Mar 5: Big Tadoo Puppet Crew at Freight n Salvage

In a rare public appearance, the Big Tadoo Puppet Crew will perform its “Safe Routes to School” show for children of all ages. Spend the morning with the Patchwork Series and see how Jun Rollalot and Freeda Walkaton get to school during “Walk and Roll to School Day”. Oh, the adventures they have and the songs they sing!

Patchwork Series

at the Freight and Salvage

featuring Charity & the Jam Band, Rudy Trubitt, Big Tadoo Puppet Crew

Saturday, March 05, 10:30 am (doors open at 10:00 am)
afternoon kids show
$8.00 advance / $9.00 at door
Purchase tickets online

A Colorado Thanksgiving with Spearhead

This will be the third or fourth time the Big Tadoo Puppet Crew has opened up for Michael Franti and Spearhead’s Harvest Ball (I have a Fillmore poster from 2005’s Ball hanging in my room) and the second time they have flown the show to Colorado. BUT…. this is the first time they have flown out the WHOLE show, which includes the two pedal-powered crankies and the whole six-member cast! The family show is already sold out, so this should be a great adventure indeed (which I will probably blog about). Fly there, perform, fly back…. the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle.

MICHAEL FRANTI TO HOST 7TH ANNUAL HARVEST BALL IN DENVER, CO ON NOVEMBER 27TH

The harvest season is approaching and, in true tradition, Michael Franti, KBCO and AEG are set to present the 7th Annual Michael Franti & Spearhead Harvest Ball at 1st Bank Center in Broomfield (Denver), CO on Saturday, November 27th, 2010. Combining music, art and action, Michael Franti & Spearhead will perform two live shows in the spirit of sharing abundance and inspiring sustainable and eco-conscious lifestyles. Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 2nd at 10am and can be purchased by visting www.tickethorse.com. KBCO will hold a presale for interactive members on Friday, October 1st from 10am to 10pm. Please visit www.kbco.com for details.

The early afternoon show will be a Family Matinee (SOLD OUT) with kids activities including local kids bands, puppet shows, organic food samples, a kids recycled costume show, contest and parade, eco-friendly painting and much more. The fun and games will be followed by a Michael Franti & Spearhead kids concert with Special Guests The Big Tadoo Puppet Crew, Jaden, and Conscious Carnival Games. The doors for the matinee show will open at 1:00 P.M. and the show will begin at 2:00 P.M. The evening show will be a harvest celebration like no other with Michael and the band performing songs from their new album The Sound of Sunshine and some surprises for the big kids, too! The doors for the evening show will open at 7:00 P.M. and the show will begin at 8:00P.M. The Harvest Ball will also include a food drive and all attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods to the shows.

Ground to Cloud: REDCAT Video

Director/Creator Christine Marie has put together a clip of scenes from her work “Ground to Cloud”. I was fortunate enough to join in on this production as “lead puppeteer” this past August and September and was part of the cast for all three different runs (SF, LA, and NYC). REDCAT’s NOWfest had a pro videographer shoot the last two performances in LA, of which Christine Marie used for this great clip.

Ground To Cloud from christine marie on Vimeo.

Ground to Cloud in/on LA Times

The REDCAT NOW Festival made the Sunday, Aug. 8 “Scene & Heard” column. Christine Marie had a great quote pulled stating “she began experimenting with the technique long before ‘Avatar.’ ‘I’m way ahead of James Cameron,’ she said with a laugh.”

Read the whole column here.

Here are some photos from our last night at REDCAT, taken by Steve Gunther.

Ground to Cloud NYC Dates Announced

FringeNYC finally worked out all of their show schedules last week. Ground to Cloud is officially show # 3928 and will have five performances at The New School for Drama Theatre. The first show starts August 19.

The closest link on the Fringe site is for all the shows starting with the letter G. Please go there and scroll down to read about the show. And please buy tickets!

Ground To Cloud
45 min
N/A until 8/17
Aug. 18/Aug. 31

  • THUR 8/19 @ 7:30-8:15
  • FRI 8/20 @ 6-6:45
  • SUN 8/22 @ 3:45-4:30
  • MON 8/23 @ 5:45-6:30
  • THUR 8/26 @ 8:30-9:15

[u] Ground to Cloud: July 22 at CELLspace


Ground to Cloud
A Special Bay Area Preview

Christine Marie & Ensemble present “Ground To Cloud,” a full-length theater spectacle of giant shadows, live action, and moments of 3D effects.

With special opening guest, Tobias of the Yard Dogs Roadshow
Plus Jonathan Youtt of The Big Tadoo Puppet Crew AND Vladamir Levitansky

Thursday, July 22
8pm to 11pm
$14 via Brown Paper Tickets
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/118172
$15 or more at the door

CELLspace
2050 Bryant St.
SF, CA 94110

This will be a preview performance and will make it’s premiere the following week in LA at the REDCAT NOW Fest and an east coast premiere in New York City in August for the New York City Fringe Festival.

Continue reading “[u] Ground to Cloud: July 22 at CELLspace”

Kevin White : Pulls Strings for Josh Ritter Vid

My friend Kevin White got an NPR media hit today when Josh Ritter’s video “Curse” premiered on “All Songs Considered.” Though he assisted, Kevin is credited as drummer/puppeteer Liam Hurley’s mentor in the transcript. Can’t embed the video, so here’s  a pic of Kevin in a shoot, and here’s the link for the NPR video (a great video btw!).

ALSO: Here is a blog post I wrote in 2006 while spending a day with Kevin, and Liam, during their job with NYC Park and Rec.’s puppet roadshow.

