Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art #25

What can one say about 2008?  Well, a lot – more than you or I want to hear.  But one thing worth talking about is the Three Friends seriousness of caffeinarted Mondays.  We began it then, amid the innocent glances and tentative explorations of a late Western Oregon Summer.  We persevered through no-shows, equipment problems, bumps on the head and even power outages.  But we finally met our match with Snowpocalypse Now and what was to have been a lovely performance by Rick J, Fern Capella and  Natasha Terranova on December 22 has been tentatively rescheduled for January 26, 2009.

Dennis McBride and Mike GDennis McBride and Mike G

But the 364th day of this leap year belonged to the obsidian wit of Dennis McBride, who wrangled Portland A-Listers Elizabeth Archers and Mike Ferrell to sound out a full hour of spoken word and understated fury, and neither meteorological nor phrenological phenomena would overcome the attendant gravitational pull.

No wonder that the joint was packed, chairs were  moved and aye the espresso machine was too rode hard,  nae confidence squandered in expectoration realise a rich offering of verse withal, follerin’ which many glasses were raised afterward in the bar next door (it should be mentioned).

And what can one possibly say about the third and most succinct Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art Open Mic to date, except that, 1) it’s starting to get a bit crowded somewhere (else) and, 2) it’s still necessitating a two-part podcast!?  Tally another dry, powdery chalk mark each for usual circumspects Rick J and Melissa Sillitoe, maybe half of one for Luke Lefler – whose “jokes” we hope never to hear again (fat chance) – and of course for the expended closer Mike “the Appo”  G, anyway.

Show and Tell Gallery Productions still insists on inducing the Open Mic event on a weekly basis every Monday following the invited performance.   So, stay ready all you poets, dreamers and warble purveyors – every frothy Monday under the ceiling of Three Friends Coffee House is performance con invitation from 7:00 to 8:00, followed by the Open Mic sign-up from 8:00 to 8:15.  At 8:15 the Open Mic (limited to sixteen slots – every one a cloth-and-spring-snake-loaded peanut tin) will re-shatter your nerves.

If you wipe the sweat from your hairline and trim those eyebrows you will find the podcast on the Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Series page at brokenhours.net until it, too, wears out its audience.  If you haven’t tried, then be advised that it’s way easy to access the Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Series podcast via iTunes using this link:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=295435461

Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art #24

Jeffrey Gardner

Jeffrey Gardner, aka Popeye

It began with an abbreviated and marvelous invited program on December 15, 2008, featuring the already singular Jeffrey Gardner, aka “Popeye,” sharing a variety of writings from his notebooks.  A lengthy, awkward pause ensued, resulting in a two-part podcast, while the small and approving crowd metamorphosed into the second, momentum-building Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art Open Mic, or whatever hostess and Show And Tell Gallery producer Melissa Sillitoe eventually decides to call it.  Playfully, Melissa and Eric McEuen start up the rodeo with a dramatic collaboration, followed by Ray and Lela, Rick J, Mike G, Luke L. and Nathan R., giving us words and more words.

Based, it seems, on pressure from some unknown quarter, but in all likelihood for the love, Show and Tell Gallery Productions has decided to make the Open Mic a weekly event every Monday following the invited performance.  So, get ready poets, warblers, dream purveyors, all you perchancers: every caffeinated Monday at the big, sighing Three Friends Coffee House,  there’ll be the invited performance from 7:00 to 8:00 as usual, followed by the Open Mic sign-up from 8:00 to 8:15.  At 8:15 the Open mic (limited to sixteen slots – every one a potential diamond mine) will promptly begin.

(This podcast is currently unavailable.)

The Show and Tell Gallery Podcast #7

Ray Ottoboni

Ray Ottoboni

As hard to believe as it may be, the First Thursday opening at The Show and Tell Gallery on December 4, 2008, came off smoothly although the absence of vacationing curator Melissa Sillitoe made for a comparatively low-key event.  In her stead Luke Lefler, the Gallery’s shy and quiet Digital Media Producer, hosted the reception for Robin Carlisle.  Among the works on display were several from Robin’s house series: “I have painted hundreds of little house paintings and they just seem to keep coming out of me.  Mainly they are cute and warm and cozy and soft.  But they are also a super strong symbol to me.  They are little capsules, like diaries that tell stories.   They hold the most intimate details of people’s lives, histories, futures, dreams and emotions.”  Unfortunately Robin had had a pair of wisdom teeth extracted earlier in the day and she had to excuse herself before the music program which was put together by Michael Hart.  Michael and musician invitees Ray Ottoboni, Michael Pan and Lou & Anthony, as well as the sounds of people mingling and Luke interjecting a flaccid welcome to those in attendance, may all be heard on The Show and Tell Gallery Podcast.

(This podcast is currently unavailable.)

Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art #23

The first Show and Tell Gallery Productions Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art open mic at Three Friends Coffee House occurred at the appointed hour, vinyl enjoined and veneer observed from the outsetters, an oblong galaxy of stars and phalanx of attractive guests only in this place.   The numeric chorus line received, and them held ’twere in awe by the becoming Melissa Sillitoe, the stalwart and erudite David Matthews sharing some older stuff, the astounding and oft-termed “great” Rick J.

Presence lordly and dark was insisted upon, snide and choice with material, as the reminiscent Benjamin Fisher kept us on our guard, allowing briefly a showing of Melissa’s visual art, a newish written thing of temporarily reception, and more poetry, more espresso, more admiring onlookers from afar, among them your stumblng scribe and the newest S&T teammate – the mesmerized Nikia Cummings – both of us may take the future stage – and several who did shed earbuds and look up from the free and power Friends Three wi-fi to take it all in, squeaking and jingling doors book-ending the art parfait.

Oasis II in the Russian winter of our disconnect brightened by the Cheshire smile and cutting wit of  Chris Ridenour, a tremulous external wail chankered from the leg-irons of killer Mike “Cold Case” G, the joyous ceremony already spiked and inflated with classical rap, an impetuous card “trick,” an Iggy-worthy cry for love and an heart-shattering serenade by the self-contained and riveting Myrrh Larsen.  Blushing straight from work at check-it-out time, the radiant Starlite Motel, even.  Old love trumped new love and forth another Caffeine Monday event of majestic sound and vision and words issued.  It will happen again here knows when, it has been wisely and gratefully promised.

It seems, it is proved, they will faithfully come out on a night such as this… you’ll find the podcast on the Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Series page at brokenhours.net.

Also, now you can access the Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Series podcast via iTunes using this link:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=295435461

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