Citric Acid Arts is scouting storytellers for a potential late July gig near Boulder. Ideal candidates are creative, experienced and expressive, with a large repertoire and the ability to improvise and adapt on the fly. Interested candidates can send a performance resume, 2-3 video clips and performance rates to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Storyteller Submission" in the subject field by Friday, January 19.
2017. While many Americans may have been understandably depressed by the current quagmire that is U.S. politics, my metaphorical glass is almost always overflowing with sweet ambrosia. Four hundred singing telegrams were delivered via my singing telegram agency this year, the majority of which I personally performed. I entertained in Japan for the first time, explored Tulum, Mexico and witnessed my first total solar eclipse in Oregon. And I wrote and recorded my new insect-infused love song "Butterflies" with Nigerian producer Daniel Iyere. Below is a smattering of highlights cherry-picked from a bliss-filled year of playing dress up, enabling joy and hop scotching around Earth's curvaceous body:)
Bewitching California festival goers at Escape Halloween
Clowning on stilts in Japan & Mexico
Creating Australian male housekeeper character for California's Lightning in a Bottle Festival
Facilitating the delivery of 400 singing telegrams through my singing telegram agency:)
Exploring Colorado's Butterfly Pavilion with my 5 year-old nephew Kai
Filming singing Valentine segment for Channel 2 with Melissa Ivey
Finally being on the receiving end of a Custom Singing Telegram, courtesy of Miriam Andolini
Imbibing gourmet bug tapas at Denver's El Five Restaurant with Michelle Marie
Jamming ukulele with performer homies at Michigan's Electric Forest Festival
Lumbering around on four-legged stilts at California's Nocturnal Wonderland Festival with Sean
Making my Cirque du Soleil debut as a circus bike-riding stilt greeter for opening night of Luzia
Peeling “Orangami” citrus art for Dub Gypsy Kitchen patrons at Oregon Eclipse
Paying homage to David Bowie for hundreds of people in the Denver Tech Center
Performing singing Valentine on KYGO 98.5 FM with Melissa Ivey
Playing Hunter S. Thompson-inspired postmaster at Electric Daisy Carnival in Vegas
Practicing AcroYoga with my Flight Club Denver family
Practicing yoga at Red Rocks with Michael Franti and friends
Recording my new insect-infused love song “Butterflies” with Nigerian producer Daniel Iyere
Rolling through the streets of Tokyo in a Go Kart
Seeing Cirque du Soleil's insect-themed Ovo with Michelle Marie
Seeing the xx in Arizona with Amberosia
Singing at The Governor's Mansion for Best for Colorado
Singing “Under the Eclipse” at Steph J's self-commitment ceremony
Snorkeling ceynotes in Tulum with festival performer friends
Witnessing a mesmerizing total solar eclipse in Oregon
Witnessing the seizure-inducing absurdity that is Tokyo's Robot Restaurant
Working with my voice coach Casey Collins
Denver singing telegram and songwriter George Peele is on the hunt for an accomplished acoustic/electric guitarist to collaborate and perform with. Interested candidates can email 2-3 video links, a performance resume, favorite artists and contact information to email@example.com with "Guitarist Submission" in the subject field.
Citric Acid Arts is now casting an insured female aerial Lyra performer for an event in downtown Denver on Tuesday, December 12. To submit for consideration, email two images (one performance & one headshot), your best quality video clip and rates to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Lyra Submission" in the subject field.
Come party with The Fungineers on Thursday, November 30 at Mile High Spirits - Denver's distillery!
The Fungineers are a super group of musical magical weirdoes that make Life more Fun by creating fantastically colorful music, videos, live shows, clothing, toys and more. They bring all their flavors out to shine in their unusual live performance, a fresh mix of original tracks, live looping beatboxing, interactive improv, freestyle songs, crazy visuals, costumed choreography, delivered by an explosive cast of crazy characters. It’s a full sensory adventure that is silly, sexy and surreal.
