Beauty Love Truth with Stranger Cat – Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 at 8pm at Standard Toykraft

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 in Featured, Live Shows, News

A revolving cast of some of the best improvisers come to improvise a play inspired in the moment by the guest musician. NEXT SHOW: Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 8pm at Standard Toykraft 722 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, New York. L to Graham or G to Metropolitan. Musical Guest: STRANGER CAT (Cat Martino and Sven Britt).   Improvisers: Matt Higgins (Centralia, Burn Manhattan) Dan Hodapp (PIT, UCB) Ed Illades (IO Chicago) Shannon Manning (Second City, IO, UCB, “Conan”) Doug Moe (“Doug Moe is a Bad Dad,” UCB’s MOTHER, “30 Rock,” “Conan”) Louie Pearlman (“Billy on the Street”, Story Pirates, Spidey Project) Alexis Saarela ( C. Monster, Taco Supreme) Rylan Venegas (Magnet) Plus an introduction by LIAM MCENEANEY who will hold forth on the topic of beauty, love, and/or truth. On October 1ST, ASpecialThing Records released Liam McEneaney’s debut album, “Comedian.” Liam has appeared on Comedy Central, Showtime’s “Caroline Rhea & Friends,” Vh1’s “Best Week Ever,” and his concert film, “Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!” He has toured as a headliner across North America and throughout Europe. He’s also made multiple appearances on top podcasts including WTF with Marc Maron, Keith & The Girl, Put Your Hands Together!, The Steven Brody Stevens Festival of Friendship, Myq Kaplan’s Hang Out With Me, and many more. More about STRANGER CAT: Raised in the urban sprawl, Stranger Cat was born out of a respite in the wilderness. As most stories go, she was seeking a noiseless place for musing, but found instead a sentient beast stalking through the woods, be it animal, alien, or deity; she memorized its sound. Stranger Cat is the new project from Cat Martino. Her penchant for loop effects was inspired by homebound isolation from a debilitating neuromuscular affliction several years ago that mysteriously could not be diagnosed. Isolated to her bedroom for the better part of a year, a simple microphone and loop pedal became her new choir. Now restored to health, she celebrates her freedom of movement by creating lush layers with voice, synthesizers, and electronics that gamut ethereal, soulful, and turbulent chaos, inspired by the body in motion. Cat retreated from Brooklyn, NY to winter in the Sierra Foothills and wrote and recorded new songs. Simple melodies or beats morphed into powerful walls of sound to melt in through snowstorms, howling winds, or stark silence nestled by gargantuan oaks and the infinite starry dome. Joined by co-collaborator Sven Britt for a week, they traded recording each other on casios, synths, guitars, drum machines, branches and spoons. Often a cat would come to the door to listen, meowing to be let in. When it appeared daily they called it Stranger Cat, observing its alien supernatural powers, as she’d heard tell of the Foothills’ history of UFO sightings and ghost haunts. One day...

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BEAUTY LOVE TRUTH Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 8pm with COMMON PRAYER (feat. Jason Sebastian Russo/Tara Autovino) at Standard Toykraft

Posted on May 28, 2013 in Featured, Live Shows, News

A revolving cast of some of the best improvisers come to improvise a play inspired in the moment by the guest musician. That’s Beauty Love Truth! NEXT SHOW: Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 8pm with musical guest COMMON PRAYER (feat. Jason Sebastian Russo/Tara Autovino) [Read the Q&A by Kaitlin Fontana here!] CourtPie Photography and this amazing cast of improvisers: Cast for June 8, 2013 show. Kaitlin Fontana (the PIT’s BODYHEAT, the Magnet Theater’s Breakfast for Dinner, Buckshot N Benny) Matt Higgins (Centralia, Burn Manhattan) Shannon Manning (Second City, IO, UCB, “Conan”) Doug Moe (“Doug Moe is a Bad Dad,” UCB’s MOTHER, “30 Rock,” “Conan”) Louie Pearlman (“Billy on the Street”, Story Pirates, Spidey Project) Andy Schneeflock  (Story Pirates, 4Squares Improv, “Robocamp” “Boardwalk Empire”) Lauren Ashley Smith (Story Pirates, Featherweight) Sean Taylor (Magnet Junior Varsity, Spotlight, Pizza Month, Variety Underground) Maggie Serota (photo by Mindy Tucker)   Plus an introduction by Maggie Serota (Low Times podcast, The Onion AV Club, Radar, NY Press, Philadelphia Weekly)   All this, plus drinks and a hang before and afterwards…for $10. (Donations welcome!)   Standard Toykraft 722 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, New York. L to Graham or G to Metropolitan.       BEAUTY LOVE TRUTH Press Release June 8, 2013 And LOOKIT: IMPROV FOR POETS AND GENIUSES. An improv workshop for...

