Link 28 Feb Players Perform Harvey»

By Melissa McKenzie

Does having an imaginary friend make someone certifiably insane? Is it enough to lock them up in a sanitarium so they can live out their days getting tortured, poked and prodded in order to straighten them out? Or, is the “illness” worth ignoring because it affects the person in a way that makes them kinder and friendlier to those around him? These are the questions asked and answered in the Santa Clara Players production of “Harvey.”

Veta Louise Simmons’ (Sheila Ellam) brother, Elwood P. Dowd (Steve Corelis) has an imaginary friend - a six-foot, one-and-a-half inch tall white rabbit pooka (creature of Irish folklore and Welsh mythology) named Harvey.

Harvey goes with Dowd everywhere. Dowd buys theater tickets for two, magazine subscriptions in pairs, and introduces his friend to everyone he meets. However, Dowd’s antics are wearing on Simmons and her daughter, Myrtle Mae (Jenni Gebhardt). The pair is socially ambitious and Dowd’s imagination and eccentric behavior has hindered their ability to climb the social ladder. To help improve their status, Simmons resolves to have her brother committed to the local sanitarium, Chumley’s Rest.

Upon arrival, a psychiatrist, Lyman Sanderson (Alan Glover), mistakes Simmons for the crazy one and commits her when she admits that she has seen Harvey too. Through a series of events, the staff realizes they’ve made a terrible error, one that could ruin them. They release Simmons and search for Dowd, who happens to be searching for Harvey.

When a night at the bar with Dr. William Chumley (Steve Lewis) proves that Dowd might not be as crazy as previously thought, the wrinkles begin to iron out. But, as with most situations, the potential for personal gain causes the doctors to recommend that Dowd receive an injection that will turn him into a “normal” person.

Dowd refuses but Simmons insists and Dowd’s desire to make his sister happy puts him face-to-face with the doctor’s needle. Seconds before Dowd receives his dose, the taxi driver, E.J. Lofgren (George Doeltz), arrives and demands payment for his services. Simmons searches her purse but can’t find her coins. She must retrieve Dowd to pay her debts. Upon payment, Dowd returns to the room and Simmons learns the awful truth of what the serum does. “On the way out here, they sit back and enjoy the ride,” says Lofgren. “They talk to me. Sometimes we stop and watch the sunsets and look at the birds flyin’. Sometimes we stop and watch the birds when there ain’t no birds - and look at the sunsets when it’s rainin’. We have a swell time. And I always get a big tip. But afterwards? Oh no! … After this, he’ll be a perfectly normal human bein’ - and you know what stinkers they are.”

Simmons is faced with a decision: Let Dowd lose his kind and generous nature, or save him from becoming just like everyone else - and living with Harvey forever. Find out what she chooses by seeing “Harvey” at the Triton Museum Hall Pavilion now through March 10. Shows are March 1-2, 7-9, and 14-16 at 8 p.m. and March 3 and 10 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 for general admission, $13 for seniors over 55 and $10 for students under 22 and can be purchased by visiting or calling (408) 248-7993.

Photo 28 Feb Peter Anning auctions a bag and bear at the Second Annual Old Bag Luncheon.

Peter Anning auctions a bag and bear at the Second Annual Old Bag Luncheon.

Link 28 Feb At the Edge of Art History: When Art Becomes Me: Tattooing and Body Art from Ancient Times to the Present»

In this lecture by Preston Metcalf, attendees learned that from what we know the origins of tattooing began with ancient body painting. From there, we learned that the first known tattooed man, Otzi, had multiple tattoos of lines and crosses in areas where he was diseased. Since that time, tattoos have exploded into a personal and cultural phenomenon that allows the wearer to display their personal, cultural and religious or other affiliations. Metcalf’s lecture series continues Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. with Capturing the Inner-Image: Self Portraiture in the Hands of Master. Drop in fee is $20. For more information visit

Photo: Photos of the Yaman Ceremonial Body Painting

Link 28 Feb New Studio-Gallery Shines in Santa Clara»

By Melissa McKenzie

What is art?

For some, it’s the curved line of a woman’s hip in a Renaissance master’s painting or the geometric shapes in Picasso’s faces. For others, it’s in dance and song. For Phil Bongiorno, owner of Santa Clara’s newest art gallery, Studio-Bongiorno, it’s all of the above.

