Comedy Bliss

March 3, 2018

“There’s an Improv/Commedia Dell’Arte show in Fort Green, Brooklyn, wanna go?” I said “Yes” despite not knowing what this actually was. It was a chance to discover this form of comedy first hand and though I lived in Brooklyn most of my life, I don’t recall visiting this neighborhood.  

“Two of my improv teachers from the Funny School of Good Acting-Chris Bayes’ and Virginia Scott’ are putting it on. It’s going to be bawdy and over the top. I know some of the players and they are amazing...

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Hidden Gem

February 26, 2018

I’d seen more and more information crossing my radar about Ridgewood, Queens as a place people were choosing to live over nearby Bushwick and Williamsburg because rents were a bit lower. I came across Trans-Pecos and it intrigued me because they feature emerging Artists.

It has a no frills vibe. People showed up out of no where and filled the space. The show was amazing as was the energy of those attending. You could walk right past it outside without suspecting the magic that was happening...

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Cannoli Donut Diet

February 6, 2018

From the festival’s name my hunch was that it would be an uncommon foodie adventure. I threw my normal eating habits to the wind when I passed by the Cake King of Astoria Queens' table. They invented the canolli donut. I had read about this new creation, but hadn’t dreamed of tasting it today

The supersized delicacy came with a hefty price tag of $7. Instead of the hard fortune cookie type pastry shell, it was encased in a fluffy dough that shouted, “Yum”. There were only a few plain ones...

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Away & Awake

January 30, 2018

My around the clock local adventure happened by accident. I tried to talk myself out of it without success.

I was to attend a twelve hour overnight Philosophy conference at the Brooklyn Grand Army Plaza Library, followed by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Sunday Service and attend a NYC matinee performance, Could I dare to do this on two successive days without sleep? 

I knew that I could do it if I set my mind to it. The conference program was exciting and it got edgier as goers became...

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Arctic Blast

January 8, 2018

Thousands of strap hangers in New York City rose to the challenge to participate in an international day of silliness by riding a New York City subway in their underpants, despite the really frigid temperature.  I was one of them.

I did it for the uncommon adventure. I did it to meet new people. I did it to live in the moment with abandon. I did it for the joy of accomplishment. I did it because I’ve done it before and it made me think, "I am capable of even bigger things."

Afterwards, the...

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