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people's procession
The honorable Barrister John Cooke (reincarnated as those who struggle for social justice such as Frederick Douglas and Barack Obama), and his kindred spirit, Mahatma Gandhi will be at the people's procession to help remind us all, that we are a nation of Laws, not men, and that our Constitutional Democracy is merely testing us with the recurrent challenge of shallow bratty boy in power.

Of course the other puppets hate missing out, so come by the bike house and pick up your favorite alter ego.
2017-01-20 jamie thomson

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cool video for inspiration.
https://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid3389842829001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvb_NGE~,DMkZt2E6wO0t2IYdM7Od5C9sGUvvs1N3&bctid=5259868154001&secureConnections=true&secureHTMLConnections=true&autoStart=false&width=500&height=281

puppet power

jamie
2016-12-30 jamie thomson

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Javalina 2017
I'm in for something conceptual because I can't construct something out of papier mache.

Giant yoga ball with javalina face? [Bouncy bouncy bouncy down broadway.]

Fireworks (representing the U.S. military industrial complex) then a "refugee relief" package of javalina cookies by parachute?

Something related to the communion, i.e. something multi-relgio-socio-political? [Give us this day our daily javalina.]

Andrew
2016-12-20 Andrew Tegarden

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Javalina 2017
Saskia and I will be there. We're coming into town on the probably late on the 30th, staying until the 2nd (Bikehouse loft?)

What about javalina construction? What about theme? A javalina with a toupée is easy, but maybe too easy. Any other ideas? Saskia and I have both been concerned that the last few times was a little too violent. Can we tone that down somehow? Last logistical question: lights. How are we going to light it this year? Related to that is sound: anyone want to blast some sound?


Saskia and I want to make a bunch of javalina cookies, too (we have a javalina cookie-cutter). We can have those wrapped up and can give them out at the drop. We'll probably have those prepared before we even come to Silver.

I should be fully available to help construct/set-up/drop on the 31st, if need be.

Best regards,
Andrew




2016-12-20 Andrew Tegarden

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toad javalina new year's drop
Howdy all, Richard has talked to the toad is game for another drop. Also, Jim McIntaush would like to have puppets for his inaguration parade. I think this is a great opportunity to get two face and fat cat back on the street. We might also talk Einstein and some other notable scientists to also participate. We are meeting on Sundays to talk about possibilities. Thanks all. jamie
2016-12-14 jamie thomson

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Giant "The Rule of Law" Anti-Trumppet?
Puppeteers--this from Jim McIntaush......

Good evening, good people--

Years ago, when I was living in Pennsylvania, the KKK secured a permit to march through downtown Lancaster. Rather than greet the Klan with shaking fists & loud curses, good people in my town decided to hold a Unity Celebration at a local park--shared food, rainbow flags, kids in the playground. Meanwhile, the Klan marched down a mostly empty street several blocks away, packed up their robes, & went home.

My guess is that there is already something afoot for planning an "Alternative Inauguration" on January 20 here in Silver. If there isn't, I would like to work with some friends to put together such an event. While I'm pretty good at organizing little trail races, I've never organized an event with any sort of edge; I would need assistance, insight, &--I'm embarrassed to say--help spreading the word in parts of the community I don't travel in enough. I don't want to assemble the merely-pissed-off, & I don't want our Inauguration to be a "We should have run Bernie" event either. It should be loud & proud, & kind, too: a parade of lunatic puppeteers, organic farmers, border-haters, gender benders, people who know that Black Lives Matter & have always lived like they know it, people who are afraid that in 4 unfettered years we'll scar the Good Earth for 4 generations--anyone who sees in this new administration the impossible becoming possible & fascism rising from the swamp of bad ideas, timidity, greed, & reckless disregard for truth. I'm talking about a Decent event, maybe verging on the Patriotic. It sounds a little corny, but what about a parade of people carrying flags from all the places our people came from to get here? & Pride flags, & Peace flags, & homemade flags that declare our intention to Keep the Government Off Our Bodies & Out of Our Bedrooms, that declare our solidarity with the people at Standing Rock, & the New Mexico flag in honor of our home (which in the last election didn't drink the red Kool Aid). Yeah, flags have their problems, I know--but whatever we decide, I'd like to see striking, visual evidence of our diversity, of our multifarious human beauty that marches right down the middle of the Breitbart version of America that is about to infiltrate out country.

If I'm just a little off right now, be kind to me the next time you see me, & maybe send this note back to me in a couple months. "Hey, Mac, you remember when you got so frightened & cranked up about the F Word?" (Fascism, I mean.) I'll laugh. I'll hug you in gratitude. But right now I want good people to come together in kindness & strength so we can remind ourselves, "That's not who we are."

Jim McIntosh

Did you know that Post-Truth is the Oxford English Dictionary's "word of the year"?
2016-11-20 jamie thomson

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Puppet Parade TODAY 3:30 (Sunday)
Meet near Life Quest and the Glasserie (College and Pope St.) at 3:00 today, for the Day of the Dead parade.

2016-10-30 Bill Neely

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Work Days for Day of the Dead Parade
We will be building for The Day of the Dead Parade on three Wednesdays in October, 5th, 19th, and 26th. The builds will be on the top floor above Leyba and Ingalls from 5:30 to 8PM. We will be advertising and getting some new members from the general public.

Let me know if can can come, build, and help. This is a good way to generate some enthusiasm and depth in our crazy group.
2016-09-25 Bill Neely

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next puppet build, tues 5:30
Anyone who wants to help build puppets and fix old ones for the river festival should come to the bike house on tuesday at 5:30.
thanks all, Maria and Jamie
2016-09-06 jamie thomson

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meeting today?
are we still meeting today?
2016-09-06 jamie thomson

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River Festival Parade
Puppeteers! It looks like it is time again to put on our fish heads and flippers. Maria is working with the Aldo kiddos, Genevieve is working on the roller derby and I am running around trying my best to just look busy. Plan is to have a meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 at the puppet loft to assess resources and make a plan.


2016-09-02 jamie thomson

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cdt trail days parade with average cadaver
Howdy all and sorry for the late notice.

The CDT trail days people want to do a small parade that include puppets and the average cadaver band. Anybody know roller derby people who might wanna skate the gila, that day?

The puppet loft is open for any hiker or trail enthusiast to get their "puppet on" before the mass lift off. The parade is Sat, April 16, (at 3 pm I think). This may be an opportunity to begin working with a local band in parading. I'll post more accurate details once I hear back from the co-ordinator. We have access to a giant einstein too, from Ann Marie, if anyone wants to go that route. Not sure of how it is rigged, but he prolly looks pretty cool and may kinda look like a hirstute sanders.

jamie

2016-04-11 jamie thomson

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Weird movie pick
The movie 'Frank' features a character in a puppet head leading a fringe band to near stardom. Most of the players have some significant mental health issues, so I thought we all could relate. We enjoyed it.
Bill
2016-02-02 Bill Neely

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Video footage surfaces of flying Javelina
A mysterious stranger captured this footage of an incident involving a javelina, some coyotes and a raucous crowd that took place on December 31, 2015:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoforTBgF2Q
Enjoy!
Saskia
2016-01-19 Saskia

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The 2015/16 Javalina Dropping Show!
What do you all think?

The Javalina Dropping Show!

Starring:
Various puppets (Patrick and Jamie)
2015 Javalina (Patrick and Jamie)
2016 Javalina
Civilized Surgeons (Bill and Cindy)
Wild Hungry Coyotes (Saskia, Andrew)
Bystander (Richard or Amber)



Hungry Coyotes pace the Toad.

Choose your own adventure:

1. Sacrifice:
There’s a disturbance in the forest. At the Nature Council Meeting, the animals and forest spirits have decided that one amongst them must be sacrificed at the altar of Humanity so that balance can once again be restored.

The coyotes, outcasts of both the forest and the city, smell opportunity. Whatever happens, they want to “get there’s.” They crash the band stand to announcement that if there is any cairn, or anyone really old or young or drunkenly week, you should “keep your paws off” because it’s there’s.

Different animals peer over the parapet and the crowd says “No” until the Javalina appears. The 2015 Javalina jumps. While the coyotes keep the crowd away from their cairn, a bystander yells, “Is there a doctor in the house?” The doctors perform a cicerian on the 2015 Javalina and save the 2016 Javalina, then the Coyotes carry off the 2015 Javalina.

OR

2. The Wild Versus the Civilized:
The coyotes announce that whatever this year’s cairn, be it the really old, the really young, or the really drunk and ready for the plucking, that it’s rightfully their’s, the wild ones, that you from so-called civilized society, with your science and medicine, need to back off. They sniff the air, smell opportunity, and run outside.

The 2015 Javalina jumps. While the coyotes keep the crowd away from their cairn, a bystander yells, “Is there a doctor in the house?” The doctors perform a cicerian on the 2015 Javalina and save the 2016 Javalina, then the Coyotes carry off the 2015 Javalina.

2015-12-31 Andrew Tegarden

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dropping of the javalina
Puppeteers! Thanks to Patric and Richard for taking the Javalina by the tusks, 2015 has been built and a glassy-eyed 2016 is nicely comported in his belly. We still need to paint, glue bristly hair, and concoct story line. Some are in the camp of Trumpavilina "making javalina (natso) great again", while others are mildly offering the "asylum seeking muslim baby jesus pork" theme....(pretty sure we piss off everyone but the buddhists with that one). Andrew and Saskia will be in town on Tues. so I was thinking wen. afternoon might be a good time to do the final touches and make a game plan. Ideas? Sparklers? Bristly hair? Lighting? Reflectors? Beedy LED eyes?

2015-12-27 jamie thomson

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Puppet Concept
I like the 'Bring Back 2015' idea, but it would be better from the Toad, and perhaps simpler, like not hoisting it on ropes. Just signs and cheering crowds, appearance of the Frankenlina,..gasp gasp. And the launch.

2015-12-08 Bill Neely

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Dropping of the Javelina idea
Hi puppet buddies,
I have an idea for this year's Dropping of the Javelina inspired by Monsoon Puppets Maine Satellite Office manager Andrea. The idea is "Make Javelina (natso) Great Again," which is a spin off of a certain presidential candidate's campaign slogan.

Draft storyline:
1. The people (ourselves and some innocent bystanders) try to resurrect the old years javelina from the ditch and bring it back for 2016. Maybe some people are waving signs with slogans about bringing back 2015/dissing 2016. The 2015 Javelina is hoisted up to the broadway bridge on a rope.
2. Once the people get the javelina, they realize that it is a frankenstein javelina, a zombie monstrosity! We can't (and wouldn't want to) bring back the past. There are lots of things that were good about 2015, but also many things that were not so good. The people realize they need to find their own way forward, not try to resurrect the past. So the people throw the javelina back in the ditch at the stroke of midnight, as bystanders count down to 2016.
3.Then, all of a sudden the 2016 baby Javelina flys out of the ditch and into the arms of a puppeteer with good hand-eye coordination, like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Hooray!

Any thoughts on this idea? Andrew and I can work on some stuff from afar, and will be in Silver for the 2 days leading up to new year's to help with finishing touches.

Saskia
2015-12-08 Saskia

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Day of the Dead Parade
The parade is today, Sunday. We will meet at Lifequest, on the corner of Pope and College at 3PM.

See you there!
2015-11-01 Bill Neely

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Day of the Dead
We will be building skull heads and puppets for the Day of the Dead Parade.

We are meeting Wednesdays from 6-8 above Leyba and Ingalls art store all through October.

There are materials and 'expertise' so everyone is welcome to come and hone your skills, or begin new ones. Join the fun.

Thanks everyone for the parade and play during the River Festival. Our play seemed more understandable to the general public than usual. I think that is a good thing.
2015-10-01 Bill Neely

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day of the dead
we will be doing puppet workshops every wen. until the day of the dead upstairs at layba and engles, from 6 to 8. What do people think about doing it at night? Anyone wanna help?

We can supplement that with puppet studio time if needed.

jamie
2015-09-30 jamie thomson

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Gila River Parade and Performance
Come down to Bikeworks on Saturday at 3PM (College and Bullard). We will have a short build for the kids and then a usual famous parade.

The puppets were filmed at the University yesterday, and we will have a show and a little performance on Yankie (at Texas) for the street dance. "Monsoon Puppets The Movie", will be projected on the back side of the Murray Hotel. We need people to carry puppets too.


2015-09-24 Bill Neely

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gila diversion interpretive dance
Gila River Diversion Interpretive Dance

Characters by order of appearance (Introduced by MC):

• Healthy gila ecosystem/economy (fish, coyote, deer, farmer, taxpayers, little girl, otter, beaver, fox)

• Fat cat: Special interest for water diversion

• Construction worker: contractor for the diversion

• Lawyers for and against the diversion

• Ecosystem disturbance (zombie squirrel, turtle, bear, snake, deer)

Background projected onto the Murray (in 3 registers):

Register 1: Creatures of the Gila, Farmers, taxpayers, giant little girl, etc dancing across stage

Register 2:Construction of diversion lawyers arguing. Zombies taking money from taxpayer and flushing it down the diversion

Register 3: Zombie animals buried by alternative to diversions.

___________________________________________________________________________________________

Scene 1: Irish fiddle music….enter stage elements of health ecosystem/economy: free form dance healthy ecosystem, happy farmer, grudgingly content taxpayers.

Scene 2: Enter Fat Cat and his constrution/legal team. Money, Money, Money

Fat Cat comes in directs construction worker where to start diversion. Every time construction worker strikes the ground or adds to the diversion, a zombie drops its sheet and becomes animate. As zombies enter the stage, healthy ecosystem/economy, departs.

At completion, construction worker “tests” the system by dropping money down the hole. Satisfied, the lawyers begin arguing. At each point and counterpoint, zombies waltz over to the taxpayers for money and flushes it into the diversion. requium
For economy.
Scene 3 At punk song, taxpayers run out of money and in frustration, bang cat over the head. Confusion and revolt. He falls down with legs flaying like an overturned and helpless turtle. He has to be righted by little girl and healthy animals who also close diversion pipe and then knock it over.

Healthy animals then bury the zombie animals with screens of the diversion alternatives

Irish dance music healthy ecosystem, economy. Taxpayers jig.

Need:
Legal scrolls
Construction outfit.
Farmer outfit.
Sheets with alternatives painted on it.

2015-09-21 jamie thomson

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River festival video and parade
Gila River Interpretive Dance (outline-first stab)

Stage: Calm river scene

Creatures of the gila, Farmers, taxpayers, little girl, etc dance Irish fiddle music...

Enter Fat Cat and crew of hard hats

Cat and hat River Dances, with creatures but begins taking money from regular folks and uses it to herd healthy creatures out to corner stage and zombies creatures in.

At climax music goes non-rhythmic, grating, mechanical….maybe tom waits-ey…..

Zombie creature dance gets frenzied…..battle dances with Lawyers…money goes in pipe or toilet?

In the swirling confusions of lawyers, empty pocketed tax payers, and zombies, fat cat falls down, and flays legs like upturned turtle. Crew deserts him.

Zombie turtle, dinosaur, call to Giant little girl who together helps cat upright; sees error of his ways/realizes his mistake apologizes and welcomes the healthy river creatures back. Transition to healthy river…..taxpayers have money….Irish fiddle music and drums


We need to start plugging people in to roles. Zombies are getting done, some of the healthy creatures need some work. Need giant toilet?


Comments? Please distribute to folks who want to participate.
2015-09-10 jamie thomson

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Puppet show tomorrow
Inspiration from a fellow puppeteer is coming to Silver City tomorrow:

Where: The House of What's Happening

When: 8-8:30 pm

What:
Puppeteer, Rae Anna Hample combines puppetry, performance, and stop-action animation to tell stories of the West. Her shadow puppet show, Cowgirl: A Western, tells the tale of a young cowgirl who falls in love with her horse.
Rae Anna is a member of the Hag Society, an arts collective based in Brooklyn, New York, and she has toured the United States by bicycle as a puppeteer with the Petal Puppets. She currently resides in Marfa, Texas.
2015-08-12 Saskia

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Ideas for upcoming parades
Howdy, fellow puppeteers!
Patrick, Jamie and I just had a mega productive puppet jam - it was supposed to be a build but we just ended up honing our ideas about what to build. I wanted to share our ideas with all of you, both for Day of the Dead and Gila River Festival. Also a heads up that we may start building some stuff on Friday, if I can get materials. If we are going to build, I’ll send out a note tomorrow. - Saskia

Day of the Dead ideas

- Central element can be the ofrenda and giant flying skeleton puppet, which can be combined using the coyote cart. We’ll decorate the cart with paper marigolds and strings of flags to make it fun and colorful. We can build a beautiful ofrenda table on the cart platform, and invite community members to bring pictures and mementos of loved ones to put on the ofrenda. The ribs of the coyote can stay on the upper part of the cart as the skeleton’s ribs. The skeleton arms and legs can be attached to the corners of the cart, and the skull can be held out front. Patrick will repaint the skull to be a giant sugar skull. So the whole thing will be like a bright, beautiful skeleton puppet ofrenda. It will require at least 6 people to puppeteer but it should look really cool!

- We were thinking about easy things to do at the community workshops at Leyba and Ingalls, and decided we should definitely have community members make tons of paper marigolds and chains of tissue paper flags to decorate everything with. Patrick will talk to Diana about getting materials for this.

- In general we’re thinking bright, beautiful, and celebratory atmosphere for this parade.

Gila River Festival ideas

- Patrick, Saskia and Jamie will build a wheelchair for the Fat Cat. It’s a solution to him being kind of impossible to carry right now, and there is also some symbolism there. Fat Cat is like a foolish King Midas who blindly seeks profit and in the end is crippled by his own greed. Plus we can use the chair to move other unwieldy puppets (I’m thinking Abraham Vulture) in future parades.

- Patrick will repaint some puppets to zombify them.

- Anyone who sees Buck will encourage him and his zombies to make an appearance at the parade or video event.

- Saskia will whitewash the kids fish costumes from last year so they can be re-painted at Red Hot Children’s Fiesta.

2015-08-11 Saskia

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Gila River Parade
Hey everyone,

So, what did we talk about at the Gila River Festival meeting last Thursday?

Well, I’ll tell you.

Peter Bill is bringing his 4D class on Wednesday, August 26th. Every Wednesday starting the 26th until Gila River Festival, his class will be coming to the puppet loft for workshops. Peter needs something to start with before then.

What we came up with so far is a theme, and a few puppet ideas that would choreograph well. The theme is something like Zombie River Dance, or River Dance of the Dead. A main idea is Irish-style river dance with rigid torsos and feets a-fire. We were talking about river animal skulls or river animal ghoul heads on sticks or operated by hand (as opposed to Disney-like heads you wear like giant masks on your head), and ghoul hands/feet operated by the puppeteer’s other hand. So those characters would make up the main river dancers.

We also talked about some main characters: a human (human skeleton?) and a skeleton bird and/or a skeleton/ghoulish bat. I’ll take on the bird/bat from Alpine…. We also have several human puppets already built, one of which is a giant skeleton cyclists, so I think we got that one covered.

That’s it.

Best regards,
Andrew
2015-08-09 Bill Neely

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Puppet meeting Thursday, August 6
Let's build some puppets! Starting 5:30 P.M. August 6 in the puppet loft. Bring your puppet ideas inspiration for the Gila River Festival, Day of the Dead Parade, or both!

Saskia
2015-08-02 Saskia

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Puppet meeting Thursday at 5:30
Hi puppeteers,
It looks like Thursday will work for Patrick, Claire, Bill, Cindy, Jamie (will have to leave early), Andrew and me to meet about the Gila River Festival and Day of the Dead parades. Yay!

So Thursday July 23, 5:30 pm at the puppet loft (1401 Georgia) it is. Bring your inspiration and your favorite sock puppet.

See you there!
Saskia

2015-07-21 Saskia

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Upcoming puppet events - planning time!
Hi fellow puppeteers,
So we have been invited to do a parade on two occasions in the fall:

1. Gila River Festival, Sept 26.
Times: Mask making and face painting from 3:00-4:00, parade starts at 4:00.
Route: Bikeworks Branch (College and Bullard) down Bullard to Yankie Street.
Details: Dave/Bikeworks have agreed to join the parade. GRIP will make arrangements for live music in the parade or a sound system for the coyote cart, and will provide paint brushes and elastic bands for the mask making. They will also do all of the advertising - we just need to show up with puppets and blank masks at 3:00. They asked if anyone wants to organize a play, I told them we'd discuss it.

2. Day of the Dead, Oct 31 or Nov 1
Times and Route t.b.d.
Details: Diana Ingalls Leyba suggested reviving this parade and will be taking a big role in organizing. She would like for us to do some community puppet builds leading up to the parade, and has offered us the space above her gallery for us to use for builds. This parade would involve building some new puppets and an ofrenda and patching up some old puppets that are looking scruffy. Andrew, Patrick and I will be out of pocket at the beginning of October, so some advanced planning and building will be important.

Let's meet to make a game plan for these parades! Potential meeting dates (these are the days Andrew and I are available the coming week):
Monday 7/20
Thursday 7/23
Saturday 7/25
Sunday 7/26

Let us know if/when you're available.
Saskia
2015-07-17 Saskia

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really Chocolate Fantasia
So, as per what usually happens, I've been contacted several more times by Maureen with Chocolate Fantasia. They say they'll now donate to Monsoon Puppets a whopping $100 if we participate. They need to know soon if we're to be in the publicity.

