May 16, 2015

Episode 003 of The Rumbleshanks Tapes is online


A new-to-the-compound young agent named Jeremiah Hanson sits down for the first time with Captain Rumbleshanks.

Listen/ download for your private collection of wonderful, whimsical things... HERE


May 5, 2015

UNAUTHORIZED FACEBOOK BIOGRAPHY: BRAD MCENTIRE

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I somehow got included on David Mogolov's twisted online project...

UNAUTHORIZED FACEBOOK BIOGRAPHY: BRAD MCENTIRE
Professional perjurer Brad McEntire has long walked a very public legal tightrope, his audacious courtroom antics sharply dividing the nation into critics and supporters. To his critics, McEntire is representative of the corrosive, dishonest forces that pervert our legal justice system, but to his supporters, he is a roguish hero, a Robin Hood or Han Solo, swooping in to help the defendant in peril.

Only those closest to him know his reasons. The rest of us can only speculate, as McEntire has never spoken publicly outside of court. All that we know of him is preserved in court transcripts. If half of that is true (and almost nobody believes that any of it is true), he’s lived an incomparably strange life. McEntire has appeared as a witness in 714 different trials. In every case, he has come forward to the police or defense attorneys as an eye witness, always in support of the defendant. Almost invariably, he has appeared in cases where the defendant had no alibi prior to McEntire’s testimony.

Many suspicious of McEntire’s activity have tried to discover a pattern of payments or social contacts that connect one appearance to another, but investigators have yet to find anything. McEntire seems to derive no income from his testimony, and has appeared in jurisdictions from Juneau, Alaska to Key West, Florida, from the lowest municipal levels to the highest federal courts. He has never made contact with a defendant after a trial, despite all 714 of them being found not guilty based on his spellbinding tales.

His fans largely believe he is lying, but they marvel at how one person has managed to tell 714 distinct, undocumented, and unprovable stories without contradicting himself or slipping on a detail. Investigators have yet to find evidence that puts him anywhere at all. It’s as if he’s a ghost who only appears to haunt prosecutors by ruining their slam-dunk cases. Some examples of his work:

* In 2008, McEntire testified on behalf of accused bank robber Freddy Hendricks in Nashville and a cat burglar named Lexi Purchase in Cincinnati. His testimony in the two cases is remarkable, in that he told a plausible story of meeting them separately on the same evening in Lexington, Kentucky, at a Fishing Expo that happened to occur on an afternoon that both were accused of plying their trades in their hometowns. Until his appearance, neither of the accused had said anything about that expo, but upon hearing his story, both confirmed they were avid fishermen.

* In 2012, McEntire was able to exonerate an entire Mafia family with an account of a late-night bottle rocket party near the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Investigators discovered the site was indeed littered with old firework remnants. The family got off with only a littering charge.

* In 2010, McEntire claimed to have picked up a hitch-hiker in Duluth who was accused of being 100 miles away, vandalizing a pumpkin patch.

* In 2002, McEntire testified in federal court that an accused antiques smuggler was volunteering at a literacy workshop in Reno. The workshop kept no records of its volunteers.

* In January, McEntire perplexed the entire nation by providing an alibi for the pilot accused of the high-profile theft of an experimental jet from an air force base in Southern California. McEntire says he saw the jet fly overhead while sitting on a bar patio with the accused pilot, playing poker. He said the pilot identified the jet on sight, and attempted to call in a report of the theft, but couldn’t get a cell signal.

A union of six state Attorney Generals has funded a task force to investigate McEntire, but they’ve yet to find evidence of criminal behavior. A subreddit devoted to McEntire sightings attempts to map his travels against later testimony, but so far it’s produced nothing more than smoke, and most conversations devolve into supernatural speculation or arguments regarding the popular theory that McEntire is a ninja.

More Unauthorized Facebook Biographies... HERE


CAKE AND PROSE recap


With Bryan Pitts, Maryam Baig, Greg Schroeder and David Hopkins
Last week, I joined a wonderful group of folks to celebrate David Hopkins' birthday. He held a book release for his excellent new collection of short stories, WE MISS ALL THE GREAT PARTIES. Donations were collected at the door and the proceeds went to The BirthdayParty Project.

