Tuesday, November 7, 2006

It's the little things


Today, while waiting for the subway, I was standing near a man who was playing the accordion. After playing 2 songs I didn’t recognize, he started playing “The Chicken Dance.” I looked around to see if anyone else knew “The Chicken Dance,” and to my delight, when the 2nd verse of the song started, several people clapped in the correct place and did the choreography. On the subway platform.

In that moment, I realized how fun it is to be alive.

Monday, November 6, 2006

Blind and Dumb Voting


So, I have a little gripe here. I recently moved to a new apartment, and finally registered to vote in the state of NY in the first week of October, several weeks ahead of the deadline. I have received a confirmation by mail that I am registered, complete with polling location and instructions. What I haven't receive yet is any kind of information regarding what the hell is on the ballot.

So, I think, "Well, I can certainly find some official ballot information on one of the city or state websites. Easy enough." Wrong. Dead wrong. After an hour of searching, I could not find any detailed voting information on these "official" websites. Oh, sure, I found voter registration information up the wazoo (am I the only one who uses that word anymore?) But I could find NOTHING that told me about the candidates or ballot measures- not their names and not what they stood for (or against).

How the hell does the government expect me to vote if I have no idea what I am voting on??? That either results in a) people getting so frustrated they don't vote (bad), or b) people getting so frustrated they go in and vote all one party because that is the only criteria they understand (very, very bad!). I am not normally one to get paranoid about things, but this is an awful sign about the state of our state and nation.

After digging through several Google pages, I finally happened upon this wonderful site:

http://www.vote-smart.org/index.htm

"Thousands of candidates and elected officials. Who works for you? Who is seeking your vote? Project Vote Smart, a citizen's organization, has developed a Voter's Self-Defense System to provide you with the necessary tools to self-govern effectively: abundant, accurate, unbiased and relevant information. As a national library of factual information, Project Vote Smart covers your candidates and elected officials in five basic categories: biographical information, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances and interest group ratings. What would you like to know? Access our library of information through either the menu on the left hand side or the links above."

You can enter your full zip code and the website will give you full information about the candidates and ballot measures. I cannot wait to get started.

Now it's your turn. Go. Learn. Vote. Make a difference.

http://www.vote-smart.org/index.htm

Sunday, November 5, 2006

You are invited to help me celebrate!

I have been doing theatre since the age of 9 in California, but my hope has always been to test my skills on the big stages of New York City. I am proud to say that next week I have the honor of performing in my first show since moving to the city and I hope that you will be able to share it with me!


What: A camera is the only witness in Camera-Ready Art -- a trilogy of short thrillers. In "Shutterbug", a photographer of the macabre tries to convince his listener that he isn't inhuman. In "And Everything Nice," an ex-convict, just having served time on a bum rap, hooks up with a liberal man of means to help her go straight -- with deadly consequences. And in"Wedding Album (Photographs Presented in Reverse-Chronological Order)," photographs of a small, impromptu wedding between a diplomat and his secretary at a foreign embassy serve as a memento of one party's murderous compulsion.

Who: Erin Cronican* stars in "Wedding Album" as The Bride. The evening also stars Debra Kay Anderson*, Rozie Bacchi*, Manish Dayal, Eric Dente*, Robert Dioguardi*, William Franke*, and Barry Steely (* denotes member of Actors' Equity Association.)

When: Thursday, November 9 at 8pm
Friday, November 10 at 8pm
Saturday, November 11 at 8pm
Sunday, November 12 at 3pm

Where: The Players Loft - 115 MacDougal Street, New York City

How: Tickets are $18.00 and can be purchased through TheaterMania.com or by calling TheaterMania at (212) 352-3101.

If you plan to attend, please let me know what day you will be there so I know to look for you afterward.

One other detail- my birthday, as well my final performance, is on November 12 so if you want to kill two birds with one stone, come see the show on that day (I will likely head to a bar or restaurant afterwards for a post show birthday celebration!)

Hope to see you there!


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