Thursday, August 16, 2012

D Note love letter 8/16/12

D notables,

We hope you are singing today, or dancing, or making art, or making some kind of true expression of yourself, if only for the briefest moment.

And speaking of true expressions of self, this week we want to give a shout out to Adam Ferrill, our ninja bartender, a true blessing. Adam's been at the D Note pretty much from the beginning and has probably put more hard work into the place than any one else. It has been a pure pleasure having him around, like hanging out with Bill Murray's even funnier younger brother. Thanks for everything, Adam. We love you.

Here's the weekend in semi-table form. Friday night, Aug 17, the password to the D-mail crowd for free admittance is... "purple paisley pompadour"



The 10:39s
The Real Folk Blues $5

Zzyzzyx Road Band $5


Zumba $8

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) FREE

The Moses Jones Band $10


Free form yoga lead by Nicki Viera w/ live music by Melissa Ivey, Adam DeGraff and friends. Donations accepted for local charities.

Baby Boogie, bring your kids into dance!

Salsa Dancing (lesson at 8pm, Orquestra La Brava at 9pm) $8

Friday night we have a band called 10:39s that play a song called "Shakespeare". Then on Saturday we have a Shakespeare performance. Coincidence?

The performance on Saturday is FREE! We're excited for a little a drama at the D. Here's the press release...

"Can three girls really cover thirty-seven Shakespeare plays in less than two hours? This fast-firing comedy does just that as it parodies all of the Shakespeare plays (plus the sonnets!) with only three performers in two acts. This play is full of energy as the characters run across the stage and keep you guessing how they will pull off the next play. Clever use of some interesting costumes also adds to the fun.

The play starts with an eccentric version of Romeo and Juliet, followed by a parody of Titus Andronicus (which is portrayed as a cooking show). Next is Othello, which is done as a rap song (the infamous "Othello Rap"). The members of the trio compete in a hilarious football game which summarizes the histories (King John, Richard II, Richard III, Henry IV etc), complete with commentary and details of each character's rise and fall from power.

As the characters are about to come to the end of the first act, they realize they forgot to perform Hamlet. One of the actors becomes nervous and runs out of the theatre with another actor chasing him. The final actor is left to entertain the audience by himself, which he does by telling jokes and calling for the intermission.

After the intermission, the missing two actors return and save their companion from reciting all of the sonnets. All three actors then perform their very abbreviated version of Hamlet (with a little help from the audience), thus "completing" the canon in only an hour and a half!

The play stars Tracy Dykeman, Deletta Laes and Tara Casanova and is directed by Ed Sellmann."

Love and stuff,

D barge

Extra credit: Considering all the Shakespeariness this weekend we should probably leave you with a Shakespeare poem. But instead we'll give you an anecdote. We believe Shakespeare helped to translate the King James Bible. The proof? Shakespeare was a favorite of King James and even wrote a play or two for him. So when Will was 46 years old he got the summons from the king to help translate the Psalms. Because if you are the king, you're going to put your greatest poet on Psalms, right? Shakespeare was too controversial to get any credit for the translation, so instead he found a way to sign his translation as a hidden easter egg in the Bible. If you go to Psalms 46 and count 46 words down from the top and 46 words up from the bottom you get "Shake" and "Spear". Good one!

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