Daily Archives: July 13, 2008

Iconicity unleashed!

So, my better half — co-founder of the Eleventh Hour Ensemble — got to breathe a big sigh of relief last night. The first of a half-dozen Capitol Fringe Festival performances of Iconicity, a photography-and-memory show she and Ryan Christie created with the aid of a gifted cast, went off mostly successfully. (So says Dan Owen, blogging for the City Paper’s Fringe & Purge dealio.)

The biggest flaws were all light-and-sound-related, and thus entirely my fault, since I was running both boards. In my defense, we had exactly one rehearsal in the Fort Fringe space and using their equipment. (I’d else practiced the sound cues on an iPod, which is a little different from a soundboard.) But that’s no excuse. I pledge to you that when you attend one of the five remaining performances of Iconicity — as you must! — the light and sound cues will be dead-solid-spot-on perfect.

How’s the show? Fabulous! Truly, that’s my as-objective-as-can-be-expected assessment. It’ll resonate especially with anyone who reads this story in today’s Paper of Record by Warren Zinn, who frets that a photo he shot of Army medic Joseph Dwyer during the first week of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 may have contributed to Dwyer’s suicide last week. Sad, haunting stuff.

Media Mix XIII: Positively Deathly Freedom!

A pair of winners get their report cards this week. Nice to hear Mellencamp getting his dignity back. As recently as, um, ten years ago, I could tell people I liked him without fear of embarrassment. He had a strong run of albums for a decade-and-a-half from 1983’s Uh-Huh up through his self-titled Columbia debut in ’98. The ones between The Lonesome Jubilee in ’87 and Human Wheels in ’93 were especially good.

As the Hold Steady’s Stay Positive seems to have arrived without the tidal wave of hype that accompanied the release of their very-good-but-not-life-changing (though it probably changed their lives) revelatory Boys and Girls in America in 2006, I feel freer to enjoy it. It just sounds great. It’s okay for records to just sound great sometimes, yeah?