Last Friday, L.C. and her husband went to a live PostSecret show, and it sounds like they had a pretty good time. Here, in her own words she describes the experience. If there's ever one within a two or three hour drive of me, I am so there.
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Last night's show at Alexandria's Old Town Theater was more than just Post Secret's world premier of its first DVD accompanied by lovely, haunting, LIVE music composed by one of the performers. Post Secret http://postsecret.blogspot.com has received over 40,000 postcards since its inception just two years ago. Amazingly, Ralph and I realized that we had been there at the beginning! The beginning was Art-O-Matic, a bi-annual free-for-all artistic (mostly) extravaganza in the DC area. http://www.artomatic.org/ The location changes each time because organizers locate large buildings slated for renovation or for demolition in which to house the very large art happening. Last time, where we saw the very first Post Secret post cards, it was in the former DC Children's Museum where I had gone – not so long before with my parents.
In the beginning, Frank Warren, not an artist, but rather an Internet entrepreneur, handed out, left in library books, distributed in restaurants, and gave out on the street two hundred self addressed, stamped post cards asking people to share a secret. Those he received were put on display at Art-O-Matic. Then, even after Art-O-Matic, the postcards kept coming. Now he has "in a safe location" over 40,000.
The movie and music, followed by a question and answer session were perfectly paired with Found, http://www.foundmagazine.com/index.php?fuseaction=events.home
Home page of Davy Rothbart whose collection of found objects and notes fuels the site and books and now the Cavalcade of Thrills Tour with his brother Peter Rothbart. Davy explained how HIS project was born. One morning in Chicago he found a note under the snow on his car's windshield which read, "Mario, you cheating $%^&*%@! I know you are here at HER house, you %^$#*&^%$#@! It's over! , Angela P.S. Page me later." Understandably, he was hooked. Now people send him found notes from all over the world. He has authored short stories and many features for NPR's "This American Life." Davy's little (but much taller) brother Peter played some of his delightfully funny songs that were inspired by found items. Our favorite was the absolutely hilarious rendition of "Girl, the booty don't stop;" have you ever gotten a song stuck in your head?
Check out their website to see if they'll be in a town near you; it's a fun show!
The icing on the entertainment cake was that the night's profits from the show and from book and CD sales went to the national suicide hotline, 1-800-suicide.
[Images from PostSecret]