BEAUTY LOVE TRUTH w/musical guest JEAN GRAE Aug 17, 2015, at Union Hall

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 in Featured, Live Shows, News

BEAUTY LOVE TRUTH with musical guest JEAN GRAE iSweatergawd by Jean Grae Improvisers: Ed Illades, Ashley Ward, Matt Higgins, Rob Janowski, Louie Pearlman, Shannon Manning, Josh Sharp Intro by Carolyn Castiglia! Mon, August 17, 2015Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm Union Hall Brooklyn, NY$8 Advance / $10 Day of Show TICKETS This event is 21 and over **Please note this event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection. Join Beauty Love Truth for an adventurous evening of music, inspiration, and comedy. Guest musicians kick things off by playing a song, and after each song a rotating cast of improvisers create scenes inspired by the mood, images, themes, or words from the song. Nothing is planned; sweet, tragic, or ridiculous relationships unfold, worlds are created or destroyed, souls enlightened or crushed, and magic truths underscored with laughter. Improvisers: Josh Sharp Links Josh Sharp is a stand up and sketch comedian who was included on Vulture’s 2015 “Comics You Should Know” and was named a “Comic to Watch” by TimeOut NY. He was featured in NYCF’s “Best of Sketch” in 2013, 2014 and 2015. You can see his lewdy crudey queer musical “Fucking Identical Twins” now running at the UCB Theatre, his experimental comedy show “Cool Shit/Weird Shit” on the 4th Friday of the month at UCB-East, his gay variety show “A Gay Show For All People” monthly at the Duplex, or you can just stay at home and watch TV on your computer like a loser. If that’s your game, his web series, “How Shit Works”, is soon to drop on Ed Illades Ed has studied and performed improv at Improv Olympic and Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, as well as various bars and festivals here and there. He was an instructor and coach at Improv Olympic until he set sail to perform on a cruise ship with Second City in January of 2008. Ed has performed with the groups Johnny Roast Beef, Brad Renfro, The Gambino Crew, and Pudding-Thank-You, written and performed sketch comedy with Sketchcore, and directed the sketch show Sandy Takes A Break, which played at the NY Sketch Festival and at Comedy Central’s performance space in Los Angeles (yes, that Los Angeles). He currently lives, teaches and performs in New York (Yes, that New York).   Ashley Ward Watch Ashley Ward is an actor, singer and writer originally from Conyers, Ga. She has been performing improv and sketch comedy in New York for more than seven years and continues to perform with several groups, including PIT house team Big Black Car, musical improv group Baby Wants Candy, Taco Supreme, 30,000 khz of Sound, Cragg and Ward, Married Nate and Ashley and Poopy Poopy Fart Fart. Additionally she is...

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Beauty Love Truth with Doug Gillard-Wednesday, Sept 10, 2014 at Union Hall in Brooklyn

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 in Featured, Live Shows, News

A revolving cast of some of the best improvisers improvise a play inspired in the moment by the guest musician. Wednesday, Sept 10, 2014, 8pm. With musical guest DOUG GILLARD! (GUIDED BY VOICES, NADA SURF, DEATH OF SAMANTHA, LIFEGUARDS, GEM, BAMBI KINO, SALLY CREWE, MASCOTT) Union Hall 702 Union Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, right off of 5th Ave. – TICKETS $10.   IMPROVISERS: Jon Bander (Magnet) Matt Higgins (Centralia, Burn Manhattan) Shannon Manning (Second City, IO, UCB, “Conan”) Chris Mills (PIT) Louie Pearlman (“Billy on the Street”, Story Pirates, Spidey Project) Mary Regan(UCB, Magnet, PIT) Micah Sherman (The Baldwins, The Scene-PIT) Betsy Todd (UCB, Magnet, “Battle of the Bozos”)   Plus an introduction by CATIE LAZARUS (Employee of the Month Show) who will hold forth on the topic of beauty, love, and/or truth! All this, plus drinks and a hang before and afterwards…for $10. Advanced tickets available and recommended! JOIN THE FACEBOOK EVENT!   More about Doug Gillard: Doug Gillard is a guitarist and songwriter who has performed with bands and artists such as  Guided by Voices, Nada Surf, Richard Buckner, Death Of Samantha, Gem, Cobra Verde,Children’s Crusade, Starvation Army, My Dad is Dead, The Mice, Bill Fox, Sally Crewe, Mascott, Anders and Kendall, Gramercy Arms, The Oranges Band, and as a solo artist. This year he released the album “Parade On” (Nine Mile Records) to great reviews. Gillard has also scored several independent films, including American Cannibal. Gillard presently lives in New York and is a member of Nada Surf. Get his new album at iTunes or band camp! Parade On by doug gillard More about Catie Lazarus: CATIE LAZARUS is a writer and hosts the podcast EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, which features a live monthly taping at Joe’s Pub, where she is an Artist-in-Resident. ECNY awarded her “Best Comedy Writer” and Lewis Black described her as, “More Brilliant Than She’ll Ever Know.” Lazarus writes a column for Out Magazine and has contributed drivel to The New York Times Magazine, Slate, The Daily Beast, Bust, Cosmo, Sesame Workshop, Tribeca Film Festival, Gawker, Funny or Die, Sundance, and numerous anthologies. She also does storytelling and voice overs.  Lazarus is a member of the WGA and involved with The Moth, Just Vision, Azahar Foundation, and UCB. She received her MA and BA from Wesleyan. Please do not hold any of these institutions liable as a...

