Pittsfield, NYC, North Adams & Lenox

Who’s That Guy in the Window?

The entrance to Main Street Stage‘s performance space in North Adams can look awfully desolate and unoccupied during the daytime, like an abandoned storefront instead of the exciting nexus of an ambitious community theatre on the upswing.

So since Eddie’s role as a member of the MSS Board involves a lot of administrative tasks anyway, he has decided to create a working space for himself in one of the theatre’s display windows. That way he can wave a friendly hello at passers-by as he takes care of business, at the same time reminding them that the theatre is alive and active as part of the community all the time, not just when actors are putting on their performances by night.

Sometimes he beckons for people to come in for a visit and learns that they never even knew there was a theatre there. Sometimes they walk out as the newest volunteers.

The play that’s currently in rehearsal, by the way, is Eric Overmyer‘s On The Verge. Preview performances begin on Thursday, October 14, which means it’s not too early to reserve your tickets. Performances will take place on that weekend and the two weekends following, so plan ahead if you’re going to be in the North Adams area while the play is running. (For info about ordering tickets, click here.)

Above: David Lane‘s promotional graphic for On The Verge

Upcoming Activities

This is not turning out to be a leisurely October. On Monday, for starters, I drove to Pittsfield to deliver the three pages of Stuck Rubber Baby original art that will be included in the LGBTQ art show that’s opening this Friday, October 8, at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts (28 Renne Avenue) as part of the "Out in the Berkshires Weekend."

The reception for the show will be from 5-7 PM on Friday, but the wildly varied works of art by Berkshire County’s wildly varied LGBTQ artists will be viewable at the gallery through November 6.

I won’t be able to attend that reception myself, unfortunately, because I’ll be spending Friday driving down to New York City for this year’s New York Comic Con, which will be unfolding October 8-10 at the mammoth Javits Center on 11th Avenue in Manhattan.

My main errand at this weekend’s convention will be participating in a panel called "LGBT Comics, Creators, and Characters" with Jeff Krell, Tim Fish, Joan Hilty, Phil Jimenez, Abby Denson, and Dan Parent, which is scheduled for Saturday night from 6:30-7:30. If you’re planning on attending the con, be sure and drop by Room 1A23 to say hello.

Back in the Berkshires, I’ll be gearing up to gab about art and religion the following Friday at our…

Re-scheduled "Crucified Stuffed Bunny" Art Talk!

Yes, the September 30 panel to which I so eloquently invited you in my last blog post was unceremoniously rained out before the first mention of an imperiled rabbit could escape our lips.

But our planned discussion (with audience participation encouraged) of Bruce MacDonald‘s "Crucified Stuffed Bunny" painting will still occur on a new date: Friday, October 15. It will take place at 107 Main Street in North Adams, as originally planned, and the starting time, as before, will be 7:30 PM. Admission is free.

Next Up: My Reading in Lenox

Admission will also be free the next afternoon (Saturday the 16th) at my Stuck Rubber Baby reading and book-signing at The Bookstore (11 Housatonic Street) in Lenox, MA)—although those wishing to sip wine amid the literary socializing will need to defray costs by ponying up a bit at the store’s newly installed cash bar. Lenox’s widely admired bookstore is run by Matthew Tannenbaum, frequent on-air book reviewer for WAMC-FM’s The Roundtable and author of My Years at the Gotham Book Mart with Frances Steloff, who has demonstrated over the years a knack for attracting reliably interesting guest authors.

And the foregoing paragraphs only cover the first half of October. (Whew!) I’ll have more to report later this month, but that’s enough for now.

So long, Glenn

Before he was Otto, the manic interior designer in Beetlejuice…before he was Senator Nado in Tim Burton’s re-make of Planet of the ApesGlenn Shadix was an aspiring actor and a friend of mine down in Alabama. I’ve written about Glenn twice in this blog, first when I provided artwork for his blog and again when he posted a heartfelt YouTube video recounting the horrors of aversion therapy "cures" for his gayness that he was forced to undergo as a teenager.

Glenn died unexpectedly from a fall on September 7. As a character actor and late-blooming blogger he had bonded with a host of movie and TV fans during his 52 years.

His memorial service in Birmingham, I’m told by a mutual friend who was there, ended with a sing-along of the song "Day Oh." Moviegoers who remain familiar with Beetlejuice (or who take a look at this video clip) will appreciate the appropriateness of that touch.

Memorial tributes to Glenn have been posted on his web site’s home page.

Above: Glenn, (on the left in the inset photo) is captured playing Emory in an early-1970s Birmingham Festival Theatre production of The Boys in the Band. (The fellow seen on the right, by the way, is Don Higdon, who played Michael in the production and with whom I was partnered during that youthful period of my life.)

About Howard

I'm a cartoonist and writer, best known for my graphic novel, Stuck Rubber Baby, and my comic strip from the 1980s, Wendel.
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One Response to Pittsfield, NYC, North Adams & Lenox

  1. Laurent says:

    Eddie is reminiscent to me of Harlan Ellison writing in a bookstore for a publicity stunt…