Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It's The End...

…  of 2013 that is!

Hope your year was good enough if not even better than that!

And I leave you to enjoy New Year's Eve with this…


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Mug of the Day - JON'S JAVA!

This morning's mug…
"Jon's Java"
A gift from Brie for Christmas 2008, and now the name of this blog!
I love this mug, and it's huge!
Drinking Boston's Best brand, House Blend.
It's a simple classic light coffee.  Brie gave it to me for Christmas this year!

Speaking of Christmas, here's some pictures of my holiday at home with the cats, and some other things!

 Tug - contemplating if he should take out the tree     
 Ripper, relaxed with a new catnip mouse
 Here's a gift Brie gave me.  It's a Kermit the Frog stocking holder.  I've wanted this sine I first saw it in 1980 when I was five.  She found one and got it.  I'm flabbergasted and love it!  She's the best

Elmwood also had two screenings of "Animal Behavior" this season…  Thanks to al that came out!  Here's a picture of the Jon and Brie puppets from the nite we had at the awesome Desultory Theatre Club!


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Tonite! ANIMAL BEHAVIOR! Yaaayyyy!!!!


The Desultory Theatre Club presents...


Elmwood Productions' crazy puppet web series!!! 






On Saturday Dec 21st come follow the misadventures of two special felines. The charming and murderous Tugger, and the clueless kitten, Ripper. Find out what hijinks they have in store for their frazzled owner Jon!

“My cats are trying to kill me.”



It’s one of the first things you’ll hear him confess.

A G Rated Puppet Comedy for ages 6 & Up!!

Free with Donation!! $5.00 Suggested Donation to benefit The Torrington Animal Shelter or bring a toy for Toy 4 Tots!


Doors open at 6:30

Show starts at 7pm





Trailer Park - The Muppet Christmas Carol

Get down with your bad self...


There goes the Challenger being chased

By the blue blue meanies on wheels

The vicious traffic squad cars are
After our lone driver
The last American hero
The the electric sitar
The demi-god
The super driver of the golden west!
Two nasty Nazi cars are close behind
The beautiful lone driver
The police cars are getting closer-closer
Closer to our soul hero in his soul mobile yeah baby!
They about to strike, they gonna get him!  Smash!  Rape!
The last beautiful free soul on this planet



But it is written if the evil spirit

Arms the tiger with claws
Brahman provided wings for the dove
Thus spoke the super guru...

"Did you hear that"


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

To shave or not to shave part 2… Shaved mostly

A couple days ago I lamenting about getting my beard/mustache all covered in coffee as I drank my morning cup.  It was so long with every sip I would be soaked.  Hahaha…  I was just going to trim up the mustache to keep it out of the way.  And I also debated shaving it all off.  Bic it gone.  I didn't end up doing either.   Then last nite I watered the awesome Christmas tree.  Then a couple hours later I went to go to bed, and brush my teeth.   And found pine needles in the beard.  I had no idea they were there.








So this morning as I made coffee I got out the clippers.  
Here the before picture, my hair was almost at a Gallagher stage too!













And here I am now…  
With coffee in hand and so fresh and so clean...







and now off to making puppets…

Album of The Week: Merry Christmas from Sesame Street


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Animal Behavior THIS WEEKEND!!!! TWICE!!!


First on 12/21-
"ANIMAL BEHAVIOR"!
On Saturday Dec 14th come follow the misadventures of two special felines. The charming and murderous Tugger, and the clueless kitten, Ripper. Find out what hijinks they have in store for their frazzled owner Jon!

“My cats are trying to kill me.”
It’s one of the first things you’ll hear him confess.

A G Rated Puppet Comedy for ages 6 & Up!!

Free with Donation!! $5.00 Suggested Donation to benefit The Torrington Animal Shelter or bring a toy for Toy 4 Tots!

Doors open at 6:30
Show starts at 7pm

Desultory Theatre Club


63 Water Street, Torrington, Connecticut 06790


And on 12/20 In case you can't make it on the 21st - We're bringing the fun to Paris In Plantsville!

