Friday, August 29, 2008
Where the eyes go, the mind follows.
So stretch your eyes. Gently look in all <10> directions, holding each gaze at least four seconds.
This is at least as important as stretching your other muscles, if you use your eyes daily.
A ham steak (nice thick cut, good quality, approx. one pound)
A small wheel of Camembert cheese
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 cup bourbon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place ham steak into shallow baking pan. Whisk honey, cayenne, bourbon for the glaze. Pour half over ham steak and place in oven until sizzling and singed on edges.
Flip ham steak, coat with other half of glaze and broil at 500 degrees F until sizzling and singed on edges.
While cooking second side of ham steak, heat heavy cream until near boiling. Lower temperature to simmer, add Camembert and yolk, whisk briskly for 90 seconds. Remove from heat until ham is finished.
Drizzle Camembert sauce over the ham and serve.
Add other cool stuff to your liking, Kojack. Maybe green onion slices or mango wedges. Let me know if you are stuck.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
We won't say much more for now. But we have a guilty product pleasure. We are sure you want to get one. Probably two.
If there is anything more geekily and professionally satisfying at the same time, we don't even want to know about it.
You have wanted one since 1977. Or maybe only more recently ... if you are ... young? At least one of you may not even know yet, but you do want one. Bonzuko has a stock of four and counting. Stage props are integral to our business!
We'll keep you "posted!"
~Vocal Warmup of the Day~
All vocal warmups found on the Daily Cross-Swords have been officially approved by Monaco J. Snackcracker (seen at left) prior to posting.
Enjoy and use these freely in your own classes and venues!
“Zucchinis and oysters bear palatable similarities.”
Why does one relocate position?
Consider a throwing technique from the martial arts ... most devastating.
When thrown, a person's physical space is taken. Relocation is involuntary and receptive. Recovery is possible if one is properly trained or intuitively responsive. If not, one is vulnerable to major injury or total devastation.
When throwing, a person assumes the physical location of another person. Relocation is voluntary and invasive. It can be a strong strategic maneuver.
With proper form, one may be dominant and stable after executing a throw. Without training or when fueled by emotion, this attack is clumsy and easy to counter by a professional martial artist.
At Bonzuko we stress the importance of understanding ways of receiving and redirecting a fall of any kind. This is important from the earliest stages of martial arts training, and should be practiced on a daily basis and under various circumstances.
Age and physical condition will require adjustment to the intensity and methodology of this training. Yet there is no reason to consider this "advanced training." It is possible to adjust the level of training to accommodate.
Make no mistake: taking an unexpected fall of any kind is one of the most likely high-risk activities one may experience in everyday life.
There are times to roll, and times to simply receive a fall most safely. There are times when rolling to receive a throwing technique is absolutely inappropriate. Training must encompass all ways of dealing with this issue.
And yes, this applies to psychological falls, falling short of expectations, being "put down," and more.
So, have a nice trip! See ya next Fall.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The Freshman Wheat from 2008. Named for Jason's return to school last Fall, and consumed within a week, we hardly knew ye.
It was one of our first batches. We love the German style wheat any time of the year.
It was so excellent that we have formulated a base recipe from that run which has become the Bonzuko House specialty. The name does not remain the same, however. Jason is deep into year two at MSCD. This is the end of the innocence.
So, we give you ... Sophomore Wheat. Creamy and fizzy, powered by Saaz hops this time, and in very short supply. We ran out of bottles too early. The good news is that we saved the runover for gourmet sciences. And cooking with it is damn near as good as drinking it. Really.
As always, if you ty it please let us know what you think!
The Gal-Lager has been popped!
A nice lager character with ever-so-slight bitterness from the Saaz hops, kissed with a fruity finish from the addition of fresh watermelon during a tertiary fermentation.
We are glad to report that it is not too sweet, and the watermelon does not overpower the lager. Since it is real melon, there isn't that fake-fruit flavor like one gets from commercial brews.
It tastes like a smooth beer, accented with summer goodness.
This is a very limited release, but we plan to work it again in 2009. If you tried it, let us know what you think!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Aw, no. Sho'nuff, as in the late Sho'nuff.
Julius J. Carry III (Sho'nuff in The Last Dragon) has passed away, age 56.
Not from barrel-dunking or kung fun, but pancreatic cancer. Ouch.
Respect, Julius. You had the glow.
Be sure to check the link below and give your personal moment of silence or laughter in honor of the man. He rocked.
YouTube - Sho Nuff
...thanks Dlisted.com for the pic
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Enjoy and use these freely in your own classes and venues!
“Bare Barbies bobble buoyantly between bubblegum and beetles.”
It's important as an actor and as a martial artist.
The martial artist accompanies technique with a vocal expression, or "ki-ai."* The actor delivers clarity of speech through a similar vocal projection.**
An effective technique and character line will be delivered with proper attention to breath, appropriate accompanying physical gesture, and finishing the vocal projection with an elongated vowel.
