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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. 

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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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Dusting out the Interwebs

I've been extremely fascinated by
and occasionally swept up by
the act of de-cluttering.

De-cluttering is a healthy psychological act.
Clear your surroundings,
clear your mind.

Don't collect things.
Collect experiences.

Throw away things that don't give you joy.
Recycle recycle recycle.

--

We also collect a lot of media
on the Internet.

The most simple click of a "Like" button a business page,
and acceptance of a Friend request,
a nudge of the "Follow" option.

All these passive declarations of loyalty.

--

These feeds we collect,
they represent a little picture of who we are as a person
the day we start collecting.

Months, years down the line,
we scroll past things in our feeds
annoyed they are taking up our space.

--

I got a real bug up my ass a few weeks ago.

I have been practicing yoga for years
and collecting pages to support along the way.

What I suddenly began to realize
is that most pages were selling me yoga I had no interest in doing,
yogis I had no interest in being.

Impossible poses on the cliffs near a body of water.
Prohibitively expensive destination practices.
Daily challenges sponsored by various yoga companies and other online yoga personalities.

And I snapped.

And I found every page I followed,
and...cleaned house, I guess.

It's amazing what can happen to your mind
when the implausible possibilities,
the accidental shame-inducers
just vanish.

--

We don't need to cling to things
that don't reflect who we are anymore.

We can move on from friends who are no longer in our lives.

We can clear clutter for new businesses and projects.

"Hiding" the posts without leaving the people is fine,
but why?

Just let it go.

If you can do it with your social media accounts,
maybe you can finally learn to let things go in real life, too.

Make room for what you care about right now.

Those accounts will be there if you decide you need them again someday.

-C McG


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Values in Habits

You're totally surprised to see another post where I profess my love of Gretchen Rubin, right?

When I read "Better Than Before," I took a lot of notes. Pages of notes.

Now months after the fact, I'm still reviewing my notes and reminding myself of all the eye-opening tidbits of information I'm still in the middle of processing.

It was the kind of book that made me question why I try things,

and questioned my methods to achieve success in those things.

--

Something we do a lot in life --

we try to take on habits,
try to change something about ourselves,
try to fix something

solely because we think that's what we're supposed to be doing.

Because all our friends are doing it.

We have no actual interest in doing it,

but we see other people practicing it
and we sit in this weird, I don't know, FOMO void
where we declare to the world,
"Man, I should be doing that, too!"

But we never get around to doing it.


Maybe it's committing to start running
or to try Whole 30
or to meditate
or to stop eating meat
or to stop drinking coffee
or or or or

These habits that we declare to want in our lives
but can never seem to actually DO,
Gretchen calls them "Red Herring Habits."

These are habits that reflect other people's values

priorities, goals, wishes, hopes, dreams.

We never get around to doing them

because those people aren't us.

We have our own values

priorities, goals, wishes, hopes, dreams.

At this point, I think I'm the only person in my friend circle that hasn't tried Whole 30.

I've decided that it's because I don't want to. I don't place value on short spurts of really drastic change in my diet. It doesn't work for me.


Not because it CAN'T, but because I don't want it to.

You'll never start a running habit you don't want to actually have.

You'll never start a meditation habit if you don't want to meditate.

There are so many things in the world we can do to feel fulfilled.

And you might be the ONLY person that wants to do those things.

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As an Obliger, I struggle with finding my own habits identity in the midst of wanting so deeply to support others and meet their expectations.

It's easier for me to start ANY habit when I have an external expectation,
when I feel like someone is watching me. 

Because of that, it's so easy for me to get lost in other people's habits and other people's values.

Who am I when I'm left alone to fill my own time?
What will get my energy?
At the end of the day, what do I value above all else?
What will I do to show the world that's what I value?

Uhhhh


-C McG





Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Mornings

I just wanted to take a moment
to sing my joy
to share my love
to smile to the world.

I've been going to 5:00am classes at the gym since November.

It's finally sunny outside when I'm heading back home each morning.


It shifts my mood for my whole day.

The world feels alive
and ready
for what we're going to contribute today.

Everything's possible

when you can take a look at your neighborhood
before everyone else is awake
and in your way.

What should we add to the world today?
What can we hear calling to us 

in the calm moments
before the cars start
and the mowers start
and the world reminds us
that we need to calm down and fall into line?

What can we hear before we remember
that we have jobs and people to tend to,
meals to make, assignments to finish,

people to please?

Sigh.


I guess I'll go back to sleep
to rest up for the noise.

-C McG