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Friday, November 2, 2018

Art Updates!

Hi, friends! I'll try to get back here more regularly, I hope you're still hanging on with me!

It's November now, so I'm trying my hand again at Art Every Day Month! It's always nice timing to remember my sketchbooks, and to just remember to take time for myself at home. I wasn't quite ready to dive into my sketchbook YET, but I didn't want that to keep me from getting started. I can always get there later. I'm posting daily over on my Instagram account, so follow me there!


I'm only performing twice this weekend, which is a nice break! I love doing improv comedy, but it's so draining, and I feel like my cleverness dwindles with each show if I don't get to recharge in between. If you are ever interested in seeing me perform in Kansas City, check out my new Classy Calendar page to see when you can catch me! I'll add shows as soon as they are booked! I promise I'll power through!

This past month, I've had the really cool opportunity to help my friends at Bird in the Middle by acting in their video sketches, which is another realm of scariness, but every time it happens, it gets a little easier, I think! They just released new Halloween-friendly sketches this past week, and I'm in two of them! Check them out! They have a YouTube channel you can subscribe to!

Happy November, I guess! 

And remember Election Day on November 6th! GO VOTE!!!

-C McG

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Fancy Site Updates and a Story

OK, "fancy" is a stretch, but I DO want to let you know what's up!

CLASSY CALENDAR!
I added a tab where you can see where I'm performing around town! I do a LOT of improv these days, and it's taken me away from posting on the blog lately, but I hope to be back soon! If you visit the calendar, I also took a time to talk about what improv is, in case you have no idea what I'm talking out.

SHOP CLASSY!

I've added some hats to my Online Store! I'm purging old inventory to help cover my expenses for the Yoga Teacher Training program I'm starting in January. Please order one if you're feeling so moved!

A STORY
It wouldn't be a true Classy blog post if I didn't have some story to tell you, right?


I started listening to Foo Fighter's "One By One" album again (it's been so long!), which kicks off with the beautifully perfectly catchy "All My Life."

The main refrain of the song is,
DONE DONE AND I'M ONTO THE NEXT ONE

And for most of my adult life, that's been my task-completing mantra.


When I have a giant list that I'm trying to knock out, 
every time I can cross something off, I yell it.

DONE DONE AND I'M ONTO THE NEXT ONE


And it's what keeps me going.

In bed last night, using the last of my brain activity,

I decided to figure out what Dave Grohl is singing about in that song.

Sex, he's singing about sex.

But I'm still keeping that mantra, damn it.


-C McG

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Just

Hi, I'm emerging from my tornado of summer busy-ness in time to sit in a very reflective mood this week.

I'm writing this post on a day where friends are stepping forward with their stories of past violation and abuse, being questioned and bullied for speaking the words out loud, and I just CAN'T today.

But, it's moving me to write something, at least.


--

Just

We have a strong desire,
inclination,
knee-jerk
reaction

when we watch horrible things happen
to people we love
respect
admire

and it seems like they make the choice
to live in that horror
rather than escape.

Why don't they just leave
Why don't they just change
Why don't they just report it
Why don't they just diet
Why don't they just stop drinking
Why don't they just fix their situation?

But if we take those same questions
and ask them of ourselves,
we have a million valid excuses,
naturally.

Like somehow we'd be any different.

Like somehow we are any different.

Existing is complicated,
nuanced.

If any terrible situation had a perfect answer
without any fall-out,

of COURSE we'd make the choice to change.

Living day-to-day is an extreme balancing act.


Trying to meet our own needs
meet others' needs
keep our jobs
our friends
our homes
our sanity
our safety.

It's a vast network of power

to be balanced
cared for
honored.

Ultimately, we mostly try to survive.

We don't live in a vacuum.
Everything we do, everything we are
exists on a very sensitive scale.

Tip too much one way or the other

the scale no longer can hold everything up.

Let's practice keeping our desire to judge,

our inclination to assume wrong,
our knee-jerk reaction
to bad situations
our armchair counseling 

to a dull roar, OK?

If someone isn't "just" doing something to fix a bad situation,
try to understand
there's more happening under the surface
than you can possibly know.

Maybe try just listening to their stories
Maybe try just believing your loved ones
Maybe try just being a good friend.

-C McG




Wednesday, July 4, 2018

July Events! AKA Where I Am All The Time Now

Friends! 

