This is to advise you that President Obama has ordered the United States Flag and all State flags flown at half staff immediately.
This is to honor the victims of the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado on Friday, July 20, 2012. The flags should remain at half staff until sunset on Wednesday, July 25, 2012. This action is taken under the Protocol for the United States and Maryland State Flag.
Any questions on the above should be directed to the Office of the Secretary of State.
Miss Holm said three things that I will always remember:
I believe that if a man does a job as well as a woman, he should be paid as much.
We live by encouragement and die without it - slowly, sadly, angrily.
and [on Bette Davis]
I walked onto the set ["All About Eve"] and there's Bette and I say 'Good Morning,' and she said, 'Oh, shit, good manners,' and I felt as if I'd been hit in the face with a wet flounder and I never spoke to her again. She called me a 'Bitch,' okay.
Does this look like the kind of a character that a theatrical musical is made of? Oh yes. Yes it does.
Photo courtesy Frederick News Post, Sam Yu
I believe—as more than a few other theatre lovers do—that William Donald Schaefer is the perfect subject, central character, for a musical. If Mayor Schaefer wasn't a colorful, political personality in a storied city then I don't know anyone who was.
Here's the news from Baltimore's Theatre Project:
Do it Now! A Staged Reading of a New Musical
Four-term Mayor William Donald Schaefer was an iconic Baltimorean - boisterous cheerleader, semi-lunatic showman, vexing paranoiac and unimpeachable savior.
Join us for a reading of Do it Now!, a new musical in development about "Mayor Annoyed"'s quest to make Baltimore a great city.
The music and lyrics are by BSO multi-instrumentalist and composer, Jonathan Jensen; award-winning playwright Rich Espey has written the book.
There will be a talkback after the reading to help the creators further develop the work.
Not convinced that Baltimore's very own comic, clown, and Mayor had the chops?
Photo courtesy, Baltimore Sun
Now then, buy a couple of tickets and let's help this project grow. It's our chance to make some Charm City theatre history. Let's get that libretto written and polished; let's get the tunes scored and fine tuned.
7:30 pm, Sunday July 15 only! Suggested donation: $10
Baltimore Theatre Project 45 West Preston Street Baltimore 21201
Still not convinced that the story of a city's mayor is the stuff of which theatre is made? Think Broadway. 1959 - 1961. On November 23rd 1959 Fiorello! opened on the Great White Way.
Broadway poster, Fiorello!, 1959
Fiorello! is a musical featuring the story of New York City mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia, a reform Republican who took on Tammany Hall. The book is by Jerome Weidman and George Abbott—based on the 1955 tome Life With Fiorello by Ernest Cuneo—with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock. Fiorello! is one of only eight musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Playbill, Fiorello! at the Broadhurst Theater, NYC
Now you know. Buy a couple of tickerts to the staged reading, give feedback, and let's show the theatre world that William Donald Schaefer was, indeed, the most colorful mayor in America—a mayor well worth a musical.
Monday, Sept. 24 8-8:30 PM HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (8th season premiere) 8:30-9 PM PARTNERS (Series Debut) 9-9:30 PM 2 BROKE GIRLS (2nd season premiere) 9:30-10 PM MIKE & MOLLY (3rd season premiere) 10-11 PM HAWAII FIVE-0 (3rd season premiere)
Tuesday, Sept. 25 8-9 PM NCIS (10th season premiere) 9-10 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES (4th season premiere) 10-11 PM VEGAS (Series Debut)
Wednesday, Sept. 26 9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS (8th season premiere) 10:00-11:00 PM CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (13th season premiere)
Thursday, Sept. 27 8-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (6th season premiere) 8:30-9 PM TWO AND A HALF MEN (10th season premiere) 9-10 PM PERSON OF INTEREST (2nd season premiere) 10-11 PM ELEMENTARY (Series Debut)
Friday, Sept. 28 8-9 PM CSI: NY (9th season premiere) 9-10 PM MADE IN JERSEY (Series Debut) 10-11 PM BLUE BLOODS (3rd season premiere)
Auditions to Offer and Beyond... A live-stream event on Tuesday, July 10, 2012
An evening with the SAG Foundation
Why upping your number of auditions doesn't matter
How to stop wasting time on actions that don't get results
How to shift your focus to think like an Successful Actor
The number one way to go from auditions to offers
This evening is full of practical advice and strategies on the importance of building long term relationships with people who can hire you - not just chasing after the next random audition. Building on the fact that the audition is actually the beginning, not the end of the road.
