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October 28, 2013

Dear Friends:

Thanks to everyone who has participated in Café Allongé by attending a performance.

We’re hoping you had a great experience and that you are willing to share it with us. You can do this by posting a comment below or by sending us an email at spatulaandbarcode@gmail.com.

If by any chance you did not receive a souvenir mug when you attended one of our performances, write to us at spatulaandbarcode@gmail.com and we’ll arrange to get one to you.

We’ll be hosting a party to celebrate the project in late January at which you will have the opportunity to speak with all the performers. More details coming soon.

Laurie Beth and Michael

Café Allongé Artists Bring Gallery Night to the Coffee Scene

October 10, 2013
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On Friday night October 4th I had the thrilling experience of zipping around downtown to check on the 6 performances from the Café Allongé project that were happening almost simultaneously. Like so much else about the project, this enriched my sense of Madison’s geography and culture and yet again made me appreciate this town.

5:35 pm: Marina Kelly prepares to lead her audience away from Michelangelo's Coffee House.

6:35 pm: Marina Kelly prepares to lead her audience away from Michelangelo’s Coffee House.

Katie Schag performing at Indie Coffee overlooking Regent St.

6:45 pm: When I walk in to see Katie Schag performing at Indie Coffee overlooking Regent St., she and her audience are singing a song together, and it sounds so good I’m worried for a moment that there’s a music performance booked at the same time.

7:10 pm: Jeff Casey discourses on friendship at Barriques on Park St.

7:10 pm: Jeff Casey discourses on friendship at Barriques on Park St.

Jill Casid at Barriques West Washington

7:25 pm: Jill Casid’s piece is about, among other things, photography, so I felt OK about obnoxiously snapping phone pix of this intense conversation at Barriques West Washington.

Barry and Velliquette tarot reading.

7:30pm: On my way out, I realize that Quan Barry and Michael Velliquette have moved up the street from Electric Earth to do their gallery night tarot reading.

Angela Richardson performing in the lighted front window of Cafe Zoma.

7:45pm: When I reach the sidewalk outside Cafe Zoma’s big glass window, I can’t help but think that Angela Richardson doesn’t need the common theatre advice to “find your light.”

The Show is Open

September 22, 2013
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Laurie Beth serves café allongé at the opening of the Wisconsin Triennial.

First Press for Café Allongé

September 17, 2013

Artists stir up new ideas with cooking and performance art

Photos: Spatula & Barcode

Performer turns ‘breast is best’ into intimate public theater

Madison mom puts on one-woman show on breastfeeding

Spatula&Barcode at Wisconsin Triennial: Café Allongé opens September 20

September 13, 2013

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We’ve had a thrilling time preparing a city-wide festival of coffee-shop performances for the Wisconsin Triennial. A revival of an idea we built for one weekend in Montreal in 2011, this Café Allongé features 16 perrformances in 16 coffee shops with performances running for three months!

Information about the project, descriptions of performances, bios of performers, and a link to sign up for performance dates can be found at cafeallonge.net. Our page on the Triennial website. Follow us on Twitter: @Spatcode or #Allonge.

We loved the Montreal project, but making the piece at home in Madison, with time to get to know cafe owners and staff, and to work with performers developing their work in the coffee shop they love, has been even better. The three-month run should be really interesting, as pieces evolve and performers become fixtures in their cafes. The development experience has also deepened our appreciation of the depth and breadth of Madison’s coffee cuiture. We’re honored to be making what is really our public Madison debut through the Triennial, and deeply grateful to the folks at MMoCA, all the cafes, and especially the amazing, brave, sensitive, and dedicated performers.

RECORD OF THE TIME

June 17, 2013

Invitation and Timepiece for Record of the Time

Spatula&Barcode is collating a RECORD OF THE TIME of the PSi19 conference at Stanford University, 26-30 June 2013.  This subjective journal will document the collective experiences of conference participants.  Attendees are randomly assigned ten-minute intervals at registration and invited to contribute a description of activities during those ten minutes—in truth in fiction, on time or after the fact, in brief or in great detail, in text or in pictures.

To view: http://recordofthetime.net/view.php

 

Cooking with Ben and Mandy

May 27, 2013

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Benjamin and Mandy Brobst-Renaud came to visit this weekend before moving from Minnesota to Texas.  What the four of us like most to do together is to cook (whenever we are not admiring the dogs). Read more…

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