Monday, October 23, 2017

The Audience For Improv

There was a large, good-looking and youngish crowd at the Improv Shop, although I was be no means the oldest there. (I was in the competition, though.) There was a bar, of course, serving tall cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon - PBR, the hipster beer of choice. It used to be really cheap, but now that it's cool it isn't anymore. People keep buying it for its déclassé chic. 

Other people were more interested in their phone menu than the one at the bar. Nevertheless, MC Pete Papavlasopopulous says it's all A-OK.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Compass Improv Festival

Some of the People I know from the STL Fringe Festival do improv comedy. One of them, Pete Papavlasopopulous, works with Compass Improv, a very active company that just held a three-day festival. I had no idea how widespread the local improv scene is. The festival was held at the Improv Shop, a venue dedicated to the genre.

Pete invited me to shoot some of the festival. I couldn't make it all but photographed six of the acts on Friday and Saturday night. This group is Max A/C from Chicago. I can't explain what they were doing. You had to be there.        

Saturday, October 21, 2017


I'm finished with the Artica series and shooting an improv festival this weekend. That will take time to edit so I need something to fill the gap.

T Rex here has been on the blog somewhere in the past but I thought it would shake things up visually. It's in a back corner of Forest Park. You would never come across it unless you were on a certain running and biking trail. Best have your wits about you if you do.        

Friday, October 20, 2017


Artica's grand finale: Our Lady of Artica is put to the torch and reduced to ashes. The crowd gathers in a circle outside the fire control perimeter, gapes in wonder and eventually starts to dance and chant, revolving around the blaze.

In the end, nothing is left but cooling embers. The crowd drifts away. Very Buddhist.    

Thursday, October 19, 2017


The center of the Artica fields always contains a wooden structure, sculpture of a sort and different every year. This year's was called Our Lady of Artica, a lumber yard angel and symbol of impermanence. After dark on Sunday night it would burn to ashes. We will wrap up this series tomorrow.        

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Player's Choice

There are so many more pictures I could edit from Artica but I have to wrap it up sometime and get to the closing bonfire. For today, a couple more unusual sculptures. The top one seems to be aimed at attracting children, the bottom one gamblers. Nothing is for sale at Artica, so you couldn't start a giant craps game in that field.         

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Greater Good

Doors to . . . where? The old wood and Gothic lettering suggest a church entrance but then what lies behind? The words scattered on the ground may suggest an answer. There is a lot going on in this world to be afraid of.