Free with Donation!! $5.00 Suggested Donation to benefit The Torrington Animal Shelter or bring a toy for Toy 4 Tots!

Doors open at 6:30

Show starts at 7pm

Paris In Plantsville
15 West Main Street, Plantsville, CT 06479

Monday, December 16, 2013

To shave or not to shave….

It might be time to shave off or trim the beard…
It's getting in my coffee whenever I sip…
Hmmm….


While I ponder that and do laundry here's some Christmas music for you

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Snowed In… Lame...

So tonite's screening of "Animal Behavior" was postponed due to Mother Nature bang an unarguable asshole…
It happens…  It's New England after all…
At least I got to hang out with Gabe!
So here's all the info on the upcoming screenings in case you missed it elsewhere in the land of Net of Inter:


First on 12/21-
The Desultory Theatre Club presents...
Elmwood Productions' crazy puppet web series!!! 
"ANIMAL BEHAVIOR"!
On Saturday Dec 14th come follow the misadventures of two special felines. The charming and murderous Tugger, and the clueless kitten, Ripper. Find out what hijinks they have in store for their frazzled owner Jon!

“My cats are trying to kill me.”
It’s one of the first things you’ll hear him confess.

A G Rated Puppet Comedy for ages 6 & Up!!

Free with Donation!! $5.00 Suggested Donation to benefit The Torrington Animal Shelter or bring a toy for Toy 4 Tots!

Doors open at 6:30
Show starts at 7pm

Desultory Theatre Club


63 Water Street, Torrington, Connecticut 06790


Then on 12/20 In case you can't make it on the 21st - We're bringing the fun to Paris In Plantsville!

Free with Donation!! $5.00 Suggested Donation to benefit The Torrington Animal Shelter or bring a toy for Toy 4 Tots!

Doors open at 6:30

Show starts at 7pm

Paris In Plantsville
15 West Main Street, Plantsville, CT 06479

Trailer Park: Animal Behavior

Elmwood's "Animal Behavior" is screening tonite!
You better come see it!
All the info on where and time is here!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Tomorrow nite! Come see Elmwood!



The Desultory Theatre Club presents...


Elmwood Productions' crazy puppet web series!!! 



"ANIMAL BEHAVIOR"!






“My cats are trying to kill me.”



It’s one of the first things you’ll hear him confess.



A G Rated Puppet Comedy for ages 6 & Up!!



Free with Donation!! $5.00 Suggested Donation to benefit The Torrington Animal Shelter or bring a toy for Toy 4 Tots!



Doors open at 6:30



Show starts at 7pm



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Album of the Week: Raw Power






And don't forget -
"ANIMAL BEHAVIOR" IS SCREENING THIS WEEKEND!
GET ALL THE DETAILS
HERE!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Making Spirits Bright

Wrapping a few presents, listening to Dean…  Chilling with coffee and cats…
The tree is up and the Spirit is in me!
Now off to make a few gifts!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Mug of the Day

Jim Henson's Muppet*Vision 3D!
Drinking Trader Joe's Gingerbread Coffee

I remember getting this mug well.  It's apparently going to snow tonite and it got me thinking about winter…
It was January 2001.  I had a rough fall and holiday season and needed to get away for a bit.
So without telling anyone I went to Florida.  I  was sick of winter, sick of Connecticut.
By the end of my first day there I was in a rented car from Tampa and on my way to Disney, where I got this (huge) mug.  AFTER finding an apartment.
A month later a was a resident of Florida
A year and a half later, I was back in Connecticut.
I still don't like winter though!

I say it from time to time…  I'm glad I went, be even happier I came back!

Let's meet Ripper! Screenings 12/14 and 12/20!


Let's Meet Ripper!
The Desultory Theatre Club presents...

Elmwood Productions' crazy puppet web series!!!

"ANIMAL BEHAVIOR"!

On Saturday Dec 14th come follow the misadventures of two special felines. The charming and murderous Tugger, and the clueless kitten, Ripper. Find out what hijinks they have in store for their frazzled owner Jon!

