“I know you, don’t I?…”

Today, I went to the Sunnyvale Community Players fundraiser at Barnes and Noble.  It was great to see so many fellow performers.  Hopefully, the fundraiser was a success!  Thanks to B&N for being awesome and supporting the Arts!!

One thing I didn’t expect was to run into a former boss-lady from WAY back.  I worked with her for almost 12 years ago.

This got me thinking about all the things I did at that job.  One of the things I did was similar to one of my responsibilities that I have now.   It’s dawned on me that I have just been running in circles “professionally” speaking.  My 9-5’s always seem to end up the same.

Figuring out life it tough.

Does anyone have any shortcuts…

The end.

Thanks to Icanhascheezburger.com for the pic.  That’s kind of how I felt when I saw her.

Genetic Roulette…

In our upcoming election ballot in California, we have Prop 37 that is one of the most hotly contested issue since gay marriage.  I know that we are still months away from voting and I know that you aren’t knuckleheads, but in case it must be said…

With the rise of organic farming and backyard edible gardens becoming more and more common, the requests of the public for properly labelled foods is also on the rise.  Prop 37 is a proposal to regulate the labels on all foods that consumers purchase to specify if the item has any sort of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) in it.

Eating GMO’s is harmful to people because the immune system attacks our bodies causes inflammation and a bunch of other possible diseases and could affect all bodily functions as well as nutrient deficiencies.

GMO’s are a big money making business and it’s supported by companies like Monsanto, the most hated corporation in the world, Dow, Bayer and BASF.

Opponents of Prop 37 have already raised $25 million compared to the $2 million raised by supporters of the proposition.  This means that there will be a ton of ads bombarding the TV or the radio telling you that Prop 37 is a bad deal.  In truth it is a bad deal for the GMO business.  When doctors make patients remove GMO enhanced foods from their diets, patients get better simply by changing their eating habits.  Now you may say that if anyone changes their eating habits then they would get better, but most of the time it is just for blood pressure or weight.  I am talking about crazy stuff like this from the Livestrong website: “data showed that genetically modified corn caused severe liver and kidney toxicity. Furthermore, a 2008 study reported by Professor Jurgen Zentek of the Austrian Health Ministry linked genetically modified corn with infertility in rats.”  Infertility is a side affect in humans as well.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/333356-what-are-the-risks-of-eating-gmo-foods/#ixzz23sNTWJWl

I find it really REALLY interesting that the CA Republican Party is in opposition to Prop 37…oh, what, it’s a big money business. Nevermind, I understand why.  Check out BallotPedia to see what the arguments for and against are and who’s supporting and opposing it.

This report with Jeffrey M. Smith on GMO’s from KPFA’s Guns and Butter is absolutely appalling!  YOU MUST LISTEN TO THIS. The ending is a nightmare and terrifying!  Another great thing to listen to is today’s news from KPFA by CLICKING HERE.  Start listening at 43:14.  I don’t watch mainstream media or NPR because they all have someone pulling their strings.  KPFA is fully straightforward and don’t have to answer to any sort of politics.

Remember VOTE YES on Prop 37!!!

40 other countries throughout the world already protect their consumers by having this label restriction, why don’t we take the issue into our own hands and protect ourselves from this horrible practice!?!?

If you want to start buying non-GMO’s now here’s a great link for organic food companies.

Check out Maplight.com or Votersedge.com for more information on prop fundings.

 

Dear Dance Community…

After 16 years at the Cubberley Community Center, Zohar needs a few repairs. Please help make the studio safer, cleaner, and more dancer-friendly for all!

I think I’ve mentioned many times that I am a student at Zohar School of Dance.  I’ve been there for nearly a year now and I cannot tell you how much I enjoy it.

Since I’ve been attending classes here, I’ve heard about this lengthy ongoing process that’s kept the companies renting space at the Cubberley Community Center unsure if they would continue to have a “home.”  A few times we, the students, have been asked to come to hearings to support the studio maintaining its place.  As I understand it, it was announced a few weeks ago that Zohar will keep its space for at least another 3-5 years!  That’s definitely a cause for celebration.

While all this is fantastic news, the decision has been made that the facility could use some repairs.  As I am sure you all know, funds for non-profit companies have been tougher and tougher to come by.  And Artistic non-profits take the hardest hit of all.  So I have decided to turn to you, my dear, dear friends of Dance and fellow Dancers to ask for your help.

On Labor Day weekend, Zohar would love to kick off its “Facility Facelift” campaign.  There are a few ways to help.

1.  Time – If you happen to be free on either Saturday or Sunday, September 1st or 2nd, we would love to have some extra hands on deck to help with a number of tasks.  It could be anything from framing pictures to clearing chairs to assembling furniture or helping to repair our dance floor.  The fun begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday.  If you are handy with power tools and have some, we would REALLY love to have you come out and help.

2.  Wish List  – In the studios there is a message board that has our instructors on it.  Under their pictures, there is a “wish list” of items that each teach would love to have at the studio.  It ranges from things like CD racks or fans for cooling down the studio.  Simply pull off the tab of the item you would like to “purchase” for the studio (by donating that dollar amount)  place your name and contact information on it and place it in the little black and white box on the check-in window’s counter.  If you’d like to come into the studios to check out the board you can find directions here:  zohardancecompany.org/directions Maybe you can squeeze in a class while you are here!