What's it going to be?

Just FYI, there's a flash mob being put together by other folks that might be an easy way to participate. I'm thinking stilts. Jamie? All we have to do is show up. My sources will let me know when the time is that Saturday.

Anybody else? Anyone at all?

Jamie, let Richard know, too.

So I'm calling Maureen and telling her someone, at least, with a puppet and or stilts, will be there. It might just be me, and it might not be me at all.

Andrew
2015-01-30 Andrew Tegarden

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Chocolate Fantasia
Anybody want to call Maurleen with MRAC? 956-3053. She called me about Chocolate Fantasia on Saturday, Feb. 7.

I'm at a bit of a loss myself about what to do about CF. I will carefully abstain from making a decision about whether or not to participate, or make comment on said event. It would not be prudent on my behalf.

What does everyone think about this event? Do you want to do it?

Regards,
Andrew
2015-01-11 Andrew Tegarden

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Thursday Dropping of the Jav
Hey everybody,

I'm going to go up to the puppet loft on Thursday, like Thursday early afternoon, and get started on a javalina. What if we say we do a little talky talky about ideas for the event at

5:00 p.m.?

So we got disinformation (Sam, Patrick...you're on it)

We got pagan ritual.

We got big and round.

Heres a few ideas: crown of sparklers, pink tutu, torture report, god in a flowing white robe and beard, borg javalina, with wings.

See you soon,
Andrew
2014-12-09 Andrew Tegarden

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Dropping of the Javalina
Hey everyone!

I got the "email to all puppeteers" thing to work this time! Yeah!

(Bill, it's a Firefox issue--no puedo on 33.1)

Let's get together this WEDNESDAY, 7:00 P.M., at the puppet loft to talk about the dropping of the javalina. What do you say?

So, the javalina from last year is no more. There was a, uh, accident. So we'll have to make a new one.

See you then,
Andrew
2014-11-30 Andrew Tegarden

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Test of email all puppeteers
I think this works.
2014-10-23 Andrew Tegarden

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puppet note
Just a reminder of a puppet build Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30
2014-09-15 Bill Neely

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I need some advice, yo
Aloha my puppeteering pals,

I have loved seeing all y'alls pictures of various ventures since I've moved to Kauai. I've done my best to spread the gospel of puppet on this island, to, eh, mixed success, which is why I'm writing.

I managed to land a contract with Hawaii Children's Theatre, building some puppets for Shrek, including a twelve foot tall dragon. However, due to, um, lets call them "creative differences", (they were treating me like SHIT) I decided it would be prudent to leave the project. However, how do I ensure that I get paid? What is the protocol for this? I mean, it was a six month contract and I did four months of work. The main reason I left is because they approved my designs several times, and then waited till the damn things were either almost done or completely done and approved to turn around and say "Well, um, we changed our minds, and now we want you to completely start from scratch and do it again." Unacceptable, right? I mean, I ain't no diva, but I ain't a chump neither. What do I do if they refuse to pay me? How do I bring someone to small claims court? Should I start building a paperwork file, and taking pictures of the puppets for evidence? I mean I already told them off, as nicely as I possibly could, so that's done, but I don't know what th enext step is. Any advice from people with experience in this area, and even just in regular old 1099 contracting (cuz that's what this is. I'll have to pay taxes on this at the end of hte year, and it'd be nice if I got paid on it first) would be really much appreciated. Oh and itw as going to be such a fantastic puppet too, you guys. It had movable eyes, movable mouth, movable head, I even figured out how to make thgoddamn thing undulate. Sigh. I feel like I'm abandoning a puppy. A twelve foot, kind of ugly, tie-dyed pink puppy. Please help.

Andrea
2014-08-05 Andrea Simoneau

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Gila River Fest - meet and plan soon?
Hi fellow puppeteers,

How about a meeting to start planning for the Gila River Festival? I was thinking maybe Monday, Aug. 11th, 6:30 at the puppet loft. Who's in?

Saskia
2014-08-03 Saskia

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Pinata Round 2
I'm going to work on the pinata tomorrow afternoon Tuesday, maybe into the evening. I'll probably be over there by 2:00. Anyone want to hang out, make this pinata thing? Sure could use the help.

Your's truly,
Andrew
2014-04-28 Andrew Tegarden

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Pinata session Friday 18th
Howdy yall,

Working on the pinata tomorrow, oh say from about 3 on to 7 or 8 dinner time, over at the puppet loft. Anybody want to hang out and goof around?

Best regards,
Andrew
2014-04-17 Andrew Tegarden

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Monsoon pinata
hi-Hi hi,

First, everyone knows about the Ditch Witching today right? PA creek 9-3.

Also, I'm going to start in on a pinata for this wedding thing that's coming up in May this Thursday afternoon. Anyone want to help? I could really use the help. I'll be over at the studio from, oh, 3 o'clock on.

Regards,
Andrew
2014-04-02 Andrew Tegarden

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Gila River Fest idea from Frances Trotta
Copied from an email I got:

---- On Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:12:46 -0800 Frances Trotta wrote ----

hi Andrew,

are you still doing the monsoon puppet thing...and if yes will you be involved in the Gila river fest? I have been asked over the years to get involved through a performance/play/skit but have always been in Canada or just returning (by days) and so never have done so. anyway, I wrote, essentially a SKIT...which can be performed in 15 minutes. I envision it being done pre-talk of whatever day it works for on the events calendar. it requires on set piece, a tree.

also...I would be delighted to cast from the participants of the festival..or any other willing victims. two men and two women are required. it’s a very light tailor made skit, just for the fest and could be done without serious skills. let me know if this is something for you (or someone you might know)


thanks,

frances

Hope everyone is well,
Andrew
2014-02-24 Andrew Tegarden

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C. Fantasia
Okay, so,

I will try try try to take a lunch break from 1:00 to about 1:30/2:00. Jamie said he was good then, too. I won't have time to help load any puppets. I could run the Giant Baby Chimpanzee, or the Dead Cyclist, or something else--whatever. The Dead Cyclist actually needs a little bit of work. I might be able to tack things together right there on the Cyclist. Na...can someone just bring the chimpanzee for me?

Is anybody else coming?

Meet at the Curious Kumquat parking lot.

And yes, we need to talk about this Chocolate Fantasia thing...

Best regards,
Andrew
2014-02-08 Andrew Tegarden

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Chocolate Fantasia
Hi everyone,

What's the go time for Chocolate Fantasia on Saturday?

Anybody want to meet sometime this week to talk it over? How's 6:00 on Thursday?

FYI: I'm working at the bikeshop on Saturday, but I can take a break to run a puppet.

MRAC really wants us to come do something. Not a parade, necessarily, just something, anything, and they've actually been contacting me a lot, too (and not just Faye).

Here's a few emails that Faye has sent me recently:


"So Andrew - did you decide on a stipend that would help out th Monsoon Puppets and thank them for participating in Chocolate Fantasia? I would like to get it to you by Saturday if at all possible.


Yes, I realize that these things take time, effort and supplies and we do want to support your efforts as well. MRAC always believes in supporting those who support us, but sometimes we have to be creative. Perhaps we could pay the Puppet Theatre a stipend for your participation. If so, how would you value that for this year?

Are there other things you need that we might be able to help with? Would it help to have a link to your website from ours...things like that? Are you a 501(c)3? If not, do you have a way to collect donations? Perhaps we could explore fiscal sponsorship? Just trying to brainstorm a bit."

Any thoughts?

Best regards,
Andrew


2014-02-04 Andrew Tegarden

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Chocolate Fantasia
I got discouraged last year after all the work and the rain. Feb 8th is just to early. Mardi Gras is March 4th this year...
2014-01-13 Bill Neely

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Chocolate Phantasmagoria
Hey everyone,

I'm getting a steady stream of invitations now from MRAC about Chocolate Fantasia. Guess it's that time of year.

Feb. 8, 10-4, and awards are at 4:30 at q's.

Patrick: Coyote?

I have to work that Saturday at the bike shop...

The theme is "once upon a chocolate" so it's fairy tales. They aren't pushing for a parade, just a presence, like last year.

You know, I like roofs. What if we put a whole bunch of puppets on all these different roofs and then they do something? See, and we're back to Santa Claus. I'm telling you, it's all about Santa Claus. Anyways, I'm low key on this one--I won't be putting in a lot time.

Best regards,
Andrew
2014-01-12 Andrew Tegarden

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Little Toad Incident
Here is a link to a short movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqBPZeR94L0
2014-01-02 Bill Neely

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Little Toad Incident
Our tradition will continue tomorrow night when another puppet Javalina will drop 3 stories from the Little Toad shortly after midnight.

Aliens will be the antagonists. After spending the past year probing the luckless beast ID# 2013, they discard it over the edge of the Little Toad at 12:05 or there about. Numerous 'Men and Women in Black' will be dispersed through the revelers at the Toad, and will assist with crowd influencing and extraction of Javalina #2014 from the fallen beast.

We are trucking materials to the Toad tomorrow(Dec 31st) at 4PM and a meeting back at the puppet loft will follow at 5PM, to crystalize our usual split second choreography and timing.

2013-12-30 Bill Neely

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Baby Javalina
So...I didn't have time to paint the baby javalina before we left. Patrick, Jamie, what has become of it?

Maria, do you want to paint it?

If someone dives in on painting that so it can be sealed inside the big Javalina, maybe write 2014 on it?

OR

I have an idea where we can seal it inside on the 31st, when Saskia and I get back. Plus, it would be nice put lights on the baby javalina's eyes, too, which would mean we put it inside after wiring the lights.

Anyways. What's up?!

Andrew
2013-12-27 Andrew Tegarden

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Monday 12/16 New Years Javelina Meeting
Patrick just came over to Saskia and mine's. Meeting Monday the 16th at 5:30 at the bike house to discuss the build for the New Year's celebration. That week after the meeting on Monday will be for building things and coordinating with the Little Toad. Saskia and I are out of town the week before New Year's and back New Year's Eve.

"The Dropping of the Javalina...by Aliens" is the theme.

Bill, Cindy, are you back by then? If not, how about the next night, Tuesday the 17th?

Best rearguards,
Andrew

2013-12-10 Andrew Tegarden

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I love all the ideas...perhaps a combination of a couple of the best like


laying an egg out of the Black ass of an Aardvark? it seems kinda alien and from the egg can be the new year's baby of a javalina which hatches, fortune cooky-like, once the traditional "kicker of the puppet" gets her foot stuck in the egg shell.

whatsa CREMASTER? and how do we fold that in? Remember our "brand" is to push the audience harder than they can stand.



--The Dropping of the Javalina?
--Dropping of the Cremaster?
--The Hatching of the Aardvark?
--The Tossing of Sinterklaas by Black Pete?
--The Kissing of the Asses?
--The Landing of the Aliens?
--The Showering of Fortune Cookies?
--The Exploding of the Comedian?
2013-12-05 jamie thomson

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New Years
Hi ya hi ya!

Let's get going on a New Years thing to be performed at the Buckhorn. Ideas?

--The Dropping of the Javalina?
--Dropping of the Cremaster?
--The Hatching of the Aardvark?
--The Tossing of Sinterklaas by Black Pete?
--The Kissing of the Asses?
--The Landing of the Aliens?
--The Showering of Fortune Cookies?
--The Exploding of the Comedian?

I was reading about this thing people do with melted led that they then put in water and the resulting shape tells them their new year's fortune. There's another one where all the lights go out and everyone closes there eyes, then they open them for the "new light" of the new year. A lot of cultures employ a comedian as a sort of MC for festivities, too. There's another one where you wear red underwear. There's even another one where men dress as women to represent the "widow" of the old year.

I'm going to try to make it to the studio next Tuesday (I have all day off) and get cracking at something. Anybody want to join?

Best regards,
Andrew
2013-12-05 Andrew Tegarden

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Monsoon Puppets on the road
Hello puppet friends!

At our last parade, the arts and crafts teacher at the Deming high school (Mona) was very amazed by our giant puppets and now she really wants us to come to Deming and do a workshop with one or more of her classes (she has 5 classes total). I said I'd ask if any of you guys are interested (I think it would be fun). Here's what she's asking:

- Puppet building workshops for 1-5 of her arts and crafts classes, possibly during the week of Oct. 21 or 28

- Each class is 50 mins, but the students will have a week or two to work on their puppets after the workshop. Our role would be to introduce our top-secret technique.

- She will pay for gas and any materials we need.

- If we want additional compensation we should make her an offer. Last year Fine Art Fridays paid Andrew and Jamie about $75 each per session

Are any of you interested in helping with a workshop or two? I think it would be fun, but can't do 5 sessions... Let me know if you want to help out!

Saskia

2013-10-05 Saskia

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Goathead Strikes Back--Last Draft (9/16/13)
Gila River Wars: The Goathead Strikes Back
By Monsoon Puppet Theater,
Silver City, NM
(www.monsoonpuppets.com)

Characters:

Narrator
Coyote the Elder
Goathead
A man and woman
Two children
Stagehand
Jayden the scrub jay
Coyote puppies
Monsoon
Coyote the Younger
Giant Coyote
Animals
Diversion
Western Garter Snake

Scene one:

Welcome, welcome, ladies, ladies and gentlemen, gentlemen. Boys, girls, dogs, cats, babies, and bacteria (waves at the bacteria). Hi bacteria. We present to you a modest little tale—well, more than just one tail, there’s like 8 or 9 tails (‘cuz there’s coyotes…a-ha ha)—no, a story…from a long time ago, in a place far far…uh too close. It is: GILA RIVER WARS: THE GOATHEAD STRIKES BACK! (^duhn duhn!^)

Juke Skylarker, intrepid beaver from the Gila system, is now back at home, in his native habitat. Last episode, Poo Vatter, his father and the former lord of the beavers, had been defeated. Juke stopped him from completing the Death Dam—a dam designed to be so diabolical as to hold back and control all the waters of the universe.

We join today’s story in another corner of the Gila system, deep in the wilderness. It is a paradise where there is no obsessive fear of death, where things just are. There’s grass, there’s trees, there’s sky above, there’s backdrops to hide backstage areas, there’s even snickering audiences. Everything here accepts the natural cycles of things. It is here, too, we find a toothless old coyote and a goathead plant with many flowers. (Enter the goathead and Coyote the Elder.)

A woman, a man, and two children are out on a hike . (Enter the man, the women, and the children.) They dally to and fro, they skip, they climb a tree, they splash in some water, they do a cartwheels, they do a back flip…and they go to smell the flowers of field. …And the old coyote chuckles… (The man and women smell the flowers of the goathead.) Then, suddenly, the goathead pokes one of them, and says...

[Goathead]: “Beware, the dangerous world. ” (Another poke.)

[Man]: “What? Dangerous?”

[Woman]: “Hey…..ouch!”

[Goathead]: “Sure, listen to the news. You are surrounded by people who want to hurt you.” (poke poke)

[Woman]: “What? Hurt us? Ouch!”

[Goathead]: “And look at those wrinkles and old shoes? No one will pay attention to you if you don’t look like you are twenty or look like you have money.” (poke, poke)

[Man]: “Oh ouch, we better get a face lift, or buy wrinkle cream.

[Woman]: “Maybe get a fancy new car.

And so, what could they do? The man and woman had to put on adornments of youth, because at least these sorts of things were easy to do. (The women puts on a boob job, the man gets a muscle car.) …And the old coyote chuckles…

But the goathead does stop there…

[Goathead]: “If you are not careful people will kidnap and torture your children.” (poke)

[Man]: “No and ouch, how can we protect our darling precious children?”

[Goathead]: (with the booming voice of authority) “May I suggest this? (The goathead drops and kicks a roll of Charmin toilet paper towards the adults.) “This tissue is quilted super soft and is very absorbent.

(The adults wrap the children in tissue. They sit off to the side and sulk.)

[Children]: “We can’t move and we are sooo thirsty!”

(The goathead goes around the stage poking things, and becomes more and more animated with every poke. The stagehand rotates elements of the set so that their green fronts are turned around to show only their black and brown backs.)


The goathead is running amok, stopping every so often to belt a few evil laughs. He kicks sand at the parents, and thumbs his nose at the children. The goathead gets more and more carried way with himself, and doesn’t notice the old coyote going up to the children.

(The goathead, making excite motions, wanders off stage. Coyote the Elder goes up to the children and entertains them—and the audience—with funny gestures. He pulls out a sock puppet to entertain them, too. The children laugh.)

Yes, there are now withering crops; it is the wasteland of dry, parched soil where even the crickets can’t chirp…. But, as the coyote shows, there is always a role to play…

(The man and woman stand back up, and go over to the children.
…And the old coyote chuckles, and says…

[Coyote the Elder]: (To the man and woman.) “Poor souls. You thirst and yet choose to obsess on the desiccation of fear—that dehydrating pursuit of status with its adolescent simplicities of dogma. (Enter Jayden, who modern-dance-walks onto stage, but remains in the background.) Don’t you see? When we cocoon ourselves from life’s full experiences and ignore the sublime beauty of cycles—those recurrences that demand failure as a prerequisite of life—we become dry, brittle creatures in a sterile and lifeless world.”

(Enter the goathead, who does his thing as he enter, but remain in the background, opposite Jayden.)

The woman and man, now invested in fear, become enraged at these words. (They take Coyote the Elder behind a set piece, and attack him.) And in an expression of supreme loving kindness…as well as with a little chuckle…the elder coyote accepts the pain and says…

[Coyote the Elder]: “I suffer, and yet look….in my pain, is the sacred face of the divine, and of grace…and of silliness.”

The coyote is torn to pieces. (Confetti, tubing, pages of the script, strips of cardboard, a bottle of ketchup—get thrown up into the air and onto center stage.)

As the dust settles, the woman and man’s brows are still squenched, their fists are still tight, their tongues still poked out and rolled… they approach the goathead, and fall to their knees. The goathead has them kiss his feet, then pokes them to leave his presence. (Man and woman exit. The goathead dances his happy dance, and exits as well.)

Jayden the scrub jay begins to dance. See darts amongst the debris and squawks musically in her turns. Then Jayden glides behind the mountain and returns with several coyote puppies. The coyote puppies are somewhat oblivious in their innocence. They frolic and whine…and chuckle. Jayden gathers them together and says,

[Jayden]: “Go, pick up the pieces and bury them in the fields”.

And of course, there’s no better job to give a coyote puppy than digging holes. So they playfully go about taking the pieces and burying them throughout the land. One of the coyote puppies doesn’t listen to instructions very well, and buries one of the pieces in…the sky! (Exit Jayden and coyote puppies.) From where she buried a piece in the sky, clouds begin to build and suddenly, a monsoon rain comes out of the clouds!

(Enter the Monsoon, who strolls about the stage, then exits. The stagehand places out objects.)

New green growth and interesting objects starts to sprout from where the pieces where buried. Things begin to green again. (The stagehand flip the stage elements around to their green sides.) The toilet paper holding the children becomes soaked and soggy. They start to wiggle and squirm. They break out of their toilet paper cocoons and rejoice…they run around picking up watermelons and books and paint brushes.

[Children]: “The monsoons are back, finally, we can play!” (The children play around as they exit.)

(A set piece falls over, and we see Coyote the Younger has been listening and watching the whole time. He startles, and exits.)

Scene two.

(Drumming. Then music of the Giant Coyote. The Giant Coyote rolls down the street behind the audience. Music fades.)

The earth is green again! The lush grasses and weeds have returned. Farms and gardens are bountiful, and the people of the city have warm, rosy cheeks and are without thirst. All the creatures of the land sing hymns to the way of things.

(Enter animals. The animals dance, then exit. Enter the goathead.)

The goathead, too, has been rejoicing all the while—but out of pride of his own pokeyness.

(Enter Coyote the Younger, who stays in the background.)

And the goathead says…

[Goathead]: (To the audience.) “Oh the mass murders, oh the drones and the eavesdroppers, oh the terrorists and non-believers. That old coyote was killed by those you fear most: aliens and non-believers. Oh this and oh that.” (Goathead exits.)

The goathead just can’t help himself! Ah, and what do we have here? Another coyote. Come on up here. Don’t be shy. (Coyote the Younger, shy at first, really starts to ham it up with the audience. Then he starts to try to say something, but it just comes out in barks and howls that no one can understand.) What’s that? You don’t say! (To the audience.) Can you believe that folks? What? Oh, you don’t speak animal. I’ll translate again for you. What he said was…

[Coyote the Younger]: That other coyote, I’m related to him. Come from a long line of coyotes. Yeah, happens like this again and again. Blah blah blah. Hmm… (The coyote gets an idea.) Yes….yes YES! I can be a savior, too; I have a beard and a wiry physique. And I have an idea get around the—messiness and, you know, inconvenience—of real sacrifice needed for this old story of regeneration. Oh, this is gonna be good!”

(Coyote sneaks behind a stage piece. Enter goathead, man and woman, and children. They stay towards the background and pantomime the earlier scene, including wrapping the children in toilet paper. Enter Coyote the Elder, who strolls onto stage, looking cool, about do his part once again.)

We see that, once again, history repeats itself. (The stagehand flips the green boxes over to their brown side.) Everything’s getting brown again. But don’t worry, that old coyote, he knows what he’s doing…

(Coyote the Elder is about ready to speak when Coyote the Younger jumps out and steps in to interrupt.)