You've maybe noticed (maybe not, I won't judge)
that I don't do art shows much anymore 
now that I don't make hats or draw as much,
but I assure you

I AM QUITE BUSY AND ARTISTICALLY PRODUCTIVE.

So productive, in fact, that I have FOUR invitations for you for July:


INDIE PLAYHOUSE - July 8 - This monthly show (2nd Sundays) was born from wanting more chances to just play with our art and showcase the silly things we're working on. We offer a different educational opportunity (workshop or panel discussion) during the afternoon, and at 7:00 we have a show that's open to the public. Often you'll see a student set from the workshop that afternoon and/or you'll see some amazing indie acts from around KC. This month, I'll be hosting and performing as part of the student set. I'm so excited to go learn a new format in the afternoon! ANYWAY, FB details are here; buy your tickets early to save a little cash!


AMERICA'S IMPROV TEST KITCHEN - July 14 - This monthly improv show (Second Saturdays) features all indie improv troupes who are looking for a chance to show what they've been working on! Teams range from acts debuting their sets for the first time to long-time improv veterans. A little something for everyone! Check out the details here!

KC FRINGE FESTIVAL!!!!!



KINDLING Improvised Movie - MTH Studio - FB Link here! -- You are probably seeing a trend here; I love doing improvised theatre now; that means that we just make up our words on the spot -- generally there's a shape to the story that we want to get to, but other than that, all the words are ours, for better or for worse. This is a movie that will be showing as part of Film on the Fringe in Crown Center -- The AC always works, free covered parking on the weekends, full bar in the lobby. Crown Center is a treat. Stop by and relax and watch a bunch of us nerds make up some funnies.



THE MAN IN MY BEARD - The Arts Asylum - FB Link here! So when I'm not doing improv, I'm still kinda doing improv -- in this case, I'm pleased to offer physical gags as part of this really absurd play about what happens when an unsuspecting janitor accidentally sets off some science. It's always a gift to be able to help Tara Varney and Bryan Colley bring their visions to life, and this year's no different. The Arts Asylum is a great destination venue this year, filled to the brim with musicals and art and accidental science, as mentioned. 

--

I hope you all are having a tremendous summer. 2018 has been a...ridiculous year for me; I'm growing so much in my improv practice, my yoga practice, and now I've seen "Nanette" by Hannah Gadsby on Netflix and now I'm questioning ALL the art I do, and how I can make it even more truthful and supportive of the world we are sharing together. Fuccccck.

Love,
Classy McG

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Your Classy Companion Interlude 2 - Podcasting

Hey! In this installment, I talk with my friend Hilari Holt of That's KC! podcast to any aspiring podcasters out there who are wondering what it takes to get started!

-C McG

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Off Days


I'm not having a super-great week with my various practices,
but I always feel like I should be trying SOMETHING. 

This morning, I worked on a couple of projects using canva.com,
and so this blog post is kind of a breather from my usual posts,
a reset, maybe?

AND

I'm sharing the good news of a free program that you can use
to create your flyers
and social media posts,
that doesn't require that you understand how to design things, lol.

Happy Wednesday!
-C McG

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Worlds Collide -- Improv and Yoga

Hello again. More ramblings!

--

The more and more I dive into my yoga practice,
the more and more it feels like my improv practice.

The more and more I dive into my improv practice,
the more and more it feels like my yoga practice.

--

Did you know
the foundation of our work,
the fundamental key
to having successful practice
and fulfilling growth
at BOTH of those activities

is to LISTEN?

--

The most beautiful improv happens
when you leave behind the voices in your head
that are trying to control the scene
that are trying to force something to happen
that are trying to tell you that you suck and will never be good at this,

and you just listen and experience the moment that you are in,
really take in the last thing that was said,
let it impact you in that moment,
and THEN respond.

--

The most beautiful yoga happens
when you leave behind the voices in your head
that are trying to control the practice
that are trying to force your body to do something
that are trying to tell you that you suck and will never be good at this,

and you just listen to your body in this moment,
really take in what it's asking you to do,
let it inform what movements are safe and perfect in this moment,
and THEN settle where you are today.

--

Don't force what you think a move should look like.

Every day, every scene, every practice
is an opportunity to experience something new,
to try a different move.

Everyone can tell when you aren't listening;

it's obvious when your practice is floundering.

When you slow down and LISTEN,
you are in sync with your environment,
and everything that needs to happen
will happen
in whatever shape it takes today.

-C McG