MMM! Remember, the arts are just about the only thing that separate us humans from the animal kingdom. . .be sure to get a good dose of live theater on a regular basis, or you will become a withered lemming-like cog in the machinery of existence.
A good opportunity to celebrate our separation from the animals is happening right now at St. Ann’s Warehouse here in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, New York. The show is Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music. . .he is performing the show in 3-Decade parts–eight parts in all–and if you love performance and music and overall expression that is un-definable, then you will love this thing. I caught Part II last night that covers 1806 to 1836, and it was/is strangely alluring. . .I liked it, but I am not quite sure why–still processing all that we saw, heard, smelled, tasted, and felt during the performance. . .yes, there was music, there were fragrances, there were monologues, there was audience participation, there was singing, there was temporary blindness (you have to attend to fully know what I mean by this), and we were fed fruit and fed fruit to others (again, you’ll have to attend to fully embrace this), etc. and so on. All of this appears to be meant to simply widen whatever blinders we walk around with while making our way through the world, interacting with our fellow humans, and to encourage us to keep learning, keep opening our minds to all kinds of human possibilities, and to simply be more understanding, appreciative, and tolerant of one another. If you love theater, then you gotta try to see this thing. . .see Taylor Mac doing his thing. . .this will affect you in ways you can’t think of right now. . .jaaaa!
Plus, you get to hang out in DUMBO–Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass–a wonderful little enclave in Brooklyn with a park right on the East River and bars and restaurants all over the place. . .come on out here if you can, have a drink, watch the sun go down behind lower Manhattan with dramatic views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, and check out Taylor Mac or any show happening at St. Ann’s Warehouse. . .you will become a slightly better person by doing so–I gar-ron-taaaay!!
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It’s lovely out there.