[Coyote the Younger]: “Ha ha! Listen to me! I am your savior! I’m younger and more spry, but I also got the touch. Come from the same stock. Yep. And check this out….” (He winks to the audience and pulls out an Acme robotic hand.) “This is how we can get around that nasty business of full-fledged sacrifice.”

(Enter Jayden and the coyote puppies.)

[Coyote the Younger]: (To everyone.) “Just cut off my hand here and bury it, and the rain will come back and everything will be redeemed. Yep. Uh huh.”

(To the audience, Coyote the Elder just shrugs his shoulders and ambles off stage.

Jayden tries to warn the younger coyote, but to no avail. She tries to warn the man and woman, but to no avail.

(The goathead whispers to Coyote the Younger, then the Coyote the Younger puts a bag over Jayden’s head. The man and woman, they shrug, and proceed to cut the coyote’s hand off.)

The coyote puppies, remember how they like to dig holes in the field? They take the pieces of the hand and bury them.

(Jayden, in an antithesis to her earlier dance, stumbles and thrashes about, then exits. The coyote puppies exit with her. Coyote the Younger puts on the robotic hand and admires it.)

Where the pieces of the hand were buried, things begin to emerge. (Stagehand puts things out.) Only this time instead of greenery, food to eat, new ideas and creative solutions, what grows up out of the pieces are…flippant sayings and sarcastic slogans!

[Coyote the Younger]: (Brandishing his robotic hand.) “As your all powerful savior and god, tell me your problems and me and my hand will give you the solution.”

(The goathead dances a little happy dance. Coyote the Younger struts over to the toilet paper-wrapped children, his robotic hand waving around like a dictator’s.)

The robotic hand seems to be infecting the coyote’s mind! One of the children says to the coyote…

[Child]: “I can’t move and don’t feel good about myself.”

[Coyote the Younger]: (Addressing his robotic hand.) “What do you think, robotic hand?”

[Robotic hand]: “Give them video games…and sugary snacks. Great combination!”

(The goathead nods agreement.)

[Man]: “Teenagers in droopy pants and hoodies confuse me.”

[Robotic hand]: “Give him a handgun…and a stand-your-ground law.”

[Woman]: “Water flows to Arizona.”

[Robotic hand]: “Divert the Gila River…and pipe it over the Continental Divide to Deming.”

And so it happens.

(Enter Diversion. The man, woman, and children hang their heads, and sullenly exit.)

The great “Pipe to Nowhere” is a stunning achievement. The coyote is overcome with the power that technology has to change the world! Yes, with his robotic hand he builds an empire that includes places like Las Vegas Nevada, Southern California, and the desert cities of Arizona. All the while, the land turns more and more brown. (The stagehand turns more boxes to brown). And the monsoon rains? They just don’t know what to do…. (The Monsoon peaks around from offstage, but does not enter.)

(Enter the Western garter snake, controlled by the stagehand, who is now wearing a sequined tutu and has a sign on his chest that reads—“Western Garter Snake sparkle party crew!” They slither around stage, stop at center, and ‘sparkle dance’ in place.)

But wait! It’s the Western garter snake!

(The goathead goes over to it, wanting to poke it, but instead trips on it. The goathead stumbles around, and falls directly onto the diversion. Enter the Monsoon, who bursts onto stage from behind the diversion. The Western garter snake and stagehand sparkle dance offstage. The coyote tries to use his robotic hand to stop the Monsoon, but gets bulled over by it. The coyote is torn apart in the process. Enter Jayden, who comes in after the monsoon with the bag still over her head. The monsoon exits. Jayden stops center stage, takes the bag off her head. And looks around. She dances the same dance she danced at the beginning, goes and gets the coyote puppies and says…)

[Jayden]: “Go, pick up the pieces and bury them in the fields”.

(Jayden and the coyote puppies exit.)

(Enter the man, the woman, and the children. Exit the monsoon. The children break out of their toilet paper cocoon.)

New green growth and interesting objects starts to sprout from where the pieces where buried. Things begin to green again. All things. (Enter the goathead. Enter the older coyote.) …And the old coyote chuckles, once again…

(All enter and bow.)

2013-09-16 Andrew Tegarden

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Play Reading and Rehearsal, Mon. and Wed.
Howdy everyone,

Your faithful buddy Andrew here.

Well, we need some more puppeteers for the play. Probably 5-10 more. The parade's looking fine, it'll be great. The play, though, needs some more puppeteers...

This MONDAY, 7-8, is The Goathead Strikes Back reading. We'll hand out scripts and get people plugged in. Come if you can or text or email me if you can't but you still want to participate.

WEDNESDAY, 7-9, REHEARSAL. For this one, it's important that everyone's there. We'll get out some puppets, block the play--stuff like that.

And by the way--there's no lines to memorize. It's all set up by a narrator.

ALSO, anybody want to record the play for us? We could use a videographer, too. This one's going to be a keeper!

Best regards,
Andrew
2013-09-15 Andrew Tegarden

151
New version of the play
(NOTE to Jamie: I'm sending you a Word version for easier editing. Would you please use track changes?)

Gila River Wars: The Goathead Strikes Back

Characters:

Narrator
Coyote the Elder
Goathead
A man and woman
Two children
Jayden the scrub jay
Coyote puppies (2-5)
Monsoon (1-5)
Coyote the Younger
Diversion
Western Garter Snake

Scene one:

Welcome, welcome, ladies and gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen. Boys, girls, dogs, cats, babies, and bacteria (waves at the bacteria). We present to you a modest little tale—well, more than just one tail, there’s like 8 or 9 tails (a-ha ha)—no, a story…from a long time ago, in a place far far…uh too close. It is: GILA RIVER WARS: THE GOATHEAD STRIKES BACK! (^duhn duhn!^)

Juke Skylarker, intrepid beaver from the Gila system, has been biding his time amongst his friends, the benthic invertebrates, in his native habitat. Poo Vatter, his father and former lord of the beavers, had been defeated by Juke Skylarker. Juke stopped him from completing the Death Dam. Juke was the choosen beaver, and had to break with the past, break even with his own being—as a beaver—to realize his true potential. Now he has his own little dam, which gets flooded out from time to time, eats some good fish, and follows his own bliss: photocatalytic water splitting and it’s applications for self-powered Christmas lights.

Meanwhile, in another corner of the Gila system…in an area untouched by the recent fires, is a paradise where there is no obsessive fear of death, where things just are. There’s grass, there’s trees, there’s bumps of ground, there’s sky above, there’s backdrops to hide backstage areas, there is even snickering audiences. Everything there just accepts the natural cycles of things. It is also an empty place, a place that lacks literature, poetry, and awesome gadgets like mountain bikes and tubeless tires. But all is green. It is here, too, we find a toothless old coyote and a goathead plant with many flowers.

A woman, a man, and two children are out on a hike enjoying the countryside. They dally to and fro, splashing in water, climbing on the trees, doing cartwheels, doing back flips, scratching their sides from the itchy grass, [adlib here if you want], they smell the flowers, when suddenly, the goathead pokes one of them.

[Goathead]: “Beware, the dangerous world ” (another poke)

[Man]: “What? Dangerous?”

[Woman]: “Hey…..ouch!”

[Goathead]: “Sure, listen to the news, you are surrounded by people who want to hurt you” (poke poke)

[Woman]: “What?, hurt us?....ouch…ouch!”

[Goathead]: “And look at those wrinkles and old shoes? No one will pay attention to you if you don’t look like you are twenty or look like money.” (poke and poke)

[Man]: “Oh ouch, we better get a face lift, buy wrinkle cream

[Woman]: “Maybe get a new car.

And so, what could they do? The man and woman put on the adornments of youth. (The women puts on a boob job, the man gets a muscle car.)

But the goathead won’t stop there.

[Goathead]: “If you are not careful people will kidnap and torture your children.” (poke)

[Man]: “No and ouch, how can we protect our darling precious children?”

[Goathead]: (with the booming voice of authority) “May I suggest this? (He takes out a roll of Charmin toilet paper and reads from package…) “Our tissue is quilted super soft and absorbent.” (He begins wrapping the children in tissue) “This should help”.

[Children]: “We can’t move and we are so thirsty!”

At every poke the goathead gets bigger and louder, and the green of the world fa begins to fade to brown. The goathead is running amok, stopping every so often to belt a few evil laughs. He kicks the sand at the parents, and thumbs his, uh nose, at the children.

But as the goathead gets more and more carried way with himself, the elder coyote dottles up to the children. He begins entertaining them with funny gestures. He tells them big-fish tales and has them both laughing by the end of it. (Goathead keeps making big, excited motions, and wanders offstage.)

The elder coyote was watching the lush green turn to dry brown. There are now withering crops; it is the wasteland of dry, parched soil where even the crickets can’t chirp.

(Jayden the scrub jay, enters)

[Coyote the Elder]: “Poor souls. You thirst and yet choose to obsess on the desiccation of fear—that dehydrating pornography of status with its adolescent simplicities of dogma. Don’t you see? When we cocoon ourselves from life’s full experiences and ignore the sublime beauty of cycles—those recurrences that demand failure as a prerequisite of life—we become dry, brittle creatures in a sterile and lifeless world”.

The woman with the boob-job and man in the big truck, now invested in fear, become enraged at these words. They tear apart this gentle knight…. And in an expression of supreme loving kindness, the elder coyote accepts the pain and says…

[Coyote the Elder]: “I suffer, and yet look….in my pain, is the sacred face of the divine and of grace.”

The coyote is torn to pieces. (Something funny here—confetti, rose petals, pretty sycamore leaves, a bottle of ketchup—something like that. Also enter Jayden.)

As the dust settles, the woman and man’s brows are still squenched, their are fists still tight, their tongues still poked out and rolled, they approach the goathead, and fall to their knees. The goathead has them kiss his feet, then pokes them to leave his presence. (Man and woman exit. The goathead dances his happy dance, and exits as well.)

Jayden the scrub jay begins to dance. See darts amongst the debris and squawks musically in her turns. Then Jayden glides behind the mountain and returns with several coyote puppies. The coyote puppies are somewhat oblivious in their innocence. They frolic and whine. Jayden, in her radiance, gathers them together and says,

[Jayden]: “Go, pick up the parts and bury them in the fields”.

And of course, there’s not better job to give a coyote puppy than digging holes in the field. So they playfully go about taking the pieces and burying them throughout the land. One of the coyote puppies didn’t listen to instructions very well, and buries a part in the sky. From where she did this, clouds begin to build and suddenly, a monsoon rain comes out of the clouds! New green growth and interesting objects starts to sprout from where the pieces where buried. Things begin to green again. The toilet paper holding the children became soaked and soggy. They start to wiggle and squirm, and then they break out of their toilet paper cocoons and rejoice…they run around picking up watermelons and books and paint brushes.

[Children]: “The monsoons are back, finally, we can play.” (The children play around as they exit.)

(A set piece falls over, and we see Coyote the Younger has been listening and watching the whole time. He startles, and exits.)

Scene two.

(Music or drumming or singing.)

The earth is green again! The lush grasses and weeds have returned. Farms and gardens are bountiful, and the people of the city have warm, rosy cheeks and are with thirst. All the creatures of the land sing hymns to way of things.

(The creatures dance. Enter the goathead)

The goathead, too, has been rejoicing all the while—but out of pride at his own pokeyness.

(Enter Coyote the Younger, who stays in the background.)

[Goathead]: (To the audience.) “Oh the mass murders, oh the drones and the eavesdroppers, oh the terrorists and non-believers. That old coyote was killed by those you fear most: aliens and non-believers. Oh this and oh that.” (Goathead exits.)

The goathead just can’t help himself! He mutters these kinds of in his sleep, you know. Ah, and what do we have here? Coyote, Coyote the Younger, come on up here. Don’t be shy. (Coyote the Younger, shy at first, really starts to ham it up with the audience. Then he starts to try to say something, but it just comes out in barks and howls that no one can understand.) What’s that? You don’t say. Can you believe that folks? What? You don’t speak animal? Oh, that’s right. I’m supposed to translate. What he said was…

[Coyote the Younger]: (In your own voice that gradually changes to a Coyote the Younger voice.) That other coyote, I’m related to him. Come from a long line of coyotes. Yeah, happens like this again and again. Blah blah blah. Ha, silly humans. Hmm, yes….yes yes YES! I can make them worship me as a savior, too; I have a beard and a wiry physique, and by golly as god, I’ll get around the, um, messiness and, you know, inconvenience, of real sacrifice and regeneration. Oh, this gonna be good!”

(Enter goathead, man and woman, and children. They stay towards the background and pantomime the earlier scene, including wrapping the children in toilet paper. Enter Coyote the Elder, who strolls onto stage, looking cool, about do his part once again.)

We see that, once again, history repeats itself. See that, everything’s getting brown again. But don’t worry, that old coyote, he knows what he’s doing.

(Coyote the Elder is about ready to speak when Coyote the Younger steps in to interrupt)

[Coyote the Younger]: “Ha ha! Listen to me! I am your savior! I’m younger and more spry, but I still got the touch. Come from the same stock. Yep. Just uh…” (He winks to the audience as he opens the Acme catalog to a page on robotic hands and whispers to the audience…) “This is how I’ll get around that nasty business of the sacrifice.”

(Enter Jayden and the coyote puppies.)

[Coyote the Younger]: (To everyone.) “Just cut off my hand here and bury it, and the rain will come back and everything will be redeemed. Yep. Uh huh.”

(To the audience, Coyote the Elder just shrugs his shoulders and ambles off stage.)

Jayden, meanwhile, is scratching her head. She tries to warn the younger coyote, but to no avail. She tries to warn the man and woman, but to no avail. So the young coyote, with the help goathead, puts a bag over her head. The man and woman, they shrug, and proceed to cut the coyotes hand off. The coyote puppies, remember how they like to dig holes in the field? They take the parts and bury them. Jayden, instead of dancing and flitting about, stumbles and thrashes about, this while Coyote the Younger gets a package in the mail. (The narrator gives Coyote the Younger a package.) In the box is Coyote the Younger’s new robotic hand. (Coyote the Younger puts it on and admires it.)

Only this time instead of greenery, food to eat, new ideas and creative solutions, what grows up out of the pieces are things like an oil derrick, sarcastic slogans, and… Gila River diversion pipes.

[Coyote the Younger]: (Brandishing his robotic hand.) “As your all powerful savior and god, tell me your problems and I’ll give you the solution.” (The goathead mirrors the movements of coyote. Coyote the Younger struts over to the toilet paper-wrapped children, his robotic hand waving around like a dictator’s or a conductor’s, then he goes over to the man and then to the woman.)

The robotic hand seems to be infecting the coyote’s mind! The goathead, of course, is highly encouraging of all this, and pokes the coyote a couple of time, just to be safe. One of the children says to the coyote…

[Child]: “I can’t move and don’t feel good about myself.”

[Coyote the Younger]: (Addressing his robotic hand.) What do you think, robotic hand?”

[Robotic hand]: “Give them sugary snacks and video games. Great combination!”

[Man]: “Teenagers in droopy pants and hoodies confuse me.”

[Robotic hand]: “Give him a handgun and a stand-your-ground law.”

[Woman]: “Water flows to Arizona.”

[Robotic hand]: “Divert the Gila River and pipe it over the Continental Divide to Deming.”

And so it happens.

(Enter Diversion.)

The great “Pipe to Nowhere” is a stunning achievement. Coyote is just so pleased with his new hand! He’s overcome with the power the technology has to change the world! Yes, with his robotic hand he builds a river of empire that includes places like Las Vegas, Southern California, and the sprawling desert cities of Arizona. All the while, the land turns more and more brown, this time with no rejuvenating monsoon rains in site.

(All pick up pieces of distraction. Jayden unwraps herself, and she, too, gets somewhat distracted by “shiney objects.”)

Everyone becomes more bound by technology and with it, becomes more lonely, even Jayden.

{HOW TO END IT???
--Goathead trips on a western garter snake, punctures the diversion, flood results, the coyote’s hand short circuits and blows him up, leaving his liver, coyote puppies bury pieces of that, and good things grow again?
--Something else?}



2013-09-10 Andrew Tegarden

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Gila River Fest Parade Notes
--Parade Theme: "Oh, Beguiling River." How's that work for everybody?

--Play Title: "Gila River Wars--The Goathead Strikes Back." How about that?

--Some notes about the play itself:

o It's all coyotes. There's the first coyote who gets pulverized for spouting profanities and then things grow where he was spread out. Then there's the second coyote that has his hand cut off so he doesn't have to do the full sacrifice and that leads to the diversion (somehow). Then there's the coyote puppies.

o Everything else about the play I think works good. Needs some tweeking so we have to build less stuff, need less actors, and flows better for logistical reasons...but otherwise (HA), let's go with it.

o PLAY REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: MONDAY, SEPT. 16TH AND WEDNESDAY, SEPT 18TH, both starting at 7:00 p.m. Expect a couple of hours for the one on Wed. Anybody who really wants to do it, does this schedule work for you? We need at least 10 people, by my count, and two rehearsals, for the play to work.

--Puppet builds for the parade and play are pretty much every Monday and Wednesday from now until the 21st, for those just tuning in.

Bestest regards,
Andrew
2013-08-29 Andrew Tegarden

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very draft play for river festival
The eternal recurrent:
Jesus in Greenface

Characters:

Homeless man: Jesus in Greenface

Goathead: Devilish dude.

Coyote

Coyote puppies

Circus performers

Voice of Robotic Hands

Random humans (man and woman)

children

Jay-den; scrub jay she is Prometheus’s eagle a phoenix of the desert.

Scene one:

Setting:

Paradisical world where there is no obsessive fear of death, where people accept the natural cycles of things. It is also a place that lacks literature, poetry, and awesome gadgets like mountain bikes and tubeless tires. The main color is green. In the background is a homeless man in greenface and a tiny goathead that is mostly flowers.

People are milling about and a rather tiny goathead starts poking folks

Goathead: “beware, the dangerous world ”….. (poke)

Man and woman: “what? Dangerous? hey…..ouch”

Goathead: “Sure, listen to the news, you are surrounded by people who want to hurt you” …(poke)

Humans, ”what?, hurt us?....ouch…ouch!”

Goathead “and look at those wrinkles and old shoes? no one will pay attention to you if you don’t look like you are twenty or look like money” (poke and poke)

woman and man: oh ouch, we better get a face lift, buy wrinkle cream, and perhaps, a new car. Each adult puts on the adornment of youth such as boob job, Halliburton lobbyist cap, fat cat politician roll of bills, muscle car.

Goathead: “if you are not careful people will kidnap and torture your children” (poke)

Woman and men: “no and ouch, how can we protect our darling precious children?”

Goathead with voice of authority: “May I suggest this…he takes out a huge bale of charmin toilet paper. Reading from package “our tissue is quilted super soft and absorbent” and he begins wrapping the children in tissue. “This should help”.

Children: “we can’t move and we are so thirsty”

At every poke the goathead gets bigger and louder and the rest of the stage goes incrementally from green to brown, until the only green on stage is a homeless man in greenface who is quietly playing a game of make believe with a child.

The homeless man has witnessed the transition from lush green to dry brown. By the time he speaks, we see withering crops; it is the wasteland of dry, parched soil where even the crickets can’t chirp.

Jesus in green face: “poor souls. You thirst and yet choose to obsess on the desiccation of fear; that dehydrating pornography of status with its adolescent simplicities of dogma. Don’t you see? When we cocoon ourselves from life’s full experiences and ignore the sublime beauty of cycles….those recurrences that demand failure as a prerequisite of life…we become dry, brittle creatures in a sterile and lifeless world”.

The politicians, boob-job women, and men in big trucks, who are now invested in fear are enraged and tear apart this gentle green knight. In an expression of supreme loving kindness, Jesus in Greenface accepts the pain and says, “I suffer, and yet look….in my pain, is the sacred face of the divine and grace”.

The homeless man’s body is torn to pieces and Jayden whispers to the coyote puppies: “go, pick up the parts and bury them in the fields”. Immediately growth comes out of the buried parts as does water sprouts and rain. Things begin to go green and children break out of their toilet paper cocoons and rejoice…they run around picking up zuckini’s and watermelons.

Children: breaking free: “The monsoons are back, finally, we can play”.

Everyone realizes they have just killed the son of God and repent. They again begin to act like humans celebrating innovation and creativity whose requisites are failure, misunderstanding, and difficult choices. Everyone lives in the humanity of labored decisions.

In the background, Coyote is observing the human’s devotion to the homeless greenface as Goathead again recedes into the background.

Scene two.

Recurrent green set:

goathead whispers to the humans: “oh the pedophiles and mass murders”, “the drones and the eavesdroppers”, “the terrorists and non-believers”….with each story the humans become more isolated from one another and more dry.

Goathead “It is well known that your Jesus was killed by those you fear most: aliens and non-believers.

Homeless Jesus in greenface, who is in the background, sadly shakes his head.

Coyote (quietly to himself): “silly humans, I can make them worship me as god; for I too have a beard and a wiry physique, and by golly as god, I’ll get around the, um, unnecessary messiness and personal inconveniences of regeneration. This will be great”

As the set goes again completely brown, the homeless man in the green face watches and is about ready to again speak when Coyote steps in to interrupt, saying “Listen to me I am God but… in….(as he notices a scrap of his last mill still hanging on his belly and licks it with satisfaction), sheep’s clothing.

He winks to the audience as he opens the acme catalog to a page on robotic hands and whispers to the audience: this is how I’ll get around that nasty business of the sacrifice”.

