Follow Friday: The Comedian’s Comedian with Stuart Goldsmith

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Regardless of how little I post and how little I’m able to do when it comes to travel and the performing arts these days, I still come across a few related things now and then. This is one of those things.

The Comedian’s Comedian with Stuart Goldsmith is a podcast hosted by Stuart Goldsmith. A performer himself, predominantly in stand-up it seems, he aims to take a look into how other comedians do their thing. The podcast is not meant to be a funny one, but more a sort of an informative kind; a documentary. Doesn’t make it less interesting! This is actually one of the things that I want to channel through this blog: information and resources on various performing arts.

I personally got sucked in when I was looking up another comedian, Nathan Caton. Realizing the possibilities within retrieving good stuff through podcast outlets as well as the numbers of comedy podcasts out there are pretty vast, my preferred podcast outlet was the first place I went to. The first thing I found and downloaded was the Comedian’s Comedian episode with Caton. I really liked the interview and I subscribed for the podcast – and now I’m hooked! Other favorite episodes include Felicity Ward, Jimmy Carr (part onepart two), Russell Howard, and Shappi Khorsandi.

Another thing that I really do appreciate is the Facebook group created for the podcast, recently renamed The ComComPod Community. This is where Goldsmith communicates with the listeners of the podcast – and where the listeners communicate with each other. Every now and then, Goldsmith asks questions to the listeners to be answered in the group, he collects questions for future guests, he gives exclusive information as well as information on his interviewees, and the members of the group not only respond to his inquiries, but also take up relevant subjects every now and then and have a decent discussion on these.

All in all, this is a pretty decent amount of win.

Find & Follow The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast
Website: www.comedianscomedian.com
Twitter: @ComComPod
iTunes: itunes.apple.com/podcast/comedians-comedian-podcast/id513734888
BandCamp: soundcloud.com/stu-goldsmith
The ComComPod Community: www.facebook.com/groups/ComediansComedianPodcast

Find & Follow Stuart Goldsmith
Website: www.stuartgoldsmith.co.uk
Twitter: @StuGoldsmith
Facebook: www.facebook.com/StuartGoldsmithComedy

To find out more about the other comedians, listen to the episodes linked to above.
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Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back

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Hey everybody,

Good news! I just won a competition. A Danish radio station – P8 Jazz – had a competition in one of their programs this afternoon, the question being which year Frank Sinatra released his “Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back” album (1973thankyouverymuch), the prize being two tickets for a Frank Sinatra arrangement in Copenhagen. The exact date isn’t known yet as it seems that I have a choice of dates within a month.

Arrangement? Month? Wait, which one?! FRANK SINATRA,YEAH!
Well, The Standard Jazz Club in Copenhagen is celebrating Frank Sinatra, who would have turned 100 years this year. The initial period the celebration was supposed to be was June 2nd – July 2nd, but has now been extended into Copenhagen Jazz Festival. I don’t know yet how freely I can choose within the brackets of the arrangement, but I’m looking forward to receive more information from the radio station (or the host of the program who I gave my e-mail address to). The celebration has been named “Forever Frank.”

I’m really looking forward to this. Perhaps I’ll be planning an exciting little trip to Copenhagen. 🙂

I’ll write you soon – and with good news on this – I hope. Until then, you can listen to the album below (or directly on Spotify).

Yours truly.

Follow Friday: Gruppe 38, Svalegangen, and BBC Introducing/BBC Podcasts

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As of late, I have had much joy of two theaters in Aarhus – one is Teatret Svalegangen, the other is Teatret Gruppe 38. At the same time, I have taken inspiration from one of BBC’s podcasts for Music Monday this week; I seem to enjoy listening for new music through those.

Teatret Svalegangen is a very short way from the train station in Aarhus. It’s my impression that they are a very present and (pro)active theater, aiming to be present, cooperating with the cultural scene in Aarhus, working on the relation to their audiences, developing the art of theater – and more.

I know that I always feel welcome and comfortable when I arrive and am at the theater, and the staff is in my experience always pleasent. When I’m not there, I – who use social media a decent amount of time in my everyday – am lucky enough that they are also very much present at some of the most popular social media sites. Besides their official website (www.svalegangen.dk), they can be found at Facebook (/svalegangen), Twitter (@Svalegangen), Instagram (@Teatret_Svalegangen), and YouTube (/Svalegangen).

