WVIA ArtScene Interview—comedy, climate change, and funny voices

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WVIA ArtScene Interview—comedy, climate change, and funny voices

In our local area we are fortunate to have WVIA Radio, a public radio station that still offers local programming. One of these is ArtScene with the host, Erika Funke, who records an interview with someone then edits it, adding music, quotes, and commentary to make a nice final product. It airs weekdays at 11:00 am.

I had the privilege of sitting with Erika recently for an interview that aired this week. In it I got to talk a lot about being a character actor and fusing art with activism. I spoke about my new play, Does This Apocalypse Make Me Look Fat? and even gave some samples, moving in and out of character during the interview. I also spoke very candidly about climate change and why I feel hope. I also got to I explain in detail the Citizens Climate Lobby’s approach to a carbon fee and dividend and gave a shout-out to the Sunbury Chapter, the smallest CCL Chapter in the country. Homo No Mo?!?

Erika wove in great music and lots of interesting information about Walt Whitman, one of the subjects of my new play. And what an interviewer. She sat in her chair shooting questions at me and then, like an orchestra conductor, she egged me on to get the best possible performance out of me. I don’t know who was more animated, me with my characters or Erika with her enthusiastic interview style.

I like the final product a lot, and wanted to share it with you. Enjoy ArtScene and a chat about performance art, climate change, and funny voices.

And if you want to hear more funny voices, climate comedy, and hope for the future, check out the Climate Stew, the global warming podcast that’s not afraid to be funny (or gay)

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It’s better to go through life with a scarred up body than a scarred up soul.

Martin Luther King, J from Queer Theology As I premiere a play about broken bodies, this quote resonates. 
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Perhaps the recent statements out of Rome about gays will result in harm reduction. Without Prada on his feet, this Pope takes baby steps.

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That winter death looked straight into our eyes and stared long, without faltering. It wanted to hypnotise us, like a boa constrictor hypnotises its intended victim, stripping him of his will and subjugating him. But those who sent us so much death miscalculated. They underestimated our voracious hunger for life.

Poet Olga Berggolts reflecting on winter of 1942 during the Siege of Leningrad. (via petersontoscano)
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Climate Stew Podcast: Sure it’s about the children; it’s about you!

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Climate Stew Ep Five—Meet the Transition Building Team

In episode five of the Climate Stew podcast, Marvin Bloom guest hosts while I share my thoughts about the tired old talking point that we need to act for climate because distant future generations. Exactly who are the children and grandchildren who will inherit a dysfunction planet? Yeah, that would be us. Find out what else we inherit from our parents and grandparents–it’s not all bad. I’m especially happy about Timothy Meadow’s segment, That Day in Climate History, which imagines the critical role that a group of trans* activists might take in addressing housing and global warming. 13 minutes of entertaining and out of the ordinary hot and spicy Climate Stew. Enjoy! Check out Climate Stew Episode Five HERE or listen to Climate Stew on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.

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Happy Thanksgiving Canada. In the US we are celebrating the day the Indians Discovered Columbus; in the end, they weren’t thankful.

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I’m turning to you for some help.

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End of a Sabbatical. Beginning of an Apocalypse. Now I need your help.

Help! I need your help. (see below)

When I travel performing my shows, I get to meet lots of smart, educated, clever people. I remember when I visited Elon College and met with Dr. Lynn Huber, a Bible scholar who is an expert in the Book of Revelation. In addition to fabulous conversation about the campy singing duo, Kiki and Herb, and musing together about Judith Butler as a character in the Gospels, Lynn also talked to me about the Greek meaning of the word apocalypse.

An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apocálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω meaning ‘un-covering’), translated literally from Greek, is a disclosure of knowledge, i.e., a lifting of the veil or revelation, although this sense did not enter English until the 14th century.[1] In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden. -wikipedia

I had just begun my research into climate change and began considering possible queer responses to it. Two years later Lynn’s description of apocalypse has stuck with me. I now understand that a few months before I met Lynn, I had an apocalypse when it came to global warming–a curtain had been pulled back as I read the science of just how severe the climate crisis had become. This vision jarred me awake, and reordered my life.

Now after nine months of mostly being off the grid in a self-imposed sabbatical where I researched both climate change and how to effectively speak about climate change, I have begun this week to go out into the world and share the hope and urgency I feel. It’s not that other issues that have moved me up to now have been replaced; I still feel passionate about justice within the LGBTQ community and the wider world. Rather the the lens has widened to include climate change as a rights issue, as an LGBTQ issue, as a justice issue that intersects many different types of lives.

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So I need your help. I feel once again I have good news to share–hopeful news along with creative ways of talking about climate change–getting beyond all the usual talking points of gloom, doom, and polar bears. Just as I have used storytelling, comedy, and oddball characters to speak about serious issues in my previous work, in taking on global warming, I have adopted a cheeky tone in my new podcast, new website, and performance work.

I need you to help me spread the word. I would love it if you would please:

  1. Listen to Climate Stew, my new podcast (so far episodes 1-4 are up and all under 14 minutes, funny, personal, oh, and funny–basically it is like attending a shorter version of one of my shows without having to leave your house) It is available at the Climate Stew website, on iTunes and Stitcher.

  2. then Share the podcast with people in your networks. Email, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google Plus, Reddit, Church Bulletins, Carrier Pigeon, Note in a Bottle, etc.

My hope is that this podcast will really take off. I believe the Climate Stew Team and I are taking unique approaches to the biggest issue facing us today. Some people are afraid to look at it. It’s like when people know they have credit card debt, but it has gotten so scary they have stopped looking at the statements. The fear makes the problem seem even bigger, unapproachable, but once we sit down and look at what we are dealing with, we often feel relief, even if it means we have hard work ahead.

Thank you for all of your help and support through the years. Thank you for showing up to my performances and believing in what I do and letting it move you to action.

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