MY CITY IS GONE!

This article can be classified with the category of “The best of times, the worst of times!”

We don’t have to express the fact that the threat of the virus still exists. With over 100,000 accounted deaths so far, the crisis is far from over. However, that is not the only element that is of major concern right now.

Over the last week, there has been riots within the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota over a death that involves an arrest of a citizen that was in police custody. That act brought turmoil in that community, as well as through other communities that expresses the same concerns.

This article won’t address the case in question, even though it’s just as important as notions stand. What will be addressed is that the civil unrest that’s taking place is happening in the city of Minneapolis itself. This is a community that has been known to be labeled one of the better area in the nation to live, work, and even retire. These traits speak for both the city itself and the many suburban communities and areas that are part of the five group regions of Hennepin, Ramsey, Dakota, Anoka, and Scott Counties. Known as the “City of Lakes”, Minneapolis hosts a few of the so-called “10,000 lakes” (as it states on the Minnesota license plates), where its local citizen can enjoy both the lake, as well as the parks that surround each body of water.

What I am attempting to state here is that all of this turmoil is occurring in a town that I have always related to as a community that is peaceful, charming, and if I may state–safe for what it is! This is a town that was never known for its crime rate. There was always an existing amount of crime, but not in the same capacity as New York, Chicago, or even Los Angeles. It was a community that I looked upon as wholesome with a great fondness attached.

This was the area where I was able to start my professional career in the fields of media production, and was the place where I first got my “act” together after experiencing a year of college that wound up to be a personal disaster. (What that “disaster” was will be noted for a future article!)

Back in the early 1980’s when I was the age of a “young adult”, I decided to move to this city to seek my so-called fame and fortune. Perhaps not as a traditional “fame and fortune” where if I wanted to be in show business, I would have moved to Hollywood looking for my big break. Even though I was interested in a career and perhaps lifestyle of being in show biz, that was not my full goal. My goal was just to live a life that was far from staying in the depressed state I was attempting to escape from.

I chose Minneapolis because I did visit the city the year before while hoping to enroll as an undergraduate at The University of Minneapolis-Minneapolis campus. Although the school was worthy enough for my needs, it didn’t offer all of the elements I was looking for at the time. However, unlike some public state colleges that were located in small towns, the U.of M.’s main campus was in the heart of the city that offered plenty of things to do without totally relying upon the campus itself. And even though it was urban, it was still suburban in my viewpoints where people from all walks of life lived. Many of its citizen were born there, lived there, and even died there. And yes, many people did speak with their unique accents and mannerisms common place for the upper midwest, This was a trait that I didn’t notice while I was living there until I saw the feature film Fargo many year later–a movie made by a pair of bothers that were born and raised in that town who used these little notions to their advantage making such phrases as “you betcha” fall into the American lexicon of speech.

I started making the rounds of moving into a large home (c. 1911) in south Minneapolis owned by a guy who was a professor of real estate at the U of M. I was one of three roommates that shared this large two story home complete with a paneled basement space. The other two roommates were people he knew from his junior high school days. I was the first “outsider” to become part of this household.

From there, I got started into TV production, my real career goal. But it wasn’t in a traditional TV station such as KSTP, WTCN, or even in the mighty WCCO. It was at a public access TV facility that was part of the local cable TV system that existed in a suburban bedroom community. (Minneapolis itself was late in the game as they didn’t get cable TV until 1984 when Rogers Cable, a Canadian cable company, was awarded the franchise from the city.) I worked up through the ranks in community TV programming, performing such duties such being as a cablecaster, a camera operator, a videotape editor, and even to a program producer where I became eventually involved in a local live talk program called Accessibly Live–a program that this very news service is a descendant!

I also had my other activities as well. I had my gang of friends, and even encountered my first so-called “girlfriend” who I even lived with for a while. And there was the community itself that I found very appealing and charming. Even through I did not take total advantage of the arts and culture that was at my disposal at the time, it was there for me to know it was there should I ever desired to ever take part of it.

The weather up in the Twin Cities did change for each season. Its Springtimes were mild and pleasant. Summertimes could be hot yet bearable. Its Fall seasons were very cool and became eye candy where the fall leaves on the trees would become a work of art of browns, yellows, and gold colors into itself. And the Winters were rather cold and sometimes brutal. However, one would and could rise to the occasion where one can take winter to its advantage. I learned how to dress warmly donning padded undergarments in layers, while mastering the art of using cross county skies! This form of transportation came in very handy when one had to travel from one part of town to another when there were massive amount of snow on the roads where cars could not travel through the city streets. Ditto for when it was bitter cold. Unless your vehicle was parked inside of a heated garage, your car battery wouldn’t have enough power to start up! And rotsa ruck in getting the AAA to get over to your car to jump it with a set of battery jumper cables!!