Teatret Gruppe 38 is not as close to the train station, but less than a 20 minutes walk away, and easily accessible by public transportation. Their audience is usually a younger one of the kind (as I think I have already mentioned). I think that the world they are able to create is quite magical and able to leave an impression, even to someone at my age – and although I think that this is true for many companies working with theater for children in Denmark, Gruppe 38 does have a strong profile. I think it may come from the principle of not working with children/young audiences as wee creatures who need protection, but as people (of a certain age, granted) who sense, understand, and can take more than we might think as adults.

In good news for the international community in and around Aarhus, Gruppe 38 will be showing pieces in English in the upcoming season and plan on doing more of that in following seasons; read more in the blog post I wrote on it. If you live abroad, keep an eye on their social media accounts for updates on touring abroad.

Gruppe 38 have their official website (www.gruppe38.dk) and are on Facebook (/TeatretGruppe38), Twitter (@TeatretGruppe38), YouTube (/TeatretGruppe38), and Vimeo (/user4539831).

Both theaters have each their own café, both open before and after shows. As this post is posted, there is one show left of “OTTETUSINDE”, which is a production by Svalegangen shown at Gruppe 38’s venue due to refurbishment at Svalegangen’s venue – after this show, the theaters are done for this season, starting the next in August.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (or simply put: BBC) have plenty of podcasts available on their website and through iTunes. I usually vacuum the genres of Drama, Music, and Learning for audio books, audio plays, and podcasts on theater and music, often with a pretty decent outcome. As you may remember, Music Monday this week was inspired by BBC Introducing in Cornwall; this is one of the podcasts I have downloaded from the Music section.

If you check BBC’s main Twitter account and make a Twitter search, you might – like me – be able to tell that there are more Twitter accounts from the BBC, representing local branches of BBC Introducing, than there are of the podcasts. As for now, I don’t have the time to go through all the Twitter accounts, but I can give you the Twitter handles of @BBC_Podcasts and the main @BBC_Introducing, and the links for the BBC Introducing podcasts (which are all down on my computer by now, ATL Introducing being my fave so far):

BBC Radio Ulster: ATL Introducing… New Irish Music
BBC Radio Cornwall: BBC Introducing in Cornwall
BBC Radio Jersey: BBC Introducing in Jersey
BBC Radio Oxford: BBC Introducing in Oxford
BBC Local Radio: BBC Introducing in the West
BBC Radio Humberside: BBC Introducing on Radio Humberside
BBC Radio Suffolk: BBC Suffolk Introducing…
BBC Radio Scotland: Scotland Introducing
BBC Radio 6 Music: Tim Robinson Introducing…

Alright. Now that you have made it thus far in a long blog post from me, I hope you found something you like. Other than that, there is nothing left but the usual final question:

Do you have any favorite theaters in your area? Where do you usually go to find new music?

“OTTETUSINDE”, Teatret Svalegangen/Teatret Gruppe 38, May 2014

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Ottetusinde – or eight thousand/8000 – is the zip code of central Aarhus, the biggest town (or smallest city, depending on how you perceive it) in Denmark. The play is about life in Aarhus, thus the title.

The play is the result of crowd sourcing at Facebook; through its Facebook page, the theater has let its followers give inputs and vote on characters, locations, situations, and lines. The intention was, as I understand it, to give a broad and good picture of Aarhus as its citizens know it. The result is nine characters, played by three actors, whose life stories and situations seem to criss-cross among one another.

It seemed like quite the undertaking, having to collect what may come their way through the process of crowd sourcing through Facebook. They made it work well; I’m impressed with how well they made all the characters and stories intertwine.

One character who made me laugh was Lucas, a Copenhagener who has lived in Aarhus for seven years, but hates it. His hate may not be the fault of Aarhus in any way, though, but be a result of him being out of a job for so long that his social security is running out. I can only imagine how frustrated he is. Fortunately I can’t relate to being out of a job or studies for that long, nor can I relate to hating Aarhus – but being a Copenhagener having lived in Aarhus and its suburbs for the better part of four years, I am able to relate to being a Copenhagener in Aarhus and however odd, weird, off, or funny some things can seem through those optics. I don’t think I have laughed that much during a production for the longest time than I did during his first scene which contained a speech on what, according to him, was so wrong with Aarhus.

Watching it as a full-time inhabitant of Aarhus, I fell in love with the way locations were used throughout the play. In one of the first scenes, a former couple meet. As they are going the same way, they agree to accompany each other, but it ends up as a pursuit for his part. In the pursuit of getting back and staying in touch, he follows her while she – for the majority of the trip – tries to get away from him by changing buses regularly, going back and forth, here and there in Aarhus. Throughout the bus rides, the bus stops are being announced – and with the bus stops in the center of Aarhus being familiar to me, I couldn’t help but trace them around in my mind (which might just be the point of it). This is one of the ways in which they managed to make Aarhus a character in the play more than merely a location. Raising up the location like that is something I truly appreciate in a production; not in a way that it dominates the entire thing, but in a way in which the audience gets a good sense of the place.

