Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Like to read novels? Good news!

A message from Alec:
My first novel, UNTIL THE DAWN, is now being serialized on the new website The Daily Novel.

A chapter a day will be posted on the site, and you don't have to buy the book to read it. That's right, it's free. If you've already read it, tell your friends. The plan is that after the entire book has been posted it will be made available as a pdf file you can download for a minimum charge.

This is a brand new online venture. If they're successful, they will follow up with some of my other books.

I hope this will stimulate sales of my actual printed books -- you know, the kind you hold in your hand that has paper and is bound and has a cover -- which are available on or (autographed) directly from me.

Check it out and enjoy!
Let us know what you think.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Schalchlin - back from the brink!

Its Schalchlin's fourth time singing in Olympia!

Read about it in Alec's blog...
The big voice back from the brink and alive in Olympia
and please get your tickets before they sell out!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Pilobolus "Symbiosis" - A performance merging dance and biology

Get past the very short commercial for TED at the start - the rest of this is amazing!

Two Pilobolus dancers perform "Symbiosis." Does it trace the birth of a relationship? Or the co-evolution of symbiotic species? Music: "God Music," George Crumb; "Fratres," Arvo Part; "Morango…Almost a Tango," Thomas Oboe Lee.
This collaborative dance company is acclaimed for its mix of humor, invention, and drama. Drawing inspiration from biology (how many dance troupes would name themselves after a fungus that thrives in cow dung?), Pilobolus has created a dance vocabulary all its own.

Why you should listen to them:

Pilobolus began as an experiment among three guys and one puzzled professor in a Dartmouth dance class back in 1970. It was survival of the giddiest, as the three non-dancers goofed around with the material they'd been given -- themselves -- and got entangled in science-inspired poses (think: "soft-belly protoplasmic thing") and movements. From these humble, biological beginnings has emerged an innovative, unlikely and almost-uncategorizable dance company that combines athleticism, grace and humor with a profound sense of unity.

Their smooth, organic choreography -- featuring unusual partnering and lifts -- often blurs the lines between individual performers, creating a sense of dance-troupe-as-organism. Still evolving after 35 years, Pilobolus has built up a repertoire of more than 85 works and received numerous awards, including the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography. Their hilarious appearance at the 2007 Oscars -- where they built witty silhouettes to punctuate the ceremony -- brought the troupe further into the public eye.
Pilobolus - their site is timing out this morning but hopefully that won't last long.

This was a TED 'talk' - TED - stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. The annual TED conference "brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes)."

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Steve Schalchlin is coming to Olympia in May!

Steve Schalchlin is coming to Olympia to do a very special Mother's Day concert for PFLAG-Olympia! WooHoo!

Can you tell I'm really happy about this?!

In his Friday, April 03, 2009 blogging: Personal Appearances. Steve wrote:
This whole new wave of personal appearances, culminating in the creation and design of a new live solo concert, began with a simple request. Gabi Clayton -- do I have to remind you who she is? -- approached me about going back up to Olympia, the place where I played the "Imagine" piano, to sing a new concert as a benefit for PFLAG-Olympia. Given the fact that I'll do anything, anywhere, for any PFLAG, my answer was yes.
Steve is going to sing and talk at Unity of Olympia church on Sunday, May 10th (Mother's Day) morning. Then he will be our program at the PFLAG-Olympia meeting that afternoon.

Then the concert at Capital Playhouse at 7p.m. - and tickets are limited so get them as soon as possible before they sell out.

Lot's more information is posted on the PFLAG-Olympia website.

Please join us!
It's an absolutely fabulous way to celebrate
Mother's Day and PFLAG.