David did a pretty great (and thorough) post on the event. Read it HERE. He even captured an audio recording. You can hear me reading around minute mark 9:15.




Apr 26, 2015

WE MISS ALL THE GREAT PARTIES book release


My friend David Hopkins is doing a book release next week. Here's the info...

thatdavidhopkins.com presents: CAKE AND PROSE, a unique presentation of essays, short stories, and music... plus cake! Let's not forget the cake.

I am part of the evening. I'm reading David's piece "Shopping Mall at the End of the World"

Cake and Prose is Friday, May 1st at the historic Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park, 1121 First Avenue, Dallas TX 75210. The event will feature readings from WE MISS ALL THE GREAT PARTIES, performed by great local actors ( besides myself, you can also see Bryan Pitts and Maryam Obaidullah Baig). 

Plus, live music by the talented Greg Schroeder.

Admission is a pay-what-you-can donation to The Birthday Party Project, cash or check accepted. It's a wonderful non-profit that brings joy to homeless children throughout the Dallas area.

The event starts at 7:30 PM and will probably last about two hours.

Some information on parking:
 http://www.margojonestheatre.com/directions--parking.html

Copies of WE MISS ALL THE GREAT PARTIES will be available for sale (both paperback and hardcover).

Facebook Event page at: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1390010577987158/permalink/1390010984653784/



Apr 21, 2015

April 13: A Video Diary



I continue my adventures on YouTube. This time I followed myself around with a camera to capture a sort of day-in-the-life project. 

View my whole channel at: http://www.youtube.com/DribbleFunk


Apr 19, 2015

2015 Dallas Solo Fest Announced on TheaterJones.com

Four locals and four out-of-towners will perform in Audacity Theatre Lab's second annual Dallas Solo Fest in June.

TheaterJones.com | Mark Lowry | published Thursday, April 16, 2015

Bremner Duthie in '33
Dallas — The line-up for Audacity Theatre Lab's second 2015 Dallas Solo Fest has been announced. The event happens June 4-14 at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park. The DSF launched in 2014, and although founder/producer Brad McEntire was uncertain if it would be an annual undertaking, it's great that we can say this year's will be the second annual event.

This year's crop features eight solo performers, four local and four from out of town. The locals are Jeff Swearingen, Brigham Mosley, Van Quattro and Kris Noteboom—you might recognize the latter as a critic for TheaterJones. Quattro will reprise Standing Eight Count, recently seen at WaterTower Theatre's Out of the Loop Fringe Festival.

The full list of performers and works (more about the shows is below):
    • Carla Cackowski’s The Seriously Neurotic Dream of Mary Shelley
    • Bremner Duthie’s ’33: A Kabarett
    • Brigham Mosley’s Mo[u]rnin’ After
    • Kris Noteboom’s And Then I Woke Up
    • Van Quattro’s Standing Eight Count
    • Jeff Swearingen’s An American Asshole in France
    • Lesley Tsina’s Lord of the Files
    • Jill Vice’s Tipped and Tipsy
    For the second year, TheaterJones is the official media sponsor of the event, so look for upcoming events, ticket giveaways and contests.

    The Dallas Solo Fest will be produced by Audacity Theatre Lab and will play at the Margo Jones Theatre. Located at the Magnolia Lounge in Fair Park at 1121 First Ave., Dallas, the Margo Jones Theatre features ample free, well-lit parking, access to the DART Rail, and a handy BYOB policy!

    Single tickets and Festival Passes for all shows go on sale April 27.  Festival Passes, now on sale, include one admission to each festival show and are $55.  Individual ticket prices for each show are $12. Reservations can be made via the Dallas Solo Fest website or by calling 214-888-6650. Details about the shows, artists’ bios, the full schedule and ticket information at:www.DallasSoloFest.com 



    Photo: Lesley Tsina
    Lesley Tsina
    Here's a description and performance times for each show:

    ’33: A Kabarett by Bremner Duthie (New Orleans). ’33 is a 'Kabarett of Ghosts' — recreating the final night in a Berlin cabaret, destroyed by the Security Forces.  In the ruins of a ravaged theatre, the Master of Ceremonies tumbles onto a ruined. His friends and colleagues were beaten and arrested by the authorities.  Only their shattered props and costumes remain.  He intends to give up and vanish into the night. But an audience has slipped through the broken door.  Inspired, the man pays homage to his fallen friends, performing each of their acts.  In these tributes, he gains the strength to carry on. Playing Thursday, June 11 @ 9:00 p.m., Saturday, June 13 @ 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 14 @ 3:30 p.m.

