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July 26, 2001
Self-indulgence: I managed to catch a few shows at Shake 2001 -- not nearly as many as I hoped, but enough to tell you a little about them (in no particular order):
- Multi-Youth Productions: Catharsis. This was an excellent show! The entire play, including the music, was written by the cast of 9 to 21 year olds. I was quite impressed: they delivered a very powerful and moving performance. The topics covered were raw and universal -- human nature, suffering, independance & strength, friendship; handled with honesty and sensitivity. This show was a real treat to watch.
------ P.S. Thanks to the entire cast of Multi-Youth for coming on stage with us and helping us out with the Ode to Calgary! Ready . . . and . . . Calgary *sucks*! ;-) You all made the festival quite special and unforgettable for all of us! Thank you all!
- Theatre Prospero: Taming of the Shrew. A passionate and playful rendition of a classic play, full of energy and vitality! The cast held a workshop earlier that day and brought some audience members onstage in various roles -- a refreshing approach to theatre that was worthwhile for both the cast and the audience. The cast (both premanent and workshop-derived) often interacted with a magic that is quite rare. I'm quite glad I got the chance to see this show.
- Rapid-Fire Improv Troupe: Shakin' up the Bard. This zany group of improvisers always puts a smile on my face. Their show at this year's Shake festival was no exception! After an hour-long intrusion into their set by "The Great Revine," whom they managed to extracate without violence *gasp*, they incorporated Shakespeare, plumbing, pool-noodles, mimes, and even Kung-fu into a cohesively funny show! Bravo!
- Susan Carter: Not for Women Only. God bless Susan Carter: firstly for performing a show to an audience of five, and secondly for humouring the only male audience member not affiliated with the show :-) Although I did find some of the show to be, indeed, for women only, much of the show kept me engaged and laughing. Incidentally Susan, you're right about men diggin' the Helga character! ;-) (Ask Susan yourself if you want an explanation, cuz that's all I've got to say about that ;] Susan has a very funny act that deserves to be seen by as many people (women *and* men alike) as possible.
- Two Roads Theatre: Hamlet. This show was very well done. I was engaged the entire time I was there. My apologies to the cast for having to leave the show early, as Hamlet ran well past the call time for the Poets' Sunday night show. At least I got to say goodbye to the cast on my way out :-)
I've just been informed by the Bravenet support team that they "experienced some data loss on the 23rd due to a hardware failure" on a few of their servers. Data is missing for that particular day (July 23rd) and is not recoverable. We apologize for the inconvenience.
On the plus side, Bravenet took just over three hours to reply to my eMail support inquiry -- a record by anybody's standards!
July 09, 2001
What were once minor problems with the mailing list have turned into major problems. If you subscribed to the mailing list through the YahooGroups interface (the one that was up between July 1st through July 8th), you may need to resubscribe.
Clarification: If you signed up for the mailing list within the past week (while it was through Yahoo Groups) and you're waiting for approval from the moderator yahoo group, your response will never arrive. Please sign up again through the new mailing list interface -- alternatively, send an email to James@TheUnknownPoets.com and he'll get you hooked up.
Description: Through Yahoo's counter-intuitive interface and cryptic management options, we have managed to lock everyone out of the Unknown Poets group. We have been trying to contact the Yahoo Support team ever since this happened (five days now) through every means possible (email, their web-based help form, yelling from our collective rooftop), all to no avail. After so much wrestling with the Yahoo Support eMail Black Hole, we've given up on them and are moving the mailing list to YourMailingListProvider.com -- not the shortest domain name, but a good service nonetheless :) Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused, and our thanks for sticking with us through these minor setbacks. You won't be forgotten when we become The Known Poets ;-)
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Stanley Woo is the newest addition to this zany group of wacky, fun-luvin' folk-stars! Stan was offically initiated into the throngs of The Unknown Poets during the Shake by the Lake Festival 2000, where the Poets made him sing showtunes, karaoke in a country bar, shake his booty, do the Macarena, and hand out dandy prizes to the audience -- most of which were Stan's idea to begin with! See the "Pics" page for images of Stan.
*Legal note: This guarantee only applies to fans who came to see the Unknown Poets perform at the Shake by the Lake Festival on the aforementioned date. Any unsatisfied fan may contact the Unknown Poets in person ("in personico"), through telephone ("que telephonicus"), or telepathically ("afirmatus quaecumquae") to discuss retribution. Courses available to the band (hereafter called "The Unknown Poets") include, but are not limited to: (a)physically knocking the socks off of the feet of the fan (hereafter called "the fans whom we love and adore with all our hearts"); (b)dressing up in Lone Ranger® masks and pretending "Kimosabe" is a bad word in Cree; and (c)lighting Cabbage Patch® dolls on fire and chanting "It's just lazyness, not apathy!" at the top of our lungs.§
§Don't get the joke? Just catch one of our shows! =;-) Everything will be made clear to you!
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