1960s Advertisement

Here is an advertisement for Day’s Jewelers and Appliance store from the late 1960s. Days is still running in Portland today, though they only sell jewelry now. Back then a color TV was $379.95 while a diamond ring was $150.00

PortFringe 2015 Summary

Holy wow. It was an exhausting week filled to the brim with great new plays.

Standouts include Dolphinephilia, a trippy farce based on the true story of Margaret Howe Lovatt. It was presented by the mysterious Marine Mammal Communication Project. Also in the realm of the absurd was Aliens vs. Beckett, a spin on the classic Waiting For Godot, and presented by the always slimy Crowbait Club. And The Green Room, a hilarious one-man show featuring a man arguing with his sock puppet.

And those were only from the shows that I saw. The festival featured dozens of acts, and after soldiering through this week, I commend all who gave the effort for their art.

Megan, as per her usual mode, outdid herself. She acted in three plays, and wrote/directed one as well.  I really enjoyed the perky conversations of Take the Long Way home, and the excellent set designed by Carl Currie.  And Megan’s performance in the poetic Boy Come Home was perhaps the best of her career.

I also acted in my first PortFringe show. I shared the stage with my wife, as well as the talented Adam Ferguson and Kristina Balboa in Allie Munier’s comedy I Can’t Take You Anywhere. It was an honor to act in such a well-written and humorous play. I hope Allie submits it to more festivals.

I shaved my beard for my art. Most people liked it, while others, myself included, found it strange to see my bald face. One person said that I looked like a creepy pedophile, and that hurt a bit. I’ve never quite understood that comment. How does one look like a pedophile? Perhaps it says more of the describer than it does of the described.

I’m glad the week is over and that we can get a break. Enjoy some photos.

Pride Portland 2015

Today was my first time catching the yearly Pride Portland parade. SPOILER ALERT: it ends with an enormous rainbow banner carried by hundreds of people through the streets of downtown Portland. The overall mood was one of enthusiasm and support, a nice thing to see during these troubled times. Here are some photos to give you an idea of the vibe. Also some of my favorite posts from around the ‘net.

Folks all over the web were posting about Portland Pride

Portland Pride 2015 #207 #portlandme #prideparade #prideportland #prideportland2015 #mainepride #rainbow #love #equality

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Happy #pride #prideportland #maine

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New tattoo every Tuesday. This week some shameful self promotion. Megan and I are partaking in this year’s PortFringe Festival. Please come see us on the stage of life!

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