Hello to my Fellow Lawfully Abiding Citizens,
I am so excited to share an incarnation of a musical number called “GET ME OFFicer” a funny, sad, dark and twisted satirical musical theatre excerpt of the show: 99% the musical at a popular monthly variety show at he Oakland Metropolitan Opera House called Tourettes with Out Regrets! RSVP NOW and come down to check it out!
I sing a love song to an Officer of the Law asking him to be natural with me and feel comfortable torturing and abusing my rights. The more he invades my personal space and takes away my civil liberties the more I want to speed through red lights and topple over police barricades. It’s cheeky, fun, silly, and sad. In the Broadway production the number features a line of of Riot Cops in full on Riot Cop Gear. In the Thursday, June 7th version Isaac Rodriguez (your local Bay Area doorman extraordinare) will comedically pay homage to the OPD by putting on a badge and swinging around a huge costume nightstick.
The musical accompaniment is a mash up variety of “The Guns of Brixton” cover by Novelle Vague remixed by amazing dj, Seek Selekta Check out his original jams too they are spicy: http://soundcloud.com/seek-selekta
My costume is by Kaytee Papusza whose amazing creations include a dead bird line. Witness her collection at: http://www.papuszacouture.com/
FYI as I am putting the finishing touches on my attire I found these:
“Adult entertainment” means any exhibition, performance, or dance which is not obscene and:
1. Where such exhibition, performance, or dance involves a person who is unclothed or in such costume, attire, or clothing as to expose any portion of the female breast below the top of the areola or any portion of the pubic region, anus, buttocks, vulva or genitals, or wearing any device or covering exposed to view which simulates the appearance of any portion of the female breast below the top of the areola or any portion of the pubic region, anus, buttocks, vulva or genitals, or human male genitals in a discernibly turgid state, even if completely and opaquely covered; or
2. Where such exhibition, performance or dance is distinguished or characterized by a predominant emphasis on the depiction, description, simulation or relation to the following specified sexual activities:
a. Human genitals in a state of sexual stimulation or arousal,
b. Acts of human masturbation, sexual intercourse or sodomy, or
c. Fondling or other erotic touching of human genitals, pubic region, buttocks or female breasts; or
3. Which is intended to sexually stimulate any member of the public and which is conducted on a regular basis or as a substantial part of the activity on the premises. This includes, but is not limited to, any such exhibition, performance or dance performed for, arranged with, or engaged in with fewer than all members of the public on the premises at that time, and which is commonly referred to as table dancing, couch dancing, lap dancing, private dancing and straddle dancing.
4. This term shall not be construed to include:
a. Plays, operas, musicals, or other dramatic works; or
b. Classes, seminars and lectures which are held for serious scientific or educational purposes.
Whew! So I am going to be totally legal when I reveal what the officer really wants…..my organic vegan donuts from Pepples Donut Farm on 6037 San Pablo Avenue.
As you probably know by now, I am obsessed with Bicycles. I think that they are the absolute best way to get around. In 2009 I co-Founded, Band of Bicycles with Rock the Bike to bring off-the-grid-human powered stages to Central Park Earth Day. Now I co-host Bike Salon Radio Show, which encourages women to be fully mobile via bicycle in the Bay Area I roll with Berkeley based, Rock the Bike, frequently.
We had an awesome time last weekend on the 4th Annual Maker’s Faire Social Ride from Dolores Park to the San Mateo Maker’s Faire where Rock the Bike hosted a pedal powered stage with amazing line ups of music throughout the Maker Faire.
I have always been interested in melding interdiciplinary performance that is in line with my values. I was having a full on bikegasm as I sang from the branches of el arbol in a steel hoop at the Maker’s Faire.
el Arbol is a tall bike that powers speakers in it’s trunk and has an aerial rig it is totally amazing! I am interested in growing in my abilities as a bike touring aerial songstress and this summer and inspiring others to sing from their he(art)s as we soar from new heights and invest in sustainable futures.