Of course, all good things must come to its end, and indeed the time I spent up there it did arrive to its conclusion. My career of my job at Group W Cable based in suburban Columbia Heights would be over as its parent company Westinghouse decided to sell off its cable TV network to a media conglomerate that had little interest in public access television as P.A. wasn’t a money maker for them! Although I still had my gang of friends, my relationship with my girlfriend went on the skids. And since I never completed my college degree, I eventually decided to continue my college education after taking the few years off. But the school I wanted to attend was located in Carbondale, Illinois, some 800 miles to the south. It was that moment when it was time to say farewell!

It became a somber moment to finally leave my city after a little over four years of residency. I vowed to never forget the communities I once lived within and to always keep those episodes of my life and times within my own heart and mind.

I did visit Minneapolis a few times since I had moved away with a final return in the fall of 1990. But I never had the opportunity to visit the city that I once called home since then. I always promised to myself that I would return for one day more. Alas, that “one day more” never came to be!

Of course, I speak for a community that I lived in some thirty-five plus years long after the fact. Since I left town, many things has changed. Much of the gang I once knew has either moved away, died, or just wound up on my “whatever because of…?” list. Places I used to visit or even “hung around” are long gone. A few may still remain, but only as shadows of their formal selves. The city itself has grown, and its diversity has changed as well. It is no longer the blond-hair-blue-eyed-white-completion round of citizens that existed while I was present. And these changes were for the better and for the worst.

I had the good times I experienced along with the moments that were not going as well as it could have been. I will always remember those four short years where I was able to develop myself to where and how I stand in this very day and age. I will always call myself a Minneapolitian that’s on a leave of absence. I will always pledge my allegiance to the city and its surrounding community that I so desired to become part of. And I will say that living up in the frozen north was indeed a small portion of the best years of my life.

And as the norskies would say, “Uff da!”
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

For the last few weeks, we have been asked a number of times on the current status of community theater in the Los Angeles region.

Since middle March, no theater, be it the larger establishments or the smaller intimate places have been conducting show performances thanks to the current slow and shut down of activities due to COVID-19.

The following press release on the latest details is being published in its entirety. It speaks for those theater companies that are doing their part in making their long awaited appearance become a reality once more…

Los Angeles Intimate Theaters Release
a Message of Hope and Solidarity for Their Future

Artistic Directors of 44 Intimate (aka 99-Seat) non-profit theaters have created a roundtable to discuss the post COVID-19 re-emergence of theatre in Los Angeles. The group recently released the following statement:

“Like Los Angeles, our theatre community has always been at the forefront of innovation. As an integral part of the cultural conversation, a group of 44 artistic directors from LA’s intimate theaters came together two months ago to discuss how we can move through the current COVID crisis and come out stronger. We are committed to raising the bar and pushing the boundaries of professional theatre. At weekly virtual roundtables, we continue to remind each other that theatre is a collaborative art form, in every sense of the word. We are stronger together as one community regardless of company size.
 
While the doors to our theaters may be shut, our artists continue to innovate and utilize new technology to serve Los Angeles and promote the importance of theatre. Our creative work has never been limited to our stages, and the boundless creativity of Los Angeles theatre artists will ensure that our theaters will reopen with a renewed sense of purpose. Los Angeles is one of the cultural capitals of the world, and together we make sure that #LALivesOnStage.”

This statement was signed by the following intimate theaters:

24th Street Theatre, Actors Co-op After Hours Theatre Company Ammunition Theatre Company Antaeus Theatre Company Boston Court Pasadena Celebration Theatre Chance Theater Company of Angels Coeurage Theater Company Echo Theater Company Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA Fountain Theatre Ghost Road Theatre Company Greenway Arts Alliance IAMA Theatre Company Impro Theatre Latino Theatre Company Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble Matrix Theatre Company Moving Arts Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Open Fist Theatre Company Ophelia’s Jump Productions Playwrights’ Arena Pacific Resident Theatre Rogue Machine Theatre Ruskin Group Theatre Sacred Fools Theater Company Sierra Madre Playhouse Skylight Theatre Company Son of Semele Theatre of NOTE The 6th Act The Group Rep Theatre The Inkwell Theater The New American Theatre The Road Theatre Company The Robey Theatre Company The Victory, United Stages, VS.Theatre Company, Theatre West, and Whitefire Theatre

The group is taking this opportunity of a pause in their programming to consider some of the bigger issues facing Los Angeles intimate theaters. Most importantly, they have implemented action committees for creating collaborative strategies in health and safety protocols for audiences, staff, and artists. Other areas of focus include marketing, and planning an online Intimate Theatre Festival, with a Live LA Theatre Festival in the works once everyone is able to gather again. Partnering with LA Stage Alliance/onStage.LA, the group is working to establish a central hub for all Los Angeles theatre activities.
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STAYCATION 2.0

Being the fact that it’s somewhat difficult to keep tab on the days and dates, this weekend is the start of the unofficial-official opening of the summer season. Memorial Day, the date to remember those who served in the armed forces that didn’t home back from the battlefields, is the first of a trio of three-day weekends (Independence Day and Labor Day round out the three), that are usually measured as part of what’s known as Summertime–a season that’s been called those lazy-hazy-crazy days.

Although summertime is associated with going to the beach, taking on a bar-be-cue or three, and even planning for a trip someplace, that period of time has been reformed as a group of crazy days with better weather attached! But when folks were beginning to plan for their summertime antics around the time when Mari Gras was running its course, everything went into its tailspin! Instead of dusting off their fans for circulating those cool breezes, it seemed that the s#it hit those fans first!

That was some ten or so weeks ago. Right now, the plans for engaging for the summer season were placed on hold, only to be replaced by how to get one’s life together, among a longer list of things to do–98% of those things totally unplanned!!

Nevertheless, summertime did arrive on schedule. The weather is indeed a whole lot better for what it is. However, positive attitudes by those fanatics of summer are anything but! But after playing the game of “shelter-in-place” wore out its welcome, people are craving to get out to head off somewhere–anywhere! Sadly, there is a lot of precaution linked on to those plans.

Yes, there is going to be a lot of social distancing involved. Luckily, there are a few outdoor activities where crowds are not necessarily. Playing golf, hiking on a lonely trail, and even heading off to a beach can be done, assuming that local community standards will allow such activities. But when in comes to taking that vacation? That’s another factor!

As this article is being created, The Disney Parks in both Florida and California are shut down. Other theme parks of that nature are either closed or offering limited services are still taking its hold. One can drive to a spot for something that isn’t amusement park worthy since gas is still cheap for what it is. But one element is needed to take on that full blown trip. It’s not sunscreen, clothing that’s idea to wear in warmer weather, or even finding a place to go for a little R ‘n R! That factor that’s needed in money!

Already, the unemployment rate is at an all-time high, and hasn’t been this high since Hoovervilles were popping up, Bonnie and Clyde were making their rounds, and the biggest thing in media was listing to Amos ‘n Andy on the radio machine. Yep, the Great Depression has returned–for better or worse!

So did the Staycation, an activity that was born during the Great Recession of 2009 and a few years afterword. That is when people, very hard up for cash, devised an idea to take a vacation at one’s home base where for a week or so, one would do some of the things one would normally take part in through a traditional vacation, except one would never leave their premises. They could be in the form of partaking in a bar-be-cue or perhaps a camping activity while staying within their back yards or its equivalent. One would go on a vacation without the notion of getting somewhere through a virtual reality space without the use of a Zoom app!! That act would save a bunch of money, since there is no gas to spend on getting somewhere while keeping close to a very strict budget. This feat may not be the best of both worlds, but it’s better than no vacation at all!

This time around, people do want to get somewhere since they were stuck at home. Yes, they were able to clean the house (multiple times!), bake just about every recipe found in the Betty Crocker Cookbook, and to binge on every title found on the streaming channel of one’s choosing! (How many times one can watch Tiger King??) But getting away involves running into mysterious places where a virus may be lurking–or not!

But since gas is rather cheap(er), one can take off to some place for some of that getaway. But the real takeaway to is stay close to home and to remain that way. That is, until this whole COVID-19 finally blows over–whenever that will be!

So until the for said virus finally peters out, one can only do the best one can. Yes, it’s a bit different right now. But for the most part, people are still alive and living. One just has to keep that face mask at bay! There may not be any professional sports to watch (yet), but why not wear that custom mask with one’s favorite team’s logo on its front, decked out in the team colors? Those Dodgers face masks don’t look too bad on one’s mug! Just make sure you take ‘em off to wolf down a Dodger Dog or two grilled on the BBQ placed in the back yard? After all, it’s still summertime….
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

As of this writing, a number of theaters, both small and large, are making their plans to possibly open later this year. Some places such as the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills stated that they will commence with programs from July 1st onward. Other theatre companies didn’t have a definite schedule in mind.

However, we are keeping close watch to all chances and announcements. Until things be themselves back on track, we here at AOL-L will keep you on track to those revised notices and posts once we receive ‘em!

Stay tuned….
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WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED DOROTHY?

That was a line uttered (give or take) by Ray Bolger as the scarecrow in the forever classic feature film The Wizard of Oz. The scarecrow was speaking to Dorothy as played by Judy Garland near the end of the film after they has met the Wiz (played by Frank Morgan) shortly after the gang received their “gifts” from the man behind the curtain.