Coyote: “cut off my hands and bury them and the rain will come back”.

Jayden is warning the coyote and the humans not to do this so he puts a bag over her head.

The coyote pups take the fingers and bury them.

Only this time instead of new ideas, greenery, and creative solutions, what grows up out of the pieces are technologies like the diversion projects and a dam.

Coyote “as your all powerful god, tell me your problems and I’ll give you the solution” Goathead mirrors the movements of coyote

Child: “I can’t move and don’t feel good about myself”

Coyote goes to the child and addresses his robotic hands: “hands?”

Hands with robotic voice “give her slut shoes”

Man: “teenagers in droopy pants and hoodies confuse me”

Hands: “give him a handgun and a stand your ground law”

Woman and men, “water flows to Arizona”

Hands “divert the gila river and pipe it to deming”

Coyote is just so pleased with his new hands (technology) and is overcome with the power they have to change the world. With his hands he builds a river of empire that includes places like Las Vegas, Southern California, and the spawling desert cities of Arizona.

Goathead is encouraging him the whole time, acting like Cheney to bush.

Through this the stage is again going more and more brown and arid.

As humans become more bound by technology goathead becomes bigger and begins to occupy most of the stage….at the climax he becomes drunk with success, trips on the gila garter snake and falls on the diversion project. It punctures it making all the water run into the desert. The coyote runs to fix his empire and his hands short circuit and blow him up.

All that is left is his liver on a stone.

Jayden: whispers to the coyote pups to “take pieces of his liver and bury them”

Now each liver piece becomes circus unicylces, stilts, photovoltaics, low-flush toilets, and poetry. And the world gets moist and green again.

All people, “ the monsoon is back”.

The green returns, and with it a small goathead, a child in greenface, and a coyote puppy playing with a cell phone.

2013-08-09 jamie thomson

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Meeting changed to tonight Monday
Hey everybody,

Sorry for the late notice. Let's do puppet workshops/meetings to Monday evenings (6:30, 7:00 ish). Some folks had conflicts on Tuesdays, and we want to get this one going strong.

So meeting this evening.

PR/advertising. Let's really get the word out for this one on Sept. 21--Gila River Day (Gila River Festival). I want to start working on a parade poster right away.

Bye bye,
Andrew
2013-07-29 Andrew Tegarden

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big ditch parade
howdy all,

Big ditch day is this saturday...we will do a build at 10am at the farmers market and parade at 12. We are building puppets every eventing at the studio.

This year we are trying something different. Instead of parading in the street at eye level or constructing for features that are above the spectators, we will be down in the ditch, where spectators will be looking down at us. Spectators will interact with the event using fishing poles.

The parade-ish event will be less point to point and more chaotic within the smaller space of the big ditch. Hopefully, the performance will also be more interactive, since we will have more time to interact with the spectators. Head puppets oughta work well because they are light, the puppeteer will be hidden from above, and they allow for an unencumbered view of foot placement, which might be precarious, or at least swampy, at times,

Big Ditch Day will include a 8 am trash pick up and from that pile we will try to make aquatic/riparian plants and animals (trash fish made of trash, caddisfly larvae armored with pie tins and beer cans instead of pebbles, trashbag duckweed, dragonflies outa red sleeping bags, etc....?).

I love the idea that we are confusing what is bad, i.e., trash, with what is being celebrated, i.e. the ditch. The metaphors are pregnant with possibility.

We might wanna cheat a little bit by planting some items we might not find in the trash like eyeballs and wings and building carapaces that can then be adorned with rubbish at the day of the event.

So, every rainy evening we will be up in the studio...on non-rainy evenings, the studio will be open, but i'll be riding my mnt and will arrive late.

Richard's waterbear must be resurrected, we have the frame and duct tape.

please spread the word.


2013-07-15 jamie thomson

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summer parades
Howdy all,

Just met with Andrew from GRIP.

They would like a water diversion float for the fourth of July that is reminiscent of Dr. Strangelove where a slim pick'ens sorta fella is riding a giant culvert...we were thinking that perhaps we could hook up the culvert to attendants wearing leaf blowers that suck money from the audience.

We also should think about big ditch day and the river festival. Grip has come up with money for materials for the river festival. Whatever puppets we come up with can probably work for all three events. One idea is to make some trash fish...using trash picked up from the big ditch to make creatures.

Anybody have any preferences for when we start building puppets?

River festival is sept 19-33. Big Ditch is July 20th. We will probably do a build at the recreation center with the kiddos.

I might be cool to have a pristine river with puppets of swimming fish, healthy veggies, trees, and wealthy tax payers then have the big sucking culvert followed by fish outa water, thirsty trees, and tax payers sucked bone dry.

thoughts?

jamie
2013-06-18 jamie thomson

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Puppet Parade
from Mimbres Region President, Blake

Hi Everyone!

Here are the final details. Thank you again for your participation.

Here’s the run down:

· Starting at 12 pm Monsoon puppets will be taken over to Energy Ideal Boutique (820 N Bullard across from Morning Star).

· Parade Participants will start showing up at 1:30 pm. Kid’s from the a)Space workshop will head over at 1:45 pm.

· Parade leaves at 2 pm – heads down Bullard, R on Texas, L on Yankee, crosses Broadway and ends at Spring St Park.

So far, confirmed participants are:

Skate the Wilderness Roller Derby Girls

Monsoon Puppets (they will have a PA system playing music in the front from The Wellness Coalition)

WNMU Mascot Rawhide

Movie Stars – Actors from The Buckhorn Opera House Theater Group and The Virus Theater

People walking Dogs for the Humane Society

Kids having been to 'A Space' Costume Making Workshop which starts at 11 am.

We also have lots of kazoos and streamers for folks to carry.


Please email or call me if you have any questions. 575-313-4777
Thanks again!
Blake Farley, Board President
Mimbres Region Arts Council
575-313-4777 (cell)
www.mimbresarts.org

2013-02-07 Bill Neely

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email from Blake Farley
Hi Everyone! I put together this information to pass on to anyone interested in participating in the parade. I’ll send out another email prior to the event just to update everyone with the final details.

Thanks SO MUCH for your participation!!!

Note to Buck and Heather: please forward to potential Actors

Here’s the run down so far:

Starting at 12 pm Monsoon puppets will be taken over to Energy Ideal Boutique (820 N Bullard across from Morning Star).

Other participants will start showing up at 1:30 pm. Kid’s from the a)Space workshop will head over at 1:45 pm.

Parade leaves at 2 pm – heads down Bullard, R on Texas, L on Yankee, crosses Broadway and ends at Spring St Park.

So far, participants are:

Skate the Wilderness Roller Derby Girls

Monsoon Puppets (they will have a PA system playing music in the front from The Wellness Coalition)

Zoe Wolfe (and possibly other dancers)

WNMU Mascot (Rawhide?)

WNMU football team with Kazoos

Movie Stars – Actors from The Buckhorn Opera House Theater Group and The Virus Theater

People walking Dogs for the Humane Society

Kids having been to a)Space Costume Making Workshop which starts at 11 am.

We are still in need of:

ANY KIND OF MUSIC—the PA system isn’t really enough
extra people to hold puppets
more creative people

Thanks! Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks!
Blake

2013-01-28 Bill Neely

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Going away
So I know this is not puppet business but I know most of you don't use Facebook. I'm having a going away party on Thursday, Jan 31st, and you all are invited! I'd love to say goodbye to all of you, you've all been wonderful and brilliant artists and I've learned so much from each of you. Hope you can make it, if not, thank you for being awesome.
2013-01-27 Andrea Simoneau

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Running of the Puppets
The build is on:

Tuesdays - Sundays
And other evenings at the Bike House

Bulls - Bullsnakes - US Presidents - Santa and his helpers
are all welcome

The parade is February 9th (Saturday at 2PM). As always the pace will accelerate during the last week.



2013-01-17 Bill Neely

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Mardi Gras
Hey everybody,

For the running of the puppets part, we need to get the word out there, so people know that it's happening--we're not on the Chocolate Fantasia poster. The theme for Chocolate Fantasia is "Along the Milky Way." The website says "a Cosmic Parade to be announced." We'll have to work hard to get people to participate in it. I suggest that we concentrate on things that each of us can puppeteer ourselves, or if you have a puppet idea that is multi-person, you already know who your puppeteers are going to be for it. That, and a couple of more horned creatures for extra participants.

I still want to add a different kind of theatricality for this. Does anyone want to team up and put together some sort of skit? It could involve whatever you already want to make puppet-wise, and we just come up with a group idea that ties it all together--real loose. And we perform it a couple of times, here and there, right in the midst. Santa, Coyote, Pete the Jester, Obama, maybe a skeleton? Sorry I'm stuck on this. We can be totally open to whatever idea. I just really want to do a skit.

I'm good for funshop puppet build time whenever. I'll probably be up in the puppet studio Monday late afternoon, early evening and Tuesday, too, maybe all day Tuesday.

Regards,
Andrew
2013-01-13 Andrew Tegarden

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Hey, how about a "Running of the Bull-snakes"?? We could turn some of our bull puppets into half-bull- half snakes. There is a lot of "bull" in politics and there are some snakes, too. 2013-01-12 Cindy Neely

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Build dates?
I'm hoping to start building puppets this week. My emphasis will be on the Running of the Puppets, with plenty of Bulls. I plan to get the big Bull operational with a PA system and Bull-fighting music. Snakes are welcome too as are thespian puppets, and obscure political comments.

I'm open on dates, so it someone wants to establish build days, that would be great and social fun.

Bill
2013-01-12 Bill Neely

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Puppet projects and parade plans
Hi guys,
Just curious if any of you have started working on a puppet, and if so, what kind of puppet? So far there have been ideas for:

- a play
- running of the snakes (do snakes really 'run'? The majestic hoofed snakes of the Gila!)
- running of the puppets (not snake focused)
- coyotes, tricky 'Petes', Santa Clauses of various flavors, and other puppet ideas
- something combining all of these things

So, who is making what for what? Just thought I'd check in before starting on a puppet of my own.

Is anyone interested in getting together for a puppet chat sometime soon to maybe pick a theme or something? Like maybe Thursday the 17? Just throwing a date out there.

Happy weekend,
Saskia
2013-01-12 Saskia

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Famous Capricorns birthday party
howdy all,

We got some famous capricorns whose birthdays need celebrating (Gretters, Patrick, etc...). We are gonna toast the goats at casa diversiones (aka the bike house) on thursday, starting sixish-ly. We are expecting even an appearance by the one and only Erika Burliegh. Mad dog Mike Madigan's gonna rock the loft, supplemented by the IMAC...

Yay!

The bike house will be mak'n venison green chili stew.

Lets talk about choc. fantasia, wish patrick and other goaties a happy birthday, dance a blue streak, and make up stories about our strange little town.

jamie
2013-01-02 jamie thomson

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mardi gras/running of the puppets
Howdy all,

I like the running of the puppets and I like andrew's characters. Each contains a little something something for everyone.

My main interest is to, of course, confuse the audience as much as possible, for those who will get, it will get it; the rest are in God's hands.

Here is my muddy waters:

Could the two gifters both be genuinely flawed (one gifts to the economy, while the other gifts to the machine) so that the tricksters and attendants (Petes) can then illuminate the myopia of economics without context (i.e., the environment or actual human social interaction, etc...).

What is real is intimate contact....and I think this goes with the Dionysian mysteries that underlie Carnival and Mardi Gras. I think that too is the essence of the running of the puppets...where we shock perceptions of how the public space of roads are used from one of distance and isolation, to one of intimate human collision.

This fits too with everything we have done up to this and allows us to see the someone get it...that training-wheels-are-gone moment when bicycles become flying machines.

love you guys,

jamie

2013-01-01 jamie thomson

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Chocolate Fantasia
I love a parade.

If we pause a minute or two in the middle of Bullard for a short interaction, so be it...but I am definitely focused on the parade aspect.

I did like some of the longer plays at spring street park, at the end of the parade. However, we need to find out how to get better access. Last time it was locked up.

I also would like to stick to "The running of the puppets", I think we need a little bit of name recognition. Cindy brought up the 'Running of the Snakes' for Chinese New Years, Feb 10th. I think that is cool too.

Happy New Year
2013-01-01 Bill Neely

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Mardi Gras/Chocolate Fantasia
I'm not so into doing a play...too complicated. Why not just another "themed" parade?, like "the running of the snakes" instead of the running of the bulls? In the Chinese zodiac, this is the year of the snake and the Chinese New year begins the day after our parade.
Just an idea.....;)
2013-01-01 Cindy Neely

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Check this out from Athens
http://artdaily.org/imagelibrary/2013/01/01-09.jpg

We need more lights...
2013-01-01 Andrew Tegarden

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PUPPETS: CF and MG and WTF
Hey everybody,

Let's do a play for Chocolate Fantasia/Mardi Gras!

I just think it would be a lot of fun--and possible very easy--and possible still parade-like if we like do the schtick at one end of Bullard, then walk it down and do it at another spot, then another, and so on.

Bill, you said we have trouble being understood, well, this is a way to be clearer.

And we can be simple with it too. Simple simple simple, universal universal universal. It can be short--5-10 minutes. We start with a few characters/puppets, and let them interact as they would in a situation of our choosing. Bam, done.

And because it can be sort of a parade, if we can somehow incorporate the movement down Bullard, it would be nice if the people that move with us are somehow participating as well. Because, yeah, that's why parades are cool--breaks down the barrier of performer-audience. But whatever, a play gives us a more robust reason to make stuff for this event.

Here's some puppets I'm gravitating to:
--Obama Claus-the Gift Giver (or so some think...)
--The REAL Santa Claus (a real DIVA that is...)
--Pete--Santa's ethnic helper, a harlequin type
--Coyote--scavenger extrodinaire, the "Creator of Carrion," Mrs. Mischievous.

What does everyone think?

Best regards and 2013 yall,
Andrew
2013-01-01 Andrew Tegarden

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How'd eh'go?
Hey everyone!

Sorry I missed the parade. How'd it all go? Bill, can't wait to see pictures of the giant deer or whatever!

Just a reminder, we need to tell MRAC something soon about CF. Maurine's number is somewhere in you email box. Can someone else field that?

Regards,
Andrew
2012-11-26 Andrew Tegarden

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lighted Christmas parade
We actually have a puppet slot in the parade, slot 22, and will meet at 6:30 on Market between Cooper and Black (by the Restore).

I have some glow sticks for bike decorations.

I also have a 15 foot giant El Wire puppet, "El Rudolf". Perhaps it will make the whole parade route.


2012-11-24 Bill Neely

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Chocolate Fantasia
Maurine with Chocolate Fantasia called me (575-956-3053). What's our status?

Bill?

My only thing: Chocolate Fantasia, as a concept, is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo lame. I'm down to do something, but it's not for Chocolate Fantasia, and it's not for businesses and main street and such. Like, let's protest lameness or something, you know?

And if you yourself are going to be going to Chocolate Fantasia, well, sorry. I mean, have fun and everything. However you get your kicks, you know.

How about a chocolate monster? That like is like disgusting and cruel and stomps on poor peasant farmers and coats them in poop colored slime? Patrick? I know you're down.

I don't know, that's my two cents.

What's the date anyways?

Andrew


2012-11-12 Andrew Tegarden

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Day of the Dead!
Hey everybody! Just a reminder that we're going to be crashing the First Fridays street dance for Day of the Dead this year! Its going to be from 6 to 9 on Yankie Street. If anyone has a truck or other vehicle and is willing to take a trip to Monsoon North to get our Day of the Dead puppets, that would be super helpful. I have Friday off so I'll be around to help out with that if needed. Also, if anyone has a hankering to build, there's still time! Any and all levels of participation are greatly appreciated, I hope to see you there!

Andrea

PS there is also going to be a Day of the Dead party at the Bike House following the street dance, and of course you are all invited!
2012-10-30 Andrea Simoneau

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Day of the Dead details
All right folks it seems we've ironed out some more Day of the Dead details. After careful consideration and with feedback from some of you, we've decided that

1) The puppet event will be Friday night, November 2nd, to coincide with First Friday (negotiations with Lynn and Nick are pending)
2) Rather than doing a full scale parade, we're instead going to take the puppets to the street dance. This takes care of several factors, such as not drawing crowds away from First Friday and also there's a live band there already.
3) We want to do this at night, so glowsticks, flashlights, or any stationary lighting equipment people might know about or have access to would be seriously helpful.

Again, if you want to build something, this is an open invitation to come over and build stuff! If people want we can set a day of the week aside to host builds, but I need to know what days work best for people. Does anyone object to keeping it on Wednesdays? Also another project that needs puppet builders and volunteers is the October 17th ribbon cutting, and its definitely not too late to get on board with that if your heart so desires. Thanks so much, look forward to seeing you all!


2012-10-04 Andrea Simoneau

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Silva Creek Bridge Scavenger Hunt
Oct. 17th, 3:30 (but the bridge ribbon cutting is at 2:30).

It's a scavenger hunt!

We need some puppeteers to make the, uh, carrion, for the scavenger hunt.

We need a troll or two for under the bridge.

We need to make some fishing pools for one of the stations.

We need a coyote, and we need some ravens.

And we need an extra couple of volunteers to just do whatever, make shit up, I guess, created another station? I don't know... WHATEVER.

Who's down? Definite meeting on Oct. 16, 4:00, at the bridge to talk it over, then return to the puppet studio to make whatever we're to make. Sound bueno?

Regards,
Andrew T...
2012-10-01 Andrew Tegarden

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Day of the Dead?
So people have expressed an interest in perhaps doing a Day of the Dead parade....Jamie and I were talking and we've tentatively come up with November 3rd as a date. We also discussed the possibility of doing a night parade, which I think would be a pretty interesting challenge for us and well worth the effort if we could do it. I know you guys have been doing a ton of puppeteering and puppet building in the last two months, and I cannot express how grateful I am for all the help and how much fun I've had during that time, particularly for the Where the Wild Things Are parade we just did. You guys totally made that happen and it was so much fun. I posit the argument, however, that since Day of the Dead has been one of the most consistent Monsoon parades over the years, we have a ton of puppets (but of course, if you want to build something new, by all means do it up!) What do people think about 1) doing another parade, 2) doing it at night and/or 3) The possibility of rounding up a troupe of musicians, like we did in the last Mardis Gras parade? Not sure what "Day of the Dead" music sounds like, but we can definitely figure it out. Shoot me an email or drop by the Bike House and we'll work it out!

<3 Andrea
2012-10-01 Andrea Simoneau

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Workshop Sept 19...Safe Routes and P-UP-pets
Hey everyone!

Yo-kay! Two puppet events coming up and going down!

1) We're painting sharows ("share-the-road-arrows") on Silver, Swan, and Little Walnut streets on Sunday, Sept. 23rd, starting at like 10:30 on Silver Street. It's a roving road witching event, so we're breaking out the puppets. Let's workshop it both Wednesday 6:30 Sept 19th (and Friday the 21st if needed). We need Orange Coneheads, a Civil Engineer (the Wizard and the Rainmaker?), and bubbles...

2) Silva Creek Pedestrian Bridge Scavenger Hunt. Starting at 3 or 4 on Wednesday Oct. 17th, we're doing the grand opening for the bridge. To entertain and amaze, the idea is a scavenger hunt, so we need Ravens, Coyotes, and of course, Trolls. Workshop for this one is Tuesday early evening Oct. 16th.

Please come! It'll be fun!

Andrew
2012-09-12 Andrew Tegarden

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Puppet build on Wednesday!
Its getting down to the wire, puppeteers. Only two more builds left! Of course, you know that you are all welcome to come by whenever and work on things at your leisure. But this thing is going down two Saturdays from now, and there's still tons to do! I have stuff already made that needs work if you are so inclined, or if you want to start a new thing, there is still time! I hope to see you all there! Also, we may be doing a puppet build workshop at the Farmer's Market as a new form of PR, so if anyone wants to help me on Saturday for just a few hours, that would be greatly appreciated.
2012-09-03 Andrea Simoneau

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Puppet build!
Hey everybody! Another puppet build on Wednesday the 29th! I have plenty of frameworks that need burlaping, very easy stuff. Also if anyone has ideas for helping us iron out a storyline, that would be really helpful! Thanks!

Andrea
2012-08-27 Andrea Simoneau

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Gila River Festival build!
Hey everybody!

We have been cordially invited to take part in the Gila river Festival again this year. The theme is "The Wild River Speaks" and Monsoon Puppet Theater has decided to adapt "Where the Wild Things Are". This is the storyline Jamie has come up with (I can't word it more beautifully than he did so I'm pasting it.)

"In our rendition, the lonely and frustrated Max escapes to his inner delights, not by the vulgar symbols of water craft, but by microscope and snorkle. The elementals of the young man's mind, like all our minds, are wonderfully symbolized by the random, and thus uncontrollable, movements of those photosynthetic beach balls that bounce among the movements of self absorbed personality that the flagilated and aemebal represent. In his journey to the invisible world of a drop of water, Max experiences frightful chaos and sublime beauty. He sees in that drop, a reflection of his own mind, and the universal elements we struggle with to be fully human. In that moment, the leashes of loneliness and frustration are untethered and he becomes aware. Returning from his adventures with the microscope and snorkle, he is able to come back to empathize with a mother who has her own flagilated and beautiful exsistence."

