Update: London 2018 #EdFringe Previews and dreams becoming reality

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22/7/2018 London: I landed at Heathrow early on Monday, went to Slough and had a nice breakfast with Gerard and his Mum. It is nice to be picked up from the airport by a friendly face, Gerard. I met Gerard at the Orlando International Fringe in May. Fringe friends. I cant say more. Amazing.

In London I am an Artist in Residence at Cafe Van Gogh in Brixton. I sketch when I stop in, have a meal and I feel at home.

Dan and Venus 24-7-18 @CafeVanGoghBrixton

Van Gogh Walk is around the corner as well as The Van Gogh House on 87 Hackford Rd.
https://www.instagram.com/vangoghlondon/

I rode by on my bike and the house is under renovation.  My tire suddenly went flat so I had to stay a bit anyway.

This is a Historic Site.

‘VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1853 – 1890, Painter, lived here 1873 – 1874’

The people involved in the renovations are TOPS. Connor from Cork (another Ginger), chatted with me,  we took a selfie and then he said that Livia was stopping by in a minute.

Livia Wang

Livia is the architect and she showed me the inside of the house. The Garden is gutted and the house still has support beams holding up the ceiling on each floor of the house. Wallpaper is peeled, old newspapers from the 1950’s are strewn about and I could see the view from the window and imagine Vincent peacefully gazing out the window. Climbing the steps and then of course asking the landlady’s daughter for her hand in marriage, but alas, Vincent was too late as someone had beat him to the proposal.

The renovations will bring about an artist residency. Surreal to say the least and also effortless in a way. Timing is everything.

On Wednesday I went to see Bat Outa Hell and Meatloaf was in the audience. Peter Michael Marino just landed and my friends in London, James and Diana had an extra ticket for Peter. YAY.

Diana just hot a wonderful note in her photography as she released never before seen photos of Amy Winehouse.

THE INDEPENDENT
My day with Amy Winehouse: Never-before-seen photos of the late singer

In 2004, photographer Diane Patrice visited a flat in Camden to document ‘a day in the life’ of the singer-songwriter behind one of the most recognisable voices in British music

Diane is such a nice person as well. I am so happy for her. I remember the year before we all celebrated my birthday and I never felt alone in a distant city.

After the show Bat Outa Hell, I picked up my bike at the Brixton Bicycle

 I then went to draw at the Cafe and met some more amazing people. Will was doing a show at 9pm at Cafe Van Gogh.

He is a master and also a trooper. It was a bit Hot Hot Hot upstairs. Great times and good laughs.

Today I am posting this UPDATE and performing in Peter’s ALL-STAR READING of Desperately Seeking The Exit.

Is this real? Pinch me please. I am looking to come back in March for the opening of the Tate Museum’sVan Gogh Exhibition, The renovations are also planning to be done, fingers crossed, to coincide with the Tate’s Van Gogh Exhibition opening.

https://www.tate.org.uk/press/press-releases/tate-britain-announces-major-van-gogh-exhibition-2019

 

Tuesday’s Link for tickets:

31-7-18 #VGFY in London

2pm + 4pm +  (6p+8p Shows SOLD OUT )

standing room only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up 1-August Edinburgh arrival from London on the train.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Van Gogh Find Yourself @ The Met

Van Gogh Find Yourself @ The MET

Have you always wanted to meet a famous artist? Now you can. I will portray Vincent Van Gogh and guide you through the Metropolitan Museum of Art to talk about my paintings displayed inside. As Vincent, I will talk about certain aspects of each of my paintings in the museum, and we may see some of my friends’ artwork in the Met as well. After about an hour in the museum, we will have lunch or a snack. At this time I will draw your portrait.

History experience
Hosted by Walter
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About your host, Walter
I am an NYC-based performer and artist known as #vgfy. In February, 2018, I play the Philadelphia Barnes Museum, and return to NYC immediately for the Unofficial Upper East Side EdFest @ Ryan’s Daughter on the Upper East Side. In May, I will perform at The Orlando Art Museum as part of the Orlando International Fringe Festival, then it’s off to the Cincy Fringe, NYC, London, Edinburgh, and Morecambe Fringe. Returning to NYC for 2 shows Sept 19 and 26, 2018.

 

 

 

2nd “Unofficial Upper East Side EdFest”

Quick Dish NY: The Second “Unofficial Upper East Side EdFest” February 24 & 25 at Ryan’s Daughter

Quick Dish NY: The Second “Unofficial Upper East Side EdFest” February 24 & 25 at Ryan’s Daughter

Always wanted to go to Edinburgh Fringe but were deathly afraid of the TSA? No worries! You can enjoy twelve diverse shows that rocked the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the second Unofficial Upper East Side EdFestFebruary 24th and 25th Peter Michael MarinoHarmon Leon, and Walter Michael DeForestpresent a unique theatrical experience, taking over the intimate second floor of the historic Ryan’s Daughter in NYC for 2 glorious days. Enjoy everything from solo comedies to fake tribute bands offering up encore performances of shows that played in 2017 at the acclaimed world’s largest arts festival. But that’s not all! You can also enjoy revivals of shows from 2012-2016, and previews of new shows headed to Edinburgh in 2018. Woohoo! Just some of the shows you’ll be privileged to attend include Paul Valenti’s “The Long Miserable Journey to Happiness,” Chris Davis’ “Drunk Lion,” Adam & Jenny’s “Pop Filter,” an All Star Reading of Peter Michael Marino’s “Desperately Seeking the Exit,” Walter Michael DeForest’s “Van Gogh Brunch Yourself,” Christine Holt’s“Domesticated,” Katie Kopajtic’s “Confessions of a Personal Trainer,” and so many more! Don’t miss out!

Mentions: February 24 & 25 from 1:00 p.m. through 11:30 p.m. $10 for each show. $35 Festival Pass.
Ryan’s Daughter is located at 350 E 85th St, NYC 10028 (Q Train at 86 Street). Beer specials courtesy of Coney Island Brewery. Brunch catering courtesy NYC’s go-to for authentic German meat and sausages Schaller & Webber Catering.

 

5 Things I learned at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

I knew that I was going to the largest arts festival in the world and needed guidance. I read and listened to Podcasts about the Edinburgh Festival Fringe … and then the Angels helped me … I took a Boost Camp with Peter Michael Marino to learn everything you need to know about going to EdFringe.

Through Peter Michael Marino’s Boost Camp: