It’s easy to say America is great—Democracy. Movies. Jazz. Comic books. The Velvet Underground. Fireworks. Despite hundreds of years of slavery and the subsequent suppression of civil rights, we elected a black man to be president.
It’s easy to say America is bad—Gross economic inequality. Foreign military incursions that kill thousands of civilians. Neglect of veterans. Wall Street abuses that result in world-wide crisis, yet no one is punished. The election of a black president has laid bare a deep and wide streak of racism.
What’s hard is to hold both the good and the bad in your consciousness and grant them their due. Our brains aren’t wired to be judicious; we’re much more comfortable with extremes and absolutes. But you know what makes it easier to grasp the complexities of life? Art. In fact, I would argue that art happens most powerfully in that exact spot where conflicting impulses push and pull, tear at each other with teeth and claws, collide like the horns of rams on a mountaintop. Whack! Snarl! Rawr!
Come down to Annex Theatre this Friday night, July 6, at 11 pm for a little whack, snarl, and rawr from:
>> The revved-up licks of LESLI WOOD!
>> The baleful glare of JOEL DALE!
>> The neurotic pixie of comedy, BARBARA HOLM!
>> REBECCA GOLDBERG peels away layers of her psyche!
>> GERALD ALEJANDRO FORD channels an entire family’s dysfunction through his solo self!
>> Video hijinks from GUDE/LAURANCE!
>> Delicious, savory smut from KELLEEN CONWAY BLANCHARD!
...and more, more, more!
All held together by that first bird of spring, BRUCE HALL!
Spin the Bottle takes place at Annex Theatre, just off the corner of Pike & 11th on Capitol Hill. Only $10, and your ticket also functions as a free raffle ticket. Good stiff drinks can be had at the bar for dirt cheap prices. Want to know more about Annex? Go to <www.annextheatre.org
>, where you can also buy tickets.
Yours, StB curator Bret Fetzer