Dorothy learned a lot from her journey down that yellow brick road. And in these recent passing times, a lot of other folks learned a lot from what they have experienced and what they are experiencing right this moment. Some of these lessons were for its well being, while others gave them a sense of reality that needed to be addressed for quite some time, only to get buried from other hubbub that just got in the way.

And the results through various opinion polls taken online speak that truth. The Harris Poll, one of the nation’s leaders in gathering details on the public’s opinion of things at large, has been asking those on how this crisis known as COVID 19 has affected the lives of the domestic population for the good and for the not-so-good.

The results state that nearly everyone has been affected is some way or another. These being affected range from encountering a form of loss of employment, opportunity, and missing out of many life milestones from celebrating births, birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, confirmations, graduations, weddings, and even the passage of commemorating deaths. Many of these same folks experienced “wake up calls” over what has gone on and what’s going to occur next. Some of these “wake ups” reflected self awareness. Others discovered that it arrived as a swift kick in the a$$! As Charlie Dickens would write, it was the best of times and it was the worst of times.

And those lessons were obtained from the school o’ hard knocks, if not from forced homeschooling for those that were enrolled in college, high school, and even down to middle and elementary level schooling. Some of these lessons from life showed that there were some issues that had to be addressed only to become lost within a virtual fog. Now that the fog proved itself worthy, it’s time to review a handful of the facts that manifested itself as honorable enough.

For instance, many people learned how to cook meals at home. Granted, most folks that have access to kitchen facilities limited themselves to just preparing token things as to warming something in the microwave. Now those same folks actually whipped out dusty cookbooks (or at least getting access to those cookbooks found online somewhere) to create dishes that were actually decent for the user. In one recent Harris Poll report, 77% of people polled stated they’ve stocked up of foodstuffs since the start of COVID-19, yet 55% said they were concerned their stock would eventually run out. 50% noted that they wanted to have enough to last through the pandemic. However, 89% admitted that once the physical stores were open up more, they would be concerned to return as previous. (11% were unconcerned.) The top worry for shopping in stores is being too close to other people (63% noted this fact) while 21% feared their store(s) would close for good.

And shopping online nearly went through the roof. Amazon, perhaps the be-all-to-end-all place to go to purchase everyone from soup to nuts as well as everything including the kitchen sink (no kidding!), had the online retailer become busier than ever. Amazon also became part of the high demand of employment opportunities that were around since this whole sheltering thing began. The same goes for using take out deliveries as provided by local pizza joints and through third party delivery services on behalf of a eatery or three that could not physically open as normal.

And for those that discovered the joys of cooking, stocking up on foodstuffs were on its rise. The Harris Poll continued to note that 43% of those stocked up on meat products, 37% on pasta, 32% on rice, while 28% grabbed baking supplies such as flour and yeast. Those kitchen appliances from slow cookers, rice makers, and bread machines were busy working away to create dishes that haven’t seen the light of day for generations!

However, in spite of all of the lessons learned, we are all still traveling down that yellow brick road as we have yet to arrive to the Land of Oz. There is still a load of uncertainty that has yet to be discovered. Only time, tide, and perhaps the grace of God (and its equivalent) will be able to sort things out.

However, it’s not all that bad! When was the last time somebody baked a depression cake? When did anyone create hasenpfeffer using a genuine Crock Pot device? What about baking beer bread using a stand alone bread machine? Yours truly did the last two, while a friend of ALO-L whipped up the depression cake (also known as a crazy cake) from a recipe passed on from her late father!

If Julie Child and Graham Kerr could only see this now! Bon Appétit!!
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

SCOOB! (Warner Bros.) is a retelling of a saga of the four teenagers who are part of Mystery, Inc., and the dog that made is all happen.

The story opens at Venice Beach, California, where a young boy “Shaggy” Rogers (Will Forte) finds a stray pup that’s on the lam for stealing a slab of gyros from a food stand. This is where Shaggy meets the pup he names Scooby-Doo (Frank Welker). Before long, Shabby and Scooby (or “Scoob” for short) meets up with three other kids: Fred Jones (Zac Efron), the good looking blond haired guy wearing an ascot, Daphne Blake (Amanda Seyfried) who has the grace and is a ‘people person’, and Velma Dinkley (Gina Rodriguez), the brains of the outfit. After solving a case of a local haunted house that turned out to be phony, they form “Mystery, Inc”, a group that solves mysteries using Shaggy and Scoob as the comedy relief. Now grown up as “teenagers”, Scooob and the gang meets a new challenge-a mysterious secret plan to let loose the ghost dog Cerberus upon to the universe, a dog from the time of Alexander The Great of ancient Greece, where its later discovered that Scoob is a decent. Using the aid of Shaggy’s super hero idol The Blue Falcon (Mark Wahlberg) and his robot dog sidekick Dynomutt (Ken Jeong), they are off to get behind this scheme that is lead by evil bad guy Dick Dastardly (Jason Isaacs) who in turn had his own dog sidekick, Muttley (Billy West), that is best known for biting D.D. In the rear end with its trademark “chomp”!