    An American Asshole in France by Jeff Swearingen (Dallas).An American Asshole in France is the story of a socially awkward man just trying to have a decent time abroad. Fate, however, will always take an otherwise magical experience and turn it into a hard knock lesson about one's self. Proving that if you are an unadjusted jerk it will haunt you where ever you go. And even when you're not being one, life will ruin that too. Take delight in one little man's pain, because it will just get worse in this true story that is full of danger, disappointment, and a vast language barrier. Playing Friday, June 5 @ 10:30 p.m., Sunday, June 7 @ 8:30 p.m., Friday, June 12 @ 10:30 p.m.

    …And Then I Woke Up by Kris Noteboom (Dallas). Kris has known fear ever since he woke up in bed one night screaming, “I don’t want to die.” He was three years old. Through a series of humorous anecdotes, Kris traces his trouble with dreams, both waking and sleeping, real and imagined, as he looks for his “thing” in life. He wrestles with the expectations of family, friends, and society at large. ...And Then I Woke Up is about a guy who makes a decision, hell or high water, to reclaim his dreams and change his life. Playing Thursday, June 4 @ 9:00 p.m., Saturday, June 6 @ 10:30 p.m., Sunday, June 7 @ 5:00 p.m.

    Lord of the Files by Lesley Tsina (New York). Comedian Lesley Tsina (NBC’s Community, HBO’s Funny or Die Presents) worked for a company that made cell phone ringtones. That is, until they announced nine months of layoffs and the entire office descended into savagery. Lord of the Files is a darkly hilarious story about losing your job, losing your mind, and still having to attend an all-company pancake breakfast. Playing Thursday, June 11 @ 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 12 @ 9:00 p.m., Saturday, June 13 @ 10:30 p.m.

    Mo[u]rnin. After. by Brigham Mosley (Dallas). Mo[u]rnin'. After. is a mythic autobiography for the queer prodigal son - a journey to the ancestors and back to the homeland through magic, musicals, and time travel; dream ballets included. Playing Thursday, June 4 @ 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 11 @ 10:30 p.m., Saturday, June 13 @ 9:00 p.m.

    Standing Eight Count by Van Quattro (Dallas). Standing 8 Count is Van Quattro’s hard-knuckled, true account of 1975: the year he spent as a semi-professional boxer. Quattro faces down an opponent more formidable than any he’s faced before: the ghost of his own youth. Standing 8 Count will break your face, your funny bone and your heart. Playing Sunday, June 7 @ 3:30 p.m., Friday, June 12 @ 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 14 @ 5:00 p.m.

    The Seriously Neurotic Dream of Mary Shelley by Carla Cackowski (Los Angeles). Mary Shelley has been challenged to come up with a scary story by a room full of accomplished men. Paralyzed by writer's block, she falls asleep and is confronted by all of her womanly insecurities. History may remember Mary Shelley as an English novelist. But did you also know she was a bossy sister? A bad girlfriend? A so-so mother? And hey - a time traveler! Mary Shelley loves Beyonce! Thursday, June 4 @ 10:30 p.m., Friday, June 5 @ 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 6 @ 9:00 p.m.

    Tipped and Tipsy by Jill Vice (San Francisco). Whether you’ve been behind the bar, on a stool, or under a table, this one woman show was written for you. So, join the regulars and order the usual, but tonight… things are gonna change. With her excellent physical performance skills Jill Vice brings to life over a dozen different characters. TIPPED & TIPSY is a hilarious and touching send up of American Bar Culture. Playing Friday, June 5 @ 9:00 p.m., Saturday, June 6 @ 7:30 p.m., Sunday, June 7 @ 7:00 p.m. Thanks For Reading

    Original post... HERE