September 2008 Blog Posts (40)

Orphan Works - we must stop this bill. Please do your part

ILLUSTRATORS ' PARTNERSHIP OF AMERICA







Orphan Works: The Devil's Own Day







Never Too Busy to Pass Special

Interest Legislation 9.28.08





As lawmakers struggled Friday to clean up the mess on Wall Street, sponsors of the Orphan Works Act passed more special interest legislation. Their bill would force copyright holders to subsidize giant copyright databases run by giant internet firms.



Like the companies now needing… Continue

Added by Suzie Seerey-Lester on September 30, 2008 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

Pining

.... even the wind no longer speaks to me of you ....

Added by Bharati Ishaya on September 30, 2008 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Cliff Roles' Newsletter Week Sept 29

In this week's newsletter:

- Boas, Broads and Burgundy ... there's a new game in town!

- Always A Part Of Me - Come and support us and the Players!

- Join me on 2 charity walks in October!

- 2 new series: Sarasota's Police Department and Sister Cities Association

- Creative Loafing's Best of the Suncoast 2008 - cast your vote!

- Look forward to Thick As Thieves in November!

- My current appearance schedule;

And of course ... The best guests on…
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Added by Cliff Roles on September 30, 2008 at 12:28am — No Comments

A movie I wish I'd seen

It's not generally known, but at the time of his death, the great actor Claude Rains was in negotiations to star in a film about the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. He was to play a Spanish agent assigned to Havana, but the project was scrapped when the writers could not come up with a plausible way to avoid linking the character to the sinking of our battleship, which would have made the movie too controversial.







That's… Continue

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 29, 2008 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

The Great Schlep

Political activism, as only Sarah Silverman can do it (Explicit content: not for children*):





The Great Schlep from The Great Schlep on Vimeo.




www.thegreatschlep.com



* Or… Continue

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 29, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

nOn pOlitical pOst

a lOt of my blOg pOsts Of late have had pOlitical cOntent, sO i decided that in this pOst, i wOuld nOt Overtly state my pOsitiOn in the upcOming presidential electiOn.

aren't yOu prOud Of me? hOw did i dO?

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 28, 2008 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

24-Hour Protection

I'm spending a fortune on mouthwash these days.

...Because every bottle says, "Do not use if printed band around cap is broken or missing," and every time I open a new bottle, the band breaks or falls off....

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 26, 2008 at 7:09pm — 2 Comments

Working with other artists

Someone recently left me a comment saying something along the lines of, " what a joy you must have working with such great people."



Well...yes.



...And no.



On the one hand, theatre and dance are collaborative art forms; if someone's not willing to collaborate with other artists, s/he should be a sculptor or a painter. My best lighting is almost always done in situations in which I'm working with great collaborators, and many of those performers, directors, and… Continue

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 25, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Dear Mr. President....

In the final episode of The West Wing, Abby Bartlet, the outgoing First Lady, says to her husband, "You did a lot of good."

Mr. President, in the coming months, I'm sure that many people will say similar things to you.

These people will be wrong.

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 24, 2008 at 4:32pm — 2 Comments

Michelle Pingel named Players' Managing Director

In case you didn't read Jay Handelman's article in this morning's SHT:



Players Theatre lays off executive director it hired in March



By Jay Handelman



The Players Theatre in Sarasota searched for more than a year before hiring Darlene Sparks as executive director.



But Sparks fell victim to a tightening economy. Her position was eliminated and she was laid off late last week from the community…
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Added by Cliff Roles on September 24, 2008 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Do as I say, not as I do

I received this communication today:

Dear Valued Comcast Customer,

In the past, you have asked Comcast not to communicate with you via email regarding offers and promotions. We respect your privacy, and will only send you essential emails related to your current Comcast Services.


I received it via...you guessed it...email.

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 23, 2008 at 7:45am — 1 Comment

What are you reading, Doug Knowlton?

To Walt Whitman, America by Kenneth M. Price. The University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

I come back to Walt Whitman,

What in the hell happened to him,

Wasn’t he a white man?

--June Jordan (1)

Here is something rare these days, like spats or an Edsel: a review of a book about a poet in a popular press publication. No worries though, this is not primarily about poetry but rather the arts, culture and social change in… Continue

Added by Rick Hughes on September 22, 2008 at 3:56pm — No Comments

The Next President

I feel sorry for the next president, who will undoubtedly be blamed for the economy's continuing to plummet, much like Hoover was blamed for the disastrous economic policies of Harding and Coolidge (that "whoosh" you just heard was the reference's going over the heads of those whose idea of "history" is, "who won last week's American Idol).



This is why a knowledge of history is important; if the Republicans hadn't been so eager to dismantle the regulatory safeguards that were… Continue

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 22, 2008 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Another Photo

Another non-production (there must be a better term) photo:

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 22, 2008 at 9:47am — No Comments

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds....

  • The Bush administration allowed Lehman Brothers to go bankrupt but the following week bailed out AIG.
  • Sarah Palin was enthusiastically for the "bridge to nowhere" until it became unpopular, at which time she decided to oppose it -- but she kept the money anyway.
  • Last week, John McCain opposed regulating Wall Street; this week he's in favor of it.

Remember when Republicans thought that "flip-flopping" was a bad thing? They've certainly flip-flopped…

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Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 20, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

P.S.: Please send $$$

Dear President Bush:

I've made some very bad decisions and now I have no money. Please send my bailout check to:

Jeffrey E. Salzberg
1234 Main Street
Anytown, FL 01234

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 19, 2008 at 8:26am — 1 Comment

Set List

Set List





A nightengale Sang in Barkley Square

A tisket a tasket Ella Fitzgerald

All that jazz Ella Fitzgerald

At Last Ella Fitzgerald

Autumn Leaves Eva Cassidy

Beseme mucho Diana Krall

Boots Nancy Sinatra

Boy From Ipamema

Breaking up is hard to do Reeny Olstead

Can't take that away from me Billy Holliday

Come away with me Nora Jones

Crazy Patsy Cline

Cry me a river Ella Fitzgerald

Don’t know why Nora… Continue

Added by Sarah Combs on September 18, 2008 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Starving Artist? Damien Hirst ART Auction Fetches Record $200 Million

Well, not all artists are starving, eh? Check this out: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/16/damien-hirst-auction-fetc_n_126993.html

Added by Rick Hughes on September 17, 2008 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Just remember....

Jesus Christ was a community organizer....

Pilate was a governor.

Added by Jeffrey E. Salzberg on September 17, 2008 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

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