Tomorrow at the Shadow, be interviewed by a painfully awkward middle-aged man with OCD

I wasn’t going to do anything at tomorrow’s Shadow Art Fair. I’d intended to have a table, and sell something, but things never fell into place. Actually, none of us who plan the event were going to have a table this time around, which kind of sucks. We all want to do creative stuff again, but the administrative demands of putting the show together just don’t leave us with either enough time or energy. But, I think we may have come up with a solution. Tomorrow, the four of us who plan the Shadow will be taking turns hosting a little area in a corner, where we’ll be inviting visitors to engage with us on different subjects. My friend Melissa, for instance, will be there at some point, quilting behind a sign that says, “Quilt with a Woman Who was Featured in Time Magazine in 2005,” or something like that. My plan, at least at the beginning of the day, is to sit there with a video recorder and interview people. I’m not yet sure what my sign will say, but maybe it’ll be something like, “Be Interviewed by a Painfully Awkward Middle-Aged Man with OCD,” or, better yet, “Be Interviewed by a Man that Jim Kunstler Called an Asshole.” Anyway, that’ll just be the start of what we hope will evolve over time, as we get going, and the beer starts flowing. By the end of the night, I suspect we’ll be counseling people on goatse etiquette, or something equally upsetting.

The setup is pretty simple. It’s just a few square feet of space, set off by velvet ropes. There are two armchairs, with a small table in between. I don’t know if the other guys plan to charge, but I might, at least at the beginning, ask people for a dollar to be interviewed. (I’ll post the interviews online.) So, if you’re around tomorrow, and would like to have me ask you questions, stop by early in the day, before the area morphs into either a, “Clip Mark Maynard’s Toenails” booth, or a “Confess Your Sins to a Stranger” pavilion.

And, remember, when you come out to Ypsi for the Shadow, to bring your coupon for The Rocket.

See you tomorrow.

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  1. Edward
    Posted July 16, 2011 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    “Goatse Etiquette”

    I’m intrigued.

    Sounds like a great idea for a children’s coloring book.

  2. Dan Richardson
    Posted July 16, 2011 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Can you sell or give away some of the new Monkey Power Trio records to folks who can prove they own working turntables or have great influence in the music industry?

  3. Posted July 16, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Yeah, it occurred to me to bring a few, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. The people of Ypsi are my friends…

  4. Posted July 16, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    I’ll be there Mark. I want to be interviewed although I haven’t found you to be awkward.

  5. Posted July 16, 2011 at 10:59 am | Permalink

    Cool. I’m sure that people would love to see what you look like. Maybe we could do the interview in the women’s room.

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