So what we need is water-borne microorganisms that reflect aspects of humanity. Or are just plain awesome looking. We would like to use "found" material, such as garbage, as much as possible, and preferably something that is easily assembled in 30 minutes or less, as elementary school art classes are going to be helping us with this as well.

We are having a build on Wednesday the 22nd, at 7pm, so please come, bring your beautiful smiling faces, enthusiasm and creativity (I know you all will!) I have attached a link Jamie found that has a lot of cool microorganisms that can serve as inspiration. Look forward to seeing you all there, and I have every confidence that this will be awesome as usual. Hooray!

Link:

http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/

Love
Andrea
2012-08-16 Andrea Simoneau

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River Festival Parade Safe Routes to School
Okay gang... We are working with GRIP and the Jose Barrios art program to create another awesome river festival parade. The theme is "A drop of water: where the wild things are".

In our rendition, the lonely and frustrated Max escapes to his inner delights, not by the vulgar symbols of water craft, but by microscope and snorkle. The elementals of the young man's mind, like all our minds, are wonderfully symbolized by the random, and thus uncontrollable, movements of those photosynthetic beach balls that bounce among the movements of self absorbed personality that the flagilated and aemebal represent. In his journey to the invisible world of a drop of water, Max experiences frightful chaos and sublime beauty. He sees in that drop, a reflection of his own mind, and the universal elements we struggle with to be fully human. In that moment, the leashes of loneliness and frustration are untethered and he becomes aware. Returning from his adventures with the microscope and snorkle, he is able to come back to empathize with a mother who has her own flagilated and beautiful exsistence.

I found this cool site that contains some ideas for monsters. We need to begin figuring how we get the kids to love these dudes the way they love dinasaurs, race cars, princess shoes, stuffed animals, and kittens. How do we make hydrazoas, celiates, etc... in 30 minutes out of garbage?


http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/indexmag.html?http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/mag/artfeb02/artwork.html


the background lesson is art and science need to hold hands if we really want our children to become humans.


Jamie


2012-08-16 jamie thomson

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Thanks
What a successful parade! If you have any pictures, send them to me, and I will post them on the puppet page. There are some pictures already posted.

A tentative pizza beer and cleanup at Jamie's is planned for this Friday.
2012-07-22 Bill Neely

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Anyone else want to build a puppet Sunday?
Hi puppet friends,
Anyone in the mood for puppet building tomorrow? I'll be working on puppets and other parade-friendly costumes at the bike house all day tomorrow, and would love some company! Just one more week to the monsoon parade, yikes!
Happy weekend,
Saskia
2012-07-14 Saskia

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Next Monsoon Parade Playshop
Tuesday at 6:00, playshop. Let's get some! I'm really excited to get cranking on making stuff! Tell everyone you know. Plus, I'm almost ready to do that workshop for the Rec Center. We need to talk about that. And the play. It's coming together (with the help of the the Circus kids at Montesorri.

Best regards,
Andrew
2012-07-07 Andrew Tegarden

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Tues the 26th Playshop
Hey everyone,

Gathering on Tuesday the 26th, 6:00 p.m.? More of a planning meeting at this time? Playshop earlier in the day and afterwards? Yeah?

YES!
2012-06-23 Andrew Tegarden

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Monsoon Parade
Bill, Saskia would like be able to send emails to all puppeteers, but must be approved. Could you do that for her? It's ssvanhecke. And could you just enter Nick in: nick@nicholasprince.com. EVERYONE, call all the Makers you know and invite them to participate in the Makers Fair! Let's get the word out!

Here's the official Big Ditch Day/Monsoon Puppets info set:

Maker's Fair--Innovations, inventions, kinetic sculptures, constructions--throughout Big Ditch Day (set up from 6:30-8:00 a.m., after which vehicles will not be admitted into Big Ditch Park)

The official parade theme is "The Flood of Innovation."

Gathering at 10:30

Parade at 12:00--High Noon

Giant puppet play to follow the parade


Main Street Project gave me the following document so that anyone who was spreading the word had some official information related to the Makers fair participants are exempt from entrance fees:


Big Ditch Day
July 21, 2012
Vendor Application


Silver City MainStreet Project invites local artisans, nonprofits, and businesses to participate as vendors at Big Ditch Day on July 21 in Big Ditch Park. The event will include music, educational tours, historical reenactors, conservation demonstrations, and the Farmers’ Market.

Vendors must supply their own tables, chairs, and canopies if desired. 10’ x 10’ spaces will be pre-assigned. Unloading will be 6:30– 8 am on July 21 after which vehicle access will not be allowed. You should be ready for the public by 8:30 am and plan to stay until at least 2 pm.

To apply return the form below with the appropriate vendor fee to Silver City MainStreet by July 14. Mail to P.O. Box 4068, Silver City, NM 88061 or drop by the office at 213 N Bullard. You will receive an email confirmation and details before the event. For more information call 575-534-1700.

Big Ditch Day - Sat. July 21, 2012 – Vendor Application



Business/Organization Contact
Address
City/State/Zip
Fee per space:
___ $20, Commercial
___ $10, Nonprofit

Number of 10x10 spaces: ___

Total due $_____

Phone
E-mail
Products or activity


2012-06-19 Andrew Tegarden

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Parade Time Change
Hello all,

Nick Siebel wants the parade time to be changed to 12:00--high noon--so that the Big Ditch Festival venders and booths have a little more time to just do their thing before the crowds start wandering again, and so there's a little better build up for another thing he has to do, which is a sign dedication ceremony at the Visitors Center. I was like, "Whatever." Maria's like, "Well, thinking about kids, that's lunch time, but still, whatever." Patrick's cool with it. Saskia is cool with it. Jamie's "whatever" was quite pronounced.

So:

--Gathering at 10 or 10:30
--Parade at High Noon
--Play to follow the Parade

Maker's Fair would be on-going and at the same times as Big Ditch Day booth set up and take down times, and would be positioned as a continuation the Big Ditch Day avenue of booths.

I'll send an email to the Big Ditch Day folks (Nick, Lynn, and Clair), to certify all this probably tomorrow, so by Monday, Clair can get going on the Big Ditch Day poster.

Best regards,
Andrew
2012-06-15 Andrew Tegarden

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Notes from today's Monsoon Parade meeting
PRACTICAL DETAILS
Route: Farmers market down bullard, make a block on yankie, back to bullard, go into big ditch park at Kelly

Time: 11:00

Band: Andrew will contact Claire about paying for Mariachi band for parade and Big Ditch Park

Play: Should have a human actor (protagonist) and puppet actors

PUPPET AND PARADE IDEAS:
Part 1. Desert of (dis)satisfaction:
- desert animals
- clowns of modern living
2. calling the rain/the wizard and the lizard:
- rainmakers
- wizards
- lizards
- music
3. flood:
- tlalac the rain god
- little rain people
4. sublime nothing
- one confused actor, wandering, reacting to the wake of the flood
5. riding the wave/playing in the rain/super happy fun day party:
- party people and acrobats
- toads and frogs
- happy fun stuff
- boats

STUFF/HELPERS NEEDED FOR ALL PARTS
- attendants for larger floats
- monsters
- boats

MAKERS’ DAY/INNOVATION PARK
- Bret and his pedal power washing machine
- Any cool and contorted contraption
- Pedal power smoothie machine??

2012-06-12 Andrew Tegarden

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Puppet Build and Meeting
Tuesday June 12th
Jamie's House
Build puppets in the afternoon then the meeting at 6PM
Then build some more!

Meanwhile:
work progresses on the Rainmaker machine:
http://monsoonpuppets.com/rainmaker.jpg


2012-06-10 Bill Neely

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Puppet Meeting
There will be a puppet meeting this Wednesday 5/23, at 6pm at Gough Park. We will be discussing the Parade for July 21, Big Ditch Day (Monsoon Day).

Come and show your support and throw around some ideas for the theme and 'build'.

See you there.


2012-05-20 Bill Neely

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Samedi Gras on the 18th, Up with People on the 25th
SAMEDI GRAS! CARNIVAL! Feb. 18th, 11:00 a.m. Downtown (Yada Yada Yarn yard)!

Diversify Your Ass! with Up with People on the 25th, 11:00, Downtown (start location to be announced).

The first one's the one, for sure. We'll see who shows up for the second parade. It's all about color! Flavor if you will

Best regards,
Andrew
2012-02-06 Andrew Tegarden

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Parade on Feb 18 or 25th?
Here's what's up! Up with People that is!

Jamie and I had originally thought we'd do the Carnival parade on Sat., Feb. 18, 11:00 a.m., right? We'll, Up with People (YouTube it if you need to) is here in Silver the next weekend, and they said they'd do the parade if it's on the 25th.

We're not sure what Up with People's bringing (besides teen spirit). Indication is that they'd wear their costumes ("traditional" garb from around the world, but they may not be allowed to play their instruments (their production team decides, not the People). And they don't really have a horn section. Some horns is what I'm dying to see happen here in Silver. Got to have some horns.

I just don't know... The next weekend isn't Carnival anymore. It's Lent. So we'd have to call the parade something different. We can't call it Carnival.

The Silver Marching Band is coming together nicely, by the way. We've been practicing Mardi Gras songs like Iko Iko, Hey Pocky Way, It All Over Now. Just no horn section yet.

The Buckhorn has a Mardi Gras party the night of the 18th. Don't know what else's happening on the 25th.

The theme that Jamie and I came up with for the parade is "Occupy Your Ears."

Opine freely! Go to www.monsoonpuppets.com and click "send email to all puppeteers." Or post something on the Monsoon Puppet Theater page on Facebook.

Best regards,
Andrew
2012-02-02 Andrew Tegarden

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The Need-of-Puppeteers for Walk and Roll
Hey everyone!

We need about 10 puppeteers for the Walk and Roll to School parades on Wednesday Oct. 5 at Stout Elementary and Thursday Oct. 6 at Jose Barrios elementary, 7:45-9:00 a.m. both days. Walk and Roll is this thing where students are encouraged not to bus or get dropped-off, but safely navigate by human power to school.

There's a build tomorrow, Tuesday the 27th at the studio at 6:00, and others TBA. We'll also need folks than can do a quick rehearsal on Tuesday Oct. 4, 6 p.m., for the super-brief performance at the end of each of the parades. It would be soooo great to have your help on this meaningful and fun project.

Yours,
Andrew
2011-09-26 Andrew Tegarden

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DRAFT Gila River Parade Play
Gila Wars: Return of the Jedi

“When....true genius appears, you can know (it) by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.”
Johnathan Swift.


In a galaxy far far far, far, far, far, far,far
too close, the Jedi have grown old, and scattered throughout the galaxy. After having sucked for 150 years...sucked the water from system after system, trophic level after trophic level, the Empire has brought the Death Diversion to the Gila System, and is preparing the Douche Nozzle for another round of sucking and blowing. It's up to the rebels to foster the next generation of Jedi, to find Yoda, and enlist the Force to destroy the Death Diversion.

Cast:

Juke Stopwater: Juke is a young, handsome, and somewhat nerdy Beaver who is enamored with the technology of damming and diverting water. He is son of Don Vater, world famous matadore, and best friends with the rebel, Juan Solomente.

Yoda the humpback chub: as himself. He is old, scarred, and tagged from numerous battles with catfish and encounters with fisheries biologists. He lives in an underwater cave beneath Hoover dam.

Juan Solomente Rebel River Otter. Best friends with Juke. He is the trouble maker/clown/fool who inadvertently helps Juke see that behind the grand river projects and the shiny technological wonder of water projects is a diversion of lies, half truths, and exaggerations. He delights in frustrating authority and feels a need to undermine the empire because dams make his pelt smell of old eggs thus diminishing his allure with the ladies.

Princess jaya. Hippy-chick scrubjay from Arizona whose nesting grounds, currently Lake Powel, were swamped when the evil empire put in the Glen Canyon dam.


Benthic invertebrates: Indicator species of healthy, well oxygenated, rivers: Caddisflys, mayflys, Dobson fly or helgemite larvae, stoneflys. These are the strange, eccentric creatures that pop miraculously and indeterminately out of robust systems. They represent the innovation, the individuality of complex, messy, yet entirely enduring and curiously human economies, institutions of learning, and ecosystems.

Poo Vader High priest of the rivers of empire: He is a famous matador whose cape symbolizes the diversions of money and fear that allows the empire to achieve its will of centralized power. It’s agents: standardized tests, robotic enforcement (animal control officers), bureaucrats, and fox news reporters, each entirely interchangeable and as easily replaceable as a cog within a giant and personality-less machine.

Storm troopers; faceless humans who move zombie-like in their jobs….dead to anything outside of the scribed dictates of the central authority. They are drones.

Jedi: Next generation of innovators and creative thinkers.

Setting: Upper part of the big ditch

Scene 1:

The very young Juke building his own little dam. Poo standing above him (because poo always flows downhill).

Poo Vader: Ha, how quaint. Look at you, using your own paws and local materials to play with water. I remember long ago when I did the same thing. That was before I went to the other side of the river, to that place where things are made concrete grey and out of materials from far away places.

Yes, I remember like yesterday, the day the empire gave me this cape, and with this simple cloth I convince humans to build dams throughout the world. All I do is swing my cloth before their eyes and it doesn’t matter if I am in China, the deserts of these United States, Egypt, or Peru…everywhere, the humans react the same way: by taming the great rivers with idolatrous monuments to me constructed of concrete, pipe, and aquaducts. Come with me, Juke, and you can inherit my kingdom. There is a river in New Mexico that has not yet been altered and whose humans are ripe…..I will be yours.

Juke: Dad you are the greatest. I want to be just like you.

Fade to Juke as teenager hanging with Princess Jaya and Juan Solomente (all three have skateboards)….Jaya is nostalgic….

Jaya : I so miss my family who once lived in the painted deserts of Colorado. All I remember is the oily smell of diesel, humans swarming like a disturbed ant hill, and a steadily rising river that eventually destroyed my home and family: the desert riparian ecosystem of the Colorado. Now when I go back, there is only stinky, anaerobic water, mosquitoes, and drunken houseboat parties.

Juan: (consuming a stormtrooper) “this reminds me of MacDonalds…each one tastes exactly like the one before it, and all the ones I’ll probably eat after it. Sure, it’s comfortable in its predictability and somehow I always look as forward to biting into one as I do a twinky…but at the same time this white food is depressing…It lacks spice, it has no color; The ironies of this “special” sause in a equally bland quarter pounder kind of gives me indigestion”. (belch)

Juan: “oooh, that familiar sulfuric burn of injested stormtrooper. It directs me, my pained esophagus, and diminished soul to the sanctuary of the joy of night bar. I am confident I can there restore my insulted palate amongst my compadres; the benthic ner-do-wells of our riparian universe. Follow me, my large toothed and annoyingly straight friend to the fountain of inspiration, where all great ideas hatched as worms from the undersides of rocks and holes in the walls begin their journey up through the water column to take flight into the universe of experience….Yes, follow me to where things taist.”

The two friends enter the joy of night bar and grill….All the larval forms are eating and drinking (most are hooked up to an oxygen bar). At first Juke is taken aback…he gets in a scuffle with a helgemite.

Helgemite: I hate dams…they remind me of how much we want to be robots.

Juke: Hold on there beautiful, dams allow us to tame the desert, feed the millions, and light the cities. Besides, they provide a place for soft people to cruise their houseboats and die from inebriated encounters with water deeper than a bathtub. Don’t you see, stopping water gives us a sense of control.

Helgemite: “control”? Ha. Control is so concrete and fox news.…this here is biology. Sure we are ugly, but we are interesting. We are not obvious and knee jerk. Such jerks have no right putting their BO on my DO.

Juke softens as he realizes that a helgemite made a nerdy biology joke and starts having a great time with this funny, creative crowd.

Juke to Juan: Man, like these guys, they are so queer: taking the crap of garbage and sewage and with the chaos of churning water, clean up the river for fish, otters, beavers, and even the dronest of men. They are the night of joy.

Gang of ner do wells “Lets go to the river and cruise the gila” Jump on the Perigrine falcon ship to the parade.

Fade to parade starting at gough park.

Parade gets stopped by stormtroopers and poo vater.

Juan calls “Party foul”.

Juke breaks with father, battles poo vader but appears to be loosing until he sees a vision of yoda who instructs him to use the force to create a dam that fits the river revealing the depthlessness of poo vader’s diversion tacktics. (Big Brawl where authority is de-pansed). Flood completely overtakes the diversion and runs over Poo.

But Empirial forces haunt the periphery.

2011-09-07 jamie thomson

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Call to Puppets! Call to Puppets!
Oct. 5 and 6, Walk and Roll to School Days at Jose Barrios and Stout, respectively.


We've received reports that children supply routes have steadily degraded, or at least have not improved, very much, in the last few years. Our intelligence services are at wits end. WE MUST TAKE ACTION.


Get every puppet you can find (or make), and join us on the streets leading to the these school on said days, 7:30ish to 10:00ish. We need to come up with a performance, too, for once we arrive at the schools--sort of a Bob Hope U.S.O. show maybe (and not a Jane Fonda U.S.O. show--but that's open to debate). What's the Libyan rebels listening to these days? Anyways, we'll have builds and maybe a rehearsal or two in the weeks leading up to the event.


Remember, revolution is daily. The cause needs your help!
2011-09-01 Andrew Tegarden

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Ferdinand and Marguerite vid up on youtube
Check out the latest installment everybody.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5y8pDgoIydo


Best regards, Andrew
2011-07-22 Andrew Tegarden

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Santa Clara and Facebook
I'm in for the Santa Clara Feast. I'm thinking big flowing flags with insignia on them (like children, wolves, squirrels, alms bowls, shoes, music notes, mountains, and birds).


I also encourage people to post on the Monsoon Puppet Theater facebook page. Just look it up and "like" it. Unfortunately, organizations that you "like" don't come up on you "posts" page...I don't know why, so you have to specifically go to the page to see the posts on it. And if anyone wants to be an administrator on the facebook page for Monsoon, just let me know.


Best regards,
Andrew
2011-07-02 Andrew Tegarden

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August Parade in Santa Clara

I just got a call from the catholic church in santa clara and they want us at their parade in august. There is no theme, but check out who may be the coolest saint since francis:



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_of_Assisi

cool huh???? Animals, saint of dignified poverty....maybe she is even cooler than Francis.

I bet we could get lots of the women's parade puppets involved.

Lets do it!!!!!

Jamie
2011-06-15 jamie thomson

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Studio Warming Pot-Luck this Sat., Feb. 5
Hey everyone,

There's a party goin' on and it's all the way live...

Let's do a pot-luck tomorrow night, here at the puppet studio at 1401 Georgia (3 doors down from Hwy 180). We'll even clean a little for you!

It's just a studio warming. You know you're always welcome!

Party Time: 6:00 or 7:00.

Everyone knows the dates and times of the upcoming parades right? Running of the Puppets Parade is Feb. 12, noon to 3:30. Mardi Gras is March 5, noon to 3:30 (or maybe 1:00 to 4:30, whatever). We could use all the help we can get on these things, especially moving puppets and objects to and from downtown.

Best regards,
Andrew
2011-02-04 Andrew Tegarden

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Noah's Last Supper in Eden
The subject says it all.
-Andrew
2011-01-23 Andrew Tegarden

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Mardi gra theme
Puppeteers,

Patrick and I were talking about the monsters, Dragons, and nasty Windmills that turn perfectly workable humans into shoddy cogs, and the foolishly outnumbered, outgunned, outspent, outidioted, and outshouted goofs who can't help but insult the powers even as they know they are gonna take a beating.

We could have dragon/monster representations of anything that bores beating the crap out of pencil-armed puppeteers who seem to be getting some sort of sadistic pleasure out of the encounter. I personally would like to see several of us do battle with a tea bag that looks like a gargantuan scrotum. Just an idea.

or

we could do a noah's ark theme, where we could have tons of sinners (people who don't do puppets) and GOD (played so excellently by patrick)

While perviewing the culmination of his creation: man in silver city, GOD exclaims to himself, "Ugggh...THIS IS PATHETIC" ....Deepening in his depression at seeing the hords of sinners (those who don't build puppets) until he happens apon the bike house, a leaky roofed affair with Noah, hard at it making a paper mache moose that looks a little like a submarine. GOD sees this and is glad and so tells Noah,

"NOAH....MAKE A BOAT AND FILL IT WITH ALL THE ANIMALS OF THE EARTH"

And so noah, used to hearing loud and demanding voices in and out of his head, starts doing what GOD told him to do, but then gets distracted and begins doing something else, which, of course pleased GOD no end for it confirmed he had picked the right man....A man free from the wicked sins of OBLIGATION and COMPETENCE.

After weeks of toil, GOD decided to look into the giant ark to see how the collection was going and he noticed that the ravens had CD eyes and there were more characters from children's literature than actual animals and the horses looked kind of like ardvarks and the ducks were even goofier than HIS original creation and there were these alien creatures that had banana-thingies sticking out of their foreheads and creatures with two faces, giant burnt-faced beavers, a walking University and a kindly giant made of recycled plastic bottles....and as he toured the poop deck, he encountered a cauldron of misfits:some constructing bulls with cardboard strips, some making cigar smoke out of dog hair to make granny look like a flousey, others painting banners....all with the crooked smile of folks working diligently for no pay. The tour made HIM love his creation in re-cognition and re-ligion.

