Monday, August 5, 2019

searching for barschall on ecosia

I tried searching for my name on ecosia.

I went out to page 49.

I skip most of the references which are to my dad, the famous physicist -- and to me, since those are on other parts of this blog.

I wanted to memorialize some other interesting links I found, especially referring to my grandfather,9171,435972,00.html  Ullrich Barschall — now
Johanna Barschall, b. Loewenheim, was probably the daughter of Jenny Loewenheim and was born on 4 March 1889. Her husband Willi was registered 1939 with the designation Kaufmann / Papiergroßhandel and still 1940 in the address book. After that he is nowhere to find any more, according to his wife he had died. Her son Karl-Heinz, who was born in 1912, was able to emigrate in time.
Johanna ran a bridge club in Wielandstraße and lived on the revenue, because virtually any other activity was forbidden for Jews. In 1939 she wrote to her son that she was forced to deliver her jewelery and other silver and auction her valuables. She had to give everything up and was taken to Grosse Hamburger Strasse. On February 19, 1943, she had to jostle into a demolished by the Nazis as "age transportation" with 997 people occupied death train to Auschwitz.
The next day they arrived there, almost all were gassed. (Wilhelm Barschall)

It turns out that there's a book on amazon that may contain my grandfather's doctoral dissertation


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Turkeys Go on Strike

This is a musical that I'm going to be in.  I'm going to be the villain.

It's a story about turkeys who don't want to be eaten for Thanksgiving, but it has a lot of parallels with civil rights movements.  It's family friendly.

I'm really impressed with the sophistication of the musical score, by B. Sweeney and M. Janover, which I'm just learning.  These guys are young, but real pros.  This is going to be a lot of fun.

Producer/author: Ethan Felizzari

This is going to be part of the Dream Up Festival at the Theatre for the New City


8/25 2pm
8/26 9pm
8/27 6:30pm
8/28 9pm
8/29 9pm
8/31 8pm
9/1 5pm

Link to buy tickets

Especially if you can't make it, please donate to support the production

link to donate

#turkeysonstrike #dreamup2019 #dreamupfestival #theatreforthenewcity

Link to FB event

graphic with more info

Website for the musical

Friday, July 26, 2019

July 2019 Updates

Performed three times with Bronx County Chorus. Working on my alto belt, clip here

Five performances with Cherub Improv

Two student movies

Completed another musical improv class

Played the Guard in "Twelve Angry Women" at AlphaNYC d Elizabeth Figols-Aquino

Recorded VO for a kid’s horror podcast

I got video for the commercials I recorded in January, but I'm not supposed to put them on social media.  If you want to see them, please contact me privately.

Currently in rehearsals for "Boy in the Window." My cast interview is here  More info on my blog including link for tickets. It's part of #nysummerfest2019

Currently in rehearsals for “Turkeys go on Strike” to be part of the Dreamup Festival 8/25 2pm; 8/26 9pm; 8/27 6:30pm; 8/28 9pm; 8/29 9pm; 8/31 8pm; 9/1 5pm  More info on this blog ag

I had three art shows this year in the Brooklyn Public Library. Link to Google photo album of my art

Saturday, June 29, 2019

2018 updates -- complete

News from 2018
(copied from my main updates blog -- and moved here)

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
  • 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, 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
  • 7/26/18 9pm ET first airing of "Bizarre Love Triangle" on "The Perfect Murder," Investigation Discovery; can be streamed here
  • 7/2/18 Diversity Jam & Mixtape at The Magnet Theater
  • 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
  • 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 
  • 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" -- what not to say to cancer patients
  • 1/16/18 My commercial live on YouTube
  • 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


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, 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Important issues

I've taken a couple of these polls recently where they ask you what issues are important to you.  These polls have been on progressive websites.  I've been short of shocked that they don't mention reform of election law -- given the nightmare we've been through recently.  Here are some possible points

  • elimination of plurality take all voting (12 of 13 swing states in 2016 had no majority winner); 
  • recall elections for federal office (by direct majority vote -- since it's unlikely that small states will agree to eliminate the electoral college for the initial election, but several states have recall elections); 
  • requirement that federal candidates reveal 1040; 
  • candidates receiving political contributions from businesses should be precluded from voting on legislation affecting those businesses; 
  • statutory rubric for invalidating elections where there is substantial foreign interference; 
  • return to paper ballots that are manually counted

Friday, June 14, 2019

Tulsi Gabbard and Syria

So I'm having a discussion on FB messenger about Tulsi Gabbard. I decided I want to memorialize it here. I'm not going to repeat the words of my interlocutor, just my words. 

