Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Our Global Disasters 2017

                                                                       Delores Fisher Blogger

Hello and special welcome to new Notesong readers in Bangladesh, Canada, Spain, and Armenia!

Our world is experiencing major geological upheaval and climate events. Earthquakes, volcanic disruption, typhoons, and hurricanes are claiming lives, ravaging lifestyles, and destroying communities.

It may seem as if we here in Southern California are having a climate reprieve; we  had some record heat issues with very destructive fire outbreaks but not like our late spring-early summer of 2014
 https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/more-than-20000-san-diego-home/26896057
 Los Angeles California, this year, endured record fire loss http://theweek.com/speedreads/722644/record-los-angeles-fire-forces-hundreds-evacuations

San Diegans are mindful that it's still September. After years of severe drought and water rationing, we had record rainfall. We remember our wet, windy, winter last year.
 http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/San-Diegos-Average-Rainfall-Highest-in-Over-a-Decade-415130213.html     

I captured this footage a few minutes after winds and heavy rain began to subside. It had rained fairly heavily for almost two days. After a week, the rains came back and we experienced flooding and landslides throughout the region for several weeks.


Yet our experience in San Diego California, whether geological or climatic, so far does not compare to what other parts of the U.S, or the world has suffered or is undergoing. Our wildfires blended with climate interaction are arguably a different matter. The October Cedar Fire took eight lives, cost millions of dollars in property damage, and killed uncounted numbers of wild life. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/wildfire/sdut-cedar-fire-anniversary-wildcat-canyon-2013oct19-htmlstory.html

As we look at the world today, a few places have had little or no noticeable damage. Others, like Mexico City, are areas in trauma. Let's take a look at a few regions.

Vanuatu--6.8 Earthquake- so far....little or no known/damage. http://abc7.com/news/68-magnitude-earthquake-strikes-off-vanuatu-in-south-pacific/1971818/

Japan 6.1 Earthquake--so far...little or no known/reported damage. http://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/world/earthquake-hits-near-fukushima-nuclear-plant-in-japan/ar-AAshitQ

Mexico City regions, however has sustained major damage and loss of lives with continuing aftershocks. 7.1 Earthquake---http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/20/americas/mexico-earthquake-rescues/index.html

As for hurricanes and flooding, the US has been hit by Hurricane Harvey, and now Jose(East Coast)as Hurricane Irma still rages on. https://weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/tropical-storm-harvey-forecast-texas-louisiana-arkansas

Irma has devastated Puerto Rico and other Caribbean Islands The flooding has left the island with severe infrastructure damage.
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/09/hurricane-irma-closes-in-on-miami/539217/

People are suffering on a very basic level from the devastation. Airlift aid is slow so far, although some relief is coming in. Experts estimate that those who can not leave the island of Puerto Rico will struggle without electricity for weeks. Rebuilding the economy may take years.
http://abcnews.go.com/US/hurricane-irma-slams-caribbean-florida-face-direct-impacts/story?id=49645643

Other parts of the world are having similar storm experiences including floods in Northern India, Nepal India, Nepal and Bangladesh according to Floodlist Asia: http://floodlist.com/asia

Africa, including Nigeria and the Sudan are also in the middle of flood crises: http://floodlist.com/africa


2017 is not over yet . . . .My  prayers and thoughts go out to all devastated by geological, wildfire, or climatic crisis.

May God be with you, comfort you, and strengthen you.



Delores Fisher

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Delores Fisher's San Diego Comic-Con International 2017 Reflection

   Delores Fisher near the IMDb yacht San Diego Comic-Con 2017

An August hello and shout out to my international audience, particularly all of you new and continuing readers, in Singapore, South Korea, Spain, and Brazil!



     San Diego Comic-Con International: Star Wars was a popular theme


San Diego California weather turned warmer just in time to greet Comic-Con International 2017. This year, I met such a diversity of people in harmony that I immediately posted on  Sonictapestry: https://sonictapestry.wordpress.com/2017/07/21/delores-fisher-san-diego-comic-con-2017-post-1/

                                                Cosplayers (and me)


And, my observations about ways in which Comic-Con attendees with a disability were embraced and welcomed even more  in 2017 is also posted on Sonictapestry:
https://sonictapestry.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/delores-fisher-comic-con-2017-a-view-from-disability-post-2/


                                                  Cosplayer with altered wheelchair

Hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, businesses, and side streets in the East Village near the San Diego Convention Center as well as bay-side Embarcadero Park provided extra space for convention goers to interact with panelists, cosplayers, and stars.

                                          Award winning animation studio Laika
 
Cosplayers were in attire from the very first day through the last. I changed my hairstyle and appearance in "light cosplay" as a San Diego blogger enjoying the crowds and the event.

                                                   On bridge over Harbor Drive

I talked with a now adult Sahara Ware near Petco Park. She is one of the child stars from "Akila and the Bee" who continues to act in film and television.   She has a role in Victoria Rowell's "Rich and the Ruthless" series.
 

                                         Actress Sahara Ware in Cosplay mode

Although this year's Comic-Con did not seem to have as many Steam Punk cosplayers, I did meet and talk to several, one of whom designs steampunk cosplay wear for herself and others. Thanks Lola, you helped make my day even more fun!

                                                       Steampunk Lola

Horton Plaza hosted the IMAX event and photo ops with plenty of photo ops:
                                                                                


                            A gorgeous cosplay tribute to the musical "Hamilton"

So many fun moments. Here are a few random side street cosplayer encounters :


                                               
                              





                             



                                                         At the Embarcadero


This trio of young ladies turned heads of admirers on both sides of the avenue.


