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When I first drove in to downtown Napa I saw the Riverfront Building to my left. It was noon. The sky glared white-blue. Everything looked pretty normal at first. I entered on Third St. crossed Main St. and I jumped on the first place I could park. It was pretty busy. I was surprised. I thought it would be a little less active. I surveyed the situation. I saw this big beautiful church in front of me about three hundred yards. It had survived the earthquake. I passed it off as such. I thought, "Good, hate to see the old structures go. They survived so much."
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My buddy Larry, whom I have written about in past articles, I consider Guru of all that is music. Four weeks ago he gave me a gift of his newest acquisition. "Listen to this when you get in your truck, tell me what you think?" I sucked down the rest of my delicious Zinfandel, took the CD and read the writing in orange Sharpie: "David Crosby -"Croz." I looked up at Larry, shook my empty glass, and said "When did this come out?" In the clarity of a true Guru Larry flatly spat out: "Just." "I wonder what it sounds like?" "That's why I gave it to you?" "Yes, true...." I shook my glass again and he took it; and ushered me out the front door.
"Yes, it's my first time here at Sundance," I heard myself squeak out gleefully to the young woman wearing the powder blue winter vest. I just completed a 2000 mile journey from Providence, RI to Park City, Utah. It was January 15th, the day before the official opening of the Sundance Film Festival 2014.
12 degrees. I blinked rapidly in the glaring light of my IPhone 4. The Weather Channel my favorite App, as I do travel a bit. Need to know what tornado or blizzard I may encounter. So cold out. I considered not going but the sun poured into the bedroom calling me to engage my planned outing to Rhode Island School of Design Museum (RISD).
In 1995 Mendocino College hired me, your humble artist, to direct the production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." The 20th Century Russian master theater director Vsevolod Meyerhold was a major influence in my approach to theater. His working theory of Biomechanics intrigue me because it unlocked the slavish connection between having to "feel" what your character was "experiencing." I rejected "Method" acting. Biomechanics gave me a "method" to character development through physicalization. It does not matter if an actor feels anything. What matters is if the AUDIENCE feels. Biomechanics engaged the art of physical communication.
My buddy Larry is a Technical Director of Theater at a California college. He is a professional Light Designer and has a deep history in Rock & Roll concert lighting. He also has attended more concerts than anyone I know. This past few months alone he consumed the Stones, Robert Plant, Stephan Stills and...he will chastise me because I know I have missed a slew of others. I should pay more attention. And for close to two decades Larry has asked me to go to this supposed "amazing" event called The Bridge School Benefit Concert. This year's Bridge School Benefit Concert (27th Annual) will be Larry's 17th in 18 years. For most of those 17 years Larry has asked me to attend the concert with him. Trying to coordinate my life to see this supposed "amazing" event proved to never move up the "Things To Do" list. Until last October, 2012.
When I was in seventh grade I came upon a teacher named Ms. Betty. She took our after-school drama club--which met in the foyer of the auditorium convening underneath the overhang of a large stairway leading to the second floor balcony--to see Godspell at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston. We sat in the very last row of seats far in the back of the balcony.
Life Changing Experience?
Yet, that mattered not. When I walked out of that theater two plus hours later, my life had been-- and still is-- altered permanently. Art is potent. It can change lives.
The Crocker Art Museum held an event, 5pm to 9pm, this past-Thursday, August 1, 2013 called "The Takeover: An Art Jam By & for Youth." And that is exactly what happened.
Dear Friends on July 22, 2013 I shot the following amazing lightning show during the full moon, or Thunder Moon as it is called. Enjoy the show!!
Please visit:Twitter: @FilmRobin for up-to-date info on where I am travelling for ART.LinkedIn: LinkedIn.com/in/robinscottpeters for complete resume & work history.Smashwords.com and look for Dr. Robin Scott Peters Ebooks now available.YouTube: Youtube.com/user/robinscottpeters for all my video work.