There will be human powered stages at 4 festivals (SF Bicycle Music Festival, Trinity Tribal Stomp, Arcata Music Festival, Gaia Festival) this summer where I can stretch my wings and I am looking for p(ARTNERS)!
* An awesome wireless mic with an in ear monitor and transmitter
* A multi-channel mobile sound recorder with awesome mics
* Bicycle Touring Equipment
So excited to make this dream a reality!
Dear p(ARTNERS) in Songbird Radio.
I wanted to tell you about my Guardian Angel! When I was about 5 months old, my biological father, singer and songwriter, Billy Masters passed away. He played that guitar really well and traveled all around the world with the Christian Music Sensation, The Archers.
His music publishing company was left to me and is called Guardian Angel Music! I feel that I really do have a guardian angel and that singing and songwriting is my calling.
Thank you for singing with me!
I am interested in a creative p(artner) collaboration with you towards Songbird Radio in pursuit of expanding creative ARTnership using our voices together to inspire people worldwide! Last weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to be the first ever girl to dangle from a tall bike and sing original songs from an aerial hoop at the Bay Area Maker Faire! This month I will also perform an original number at the Oakland Metro for a monthly variety show that attracts 500 people! I plan to sing and use aerial again in this piece and I need your help to make my performances more awesome. I have the dream of getting everyone in the audience to sing and record and loop the content we are making together while performing aerial and singing!
Okay so how did I get here wanting to help people everywhere sing from their he(art)s?
My name is Lauren Larken I am a Songbird. I own a 22 year old parrot that I adopted when I was 8 years old. I grew up in theatre and attended a performing arts boarding school in high school, USC for theatre school and between April 1, 2007 and April 1, 2008 I wrote, collaborated, performed, recorded and published a song everyday for a year. It was a LEAP YEAR so you can find all 366 songs at 365Songbird.com
During the Song of the Day project I was living at a performance collective called The House of YES and pursuing my MFA in an interdiciplinary program in it’s first year that combined computer music, interactive programming, radio, film, television, theatre and art at Brooklyn College. I am always surrounded by amazing people and that year I collaborated with hundreds making song of the days.
House of YES is the kind of place where you go to sleep not knowing what you are going to wear and a gorgeous Kayti Bunny hippity hops home wearing a swarovski encrusted shimmering body suit the night before your concert that fits perfectly and Kae Burke of Make Fun studio sews up some sparely fabric. A couple of nights before I had had a dream about a Golden Birdcage (but told no one) and the proprietris of the house, Anya Sapozhinikova whips it right up. All of us in the community were singing, feeling amazing and I was about to Graduate with my MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts!
The song of the day project itself was conceived in an attempt to overcome my fear of song writing. I considered myself mostly a vocalist and didn’t realize how powerful the body is as an instrument. One of my professors, David Grubbs, told me to just start with the voice and hence the song of the day project was born! Tom Leger, a friend heard my ambition and work and gifted me a M-Audio KeyStudio and my ability to make music sound cooler became exponential. I became a composer and a song writer! Or when my talented dj, beat making, key board and percussionist friends came over they could really rock it out on the M-Audio KeyStudio.
A week after the Song-of-the-Day Project ended we had a celebratory concert at the House of YES featuring the crowd pleasing hits from each month. Amazing hilarious performances ensued including conceptually rich acts from the: MTAService Specialists, Impersonations of my Mom, Dennis Collective and Winkle Naughty Hilarious Themed Sing Alongs, Sappy Duets with Justin Lange and a Golden Birdcage, my perch, suspended from the ceiling.
Two weeks later I was in Denmark and England presenting my Thesis and something very strange happened. For a year we had safely hosted dozens of circus skill shares and events with fire performances but an electrical fire sparked in the kitchen and quickly filled a giant puppet head and destroyed all of our belongings and killed my orange kitty, DJ Pilgrim.