JAMES JONES James Jones has a unique background for a talent agent. His formative career was in national and regional politics. Here Mr. Jones worked for 11 years as a political and legislative strategist and tactician in both Washington State and Washington D.C. In addition to working on Senatorial, Congressional and Gubernatorial campaigns, Mr. Jones used his strategic and tactical abilities for three years as a senior staff member of a former Presidential campaign.
SAG franchised agent, James J Jones
After his stint in politics, he went to graduate school receiving an MA in Philosophical Theology and Narrative Criticism. Through his years in the political world and as an executive in NPO development, he was connected to professional athletes and celebrities. This led him in 2001, to form Premier Talent NW (Seattle) to guide those careers. Shortly, thereafter, in 2002, PTNW became a SAG/AFTRA franchised agency. In 2006, James decided to expand his operations and moved full-time to California where he opened and now operates a successful SAG Franchised Talent Agency – The Premier Talent Group.
MONIKA MIKKELSON A California native, Monika graduated from UCLA and has been involved in casting ever since. Her list of credits includes high profile features such as SERVING SARA, the CLEANER, Rob Zombie's THE DEVIL'S REJECTS and his HALLOWEEN franchise films. But it is the independent film that has her heart, starting with THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL for director Wim Wenders, NURSE BETTY for Neil Labute, and the precious treasures that live long and prosper in the festival world, like ALL GOD'S CHILDREN CAN DANCE, LOVE LIZA, and MY LIFE WITHOUT YOU.
NICHOLAS TABARROK Nicholas Tabarrok is a prolific film and television producer whose company, Darius Films, has offices in Los Angeles and Toronto.
Since 1998, he has produced over a dozen features that have received both commercial and critical success. Many of them have premiered at the world's top film festivals: The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico (Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW 2005), Hank and Mike (Karlovy Vary 2007), Surviving Crooked Lake (Slamdance 2008), Weirdsville (Toronto International Film Festival and opening night gala of the 2007 Slamdance and Raindance Film Festivals), Coopers' Christmas (Toronto International Film Festival 2008), and Defendor (Toronto International Film Festival 2009).
Producer, Nicholas Tabarrok
Nicholas' most recent completed film, A Beginner's Guide to Endings starring Harvey Keitel, Scott Caan and JK Simmons, was released in summer 2012. The Black Marks, starring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel and Terence Stamp is currently in post-production and will be distributed by Dimension Films. Nicholas' first television series, Fugget About It, will be airing in September 2012.
He is a proud member of the Producer's Guild of America, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
Nicholas was honored by Variety Magazine as one the "Top Ten Producers to Watch" in 2008.
CARLEASE BURKE Carlease is an actress who is adept at creating her own work. She has performed in over 26 features and 75 TV shows, virtually an episode of every network TV show airing incl. Shameless, Hot in Cleveland and Raising Hope.
EMILY GRACE Emily Grace helps actors think like a producer so they can act for a living. Through her company, Emily Grace Productions, she has helped countless actors land representation, big auditions, land more bookings and get in the driver's seat of their career with marketing plans that actually work. Emily is a Sundance and Deauville award-winning actress, as well as a writer and producer.
Hear different perspectives from an agent, casting director, producer, actress, and a career coach about how to increase your offers.