This CGI animated feature film, based upon one of the longest running and perhaps the most successful franchise creations that ever came out of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon studies behind The Flintstones, is a rather amusing and somewhat snarky reboot update of the cartoon that first made its appearance at the start of the 1969-70 TV season, changing through its many decades afterwards. The screenplay by Matt Leiberman, Adam Sztykiel, Jack Donandson, and Derek Elliot, with story by Eyal Podell, Jonathon E. Stewart and Leiberman, is a piece that is very fast moving yet somewhat loud and complex that takes blends of super hero and sci-fi, making the original series look rather tame! (This feature has a much bigger animation budget it‘s working with). This feature piece is ideal for those of the (mostly male) Gen-Z demographic that likes their toons with lots of action with enough comedy to make it appealing that grew up on such other TV toons as Family Guy, The Simpsons, and anything running on Cartoon Network’s recent off-shoot, Adult Swim. Tony Crevone direct this title matching up with its story line where the moral (yes…moral) to this whole thing is that friendship will bond any two people for the longest time no matter what! Even if that friendship is between a boy/teen and his pup named Scooby Doo!

This is the second feature film of late that was moved from its original theatrical release to a release made available on streaming based video-on-demand, or VOD for short. This change of course, was based upon the circumstance that most traditional movie houses were closed due to a pesky virus that’s going around! That change of venue may have been the saving grace for this film as it appears to play a lot better viewing it on one’s home video device rather than a bigger (and perhaps louder) movie screen in a theatrical setting loaded with other people that may possess a fever–or not!

In addition, it’s not only those post millennium aged boys that will find this flick appealing. It will also cater to those much older (as well as fans of H-B animation) where there are a lot of references to other H-B toons mostly from the 1960’s and 1970’s scattered through this feature. Since one have the device to place this film on “pause” while viewing, it will be a lot easier to spot them all–if one so desires to to that!

SCOOB! is generally an animated title that will tide one over until Pixar Animation will release its next entry Soul, later this season. Disney is shooting for a theatrical release. But as they used to say on TV–stay tuned for further updates!

PS…would it be a spoiler alert to note that the line “I would have gotten away with this if it wasn’t for you mending kids!” is barley mentioned? At least Scrappy Doo is no where to be found!

This film is rated “PG” for cartoon action/violence, and mild suggestive humor. Now available for streaming video-on-demand nationwide for all electronic portals and devices.
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LIFE IS (WAS) BEAUTIFUL-ISH!

Editor’s note: As the stay at home orders continue, we here at ALO-L are still attempting to get some form of “normalcy” going. So instead of reporting the latest news regarding this virus thing that we assume you are overwhelmed about it all at it stands, we are going through the articles we created back in early March for publication shortly after.

The article below was scheduled to appear in Vol. 25-No 13-Week of March 29th, ’20. We are presenting it right now based on how things were going at the time of writing. Now it’s part of historical reference.

-What a difference a few weeks makes!
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The above headline reflects the current status of Americans based upon a recent poll done by the folks at Gallup, the go-to source on discovering what’s going on with the domestic population at large.

According to a report filed by this source of polls, some nine in ten Americans are satisfied with the way things are going within their personal life. Gallup reports that this stat is a new high in their four-decade trend that followed this trend, beating the previous high of 88% recorded back in 2003.

The poll continues to note that those polled reported being very satisfied with their personal life, taking an average of an 83% of satisfaction. The percentage of satisfaction ebbs and flows over time and tide, usually depending on what the current economic state of the nation is at the time of polling. The lowest level of satisfaction it ever got was recorded in July 1979 at 73%, around the period of the oil crisis that was going on at the time, when folks had to wait long lines to get gas and pay as much as 89 cents per gallon of regular unleaded! (Horrors!!). Then again, this wasn’t the first time there was a gas shortage. This shortage brought the formally underdog Japanese auto makers such as Toyota and Datsun (now known as Nissan) into the vehicle spotlight.

But getting back to the poll for the moment. What really determines what makes domestic life good are a number of factors. It’s mostly based on personal income, political party affliction, and marital status.

And those factors are rightly so. If one holds a steady income, one is pleased in the elements of their life. If politics comes to view, then if one holds a lean toward a political party where those in office that are part of that league and conducting a great job in getting things done, that that would boost one’s satisfaction. And if one is set within a status of life that is just as good (being single, married, having a domestic partner, etc.) that there is another cause of having a greatness in life.

And the recent poll stats reflects those issues. According to the results, 95% of those that live in high-income households, who identify themselves as Republicans, and who are married state that they are satisfied with their personal life, down to a ratio of three out of four stating that they are very satisfied.

