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The Worst Little Podcast – 2015 03 14 – Download Link
The drunken debauchery starts here! Welcome to the St. Patrick’s Day episode! Saber Tooth Dragons are up on tap and they brought the mayhem.
(overboard? Overboard. Edit? nah.) Matt Bode, Adam Dick, Andrew Hockenberry and Myke Read are behind this operation. The Reno NV punk band has been playing for about a year, combining members of other Reno bands you may have heard of (Machine Gun Vendetta, Infecto Skeletons, Del Mar) and are kinda really killing it.
You can catch Saber Tooth Dragons TONIGHT! On St. Patrick’s Day at the official starting line of the walk of shame, Shea’s Tavern, with a bunch of other bands. Show starts right around Rock and Roll time… which gives you plenty of time to catch the 7:30 opening night showing of “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll“, a play by Eric Bogosian, right next door at Good Luck Macbeth Theater. Director Ashley Marie James also is hanging in the studio, taking the place of our very own Nick Ramirez, who is in the show and at rehearsal (again). It’s only got a limited run of SIX SHOWS so this might be your best opportunity to see it. Get your tickets now!
So, now, thanks to us, you have your St. Pat’s festivities planned – “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll” at Good Luck Macbeth, then Saber Tooth Dragons at Shea’s! Go do it! Do it now!
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Wake up and smell the hot metal!
The Worst Little Podcast – S5 E28 – Download Link
Thünderhead comes in and slays the studio this week. Damn! Rader Hendrix, Layne Roberts and Carlos Pintor swagger in with their long hair and cool t-shirts and tattoos and absolutely lived up to the hype. “Thrash Motorhead” is about the best I can come up with to describe it in a nutshell. Intense and wailing and full tilt, Thünderhead was a blast in the face, even just here in the studio. They’ve got a lot of shows coming up in the next few months, so really really really get up and check them out.
At the top of the show we also take a call with Kate Atak, one of the stars of “Clown Bar“, a play by Adam Szymkowicz, and Vaude Villian’s latest production at Good Luck MacBeth. The interview with Kate is lots of fun – including a bit of a sneak teaser from the show – and I could talk to her for hours about theater and shows in Reno. She plays PoPo, a clown with… impulse control issues, we’ll say. But that’s not what’s important here; what’s important is “Clown Bar”. Holy shitballs! Let me say that again: HOLY SHITBALLS! While some people may find clowns disturbing (like my girlfriend who accompanied me), I have always had a love for carnivals and circuses and clowns. Chalk it up to “Pink Elephants on Parade”, whatever.
“Clown Bar” is a unique look at the back alley tents inhabited by the lowest common denominator of clown. The Vaude Villian production is accompanied by a wholesome and charming balloon sculpture opening act with John Wade, a brief film and other interactive sideshow acts that really set the tone and mood for the next hour of your life. Ryan Kelly, leads as Happy, an ex-clown turned cop, investigating his brother’s whereabouts. He, Atak, and others (spoilers!) lend memorable performances to Ashley Marie James’ directorial debut.
The show is a knockout; cheap laughs at tragic jokes abound in this gritty comedy. The entire cast and theater came together, creating a not-so-Big top atmosphere that fully draws the audience into the show. This Vaude Villian cast was a well-oiled, drunken, lampooning machine. I was thoroughly devilishly delighted and tickled throughout the whole show; even my girlfriend went from mildly terrified to simply unnerved truly enjoyed the show and the performances of the night.
Like “Evil Dead: The Musical” last year, “Clown bar” is shaping up to be a sellout run. The show is playing weekends throughout the end of October, with a final show on Halloween night. Get yourself some tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1117547.
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Gimme some sugar, baby….
It’s finally October – our favorite time of year! The days shorten and cool and thoughts turn to the warm glowing eyes of demons and monsters. It’s the spooky time! To celebrate this fact, Vaude Villain Entertainment has brought the
second greatest musical adventure known to man to a Reno Stage. From Vaude Villain’s production of Evil Dead: The Musical we have co-directors John Frederick and Ashley Marie James (an Evil Tree) and Jeff Bentley (Jake) in the studio to talk about the show and Reno theater!
We also take a call from Evan Buckley Harris, the production’s Ash, while he was on the road. That was fun and totally not awkward at all! The cast is a fun tight knit group who really kill the performance. Full disclosure: I’m also a part of Vaude Villain Entertainment and, as you are likely aware of, a producer of this show. Other than sitting in on a voice rehearsal and seeing a couple rehearsal short videos of movement rehearsals, I hadn’t seen this production at all until opening night and it. Was. A. BLAST. We’ve had sold out shows so far and you should really do yourself a favor and follow the link and get yourself presale tickets – this is a hot ticket right now in the Reno nightlife scene.
It’s a great episode and an even better show. Please check them out!
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