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To any of you who have previously read my blog, you may have noticed that I do not blog very often, but when I do, it’s usually due to some crazy realization, experience, or video which has excited me enough that I feel I MUST share it with as many people as possible. I have just been blown away. This time by Art Copy & Code

This blog’s recommended video for your viewing pleasure is on this website below and titled “Watch the Art Copy & Code Film”. You may have to view this from a computer (versus your mobile).

http://www.artcopycode.com/#/

Art Copy Code is a new ad firm which has Google written all over it. …In other words, it’s impressive.

Are you as impressed? Let me know!

 

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Whether you are already familiar with her music or not, this TED talk is guaranteed to get you thinking ….and might even bring a tear.

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Altanta Botanical Gardens

National present opening day arrives four short days from now, and as with most other years, I’d put a decent bet down that many of you still need presents for people in your life. If you’re facing difficulty finding that perfect gift, or you have a bit of money still to spend on yourself, below lists (because you know how much I love them!) 5 ideas that I believe can bring serious holiday and year round cheer to you and your loved ones.

First up:

(the links below take you straight to their donations page)

Kiva –the gift that keeps giving — give your friends $28 bucks -yes, 28. $25 so they can make a loan, and $3 so they can contribute to the operational costs Kiva needs to survive, and you will be giving a gift  (if invested well) with endless returns.  I’m nearing 1.5 years loaning to people on the other side of the world with Kiva, and I’ve already been fully reimbursed for my first loan and I’m on to my second. Kiva lays out a time line for recouping your loan, and as soon as you have it back, you can loan it to someone else! If you’re skeptical, you can watch this video and learn more.

Farnam Street– Odd blog name, great content. Outside of TED, Farnam Street is the most interesting and intelligent blog I’ve found with such a huge range of content that’s out there. Check it out & I think you’ll agree (& subscribe). http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/

Kickstarter– I don’t mean the organization its self, I mean the thousands of projects listed on Kickstarter. The link will take you to their discover page where you can find a project that you or a friend would enjoy being a part of, and in return, you can get the incentives sent to you or your loved one, that really make you feel like ya dun’ good.

Wikipedia– Do you know that Wikipedia solely lives on donations? That’s why you never see those super annoying ads while you search for the title of that famous head-cutting-off-painting Caravaggio’s daughter did so you can win the bet with your friend. …We all know it’s an amazing resource. Give the gift of knowledge and feel good about it.

If none of the above get you excited, go to your search engine of choice and type in:  “Local charity”. Your computer, able to ready your mind, will put up the most popular charity in your area. It should only take a few clicks from there to get  to their donations page. Make a cool card or fun email with information about the charity & let them get excited as they now feel invested in your community as well.

Let me know below where you love donating or volunteering & Happy Holidays!

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Today’s first day of the 21 days of midsummer corresponds with my first day working on CBGB as the extras casting director.

Here is a photo reflecting how I feel. Do not be deceived by my frazzled look, I am INCREDIBLY excited, and I look forward to sharing more about my summer as the days continue.

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Had the pleasure this evening of seeing Old Jews Telling Jokes, created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, and filled with funny jokes, songs, and sweet stories that make you appreciate the  necessity of laughter. An all around enjoyed evening, and a fantastic learning experience for someone looking to produce live theatre. The show’s set was simple, a large screen TV mounted on a rig that was moveable, and used to introduce the various comedy segments and supply attractive and interesting scenic elements. For example, when the “A man is stranded on an island for 7 years and a…” type jokes happened, a palm tree with a boat, raft, etc, would appear, supporting the joke’s scene, and when jokes in a doctor’s office happened, the TV was strategically moved from side to side of the stage, and while moving, the synchronized screen graphics would show different parts of the doctor’s hallway-different doors, signs, etc.; it was very well executed and was worked in seamlessly.

The story was simple. Jokes, a few funny songs, and each actor (5) had a monologue moment with the audience sharing a more personal story, which gave the jokes purpose, and brought importance to the show and the otherwise overly simple “plot”….of jokes. I think I head just about every type of joke- except maybe a “knock-knock”- and they were all delivered with suburb timing and genuineness. Which brings me to the actors, who were outstanding, and despite the shows title, were not all old. A young girl and guy, Bill Army and Audrey Lynn Weston,  two older men, Lenny Wolpe and Todd Susman, and a outstanding Marilyn Sokol made up the cast and couldn’t have seemed more at home together on stage. Unafraid to laugh and cut up with one another after a well, or overly well landed joke, the cast was a joy to watch work.

I would recommend this show to anyone who wants a guaranteed laugh (or 50), and thank the creators for a great Off-Broadway show, and making me realize that with great actors and a solid vision, the simplest of plots can make smashingly good entertainment.

I leave you with this, a similar version was in the show:

A young Jewish man excitedly tells his mother he’s fallen in love and that he is going to get married. He says, “Just for fun, Ma, I’m going to bring over three women and you try and guess which one I’m going to marry.” The mother agrees.

The next day, he brings three beautiful women into the house and sits them down on the couch and they chat for a while. He then says, “Okay, Ma, guess which one I’m going to marry.”

She immediately replies, “The one on the right.”

“That’s amazing, Ma. You’re right. How did you know?

The Jewish mother replies, “I don’t like her.”

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Maxine MargoI had a beautiful day today. Got to see the lovely Maxine Margo at Bbox (see photo of Maxine in the BBOX studio), and had a lovely dinner with my friend Oliver (see the guy with the hood standing with myself and Sessa in front of her awesome visual art at a show this past weekend in Dumbo, Brooklyn).Sessa Lund Art Work

All around, a most productive day (see photo below of me,

happy and goofy from today’s productivity and happiness).Abba Carmichael

I will now share a lovely quote to ensure total fulfilled-ness on this lovely day.

Please click on the link below and listen to “dinner”
Louis Jenkins

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