3. Individual Donation –  Zohar accepts donations 24-7 via their website zohardancecompany.org/donors.  If you can’t help out with your time or by buying a wish list item, any amount that you can donate will go toward the improvements and will be GREATLY appreciated.

4. Sharing – We know that there must be people out there that are able and maybe if you simply share this page with your friends and families, maybe we can reach enough people that are willing to help.  Zohar offers a number of community programs that are focused on youth and people who may not have the chance to be exposed to dance.  The earned income of the dance studio mainly pays for those programs and leaves just a very very small portion to help with this project.  If  you would like to learn more about the outreach programs Zohar offers you can find that here: zohardancecompany.org/outreach

A number of us students are happily rolling up our sleeves to help with this project but it would be such a quick project if we had the help of the community.

Please consider donating or sharing to help us make these improvements.  You will be celebrated as a staunch supporter of Dance by the faculty, students, and Board of Directors on the message boards!  Not only that, your donations are tax deductible!

I truly thank you for your time and leave you with these last few words:

“The next time you look into the mirror,

just look at the way the ears rest next to the head;

look at the way the hairline grows;

think of all the little bones in your wrist.

It is a miracle. And the dance is a 

celebration of that miracle.”

– Martha Graham

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”Dancing is a very living art.

It is essentially of the moment, although a very old art.

A dancer’s art is lived while he is dancing.

Nothing is left of his art except the pictures and the memories

-when his dancing days are over.”

– Martha Graham

 

 

Political Theatre…

I had a friend of mine say to me the other day something that slightly offended me.  For anyone that knows me, I have to say it takes A LOT to offend my sensibilities.  Call it whatever you like, desensitization or ignorance or even choice, it doesn’t matter.  What others say of me isn’t something I can change, so I figure why worry about it.  I know that there will always be someone with unkind words.  That’s okay.

But what my friend had said to me was that he didn’t watch movies or trust actors because he equates them with politicians, whom he doesn’t particularly like.  Not that I blame him, politicians are like leeches on the taxpayers’ wallet.  What with their lifetime salary and all that crap.  But don’t let me get off topic. He also said he feels like actors don’t know themselves and that’s why we gravitate to this profession.  I’ll give him the slap down the next time I see him.  Let’s tackle the politician thing today…

His reasoning is sound.   He says that politicians are just actors that focus on gaining parts in the congressional theatre instead of parts in movies or on stage. Okay, so maybe those aren’t his exact words.  But he did plant the idea.  He says that we aren’t any different from the politicians.

While on the surface he has a point, I didn’t know how to sit him down and tell him the difference between the lies that congress-people tell and the “lies” that actors tell without keeping him outside the dance studio for hours.

Politicians influence the lives of people by passing their laws and rules which never seem to benefit the entire country as a whole. I’ve said it before that the only thing that congress does is fight for the people who have and those who have not.  Every once in a while one side or the other wins a battle in the war of power.  But like our “war on terror,” it’s a war that will also never end.

Politicians lie to get the public to buy into their propaganda so that they get voted into their cushy new job.  That’s all. It only serves one person really.  The politician.  Of course, there are the people who buy into their rhetoric and therefore feel like the politician is their “friend” in congress.  In truth, they don’t care.  They’ve already got their money. What do they have to worry about?  So they wait it out and see who’s got the best deal for them.  Which of the lobbyists will have something in exchange for their vote?  That’s where their allegiance can be found.

Rarely, one will come along with a conscience and will try to do the right thing.  So far, he’s left a lot to be desired.

Actors are merely instruments.  Harry Connick Jr. wouldn’t be able to make some of the great music he’s made without a piano.  B.B. King wouldn’t have been able to move people with his blues without his guitar.

Actors influence the lives of the public by making them talk about humanity, love, or philosophy and whether or not they agree with the play.  The lucky ones get a paycheck and when the show finishes it’s run, those finish up as well.   So it’s clearly not for the money that theatre actors pursue this life.

A play cannot shine it’s light on humanity without the actors to give it voice.  We are merely there to bring to life the message that someone took great measures to put to paper.  To raise up in harmony the issues that plague our world and beliefs.   I want to be a key on the piano that helps to play the tune.  I want this life because I think mankind is better than what we are doing on the Earth right now.

People think that being a politician is a noble profession, but as I watch all these scandals and all of these attack ad campaigns, I have to laugh at how wrong they are.

I think its more noble to inspire with creativity and emotion than with money/corruption and separatist tactics.  If you agree, leave a comment…or if you disagree I dare you to leave me a comment.

I shoulda told you this sooner, but…

I Love The Doubleclicks!

Here’s why:

3. They write unexpectedly funny songs that are catchy.

2. They have a great material to write about.

1.  Love the live performance.  The contrast between the two is so fun to watch.

They are such a fun duo and I hope they come back to the Bay Area again soon.  I would love to watch another mini concert.  I still giggle when I listen to the albums.  And I’ve heard them numerous times.  That’s always a good sign!

Check out their website by double clicking HERE!!

Enjoy