This was about Tulsi Gabbard's stand on Syria, her visit to Assad, and her cautious statements about the standard story of who used chemical weapons there. It might be a little hard to follow without his words in between, but I hope you will get the idea. I'm adding some things in square brackets to clarify. I am preserving the structure of the message bubbles in the conversation -- even tho, perhaps, proper editing would suggest combining some of these into paragraphs


There are serious questions of who used the chemical weapons

But the point is that we can't help these countries. That's been clearly established in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our military intervention causes enormous suffering, but does not cure the problem. 
We can't help the Syrian people by escalating the war
Remember that the corporate media smears people who are against war. They're part of the military industrial complex
I think there is reason to doubt our government's characterization about what is going on in Syria. They lied to us about Iraq. I don't know that journalists are actually able to investigate this properly, in view of ongoing hostilities
However, I find the US holding chemical weapons while condemning others for using them hypocritical. We dropped napalm and agent orange on Vietnam
 Yet, ultimately, the devastation we wreaked there had no positive effect
We need to remove the log from our own eye first
 As to what happened in Syria, I sympathise with Tulsi for doubting
She went there. She listened to Assad. She made her own decisions as to what to believe.
She was a nurse in Iraq. She saw first hand what happened there. She doesn't want that to happen again. I agree
 My dad came here as a refuge from the holocaust. We bombed Germany, but refused to take refugees [my dad was fortunate to get a student visa]
We fight in Syria. We refuse to take refugees
 I don't know that she believed him [Assad]. But she has doubts.
Granted, I think Obama [who started our involvement] was far more moral than Trump, but that doesn't mean he didn't make any mistakes [e.g. Possibly about chemical weapons]
 We have no moral high ground to stand on here. That is false
Yes, brutal dictators are bad, but what we're doing to the people in the countries we attack is far worse
 War is the greatest human rights violation, aside from genocide
What we did to Vietnam, to Iraq, to Syria is far worse than their governments' abuses
I'm not saying that dictators are good. I'm saying that our military invention is worse, that we can't help those people by intervening militarily. We overthrew Saddam Hussein and instituted violent anarchy.
 Being progressive doesn't mean we have to blindly disagree with Putin about everything
My dad's laboratory in Madison was bombed by student radicals in 1971, who claimed to be trying to achieve peace. They missed the Army Math Research Center and hit my dad's laboratory instead. A student was killed. My dad had to be forcibly restrained from entering the ruins to look for other students. Finally, the fire department went down, and found Dave Schuster under the rubble, still alive, though injured. 
 My dad had no offsite data storage. 25 years of the records of his research were destroyed, research that was part of the basis of the cloudy crystal ball model of the atomic nucleus. 
I have no sympathy for self righteous bombers
 The fact that we've had a good government, at least for white people, domestically, doesn't justify our bombing countries with a worse domestic government. That's nonsense. 
Our international behavior has been, in many cases, execrable


#Tulsi2020 #tusliforpresident #tulsiforpresident2020 #tulsiforamerica #tulsigabbard 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Boy in the Window

Here's some information about a show I just completed

Playwright: Jones Price Daniels
Title: "Boy in the Window"
Location: Hudson Guild Theatre/ Summerfest 2019
Director: CJ Williams
Dates: 8/15, 8/17, and 8/18

This production was only 3 scenes from what is going to be a full length musical, ultimately.

