F’ that Noise

Thinking about street and performing logically led to thinking about street performers. While one could get into a tiff about the way the City is cracking down on the “Bucket Boys” here in Chicago, we found this fun article about Skomorokhi, the Troubadours of Old Russia. Minstrels and minstrelsy has been on our minds as we take LiveWire from being Visiting Artists in Residence (something we had been doing for a little over 3 years at the Side Project) to embracing the itinerant theatre company ideal. We had our first taste the other week when we were informed we had to move all our flats and platforms out of the Side Project (by the end of the week). Luckily, we have a summer show at the Chemically Imbalanced Theater and Angie, ever so kindly, let us store our stuff there in prep for VisionFest 2009.

What do you think about the traveling theatre company? The wandering artists? Comments sections is always open.

If you don’t catch the article on the Skomorokhi after the jump above, catch at least this: “As for the skomorokhi, though they did not have proper conditions for establishing theatre companies and were persecuted by the church as alleged disseminators of paganism and heresy along with sorcerers and soothsayers, the folk theatre went on and on.”

p.s. Saw “Buried Child” at Shattered Globe last night. Wow! One of the best shows all year. Shepard is a genius and in the hands of this grand company, the play is truly a revelation on humanity.


Somebody’s Watching Me

Did a quick search on the Google for “Chicago Street Corner” just to see what else is happening on the street corners of Chicago besides VisionFest 2009 and came across some news items about our Mayor Daley’s desire to have a surveillance camera on every street corner prior to the 2016 Olympics (approval pending). This is all part of a four year plan called “Operation Virtual Shield” that has begun with Navy Pier unveiling 200 security cameras… to keep up with Disney World standards, of course.

We’d love to hear/see what’s happening on other street corners. Post a comment or a link to let us know.

Until then… Somebody’s Watching Me

VisionFest 2009 Line-UpĀ Announced!

Six Worlds on One Street Corner:
“Fat Petey Gets It All Wrong” by Ron Frankel
“The Corner of Glamis and Cawdor” by Michael W. Moon
“Be” by Erin Barlow*
“Recognition” by Elizabeth Nell Dubus
“Canceling Christmas” by James Armstrong
and “Waiting for Oprah” a performance piece by Madeline Long*

August 6th through 15th (Thu, Fri & Sat at 8pm)
at the Chemically Imbalanced Theater


more information at www.livewirechicago.com/vision

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