Tuesday, September 30, 2014

On visiting Sterling Hall 6/29/2007

I wrote this poem back in 2007 when visiting Madison, Wisconsin.  My father was a physics professor who taught in Sterling Hall.  Sterling Hall was bombed in 1971 and a student was killed.  There is more about this in the book Rads


On Visiting Sterling Hall June 29, 2007
By Anne Barschall (daughter of late emeritus professor H.H. Barschall)

There is something about that door
That old and dingy looking door
Its concrete ornamentation grayed
By years of not so gentle weathering
Something dingy like the old photos
Of physicists, years ago
Photos I grew up looking at.

I thought the photos merely old
When I looked at them as a girl,
But I see now that, no,
Those scenes were always a bit dull
To the eye.

The fire that burned there
In corridors vilely beige and green
Was the fire of the mind
The lightening of genius within
Not without.

Sandaled feet,
A crop of disheveled hair,
Awkward glasses,
Baggy shirt and pants
Of indeterminate color,
Covering a slender form --
The archetypal physicist --

I saw him again today
Walking through the overpass
Between Sterling and Chamberlain,
No apparent difference having arisen
In 80 years of fashion
For the seekers of the watchworks
Of the cosmos,
His dedication to that same search
Showing in his external sameness,
A grayed and dingy sameness;

And a tracing of new brickwork,
On the building’s fa├žade,
Still tells a story of a different type of fire
That I remember from my childhood
A silent memory of a loud noise
In the night.

I hear they will renovate you,
Monument to vanished memories,
Infusing an aura of newness.
Will they try to make the sandaled gentleman
Wear something spiffier as well?

Monday, September 22, 2014

This blog is an ongoing log of what I'm doing professionally

Upcoming shows

6/29/19 6pm Musical Improv Level 2 class show Striker Theater, PIT Theater FB Event Link
I have a number of Cherub Improv performances coming up as well.
8/15/19 9pm; 8/17/19 1:30 pm; 8/18/19 6:30 pm; "Boy in the Window" by Jones Price Daniels, Hudson Guild Theater (part of Summerfest) more information at this link

News from 2019

recent performances 

  • 6/11/19 performed in Magnet Theater musical mixer
  • 5/18/19 3pm & 5pm; 5/20/19 1pm played the Guard in "Twelve Angry Women", Alpha NYC, Producer's Club d Elizabeth Aquino
  • 5/17/19 attended premier of "Karate Christmas Miracle" at the Hoboken Film festival -- i have a small supporting role in this movie -- just want to congratulate Julie McCullough for an oustanding performance
  • 5/14/19 Cherub BBBS workshop d Michelle Francesca Thomas -- at Nickelodeon
  • 5/5 4pm Bronx County Chorus, First Lutheran Church of Throggs Neck More info Poor Unfortunate Souls SoloNarrator solo
  • 4/27/19 Outreach concert for Bronx County Chorus Amber court, 1800 Waring Avenue, Pelham manor, N.Y.  
  • 4/18/19 assisted in Cherub BBBS workshop at American Eagle d Michelle Francesca Thomas
  • 4/13/19 filming "Wax Castles of Love" d Amir Royale -- playing elderly astronaut
  • 4/8/19 Outreach concert for Bronx County Chorus, Kings Harbor Multicare Center, d. C Aquino Ave 7pm
  • 4/7/19 Wizard of Oz -- team B -- Producer's Club 4:25 pm and 5:15 pm
  • 3/23/19 filming "Rose (Older)" from "Clock and Life" d. Chengjin Zhuang
  • 3/16/19 performed with Cherub Improv at Kessler Rehab, West Orange, NJ d Jonathan Goldberg
  • 3/10/19 performed with Cherub Improv at NYU Langone d Evie Aronson
  • 2/18/19 participated in an outreach workshop with Cherub Improv at Kendal on Hudson, Sleepy Hollow NY d Jonathan Goldberg
  • 2/16/19 Performed with Cherub Improv at Kessler, West Orange, NJ d Jonathan Goldberg
  • 2/10/19 Performed with Cherub Improv at NYU Langone d Michael Condon
  • 2/6/19 participated in Magnet Megawatt mixer
  • 2/5/19 participated in Magnet Musical Mixer
  • 1/30/19 and 1/31/19 filming undisclosed commercial in White Plains
  • 1/27/19 Diversity Improv Jam at UCBeast blog here Penultimate Diversity Jam
  • 1/19/19 Playing Ms Pyne in filming of "Fallout" d Andrew Greil p Mackensie Orr
  • 1/17/19 reception for my art show "Spirals and Loops" at the Borough Park Library, Brooklyn NY  This reception goes until Valentine's day. Flyer here Flyer on Instagram
  • 1/11/19 performed in "Sleeping Ugly" at Westchester School for Special Needs
  • 1/10/19 performed in "Sleeping Ugly" at Cooke Academy
  • 1/8/19 performed in Magnet Musical Mixer 
Performance courses in process

