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River Walker [Oct. 1st, 2007|01:57 am]
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Back from PGraph's marathon weekend trip. We traveled 8 hours north to Tulsa, Oklahoma, home of our good friends in SuperOvum. They arranged a show on Saturday night at The Nightingale Theater for us, themselves, and Girls Girls Girls.

We left Friday evening in Kareem's car.. Kareem driving, me in shotgun, and Kaci & Val in the back. The trip was long, but mostly uneventful. We did eat some mediocre food at a place called Dublin Square (Dublin Square! Our food is just fair! But we have live entertainment every night!).

We rolled into Tulsa about 2:30 A.M. We were able to find April's house because it was the one that had April dancing like a fool outside of it. Mo was already asleep so Kaci and I crept to our back room that April had prepared for us. Later, Kaci snuck back into the darkened living room and nabbed a random collection of DVDs that we could stay up watching. I tried to make Kaci watch Space Camp (featuring the oldest teenagers in the world, and an ET-like robot), but she wasn't having it, so we switched to Drop Dead Fred.

The next day GGG and PGraph met for breakfast/lunch at Tony's (another person from SuperOvum) house, and had delicious things on toast, french-pressed coffee and grapes.

Then we hit the town. The first thing we learned about was the river tax debate. Apparently there's a bill coming up about whether or not .04 cents of every dollar spent should be put towards rennovating the river... adding a dam, and more or less turning it into a Riverwalk-type thing. The town's pretty split, with signs everywhere saying "NO RIVER TAX" and "RIVER: YES!".

We also went to Oral Roberts University, obstensibly to see the GIANT HANDS... but the rest of the university was pretty awesome, too. The whole thing looks like a 1970s vision of the future, which I think is sort of the point:

After that, we went to a coffee shop in a cute, hip part of Tulsa. Kareem and I nipped off to a pub to see if they had Magners. They didn't, but we did find a nice old phonograph, and took some pictures there. We also wandered over to a crazy new age bookstore. There was a lot to take in, but I think this sign more or less sums it up:

For dinner, we had some excellent pizza at The Hideaway, which was close by. After a brief nap/relaxation period, we made our way to the venue, The Nightingale Theater. It was large (which means it swallowed sound) and nice. It's used for regular theatre, so there were a ton of props backstage that we desperately wanted to toy around with... wooden turkeys, school desks, pillars, spears, free-standing stairs, beds, etc... In the end we only used a fancy yellow bench, but it still inspired us to play around with sets more in the future. Also of note is the fact that the theater floor had a giant pentagram on it:

We opted to do The Traveler format, since we only had about 30 minutes, and since it's a super-playful format that allows us to play a wide variety of characters, while still keeping some sort of narrative thru-line. Kaci was the traveler this time around, on a quest to buy a plane ticket to visit her grandparents. Along the way she met some pig ranchers, a guy who wouldn't stop singing, a disfunctional farming couple, a rich, dying old British lady, the constable and his deputy, an onery bus driver, a partying dude who gives piggy-back rides, a little boy who tricked her into marrying him, sortof, a doctor who gave his son way too much ritalin, and others. But don't worry, in the end her grandparents surprised her at the airport, revealing that they had become her legal guardians. So the show went well. We made a point to play with the space as much as possible, going up in the bleachers, walking down the middle aisle, etc...

After our show, Girls Girls Girls went on, and they did a musical about church camp, which ended in the Christians actually sacrificing one of the campers. Sweet. So we both had good shows. And the whole thing wrapped up in a jam, which was nuts, and focused way too much on the River Tax debacle. It inexplicably ended in big musical finale.

After all that was another show called The Old Crow Confessionals. Tables with candles were put out on the stage, and the lights were dimmed. Everyone sat around, drinking quietly. One by one, people got up, took a swig of Old Crow whiskey, and told secrets/stories to the crowd that they'd never told anyone before. Mine involved hunting, and Kaci's was "I'm not 21, bitches!".

Then, after all that (and during, really) came the after party, still in the theater. That was really gratifying, because we got complimented by a ton of people on our show. Not that it's all about that, but it's nice, still. We talked at length to the really nice owners of the theater, and to many other people.

Once April was good and drunk, she cut my hair. The haircut's great. Then, just for kicks, she straightened it temporarily, and turned me all emo:

She cut Kacey Samiee's hair next, and that was pretty much it for the night. Back at April's, Kaci tried to watch Newsies, but ultimately fell asleep.

The next morning (today), we went for lunch, and the April cut Kaci's hair.

Then we hit the road again, and drove back to Austin. The trip back went by pretty fast. Of note was a metal dinosaur-thing, a super-chill waiter at the restaurant in Fort Worth who said "Delightful" in a deep, bassy voice over and over again, and a lengthy discussion of ancient Roman history.

It was a great trip, but it's also good to be back. Katrina, April, and Tony from SuperOvum were really awesome hosts.

Two weekends from now we make an even longer trip to Omaha. Should be fun.

Even more pictures from the trip can be found here.

[User Picture]From: chichi27
2007-10-01 11:40 am (UTC)
1. I totally forgot about Space Camp. That movie is awesome.

2. It's not a party until someone gets a haircut.
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[User Picture]From: kbadr
2007-10-01 06:03 pm (UTC)
You forgot the part where April and Katrina danced and scattered Beeler's hair around April's yard. I think they're trying to grow their own Kaci patch.
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[User Picture]From: bellatrixamici
2007-10-01 08:45 pm (UTC)
oooh, nice recap
now I don't have to write one
thanks babe!
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[User Picture]From: cailin23
2007-10-02 04:57 am (UTC)
it was so upsetting to go to actual space camp in huntsville and realize the spinny gyroscope thing didn't have a joystick to bring the contraption under control. jerk writers and their creative license.
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[User Picture]From: blipangel
2007-10-02 05:56 am (UTC)
lol at emo hair roy.
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