“Art is either everything or it’s nothing,’ said Bongiorno. “I kind of want [Studio-Bongiorno] to be a hub for the arts - all of the arts. I’ll have poetry readings and book signings here, too.’

Walking through the gallery is a bit of an adventure. The main space is home to the works of artists in the current show. A second building houses additional pieces, as well as what’s being referred to as the “dysfunctional family room.” Two small courtyards connect the galleries and Bongiorno hopes to use them as a place for artists to create or to host open mic nights.

“I love the flavor of the city and I love Big Sur so I kind of want to have a place like that,” said Bongiorno. “The sun is out. We’ve got tunes. We’ve got WiFi. I have friends who will show up with acoustic guitars and I’m encouraging people to just come and set up and paint outside in the courtyard…I’d love to have classes and we’re exploring all the ways to go about that - maybe having day events and working with different charities. I just want people to buy in on the attitude. What’s amazing is all of the people who have come in and donated their time…They’ve just bought into what I’m trying to do so they’ll just come by and put their positive energy in here. That’s really what I’m looking for.”

“I want this to be very open,” he continued. “I consider myself the anti-gallery. There are no rules. It’s not about who you know or where your art has been…It’s fluid…And it’s such a great flavor to be here and having the cemetery across the street is just peaceful - it’s so peaceful. This is as good as it gets and it’s a really great atmosphere so I just want it to be a hub for spirituality and the art. So, just come, create, enjoy, and support. Come and leave your positive energy in here and take some positive energy from it. So far it’s been really good.”

The art currently in Studio Bongiorno is an eclectic mix of Bongiorno’s own work - photography, abstract paintings, and unique mixed media pieces - and the work of Chris Moon, Kimy Martinez, Robert Knight and others. Everything in the gallery is for sale and in addition to one-of-a-kind pieces, Bongiorno sells soaps, candles and incense.

“My feeling is that people who get it, get it,’ said Bongiorno. “People that I want to get it, just walk in and get it. I don’t have to open my mouth. And, that’s what I want. I want people to come in and I want it to be a journey. I just want it to be everything and I want it to be nothing.“

Studio-Bongiorno is at 500 N. Lincoln Street. For more information visit or

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Text 28 Dec Over the last few months….

I’ve dealt with the ankle injury and the money situation (I’m still poor), but I still have many things I need to get straight.  For one, the fact that breaking my ankle led to a decrease in activity and an increase in poor food choices, which only leads to one thing - weight gain.  I need to seriously start addressing that issue as my clothes don’t exactly fit anymore.  I’m thinking of starting some walking or low impact DVDs, but I’m not sure which ones are good.  I had done some of those Leslie Sanstone (spelling?) ones on my DVR’s InDemand (before it went under) and they were alright - she’s a little too…chipper…for my liking, but she’s tolerable.  Anyone have any suggestions on good DVDs to help rehab an ankle?  Or not even for rehab, but just low impact so I can build strength?

Text 20 Nov Finally

I’m finally going through and updating my portfolio.  I hadn’t updated since a week or two before I broke my ankle (late June) so I have almost 5 months of articles to post.  I’m now in September and luckily I’m still in the “I can’t walk” phase so I only have 1-2 articles a week.  Once I get into October I’m going to have a ton to upload.  Oh well….it needs to be done.

Text 23 Aug 1 note =(

My injury is starting to take a toll on me.  All I do is sleep, eat, and watch TV.  I can’t get around very well and I’m pretty much trapped in my living room.  I’m getting more and more depressed each day.

I really need to get better/heal up and I could probably just a life change of some sort…I’m just not sure what change I need/want yet.

Text 22 Jun I hardly update…

I’m currently “managing” three Tumblr blogs (for me).  This one seems to get the least attention.  I’m also running three Facebook pages (personal, work, retail store) and three Twitter accounts (personal, work, retail store).  I do ok updating the retail store Facebook and I’m very good at updating the work Twitter, but everything else gets lost.  Oh well.  The retail gig ends on Saturday - yay!  I can finally get some articles written —- it’s very exciting.

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