Citric Acid Arts is now casting male performers for Denver Halloween event Coloween on Saturday, October 28 at The Curtis Hotel. Preference will be given to 21+ performers who are fit, familiar with the film franchise and/or own Mad Max-inspired costuming: eye patches, feather collars, feather mohawks, gas masks, leather pants, leather vests, etc. Character acting experience a plus. To submit for consideration, email a performance resume, 1-2 shirtless images, 1-2 video links and contact info to email@example.com by Thursday, October 19 at 12 p.m.
Insects are everywhere. Like it or not, they outnumber us by the billions. And it turns out that's a good thing when it comes to global food resources. Experts warn that animal agriculture isn't capable of keeping up with our planet's growing population. In the future, eating meat might be a luxury not everyone can afford. Enter: insects. Insects like crickets require far fewer resources to raise, and the resulting food source is surprisingly nutritious. Cringe all you want, but eighty percent of the world already imbibes bugs on a regular basis. Insects are instrumental to the future of food - wouldn't you rather be a trendsetter than a late adaptor? Bugs, a documentary making its Colorado debut Wednesday, October 18 at Boulder's Dairy Arts Center, aims to educate viewers on the subject.
Bugs follows Denmark-based Nordic Food Lab as they embark on a gastronomic adventure around the world in search of edible insects. Denver cricket farmer Wendy Lu McGill, of Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch, is hosting the post-screening talkback and providing six-legged snacks.
National Boss Day is coming this Monday, October 16. Does your employer or superior deserve to be celebrated or embarrassed? Custom Singing Telegrams can help:) Suck up with a vampire singing telegram. Or earn brownie points with a costumed delivery of baked treats. Call us today at (303) 931-8466 to brainstorm some more:)
Seeing Rabbit in the Moon live is a memorable experience. Being a part of the show is even more so. I would know – I was a body-painted monkey for the band's performance at Ultra Music Fest in Miami once. How in the world did I land that gig? My longtime friend Ms Easy was responsible for casting both dancers and primates. Knowing I was going to be in town, she offered me a role. Florida-based artist Wildchild airbrushed a fake six pack on my stomach when the day of the show rolled around. Later that night, he was furiously safety pinning faux fur to my waist in a nearby trailer as the stage manager was demanding my presence backstage. When our big moment came, we shuffled around on stage a la Planet of the Apes. If what's left of my memory serves me correctly, it was a barrel of monkeys.
Tomorrow night, Rabbit in the Moon plays its first Denver show in eight years. The main event is sold out, but you can still pick up tickets for the after-party below.
MC Yogi tours and performs regularly with a yoga and lifestyle festival called Wanderlust. A few years ago, I was booked to stilt in Aspen while Wanderlust was in town. Still in my Uncle Sam garb, I caught the homestretch (om stretch?) of MC Yogi's set. Believing he called out Uncle Sam at one point, I eagerly hopped up on stage. The conscious rapper was soon mashing up the Beatles tune “Let It Be” and I started singing along. Seeing that I knew the tune, he passed me the mic for a refrain or two. It was an auspicious first meeting.
MC Yogi recently released his autobiography Spiritual Graffiti. I just finished listening to the Audible audiobook version the other day, shedding a few happy tears along the way and appreciating the lyricist's trademark perspective and delivery. Spiritual Graffiti namaslays – get the down dog lowdown via the book's Om page below:)
SPIRITUAL GRAFFITI OM PAGE
Citric Acid Arts is now casting female performers for Coloween on Saturday, October 28 at The Curtis Hotel. Preference will be given to 21+ performers who are familiar with the Mad Max film franchise (especially Fury Road) and/or own Mad Max-inspired costuming: black corsets, black leotards, eye patches, feather collars, feather mohawks, gas masks, leather pants, leather tops, leather vests, etc. Character acting experience a plus. To submit for consideration, email a performance resume, 3-5 portfolio images (including 1-2 images of Mad Max-inspired costuming, if possible) and 1-2 video links - show us your character skills - to firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for submission is Wednesday, October 18 at 12 p.m.
How do you feel about bugs?
I've been fascinated with insects since I was a wee kumquat studying entomology in 4-H. In January, I penned an insect-themed love song called “Butterflies," which I hope to release by next spring. Shockingly, I enjoyed hearing Denver Post journalist David MacNeal discuss his new book Bugged last week at Boulder's Dairy Arts Center. Listen to the full program below.