  • Musical Improv II 5/9/19-6/29/19 PIT Theater, Katie Hammond instructor

Performance courses completed
Shows & Media consumed this year
  • Plays and musicals: "Kiss Me Kate" 5/14/19 Studio 54 Theater, "Aladdin" 3/30/19 New Amsterdam Theater; "My Fair Lady" 2/27/19 Lincoln Center Theater
  • albums or singles bought recently Jackie Evancho "The Debut," Hosier "Wasteland, Baby," Avi Kaplan "Change on the Rise," Adam Lambert "Original High" album, Adam Lambert "Feel Something," Rag 'n' Bone Man "Human" album, Conchita Wurst "From Vienna With Love," 
  • movies seen recently: Alita Battle Angel, Captain Marvel, Josh Groban MSG Concert Movie (better sound than the original), How to Train Your Dragon 3, Mary Poppins returns, Aquaman, Spiderman into the Spiderverse
  • Also have NY philharmonic subscription
Legal courses completed
  • 6/10/19 Borderline Personality Disorder: Pre-Plea and Pre-sentence Criminal Mitigation Strategies -- United CLE online
  • 5/20/19 "The Cutting Edge of Cryptocurrency" sponsored by the Dartmouth Lawyers Association, Dartmouth Club of NY, and Women of Dartmouth, at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • 5/13/19 "Owners Agreements for Start-ups and Relatively New Companies" United CLE online
  • JPPCLE 5/2/19 Crowne Plaza Times Square, NYC
  • 4/18/19 "Top 10 Things You Should Tell Your Startup Client" United CLE online
  • TSI Symposium: China, the U.S., and Global Trade Secrets Enforcement; Brooklyn Law School 3/27/18
Legal other
  • filed amicus brief with SCOTUS in favor of petition for certiorari in InvestPIC v SAP
News from 2018

recent performances 

  • 12/28/18 filming "Karate Christmas Miracle" playing Laura; d Julie Kimmel; p Ken Del Vecchio
  • 12/23 8 pm PIT Theater -- Mashed Potatoes Holiday Mashup
  • Sketch of NY Alumni Show December 21, 22 and December 23 at 2:45pm Producer's Club d Joe DiNozzi
  • 12/16/18 Class show Musical Improv 101 d Eric Gerson, UCB East photos after show
  • Bronx County Chorus,  12/9/18 4pm  -- here's my blog 
  • 12/4/18 "Sleeping Ugly" d Nicholas Linnehan at http://www.regalheightsrehab.com/
  • 11/29/18 "Sleeping Ugly" d Nicholas Linnehan at Joseph Belsky House, Brooklyn, NY
  • 11/27/18 "Sleeping Ugly" d Nicholas Linnehan at PS 195, Bronx NY (older group of kids than first performance)
  • 11/26/18 Bronx County Chorus outreach concert, http://kingsharbor.com/ 7pm
  • 11/20/18 "Sleeping Ugly d Nicholas Linnehan, at Preschool of America, Battery Park
  • 11/19/18 "Sleeping Ugly" d Nicholas Linnehan at PS 195, Bronx, NY
  • 10/26-28/18  R6 -- 3 private performances in Portland, ME
  • 9/23/18 Cherub improv rehearsal with John Swift
  • 8/18/18 105th Annual Randolph Mountain Club Charades
  • 8/4/18 Participated in the Randolph Foundation Story Slam.  My story can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hxmkL35CQg
  • 7/26/18 9pm ET first airing of "Bizarre Love Triangle" on "The Perfect Murder," Investigation Discovery; can be streamed here https://www.investigationdiscovery.com/tv-shows/the-perfect-murder/full-episodes/bizarre-love-triangle
  • 7/2/18 Diversity Jam & Mixtape at The Magnet Theater https://www.facebook.com/events/232110630903811/
  • 6/5/18 Musical Mixer at Magnet Theater
  • 5/30/18 Mixer at Magnet Theater
  • 5/5/18 improv & monologue with Spooky Doings photos of me on stage
  • 5/4/18 reshooting my music video for my song "Villain Song" Set photos here
  • 4/16/18 "Creative Block" a film I appear in has been selected by the Philadelphia Independent Film Awards -- Please check my blog for other festival information for this film Blog link
  • 4/12/18 Filming "Mandatory Gun Laws," d. Mark Hubatsek
  • 4/8/18 Contestant in Cabaret Showdown https://www.facebook.com/events/222476835160743
  • 4/8/18 Cherub Improv Rehearsal
  • 4/3/18 Diversity Mixer, Magnet Theater
  • 3/18/18, 4p.m.-5:30p.m., "The Boy in the Window," playing "Catherine," d Tym Byrz, The Point CDC, 940 Garrison Ave, Bronx NY 10474, 718-542-4139 -- more info at this blog Boy in the Window blog link to film of part of the performance
  • 3/14/18 release of my webisode for Answers to Everything https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0b_deeT1FU 
  • 3/10/18 filming "Leshiy" playing "Crone" in Rockland County d Ben Anderson & Sawyer Purman
  • 2/8/18 Moriches, NY Filming Episode 501 of The Perfect Murder #ThePerfectMurder playing Mildred -- link to tweet with set photos d Kevin Kaufman @kaufmanfilms on Instagram
  • february: staying home a lot out of fear of flu -- but I did have a couple of gigs on TV shows, but I can't talk about them, because they're confidential -- more later
  • 1/19/18 filming in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, with "Uncomfortable Revolution" http://www.urevolution.com/ -- what not to say to cancer patients
  • 1/16/18 My commercial live on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBQ-xxt40HU
  • 1/16/18 performed in the Magnet Musical Mixer at the Magnet Theater
  • 1/14/18 Filming "Answers to Everything; Episode 2" playing Dena, d Greg Lakhan, Bayside Queens
  • 1/8/18 performed at the Diversity Improv Jam at the Magnet Theater More info about this event
  • 1/6/18 performed with "Spooky Doings" at the Triple Crown Ale House link to FB event link to photos

