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Thursday, March 3, 2005

    At the Crocodile Cafe

    My second cousin, Tony Rogers, plays cello and is currently touring the country with a rock band backing a Swedish singer named Jens Lekman. I'd never met Tony, but his Dad called me last Tuesday and told me about Tony's band playing at the Crocodile Cafe in Belltown. It was Tony's birthday--a fun coincidence--and so I called my good friend Sam Vance and we headed down to the Crocodile. It was my first foray into the local music scene, and it was a kick. The music was superb, though the lyrics of Mr. Lekman often left me baffled ("You said make-believe but I thought you said maple leaf"). I visited with Tony a little--he looks just like his dad. It was good to make the family connection and get a taste of the Seattle I rarely get to experience.

    Hats off to you, Tony...Happy Birthday...

    3:50:25 PM    comment []  

    Back Online

    Sorry I've been remiss in posting. These have been days of recouping, realignment, re-energizing, and though I feel like I'm not quite there, it's time to get going again. It's been in fits and starts, but let's see if I can get at least somewhat consistent in these posts again.

    It's been an interesting week, what with the CITA (Christians In Theatre Arts) event on Monday night, a roundtable discussion featuring Dick Staub, Jeffrey Overstreet, and Grant Goodeve leading a roundtable discussion addressing the question: "What Does God Want From The Theatre?" I helped coin that question in the planning meetings for this event because theatre means different sorts of things to different people, especially in a world like CITA where professionals, academics, and amateurs all gather to talk about getting on stage and doing plays. The stickiest issue is the need for standards of excellence and evaluation at both the professional levels and at the academic and church drama levels so that everyone can feel that they are in pursuit of the same discipline.

    It was vibrant and vital discussion which culminated in the strongest message of the evening, which was simply that the church (that just means Christians) needs to help artists go deep. (Frankly, we all need to go deep.) The context for that call is the shallowness and materialism of the culture at large, which is echoed in many church cultures that simply try to create an alternate popular culture that looks in substance like the mainstream, with the difference being the presence of crosses, WWJD's, and other such sentimental reminders of the faith.

    The discussion could have gone on much longer, but it was gratifying to see the level of interest and passion in the room. I've always thought CITA was a great idea...let's see how it works in this latest Seattle incarnation.

    Why don't we call it "church theatre?"

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