If the word to be said ends in a consonant, it should be finished with an elongated, unvoiced vowel propelled by breath.***
Finishing a vocal expression with an elongated vowel carries the vibration of voice. This vibration has a tangible effect. It may stop an attacker in his tracks. It may induce an audience to weep. It will certainly redirect focus.
A harsh or lazy consonant at the end of a projection will cut off the vibration of the voice. This will weaken the intention of the speaker, lessen the clarity of the intention, and cause tension in the jaws and neck.
The line or the technique should be delivered at the top or the middle of the breath. When there is breath in reserve, there is power. It is an ancient secret truth that an attacker is most vulnerable when inhaling. Energetically, one receives when breathing in and sends forth when exhaling.
By practicing this holistic method of vocal projection, you will cultivate a better stage presence and more effective command of voice. It will elevate your audition, performance, awareness, and self - defense skills and empower your intentions.
Thanks to Cookie at MSCD for inspiring this post with your recent lecture!
*Ki-ai = "union of intention with physical existence." At the advanced levels, the ki-ai may be silent while possessing the characteristics discussed here, minus the voice.
**There are times when an actor's expression may be silent while possessing the characteristics discussed here, minus the voice.
***Seek an expert.
As I think about what I'll do for my next TSD test, I'm thinking a lot about the difference between a martial arts exhibition, a demo for a skills test, and choreographing a fight scene for a play. I just told the MSCD Stage Combat class yesterday that stage combat isn't really about fighting, it's about telling a story. But these three types of staged fighting tend to get blended together in an unlearned audience's mind. Here's my encapsulation of the the three:
- Martial Arts Exhibition: Have you seen those karate competitions with all the spinning mirrored staffs, the aerial cartwheels, and the screaming? I wouldn't consider that martial arts, but an exhibition. I mean, look at them--they're scored based on difficulty of acrobatics just like a gymnast would be. It's not even a sport, with points scored on pins or throws. Even an exhibition like the BQC folks did a couple years ago at the Boulder Creek Fest is focused on flashy, cool-looking moves, not practical ones (though the BQC certainly were more practical than the karate demonstrations I mention), because the purpose of the demo is for spectacle.
- Skills Test: Again, it's about purpose. A skills test (whether in martial arts or stage combat) is meant to show a judge how well one does certain moves. So a demo for a skills test will be less overtly flashy, but still will have a prescribed number and list of moves that a judge expects to see. Again, I'm reminded (hi, Olympics) of gymnastics or ice skating, in that there is a list of certain moves that the demonstrator is expected to show, and the judgment is based on how well one accomplishes those. Showing off in a skills test doesn't necessarily get one the best score (or the certificate or next belt). The purpose of the skills test is assessment.
- Theatrical Fight Scene: A piece of choreography for a play has nothing to do with the above. A character is always going for an objective, a goal. She uses tactics to get the objective, and will run into obstacles on the way. A play begins when a character wants something, tension builds as the character tries to get it, then ends when the objective is achieved. In most plays, characters use words to accomplish their goals. When a character has used all her words to no avail, that's when she resorts to physicality. A fight scene erupts in a play when the characters run out of words to express themselves, and so must (so they feel) resort to violence. So the purpose of a theatrical fight scene is to further the action of the story.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Stage Combat looks like a lark--Jenn will put updates here every so often (students should look at metroconnect for in-class info), and heck maybe a picture or two. So much looking forward to it, and we'll see what Jason says about the Ensemble Performance class after Friday.
Yes, the Stage Combat book is the required textbook for MSCD's Stage Combat Class. Yes, Jenn wrote it. Does she have a problem with that? Nope.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
What could be a better example of that particular T-shirt? Nick looks like he's having fun being punched by a girl... thanks for modeling and thanks to Chris for an excellent angle to show off the shirt.
- Gal-Lager, the watermelon lager, is in the tertiary fermenter, to be bottled in a week. Talk about a smashingly refreshing beverage for the change of seasons!
- Sitting on the edge of our seats for the season finales of Last Comic Standing and America's Got Issues, er, Talent. Getting the dumb summer shows out of the way to make room for smarts!
- Reading Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, to prepare for Jason's ensemble performance class. Jenn is jealous.
- Making syllabi and creating online shells, of course. Concocting textbooks. Not as fun as Alice.
- Sampling Boulder's array of patio and rooftop pubs with gorgeous views. Yes, we have lots of sunscreen, don't worry.
- Actually, who are we kidding: we're hiding at home in the air conditioning. But it's a nice thought.
- Hey, we got a chin-up bar!! The office has never been so pumped! Do you smell that fitness? I do...
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I'll let you all know when and where their performance is once I know. ~Jenn