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  1. Some of the Good Times

    Sunday, May 21, 2023


     






    The prose reading was fantastico!  A packed room.  Really good readings by the four Prosettas.  The wine and snacks consumed.  Lots of hugs and applause.  One of my surprise guests was Lisa Harmon, a comic.  Sometimes, my poetry pals attend a comedy show I’m in.  But it is rare that a comedy friend attends a poetry or prose reading that I’m in.  Linda San Lucas and Jerry Shack did once, and now Lisa Harmon.  I was very pleasantly surprised.  I enjoy when my worlds come together.  


    Dorothy Cantwell, Mindy Matijasevic, Alys Kremer, and Susan Weiman

     










    Every seat was filled.  That felt so good.

    I don’t experience the different parts of my life meeting like George Costanza’s “worlds are colliding!”





    One of my long-time friends, Judy, lives in Staten Island, and I live in the Bronx.  She drives, but I don’t.  Typically when getting together, we’d meet in Manhattan.  However, she has driven to the Bronx MANY times. We used to attend a writing group in the Bronx many years ago.  She’s been to almost all of my comedy shows on City Island in the Bronx.  In the last week and a half, she was in the Bronx twice for different walking tours.  Then we got together afterwards.  Twice in a short period of time felt like such a treat.  I wish that were more often the case.

     

    My feline friend Mustache, who lives and works at the nearby discount store, continues to greet me with much affection and loud meows.  We have our affection sessions, which, for me, is therapeutic.  Sometimes, those moments are the highlight of my day.





    I just heard thunderous noise.  Not sure if it’s the weather or my upstairs pain-in-the-azz neighbor. 

     

    Please put June 2nd at 7:45pm on your calendar for comedy on City Island in the Bronx at The Artist, 249 City Island Avenue.  It’s going to be a really good show at only $15 cover, no minimum.  A hat gets passed around for contributions for the hilarious comics.  

      

    You are welcome to BYOB.  Laughter guaranteed.  😁 😂 😃 😄 😅 😆 😊  


    For more show details, see last blog: http://www.shesofunny.org/2023/05/something-for-ears-eyes-mind-funny-bone.html

     

     

     

    So much love to CGG-M  ❤ 💕 ❤

    Mindy Matijasevic,  May 2023

     

     

     

     

     



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    Hey peepul!!!  Tuesday the 16th of May is the evening the Prosettas are holding a reading of short prose and memoir pieces at Jefferson Market Library from 6 to 8pm, and it is free!  425 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011.  There will be free refreshments, books for sale, and if you are interested, I will have my divorce t-shirts for sale with me (though not on display, so see me after the reading).

     


     

    Readers are (in reverse order of the reading): 



    Susan Weiman



    Dorothy Cantwell



    Alys Kremer



    Mindy Matijasevic



    The small group will deliver diverse voices of very different life experiences.

     

    What I would absolutely LOVE is if you decide to spend Friday, June 2nd on City Island.  There are wonderful restaurants on the island, and at 7:45, seating begins at THE ARTIST, 249 City Island Avenue for a wonderful comedy show, produced by me.  The terrific line-up:


    Hector Luis 



    TJ Meyers



    Donna Moran



    and me, of course, Mindy Matijasevic




    Laughter is guaranteed.  Cover $15; NO minimum.  You might be tempted by the light fare and delicious desserts by Jenny’s Sweets, but it is not required. 




    Jenny's Sweets

     

    Had a beautiful Friday with two close friends.  We enjoyed Lenoir Reserve.




     Mainly we enjoyed each other’s company.  That’s the best.  💞

     

     

    With so much love to CGG-M ❤❤❤

    Mindy Matijasevic, May 2023

     

     


  3. Updates and Happenings

    Monday, May 1, 2023

     












        The “Listen to Your Mother” show was a very good experience.  One of my favorite humans attended the afternoon show.  I did not know that she had been there until the next day when she emailed me.  Thanks so much, Jaye. The hardest part for me was saying goodbye to the cast.  They came from all over the United States and Canada.  We all appreciated each other so much.  Not only our stories, but our spirits.

     

        For those of you in NYC on May 5th, 7pm, I will be sharing my poetry at “Dance of the Word” – an event by Evie Ivy that includes poetry, prose, music, and belly dancing.  Plus there will be wine and light fare.  A beautiful way to spend a Friday evening.  353 W. 48 Street, 2nd floor, Studio 3, NYC. ($15)

     

        These short videos have lifted my spirits recently and I hope they do it for you, too:

     

    After being told not to ...

    Men dancing

    If no one taught hate ...


