Congratulations, audience: you have survived the 2016 winter holidays! It is time to bid a slightly preemptive, melancholy good riddance to December and to the whole sad year of 2016, and along with it the many brilliant artists who left the Earth this year, including Prince, David Bowie, George Michael, and Merle Haggard. Homage is paid to Mr. Haggard through a cover of Cynthia’s favorite Christmas song “If We Make It Through December,” and an anti-capitalist mantra is offered to help you survive the remaining days of this commercialized holiday season.
All the feelings (good, bad, ugly & otherwise) triggered in Cynthia by two weeks of intensive improvisational experiments working on Michael Kiley's project Prescription are discussed, as well as the challenges and potential rewards of improvisational practices in general, in generative and performative forms. Jeff describes what it was like to be on the audience side of the improvisational performance, after working in the totally opposite realm of creation (a Broadway Musical)
Seven is indeed a lucky number: Guest #7 is Jill Stoddard, master of Zen Buddhism, brilliant painter of strange horses, peacefully eloquent peace advocate, and extremely recent transplant to Philadelphia. Jill recounts her journey to home ownership, including encounters with squirrels, mice, and more devious internal demons. Jill's request for a cover of the George Michael song “Freedom” is honored in a spontaneous mashup with another George Michael song “Faith.”
The piano has arrived, Jeff has returned, and Cynthia goes back to work. This week we went to see Neil deGrasse Tyson speak about science and movies at the Kimmel Center and Cynthia went to see Annie Wilson at FringeArts. We end the week with a discussion of depression...from the inside and the outside.