A history lesson…

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The first flash mob

The first flash mob was created in Manhattan in May 2003, by Bill Wasik, senior editor of Harper’s Magazine.[4][7] The origins of the flash mobs were unknown until Wasik published an article about his creation in the March 2006 edition of Harper’s. The first attempt was unsuccessful after the targeted retail store was tipped off about the plan for people to gather.[9] Wasik avoided such problems during the second flash mob, which occurred on June 3, 2003 at Macy’s department store, by sending participants to preliminary staging areas – in four prearranged Manhattan bars – where they received further instructions about the ultimate event and location just before the event began.[10]

More than 100 people converged upon the ninth floor rug department of the store, gathering around an expensive rug. Anyone approached by a sales assistant was advised to say that the gatherers lived together in a warehouse on the outskirts of New York, that they were shopping for a “love rug”, and that they made all their purchase decisions as a group.[11]

Subsequently, 200 people flooded the lobby and mezzanine of the Hyatt hotel in synchronized applause for about 15 seconds, and a shoe boutique in SoHo was invaded by participants pretending to be tourists on a bus trip.[7]

Wasik claimed that he created flash mobs as a social experiment designed to poke fun at hipsters and to highlight the cultural atmosphere of conformity and of wanting to be an insider or part of “the next big thing”.[7] The Vancouver Sun wrote, “It may have backfired on him… [Wasik] may instead have ended up giving conformity a vehicle that allowed it to appear nonconforming.”[12]

Precursors

Flash mobs began as a form of performance art.[9] While they started as an apolitical act, flash mobs may share superficial similarities to political demonstrations. Flash mobs can be seen as a specialized form of smart mob,[4] which is a term and concept forwarded by authorHoward Rheingold in his 2002 book Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution.[13]

To me, the Ninja, the Shoot out, and the Supermarket Flash Mobs are performance art.  But they are still amusing.

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I love these!

I wish that I could do one! But I can’t think of a reason at the moment, so this will have to do.  When you watch these, look at the faces of the people watching.  After the moment of confusion, there are smiles all over the place.  How could you not love a Flash Mob.

This was on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution a few weeks back.  I am just catching up on all my DVR stuff, so I think I am like 3 weeks back.

Michael Jackson Dance Tribute in Stockholm

BouncE Flash Mob at Grona Lund

Pinball Wizard Flash Mob in SF!!

It’s not as seemingly organized as some of the others. But still fun.

Speaking of fun, how’s about a little Hamma!

While this one isn’t dancey, it’s definately fun and creative.

Bollywood Hero Flash in New York!

What better place for an incredible dance form to do this than in the great NYC

In York, PA  these folks aren’t pro dancers, but it’s a great lesson to what life is all about.

Don’t take yourself too seriously, and help make the world a happier place.

Aside from the “Sound of Music” dances in the train station, I think this is my other favorite.

A costume change? That’s awesome!

This one is also on the fave list.

Sometimes, they are just madness! Like this one at UC Berkley

Have to admit that this one was cool.  Even though I HATE this song.  It would have been awesome if just some random man jumped in!

And if you haven’t seen the Sound of Music one, here you go!  It’s the first one that I had ever seen and while I am not a fan of the show or movie, this was Epic!

Supporting the Arts…

From The Associated Press, April 20, 2010

Georgia’s arts council was granted a reprieve on Tuesday from the state Senate.
The state House had targeted the arts panel for elimination, a move which arts advocates
said would imperil hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal grants. On Tuesday,
Senate budget writers restored $890,000 in state money to keep the Georgia Council
for the Arts afloat for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The money was included
in the $17.8 billion budget proposal that passed the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The council is still taking a hit. Gone are about $1.7 million in state grants to
local arts and cultural organizations. Georgia would have been the only state in
the nation without a federally recognized arts council if the panel had been eliminated,
making the state ineligible for more than $800,000 in federal National Endowment
for the Arts grants. Artists rallied at the state Capitol on Monday urging legislators
to restore arts money. State Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jack Hill
said legislators heard an earful on the arts issue. “I think it made the difference,”
the Republican from Reidsville said. The full state Senate is expected to take up
the budget on Wednesday. They must then reconcile their spending blueprint with
the one that cleared the House.

A special thank you to Thomas Cott and the Business Week for this bit of worrisome news.

Sorry…

I have been out of commission for a while as I have been moving but also, I got the worst cold that I have ever had in about 3 or 4 years.

First bit of news I have is that the company orientation for “Breaking Up is Hard To Do” is on Sunday!  It’ll be great to get to know the cast a little before I start hounding them.

Second bit of news, is a total YAY moment.  You know how when you move, you end up finding little treasures that you had believed long since lost? Well, I had that moment happen! And as it turns out, what I found was the very thing that I needed to reconstruct the interview with Bill Starr.  So, I will begin (again for the umpteenth time) to re-edit it so that the voice levels are even and as clear as I can make them.

Third bit of news, I know there are certain things in my life that I must change.  One of them is that I would LOVE to jog more. I find that when I run I have better stamina when it comes to dancing and singing on stage.  You don’t sound or feel like you can’t breathe.  That was just a side note, an awkward segue if you will.  The real story is the video that follows.  Hugh Hysell is trying to nab a spot on The Biggest Loser.   He has submitted the BEST audition video.  I hope you cheer him on like I did!

Good Luck, Hugh!!!

Congratulations!!!!

Here is the cast list for West Valley Light Opera’s production of Breaking Up is Hard To Do:

ROLE: CAST
Marge: Samantha Stidham  (Woo Hoo!)
Lois: Breigh Zack
Esther: Charlotte Jacobs
Gabe: Ronnie Misra
Del: Nes Fregoso
Harvey: Mark Drumm

The quartet will be announced at a later date.

I’ll be very curious to see who the quartet will be.  It should be announced soon as they start rehearsals next week.

Watch out now!

Hey kids!  Here’s Episode 3!

The show notes are available on the Podcast page.

This one is short and bittersweet.

Thanks for taking a listen!

Be prepared, people…

In the world of theatre, nothing can sink you faster than being underprepared.

This applies to EVERYTHING! Beginning of course with auditions.  I am currently in the process of moving apartments.  Since we have one month of free rent, we figured let’s take the month to move, so we aren’t rushed and tired and all that jazz.  In theory, it’s a loverly idea.  In actuality, it’s a heck of a lot tougher than I thought.  But I digress…

Even though I knew about these auditions coming up, I had failed to pull aside music to practice.  Not only that, but I seemed to have misplaced the time as well.  I spent most of Monday moving things so when I realized that I only had an hour to shower and “get prepared”, I knew that this wasn’t going to turn out as well as I had hoped for.

And just to add to the huge scoop of Why’d-you-bother-coming I served myself, I did add a touch of Are-you-frackin’-kidding-me.  On the audition form, I didn’t write any contact information aside from my address.  It was only too late, I realized that I don’t know my cell number.  Um…let me rephrase that. I have gotten a new cell phone, and didn’t bother to keep my old number.  I am notorious for forgetting my phone, and since I didn’t have my phone, I didn’t have my number, and as I am moving, I didn’t put the home phone on there, because when you change cities, the three digit prefix also changes, so it would have been a useless way of getting a hold of me and this is the longest run on sentence EVER!

In short, people, always be prepared.  A lesson that I learn about 7 times last night.