On the opposite end, those in lower income households are the least likely to admit that they are satisfied with their life, followed by those that are affiliated by the Democratic party and those that are unmarried i.e. single.

These stats were gathered through a poll that Gallup conducted in early January of this year, based on what the level of the nation was at during the time of the poll. But if anyone wants to check out the results, visit the link before as noted: https://news.gallup.com/poll/284285/new-high-americans-satisfied-personal-life.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_content=morelink&utm_campaign=syndication

It’s always great to know that this decade of the “Roarin’ 20s (2.0)” have started off on the good foot. The economy is going well. Folks are buying stuff. Unemployment is at an all-time low, and although this is an election year, the battles of “us vs. them” are going to be heated. (When were they never at risk??) Whatever the case, it seems that those experts can definitely agree that “Everything Is Fine”!

Of course, one is going to find naysayers that will disagree with anything that is noted within this poll and its report. These are the folks that can be called “party poopers” that no matter how good everything is going, there will be a few that will report the doom and gloom. They will state that the economy will go bust, the king of the USA will take the nation (and the world connected to it) into a one-way ticket to hell. And they will also say that being married/single/having a partner/not having a partner sucks big time!

In other words, there will be a few Joe Btfsplks out there that exist to place a hex on anything and everyone. (For you comic strip fans out there, Joe Btfsplk was a minor character in Al Capp’s comic series L’ill Abner, and was always in a state of doom and gloom, complete with a rainstorm cloud that always hovered over his head!)

In spite of these life and times, let’s not worry over these things. Just enjoy life for what it is. After all, if those expects out there admit that everything is fine, then it must be. They are not expects for nothing, y’know. And that isn’t “fake news”!
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Inpro Theatre, the theater company based in “East Hollywood” (or east of Hollywood) that performs improvisational versions (or “unscripted” in their case) of shows presented in the style and tradition of such playwrights and authors as Jane Austin, Anton Chekhov, Tennessee Williams, William Shakespeare and a host of others, has been keeping busy the last few weeks by presenting online versions of their performances.

A number of their rep players are staying home while they interact with one another through their Zoom accounts, bringing to the audience (also staying at home) some of their shows as presented live where they create a new work as they go along. Their shows are always done in the style of a selected playwright or genre, performed through their theater wit and skills, and by their seat of their pants! Nobody will know how the show will being or how it will end in advance. Their “world premier” is also their “closing night”!

To discover what Impro Theater will be presenting on Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 PM (PST), and their Sunday matinee presentation at 1:00 PM (PST) (as well as details on getting on their e-mail mailing list), visit the folks at Impro Theatre at http://www.improtheatre.com
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BEEN THERE SEEN THAT!

As April turns into May, a few communities are slowly lifting some of the lockdown orders that has been in place since this whole virus situation started to change everything this domestic society has been used to do in so-called everyday life. Although we are not out of the woods yet, it’s still the moment to hunker down until the “all clear” signal has been set.

One of many things folks have been doing to keep themselves busy (whatever “busy” means), is to catch up in viewing moving imagery through a video screen device. This act that was once known as “watching TV”, even if this watching isn’t necessarily limited to using an actual TV device to view what’s being projected. However, viewing content, be it through a laptop, an electronic tablet, or through a smartphone, it’s all the same.

Thanks to those sources through cable TV and its successor, streaming media, the selection of what one can view for self amusement is endless. One would imagine with so much to view, it would be rather difficult to go through the entire content of what’s accessible and never have enough time to see everything. That is, unless one goes through a marathon binge watching session, you just can’t go through everything only to say “is that all…?”

Well, according to a recent report from the media agency Mindshare that’s been tracking content in connection to the COVID-19 connected aspects, some 46% of those polled stated they have already run of of content to watch, read, or to listen to. About a month or so ago, 30% of those responding to self-reported tallies ran out of stuff to see and hear.

This is akin to what these same folks want to see and read verses of news they don’t want to soak upon i.e. news about deaths, economic downturns, not having access to people, places, and things, etc.

In the latest standing, 51% (a majority) noted that they are limiting their time with the media to avoid getting caught too much into the negative side of things. And since many are stressed out as things stand, this latest number is a sure sign that the bad news speaks louder than the good.

And among the demographics that are running out of things to hear, see, and do, it’s the Millennials, those born between 1980 through 1996 (give or take) that are finding themselves thin content wise as they are going through a combination of both boredom and emotional fatigue. After all, this is the generation, along with the generation known as “Gen Z” (born from 1997 through 2010–give or take) that learned and adapted with anything electronic. They lived in a world where the internet was always there, as well as those devices that connected to to anything that was even vaguely called cyberspace.

