Okay, sorry, sorry! It was a long day! I had to deal with the cable guy! (Which, honestly, was the best Time Warner Cable experience EVER!) I was online trying to buy a new microwave and refrigerator. Whatever. Customer service blahblahblah. [Side note: Yes, I just got cable. Not fancy cable but super-super basic cable. Which means The View and a whole lotta Ion TV. Cue decline in productivity.] Scheduling meetings. Going to one. Talking about the MOOP Map at Burning Man Happy Hour. Seeing people I love that I haven’t seen in months. Then going to see a show!? Gah. Four minutes till midnight!
And now, what should’ve been yesterday’s post:
I met Alex Colby in, hmm, 2004? He was working the door at a party. Shortly thereafter I hired him to work my door and he presided over the clipboard firmly yet gracefully. Not an easy job, especially for this particular sort of event. I’m sure we’d been in the same place many times previously, though, and known of each other before we actually met.
Over the years of those parties (jeez, was it really years?), Alex and I enjoyed gossiping over cocktails and became friends. I watched him explore many avenues of artistic expression, including writing a book and sculpting hair. I’ve most enjoyed his photography, since some of it has starred yours truly. He’s as opinionated as I am and always has a very clear artistic vision. I can’t wait to see the culmination of his homage to ’70’s Glam Rock. You should hire him to take pictures of you, because he will make you look like a true rock star!
Alex and I have attended many awesome performances together, one almost exactly five years ago, but also “Arias with a Twist.” So when I wanted to see “Sisters’ Follies: Between Two Worlds,” it made sense to ask if he’d like to be my date. The show was a historical (and hysterical) séance, celebrating the women who founded the Abrons’ Playhouse 100 years ago. The magical sets and effects were created by recent 2015 MacArthur Fellowship recipient Basil Twist and starred downtown doyennes Joey Arias and Julie Atlas Muz. It was a multi-media extravaganza, with a live orchestra, video projects, Basil‘s always-delightful puppets and some seriously jaw-dropping costumes. Muz and Arias spent a good amount of the show in harnesses, swinging around in the rafters as the sisters’ ghosts, which looked like a total blast. I had no previous knowledge about the theater’s history and enjoyed the recreations of the sisters’ avant garde performances. It was another wonderful evening of appreciating the arts with Alex!