31 July 2007

Tings Dey Happen, by Bodi

My old college roommate is on his way, and I find his ascent is sort of extraordinary.

To make a long story short, a great friend from the halcyon days of schoolyard adulthood wrote a one-man play after spending 2005 in the Niger Delta as a Fullbright scholar, and that play is making waves.

(Goings on About Town, The New Yorker, July 30, 2007)

The above snippet may digest what the San Francisco native tackles, but it's not in the business of editorializing or offering any real insight as to what Dan achieves with his play.

Tings Dey Happen is Hoyle's first true masterwork, a daring exploration which Robin Williams likened to something of a surrealist, oil-fueled Heart of Darkness in January '07, a month or so after the show commenced a highly praised - and sold out - run at San Francisco's Marsh Theater.

Dan occupies a genre of theater he dreamed up in Spain and began to hone at 1619 Ridge Ave, Apartment E3 as a Performance Studies and History major at Northwestern. In all of his works, Hoyle's approach begins and ends as an embedded journalist, an observant fly-on-the-wall presence who, in turn, weaves theater into the current cultural predicaments with whch he's had direct encounters, a very brazen marriage of politics/journalism/media/entertainment that would be difficult to swallow if Hoyle's storytelling and craft weren't so undeniable and forward-thinking.

We never hear from Dan himself in Tings, yet the entire piece vividly careens through what only he could have seen. Vignettes are laced together through a series of exquisitely transitioned characters and experiences, seamlessly navigating an oft-comedic whirlwind of Hoyle's exposure to the warlords, grifters, UN officials, oil men, Texas bluesmen, and malaria of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. A physical actor to the core, Hoyle shows as much of a gift for non-verbal nuance and pantomimery as he does for storytelling and character impersonation; the two might sort of have to go hand-in-hand, perhaps, but here Dan fortifies his grasp with four star general musketry.

While irretrievably hilarious throughout, the air of weariness/imminent danger evoked by the world Dan inhabits wrangles us further into the factions of Port Harcourt and the greater Niger Delta. This is, perhaps, the work's greatest gift. We are taken to an improbable place (Dan chose this path), whether or not we like it, to look for answers, almost naively, among people and environs veteran ballpark vendors don't typically choose to face firsthand. Like Dan, we're a part of the underworld willfully, but without a trifle of a sense as to why once we arrive. As a viewer, the experience of watching the episodes unfold is as thrilling as it is unnerving.

Dan built an early following by imitating people like Felix, Diego, Sammy Sosa, an old man at Thanksgiving, and Caitlin's roommate, not an insignificant cast of characters by any account. Here, we see that the old fellow has leveraged those foundations to expand what was already a considerable repertoire. His mastery of warri pidgin English, for example, is jaw-dropping. "Oyibo."

It really is an exceptional piece of work.

(Hoyle inspects Rive Gauche hieroglyphics in the wee hours,
Paris 2000)

Tings Dey Happen made its New York debut July 26 at SoHo's Culture Project, where it will run through September 23.

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The Times review.

27 July 2007

Southwest Circumnavigator Club Induction

We are pleased to introduce Brian Y. Dunaway, the world's foremost rising young circumnavigator, and first member of the Southwest Circumnavigator Club. The travels of a man so esteemed come equipped with yalls inconceivable to the mind's eye. Our committee looks forward to what you should say or do to suggest that he's not the most rightful new member of this club.

("Grassy Slopes," by Brian. 07/07/07)

Dunaway y la familia's past four excursions:
2007: Mont Blanc
2006: The Great American Road Trip
2005: South Texas' Padre Corpus Compuesto region
2004: Slot canyons of Utah *

* The journey that sours all attachments to Frost's "road less traveled." Duns, his wife, and two of their very dearest friends follow that very road and end up trapped in mud-flooded slot canyons for 36 hours in the heart of Utah's treacherous Coutebra di Iblestes canyon range. Dunaway, an Eagle Scout and former World Nature Council Secretary of Treasury, snickered dismissively at the conditions and kept everything in check with simple rocks and sticks, primitive tools which functioned as food, water, bridges, fire, friction, ice, and wind during the course of the ordeal. You very well may have read about this in the 2005 Chick-fil-A calendar.

Arcady Fund Graph

Not really at all complete, but I'm rather enjoying playing with color wheels and minimalist construction to present "fund on fund" fund allocation.

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Client: Arcady Asset Management, Inc.
Project: Investment Prospectus Redesign

22 July 2007

Loft template: Selections from Round 1


Client: The Loft
Project: Web Development
Art Director(s): Garrison (lead); David (assistant)
Site Engineer:Garrison



Garrison drew the guillotine on an unlinkable, frame-burdened portal concept I derived from his original.

18 July 2007

Impressive task completion...

...wherein the White Stripes allow a single note to
consummate a summer jaunt in the north country.


david vandervelde
blitzen trapper

The post

09 July 2007

"Singular Enclosed Protocol Variable"

Aberrant, deadpan conceptual art by Austin's Kevin Bewersdorf. Hilariously bizarre stuff.


The Last Seinfeld

= Gear t.e.k.

07 July 2007

St. Vincent

annie3.jpgThe post
annie11.jpgannie10.jpgChris' Sirius post with Polaroid

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Also, something undeniable brought to light by one Garrison Reid. Clearly G.I. Joe headquarters was teeming with bootsy, bumbling doctrinaires, and perhaps that is why they were so successful in making a case for proxy warfare.

Question: ¿Are G.I. Joes really any different from the Stasi, not to be confused with Năstase? ¿Also, why didn't they make a Năstase G.I. Joe?

01 July 2007

Gorilla Vs. Bear Presents:
Ghosthustler/The Party
Live at the Granada, 6/30/07



The Post


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Original image scanned from July 2, 2007, issue of the New Yorker.
Quick, functional type treatment is/was the exercise.