Ironically enough, these generations are also discovering another medium that tends to live within an analog world. They are taking up hobby-related items such as working with arts & craft supplies, reading from physical books, and even playing with board games. These are devices that still rein within the older generations, most common are the Baby Boomers (born between 1946 through 1964) that grew up with these devices, and many of them never had let go of them since. (They also still embrace upon traditional television as well, be it from cable, streaming, or even through over the air leads!)

So until things start to get back to normal, no telling how things will form let alone change. Only time and tide will give the predicament of people’s future reactions. Until then, go ahead and watch Tiger King on Netflix for the umpteenth time! Everyone else is!!
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When the stage and movie theaters get back on their track, we will once again post those reviews that this same newsletter has been famous for for its nearly twenty five years in existence.

Until then, let’s keep in touch!
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TV IS KING-FOR NOW!

As the orders for staying/working/learning/fill-in-the-blank from home continues, many people are getting aquatinted to hangin’ around the house. Not because they have nowhere to go or have nothing else to do, but just to keep safe!

When it comes to keeping sane, that’s a whole different matter! A lot of these same folks are doing their damnedest to keep their sanity in check, now that the spouse, kids, domestic partner, roommate, etc. are staying longer home than one would want them to be.

There are a lot of things to keep one’s self occupied. Outside of working from home a.k.a. WFH (again, not to be confused with “WTF”, although the two terms serve as strange bedfellows), there’s stuff like cleaning up the house and its surroundings. There’s creating fancy dishes that one previously never had the time, effort, or even nerve to conger up in their meager kitchens. There’s doing exercises one used to do at their neighborhood gym or in their report work out sessions. There’s the keeping up with family members, friends, co-workers, or anybody else one keep in touch with through phone, Face Time, Google Hangouts, and the poster child of them all, via Zoom. And of course if one is able, there’s the art of “getting busy” under the sheets! And it one is even kinky enough, there are other places within the homestead to try out for some serious rollin’ in the hay sessions! (Why not…?)

Perhaps one of the most popular and commonplace things to do is to watch TV. In this day and age, there are more choices for visual entertainment to choose from. And one isn’t limited to viewing something on the traditional TV set. One can view stuff on a laptop, an electronic pad device, or one’s phone.

It was no surprise when Netflix, the be-all-to-end-all place to screen content, reported that subscribership is up for the month of March vs.the previous month of February. Some 16 million subscribers were added for the first quarter for the year, although the company was expecting some seven million! Its hottest program right now is the true-crime documentary series Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness. Hulu also reported big gains in viewership as well. Although its audience is at its biggest between 7:00 to 10:00 PM local time, it’s daytime usage is up as well. Between 1:00 and 4:00 PM, streaming content is up as high as 87% compared to January and February. Since more people are working from home (assuming that they didn’t get their job cut), who says you can’t work while the TV machine is doing its thing by streaming Friends re-runs??

But TV, or to be precise, any electronic device that sports a video screen, is keeping those in check. Granted, now that the weather is getting better in many parts of the nation, one can actually go out and get some air. But why not take a walk around the ol’ neighborhood while keeping one eye straight ahead and the other eye on viewing content found on Qubi, that new service that offers programming that runs for ten minutes or less per episode!

In spite of TV’s “second coming” (one of many “second comings” the television industry has experienced over the last seventy years we may add), no one can say how long this upkeep in viewing will last. Only time, tide, and a cure to the virus of the year will settle this score. In the mean time, enjoy the content and programming, keep six feet away from everyone, wear that face mask, wash your hands, and stay and keep safe!
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NEWS AND REVIEWS

As expected, nothing to review…yet! Stay tuned to this very space for updates once those reviews are ready for review!

See ya then!!
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NOT BEING CUTE ANYMORE!

Editor’s note: As the “stay-in-place” order continues, we are attempting to remain operational through normal activity as much as possible. Thus, as we continue to keep up with the latest news and information from governmental and medical sources, we are moving onward to post the articles that were created and prepared long before this whole virus related crisis began.

The article below was originally scheduled to be published the week of March 23rd in Vol. 25-No. 12. Enjoy it as you’re able!
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And now, another tale taken from the backstory of this very writer, the person that is behind this very newsletter. A tale that is so true, it’s believable because it really happened! (How’s that for a start-in to this article?)

This episode involves a person that we will called “Ambrose”. (Note: All names has been changed in order to protect this writer from any possible lawsuits!) Ambrose is a guy that this writer has known for quite a while. Throughout his times, he had been known to be a friendly and rather outgoing person. Since his days as a adolescent, he has going through his moments of being very liked and rather popular with the people he encountered.

He says it started while he was a kid in elementary school. His personalty made him one of the “in” kids at his school based upon how he treated his peers. He told little tales and antidotes that were known to be funny, amusing, and overall by way of a person that knew how to work a room! He had lots of friends, and was part of many other of his peer’s social circles.

