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Monday, May 11, 2009

photo essay: tedious people in drab surroundings
































best newcomer








one magic numba








getting my Gono-do













three ways of looking at a screen












































































Beltaine '06 we found a baby rattler nested in the streamers of the old pole. It was released live, and returned this year all grown up. Hush put it right back where it started.








Apart from Nuh-uh's googly eyes, Most Disturbing prize goes to Jeff Whitty, who came up to me on the knoll on Beltaine and put her hand in my mouth. Was it something I said? No, just the Lady Rizo operating a second set of hands.
























































At some point it occurred to them they could spend the entire day on the couch.




People brought them coffee and food.




The idea caught on and sofapallooza was born.
Next year it will be a fundraiser, will you sponsor me?







































3 comments:

Jeff said...

I am seriously honored to win Most Disturbing Outfit. But how will I ever outdo myself next year?

Paul Festa said...

I dunno but hope it involves a prosthesis -

Dugaldo said...

That looks like some hippie ass shit... wish I could a been there. Oh and yeah put me down for 5 bucks a snooz for sofapallooza next year, what can I say... I'm a charitable guy.

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Paul Festa’s first film, Apparition of the Eternal Church (2006, 51 min), captures the responses of 31 artists to the apocalyptic music of Olivier Messiaen (with Justin Bond, John Cameron Mitchell, Harold Bloom; screenings: Grace Cathedral, Barbican Centre, Library of Congress; “Remarkable”The New Yorker; “Stunning”Chicago Sun-Times; “Sublime”Globe & Mail; numerous awards). Festa performs the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, opposite members of the San Francisco Ballet and The Cockettes, in his award-winning second film, The Glitter Emergency (2010, 20 min), a silent-film drag ballet comedy (“Enormous visual and musical inventiveness…full of pleasure and joy...Festa gives a bravura performance."—Film Threat). He produced, wrote and edited, with director Austin Forbord, and was chief archivist, for the Emmy-nominated documentary Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco (2010, 80 min: with Robin Williams, Bill Irwin, Peter Coyote; screenings: Geary Theater, KQED; “Intriguing...entertaining...a valuable record”—Variety). Performances as violinist and actor: ODC Theater, Center for Performance Research, Kunst-Stoff, TheatreFIRST, North Bay Shakespeare, Albert Fuller's Helicon Ensemble (Merkin Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall). US, Boston, NYC, SF, LA and DC (Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress on the “Betts” Stradivarius) premieres of Messiaen’s Fantaisie for violin and piano. He is the author of OH MY GOD: Messiaen in the Ear of the Unbeliever, based on Apparition of the Eternal Church, and several anthologized essays, and has written for The Daily Beast, Salon, Nerve, and The New York Times Book Review. Current projects include a novel and Tie It Into My Hand (2014, ca. 80 min), a documentary feature that has screened as a work in progress at the Cannes film market and at ODC Theater in San Francisco (with Alan Cumming, Gary Graffman, Peter Coyote, Mink Stole, Robert Pinsky; "A fascinating exploration of the artistic life, as rollickingly entertaining as it is insightful and stirring."San Francisco Bay Guardian). Education: Yale (B.A.; prizes, honors, distinction), Juilliard (Cert., Adv. Cert., scholarships). Residencies: Yaddo, MacDowell, ODC Theater, Centre des R├ęcollets.

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