“My cats are trying to kill me.”

It’s one of the first things you’ll hear him confess.

A G Rated Puppet Comedy for ages 6 & Up!!

Free with Donation!! $5.00 Suggested Donation to benefit The Torrington Animal Shelter or bring a toy for Toy 4 Tots!

Doors open at 6:30

Show starts at 7pm

desultorytheatreclub.com - elmwoodproductions.com

Monday, December 2, 2013

One of those mornings...

Bad nite last nite…  Crappy morning today…
But it's now after 12, so the morning is over…

Got the glue gun plugged in, two cats sleeping, and good music going.
Today will be better from here…

And we're screening in just under two weeks too!

Friday, November 29, 2013

"Animal Behavior" Screenings! 12/14 and 12/20


OK people - I'm excited for this!!!

First on 12/14-
The Desultory Theatre Club presents...
Elmwood Productions' crazy puppet web series!!! 
"ANIMAL BEHAVIOR"!
On Saturday Dec 14th come follow the misadventures of two special felines. The charming and murderous Tugger, and the clueless kitten, Ripper. Find out what hijinks they have in store for their frazzled owner Jon!

“My cats are trying to kill me.”
It’s one of the first things you’ll hear him confess.

A G Rated Puppet Comedy for ages 6 & Up!!

Free with Donation!! $5.00 Suggested Donation to benefit The Torrington Animal Shelter or bring a toy for Toy 4 Tots!

Doors open at 6:30
Show starts at 7pm

Desultory Theatre Club


63 Water Street, Torrington, Connecticut 06790


Then on 12/20 In case you miss it on the 14th - We're bringing the fun to Paris In Plantsville!

Free with Donation!! $5.00 Suggested Donation to benefit The Torrington Animal Shelter or bring a toy for Toy 4 Tots!

Doors open at 6:30

Show starts at 7pm

Paris In Plantsville
15 West Main Street, Plantsville, CT 06479



Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

The holidays have begun...  Back on Halloween!

This is one of my favorite times of the year,  Spending time with loved ones and seeing smiles.

Tomorrow is what they call "Black Friday"...  Everyone goes shopping for the deals and such.  
While you're out (if you are one who will be, I personally avoid Black Friday) shopping for your friends and loved ones today, or any day this season I ask that you take a moment and think of those less fortunate.  Those who might need a Santa to help them this year.  Drop some food off at  a local food pantry or shelter, some pet food to a animal shelter, or a toy or two for Toys For Tots or at a shelter also...
It's the least we can do.




What I am thankful for this year...

As always I am thankful for my amazing girlfriend Brie.
Every day I want to be a better person to keep up with her.
My family...  Parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, the one nephew, the grandparents, and the extended family...  And Brie's family too...  Everyone is awesome and supportive.
The Elmwood Gang - Mike, Russ, Trick, Gabe, Nick, Ben, Rick, Crystal, Jeremy, Jim, Abel, and the extended Elmwood crew too - cuz we never stop laughing and creating.
Every time we get together is a blast
Trick Rock, cuz he is Tricky Rock.
Tugger and Ripper - my homeboys
Blue - wish you were still here.

And I'm thankful to you, whoever you are, reading this today!


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wow….

I remember this night well…
It was the Friday after my bother died (that date on the paper is when it was published) the show was early October…
We (Tricky, Sten, and I) had bought the tickets months earlier, kinda just for the fun of it.  And we ended up in the second of third row.  And that nite out was something I so needed at that moment.
Thanks guys!

And thanks Debbie for coming out too, with Megan, and doing this article so I have something to remember the nite with!  


We were some handsome dudes…  Hahahahaha!

Album of The Week: Too Much Coffee Man


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sendak

Brie and I went to the New Britain Museum of American Art yesterday morning to see the Maurice Sendak exhibit,
It was jaw dropping to see his work up close in not on the printed page.  I grew up on his books, and have always been a fan.  I wrote a bit about him when he passed away last year…

But I just wanted to recommend going to the the exhibit to anyone in the area, or if the tour comes to yours…  It's awe inspiring!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday. So far so good…

Making puppets and fixing some others… 
Getting ready for a fun 2014 already with some new projects.
Drinking great coffee and listening to great music.

