Sunday, July 24, 2016
Thursday, July 7, 2016
I know, my postings are intermittent - I'll reiterate that my laptop is a little beaten up these days and the main problem is the function of the keyboard. Poorly functioning keyboard = no typing = less blogging (using my phone right now but it's only effective for shorter posts).
With that in mind, I'm going to be a little out of chronological order - the many wonderful events and experienced of most of June will be detailed here at the weekend when I will be able to borrow a slicker laptop. For today, here's my current situation and whereabouts:
I'm dog and cat-sitting for Sam and Val while they're on holidays in California for three weeks, so I'm staying in their Brooklyn neighbourhood Red Hook. It's a weird but nice 'hood, characterised by converted industrial spaces, empty lots, bus depots and waterfront-based business. I have yet to try any of the local cafes or bars but there are several on my list.
Mostly though I'm here for the aminals and I'm also getting a little time to myself to shake of the plague that struck me down HARD over the weekend - it was building in me for a couple of weeks and I absolutely crashed last Saturday, high temperature and everything that comes with it. It was rubbish. So I'm still shaking off the remnants of a nasty cough and some congestion headaches but it's fading.
I'm also happy to report that I'm back to dance classes - went to ballet yesterday and will again tomorrow, it's much needed and it feels great.
One of the best things about spending three weeks in Red Hook - not super close to any subways - is the chance to ride my bike every day to and from the train and other parts of Brooklyn (like my house).
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Eternal Con, Long Island's Comic Con
And the Coney Island Mermaid ParadeThumbs (and salute) up for the real Peter Griffin. #wildwomen #planetwongo #wongettes #eternalcon #petergriffin #cosplay #familyguy #comicconA photo posted by Wild Women Of Planet Wongo (@planetwongo) on
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Friday, June 17, 2016
Not least because Anhoni, formerly Antony Hegarty, is both British (born in Chichester) and American as well as being a transgender pioneer and boundary breaker.
And because it's a sad song with space for hope.
Far more intelligent people than I have written about the Orlando mass shooting and about the murder of Jo Cox so I don't want to regurgitate thoughts that won't become more profound with repetition. But I believe in the solace of putting it out in the Universe and expressing any kind of solidarity.
This week I was dog sitting in the West Village and I stopped on the street for the Orlando vigil happening outside Stonewall - where the LGBTQ rights movement in America was born. That whole area has been tense and unfamiliar this week - there is a huge police presence in the lead up to Pride Week, and everyone seems nervous in the streets.
It took me until today to quite swallow what happened in Birstall yesterday. It's a new kind of heartache.
Already it's a whirlwind - a pretty good one but still.
Last weekend we got the band back together to shoot some promotional footage for I Could Never Love Anyone - see below a bunch of original cast and crew, some of the greatest people I've met in the last couple of years are in this picture. We had almost too much fun - we haven't all been in a room together since February and it really made my heart soar to be enjoying the silly jokes and general piss taking in between takes.
Tomorrow I'm doing the same as I did last Sat - that is, street-teaming for a weird and wacky musical featuring purple-haired, green-attired space babes - except this week it's at the MERMAID PARADE in Coney Island, which means a) I'm going to be very hot all day tomorrow, b) I'll get to be outside at the beach seeing awesome mermaid costumes and c) I'm going to have some odd tan lines.
Last Sat was a good laugh but I was absolutely beat by the end - staying in character in an interactive way in a place that is generally filled with weirdos is really hard work. I'm hoping tomorrow everyone will just be drunk, which in theory will make them more likely to play along and less hard work for us.
Also tomorrow I see my first ever concert at Madison Square Garden - that's right, THE CURE have landed! So all in all it will be a long day filled with strange people with mad hair!
It's a beautiful day outside and my work is done - I have a rehearsal at 7 for 'Cool', which is being performed in the Choreographer's Canvas July 17th and 18th.
Other big news is, Lola is back in town! She's here from Mexico for about 6 weeks doing a course, staying in our old apartment with Jacob and generally adding to the whirlwind fun that is summer so far. She just got in early this morning and I won't have a chance to see her til maybe Sunday or Monday, and I can't wait for a proper in-person catch up.
I'm writing this from a great coffee shop called Grounded, in the west village. It's filled with greenery and has a skylight, and I had a really delicious cheese and apple sandwich. Taking as much relaxation time as I can today because tomorrow is going to be a heavy one. Good times.
I'm about to write a totally separate, less upbeat post addressing some thoughts and feelings about that which is far bigger than my little life.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
This is what an easy, chill but productive morning looks like. I love it. Even managed to catch a Dan, on his day off, as I was heading out.