In my time as Tuscan’s finest fine art critic I have been outspoken about the concept of “found object” art, or “objets trouvés” as the French call it. Art is something that should be studied and carefully considered as it is created. More often than not objets trouvés feels rushed and lazy, as if someone tossed a pile of garbage into and art gallery. “Tada!”
Still, art may surprise, even objets trouvés. In 1941 Picasso created his incredible Head of a Bull out of nothing more than an old bicycle seat and handle bars. While many were surprised to find Picasso had dabbled in this format, I was equally surprised when I received word of such art from across the pond, in the small town of Frederick, Maryland.
It is my understanding that for years Frederick’s Town Hall has been host to a wretched pile of garbage. The pile has grown so heavy and cumbersome that some have accurately called it “a monument to human filth” that cannot garbagemen. That is until two anonymous local artists turned this trash pile into a piece of objets trouvés.
With paint as their chosen medium and trash as their canvas, what they created turned blight into art. The anonymous painters took the trash, formed into the shape of man who felt people of color were simply less than people and turned it into expression of frustration. A splash of red paint symbolizing the blood on the figure’s hands, while expressing the suppressed rage of a community forced to witness the local trash pile on a daily basis. Artist brilliance.
I was prepared to fly overseas and critique the piece in person until I was informed that city officials removed the art but left the trash. If the art is too provocative for the steps of town hall, why not remove the whole thing and let the community treasure it in a museum of some sort. Or at the very least, save money on Halloween decorations and leave the art be until the end of the month.
This Sunday August 23, 2015 at 7pm, The Last Hurrah is going back to school! Join your host Kevin Cole and a panel of comedians as they lean into grade school nostalgia. Everything from fire drills to government subsidized school lunches will be provided. It’s all of the school with none of the work or education, just free comedy and one last chance to pick on the new kid (that’s a major no-no, don’t pick on the new kid unless you want ten demerits).
Episode written by: Lisa Burl, Kevin Cole, Caitlyn Joy, James McGarvey and Christine McQuaid
Join the fun Sunday, 7pm at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre
This week on The Last Hurrah, we’re joined by Lisa Burl (one half of the creative team behind Balls Deep(er) in Love) and a slightly drugged Christine McQuaid. Together we discussed bad break ups, help some audience member settle their love trouble and even reached into the depths craigslist to help some Frederick locals find love, whether or not they came to the show. We also said goodbye to a dear gallbladder, who will be sorely missed (until the drugs kick in).
On this very special episode of The Last Hurrah, we sat down with delightful Joshua Castille who is currently making the leap from Deaf West’s production of Spring Awakening to Broadway! We learned about his origin story of discovering theatre via a shower curtain and how he and Christine McQuaid became fast friends. We discuss what goes into making a production of Spring Awakening that’s accessible to both the hearing and the deaf and just how tight the show’s ensemble must be to pull it off.
Christine McQuaid Special Guest:
Christ is coming to town, he should be here around 8. In the meantime, he’s tasked John (Kevin Cole) with setting up his last meal. Unfortunately it’s off to a rough start as Judas (Christine McQuaid) forgets the bread and Thomas (Caitlyn Joy) neglects to bring the wine. This, all made the more troubling as Mary (Katie Rattigan) is expected to arrive at any minute and you know how she can be. Can this group of disciples nail it together before Jesus arrives?
Based off the works of Dan Brown
Katie RattiganEpisode Writers:
Join us for the next show Sunday April 19th at 7pm at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre.
Finally, the Last Hurrah does a sports show that isn’t a fiasco. No need worry about people not understanding football until the discussion turns to how our parents gave us the sex talk. This week, we perfected the formula and brought the heat! This episode is for you, fake sports fans! Not sure how to dress for sports? We’ve got the attire guide and we’ve got levels upon levels of competition to keep your blood pumping. You may not be able to see it all, but you can still print out your own bracket to play along at home.
Chris McQuaid (guest competitor)
Join us for the next show Sunday March 29th at 7pm at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre.
Due to a wild schedule that evening at the MET and a series of bizarre events in our own lives we felt it best to hold off this week. In most cases I (Kevin) would hunt down a guest host, but that’s when the bizarre life events kicked in, after reflecting on this and the combination of the two other events scheduled to take place in the theatre that evening, I determined it would be easiest for everyone if we sat this weekend out. We shall return to the Maryland Ensemble Theatre on Nov 23rd with the most insane Thanksgiving special to ever be forcefully birthed into existence!
Episode 12 of The Last Hurrah is now online! You can click the picture above to listen!
This weekend came to a close celebrating Jim Henson, with special guest Brian Jay Jones. Mr. Jones is the president of the Biographers International Organization; most recently, he wrote the New York Times bestseller “Jim Henson: The Biography”. Joined by host and Muppet fanatic Kevin Cole, as well as panelists Hannah Gutman and Andrew Michaels, the four sat down to discuss the life of Jim Henson.
[NOTE: This episode is listed as explicit on iTunes by default, Brian tells one story where the f-bomb is used, outside of that the episode is primarily clean]
Episode 4 of The Last Hurrah is now online! You can click the picture above to listen!
Capping off the weekend, Kevin is shadowed by Andrew Michaels who will take over hosting duties for the next two weeks. Karli Cole returns to give us one final look into the world of Yik Yak. Panelists Giovanni Kavota, Stacey Axler, Kevin and Andrew discuss 5 Year reunions, racism and forest gump. Plus a special improv performance from Flaggon Wagon!
This Sunday at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre, The Last Hurrah kicks off their first performance. Join as Kevin Cole as he attempts to lay out the premise and feel for this conversational comedy show. This week’s panelists include Annual writers Andrew Michaels and Scott Travers, as well as long time Comedy Pig Laura Stark.Karli Cole will return with an update to last week’s Yik Yak so that we can help Robert Martin quit his job. Plus, a special performance from The Comedy Pigs!
This Sunday at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre, The Last Hurrah kicks off their first performance. Join as Kevin Cole as he attempts to lay out the premise and feel for this conversational comedy show. This week’s panelists include James McGarvey (The Annual, Balls Deep in Love), Bobby Martin (The Annual), and Cassie Schaeffer (Gun To A Cat Fight)and Karli Cole returns to update us on last week’s Yik Yak.