Ride by Cheryl Rae
I went to this free event at The Electric Lodge on April 3rd and well due to some technical difficulties and a hacker I am delayed in writing about it. This was a free adult art event. I stress adult as the content of the performance was decidedly for those over 18. If you can not legally smoke this show is not for you.
Apparenty there is a video to promte this show listed in this image.
It was an intriguing one woman poetry performance of a girl’s life with smoking and how her cigarette addiction impacted her life and the people who crossed into her world, or the world smoking drew her to. It dealt with friends, intimacy, life and death.
I myself in no way want to promote tobacco. However we all have vices and life today is not all rosy and perfect. Sometimes our art draw attention to the realities of our time. Though there is a strange poetry in the realization that smoking is no longer something you see on every street corner anymore. Perhaps that is what is so timely about this work. One day smoking may just be a ride that was taken by the prior generation. Stories told of a past age. It leaves a door open though for artists to find something else communal though “hopefully” less health damaging to take its place.
I should add though this is personal that the guy leading Host was friendly but odd to me and he later in a video on Periscope brought up rape when i joined in. Also there was a guy in the back with what appeared to be a brown curly wig drinking a beer who was very tall and he seemed drunk who, well looked like someone i knew, but i hate confrontation.