Pulling Together

In my work as a networker, social networker, email marketing, Facebook teaching, activist, kibbutznik, I tend to think big picture much of the time. At one of my recent Facebook classes, one of the participants, Robert, pulled me aside and asked “why aren’t we Portlanders pulling together more of the time?”  He had lived in San Diego and watched as the new age movement prospered there as many of the participants would support each other by buying one anothers’ books, attending each others’ seminars and basically boostering for one another – the helping all boats to rise theory in action.  And, it worked.

I agree with Robert and have often thought that our community could use a directory of services, a bank/fund for helping members through tough times as well as something that might be available for scholarships for dance workshops or similar purposes.  Since I think that ecstatic dancing is the cat’s meow, and one of the best methods for staying healthy and smart and is also a great community creation tool (like), I’ve also been interested in seeing it spread far and wide. To that end, I wrote this piece last year, and also turned it into a cute cartoon.

Since then a few folks from Portland have gone and started ecstatic dance in their new communities – Erik Blender in Orcas Island and Cheri Anderson in Surprise Valley near Phoenix are the two that I’m most familiar with, and if there are more – please let me know about them.  If you know people who live near these areas, please send them Cheri/Erik’s way – as their success will both add to their financial well-being, but will also move more people in the direction of the goodness we have found.  Spreading good ideas = healing the planet.

In this vein, Eleanor O’Brien’s show, Dominatrix for Dummies, is a big shout out for ecstatic dance. Eleanor’s show is playing in Seattle 4 more times – we all know people who live in Seattle – help her show sell out and help your friends find their way to the dance floor (The Seattle ecstatic dance scene is building with new dances starting up at OmCulture and beyond.  They even have a clothing optional dance… Portlandia???)  Eleanor and her show are also about to take the show further afield to Santa Cruz, CA, Orlando, Edmonton (Canada), St. Lawrence, NY and elsewhere.  If you want to help spread the goodness of ecstatic dance and support one of our own, figure out how to track what Eleanor’s doing (her email list is a good start, get on it!) and send your friends and relatives to see her when she comes to their town. She’s probably also up for performing her show in towns that are on her road-trip route if you want to go the extra mile 🙂

Pulling Together for reals

What would our community look like if we were all pulling for each other a little bit more?  I’ve got a list of local healthcare providers who are mostly dancers that I share with the world. What would happen if we routed our buying decisions through a dance filter?  It’s certainly something to ponder. I welcome your comments and involvement.

Thanks for dancing
Thanks for continuing to show up
Thanks for continuing to DJ
Thanks for continuing to make alters
Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!

Albert, Caffe D’arte, April 18, 2012

GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies – in PDX through the end of the month

GGGOne of the most fun theatrical experiences I have ever seen. Please, if you live in Portland, Oregon or know folks who do, come see this show!

This show is about so much more than S&M and training to be a dominatrix – this show is really about learning how to worship YOURSELF!

Radical Self-LUST! Come and get it!

The deets:

By turns raunchy, hilarious and heartbreaking, GGG: Dominatrix for Dummies is Eleanor O’Brien’s solo show about training to be a dominatrix in NYC. Far from a simple guide to whips and chains, there is a love story woven into the fabric of the S&M adventure. From tap shoes to break dance, Phil Collins to soul motion, GGG: D4D follows a deeper journey about what it means to be worshipped, and how everyone wants to be wanted.

Like the highly acclaimed series Inviting Desire, GGG:D4D shares the hallmark traits of this sex-positive theater company – erotic, authentic, and highly entertaining.

Just in time for Valentines Day, GGG: D4D opens on the 10th and runs Thurs-Sun at 8pm

Thursday shows are followed by a Q&A
Friday shows are followed by a dance party!
Saturday shows are followed by an erotic open-mic
Sunday shows are followed by cocktails at The Blue Monk.

Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door. Get ’em while they’re hot!

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/223565

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