     

        And on Tuesday, May 16th at 6pm, the “Prosettas,” of which I am a part, will be giving a prose reading at the Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011.  Powerful short prose pieces by a diverse group of voices.  FREE.

     

        I’d LOVE you to mark your calendars for June 2nd, 8pm, to get your behinds to my comedy show at The Artist on City Island.  It’s the most reasonably priced comedy show in NYC.  ($15 cover; NO minimum; lots of laughter.)  Details to come.

     

        Thank you for reading.

        If you are on Facebook, please like my pages:  

                        https://www.facebook.com/threedivorceddivas  and                                     https://www.facebook.com/SheSoFunny

     

    Have a wonderful day and days and …

     

     

    Constant love to CGG-M  ❤❤❤

    Mindy Matijasevic

    April 30, 2023

     

     

     

     

     

     


  4. Listen To Your Mother

    Tuesday, March 28, 2023

     











    People, I feel so fortunate in some ways.  I’ve had enough creative projects going on recently (and it’s not over) to have me busy with work I want to do.  I don’t want to be misunderstood – my decades of teaching adults were frequent opportunities to be creative.  My students and I, for the most part, had a real good and growing time.  But recently, I’ve been engaged with other creative work – memoir writing, poetry writing, giving readings, producing and performing stand-up comedy, an upcoming off-off Broadway production of Listen to Your Mother in which I’m cast. 

     

    Each event is its own kind of wonderful.  A few actually pay money.  Yahoo.  It’s so needed.

     

    Art In The Basin booked me to read a half hour of whatever I wanted.  I shared short autobiographical stories.  I had a great time.  The hosts were soooo welcoming, the audience so attentive, the venue (Mon Amour Coffee & Wine) so accommodating. 









    There was a hybrid open mic.  My buddy drove me there and attended though he was so very exhausted.  We are chosen ‘siblings’ for over 40 years. We go out of our way for each other.

     

    I had a very encouraging experience doing stand-up (the art I find most challenging) at the International Women Artists’ Salon’s event.  It feels so wonderful when the audience is with me from the beginning.  It feels easy from there, but when that doesn’t happen … 


    Also, I was able to sell some shirts at that event!




     

    This Saturday, April 1st at 3pm and at 7pm (and an option to livestream the 7pm show), I’m part of this unique production. Still some tickets available!  Listen to Your Mother

     

     

     

    Much love always to CGG-M  ❤💕❤

    Mindy Matijasevic 

    March 2023

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


  5. Others' Perceptions vs. My Real Life

    Friday, March 17, 2023

     











        For the past few years, I haven’t consistently kept up my appearance.  Of course when I am going on an audition or if I’m in a show, I do bother to look good, but in general when I go to the store or take out the garbage, I look bummy.  I think I went pandemic and didn’t come back. 

        Today when I was returning from two stores in my sweatpants, hoodie, dungaree jacket, mask, no make-up, no earrings, I was thinking that maybe my mood would be uplifted a bit if I bothered to put in some effort to look nice.  As I turned the corner, a man who appeared to be in my age range said hello and acted like he knew me.  I didn’t recognize him but in case I was mistaken, I nodded.  Then he came over to me and said, “You live around here, right?”  I nodded and thought he needed directions or something.  Well, I was wrong.

        “You give me fuck, and I give you money.”

        “Nooo.”  I continued walking away.

        “You have Tinder?”

        “Nooo.”

        I waited until he was far enough away before crossing the street to my building.  My head was spinning.  Is there someone on Tinder who looks like me, I wondered.  I'm not on any dating site.  What about me screams prostitute?  Nothing.  Even when I look bummy, this happens.  So do I really want to go out there looking good?  If I had looked good, I may have attributed this event as punishment for beauty.  After all, we are typically blamed for this kind of shit.

        I’ve known men who said that if they were women, they’d never be broke.  Yeah right.  Let them bend over for anonymous desperate dick and tell me what it’s like. 

        When I entered my lobby, I saw that some neighbor put out a bag of refundable cans.  I gratefully took the bag upstairs.  After returning cans at the supermarket, I can live with myself. 

        Geez.

        Now back to my actual life.  I’ll be sharing autobiographical stories this Tuesday, March 21st, 7pm at Mon Amour Coffee and Wine, 234 West 238th Street in the Bronx.  





        The event is free, whether in person or on Zoom.  It includes an open mic, so feel free to bring something to share.  Very welcoming atmosphere.  No one will ask you to fuck for money.  How refreshing!