SONG OF THE DAY CONCERT: APRIL 6TH, 2008
SAME ROOM and OUTSIDE, APRIL 22ND, 2008
This M-Audio KeyStudio keyboard was sitting on my desk during the fire.
For the past 4 years we have been re-building our lives and The House of YES performance collective has evolved into a professional thteatre space that houses: Make Fun (a diy puppet and costume lab), a recording studio, and The Sky Box theatre a 50 foot ceilined aerial dance and movement theatre that hosts workshops, classes and almost nightly performances. I’d like to become a featured artist and use M-Audio equipment in my daily new show: Songbird Radio, This is Real Life! Each week we feature episodes of Bike Salon, ARTnership, Creative Alarm Clock & Missions with OCCUPY BEAUTY. This show is in response to people’s desire to sing from their he(art), attract and invest in sustainable lifestyles through everyday choices.
In exchange for the use of cutting edge M-Audio equipment I can offer: a tax write off, custom M-Audio jingles, and product reviews and tutorials.
Please contact me at your earliest convenience! The SF Bicycle Music Festival is June 23rd and I’d like to churn out some new beats to bump from my bike speaker!
My biggest fears off the top of my head:
10. Undergoing an Abortion or Miscarriage. (I don’t even know if I ever want to have a baby, and I am in no fear of becoming pregnant anytime soon so no worries on this one.)
9. Doing everything right and still something very bad happening. Ie: right before the house fire of House of YES I bought a $200 screen door and kitty door to improve the quality of my kittie’s life and ensure his safety but neither thing helped it survive the fire.
Or the idea that no matter what we do, no matter how many organic veggies we plant or how safe our cosmetics are that we are doomed!
8. Always putting other people’s needs first.
7. Being homeless
6. Being unable to overcome my addiction to coffee, sugar and wheat
5. Being stuck somewhere far from home because my bike gets stolen or broken.
4. Not being productive
3. Killing myself with Stress.
2. Loosing my eyesight or hearing or forgetting how to sing.
But the #1 Greatest Fear of the Week
was that after my my bird will flew away for the second time that it wouldn’t come home—but it did!
….so I didn’t want to, but I clipped it’s wings…
I know you love good music. So here’s what I am jamming out to while dancing around my apartment. This is the music that is giving me a Total Eclipse of the Heart, Sun, Moon and Life…..
Songbird Radio Recommends:
To Shed Old Skin, Move to Musical Mantra: Mama Crow-Indigo (the whole albumn!)
To get my Musical Theatre Fix: Inara George-Right as Wrong (an Invitation with Dyke Parks)
To please my Bird and Diet on Ancient Soul Soothing Healing: The Gamelatron, Hive Mind
To Yearn deeply for someone or something: Nikki Borodi (soon to be released-stay tuned)!
I am thrilled to be performing high in the branches of el Arbol, an amazing tall bike powered tree at twilight on May 19th at the Bay Area Maker’s Faire! More on this story at: http://bandofbicycles.com/2012/05/10/songbird-makes-debut-in-el-arbol-at-the-makers-faire/
I know you agree, bicycles are a great way to transport anything! Everyday I use my bike to transport: Myself, Art, Bike Blenders, Music! I towed dozens of amazing vegetable and herb baby plants from Spiral Gardens to become the first bed of edibles in our Eco Food Forrest at Golden Gate Co-Housing! We envision being able to grow most of the food we need to eat and herbs we need to heal. My bike towed about 25 plants including: mustard greens, kale, echinacea, parsley, speariment, beets, mache, arugula, straberries and a raspberry tree. We planted them two weeks ago and today I harvested the first yummy spicy mustard greens!
Here are a few photos:
People cannot help but smile when they see a garden rolling down the street! What do you tow by bike? What is growing in your garden? Everyday is a good day for a bike scene! Keep it rolling ARTners!
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