Continue reading “Kevin White : Pulls Strings for Josh Ritter Vid”

Tonight! Shadows in Stereo at SpaceCraft

Shadows In Stereo, is an installation that provides a rare opportunity to create and experience stereoscopic 3D with one’s own shadow.

Guests are invited to wear anaglyph glasses as they traverse the gallery having their shadows projected 40’ high.  Unlike a typical shadow, when viewed in 3D shadows do not cling to surfaces they move out into cubic space.  A sense of somatic dislocation occurs that is surprising and delightful.

The viewing experience is created by hand made stereoscopic lights and glasses constructed by artist Christine Marie.  The installation is a low- fi spectacle, more congruent with the light magic of Athanasius Kircher than the CG-Real-D digital work of James Cameron.

The experience is just as sensational appealing both to feeling of awe and an archetypal sense of wonder.

Installation created by Christine Marie.  www.cimimarie.com

Soundscape by Aden Liggett.

Maintained by Russell Howze

Apr 4: Shadows at the Hot Air Music Fest

I will be performing shadows once again for the “Only Jealousy of Emer,” composed by Lou Harrison. This will be a FREE show at the SF Conservatory of Music, with donations going to the Delancey Street Foundation. We’ll perform during the 3pm to 4pm block of music, at the bottom of the hour according to the lineup on the website.

What is Hot Air Music Festival?

Hot Air Music Festival is the SF Conservatory’s first student-run contemporary music festival. With an 8-hour marathon concert, our goal is to celebrate the SF Conservatory’s connection to the new music world. Students and Alumni will play both the music of their peers, great classics of new music, and the music of our time.

When is Hot Air Music Festival?

April 4, 2010: 2:00PM – 10:00 PM @ The San Francisco Conservatory of Music: 50 Oak Street SF CA 94102

How much are tickets?

Admission is FREE (there is a suggested donation to the Delancey Street Foundation at the door)

Where will the music be?

2:00-7:00 @ Hume Concert Hall

7:00-10:00 @ Sol Recital Hall and Osher Salon

20 Feb: Throwing Shadows for SFCM Crosscurrents

Puppet Supper Alum Andrea Taylor spent a year in Indonesia teaching English. Also an alum of Lunatique Fantastique, Andrea made time to see some of the shadow plays that the region is famous for. While conversing with San Francisco Conservatory of Music conductor Nicole Paiement last year, a collaboration began for a one-day only performance of Lou Harrison’s “The Only Jealousy of Emer” (from the Noh-inspired play of William Butler Yeats).

Andrea worked with Allison Ross on creating the shadow vignettes and thematic pieces that come straight from Yeats’ work. I was asked to come in as the rehearsal process picked up and be their third player.

We had our first rehearsal with the New Music Ensemble today in the beautiful concert hall and things look great for the upcoming show.

Hope you can join us for the performance.

Go here for the SFMC event info page

Crosscurrents… where arts converge. Flowing Shadows
Student Ensembles
Saturday, February 20, 8:00 PM

Tickets:
$20/$15 call the box office at 415.503.6275

Program:
Lou Harrison : The Only Jealousy of Emer

Varèse: Déserts

Peter Sculthorpe: Nourlangie for solo guitar and ensemble

Lembit Beecher: The Art of Remembering

Description:
Shadow puppeteers will join the New Music Ensemble in Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe’s Nourlangie, for guitar and ensemble, with acclaimed guitarist and Conservatory faculty member David Tanenbaum as soloist. Not to be missed is the full version of Edgard Varèse’s ground-breaking Déserts, as well as works by Lembit Beecher and Lou Harrison.

Performers:

David Tanenbaum, guitar
New Music Ensemble
Nicole Paiement, conductor

Cranky Device Pics

I am currently doing sound and stage managing for the Big Tadoo Puppet Crew’s “Breath of Fresh Air” show. The show goes to Alameda County (East Bay) elementary schools and teaches the children how to walk and bike to school safely. We set up two huge cranky/crankie devices at every school, with allen wrenches as the only tool.

The show has been running for three seasons now, and I posted photos of the crankies when I was helping Jonathan Youtt build them out. During our Fall season last year, I snapped a few pics of the tried and true crankies.

The two cranky scrolls are placed for the top of the show. The blue straps were added after the show started running. They give the canvas more structure to stay smooth as the velo-cranks move the scene along.
The two cranky scrolls (center) are placed for the top of the show. The blue straps were added after the show started running. They give the canvas more structure to stay smooth as the velo-cranks move the scene along.
Photo of the front of the scrolls (while I stand on the puppet stage). Notice how the blue straps give tension to the canvas. Both scrolls roll from the middle out, ending up at school!
Photo of the front of the scrolls (while I stand on the puppet stage). Notice how the blue straps give tension to the canvas. Both scrolls roll from the middle out, ending up at school!
June Rollalot (Sirraum) and his mom (Afi) stand in front of their house. Once June starts rolling (and singing), the scroll is cranked to simulate movement.
June Rollalot (Sirraum) and his mom (Afi) stand in front of their house. Once June starts rolling (and singing), the scroll is cranked to simulate movement.

While in NYC December, I caught Bread & Puppet’s theater show. Like their Summer show, they had a ding dong (small performance before and after the main peformance) in the lobby. The performer (ahh, can’t remember his name!) gave an intimate two-person audience toy theater in a suitcase show. He used a cranky too!

As a backdrop for the Bread & Puppet ding dong show, the small cranky box is used to change scenes and create depth and movement. It all fits in the case/stage!
As a backdrop for the Bread & Puppet ding dong show, the small cranky box is used to change scenes and create depth and movement. It all fits in the case/stage!

For more info on crankies, go to my Crankie Archives page and see/read all about it!