Santa Cruz Silliness

The Santa Cruz boardwalk always feels so much like “summer” to me. It’s on a beach where people actually go in the water. It’s the kind of tourist attraction that you go to when you’re not from California and you want to see California. I don’t go often but when I go I like to play there.

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Patterns, a Multimedia Solo Performance

Patterns poster AmyMunz Patterns, a Multimedia Solo Performance

I previously mentioned that I was excited to go see Patterns, a multi-media solo performance by Amy Munz. The performance has now opened and I went to see it a few days ago. I had mixed feelings about the performance but saw some things that I really liked and felt like I was sitting in the midst of a lot of potential that I’m excited about.

The Basics

Patterns pool AmyMunz Patterns, a Multimedia Solo Performance

Patterns is an experimental solo performance in two parts in which Amy plays a variety of different characters. She has very few props so it’s all about what she can do on the stage. Except, however, that her stage performance is supplemented by three screens (front, left and center) which each play different images. Sometimes there is voiceover recording as well.

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Animated True Story of Gay Man Bringing 8 Siblings Together Year by Year

This story comes from the StoryCorps collection, where two people volunteer to interview each other. It’s one man talking to his brother about his experience as the oldest of eight siblings that were torn apart for many years because of their father’s prejudice against him for being gay. And how as each one left the home he made the effort to connect so that now they are all close. So touching.

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More from the Cartoon Art Museum

A couple of days ago I mentioned that I’d been to the Cartoon Art Museum recently to see a women’s comic artist exhibit and a Ninja Turtles art exhibit. Here are a few more things I saw during that visit.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles … 30 Years?!

Yesterday I mentioned that I’d been to the Cartoon Art Museum recently. I went to go see a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles art exhibit. It’s there because it’s the 30th anniversary of the Ninja Turtles. It was so weird to see childhood toys and drawings that were in my home now placed in a museum as vintage ephemera! I wasn’t interested in TNMT myself but my little brother and sister loved the movies (VHS tapes at the time) and had all of the action figures. To think that those are now museum-worthy is just so weird!

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Pretty in Ink: Female Comic Writer Art Exhibit

I’ve had it on my radar to go to the Cartoon Art Museum for awhile but I hadn’t actually been motivated to go until recently. It was actually the Ninja Turtles exhibit I went to go see (more on that here on the blog tomorrow) but I fell in love with another exhibit there called Pretty in Ink. It highlights the work of female comic writers/ artists, which I thought was really interesting to explore.

img 6989 Pretty in Ink: Female Comic Writer Art Exhibit It was interesting to learn about how women cartoonists had work during WWII and then the work kind of dried up after the men returned home but a few persistent women continued with their art. It was also interesting to see the different type of humor, the unique content and the fashion illustration inspiration in the women’s comic art. And it was fun to see the different styles of women’s comics over different eras.img 6990 Pretty in Ink: Female Comic Writer Art Exhibit img 6991 Pretty in Ink: Female Comic Writer Art Exhibit Continue reading

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Two-Stepping, Line-Dancing Fun

I’ve been wanting to go line dancing for years now. I didn’t know where to do it in San Francisco and I couldn’t convince anyone to go with me so it didn’t happen for a long time. But then I mentioned it to a friend who said that they have two-setpping and line-dancing several times each week at Sundance Saloon so we made a date and went.

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Here’s what I posted to Facebook the day after:

I went two-stepping with a friend last night. Things I learned …

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