     

    Much love to CGG-M ❤💕❤


    Mindy Matijasevic

    March 2023

     


  6. Mark Your Calendars!

    Sunday, March 5, 2023

     








    I’m excited about my upcoming comedy show this Friday, 3/10, 8pm at The Artist, 249 City Island Avenue.  In honor of Women’s History Month, it’s an all-female line-up.




    Event page

    Advance tickets here:

    https://starvingartistci.square.site/.../friday-3.../56...

     Laughter is guaranteed!  Plus you can BYOB.  $15 cover; no minimum!  Lots of funny!

     

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    On Tuesday, March 21, I’ll be featuring for Art in the Basin at Mon Amour Coffee and Wine, 234 West 238 Street, Bronx, NY.  Seating 6:45; show time 7pm.  I’ll be reading slices of memoir.  There will also be an open mic.  Come, listen, sign up, and share something of yours.

     https://www.facebook.com/MonAmourCoffeeAndWine/

    https:/Art in the Basin/www.facebook.com/artinthebasin/


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    The International Women Artists’ Salon, headed by Heidi Russell, is having a month-long exhibition for Women’s History Month (look for them on Facebook).  On March 25th from 3:30 to 5:30, they are showcasing women in film, literature, and comedy.  I’ll be performing comedy at 224 Waverly Place near 7th Avenue and 11th Street.



     

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    On Saturday, April 1st, I am in two Off-Off-Broadway shows of Listen to Your Mother, created and directed by Heather Christie.  We had a Zoom rehearsal today, and the cast is wonderful.  They are from all over the USA, so some are flying in to NYC to do the show.  The stories are powerful, diverse, and impacting.  The performances will take place at Theatre 71, 152 West 71st Street on April 1st at 3pm and 7pm.  Tickets are selling and it’s been recommended that you purchase tickets early.

     


    Tickets here:   https://bit.ly/3WjUAAg


     

    I hope my bookings continue like this and even more.  I’ll keep you all updated.  In the meantime, I hope you’d like to attend something.

     

    Love always to CGG-M  ❤ ❤ ❤

    Mindy Matijasevic

    March 2023

     

     

     

     



  7. Upcoming Events!

    Saturday, February 25, 2023


     










    Just returned from Miami Beach last night.  While I was away, NYC had weather in the balmy 50s.  I came back in time for freezing 20s.  I was lucky to get such a vacation.  A poetry friend was given a trip for two to Miami Beach as a birthday gift.  She asked me to join her – airfare and hotel paid for.  I was treated to the meals.  It was a total indulgence.  Though it was very nice to be somewhere warm in February and to have housekeeping service, I am glad to be home.  Home is not at all luxurious, but it is home.

     

    Now for local news:

    Sunday, February 26th at 7pm -- The Prosettas (a group of four talented writers of prose and memoir) will be reading at BUS STOP CAFÉ, 597 Hudson Street in the West Village, NY, NY.  The series of readings is curated by Michael Graves.  Admission is free though a contribution of $5 is requested.  This event includes a limited open mic.  Feel free to bring something to share and sign up for the open.

    https://www.busstopcafe-nyc.com/contact-2


    Mindy Matijasevic                                     Alys Kremer




    Dorothy Cantwell                                                       Susan Weiman    

        


    Friday, March 10th at 8pmAlmost Spring Comedy Show featuring an all-female line-up for Women’s History Month at THE ARTIST, 249 City Island Avenue, NY, NY.  $15 cover, no minimum (though you might be tempted by the light fare and delicious desserts).  You can BYOB.  The wonderful line-up: Dara Jemmott, Jean Kim, Rachael Parenta, and me of course.  https://www.facebook.com/events/740061454358273 

     

    Tuesday, March 21st at 7pm – I’ll be sharing slices of memoir as the feature for Art in the Basin at Mon Amour Coffee & Wine, 234 West 238th Street, Bronx, NY.  This event includes a rockin’ hybrid open mic!

    https://www.instagram.com/artinthebasin/

    https://www.facebook.com/artinthebasin/

     

    Saturday, April 1st at 3pm and 7pmListen to Your Mother at Theatre 71 just off Broadway.  152 West 71st Street, NY, NY.

    https://theatre71.venuetix.com/show/details/TqcmhvqRVhNOGJrWs7ZY/1680390000000?fbclid=IwAR14r5mWE4v4Ektkkly5IuFdsPkedDvu_ZgfJ7M-P-ZBhWjhOgaxWpNqtCE

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1122380505126561?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22group%22%7D]%7D

     

    Hope something appeals to everyone.  Would be glad to see you.

     

    Constant love to CGG-M  ❤❤❤

    Mindy Matijasevic

    February 2023