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Beauty Love Truth w/Evan Wesley Acheson of Boreal Sons. Calgary, AB, Canada Sat June 14

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 in Featured, Live Shows, News

JUNE 14 @ 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM  The Birds and Stone Theatre 204 16 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2MCanada     Live music inspires improvised scenes. Feat. music by Evan Wesley Acheson of Boreal Sons. Boreal Sons are an art-rock band whose imaginative compositions are as emotive as they are intelligent, pairing sweeping instrumental arrangements with vivid lyrical imagery and pop-inspired melodies. Woven together by the dynamic voice of singer Evan Wesley Acheson, whose vocal style reimagines old jazz crooners with a darker edge, Boreal Sons’ music ebbs and flows—both overwhelming in its grandeur and captivating in its...

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The BLT Q&A: Dave Foster by Nivea Serrao

Posted on May 15, 2014 in BLT Musician Q&A, News

  Burnt out on electric grunge and looking to do something acoustic, songwriter Dave Foster found himself a band of like-minded musicians, and so the indie pop band known as ‘Bubble’ was formed. Twenty years later and they’re still together, writing and producing their own songs (they have an album in the works) and playing shows where they cover whole Beatles albums – even performing at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Though before any of this, Foster was just a love-struck teenager trying to impress the girl he liked. But while the girl didn’t stick, the song writing did. We asked Dave a few questions in advance of his appearance at Beauty Love Truth this Friday May 16th, 2014 at Standard Toykraft.   What is your first memory of beauty? Probably my mother…or the first time I saw the ocean.   Tell us something you love. My 3 sons…not the TV show…actual children.   Where do you find the truth in music? In the vulnerability of the voice…and the picture the words/melody paints.   Have you known other people who have done Beauty Love Truth? My friends Lianne Smith, Matthew Caws and Lee Feldman   What are you expecting? The unexpected   What are you looking forward to? Watching how the improvisers riff off my songs.   When did beauty get you in trouble? When did it not?   What is something you’ve loved since you were a child? Batman   What is the greatest truth you learned as an adult? Parents and teachers are real life superheroes.   It’s the end of the world and you’re asked to explain an instance of beauty/love/truth from your life. Which would you pick and what would you say? Holding my first son just after he was born and looking into his eyes. He still looks at me like that with those eyes.   Where is the most surprising/unexpected place you’ve found beauty? An abandoned house on the Williamsburg waterfront in the mid-90s (filming a Bubble video). It was like being in a cabin in the woods with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.   What is something/someone you love that would surprise people? The Food Network. I have missed it ever since I ditched cable TV.   What is a truth about you that would surprise people? I am ¼ Sicilian. So don’t mess with me (or at least a quarter of me).   Which is easiest for you to sing about, beauty, love or truth? Love songs…nothing but love songs (with intermittent truth).   DAVE FOSTER will be joined by Rembert Block at Beauty Love Truth, Friday, May 16 at 8pm at Standard Toykraft. ______________ Nivea Serrao is an entertainment journalist and sketch...

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Beauty Love Truth, Friday, May 16 8pm at Standard Toykraft w/Dave Foster (Bubble) & Rembert Block

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 in Featured, Live Shows, News

A revolving cast of some of the best improvisers improvise a play inspired in the moment by the guest musician.   NEXT SHOW: Friday, May 16  8pm at Standard Toykraft with Guest Musician Dave Foster (Bubble) with Rembert Block!   Improvisers: Adam Feingold (UCB) Ed Illades (IO Chicago) Shannon Manning (Second City, IO, UCB, “Conan”) Monique Moses (PIT, Story Pirates) Louie Pearlman (“Billy on the Street”, Story Pirates, Spidey Project) Tom Purcell (“Colbert Report”) Mary Regan (UCB, Magnet, PIT) Rylan Venegas (Magnet) more! Plus an introduction by JAMI ATTENBERG (Author The Middlesteins) who will hold forth on the topic of beauty, love, and/or truth!   All this, plus drinks and a hang before and afterwards…for $10. Advanced tickets available.  Friday, May 16, 2014 8pm at Standard Toykraft 722 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, New York. L to Graham or G to Metropolitan.   JOIN THE FACEBOOK EVENT More about Dave Foster (Bubble) “In the late ’70s, Television was among New York’s most exciting new wave bands. So when former Television bassist Fred Smith co-produces a CD, one is anxious to check it out. Smith co-produced Bish Bash, Bubble’s first full-length album, with two members of the New York band (singer Dave Foster and drummer Tom DeVito), and while his participation grab’s one’s attention, it is Bubble’s solid songwriting that ultimately keeps it. Although Smith does his part to make the album sound as good as it does, Bubble doesn’t need a former Television member to be validated. The songs are memorable, and none of them sound anything like Television. Bish Bash is retro, but not in a new wave sense. Rather, the songs on this CD have a strong late ’60s/early ’70s flavor. The Byrds, Big Star, Badfinger, and late-period Beatles are obvious influences, as are John Lennon’s early ’70s solo recordings. Bish Bash contains a few aggressive rockers (“Tell Me What You Want” and “Rainy Day”), but most of the material is reflective and dreamy rather than aggressive. Regrettably, Bubble didn’t do nearly as much recording as it should have in the 1990s; the band formed in 1994 and recorded an EP in 1995, and it wasn’t until this 2000 release that Bubble finally got around to providing a full-length album. This appealing, if less than groundbreaking, effort makes one hope that Bubble will spend a lot more time in the studio in the future.” 4 out of 5 stars, Alex Henderson, All Music...

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