turn like the page of a book. I made it using a website called bookr. There are only like 5 photos in the "book." Thats all they gave me access to. Fun!

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Cute animal videos I did while exploring the Bronx Zoo

On November 1, 2009, I walked to the Bronx Zoo. These are a few videos from the few photos & videos I've uploaded so far. I recommend a visit.
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John Hodgman blogged my photo

Wow! Author and actor John Hodgman used a photo of mine on his blog and even named the title of his post after the title of the photo, "John Hodgman Not There, Crossing The Stage." I am honored! He also gave me a shout-out on Twitter.

I took the photo at a reading and signing he gave in New York City in 2008. The photo he chose out of the whole set shows his sense of humor: a blank podium topped with a coffee and his book. I didn't know about it until a friend on twitter told me. This makes my day!
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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween 2009

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I wasn't even going to participate in Halloween, go to a party or even have a costume. But, my friend invited me out so I met him and another friend at his apartment on the west side, which is a bitch to get to time-wise, from my apartment. I slapped on eye makeup while he was putting his zombie makeup on. (I felt the peer pressure). We went out for a quick dinner and then by chance met up with friends I did not know. We followed them to the east village where we were surrounded by college students. After the 45 minute walk in the rain, the loud stupid bar, the not talking to the friends (I tried!) was done, I was done. I had one more diner dinner with my friends and then headed home on a long-ass annoying subway wait-and-ride. (After midnight on the weekends, the subways run infrequently. So you do a lot of waiting. Also, some trains don't run at all and you learn this after getting off trains, walking through subway stations and asking employees.)
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