Cast interview with me:

This is the ad for the show on New York Festival Site

Meet the Playwright ad in Times Square Chronicles Magazine

Gofundme for this show here If you can't go, it would be particularly helpful if you could donate, because they're going to have ongoing workshops as the playwright works on the script

Previous blog about this show

Cast for this summer

Why you should see this show:

This is an intriguing look at a young, gay, black man trying to find himself. It's actually only three scenes from what will be a full length rap musical.

I find the selection of characters from the urban landscape fascinating. Also the rap fugue that we're going to do is beautiful and moving. 

#nysummerfest2019 #boyinthewindow

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Abortion is a Blessing

I posted the following on FB

When I was growing up, the mother of one of my friends ran an illegal abortion referral service out of her home. She wrote a book about her experiences, called "Abortion is a Blessing." This book is now out of print, but is available free of charge on the website of The Freedom from Religion Foundation, of which my friend is now president, succeeding her mother. I started reading this book, but found it too upsetting, because of the extreme hardships imposed upon pregnant teenage girls who couldn't get abortions. Perhaps people will want to read it


It appears that FB is blocking the above post as violating community standards.

I protest. I don't think this should be blocked. It's not fake news. My friend's mom's act of civil disobedience should be discussable.


I may have misinterpreted the message I got from FB. It arrears appears that people did see my post  after all

Friday, April 19, 2019

April updates

I have a new reel

I've been performing with Cherub Improv, a volunteer group that performs in hospitals, nursing homes, and for young people -- and also gives workshops.  I've got an agent in L.A. now, so I'm hoping that will prove fruitful.

I was in a children's production of the Wizard of Oz April 7, where I played both the wicked witch and Glinda. Here are some photos on Instagram 

My art show has been moving through some libraries in Brooklyn: Borough Park, Mapleton, and now Cortelyou.  Flyer for my current art show

The most recent movie I saw was "Alita Battle Angel."  I also went to see Aladdin on Broadway.

I was recruited to file an amicus curiae brief in SCOTUS, which was due on tax day, so I had a hectic weekend.

Upcoming choral concert.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Impeach? Or invalidate?

The Mueller report apparently concluded that there was substantial interference, but could not prove that Trump colluded with the Russians. Why is collusions dispositive? Wasn't the election nevertheless invalid, independent of collusion?  

People are assuming that SCOTUS wouldn't invalidate it, because there is no constitutional provision for such an action —  but courts in other countries have invalidated elections where there was sufficient tampering. I wonder if they were following constitutional mechanisms, or just flying by the seat of their pants.

The constitution has been interpreted to incorporate the English Common law, wherever that law was not abrogated by specific constitutional or statutory provisions.  The Common Law is a system of cases dating back for hundreds, maybe even over a thousand years.  Many aspects of our law, such as the “reasonable man” standard for negligence arose out of the English Common Law.

The English Common Law, historically, had two parts.  One part was called “law” and one part was called “equity.”  “Equity” included injunctions and laches.  The idea of “equity” was that where the result of law was too harsh, or non-sensical, a judge could, in limited cases, substitute his own judgment for the law.

Certainly, contracts are always voidable for fraud in the inducement, even if there is no provision in the contract for voiding them.  It seems to me that, by analogy, a statutory election could be invalidated given sufficient tampering or fraud.

Perhaps we ought to be considering a constitutional amendment regarding when tampering would give rise to invalidating an election, but maybe it isn’t necessary.  

It disturbs me that no one is considering this possibility.  No collusion, in everyone’s minds, means Trump until 2020, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Working on low belt

When I first joined my college glee club, I signed up to be a second alto, because I felt most comfortable there.

Later when I got a voice teacher, she switched me to first soprano, because my high notes were louder than my low notes.  Since, then, whenever I have had voice lessons, teachers have worked on my mid range or my high range, but never my low range.

YET, when I look at casting notices, they are always asking for an alto belt.  Now I've finally figured out, I think, how to do a low belt.

Here's an attempt

Still working on that high belt.  Here I'm switching to legit when I get to about g4.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Thoughts about Israel

Yeah, I feel very conflicted about Israel.

