Monthly Archives: February 2013

Adam Szymkowicz on Clown Bar, Compulsive Love

Clown Bar
Clown Bar

February 27 is going to be a great day for writer Adam Szymkowicz for two reasons. First up, previews will start on the Pipeline Theater Company production of his clown noir play, Clown Bar (February 27 & 28 at 8PM) at the Parkside Lounge (317 E. Houston St., New York, NY) before starting a run of Fridays & Saturdays at 9PM performances from March 1 – March 23, 2013.

Secondly, the first episode of the Szymkowicz-written web series, Compulsive Love, will premiere on February 27. Compulsive Love has the great tag line of “A show about a man being punched in the face by love and the women wearing the brass knuckles.” In this interview, we discuss both projects.

Tim O’Shea: Am I correct in thinking that Clown Bar is partially a musical? Did you always envision the project having music?

Adam Szymkowicz: It has four songs in it.  There is a character who is the singer in the bar and he sings all the songs.  Sometimes I like to put one or two songs in my shows, though I can’t say why this play has four songs in it except to say it always did.

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Everyartist Kickstarter Has Launched

As promised, here is the direct link to Everyartist’s Kickstarter, which has launched.

Before you donate to the Kickstarter, you will likely ask–where is my money going to be utilized? Here’s the plan:

“In 2013, Everyartist will create a national, collaborative art event that engages elementary school children across the country – the largest art event in history.

We’re raising money to launch and facilitate this national collaborative art event. Included in this is building a downloadable kit that will make it easy for parents and teachers to register and become local event coordinators. The kit includes instructions for staging an event, group lesson plans with the rudimentary elements of drawing designed by a professional art educator adaptable to every age group, stickers and other incentives for the participating children, and a press release that can be shared with local media.

We can bootstrap this event for $30,000, but the more money we raise, the greater our impact will be and the more kids we can reach. We need your support!”

Brendan O’Connell on His Art & His New Project, Everyartist

This interview has been a long time coming. I have been wanting to interview professional artist Brendan O’Connell for years. O’Connell and I went to high school together–and thanks to social media, we got back in touch with each other back around 2007 or so. I have covered him here a few times at the blog. While most of this interview is focused on O’Connell’s work, O’Connell and I finally got together to talk because of his latest educational and artistic endeavor, Everyartist. O’Connell is one of the founding partners of Everyartist.

“In 2013, Everyartist will create a national, collaborative art event that engages elementary school children across the country – the largest art event in history. Our platform of events, digital content/tools and retail products empowers ArtTeachers, ArtMoms and ArtAngels to spark and sustain the creativity inside every ArtKid.”

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Here’s The Thing: Alec Baldwin Interviews Judd Apatow

This interview of Judd Apatow by Alec Baldwin (on his WNYC show, Here’s The Thing) blindsided me for Apatow’s utter admiration for James L. Brooks and Albert Brooks.

Consider this snippet from the interview transcript:

“I met him [Albert Brooks] in the early ‘90s when I was working at ‘The Larry Sanders Show.’ I had dinner with him a couple times with Garry and I was just in awe to be around him because his ‘Saturday Night Live’ movies were a really big influence on everything we did at ‘The Ben Stiller Show’ and obviously ‘Defending Your Life’ and ‘Modern Romance’ and ‘Real Life’…”

Brendan O’Connell Featured In This Week’s New Yorker

New Yorker
New Yorker

Tomorrow I will run an interview with arts education advocate/painter/former high school classmate of mine Brendan O’Connell.

But, I am happy to say that this week’s edition of The New Yorker features a profile on O’Connell, detailing his creative relationship with Walmart–and the stores’ impact on his career.

Be advised you need to subscribe to the magazine to read the full version.