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Sean Joseph Patrick Carney – Joaquin Phoenix’s DONNER DANCE PARTY

Thirty-minute concept hip-hopera that tells the tale of the Donner Party’s ill-fated westward journey across the United States in the mid-nineteenth century, performed as Joaquin Phoenix. Featuring beats culled from a variety of popular hip-hop and visual accompaniment via an overhead projector.

Sean, in character

Readers in/passing through San Francisco can catch the performance, starting November 13 as part of “From Portland With Love,” at Live Work.

Muchas gracias to reader MKM for the tip…

As we prepare to compare it to other “dance interpretations of despair and cannibalism” (quoth MKM) that we have enjoyed, we might recall that it was on this date in 1923 that Adolph Hitler, Erich Ludendorff, and other heads of the Kampfbund launched the “Beer Hall Putsch“– an unsuccessful attempt to seize power in Munich, Bavaria and Germany.

If at first you don’t succeed…

Marienplatz in Munich during the Beer Hall Putsch (source)

Carpe Diem, Y’all…

It’s Hump Day– time for a little treat to help one across to the shore of the weekend.  How about…

Deep-Fried Coke
The frozen Coca-Cola-flavored batter is deep-fried and topped with Coca-Cola syrup, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar, and a cherry.  Estimated to have 830 calories and 28 grams of fat per cup.

or maybe…

The KFC Double Down
This “diet special” (no bread) features two boneless fried chicken fillets as the “bun,” with two pieces of bacon, two slices each of Monterey Jack and pepper jack cheese, and the Colonel’s Sauce as filling.  Estimated to have 540 calories and 32 grams of fat (Rolling out through KFC franchises in the U.S. starting last Monday.)

Eight other candidates at “The 10 Craziest Food Abominations of All Time.”

As we check to assure that our medical insurance payments are current, we might recall that it was on this date in 1846 that the Donner Party departed Springfield, Illinois for California… a journey on which they too would explore unexpected culinary territory.

Camp at Donner Lake, November, 1846- From an old drawing made from a description furnished by Wm. G. Murphy (a survivor who was ten when he was rescued). Source

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