My dad came here as a refugee from the Holocaust; however, even though his ancestry was Jewish, he was not Jewish.  He was Lutheran.  My mom was a WASP.

I’m not a Jew.  If I were in Israel, I would be not the same religion as the government.

I believe in separation of church and state — that the government should not establish any one religion.  That a government should be the government of all the people living there.

Jews were only about half of the people killed in the Holocaust. The others included gays, people with disabilities, Eastern Orthodox Christians, Gypsies and Armenians. Similar mass murder occurred under Stalin (20 million people), under Mao (28 million people), under Pol Pot (2 million people), in Turkey (1 million Armenians), in Rwanda (800,000 people) — even here in the Western Hemisphere the population of Native Americans declined by 90-95% (130 million deaths) due to European invasion (combinations of disease and oppression)-- not to mention the horrendous history of slavery.

I know that fear that says I need to flee to a safe place.  I understand why Israelis feel the way they do — the fear, the anger -- but there is no safe place.

Still, these Muslim countries that want to push Israel off the globe are no better — generally worse.  They engage in wholesale oppression of everyone, especially women and religious minorities. Israel is comparatively much more democratic and religiously tolerant — despite all the bad press that they get.

No one is trying to push the Muslim countries off the globe.  Who are they to try to push Israel off?

And, recently, Israeli scientists announced that they are going to have a cure for cancer within a year.  If they succeed, if Israeli scientists manage to cure all cancer, won’t we be glad that there was an Israel?

In fact, no one has clean hands. There are virtually no countries without appalling histories of human rights violations.  The human capacity for oppression seems unlimited. 

And where is there uncontested territory in this world? Certainly not here in the USA.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

spoofer posing as hacker

Please note the following misleading scam message.  I am posting this, because I suspect others have received the same and this one is a bit insidious

If you're new to scams, please note that just because a person is apparently sending from your e-mail address does not mean that they have actually hacked your account.  They can be spoofing your e-mail address -- which they can do without hacking.

I know they did not hack my account, because this e-mail does not appear in my outbox.

I also know they have not hacked my account, because I have not watched any adult videos. <>
To:abarschall@falati.comFeb 24 at 3:16 AM
This account is now hacked! Change the password immediately!
You might not heard about me and you are probably surprised for what reason you are reading this particular letter, right?
I am ahacker who openedyour email boxand all devicesa few months ago.
It will be a time wasting to attempt to contact me or seek for me, in fact it's not possible, considering that I directed you this message from YOUR account that I've hacked.
I've started malware software on the adult videos (porno) website and suppose that you have spent time on this site to have fun (you know what I want to say).
During you were watching these "great" vids, your internet browser started out functioning as a RDP (Remote Control) with a keylogger which granted me access to your monitor and network camera.
Then, my softaquiredall information.
You have entered passwords on the websites you visited, and I intercepted all of them.
Needless to say, you'll be able to change them, or perhaps already changed them.
Even so it does not matter, my program updates information regularly.
What actually did I do?
I got a reserve copy of the device. Of all files and contacts.
I got a dual-screen videofile. The first screen shows the video you had been observing (you have got an interesting taste, ha-ha...), and the 2nd part displays the video from your own camera.
What actually should you do?
Well, in my opinion, 1000 USD will be a realistic amount of money for our small secret. You'll make your deposit by bitcoins (if you do not understand this, try to find “how to purchase bitcoin” in any search engine).
My bitcoin wallet address:
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it).
You will have only 48 hours to make the payment. (I have an exclusive pixel to this e-mail, and at this point I understand that you've read through this email).
To tracethe reading of a messageand the actionswithin it, I installeda Facebook pixel. Thanks to them. (Everything thatis appliedfor the authorities may helpus.)
If I do not get bitcoins, I will undoubtedly direct your video files to each of your contacts, including relatives, co-workers, etc?

Another thing that can be useful is to get the raw message header for the e-mail message -- if you're reporting the e-mail.  In Outook, you can look for "message details." In Yahoo!  they call it raw message. This was the raw message for this spoof.

message details

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