This trait followed Ambrose through his later years. His years as a teen was full of the usual teenage-type antics that has been told and retold through the usual applications. Of course, these were the times long before electronic elements became part of the domestic landscape, so many of Ambrose’s social contacts were of the face-to-face variety.

College showed a bit of a slump, and Ambrose never had the opportunity to complete a four year program. It wasn’t because dear ol’ Ambrose could not finish a college level curriculum due to a lack of ability nor having access to any financial sources to pay for such a program. (This was during the time when college level tuition was rather inexpensive for what it was worth, and federal grants and scholarships were more generous than they are in this day and age.) It was because Ambrose got his first real paying job by being at the right place at the right time. This prevented him to complete any kind of college level program! His first gig was for a big company that was part of a larger nationwide conglomerate, meaning that he was able to receive all of the company benefits they provided to all of its employees. So Ambrose, thanks to his charm, personality, and knowledge he received from that ”school of hard knox” (the way that Ambrose called it), he was on his way through his budding life!

This continued for a number of years. Even when his company was brought out by another (and much larger) conglomerate, Ambrose was able to score yet another job the same way he got his last gig by presenting himself to the higher-ups where they were amused in how he presented himself, and told them what he could do for the company!

All of these tales and episodes occurred many generations ago starting some forty to fifty years before. This time era gives one an idea on how old Ambrose is! However, things started to charge and go into their different directions when he was slowly yet steadily hitting the fifty year mark in his life.

It seems that Ambrose, through his attempts to please people in the same way he did those many years before, were not working in the same method as it once did. When Ambrose now approaches people that he wants to please through his own person, those others he encounters are not as receptive as they once were. When he makes any sincere attempts to use his outgoing ways to form some kind of alliance, others will either take him for what he is worth on a surface level meaning they will verbally communicate to him mostly on a small talk aspect, or to totally ignore him! Some may even find his sincere attempts as annoying! When he once attempted to “work a room” at a local educational education asking those questions on how the institution operates, what is in store for the institution, and so on just to not only gain an insight on what’s going on, but to sharping his interviewing skills, he recently received word from an executive that the same executive received complaints from those he spoke to based upon his interview delivery. It’s not known to this writer on the backstory to this situation, but it really didn’t turn out toward anything that could be placed within a positive matter. And for the record, this episode took place at this institution’s open house day, meaning that Ambrose didn’t just barge in! He was there with others that day that just wanted to check the place out as he was doing as intended.

So what happened to Ambrose? Why have things changed for him that isn’t for the better? What caused this shift in appeal where Ambrose is barley lucky enough to convince anyone outside of his domain to agree with his ideas and intentions? Why can’t Ambrose become part of something or another just by using his charm, appeal, and overall applying for an involvement without going through any formal protocols as he once was able to do?

According to a source that Ambrose once asked those same questions to another person, the answer he received was based upon a hard reality.
It was because Ambrose wasn’t cute anymore!

Ambrose is now in his 60’s. His once brown hair has turned into a blend of grey and grayer. His face is a bit more on the wrinkled side. He looks like a seasoned individual that can otherwise mistake him as a person living in a domestic landscape that can be called as an “empty nest”. (Ambrose is now married, yet childless!) He can be a father to a bunch of (adult aged) kids, and could even pass off as a grandfather-type! A number of isolated episodes has even mistaken Ambrose as a retiree! In short, Ambrose can no longer pass himself as a kid, let alone a so-called “young adult”! He looks more as a person whose career is about to conclude, rather than somebody who’s on an up-and-coming track in life.

Their may be an age factor in Ambrose’s intentions with others. However, this hasn’t been proven. Then again, it’s rather difficult to prove this fact even if ageism is really behind Ambrose’s appeal! Whatever the case, it seems that Ambrose can’t pull off the same results as he once did back in the day when face-to-face meetings and encounters were the norm, rather then the exception.

If Ambrose was indeed younger. Would he have experienced the same situations by being ignored or pushed aside as he is going through in his current state? It’s hard to tell. However, one would assume that if Ambrose was as cute (and young) as he once had been, it would be most likely that he would have more pull in what he attempts to convince somebody or something that he is the person to rely upon, and every faction would work on his favor. Granted, the era of then is totally different than the era of now. But the more things chance, the more that they remain the same. So anything is possible to the fact!

In the mean time, this writer will follow up with Ambrose’s situations, and see if he can indeed get his mojo back working again. After all, there is always a moment where charm, grace, and personality can indeed be liked by others for real, rather than through a time tested social media portal that exists as an app found on a lot of smartphones out there!

Once this notion is all settled, Ambrose can become the cute kid as he once reined in throughout those many days of not so long ago!

We’ll see!
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As to the last few weeks, no reviews to report quite yet! But keep your eyes on this space for those reviews once movie and stage theaters open their doors once again.

See ya then!!
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