Someone once asked me to name the most amazing place I'd ever been to. A bioluminescent lagoon in Puerto Rico was my answer. During a trip to perform at EDC Puerto Rico, a few friends and I had the opportunity to kayak to a lagoon filled with bioluminescent plankton. Every time the water was disturbed, it would light up bright blue. We were in awe.
My thoughts are with Puerto Rico right now as it attempts to recover from the damage wrought by Hurricane Maria. Millions of residents are without electricity and/or water, and it seems unclear how much the U.S. government is going to help. Click below to learn more, including trustworthy avenues of contributing aid if you're able.
Got quality Mad Max-inspired costuming or props? Are you a Burner with a Mad Max-inspired art car? Would you consider renting something out for a Halloween event in Denver? If so, drop Citric Acid Arts a line at email@example.com.
Citric Acid Arts is now casting a drag queen for a cannabis vendor booth at Denver PrideFest Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18. Duties include interacting with booth visitors and posing for photographs. Interested individuals can email three to five images, as well as a YouTube or Vimeo link to a 1-2 minute video introduction - show us your personality - and hourly rates to firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
Know someone who was born on 4/20? Wanna prank your stoner buddy or kin? Custom Singing Telegrams is 420-friendly. Send a singing Doctor, Nurse or even the Grim Reaper to check in on someone's catatonic stupor, or enlist a Cop to hilariously prank someone in the apex of their weed-induced paranoia. Commission personalized lyrics to take your musical surprise to the next level.
"Bad Boys" -- Inner Circle
“Because I Got High” – Afroman
“Dab City” – D-Loc
"Hits From the Bong" -- Cypress Hill
“Mary Jane” – Rick James
“One Toke Over the Line” – Brewer & Shipley
“Rocky Mountain High” – John Denver
“Smoke Two Joints” – Sublime
“Turning Japanese” – The Vapors
Have a tune in mind that's not on the list? Ask us about it - We learn new songs all the time:)
Call or email us today:)
Know someone who was born on St. Paddy's? Wanna embarrass someone just for the fun of it? Check out the Irish-ish singing telegram that Orange peel performed at Webroot a few years ago:)
SINGERS: Want to get paid to dress up in costumes and perform at offices, restaurants, hospitals and house parties? Custom Singing Telegrams is currently looking for talented, confident and versatile singers for its roster. Must be able to project without a microphone and have reliable transportation. Ability to play an instrument, rap and/or compose lyrics a plus. Interested candidates can submit a YouTube or Vimeo link of themselves performing a version of The Beatles' "Birthday" - a capella or with guitar or ukulele accompaniment preferred - along with another of themselves telling a joke to email@example.com with the subject "Singer Audition - Your Name." Overachievers are invited to include a clip of themselves rapping.
Every day feels like Halloween at Custom Singing Telegrams, but actual Halloween is creeping up on us and we're thrilled. Ever wanted to scare your boss or your co-workers? Carpe diem – Seize the day:) Here's how:
1) Conspire with 3 of your co-workers
2) Pitch $25 each
3) We'll send a Grim Reaper anywhere in Denver Metro:)
Don't wait for October 31 – Make our hotline bling today:)
Concept: Melissa Ivey
Costume: Nancy Pants
Location: Justin Moss
Image: Michael Hystead
California's Symbiosis Gathering has something going for it that few festivals do: a body of water. This year's installment transpires at the 2900-acre Woodward Reservoir just north of Oakdale. Whereas Burning Man has art cars, Symbiosis has art boats. And mermaids. Mermaids who perform mermaid burlesque or “mer'lesque,” regale the children of Symbiosis with ocean stories and even swim in the reservoir. Mike Gaines, ringmaster for San Francisco's Vau de Vire Society, is the man who contracts the scaly beauties.
Gaines spent a stint in Fort Collins once. “I moved to Fort Collins from Southern California, where I'd grown up. I was on my way to medical school but needed to live in Colorado for a year to qualify for in-state tuition. In that time, I started working in film, and became addicted to the art and process of live production. Then I found an old church and decided to forego med school and look into opening an school for film and dance.”