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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.)

Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art #22

Myrrh Larsen, Becca Yenser and Arsalan Darbandi

Myrrh Larsen, Becca Yenser and Arsalan Darbandi

The Three Friends Coffee House series and oasis sprung forth a Caffeine Monday event of majestic sound and vision and words on November 24, forever contained within the boundaries of kiss, with dignity, and characterized by the finely attired and attuned.  Consider the texture, tension, gloom, womanly thighs and heckling from a fearless foursome podcast for your edification.  You will notice, as the crackly mix of thumb and thunder swells from Myrrh Larsen‘s vintage amp and foot thingy, a persistent and often rhythmic scraping in the mid-range.  Indeed it is Arsalan Darbandi of his digestion of gods continueth with utensil in hand and intensity grating his vision onto some hard, flat and portable portal to the infinite.

Then, a reading, giving way to a testament to the bone-drought of love and life, casual in its haunted waffle embers of observation, delivered in delicate, brutal detail by Becca Yenser.  After a right turn at the anthropology stacks and rocketing straight from downtown Portland, Oregon flies Patrick Bocarde (who after all is not the invited but simply absent Chris Haberman) in his destroyer-of-worlds machine, and the mood of the monster poet is typically playful, declaiming, tending to shock and awe-shucking.  Arsalan continues to claw out jewels from bare boards while Becca’s waffle iron cools on the tiled counter of our abeyance, and for the finale more Myrrh, who has offered to appear even while buried in the task of producing an album with his band, and who conjures a post-rock toastie that must have belonged to a host of angelic lieder.  We drank our coffee and had community courtesy of the nearly-famous Melissa Sillitoe‘s Show and Tell Gallery Productions.

And ya know… 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

Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art #20

Heather Browne

Heather Browne

After about five months of fairly error-free journeyman podcasting, your humble producer has at last let down himself and his subject through technical glitchidelia.  Having earlier in the day connected the mighty and wonderful Olympus LS-10 to his XP desktop, highlighted the all of the unneeded .wav files in the display of the LS-10’s hard drive, hit delete and watched the icons disappear, he assumed that plenty of memory existed for recording that evening’s Three Friends Mondays: Caffienated Arts.  As it regrettably turned out, this procedure did not effect said file deletions, and as a consequence the recording cut off before the end of the performance.

Fortunately enough memory remained to capture all of Judith Fay Pulman‘s and Heather Browne‘s entire wonderful sets, as well as most of David Matthews‘ greatly anticipated reading.  Unfortunately, the end of David’s final poem “Each Day A Gift” did not survive this most painful digital catastrophe.

Splice Finders reflects, “The LS-10 was within my view during the entire show and I nervously glanced over at it from time to time to be sure that the red ‘recording’ light was still glaring steadily.  Because there have been occasions when the batteries have given out, and one occasion where the memory had maxed-out, I am ever watchful once recording has begun.  I have anxiety; it runs in my family.  Anyway, it cannot have been too long after the recording ceased that I looked over and noticed that the red light was off, and immediately my heart sank.  While David continued reading his remarkable verse in a soft, measured voice to that hushed, packed room, I knew that we were being cheated out of a complete document.  There’s really nothing to which one can compare that feeling – when the flashbulb does not flash, when the film advances to the end, when the tape spool runs out, when the computer is incorrectly told ‘ok’ rather than ‘cancel,’ etc., etc.  I have had many such times in my young career, but few as heartbreaking.”

He continues, “Not only that but also I discovered the next day that the LS-10’s microphone sensitivity switch had been inadvertently set to ‘high,’ resulting in a hot recording with a bit of distortion.  I must have stupidly done that earlier in the week when recording some other stuff on the spur.”  And so forth.  Perhaps it is the unforgiving pace of NaPodPoMo indifferently coming in its relentlessness to claim the weak and undisciplined.  For Splice Finders life has been Another Day, Another Podcast since November 1, and we are only halfway through this cruelest month to date.  Excuses are easy; diligence is the answer.  In any case, again we extend our deepest apologies to David Matthews, and to you the audience.

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

The Show and Tell Gallery Podcast #6

A warm, drier evening had replaced the cold drizzle of the afternoon.  “These are my FRIENDS,” James Honzik exuded, among them Heather Browne whose black and white photography graced the walls of The Show and Tell Gallery, along with James’ portraiture.  Walt Curtis misbehaved his ever-charming self, while Heather and even Melissa Sillitoe each read a poem. Crow Canyon brought a whole bunch of people (as well as the PA – thanks!) and deliberated over surf-folk and electro lullabyes (there’s a setlist on their myspace blog).  It was Soft Tags’ Richard Shirk‘s birthday so they axed him to play shakers on “The Chase (Backwoods Banjo version).”  Dusty Santamaria sang, read poems, bled black tears, and backed up James’ broken blues and Walt’s bitten ballads.  A couple of songwriters-in-attendance enlisted towards the end – the very end, when they lock the doors and everything.  In the end, it was just another passion-fueled First Thursday opening.

(This podcast is currently unavailable.)

Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art #19

Caffeinated Art happens every Monday from 7-8 p.m. at Three Friends Coffee House when three creative friends present a show, produced by Show and Tell Gallery Productions.

On Monday, November 3, Rick J and Garret Potter performed spoken word whilst Eric McEuen improvised on acoustic guitar.

The city had suffered rolling blackouts since rush hour and, in addition to snarled traffic throughout the Three Friends neighborhood, at showtime the coffee house was lit only by dozens of candles.  Listen closely during Eric McEuen’s music break after Garret Potter’s performance, as the crowd responds when the power comes on.  By acclamation the darkness was restored for the remainder of the event, a remarkable, transcendent performance.

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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