The evening will be full of practical advice and strategies on the importance of building long-term relationships with the people who can hire you—not simply chasing after the next random audition. Building on the thact that the audition is actually the beginning, not the end of the road.
To watch the Q&A you do not have to log into the SAG Foundation website. Just go to
It was the 33rd President of the United States who brought the White House into a new era—the era of television. President Harry S. Truman held the first televised Presidential Address from the White House on October 5th 1947.
Although ground-breaking, the Truman address to the nation was delivered to an extremely limited audience. Television was still in its infancy. In 1947 there were only about 44,000 TV sets in U.S. homes and the sets were concentrated in just a few major cities. By comparison, there were over 40 million radios in the United States.
First Presidential address to be Televised - Truman, 1947
According to Politico.Com: Though Truman pioneered the now-familiar ritual of a White House telecast to the nation, he was not the first president to appear on television. President Franklin D. Roosevelt broadcast on a compact black-and-white screen from the New York World’s Fair on April 30, 1939.
It should be noted that FDR’s comments on the opening day of the 1939 World's Fair’s were seen only on receivers at the fairgrounds and at Radio City Music Hall, in midtown Manhattan. The next day, May 1st, early TV sets went on sale to the general public, as RCA (Radio Corporation of America)—NBC’s (National Broadcasting Company) parent company—began broadcasting on a daily basis. Those daily telecasts didn't last long; they were, for the most part, suspended until the end of World War II.
First Televised Presidential Address - Truman, 1952
Following Truman's address in 1947, all of his subsequent White House speeches, including his 1949 inaugural address, were televised. In 1948, Truman was also the first presidential candidate to air a paid political ad on TV. President Truman's televised tour of the White House followed some unsettling observations.
From the Truman Library:
The White House is Falling Down: Some said the White House was standing only from the "force of habit"
Shortly after moving into the White House, President Truman noticed the telltale signs of a building under serious physical stress. He frequently complained of drafts and unusual popping and creaking noises in the old house. In letters to his wife Bess, back home in Missouri, Truman often joked of the "ghosts" that inhabited the White House.
"The damned place is haunted, sure as shootin... You and Margie had better come back and protect me before some of these ghosts carry me off." [Harry Truman, in a letter to his wife Bess, September 8, 1946]
"The floors pop and the drapes move back and forth. I can just imagine old Andy and Teddy having an argument over Franklin." [Truman, in a letter to Bess in June 1945]
Early in 1948, in response to the President's concerns, engineering reports confirmed that the White House was in a serious state. The White House was burned out to its exterior walls during the War of 1812 and further compomised by poorly constructed, successive additions of indoor plumbing, gas lighting, electric wiring, heating ducts, and major structural modifications in 1902 and 1927. Following the 1948 engineering reports the decision was made to move the Trumans across the street to Blair House for three years while the White House underwent a complete interior demolition. The complete reconstruction only retained the exterior walls of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the Executive Mansion.
Following the reconstruction, on May 3, 1952, President Truman conducted a televised tour of his new home—the new White House. This is an excerpt:
The First White House Tour on Television - the Video
A decade later, on February 14, 1962, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy proudly presented her White House restoration to the world.
The restoration was Mrs. Kennedy's premiere project as First Lady. She was dismayed during her preinauguration tour of the White House to find little of historic significance in the Executive Mansion. The rooms were furnished with undistinguished pieces that she felt lacked a sense of history. Her initial efforts to restore the White House began on her first day in residence.
Jacqueline Kennedy Tour of the White House - 1962
A record 80-million viewers watched the broadcast. It was later syndicated to over 50 countries around the world. If you haven't seen the tour hosted by Jacqueline Kennedy, you should watch. Besides being a wonderful historical document, it is honestly informative and quite a production—by the television standards of the day.