Humming a tune to himself about moon shadows and crashing bikes, God began the rain of 40 days and 40 nights.....but within minutes realized that the giant ark overfilling the brim with all the creations of social imagination was made of paper mache and had begun to sag earthward around the giant sawhorses it was resting on, so HE said F%#^K-it, and sent noah the universal symbol of peace and forgiveness--a six pack of micro at the end of the rainbow...and said unto noah, while we didn't drown those losers, we did give them a good show....and even if they get our play, we entertain ourselves, so drink this beer and celebrate the folly of our existence every time you see a rainbow or down another brew.

or something like that.

respectfully yours

town clown


2011-01-22 jamie thomson

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Mardi Gras, March 5
Sup everybody,

Anybody have theme ideas for Mardi Gras?

We've scheduled the parade for March 5th.

I was thinking Last Supper, but that's more of a Maundy Thursday holiday (Ha--Monday Thursday...). I don't know. Maybe "Eat What You Are." It might get the foodies in Silver and downtown into it. Or maybe just "Cake." I like that. Happy birthday, Mr. President...

Jamie's into the idea that Mardi Gras is about winter: It's like, enough with the potatoes and beats, let's crack into the good stuff, finish it off, then refocus on the essentials for the rest of winter and force ourselves, out of necessity, to prepare for the spring, to get disciplined for the work season.

One of the themes for the New Orleans Mardi Gras is "Fact or Fiction." We could just do that, too. You know, like Big Foot, or Belgium.

That's all I got so far.

By the way, if anyone has something to share, go to www.monsoonpuppets.com and click the "Email to all puppeteers." That way we all get the message in our email boxes. It's better that way, for me at least.

Best regards,
Andrew


2011-01-22 Andrew Tegarden

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advertising the parade
I am giving this 'press release' to Faye tonight (Saturday). Besides the location for the start of the parade, are there any other suggestions?

http://nfo.edu/puppet/rtp10/


2011-01-15 Bill Neely

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andrew's birthday party at casa diversiones
Howdy all,
sat. jan 15th, we are having a birthday party for andrew starting at say 6:30-7:00. It is a low key-no sweat affair...mostly just an opportunity to hang with 'drewry and let him know how much we enjoy his entertainments.

jamie
2011-01-15 jamie thomson

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First Build Day for 'Running of the Puppets'
We will start off the build on Wednesday, January 12th, at Jamie's (The Bike House) at 4PM on.

The parade will be a month later, February 12th. We had some preliminary discussions at Patrick's Birthday celebration, yesterday. We are looking for a gorgeous man to be gored, among other roles. Bring your imagination.

Also check out the great video of Don Coyote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcT-NJepPWM

2011-01-04 Bill Neely

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pictures
Many pictures are posted on the MonsoonPuppets.com page.

If you have some that you want to contribute, let me know.


2010-11-09 Bill Neely

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Events surrounding the Day of the Dead
Saturday October 30th
Puppet - Crowd - Interaction 11AM-3:30 downtown
Parade 3:30 (Running of the Skeletons and the Knights of Eternal Resignation)
Play about 4PM

(also the bike race starts earlier in the morning, but separate from Puppet events)

Sunday - Repeat performance of the Play

Tuesday - November 2nd (Traditional DoD)
Procession to La Capilla with the alter 5:30PM

Sunday November 7th
Monsoon Puppets takes the Knights to Tuscon to the big DoD parade there

Build days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 4PM at Jamie's. We will concentrate on building the Knights and horses






The build will center on the Knights and Horses
2010-09-23 Bill Neely

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Some cool puppet youtubes:

Lion dance champions 2004 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BftIBp-U5jc&feature=related

Bali mask performance--a "retired king" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWUoZ6OvfCQ&feature=related

The King Story (Peter Schamann's most famous play) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpDu5Sh1wfY&feature=related


2010-09-19 Andrew Tegarden

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Dia Muertos Dates
Next meeting Wednesday September 22, 5:30?


Here's Jamie's and my proposal for festival dates:


Saturday, October 30:


--9:00 a.m. mini parade and "neutral start" for the Bicicleta Fiesta 100k mtn. bike ride 'up' Bullard.


--10:00-2:00 puppet fun at a location to be announce (Curious Kumquat parking lot?) including community workshop, a mural project, and a puppet performance or two.


--3:30 p.m. full parade 'down' Bullard (to San Vicente trailhead?)


--5:30 puppet performance "Knights of Infinite Resignation" (at San Vicente trailhead).


--7:00 String Beans feat. Gretta Huntstiger at the Buckhorn plus special guests Virus Theater.



Saturday, November 6:


--5:00 (?) repeat performance of "Knights of Infinite Resignation" at the Boston Hill unNatural Amphitheater (200 yards up the Cheyenne St. trailhead).


--6:00 Andrew Dahl-Bredine and friends play at the amphitheater?


Sunday, November 7:


--7:00 p.m. (?) All Souls Procession, Tuscon.




So a little explanation...a lot of this comes from just trying to capture the people and not book anything on top of anything else, thus packing it all in on Sat. the 30th. This complicates the going-to-Tuscon thing, because that's the next weekend. I still want to go, as does Hamilton, who has the truck and trailer. Jamie and I advise against doing the parade on November 6, both because everyone's done with Halloween by then and, there's all the events on the 30th, so we should just pack it all in then. I'm really into "The Knights" performance, plus, it's really not very complicated (besides the fact it will require about 11 people, which, I guess, does make it a bit complicated...). We've always put effort into these cool puppet plays, but only performed them once. I'd like to do a couple of performances, build up our chops a little, grow it, create more opportunity for people to see them. Plus, Jamie really wants to have an amphitheater warming party at this place he found, and the city getting into developing something like this, so it's got some backing there, too.


As an alternative, we could just nix the all the stuff on Sat. the 6th. If we still want to do a second performance of the play and/or music at the Boston Hill amphitheater, we could do it instead on Sunday the 31st. I don't know--how does that feel for everyone?


That's what we got. I'd suggest to those who are interested in commenting to go ahead and send an email back out to all the puppeteers, hash it out here in Internetland so when we get together on Wednesday, we can just build stuff and have fun with puppets. Because, in the end, screw logistics. They're just not funny enough.


Best regards to everyone,


Andrew
2010-09-17 Andrew Tegarden

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Dia of the Dead Meeting
Let's all get together sometime this week and talk about Dia de los Muertos! Yeeah! Puppet season!


How about this Wednesday at 5:30 at the bicycle house? Let's just set it for that unless someone just really thinks another day is better for everyone.


Here's some things to think about before we meet:
--How's Saturday, Oct 30 for the parade and performance?
--The "Bicicleta Fiesta" is getting scheduled to coincide, and it's a fundraiser for Monsoon Puppets.
--Advertising.
--New puppets, parade, and performance ideas.
--I could also organize a special workshop of stuff I learned from the mask workshop in California and Bread and Puppet, maybe something open to the community and advertised.


See you Wednesday!
2010-09-12 Andrew Tegarden

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puppet building
Hwdy all,

Andrew is coming back on Sept 8. I am absolutely jones'en to build the romping skeletons (check youtube).
It is looking like this year could be a celebration of boston hill, with a fun run (jim McIntaush), fun(d) raiser mnt. bike ride, music at the amplitheter, and perhaps play in the caves.

The puppet-room and greenhouse is ready for puppeting. Let me know what times work for people. Tentatively, lets shoot for an evening and a day. I am going to start building on wen.(s).

I don't want to talk too much about themes until andrew is back, but I do love the four horse/ant men of the Apocalypse (we always expect catastrophe to ride in on magnificent beasts, when perhaps we should be watching the incrementalism of our own ant-ish behaviors). The exoskeletal "bones" on ants riding endoskeletal horses is just killing me. Perhaps we will need ants crawling out the eye sockets (ants got eye sockets?) to show they are dead. WOW! This is going to be great!

Perhaps We can begin work on generic skeletons until the Andrew's arrival.

jamie
2010-08-24 jamie thomson

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Some Posts from Bread and Puppet!
Here's my latest posts on the puppet blog (with a few slight edits):

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Story Idea for Dia de Los Muertos:


The Tranquiladores and Friends are having a picnic in the park. Some are relaxing, eating and sunbathing and napping and such, others are juggling and slacklining, etc.


Enter the Four Horsemen. They introduce themselves, and give an oath as the "Knights of Infinite Resignation." Then, they transform into ants and carry off the picnic and all the ones lying down (who all get carried off, go willingly). They carry them to the Underworld. The Tranquiladors keep juggling and don't notice the Four Antsmen carry off the picnic until it's too late. The Underworld (the Haunted House perhaps?). Can have little separate scenes going on using any of our stock Day of the Dead characters.


After the Tranquiladores notice that the picnicers are gone, they do something unthinkably/dispicably/absurdly cool and are therefore able to cross over into the underworld. There, they reunite with the others. They all pick up where they left off, continuing the picnic anew, some putting ON extra closes--to "moonbath." The Moon (a new puppet, similar to the Sun) comes out as the new goddess. The Sun waves from the opposite side from the Underworld.2010-08-23 Andrew Tegarden

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Hey everyone!

I'm in Vermont right now, at the Glover Library below the Bread and Puppet Theater, which is up the hill!


I saw a good show last night, and there's more shows this weekend, including the circus and pagent. Wow!


Here's some ideas I have for new events, just the basics:


Four Horsemen of the Apocolyps (Jamie, existential enought for you? Plus, either we could do either broom stick horses, 'hobby horses,' or folks with just horse heads on--whichever): The Four Horsemen are the Knights of Infinite Resignation, and Perseus is the Tranquilador who goes to the underworld or something.


Puppet Music Performance (take a favorite song and choreograph it with puppets, like MTV but more like MPV). I'm thinking a lot about "Neon Moon" right now--doing some moon puppets and moon puppet accessories.


More later!


Wish me luck--I'm still trying to find a way to stick around here for another week.


[p.s.: I will now be renting a room for a week from the Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Potter in Glover. They really need someone more whose month to month, but it's the end of this month, so they said I can stay. Plus, Mr. Potter's on oxygen, and they need extra help organizing the wood pile that just got delivered!]
2010-08-23 Andrew Tegarden

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Story Idea for Dia de Los Muertos:


The Tranquiladores and Friends are having a picnic in the park. Some are relaxing, eating and sunbathing and napping and such, others are juggling and slacklining, etc.


Enter the Four Horsemen. They transform into ants and carry off the picnic and all the ones lying down (who all get carried off willingly). They carry them to the Underworld (the Haunted House perhaps?). The Tranquiladors keep juggling and don't notice the Four Antsmen carry off the picnic until it's too late.


After the Tranquiladores notice that the picnicers are gone, they do something unthinkably/dispicably/absurdly cool and are therefore able to cross over into the underworld. There, they reunite with the others. They all pick up where they left off, continuing the picnic anew, some putting ON extra closes--to "moonbath." The Moon (a new puppet, similar to the Sun) comes out as the new goddess. The Sun waves from the opposite side from the Underworld.2010-08-23 Andrew Tegarden

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Hey everyone!

I'm in Vermont right now, at the Glover Library below the Bread and Puppet Theater, which is up the hill!


I saw a good show last night, and there's more shows this weekend, including the circus and pagent. Wow!


Here's some ideas I have for new events, just the basics:


Four Horsemen of the Apocolyps (Jamie, existential enought for you? Plus, either we could do either broom stick horses, 'hobby horses,' or folks with just horse heads on--whichever): The Four Horsemen are the Knights of Infinite Resignation, and Perseus is the Tranquilador who goes to the underworld or something.


Puppet Music Performance (take a favorite song and choreograph it with puppets, like MTV but more like MPV).


More later!


Wish me luck--I'm still trying to find a way to stick around here for another week.


Andrew2010-08-21 Andrew Tegarden

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day of the dead
Puppeteers,

I was just talking to Gary Stailey and he is all excited about the amphitheater on Boston Hill. He got me thinking about the possibility of doing a bike festival that ends with local bands playing,pickamania style, and some beer flowing (perhaps we can get joe hutto or the spa to serve high desert brew?)

What do people think of teaming up with jim and chris mcIntaush's fun run in the am and doing the parade/music in the afternoon? This may give us the critical mass of parents, kiddos, and goofballs for making a real scene.

It might be cool to have all the cyclists and runners start off from gough park--parade style with running skeletons,etc.... Then in the evening we would have our parade proper to the amphitheater where we could listen to music, have a hot dog, drink a beer, do a skit,and play with puppets.

I'm not working for the uni. so i'll have time to work on this. Please let me know since we are applying for some promotion grants.

Do we have other idea or considerations for the day of the dead festivities?

jamie

2010-08-17 jamie thomson

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first fridays in august

Howdy all,

Anybody wanna ride bikes and play with puppets on friday from 6-9pm downtown (market or yankee)? I'll be wearing the stilts and cow head. We will also have bike repair stuff going on.

More importantly, should we begin thinking of what we want to do for day of the dead????Perhaps the knights of infinite resignation, a.k.a. el tranquio-adores, oughta do something fittingly silly.

jamie
2010-08-02 jamie thomson

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rusted metal
I fully agree about the paint. We can take it out of the monsoon budget. Is there any way we can store the metal at hamilton's? Or does anyone have a protected space we could store the metal at?


jamie
2010-02-15 jamie thomson

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rust
There is over one hundred and fifty dollars of steel (between the puppet stage and the rolling bull) rusting away in Jamie's back yard.

I think we should consider using a little of the door money to get good primer and enamel and paint the steel structures, for future use.




2010-02-15 Bill Neely

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we're an inspiration
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ross Thomson
Date: Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 11:56 AM
Subject: Tour of the Gila Bike Race
To: racemistress@tourofthegila.com, silvercitynm@mykoa.com
Cc: ken munro , marj_ross@yahoo.ca


We are retired boomers who enjoy traveling, especially in the American Southwest. In 2009 we traveled to Silver City en route to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. As it turned out we were fortunate enough to be in your community for the Tour of the Gila Bike Race featuring, of course, Lance Armstrong. We had a terrific host at the KOA campground. The owner clearly is a strong community booster. Based on her recommendation we attended much of the race, including the Criterium. This brings me to the point of this e-mail.

During the kids' races we were fascinated to see this huge puppet made out of plastic bottles and manned by a group of 5 or 6 adults. It was fun to watch and added greatly to the atmosphere surrounding the races. We took a number of pictures with the idea of borrowing the concept and bringing it north for use in our community's motor less Christmas parade. See attached photos.

We were delighted with the outcome and had a lot of fun putting it together. We wanted to acknowledge that your event was the inspiration.

If it isn't too much trouble, we would appreciate it if you could share this e-mail with the folks who put together the bike puppet. You live in a great part of the world. We look forward to our next visit.


Sincerely,

Marj and Ross Thomson
Kemble, Ontario
Canada
N0H 1S0

see the pictures http://nfo.edu/puppet/canada0110/

2010-02-10 Bill Neely

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DOT COM'mmmmmmmm
We are a real dot com now. I bought two years of name-serving and the webname monsoonpuppets.com.

The pages are still on the nfo.edu server, but clicking on monsoonpuppets.com directs you there. It was cheap ($20 for two years). If we want to do more commercial stuff, we can also use the godaddy.com server, with additional charges. We also own the webname (if we continue to pay the $10 /per year in the future).

2010-02-07 Bill Neely

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I wish it was a little warmer. The structure for the big bull is about done, and will be at Jamie's by Monday.

It's a little hard to work outside right now.


2010-01-28 Bill Neely

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Ferdinand and Marguerite
Here's a synopsis of the play, as far as Jamie and I have figured:



Setting:


A flower-filled pasture with a tree and a bull ring, a fence separating the two.



Scene 1:



Ferdinand is in the pasture ambling about, flower sniffing, contemplating, sitting, stretching, etc. His sister Marguerite comes along, all ampped up, and makes it known that she will be the first cow to be a famous bull in the bull ring. She's training hard, like a Navy Seal. Ferdinand, who cares for his sister deeply, watchs with interest, and concern, for he is aware of what happens in the bull ring, and finally takes her aside to try to get her to relax a little, to come contemplate with him. "Here," he seems to say, "let me show you my favorite flower patch." He takes her there. Ferdinand attempts to get through to her, about the nature of bull fighting, but he doesn't try very hard, and doesn't really get through. He just sits with her. She relaxes a bit with him, smelling flowers. They roll around in the sun-lit grass, but then they spook a bee, which stings Marguerite, who again gets over-agitated, and bucks and stomps, tears flowing down her cheeks. She seems to say, "Why? Why is it like this? Why do I get stung? Why can't I be in the bull ring? It's not fair!" And in her tantrum, she breaks off one of Ferdinand's horns. Ferdinand is like, "Oh, well, I don't care about my horn. It's not a big deal. It's alright. Here, you can have my horn if you want." There's a moment where she takes Ferdinand's horn, and attaches it to her head, and they both face the audience, cheek to cheek, his horn going off to the left, her new horn off to the right, a raven then alights upon them, making a trinity of sorts. They separate, the raven flying off and perching on the fence. Ferdinand is like, "You want my other horn, too? because you can have it if you want." Marguerite is like, "Oh that's so nice of you, but I couldn't. Here, I know, I'll make my own second horn." She goes to work building a second horn. You can imagine what this might look like and mean. The Raven, watching the events from the fence, is like, "Wow, this is ridculously cool, I gotta tell my friends about this one," and flies off to the bull ring.




Scene 2:



Rodeo clowns are stretching in the bull ring, warming up, laughing and joking around. The Raven, who happens to be a rodeo clown too, pantomimes the recent events of the pasture. The rodeo clowns slap each other on the back and jovially run out of the bull ring to the pasture, vaulting the fence with ease. They're out for a good time, and meet and greet all the animals of the pasture, including Ferdinand and Marguerite, bowing to each. With glints in there eyes, they slap Marguerite on the rump. Marguerite, glinting in return, to the rodeo clowns and to the audience, begins to chase them about. It becomes a dance of sorts; the clowns and Marguerite both full of merriment. They vault [via exercise trampolines] over Marguerite as she charges, they break dance to and fro, and they bless her by throwing colored powder on her. Ferdinand, giggles and chuckles throughout. After much bull jumping, perhaps at sunset, the rodeo clowns bid there farewells, and return to the bull ring, where they pantomime the recent events of the pasture. Noticing the clowns, is Matador Mounts, along with other bull ring officials. They take interest in what the clowns are describing. "New bulls? We are in need of new bulls. I will have to check this out for myself," they say.




Scene 3:



Matador Mounts and the officials, with torches in there hands, go to the pasture that evening. They have keys to the gate in the fence. Ferdinand is up late, watching the fire flies dance with the stars. Marguerite is sleeping peacefully. Ferdinand, noticing the matador and officials with torches realizes that this is not good. But, it's time, and somehow accepts their fate.




Scene 4:



Cut to the bull ring. A crowd is assembled [lights up on the actual audience]. Matador Mounts regaled with medals. A band is amongs the audience; they're friends of the rodeo clowns (the Raven is now one of the musicians). Ferdinand is center ring; Marguerite is in a pin like the ones bull riders get ready in. Matador Mounts makes a speech about all his certificates from bull fighting school. He struts about pompously and readies to fight Ferdinand. Ferdinand, of course, just blinks, and is unrileable. The band in the audience, trying to help the situation, strikes up a tune. Mounts is mad, and shushes the band, telling everyone, "No way, Jose. This is no bull fight music. Stop that ratchet. Here, I'll put on a CD." He puts something on that's really starchy and not pleasing. Ferdinand is still unrileable. Matador Mounts then goes ahead and spears Ferdinand, unprovoked. Ferdinand just blinks. Marguerite at this point IS riled up, beating and bucking at the gate-lock. Matador Mounts is like, "Get this bull out of here," to Ferdinand. "I know," the matador says, "it's the turf here in the bull ring. It is unkept. I'll just have to mow it myself." He gets a lawn mower from off stage and begins to mow down all the flowers that have sprung up in the ring. The rodeo clowns, realizing that this is no way for a matador to act-- to attack just because it's the nature of the institution and not because it was provoked, or to misunderstand and abuse the mythology of graceful defence of heedless hostility--the rodeo clowns sneak over to Marguerite's gate, glints in all their eyes, and open it. Marguerite pauses briefly, a gesture of checked aggression, then charges. Matador Mounts is currently bent over, pulling at a weed, rump at fullmoon phase. Major goring ensues. Quiet. Cow snot and heavy breathing with Marguerite looking around. We see that Matador Mount's spear is stuck not in any of Ferdinand's soft parts, but rather in the nub of where his horn used to be, essentially creating a second horn. The band strikes back up, and the rodeo clowns invite audience members to bull jump with them. They attach prizes to Marguerite's horns and let audience members try to snatch them off. Ferdinand ambles around. Lights dim briefly on stage, and from above, a spot light is cast on Matador Mounts, who has on an apron and is sharpening a butcher knife. All look up. Lights come back up on the stage, everyone shrugs, and the fun continues, unanxiously.




