I hope that people who celebrate holidays have been enjoying them! Amy's down in Florida visiting her nephew (and her brother and her sister-in-law), and I'm at my parents' place in Connecticut for a few days. Time off is definitely an upside to working in the public school system. It means I have time to do loads of grading, being sick and unable to move, and Calamity stuff that I can't usually get to. I also get to actually get enough sleep, which brings me to my first link...
Washington Post - No, You're Not Sleeping Enough
It's very of-the-moment to be into healthy eating (or maybe I just hang out with healthy people), and I hope that healthy sleep habits catch on, too. My inner trend-caster tells me they might, as people connect the healthy eating and the work-life balance points of focus.
Lillian's Test Kitchen - Crispy Carrots that Can Get It
Speaking of hanging out with healthy people, I hang out with Lillian, and she's really healthy. She's also adorable, as you already know if you've been to one of our shows in which that she has danced or told a corny joke, and will soon find out if you watch this video. Anyway, I'm definitely going to make these carrots while school's out for winter break.
The Atlantic - How Self-Tracking Apps Exclude Women
About a month ago, a group of students at my school asked if I would help them out by being the advisor of a feminism club. I was extremely on board. Having to explain to many people at school (a) that dudes can be feminists, too and (b) that there is in fact a reason we say 'feminist' instead of 'equalist' has re-opened my eyes to the countless insidious ways in which our world is set up for men. I thought this article about seemingly innocuous self-tracking apps was a good example.
After the Jump (Design Sponge Podcast) - Changing Pay Rates for Creatives
I love this interview. Money is something we definitely never have enough of inside of Calamity, as we wish to be able to include all people in our audiences and also respect the years of training that have led to our artists' performances. It was interesting to hear about these topics from people in other fields.
With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus
This is a fairly new podcast with a bizarre and excellent concept. Each week, a different comedian comes and creates a fake podcast of which they are the host. Lauren Lapkus, as one of her many characters, always plays the guest. You'll know her if you ever listen to other podcasts on the Earwolf network, or if you recall the lady prison guard from Orange is the New Black.
There are some pieces that you'd like to make. You get a fun idea; a quirky movement pops into your head; you're inspired by a new song. With time and oh, I guess some effort, you end up building a pretty great dance around it.
And then there are some pieces that you HAVE to make. Ideas you need to get out of you. Thoughts, concepts and dare I say, emotions that are so stuck, so stagnant, that you actually, viscerally need to expunge them from your body, before they suffocate you.
And in this case, the word "expunge" is an SAT-level euphemism for DANCE.
We did a lot of crafts in my
house when I was a kid. My mom was always excellent at planning activities –
maybe in part because of her background as a special ed teacher – and so we
were always taping peanut shells onto construction paper, or turning wooden
spools into snowmen’s bowties, or painting just about anything that could be
painted. Maybe all these crafts are what turned us into a bunch of art-making
weirdos. Thanks, Mom!
One of our favorite mediums
was sculpey, as we did best (especially Melissa, who went on to art school)
with no plan and no rules. So we would just make whatever we wanted out of
clay, our mom would bake them up, and then probably we’d forget about our
little creations and make something new the next day.
I was looking through Instagram recently, and came upon these really
interesting clay pieces. I can’t for the life of me find them again, but I saw
enough to give me some ideas. I was early to a meeting in Central Square on a
rainy day, so I ducked into an art supply store, and spent my time picking out
This necklace has been
referred to as a pan flute, candy cigarettes, and a more general, “what even is
that?” It has no particular reference, but it certainly did appear in
my mind and ask to get made.
First, I chose two different
colors that I wanted to work with. Then I mushed together little chunks of each
color. I knew I wanted each of the little bars to be of different lengths, and
to have the colors reach different heights, so I purposefully had my chunks be