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Beauty Love Truth performers in ACT ONE at the PIT Sun, Oct 7th at 8pm

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 in Live Shows, News

Some of us are performing in a showcase of one-act improvised plays called ACT ONE. PIT Sun, Oct 7th at 8pm 123 East 24th St. btw Park and Lex. Kirk Damato, Shannon Manning, Louie Pearlman, Branson Reese, and Mary Regan. Musical guest TBA. PIT Site: http://thepit-nyc.com/show/act-one-20/?cur_d=121007&cur_m=1210 Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/e/186626 Tumblr: http://actonenyc.tumblr.com/post/32811552017/performing-in-act-one-on-sunday-october-7th-at-8pm...

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Joe Garden introduces Beauty Love Truth

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 in Featured, Live Shows, Video clips

Joe Garden introduces Beauty Love Truth, says goodbye to The Onion from Shannon Manning on Vimeo. Joe Garden (The Onion, at the time) does the introduction for Beauty Love Truth inspired by the topics of beauty, love, and/or truth. January 12, 2012. The musical guest that evening was Georgia and Ira from Yo La...

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Beauty Love Truth with Stephan Said & Matt Koff, Thursday, Sept 27, 8pm at PIT

Posted on Sep 10, 2012 in Featured, Live Shows

Thursday, Sept 27, 8pm at The PIT 123 E 24th BTW Park & Lex (new location!) Tickets here. Musical guest STEPHAN SAID will play his music to inspire improvised scenes. Nothing is planned; it’s all improvised. You will never see this show again! (Read BLT Q&A with Stephan here.) Featuring an INTRODUCTION by MATT KOFF (Onion News Network, Comedy Central blogger) who will speak on the subject of Beauty Love AND/OR Truth. This month’s IMPROVISERS include: Angela DeManti (The Weird Sisters, Magnet) Matt Higgins (Centralia, Burn Manhattan) Bradford Jordan (Story Pirates, PIT) Nick Kanellis (Trike, Story Pirates) Roy Koshy (Yes Andersens, Magnet, PIT) Shannon Manning (Second City, IO, UCB, “Conan”) Doug Moe (“Doug Moe is a Bad Dad,” UCB’s MOTHER, “30 Rock,” “Conan”) Louie Pearlman (Story Pirates, The Spidey Project, Buckshot N Benny) JOIN THE FACEBOOK EVENT PRESS RELEASE FOR SEPT BEAUTY LOVE TRUTH More about STEPHAN SAID Recording Artist and Human Rights Activist: (Read BLT Q&A with Stephan here.) Stephan Said, aka Stephan Smith, is an internationally acclaimed musician, writer and activist who has been called “this generation’s Woody Guthrie” (Billboard Magazine) and favorably compared to Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Bob Marley in publications such as the New York Times, Billboard Magazine, BBC, NPR and RFI. An Iraqi-American with immediate family in Baghdad and Mosul and a diverse heritage that combines Christianity and Islam, he is a prominent voice for interfaith dialogue, peace, and global justice. His song “The Bell” was “the first major song against the war in Iraq”(Neil Strauss, NY Times) and hailed as “the antiwar anthem of this generation.”(GNN) Stephan pioneered the use of the internet to distribute mp3’s and music videos for social causes on a mass scale, and his essays on music and global affairs have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Progressive Magazine, CounterPunch, Sing Out! Magazine, Folker Magazine (Germany), The Huffington Post, AlterNet, Counterpunch, and others. Since his last album on Artemis Records, Stephan completed his graduate studies in International Affairs from the New School University. Stephan’s new album, difrent:, with Grammy Award winning Producer Hal Willner (Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Bono, Saturday Nite Live), features his most universal songwriting to date, with cinematic love songs and pop anthems to global tolerance and peace in English, Arabic, French and Spanish blending pop with rock, folk, and world music. difrent: is Stephan’s first album reclaiming his born name, Said, having put out several critically acclaimed albums under his mother’s maiden name “Stephan Smith,” after executives at major labels in the U.S. insisted he “could never have a career in the America with an Arabic name.” The album debuts an all-star band featuring Cindy Blackman on drums, Kevin Hunter on mandolin and guitar, Yousif Sheronick on percussion, and George Mitchell...

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