“OTTETUSINDE” is produced by Teatret Svalegangen, but due to refurbishment of their own venue, the production is played at Teatret Gruppe 38‘s venue.

There is no description of the play in English at the theater’s website, but to read description in Danish, click this link.

The last performance is on May 24th. For tickets, check this link (in Danish only, unfortunately) – and be aware that there are discounts for certain groups.

Music Monday: When I Get Back by Yasko feat. Anna Jackson

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This week’s track comes from a podcast from the BBC. They have a number of podcasts called “BBC Introducing” in which they introduce unsigned artists from around the UK. The one I was listening to when hearing this one was BBC Introducing in Cornwall.

You can download the Cornwall podcast here: BBC Introducing in Cornwall

And see more music podcasts from the BBC (including the BBC Introducing podcasts) here: BBC – Podcasts and Downloads – Music

My most played songs this week are:
1. “Valentine” by Pentatonix (watch on YouTube or listen on Spotify)
2. “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue (watch on YouTube or listen on Spotify)
3. “Hey Momma/Hit the Road Jack” by Pentatonix (listen on Spotify)
4. “Run to You” by Pentatonix (watch on YouTube or listen on Spotify)
5. “In Spite of All the Danger” by The Quarrymen/The Beatles (listen on YouTube)

Where do you hear new music? Do you have any sources for new/upcoming/unsigned music and artists?

Aarhusian theater in English

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< Edit (May 22nd, 2014): Not only have I received info from the theater – Brian, whom I have been e-mailing with, has also commented on this blog post with info. I have now edited the info at the end of the blog post accordingly. Thank you, Brian!
July 18th, 2014: Gruppe 38’s website has been updated with starting times a while ago, and I have finally taken the time to update this blogpost with those. Enjoy! >

Before I precede with what I have been doing and will be doing these days, I just wanted to share something else. This is an article from a local newspaper (Aarhus Lokalavis) about theater performed in English, offered here in Aarhus. Teatret Gruppe 38 is a theater making theater predominantly for a younger audience, and due to extensive touring abroad, much of their repertoire has been translated into English.

They have now taken the initiative of incorporating three shows in English in their season program for 2014/2015, hoping to make it five in later seasons. This seems to be well received – and indeed I’m glad to share it with those local internationals I’m in contact with as well as those who may travel for theater or have other interests in cultural arrangements in English.

Theater for younger audiences is indeed a thing around these parts of the world, and Denmark is one of the big players within this area. All in all: if you don’t know Danish, here is your chance of getting a little more from a few productions than you would if they were in Danish, so I do suggest that you consider taking that chance.

Article from Aarhus Lokalavis: "Theater plays pieces in English"

Article from Aarhus Lokalavis: “Theater plays pieces in English”

The three shows/pieces in question are:

August 25th, 2014 at 19:00 (7PM)
“Hans Christian, you must be an angel” by Teatret Gruppe 38
Read more here: Hans Christian, You Must Be An Angel – in English

December 16th, 2014 at 19:00 (7PM)
“The Little Matchgirl” by Teatret Gruppe 38
Read more here: The Little Matchgirl – in English

February 15th, 2015 at 13:30 (1:30PM)
“HEn and SHEep” by Aaben Dans
Read more here: HEn & SHEep – in English

Tickets
Call +45 8613 5311 or e-mail post@gruppe38.dk for tickets.

Read more about Teatret Gruppe 38 on their website: gruppe38.dk/en

Checking in

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Hey, everybody!

Another rare check-in from me, this time from Godsbanen in Aarhus, Denmark. Godsbane means freight railroad or freight terminal, and Godsbanen is a former such. Now it has been turned into a cultural center, from my perspective very much dominated by theater.

The reason why I am here is because I am a volunteer at the :DANISH+ showcase, which is all about Danish theater for children and youth. That and another production for children and youth have been dominating my week in the most positive manner possible.

I have to admit that there are long, dry periods when it comes to going out and/or seeing or experiencing something theater related outside the university, so being a volunteer has been one long, tall drink of water – especially as it has also meant meeting a few people I knew from when I was a kid as they worked with my father. It’s an absolute delight!

Another thing is that I now am the owner of a brand spankin’ new iPad from which I am now writing my very first blogpost! Yay!

Anyway – I am about to return to my duties, so I will elaborate on everything a bit later (promise!).

Much love.

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