Alec Hanley Bemis curated this edition of the long-running Happy Ending Reading & Music series at Joe’s Pub. The theme was Process & Progress, a night devoted to people who make things & how they do it. Participants included:
It was an evening about creativity in action—how makers actually make what they make, including all their visionary insights and petty concerns. There are sub-themes of duality and repetition; artistic innovation and invention; the psychological relationship between shrink and patient, interviewer and subject; and also some brief insights into make-up, modern clowning and the ways artists outfit themselves to cope with the world’s harsh vacuity, distractions & short attention spans. Maybe it was relevant, stimulating, and occasionally humorous, if not in a “funny ha ha” way, in the manner in which a small baby sometimes puzzles over the food they’re given to eat.
PICTURED (clockwise starting with image to the right): Happy Ending founder Amanda Stern with Matt Luem (Rachel Cohen in background); backstage pre-show with Arone Dyer, Colin Stetson, Alec Hanley Bemis & Brandon Stosuy; Stetson doing his opening invocation; and Weschler during his presentation.