This is just a draft, everyone. It certainly has some issues that we should all talk about. Please, make comments. Something that I would still like to see in here, is Mardi Gras-ish elements. Any ideas? Is the villian okay with everyone? In the original Ferdinand story, the matador doesn't spear Ferdinand exactly because Ferdinand doesn't fight. The original story honors the matabor/bull contract. The matador/bull contract is that of agression matching aggression. It is indeed a fight: the bull is angry and heedless, the matador uber-capable of checking that aggression. In the original Ferdinand story, there wasn't violence by the bull, so there shouldn't be violence by the matador. Of course, this isn't to mention how bull fighting is inhuman to begin with, that it's immoral to provoke someone or something that has a proclivity for violence, and then claim self-defence--that's just asking for it, and absolutely unfair if you know you already have an upper hand, and therefore it's tragic for the bull. I guess the main issue I have with our play is the violence. That maybe we should just not have any violence, even if it is cartoon violence. But it is really really interesting, on these levels I'm talking about here, the deal with the violence, to bring it back into the story. Maybe matadors should get gored, and more often. And we should be praising bull jumping, in the femine sense, and be utterly disgusted by bull fighting, transcendental tragedy or no. Anyways, food for thought.



Best regards,


Andrew


2010-01-26 Andrew Tegarden

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Ferdinand's Folly
Hey All You Great People,

Coming back VERY shortly, by the end of next week, ready to roll.

Anyone make a flyer yet for the parade? Someone get me all pertinent info, and I'll do it. That's the most important part right now: getting the word out. No, not getting the word out, but being on record with what's up. Oh, and someone talk to Rodney of the Haunted House, and Manda Jost about participating. And call up all the Krewes you can think of! Pronto! Not now, but right now! It's soooo important.

Also, I talked to Jamie. Something about not doing a play with the parade? That's crazy talk. I'll pick up the slack if people are feeling overwelmed. If we're making bulls, we can put on a bull-related play. by the way, the parade flyer doesn't have to mention a play. The play could have it's own flyer. Jamie's giving a lot of thought writing a very practical play for us. I'll do all the PR for it, cast it, get Jean and A-Space ready (i.e. sets, with Patrick hopefully, but not necissarily), and run the rehearsals. But, of course, I'll need some of you to actually come to rehearsals. Again, I'm thinking we should do three rehearsals: something like Sunday Feb 7th (minimal puppets), Thursday Feb 11 (full puppets), and Friday Feb 12 (dress rehearsal, ie puppets with dresses on). How does that work for you, Bill and Cindy? Patrick, Jamie? Maria? Ella? Tasha, I'd love it if you could do lights; I'll help. Cat? Hamilton? Georgia? Anne Marie, do you have anyone that could help? Joe maybe? All the rest of you?

I already have a flyer design for the play. All I need is a little inkling of approval.

Here's a check list for everything:
--Hang out in puppet studio
--Get flyers out
--Get krewes psyched
--Get Music
--Find a King or Queen
--Set Parade route with police
--Other PR
--Write a play
--Go to reheasals
--Perform a play

It's simple! Not to mention fun! Did I mention it's fun? Yeah!

Bestest regards,
Andrew
2010-01-14 Andrew Tegarden

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puppet meeting
The meeting went smoothly, with the puppets doing all of the talking. Susie Snowflake recorded the minutes. The theme is patterned after the "Running of the Bulls", in Pamplona Spain. Despite the obvious danger involved, the puppets felt they could rise again from any mishaps with a little paint and needle and thread.

Several key points were discussed:

* 1. The date will be Saturday February 13th, during the Chocolate Fantasia.
* 2. Jamie will work on a permit, to allow free range of Bulls up and down Bullard, during the parade.
* 3. A large Bull (with an embedded stereo for Flamenco music) will be in the center of the parade, threatening existing puppets.
* 4. Puppet 'runners' and mobile 'bulls' will range in the rest of the street.
* 5. Human powered bikers and skateboarders will be actively recruited to make puppets and participate.
* 6. In that same vein, satellite puppet Krewes are encouraged to form and participate in 'The Running of the Puppets', and future parades.
* 7. The next puppet play will be on the Fourth of July.

The meeting with links and pictures is posted on the puppet page. I would like to add some names and contacts for help with new Krewes, please get back to me ASAP. Also it would be great to set up times for a first few workshops.



2010-01-07 Bill Neely

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Puppet Andrew and His Flattered Original
I wanted to get this to everyone before the meeting, at least this. I, for one, didn't look at the puppet page often, but did check my email. So for you email only people, here's what I posted on the blog...again. I so wish I could be there. I'm hopefully coming back early the week of the 17th. Stay warm, suckers! --Andrew in 50+ degree Corpus Christi

Hey everyone,

So Bill, when someone posts like this, does everyone get sent an email of the post? If that's what's happening, and it seems like it is, awesome. You the man!

I'll be at the meeting in spirit. I guess it's too much of a hassle to try to set up teleconference style. I want to do that, but no need to bother. Here in a few days, I'll make another post of anything new I have.

I don't really have anything right now. I'm trying to think of how to build the main characters, you know, what style of puppet they should be. It would be great if Ferdinand could be a four legged puppet with two people inside, maybe using just the big-head-mounted-on-a-bicycle-helmet approach for the front puppeteer, the back puppeteer 'operating' the rear.

Or, and maybe this is more meaningful, it's just one puppeteer with the bike-helmet head, and they walk (mostly) upright.

I'm really really interested in the 'bull jumping' for Ferdinand's sister, and really make her story as important as the Ferdinand story. Jamie, everybody, any suggestions as to the story. It seems to work the whole Ferdinand's sister (name?) making her own horns (a crazy metal-looking contraption of horns, sleek and modern yet abstract and contrived) then getting choosen/convinced by street artists to be apart of a bull jumping act. The bull jumping act, of course, is a dance, and Ferdinand's sister is clearly performancing, and partnering, 50-50 with the jumpers. Here's a picture: http://www.minoanatlantis.com/pix/Bull_Leaping_Fresco_Knossos.jpg, and some Wiki info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bull-leaping.

So, there's several kinds of traditional 'bull leaping:' There's the Minoan where the horns are grabbed and the bull's head-bucking throws the acrobat who then does a flip or somersault; Minoan acrobats have long, black, almost dreaded hair and are essentially shirtless or without draping clothing. There's the French where teams dodge and leap around acrobatically, sort of clowning around; they wear brocade waistcoats. There's the Spanish version where the leaper pole vaults the bull; they might wear sashes and ruby-red slippers. There's the Indian version, where money is attached to the bull's horns and the participants try get the money as a prize. All the acrobat costumes come with something that ribbon through the air or is a point of bright color. Me? I can't decide which I like more. They're all good.

At any rate, our bull puppets are going to need to be very mobile.

With any of our old puppets, I'm thinking we just let workshop participants fashion horns for them, and we just attach them somehow. I mean, Emptyhead with horns, trying to run after people--it's beautiful!

Okay, so enough about the builds, something about logistics: I definitely want to put on a theatrical production at A Space. Who's with it? It's going to be crazy--we need extra help. And we need to get the word out ASAP. Like, give me any and all info from this next meeting, and I'll make a flyer by the next week. We gotta get it out. The flyer needs listed a schedule workshops, rehearsals, and Feb. 13 events. What are we going to do about A Space? $100 space fee, place a percentage of the donations? Suggested donation $5? Where are we going to get seats? Bike Krewe: get Dave Baker involved. Skater Krewe: get Damien involved. Also a Wellness Krewe. Virus Krewe: get Teresa involved. Yeah, then there's Mardi Gras: what other krewes? How about Animal Shelter Krewe, and we have dogs in the parade, and we do something for animal rights? Oh, and we need a king or queen, someone famous: Teresa, Janey Katz, Don Coyote, Bill Richardson, Counts?--somebody real, someone that's a celebrity. Yeah, and let's definitely try to raise a little bit of money if we can, just something so we can break even, or have a little extra to play with for next October.

Oh, and a friend of mine in Marfa, Texas wants us to do a one or two week workshop and performance at their theater. I have a call into him right now and will get back to you when I have anything more.

Geez, what else? Oh, and I need to talk to everyone about that grant that I'm getting. I'm thinking more and more to use it to start a business as a "service center," my main client being Monsoon Puppets. I don't really know what this means, but it would probably include a tool library, building material salvage operation, and workshop/consultation. I might suggest that Puppets hire me on occasion to do whatever Puppets want me to do. It's all entirely meaningless, though, as far as puppets go. Puppets abide.

Best regards, everyone, and much LOVE, and happy birthday, Patrick,
Andrew 2010-01-03 Andrew Tegarden
2010-01-03 Andrew Tegarden

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Hey everyone,


So Bill, when someone posts like this, does everyone get sent an email of the post? If that's what's happening, and it seems like it is, awesome. You the man!


I'll be at the meeting in spirit. I guess it's too much of a hassle to try to set up teleconference style. I want to do that, but no need to bother. Here in a few days, I'll make another post of anything new I have.


I don't really have anything right now. I'm trying to think of how to build the main characters, you know, what style of puppet they should be. It would be great if Ferdinand could be a four legged puppet with two people inside, maybe using just the big-head-mounted-on-a-bicycle-helmet approach for the front puppeteer, the back puppeteer 'operating' the rear.


Or, and maybe this is more meaningful, it's just one puppeteer with the bike-helmet head, and they walk (mostly) upright.


I'm really really interested in the 'bull jumping' for Ferdinand's sister, and really make her story as important as the Ferdinand story. Jamie, everybody, any suggestions as to the story. It seems to work the whole Ferdinand's sister (name?) making her own horns (a crazy metal-looking contraption of horns, sleek and modern yet abstract and contrived) then getting choosen/convinced by street artists to be apart of a bull jumping act. The bull jumping act, of course, is a dance, and Ferdinand's sister is clearly performancing, and partnering, 50-50 with the jumpers. Here's a picture: http://www.minoanatlantis.com/pix/Bull_Leaping_Fresco_Knossos.jpg, and some Wiki info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bull-leaping.


So, there's several kinds of traditional 'bull leaping:' There's the Minoan where the horns are grabbed and the bull's head-bucking throws the acrobat who then does a flip or somersault; Minoan acrobats have long, black, almost dreaded hair and are essentially shirtless or without draping clothing. There's the French where teams dodge and leap around acrobatically, sort of clowning around; they wear brocade waistcoats. There's the Spanish version where the leaper pole vaults the bull; they might wear sashes and ruby-red slippers. There's the Indian version, where money is attached to the bull's horns and the participants try get the money as a prize. All the acrobat costumes come with something that ribbon through the air or is a point of bright color. Me? I can't decide which I like more. They're all good.


At any rate, our bull puppets are going to need to be very mobile.


With any of our old puppets, I'm thinking we just let workshop participants fashion horns for them, and we just attach them somehow. I mean, Emptyhead with horns, trying to run after people--it's beautiful!


Okay, so enough about the builds, something about logistics: I definitely want to put on a theatrical production at A Space. Who's with it? It's going to be crazy--we need extra help. And we need to get the word out ASAP. Like, give me any and all info from this next meeting, and I'll make a flyer by the next week. We gotta get it out. The flyer needs listed a schedule workshops, rehearsals, and Feb. 13 events. What are we going to do about A Space? $100 space fee, place a percentage of the donations? Suggested donation $5? Where are we going to get seats? Bike Krewe: get Dave Baker involved. Skater Krewe: get Damien involved. Also a Wellness Krewe. Virus Krewe: get Teresa involved. Yeah, then there's Mardi Gras: what other krewes? How about Animal Shelter Krewe, and we have dogs in the parade, and we do something for animal rights? Oh, and we need a king or queen, someone famous: Teresa, Janey Katz, Don Coyote, Bill Richardson, Counts?--somebody real, someone that's a celebrity. Yeah, and let's definitely try to raise a little bit of money if we can, just something so we can break even, or have a little extra to play with for next October.


Oh, and a friend of mine in Marfa, Texas wants us to do a one or two week workshop and performance at their theater. I have a call into him right now and will get back to you when I have anything more.


Geez, what else? Oh, and I need to talk to everyone about that grant that I'm getting. I'm thinking more and more to use it to start a business as a "service center," my main client being Monsoon Puppets. I don't really know what this means, but it would probably include a tool library, building material salvage operation, and workshop/consultation. I might suggest that Puppets hire me on occasion to do whatever Puppets want me to do. It's all entirely meaningless, though, as far as puppets go. Puppets abide.


Best regards, everyone, and much LOVE, and happy birthday, Patrick,
Andrew 2010-01-03 Andrew Tegarden

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puppet meeting for Running of the Puppets
There will be a puppet meeting at 6:30 at Jamie's House on Wednesday the 6th. Bring a sock puppet of your persona if inspired.


2010-01-03 Bill Neely

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I like the calf contest. We are still coming from a biking exercise thing.

I like the concept of having biking bulls and skate-boarding bulls running through the crowd of puppets, etc, with red sashes. It may take some conceptual training with the police, so we have a 'space' between two squad cars, instead of a simple parade with a natural end.

The most important thing this year, I think, is to include separate Krewes (eg. skateboard crowd), with enough time for them to get their act together. It would be great to get together ASAP in the New Year.
2009-12-29 Bill Neely

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So Ferdinand in the original story gets stung by a bee when the bullfighting committee comes to select a bull, and he jumps and kicks and bucks frantically which the committee thinks is Ferdinand being the most aggressive bull in the pasture.

So we definitely need a "Bee of the Flowers" character. And lots of flowers.

I really like Jamie's idea of the matador: Presidente Mounts.

And the "Calf Contest." Sort of like a baby pagent but for people's legs.

And Ferdinand's sister, a cow who really does want to fight in the ring, and who's perplexed that Ferdinand get's choosen instead of her, because she's fashioned herself the best 'horns' of them all (let's do that instead of cajones). Instead of being choosen for the ring, she get's choosen by traveling street artists for a bull jumping act.

Oh, and everyone check out A Space. It looks like the best place to do an indoor thing on February 13.

I'd say one of the most important things we can do right now is get the word out. Maybe we should schedule rehearsals like right now, say three days of the seven days the week before February 13 so people can put it on their calendars now. A come one come all rehearsal call.

What do you all think?

Oh, and Bill and Cindy, sorry about missing the workshop.

Best regards,
Andrew2009-12-23 Andrew Tegarden

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puppet ideas

Puppeteers,

I saw this on you-tube. I think we could create four legged stilt creatures with this sort
of bouncing head (kind of minataur or bull head). the arm stilts will make the head more stable and will make the thing look much crazyier.

I have an idea for the play that involves
the bovininan twins: Merenciano Sena (hephestus) and Incarnacion Sena(athena)
a bumbling matador (president mounts)
don coyote

The idea is that the Merenciano is a boy philospher builder/artist (modeled after Bill Neeley and hephestus) who is not interested in fighting so much as in theater and the redemptive possiblities of the morally repugnant act.

Incarnacion (modeled after Cindy Neeley and jesus/athena) is a girl warrior. She is totally into the competition and the matching of wits but can't be considered for the fight because she lacks the literal but not figurative jeavos.

Both feel like the bull fight, like all traditions, need to be brought up to date so that they maintain their relevancy.

As they are growing up, dialog between the two will describe the two characters.

Before the bulls for the main fight are selected Merenciano will build Incarnacion some massive balls and during the tryout a bee stings merenciano, so the judges end up picking both for the bull fight.

At the bullfight President mounts will chuck a dagger at merenciano when his back is turned. Seeing this, don coyote will jump out of the stands and tell him what a embarrasment he is to all things masculine. True style comes from knowing your opponent.

President mounts will be like "but look at my medals...this one says I graduated in bull from western".

Don Coyote: yes but you still suck. give me your cape.

He jumps into the ring and starts the fight with merenciano. They'll end up building a puppet instead of fighting and then incarnacion will step in for the next dance.

the two exchange the cape, do some wicked swing moves, and end up skewing themselves like jesus on the cross.

to be reborn three hours later in the tavern as everyone is gathered to retell the stories of the carnival festivities.





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGTUo0tLrRQ&NR=1
2009-12-01 jamie thomson

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Lighted Christmas Parade
The bicyclists have a spot in the parade this Saturday. Light your bike and meet at Black and Market between 6 and 6:30.

We are group 32F - Sponsor - Monsoon Puppets.

ps we have a bunch of light sticks.


2009-11-24 Bill Neely

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First Mardi Gras Meeting
There will be a Mardi Gras meeting at Jamie's house on December 5th at 1PM.

The theme was decided at the party and will be:
"The Running of the Puppets". The parade will be on February 13th.

Suggestions out there include:
a couple of workshops
recruiting krewes to join
one krewe could be skateboard bulls
red shashes

Blog away

Bill
2009-11-24 Bill Neely

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Puppet party
We will be celebrating another successful parade on this Thursday the 19th at Bill and Cindy's house 6PM on.

Here is a link to get here: http://nfo.edu/zm2.jpg

There will be food and beer. You can bring a guest but please RSVP in any case, so we can plan on supplies.

See you then...

Bill and Cindy

2009-11-14 Bill Neely

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Puppet Theater
The new Puppet Theater design is on the Web page under 2009. link:
http;//nfo.edu/puppet/theater

Hopefully, we will bring the framework to the puppet build tomorrow. (Wednesday).

2009-10-06 Bill Neely

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Hello everyone. I am upgrading some security so I'm making a few tests. When someone new signs up, they have to be approved manually before they can post to the site or use email lists. This should happen the same day, or as soon as I see it.

I have to make sure the server does suffer an attack.
2009-09-29 Bill Neely

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puppet meeting
Howdy all,
lets meet and talk about day of the dead, haunted house, etc... I propose meeting at my house this Wen. evening (a week from today). How does 7pm sound?

jamie
2009-08-19 jamie thomson

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Pluto is a great 'planet' too. I feel sorry for it since the demotion. Any planet is fine. We could make the resident puppets kind of frigid, awful word,-- perhaps frosty...

Pluto is still hard for our current technology to penetrate, so it ready IS up for grabs.

2009-04-13 Bill Neely

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blog addition
all,

Bill and I just added something else to the blog. Check it out.

Everyone who is on facebook should tell all their friends to check out the monsoon puppet blog. The more goofy ideas we have the better.

moseltov,
jamie
2009-04-09 jamie thomson

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I really like Bill's idea of calling back the dead...though how about from pluto instead of mars..I mean give a dog a bone. whoops, i digress.....

In calling back the dead, what if we ask ourselves, "what has death taught the dead...what can they teach us about our time alive?"

My guess is that the death teaches priority. The dead are probably not interested in their stock portfolios, or if the yankees win, or how they are going to afford their next new car. My guess is that death helps them remember a childhood priority on rediculousness...because death clears away the non-essential.

So what better way to call the dead, than to create an animated music machine that is fueled off of beer, bongo-drums, and gummy worms?




2009-04-09 jamie thomson

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When the Dead are found on Mars in another dimension, we can get the audience to yell first names of lost friends and family. This recharges the dead, even across another dimension.

2009-04-05 Bill Neely

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day of the dead and Jim Hanson Grants
All,
Can everybody check out the blog on the website? http://nfo.edu/puppet

Bill and Cindy have started the ball rolling with some great ideas. Read their postings and mine and see what you think...We may use these ideas in applying for a grant from the Jim Hanson foundation.

Please read the postings and add your persectives. We'll have a meeting to hash out some of these ideas as soon as everyone has a chance to weigh in.

thanks,

jamie

2009-04-03 jamie thomson

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Great ideas! I love them!

I only have one question/comment:

Should the music be transmitted to MARS if the universes are parallel? It seems like it should be transmitted to another dimension on earth that we could call, I don't know, aquarius. This way we could realize we have been in "the age of aquarious" (if only we had listened to them hippies) all along...but were merely trying to find the party at the wrong address (dimension). Connecting us to the proper dimension requires 60's goofiness (does this mean time travel?). Perhaps our einstein character could wear John Lennon glasses and the day of the dead could then be somewhat dedicated (or costumes could be themed) toward scientist/artists of the past?

Could the parallelness may be expressed with the upside down masks that Andrew is constructing where beard is hair, or the facial and forhead masks that were used in Borders?

So what exactly does the music time machine look like? What do you think about silly string that shoots out to the aquarius dimension? We could spray the audience with the silly string but forwarn them to put on "eye protection" (the masks of aquarius) and capacity to participate in creating the music from the time/dimension machine?

hum.

jamie

2009-04-03 jamie thomson

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Dream-Heaven-Space Travel Puppets

Don Coyote and others hang motionless in 'storage' among the puppets of past years. Mariachi guitars are spread on the floor.

Despite their imobility they talk (lament) about their limited experience, living only in Silver City. If they only could explore on their own.? They discover that they can, as long as no humans are around. They realize that their imagined travels in past performances are 'real'.

Eventually, helped by a brainiac puppet, who looks a bit like Albert Einstein, they play the guitars, which are hooked to sympathizers, producing a harmonic vibrations and are are transported to Mars. (string theory)

There we see giant puppets (black light) and suspended glowing globes, and 'dead Earthlings'. Einstein was right, there are more dimensions. Multiple universes exist side-by-side. Puppets only need the thought of their creator to have an existence of their own. The dead exist forever....

Puppet innovation -

Giant internally lit (LED) puppets
Sound equipment
2009-03-25 Bill Neely

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Photos
Thanks for the great time last Saturday. New photos from Sam are up on the site, and a video shouldn't be far behind. Happy Valentine's Day.
2009-02-14 Bill Neely

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EMPTY HEAD AND HIS PERILOUS JOURNEY

The stage is dark. An amplified voice announces "Empty Head and His Perilous Journey."

The spot light comes up on EH wandering around aimlessly. His body language is depressed and slow.

The stage lights come up as Jaime enters from stage left. He is in a suit. He is an authority type. Jaime walks up to EH and examines him from several angles. Jaime announces "I think that you have god like qualities which I lack! I want to control your power!"