performance courses completed
  • Musical Improv 101 with Eric Gerson UCB 10/20/18-12/15/18
  • "Musical Improv Power Up" with Jon Bander NYMIF 10/20/18
  • Mary Tierney's acting class at Theater for the New City 1/16/18 instagram photo


Legal courses completed


Misc


Shows & Media consumed this year
  • Josh Groban & Idina Menzel 11/18/18 Madison Square Garden
  • Lucia Micarelli, 11/10/18 Ethical Culture Society
  • Second Boy in the Window workshop at The Point, Bronx, NY.  I wasn't in this one, because it was later in the play that is being written.
  • "Always, Patsy Cline" at the Weathervane Theatre, Whitefield, NH
  • "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at the Weathervane Theatre, Whitefield, NH
  • albums bought recently:  Soundtrack for "Bohemian Rhapsody"; Peter Hollens “Legendary Folk Songs”; Lucia Micarelli “An Evening with Lucia Micarelli” (CD & DVD); Lindsey Stirling “Brave Enough”; Greyson Chance “Somewhere over My Head”; Josh Groban "Bridges" 
  • I'm a subscriber to the NY Philharmonic, so I've been to several of their shows
  • I went to see "Farinelli and the King" on Broadway
  • Movies recently seen in the the theater: Bohemian Rhapsody, BlacKkKlansman, Won't You Be My Neighbor, Ocean's 8 (which I was supposed to be background in, but I'm not visible), Solo: A Star Wars Story, A Wrinkle in Time, The Shape of Water, Black Panther, 

Earlier updates, deleted from this blog and moved to separate blogs:

2017 Updates
2016 updates
2015 updates
2014 updates


Here's a photo taken by Brad Benson of me performing with Lauren Stripling at The Magnet Theater in November of 2014.




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          How this page started:


          I made my very first attempt to post updates on linkedin with some of the above.

          This was one of those hard knocks things.

          First, they have rather small limits on the lengths of updates.

          Second, they remove carriage returns, so that bulleted lists become garbled.

          Third, There doesn't seem to be a way to edit a post once you get it up there.

          Fourth, it's really hard to enter text in there, because they automatically substitute miscellaneous links, while you're typing, and you have to hit "escape" while typing to avoid getting this miscellaneous, unrelated garbage in your post.

          So I deleted my post, put a link to this blog on linkedin, and am maintaining this for recent updates.  I also have a link to this update page on my website and on my profile at Paul Michael's The Network. I am grateful to this website for allowing me to be verbose and format and reformat my posts.