From the Museum of Broadcast Communications:
On the night of 14 February 1962 three out of four television viewers tuned to CBS or NBC to watch a A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy. Four nights later, ABC rebroadcast the program to a sizable national audience before it then moved on to syndication in more than fifty countries around the globe. In all, it was estimated that hundreds of millions of people saw the program, making it the most widely viewed documentary during the genre's so called golden age. But the White House tour is also notable because it marked a shift in network news strategies, since it was the first primetime documentary to explicitly court a female audience.
The 2012 9 Songwriter Series will present a show in the Washington, DC Gibson Guitar Showroom on Wednesday, July 25th. This special show will feature nine singer-songwriters considered among the most elite and talented in the DC area. The show is the second of a monthly residency at the renowned showroom.
Port City Brewing Company and Tito's Vodka—the show sponsors—will be supplying drinks for attendees.
9 Series creator Justin Trawick is pleased to bring his show to the Gibson showroom, a special venue not often open for public shows. “It’s an amazing place, and after growing this series into a national thing, it feels good to do this show. It will be a venue and a night that music fans won’t forget.” Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos.
The show will also feature Luke Mitchem performing three songs from his unreleased LP—due to drop October 23, 2012. Winter Kissing on Spring is the album title; the work will be the fourth LP in as many years for the prolific singer-songwriter. Mitchem, along with several accomplished musicians, recorded the album at The Great North Sound Society in rural Maine. Luke is also putting the finishing touches on his first novel, titled Tragedy’s Triumph.
Mitchem's soulful, introspective music is a window into this intellectual and talented man. Life’s passions, heartaches dreams and visions vividly come to life through his works—both musical and written. Luke also continues on his solo quest to raise funds for rebuilding Joplin, MO music programs. More information can be found at www.lukemitchem.com.
About The9 Songwriter Series:
Founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, The 9 Songwriter Series is a nationally touring live music showcase. Each installment features nine solo singer-songwriters performing in rotation, providing audiences with a rich, intimate, varied listening experience. To date, over 60 different artists have participated in The 9, at events in DC, Arlington, Bethesda, Baltimore, Annapolis, New York City, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charlotte, and Philadelphia. For information on The 9 Songwriter Series contact Justin Trawick via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's what one man did as he moved from the task forecasting the Mid-Atlantic weather to the profession of brewing suds.
Aaron Justus was a weatherman at a Richmond, Virginia television station and apparently wanted to make 'clever-time' with his friends and co-workers before he left CBS-6 to work for a microbrewery in San Diego, California. Turns out that he made 'clever' in a viral video kind of way.
Justus (with the help of unnamed staff at WTVR TV) created this cute little gem. And, it is cute. And, he plays the gag so perfectly straight it makes me grin.
When Justus was asked about the video by TVSpy, he said, “I had built a few crazy graphics during my last two weeks at WTVR.”
He continued, “It was an ongoing joke with the production team. I then decided to put it all together as one last farewell forecast, which of course never hit air.”
I so wish it had.
According to MediaBistro.com, Aaron Justus now says, from San Diego, “Life is good!”
I'm guessing he reports that life is good because Godzilla saved the East Coast from that super hurricane, the lava flows didn't take down Charlottesville, and those 345-degree temperatures didn't cause Fredericksburg to burst into flame. That and Justus being surrounded by wall-to-wall beer.
And that, of course, brings the story home to Baltimore.
Last Monday was Jon Zerivitz's last day working as a graphic designer at T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills. He left the rarefied air of the suburban corporate studio for the hopps-filled air of his new 7,200 square foot creation, Union Craft Brewing in Baltimore City.
While I wish Jon and his business partner all great success in the suds business, I'm wondering if we should—you know, in the name of due diligence—look back at the last couple of weeks of Zervitiz's work as a T. Rowe Price designer.
Jon is a funny, talented guy—a good man—and one hell of a desk-top finger drummer. Yet, I can't seem to shake the idea that there just might be a Godzilla or a volcano hidden in one of his last infographics.