They begin to dance emphasizing rigidity and an out of sync connection between the two. The dance of unfulfillment is played by the accordion player who calls it out like a square dance.

At the end of the dance, Jaime exhorts EH. "I demand that you reinvent the wheel!" A wierd wheeled contraption (Patrick envisions a garden cultivator of the old horsedrawn type with a misshapen and barely functioning single front wheel) comes from withen EH. Jaime attempts to use it on stage. Lights go down.

The river puppet enters behind EH. Lights come up. The river tells Jaime "Just jump in." He does. The river transforms from blue to multi hue. The light on the stage turns many colors. Jaime exits behind River. Animal puppets emerge onto from the river. The animal puppets fill EH with abundance and wrapped gifts.

Jaime reenters and the lights go down on everyone but him. Jaime bows, gives EH a beautiful gift, and states "I understand now."

The lights come back up. Compas starts to play. All the characters form a chorus line and dance.

Fade to black.





2009-01-27 John McSween

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Don Coyote dreams the River. He wants to splash around on such a hot, dusty day.

Thus, the Border is created.

Thus, La Migra is created.

Don Coyote is at first dumbfounded. La Migra and the River dance. Don Coyote puffs his chest. Ideas come to him. "I will smuggle Ideas across the River and past La Migra," he says. This is the chivelrous thing to do.

Don Coyote takes the Ideas, and throws them over the River and over La Migra. Sancho throws his donkey over the River and over La Migra. The Juggler throws his balls. The Mariachi throws his accordian.

La Migra watches as the Ideas fly over her. One after another. She shrugs, goes on about her business. She suns herself on a lawn chair in big sun glasses.

Don Coyote, Sancho, the Juggler, the Mariachi, the River, skip and stroll past the oblivious Migra. They cross without a problem and are gone.

La Migra, alone at sunset, feels dejected. Don Coyote reappears and gets a bright idea. He reaches for her hand, spins her. They dance and twirl until near exhaustion. They trip and calapse, laughing.


2009-01-21 Andrew Tegarden

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Glen gave us tentative permission to set up in the Silco on the afternoon of Friday the 6th. 2009-01-09 John McSween

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I sent a press release to the Mimbres Region Arts Council and with the editorial help of Faye, the following was accepted:



Attention! Attention!
The end is coming and will be replaced by a spectacular new beginning! The exciting Monsoon Puppet Theater will parade down Bullard St. and up Texas St. on Saturday Feb. 7th during Chocolate Fantasia. The parade will begin at the parking lot of the Curious Kumquat at the intersection of Bullard and College at 2:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to join the thousands of puppets on their journey through historic downtown. Following the Chocolate Fantasia award ceremony at Isaacs, The Monsoon Puppet Theater will present their brand new original fantastic stage production at the historic Silco Theater at 5:00 p.m. This is a free production and a one time only event. Arrive early as seating is limited and come prepared to be blown away!



Faye requested that we send a release to the newspapers which I will be happy to do. Is there anything that needs to be edited before doing so.2009-01-09 John McSween

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puppet builds on wend evenings
We will be doing regular puppet builds every wen. starting today. We would like to get one giant puppet done soon so that we can see if the process can by farmed out to other organizations. One big challenge will be figuring out the skeletal structure and articulations....so folks be thinking of that. We will likely be up in the puppet room every evening-ish but for sure someone will be up there on wend's.

jamie
2009-01-07 jamie thomson

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I talked with Carol, and she is not really an 'organizer', but more a sponsor, at the Silco. i.e. Any plan we can set it up with Faye, will work with Carol.

I wonder if we can talk with the police about blocking off the side street for a half an hour for the street performance at two, then go into the Silco for the play, followed by the parade at 3, from the back door. I think all the excitement will help sell a few more CF tickets if needed. Monsoon Puppets - CF can enhance each other, even at prime time.

It seemed like Faye was fine with the 2 play 3 parade times, but just needed some help with the logistics.
2009-01-06 Bill Neely

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We're talking about the timing today, Monday. Because of Faye's ideas about CF, we probably shouldn't have the play until after CF, a la 5:00. That puts the parade at 2 still? It'll give us time inbetween the two, too, because it might have been really hectic otherwise anyways. Too bad the parade can't follow the play :(


It's probably best to keep Faye happy with this. She's not really aware how the puppets, done how they're done best--play followed by parade--would actually help CF and MAC in a big way. Let's just let things be how they can be where everyone is happy, and I'm not unhappy with separating the two. Whatever.


Let's just rock it the best be can from there.


Peas people! 2009-01-05 Andrew Tegarden

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Questions from the Arts Council

Will the street performance be in front of the silco theatre, then you move inside to the theatre for the play? FYI - The Choc Fant info/ticket sales,
etc site is in the lobby of the silco and usually Carol Thompson, the sponsor, has a booth outside the front doors in the entry way....
I just need to confirm the details for the press release. Also, Patrick said he would have a full press release that we can draw from?
Thanks
Faye
2009-01-05 Bill Neely

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spam
Sorry for the spam. We had a person type gibberish into the signup page. I wrote some code to make it harder to do that, and had to test it.

Jamie turned me on to a cool giant plastic bottle puppet. Go to youtube and seach for build giant puppet.

Bill
2009-01-04 Bill Neely

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Sounds like a plan to me2009-01-03 Tasha Cooper

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time
2pm for play (street and inside)
3pm for parade sounds great2009-01-03 Bill Neely

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Hi all,
Thanks to Faye for her feedback, and to Bill for contacting her! I think the ideal time is performance at 2, parade at 3. Anyone else have opinions?

2009-01-02 Maria Casler

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Hi bill
I was going to call Patrick Rogers today. I have been under the weather....anyway, when he and I talked originally I told him that many people complain that they don't have time to get to all the chocolate fant sites. Since the monsoon puppet peoplewanted to draw in that crowd I asked that they either do the performance before orafter the event hours.

HOWEVER - after thinking about it I really don,t think it will matter when you do it. Just plan the time so that it is best for you. It will just add so much to the citement of the event. We are thrilled that this is happening. I think it willall work out good for everyone.

Please pass this message along to Patrick and everyone. I really appreciate him calling me to check with us about the plans.

When you get the info to us I will get it in the promo, but I need it asap.

Thanks and Happy new year to all of you.
Faye
------Original Message------
From: Bill Neely
To: Faye McCalmont
Sent: Dec 31, 2008 6:58 AM
Subject: Monsoon Puppets

Faye,
I'm very involved in the Monsoon Puppet theater. Is this true? The parade (and a short play) have very little time impact, and our mission is mostly directed at
kids. In fact, most complaints revolve around the parade being too short.

I just wanted to check my facts before commenting on the blog below. We want to have a successful event and have a positive impact on your event
at the same time.
Bill2008-12-31 Bill Neely

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Here's a thought for everyone, please respond with your opinions!

Chocolate Fantasia people want us to avoid taking people away from their thing in the afternoon. I think the latest time we could realistically have the parade is at 4 pm, considering the darkness/cold of Feb. That would mean the performance would start at 3 or so, but that seems to be the time Choc Fantasia people would want us to avoid. The other idea would be to start at 11, which doesn't seem ideal for a performance, but could work, with the parade at noon. What do other people think?

Thanks everyone--great ideas shaping up here...Maria Casler2008-12-30 Maria Casler

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here are the latest gestations on the play for folks to consider, play with, or ignore:

theme:perilous journey (this is the heroic journey on the knife edge seperating dream from reality, puppet from puppeteer, a gift's intention vs. expectation, art from action, innovation from institutional will, participation from spectation, etc...)

Short with la migra:

charactors:

Don Coyote: smuggler of personalities/ideas, and errant knight prepared to do battle with la migra in all his manifestations.

La Migra: Authority figues who are boringly obsessive with boundaries and borders. Possible figures: border patrol, university, cleric,

Rocinante: Don Coyote's (trojon) horse. Trusted steed of questionable lineage.

Desmeralda: Don Coyote's muse and inspiration. Prositute to audience, flawless beauty to don coyote.

Rio Grande: Extension of the tight rope and expresive of the murky depts from which all things emerge....also drinking buddy of Don Coyote.


Stage set:

empty of everything except a sleeping don coyote and a hot dry wind, in August as that is "the cruelest month" and is the main reason for monsoon theater). In his dream he invites his drinking buddy and thus creates the border of the us and mexico and, hense la migra.

La migra looks like a uniform with altenative faces revolve like the arms of a water wheel. Coyote becomes the face of scienc as Neuton (who made windmills) and galileo and fights the clergy. He enacts the tension between the twisted logic of the artist and the inertial institutions on which they depend, etc...

in battle, don coyote will use his boots as a percieved lance and get trummled; however every battle will bring ideas, via the stage door into exsistence. He will focus on describing the ironies of static thinking (i.e. that the university is the putative institution of thinking that kills creative thought).


Perhaps we could have the audience become the ideas on their way into becoming the parade.

What i like about this is that don coyote is the tight rope walker, Desmeralda is the tojon horse whose action recapitulates the watermill,
and we have the reccurrent feminine in the butterfly wings, music/puppet strings, tight ropes/monsoon river and desmeralda. It also defines the masculine as an genuine and authentic imperative to re-create the world.

that is it so far...



2008-12-25 jamie thomson

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Will there be meeting Tuesday night??

and what time??2008-12-22 Tasha Cooper

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I figured out the code to correctly print ones normal paragraphs on the page, so no need to worry about html language). You can disregard my previous email about adding special symbols. The read posts page has a new, easier to read, look.

Are we still meeting Tuesday night?

It might be good to get specific about what is needed (ie built) for each scene.
2008-12-15 Bill Neely

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Random things I heard the other night:Borders what is the fence? Puppet - one side is a fence - the other is flowers - holes in the fence and the chickens escape.

Line between what is real and what is illusion. Mardi Gras - not what it seems. Everything is sacred nothing is sacred.

When you have expectations, and then something else comes along - you have to let it in. The happy suprise comes when you don't expect it.

Transformation, tension, borders.

What are borders

Tight rope walking and River crossing are the same thing.

What do the chickens mean.

The mexicans are paying coyote with chickens

money changing at border

2008-12-13 John McSween

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• Begin with a street performance outside. When the crowd prods the performers to walk the tight rope, the bell rings and the ticket taker yells at everyone to get into their seats, "The show is about to begin." The performers run inside first and the crowd follows them.
• On the way through the door, 4 baskets sit under a sign which reads - "Vote With Your Dollars, Choose Where to Spend Your Tax Dollars." The baskets are signed; music, theater, puppets, and war in Iraq"
• The audience sits looking at white sheets sewn together making a curtain. A spot light follows two men come out from the center seam; one carries a box and the other carries a a video camera on a tripod. The man puts the box far stage left and the other sets the video camera up right in front of the box which is revealed to be a miniature marionette band. The marionette band's image is projected live onto the sheet curtain and they start to play music. Yeah their jamming!
• After a while, the sheet curtains open up and a band of human musicians dressed like the marionettes is revealed playing the music. Yeah their jamming too!
• The projected image of the miniature band moves to a white wall right of the audience. Still jamming!
• After a while, puppets come in and pull the platform upon which the human band is playing apart into two pieces, and wheels them to the opposite sides of the stage. Another curtain at the back of the stage opens and a giant marionette band is revealed playing the music. The puppeteers are pulling their strings from far above them, covered from their wastes to the floor by a black curtain which after a while is pulled down by a puppet revealing the puppeteers to be standing on huge stilts. Everyone is jamming!
• The song is over and the giant marionettes take a bow. The curtain closes in front of them.
• puppets move the human band's platform back together in the middle of the stage and they all bow. The sheet curtain closes in front of them.
• The image of the miniature band is moved back to the sheet curtain and they take a bow.
• The house lights raise a little and someone in the front row throws his slurpy at the curtains and yells out "This sucks! I'm getting out of here. Who's with me. I'm getting a refund!"
• A well dressed human walks through the seam of the sheet curtain with a microphone. "I'm sorry sir, there are no refunds." The slurpy thrower says, "Oh man. This sucks. I'm going home to watch some television." The emcee says, "Thank you for your patronage sir." The slupy thrower leaves. The house lights dim and a spotlight hits the emcee. Circus music starts and circus lights start whirling "Welcome ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls to the Monsoon Puppet Theater. Thank you Silver City so much for coming to have fun with us tonight. I hope you want to participate with us tonight because we are going to need some volunteers throughout the night. We are very happy to be part of the Compas reunion. Now we'll be right back. We just have a few words from our sponsors. The emcee disappears behind the sheet curtain and the lights and sounds stop.
• Commercials are projected onto the sheet curtains. Puppets act out scenarios Wal Mart.
• The emcee returns and the house lights turn on. "All right ladies and gentlemen, we're back. We just had to pay some bills is all. As I said earlier, we are going to need help from you tonight periodically throughout the show and now is one of those moments. So can I have two volunteers." The emcee walks through the crowd and picks out a little girl and one of the street performers. The three walk to the stage, the house lights dim and the stage is washed with light. The three stand in front of the sheet curtain and the emcee interviews the two volunteers. He then asks the little girl if she is ready to play a game. Chicken puppets come out carryin a small chicken coop. "All right the rujles of this game are simple. You have one minute to get the chickens into their coop. Large chicken puppets come on stage carrying chickens. A clock puppet comes out and starts counting down. The chicken puppets release the chickens. "All right go go go!" The girl runs around and picks up the chickens and places them into the coop successfully. The emcee and the chicken puppets applaud. "Congratulations little one! You did it! Here you go here's twenty dollars." He gives the girl a twenty dollar bill and explains that she can choose a prize from one of two boxes that two chicken puppets bring out. She chooses a box and pulls out an ice cream cone. The emcee congratulates her again and says that since she did such a good job that she can have the prize from the other box as well. She pulls out the prize and it's a chicken. Everyone applauds and she goes back to her seat.
• "All right street performer are you ready?" "Sure, I think I can get those chickens in the coop." "Actually street performer, we have a different challenge for you. For you street performer, we have-" drum roll - the street curtains open and reveal a tight rope over flames. You're going to walk the tight rope." He tries to get out of it but then the other street performer starts to play a magic flute and he goes up to the tight rope and walks across. Big round of aplause. "What do I get" For you street performer, a big round of applause and a pat on the back." He goes back to his seat. Lots of applause. The band starts to play.
• Chickens start to clean up. The emcee asks for some more volunteers and he and the chicken puppets go through the audience and pick out 20 voulnteers.
• The curtains close. the lights go out. Another commercial - this one is a personal message from the puppet band. They ask the audience to vote with their dollars and to put their tax dollars in the jar labeled music.2008-12-13 John McSween

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I like the action, and the simplicity of the scene overall, makes it possible.

We could make a bunch of Migra and coyote masks.



Does the scene have embedded meaning? Perhaps La Migra could go across the border in a sleep state and meet the people before they are smuggled, thereby welcoming them in her drowsy state.



Then she awakes and jerks back into action, only to mellow again when she re-connects with one of the immigrants she met, and the party is on.
2008-12-13 Bill Neely

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Here's an idea for the final skit:

La Migra suns herself and snoozes at a check point. Coyote with cowboy hat pulls up. He's two people high and wears a giant cuarderoy trenchcoat, hiding the person whose shoulder's he's on. They nod with the brims of their hats. La Migra just waves Coyote through. La Migra goes back to lounging in the quite desert sun. Coyote, coming from the other direction, this time half as short and with quick, little steps, whizzes by, nodding with the brim of his hat. La Migra perks, but shrugs, then snoozes for a minute. Alls quite. Up pulls Coyote from the original direction a second time, two people high, and stops again at La Migra's border crossing. They nod.



La Migra says, "Mornin.' You a citizen?"

Coyote says, "Yep."

La Migra: "Where you headin'?"

Coyote: "Over yonder. Got some 'Mericans to smuggle."

La Migra: "Alrighty. Have a nice day."



Coyote walks on. La Migra settles back into her chair, starts snoring, then dreaming. She tosses and turns and mumbles. Suddenly, she startles awake. She jumps up and fumbles around. She curses, radios in to headquarters, police christmas lights go off. Coyote now whizzes by again, one person high and with quick little steps, and nods with the brim of his hat to La Migra. La Migra nods back, waits, then startles again and runs after coyote. She catches him a few steps before Coyote is able to exit the stage. She grabs him, spins him, clutches him, and they start to dance. The dance is a salsa. La Migra is leading, and the flashing police lights turn into disco lights. They dance and dance. La Migra spins Coyote again and again. Coyote, exhuasted, collapses. La Migra, also exhausted, flops back into her chair. She nods off to sleep. Alls quite. From both sides of the stage, Coyotes of all sizes and shapes peak around, at first tip-towing past and around La Migra, then Riverdancing frantically, then forming a line for a cabaret chorus dance. La Migra finally awakes again, joins the chorus dance, and the curtain falls.



Or maybe it should end like this:

Coyote, exhausted after the dance, collapses. The music is still going. The other migras finally arrive and line up with our La Migra for a cabaret-style chorus dance. Coyote, from behind, gets back up dramatically, unbeknownst to the line-dancing migras, and squeezes his way into the line. He's dancing and kicking along with them. He trips and falls accidently, and brings the whole chorus-dancing migras crashing down. The curtain falls.


We might want to have more puppets onstage, too. Maybe somehow the smuggled 'Mericans can stay on stage or already be milling about doing 'Merican activities, and Coyote somehow grabs them and takes them across. Plus, we have a River puppet to fit in there somehow. Or maybe the 'Mericans form the chorus line for the cabaret dance.

Anyways, the cabaret chorus dance...

Best regards everyone,
Andrew
2008-12-12 Andrew Tegarden

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The dinner (potluck) meeting is on Dec 9 Tuesday at 7PM. 1401 georgia (the bike/puppet house)
2008-12-08 Bill Neely

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When are you having the meeting? and, what time of day?2008-12-07 Cindy Neely

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We will be meeting at 1401 georgia (the bike/puppet house) to further discuss the Carnival parade/performance. John will be making dinner. If folks want to bring something else, feel free.

So far it looks like we will be doing several shorts tied together by a central theme...something like "This American Life". One theme proposed is, "dynamic
tension" in which we play with the idea of boundaries defined by opposing and contradictory/complementary (compledictory?) forces...

the main thing is to come up with a theater production that can transmogrify into a parade....without the need for too many new puppets.
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hope everyone can make it....pass the word.


2008-12-07 jamie thomson

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The date for the Carnival parade-play IS a Saturday, February 7th. Sorry about the confusion.2008-12-05 Bill Neely

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A suggestion: Since it seems we are leaning for the 8th, we may want to think about having production meetings. Start laying out the production and getting a general idea of how it will run. I'm assuming the Gila is still our venue??? With the Gila comes a whole basket of technical fun-ness. I prepose the sooner we figure out the technical aspects the more fun we will have with the creative fun stuffs!!!!2008-12-02 Tasha Cooper

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I'm still tweaking the site, so sorry for all the emails. If you send emails to all
participants, it will also be posted on the blog-forum page.
Also, don't use your reply button to respond to an email (it will be returned to the
server, then me). Paste the email address from the bottom of the email and use it,
or use the send email function on the site to send to everyone, or post a blog.

Seems like February 8th may be our new target date.

2008-12-02 Bill Neely

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I'm still for doing it on chocolate fant.2008-12-02 jamie thomson

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Just to open the forum. Should we have the parade on the 8th of February to coincide with Chocolate Fantasia? We had talked about the 15th.
Cindy and I will be gone the 22nd (closer to Mardi Gras), but it seems to me the 8th or the 22nd make the most sense.2008-12-01 Bill Neely

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I think Tasha is on to something. Fear is one of the most powerful emotions we possess and isn't fear really the motivation for prejudice?2008-12-01 John McSween

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I like the lurking puppets in the shadows. I think the kids would enjoy the 'fear factor too'.2008-11-27 Bill Neely

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So I had this thought, which came from some great conversation. With transformation comes a lot of things. One of which is fear and uncertainty. I think, being in this time that we are in at this moment in time and space; we should try to incorporate that in somewhere. We are speaking about change and tolerance & in that there needs to be the “fear factor.” I think that is what keeps our “world” stuck in this huge rut we have dug for ourselves and keep digging I might add. So, yeah, I know this is supposed to be very happy and child oriented, but at the same time, it should be real and fresh and on the edge a little. (just a little) But, we also need to show that it’s ok to be afraid, scared, and fearful of breaking out of our comfort zone and to reach for something better, whether it is tolerance or just trying something new……Oh! and I think it would be really really cool to have puppets (actors) preset on the stage (and maybe even in the audience) when the audience comes in. Maybe they could move a little, just slightly. Audience may see it, may not see it, or may think they’re going a little crazy…seeing things moving. Figures draped in fabric or whatever…Very cool…oh yeah and fresh…as far as I know it hasn’t been done in Silver yet. Ok SOOOO…Happy Thanksgiving to everyone…just wanted to throw those our there before my brain deleted them……Tschüß
~Tasha~2008-11-27 Tasha Cooper

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Check out the new link to DOD pictures by Sam.
2008-11-25 Bill Neely

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The Puppet page is updated with an email facility and a Blog capability. If we develop spam problems we can always modify the functions, but we can try it for now.

The meeting was fun (even if was a bit early). Widening perception, transformation, parades, puppets...cool.2008-11-25 Bill Neely