Monthly Archives: October 2011

Last Day: A Halloween Treat…

Today is Halloween – and that means today is the last day to take advantage of the 2 for 1 special discount that Mayne Stage is offering on tickets for “The Vic & Paul Show”.

Just go the Mayne Stage website, go the “Vic & Paul Show” page — and type in the promo code “paul” when ordering your tickets.

This offer is good through Monday, October 31st! That’s Halloween, of course. No tricks – just treat yourself (and a friend) to laughter and libations at “The Vic & Paul Show”.

(Discount not available for all dates.)

Get your tickets now – before the holiday rush!

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Occupy Wall Street: Thomas Paine & Ron Crawford Capture the Moment

Words by Thomas Paine — Drawings by Ron Crawford..

“These are the times that try men’s souls…

“The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

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Treat Yourself (and a Friend) to “Vic & Paul Show” Tickets this Halloween…

For a limited time, our good friends at Mayne Stage are offering a special 2 for 1 discount on tickets for “The Vic & Paul Show”. (See info below)

Just go the Mayne Stage website, go the “Vic & Paul Show” page — and type in the promo code “paul” when ordering your tickets.

This offer is good through Halloween! No tricks – just treat yourself (and a friend) to laughter and libations at “The Vic & Paul Show”.

(Discount not available for all dates.)

Get your tickets now – before the holiday rush!

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An Artist Occupies Wall Street.

My good friend, the great artist Ron Crawford, went to Zuccotti Park on Friday October 21st and did what he does best: capture a scene in a few dynamic sweeps of his gifted pen.

Click on the drawing and blow it up.

I always love to see which details Ron chooses to focus on in his inspired sketches — like the word “Empathy” and the concerned fellow with a briefcase in the foreground.

Thanks, Ron – for giving those of us who can’t be there an eyewitness view of Occupy Wall Street that is, in many ways, more personal and revealing than a photo. (More drawings after the video.)

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Just 2 Months Until “The Vic & Paul Show” Returns to Chicago…

Groups of 20 or more, please contact Nili Yelin for ticket discounts and other opportunities at: niliyelin@aol.com or 847.849.3272

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Wall Street Calling!

With apologies (and thanks) to Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, a marching song for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

To listen, click on Wall Street Calling.

WALL STREET CALLING

Wall Street calling to American towns
Resistance declared, and protest come down
Wall Street calling to the rest of the world
Come out of the cupboard, you boys and girls
Wall Street calling, the gamble’s gone bust,
Phony Reaganomics has bitten the dust
Wall Street calling, see the cops got no swing
‘Cept for the ring of that truncheon thing
 
Justice is coming,
karma’s coming ‘round
Payback expected,
the moguls goin’ down,
Too big to fail,
but I have no fear
‘Cause Wall Street is calling, and I…
I occupy Wall Street!!
 
Wall Street calling to the Tea Party clones
Forget it, brothers, they’ve stolen your bones
Wall Street calling to the Democratic left
Better start marching, and draw another breath
Wall Street calling, and I don’t wanna preach
But this is our moment, the goal’s within reach
Wall Street calling, there’s light after dark
When we stand together in Zuccotti Park
 
Justice is coming,
karma’s coming ‘round
Payback expected,
the moguls goin’ down,
Too big to fail,
but I have no fear
‘Cause Wall Street is calling, and I…
I occupy Wall Street!
 
Wall Street calling, yes, now is the time
To start standing up for the 99
Wall Street calling – We’re not goin’ away
City by city – we’re seizing the day
 
Wall Street calling
Occupy D.C.
Wall Street calling
Occupy Detroit
Wall Street calling
Occupy Cleveland
Wall Street calling
Occupy L.A.
Wall Street calling
Occupy Portland
Wall Street calling
Occupy Austin
Wall Street calling
Occupy ‘Frisco
Wall Street calling
Occupy Boston
Wall Street calling
Occupy Salt Lake

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Monk’s Musical Advice…

Our band’s lead guitarist, Riffmaster Peter Van Wagner, a stellar musician in his own right, sent me these two wonderful photos (see below). Pete said, “A buddy of mine sent this to me, so I’m passing it on.”

And I’m glad he did.

The photos capture two pages of notes on which jazz saxophone player Steve Lacy outlined the advice he got from the great jazz man, Thelonious Monk.

Lacy played with Monk in the late 50’s and early 60’s.  The notes speak for themselves. It’s impossible to imagine more perfectly profound musical wisdom crammed into two small pages.

If you’re intrigued by Steve Lacy’s notes on Monk’s musical advice, check out this great blog article for more information on this wonderful document.

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