These are the last two songs to come up on my iPod while on shuffle… Perfect puppet making music...


Gabe's Batheroom Rave Extravaganza 2

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Oh Christmas Tree.. It's Way Early!


No…  My tree isn't up yet!  Earlier this week Elmwood shot a holiday short to be seen at screenings we're lining up for December.  I did set up the tree while listening to Cee-Lo's Christmas album to get the mood right though.  And pre-shooting the Elmwood gang played some Muppet Christmas music.
I think I'm starting to get into the spirit early now though!

The short we shot is part of "Animal Behavior"!  And you can come see it on 12/14/13 at 
The Desultory Theatre Club in Torrington CT!
All there info on that is 
















Friday, November 15, 2013

Today's mug

This one was my grandfathers mug.  
My aunt gave me a couple of his mugs after he passed away in 2006. 
 Today I'm drinking Joe's Dark from Trader Joe's…  Milk and sugar.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

"F*ckin' Alone"

Found this video on YouTube late one nite...
Fan made Iggy Pop music video?  With puppetry?
SWEET!!!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Come Hang Out With Elmwood Tonite!


We're going to be at the re-launch of McLevy Hall in Bridgeport CT this week Thursday nite!
Come out and meet the cast of "Animal Behavior" and watch the show and more too!  
And more!  A whole group of talented folks are taking over the building for the weekend!
Here's a link with all the info on who will be there CLICK HERE!

Join the party on November 7th as CreateHereNow (CHN) gathers artists of every discipline and medium from around the state to christen our new home and Placemaking Central Head Quarters, McLevy Hall in Bridgeport. This former City Hall building lay fallow for several years and we are reactivating it as an arts and innovation center featuring artist work space, performance space, leading practice access space, revolving gallery space, small business center and all purpose arts funhouse to become a destination center for downtown Bridgeport and a place where artists and art lovers are always welcome.


McLevy Hall: 202 State St. Bridgeport, CT



For more info visit: http://mclevyhall.org/













Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Today's Mug

 Sesame Street 30th Anniversary "Family Photo 1985" Mug
I got this mug in  a weird gift shop in a weird mall in St. Pete FL, back in 2001.  The whole mall looked like it was stuck in 1978, and every looked to be closing in it...
The gift shop wall all old media character merchandise.  Ton's on Looney Toons, Tom and Jerry, and some Muppets, Betty Boop, etc...
By old I mean the items were old.  This mug, for example was made in 1998, and another travel mug I bought was from 1996.  The woman that worked there didn't even know the prices...  I ended up with three brand new mugs, the travel mug, this one and a matching one of Grover on a horse (that is gone now) for under 6 bucks...  Ahhhh, Florida!


Album of The Week: Sinatra/Jobim: The Complete Reprise Recordings




Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Todays Mug...

 My parents called this "Asthma Smurf"
They like to tease me...  This is probably my oldest in use mug, from 1980ish.  I got just before the Smurfs blew up in the early 1980's, and I still keep in it use.
Today I'm drinking Smooth and Mellow Blend from Trader Joe's...  It really lives up to it's name!


Saturday, November 2, 2013

Short Movie about Elmwood!?!



"Of Puppets And Men: Elmwood Productions"
is a short (and funny) documentary made for a film class by student Ryan Brown. 
Ryan has been nice enough to let us share it here on our YouTube channel!
Featuring members of Elmwood Productions and some behind the scenes footage from "Steve the Vampire" and "Animal Behavior".

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mr. Universe and Don Get Their Halloween On!

Today's Mug

Bad Kitty!
gift from an old boss, Christmas 2004.  Drinking Cafe Bustello with milk and sugar, or as Jim calls it "Rocket Fuel"!
The mug makes an appearance in a scene or two in "Animal Behavior"

Album of The Week: Bat Out Of Hell (and it's sequels too!)