Last weekend, José Amador took up blogging duties for the first weekend of 14/48’s Winter 2012 Festival; today he uses excerpts from that weekend’s entries to provide an in-depth look at the festival from within.
At the brightly lit People’s Republic Kafe (coffee shop), along with the cheery lighting, there also comes a warm welcoming attitude courtesy of Kevin Hyder and Tristan Devin, the founders of the “People’s Republic of Komedy” back in 2005. Since then have created a friendly, supportive venue for an open mic that they have really great comics flock there every Friday night for The People’s Republic Open Mic night. We’re talking really funny comics…
Rolling right along with January, this weekend brings us the kind of theatrical variety platter that makes us the envy of the West Coast: A world premiere by one company, another up North, fourteen from a different company, the return of a Northwest puppet staple, some semi-absurdist silliness, and a staged reading on Monday, why not?
Though there are venues for local filmmakers to present the fruits of their labor, it could hardly be said that opportunities to reach a large audience are plentiful in the area. KCTS’s Reel NW, a program that’s a little over a year old, represents a rare chance to show a project to a potential audience that reaches most of Western Washington; this last Monday, they aired four short subject films. Jose Amador discusses them in length.
It seems like an eternity since we last spoke, even though it’s only been two weeks. A mere fortnight. Lots has happened in those fourteen days; some year end lists were released, some awards were given out (with others still to come); a nice way to take a breather after the end of a busy year — your correspondent’s ruminations on that year will be coming soon. The time for rest is over; time to see if we can improve upon last year’s achievements.
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