                              Cosplay fun
  
 The Vikings television show: a thrilling side street parade to the Convention Center. I was so excited to be there!





And the Fandome area had a surprise visit/interview from Michael Rooker (Yandu in "Gardians of the Galaxy" and Merle Dixon on the hit TV show "The Walking Dead").  He is one of my favorite actors and he was high energy audience-interactive entertainment on the smaller outside, close and personal fan stage. Thank you.

                       Actor Michael Rooker in the Fandome 

And of course, here's a few more cosplayer photos.
      International (from Germany) cosplayer and me Delores Fisher

           Delores Fisher with  Soul Samurai (cosplay designer)

   Star Wars was a popular theme-outside San Diego Convention Center


                                                Embarcadero  Cosplay

 
 Interactive Fan Zone (Delores Fisher chillin' with cosplayers)

San Diego Comic-Con International 2017 was a celebration of ideas and stories that keep us aware of possibilities. Whether technological or moral cautionary tale or philosophical reflection, imagination blended with comics, television, and film  continue to engage and entertain us.

                   Delores Fisher San Diego Comic-Con International 2017

Enjoying the vibes,
D.Fisher



Sunday, July 23, 2017

K L Brisby's "The Yellow Hell of Vincent Van Gogh: a memoir of music and Blood at San Diego International Fringe Festival 2017 post 3

KL Brisby, William B.J. Robinson, Delores Fisher, Paul Arajo

San Diego Fringe Festival 2017 presented another definite hit show with the cast of  K. L. Brisby's historically researched script "The Yellow Hell of Vincent Van Gogh: a memoir of music and blood."



KL Brisby and Gingerlily Lowe are San Diego theater icons. I met them approximately 30 years ago when I was cast as Uncle Remus in a show with Brisby. It was a slightly controversial yet innovative theater story project. As I remember it, lead male actors pulled away from the show due to socio-cultural community "fall out."

Encouraged to try the role, I helped to create a cross generational/gender role. Uncle Remus-a male character based on the Joel Chandler Harris Uncle Remus folktales, is played as an aging slave almost 80 years old. The musical played to a packed house for children and adults every show.

As with my stage work at other theaters and with so many other nationally acclaimed San Diego directors who patiently taught stage acting's subtle shimmerings of character nuances versus broadly painted portrayals, I learned a lot about live theater from Kent and Gingerlily. It was a surprise to run into them at Fringe Festival's "Big Kitchen, Take 2" production.

                               Delores Fisher, Gingerlily Lowe, KL Brisby

Last time I remember talking to Kent was at the CD release for award winning poet Jim Moreno's Reversing the Erased, Exhuming the Expunged: we both composed music for the CD Reversing the erased, exhuming the expunged  (Jim and I still perform live versions of the poem with soundscape at various venues large and small.



               

Kent, Gingerlily and I talked for several minutes and Kent invited me to see his new show "The Yellow Hell of Vincent Van Gogh" with music by Stu Shames and featuring actors William B.J. Robinson and Paul Araujo at the Fringe San Diego Art Institute. A few days later, I was sitting in the space with a standing room only crowd waiting in anticipation. I got one of the last tickets for the show that evening. It sold out.




The script's premise allows the audience to consider the time when Gauguin and Van Gogh were room mates in a small apartment in Paris, France.  is part 2 of what will become a trilogy, the first play is about Paul Gauguin.  Sorry readers, I tried to get Gingerlily to do a spoiler's alert reveal after the show, but she only confirmed that there would be third play- not the focus of the script.

                                         Gingerlily Lowe and Delores Fisher

Brisby looks for the best actors to play his characters. Sometimes his casting choices seem counter-intuitive until the actor sweeps audience away into Brisby's enticingly multi-layered storytelling.William B.J. Robinson, a trained actor, vocalist, and pianist does just that from the moment he takes stage to final bows as Van Gogh.

                                            William B.J. Robinson as Vincent Van Gogh

Robinson sings and also plays keyboards, bringing Stu Shames songs to life while musically interpreting Van Gogh's feelings when words would clutter. An apt pianist, Robinson  has a gorgeous voice. His actor's timing is inviting, whether soloing with keyboard or doing stage business or interacting with Paul Araujo's diabolically whimsical Paul Gauguin.
 
Araujo fills the stage as actor and singer creating a roller coaster counterpoint to Robinson's Van Gogh. It is fun, emotionally intense,  ensemble theater. Araujo also has solo songs. His Gauguin rocks out and sometimes croons while aptly accompaying himself on a lime green electric guitar. Araujo's duet work balances well with Robinson on electric piano.


Paul Araujo as Gauguin and William B. J. Robinson as Gauguin

The play's scenes range from the room mates' small apartment to bawdy brothels. Brisby's story line also explores the possibility of both Gauguin's and Van Gogh's tenuous grip on reality. A chilling climax, a scene near the end recounts the night when Van Gogh cut off his ear. Brisby's research presents Van Gogh's and Gauguin's memories of the event from two drastically different realities.

    K.L. Brisby, William B.J. Robinson, and Paul Araujo

Despite distractions (for me) the sweltering heat in the theater, a standing room only crowd, and a small intimate stage (Brisby's choice) "The Yellow Hell of Vincent Van Gogh: a memoir of music and blood" spins a fascinating narrative

When the trilogy is completed, this trio of KL Brisby's plays could easily become a film.

See you at the Fringe!
Delores Fisher