It's going to be a long time before traditional indoor venues can successfully, consistently, reopen. Drive-through venues seem to be the new option, which is literally a return to stadium rock, but might be the only way outdoors as winter comes. They offer the big crowds and poor sound quality of old-fashioned outdoor concerts with none of the sense of being part of something bigger, but it's much harder to forget where you parked. Potato-Potato.
A lot of indoor venues will likely go out of business; but many of them started as scrappy little invaders at a time when older nightclubs had collapsed. This is not to say it's good that these places might not survive, but new clubs for a new world are more likely than the permanent death of clubs. In many cities in the 1950s, the live music tax rules changed to adjust to the new era of recorded music, which led to the end of big bands except in larger venues and created loopholes that opened the smaller stages up to rock and roll; the survival, the rebirth of indoor clubs (next year?) might require a similar re-thinking of regulations. There might be new architectural requirements, not for the first time in history. The damage to our current world, however, is not worth the price, and it's increasingly clear it could have been avoided.
No song captures the mindset of a five-year-old better than this, from the Backyardigans. The concept of being big, powerful; this fades (or shrinks) the closer one gets to actual maximum size. Some are crushed by that, some men over-compensate with Cuban heels and talking louder, but most people like the view from their own face by then. At five, though, when you're the smallest creature in the living room, it fires the imagination and fills the soul to be the biggest creature in the backyard.
Through June 21, The Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia is streaming their 2018 production of James Ijames's KILL MOVE PARADISE as a fundraiser for Black Lives Matter Philly (BLM Philly). Get Tickets
Friday, 10pm EST, the Playground in San Francisco presents a Zoom reading of POLAR BEARS, BLACK BOYS & PRAIRIE FRINGED ORCHIDS by Vincent Terrell Durham. Reservations, Tickets, Donations
Are you more interested in British history? Because there's nothing interesting going on in your immediate neighborhood? Small Island, adapted by Helen Edmundson and directed by Rufus Norris, is streaming for free with National Theatre at Home from 7pm UK time on Thursday 18 June, until 7pm UK time on Thursday 25 June 2020. It is subtitled.
Under [Mayor] Kenney’s watch, the PPD’s budget has ballooned 30% to more than $725 million. In early May, while grappling with the pandemic’s unprecedented economic toll, the mayor proposed well over a $19 million increase over last year in the name of public safety. He rescinded most of that proposed boost last week amid heavy backlash.
Council’s preliminary budget simply moved an additional $14 million from the police budget to the Managing Director’s Office: $12.3 million for crossing guards and $1.9 million for Council President Darrell Clarke’s new fleet of public safety enforcement officers, according to budget documents.