FluxFest ’14 – Celebrate this Saturday!

Flux Fest ’14 — it’s time to celebrate!

Join us for music, snacks and other shenanigans to celebrate FluxWagon (our mobile stage), our awesome friends & neighbors at Main Street Theatre (who have put up with the building of said stage), and the fabulous talents of Main Streeters and Samuel Peaches’ Peripatetic Players (who perform on the stage) — block-party-style!

Saturday, August 30, 2pm – 4:30ish
Main Street Theatre – 915 Cayuga Ave at Ocean Ave, SF
Suggested donation $5 – $15 at the door

***donations go directly to the O Best Beloved actors!***

FEATURING…
The Bamasheks
Casey Robbins & Sam Bertken
Samuel Peaches’ Peripatetic Players
Fox and the Hounds
And more!

On Sunday, 8/31, it’s back to our regularly scheduled programming: O Best Beloved in Glen Park!

The Burlington not only has great taste in paint colors, but safely housed four of our Best Beloveds during the recent earthquake!

The Burlington not only has great taste in paint colors, but safely housed four of our Best Beloveds during the recent earthquake!

 

 

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FluxWagon Update, vol. 1

Fluxxie is looking all grown up these days. But not so long ago, she was a lot of wood, metal, and raw materials. Here’s some step-by-step photos from FluxWagon-In-Progress!

First the metal structures were cleaned, painted & primed

Once Fluxxie came home from metalworking at The Gate, her metal structures were cleaned, painted & primed…

While the wooden walls got a few coats of circus-wagon red

…while the wooden walls got a few coats of circus-wagon red. “Red Licorice” was too lipstick-y, so we settled on “Heirloom Red.”

Here's Megan attaching wooden walls to the metal structure

Next, the wooden walls were to the metal structure – here’s Megan drilling in some awesome self-tapping screws. Note the step units at the top of the frame – you’ll see more of those in our next installments!

The walls all will all fold down to become floors

The walls all will all fold down to become floors, so they get a layer of pretty-looking floorboards, too.

Here's Gus and Joan on a short break from finishing walls, building stairs, and a million other details

Here’s Gus and Joan on a short break from finishing walls, building stairs, and a million other details.

A side wall, ready for decor

A side wall, ready for decor.

Next it's time for painting...

Next it’s time for painting…

...and stenciling!

…and stenciling!

Want to see FluxWagon in all her glory? Come on out to a show! Next stop: Precita Park, San Francisco on August 16 at 2pm; then Pleasanton August 17 at 5pm.

Here’s our full tour schedule.

…And stay tuned for the next installment in our gripping new series, FluxWagon-In-Progress!

Hooray! for Cayuga Park

That show was awesome!

–Cayuga Park audience member, age 7

We had a great preview performance at Cayuga Park last Sunday, with lots of kids in attendance and even a runaway kickball that was batted back into play by Samuel Peaches.

Our next performances are Saturday, August 16 at San Francisco’s Precita Park at 2pm, and Sunday, August 17 at Pleasanton’s Centennial Park at 5pm. We hope to see you there!

Click here for the full Tour Schedule.

Audience at our Cayuga Park show, August 3. Photo by Serena Morelli.

Audience at our Cayuga Park show, August 3. Photo by Serena Morelli.

Pingle the Stute-Fish (played by Blueberry Starshine) and Smiler the Whale. Photo by Serena Morelli

Pingle the Stute-Fish (played by Blueberry Starshine) and Smiler the Whale. Photo by Serena Morelli

A taste of Tour 2014 – “The Beginning of the Armadillos”

Photos from one of our new stories, “The Beginning of the Armadillos,” by the phenomenal Serena Morelli. Here’s a link to the original story by Mr. Kipling.

Our first performance is this Sunday, August 3 at Cayuga Playground, San Francisco!

Check out our full 2014 Tour Schedule.

Blueberry Starshine (Sam Jackson) as the Professor

Thumper (Joan Howard) plays Painted Jaguar, about to surprise the two Armadillos -- played by Samuel Peaches (Casey Robbins) and Arby-Darby (Juliana Frick)

Thumper (Joan Howard) plays Painted Jaguar, about to surprise the two Armadillos — played by Samuel Peaches (Casey Robbins) and Arby-Darby (Juliana Frick)

 

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Blueberry Starshine also plays Mama Jaguar and Meekins and Princess Gwen are her Jaguar Posse

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Rawr! Meekins, Blueberry and Princess Gwen as the Jaguars

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Samuel Peaches and Arby-Darby as the Hedgehog and Tortoise, hatching a plan to surprise Painted Jaguar

A Whale and His Throat

Sketch by Megan Hillard

Sketch by designer Megan Hillard: props for one of our new stories, How the Whale Got His Throat

FluxWagon: Born in **FIRE**

Joan and our dear friend Gus are busy this month, welding FluxWagon’s metal skeleton together at The Gate in San Leandro. It’s exciting to see FluxWagon being born — in sparks and plasma!

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You know what they say… measure twice, cut once.

Joan and Gus at work assembling FluxWagon's structural skeleton.

Joan and Gus at work assembling FluxWagon’s structural skeleton.

Gus is aglow in sparks as he works on one of FluxWagon's stage panels.

Gus is aglow in sparks as he works on one of FluxWagon’s stage panels.

Baby Fluxie: FluxWagon in progress

FluxWagon is being born!

In an arts/industrial space in San Leandro called The Gate, FluxWagon is under construction to become our mobile stage for the summer tour of O Best Beloved. Baby Fluxie (her prenatal name) currently looks like a utility trailer, the framing of one wall, and a lot of metal sticks. Her neighbors, apparently, are a great many pianos. Seems appropriate.

Thanks to help from Gustavo Alonso, Joan is cutting and welding to her heart’s content. Gus is also an actor and artist who creates metalwork at The Gate with the bEEcHARGE arts collective.

Baby Fluxie, pulled by Doris the Truck. Doris is a snappy dresser, as you can see by her seat covers.

Baby Fluxie, pulled by Doris the Truck. Doris is a snappy dresser, as you can see by her seat covers.

Baby Fluxie's space at The Gate. Note the numberous pianos.

Baby Fluxie’s space at The Gate. Note the notably numberous pianos.

Lots of metal goes into the framing of FluxWagon

Lots of metal goes into the framing of FluxWagon

Framing for one wall of FluxWagon

Framing for one wall of FluxWagon