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  1. It's Been A While ...

    Sunday, April 7, 2024

     


     










    A lot has gone on in the past few months, but I’m focusing on the positive for now.  I’ve had some acting work during that time.  Most were brief parts that paid money.  But the most enjoyable and interesting role did not pay money.  I did it anyway, which is rare these days.  I’ll be getting a copy of the film, and the experience was very uplifting.  After the audition, I felt I had it.  The only times I have felt like that, I did get the role.  I’m not overly confident in general.  As a child, I never said, “I failed the test” and then got a 90%.  I usually have a pretty good idea of how I did.

    After the on-line audition, I wrote this poem:

     

    For a Woman

     

    So many parallels to my life

    as I auditioned for the role

    of a divorced woman

    a woman who left her husband

    for a woman

    except the woman

    I left my husband for

    was me

     

    (c) Mindy Matijasevic
    February 2024

     

     

         I have some things coming up that might interest you.

    • ·        Sunday, April 14th at 4pm.  Poetry – $5 contribution.  This reading will take place in a poet’s apartment.  If you are interested in attending, let me know so I can ask her about giving out her address.
    • ·        Saturday, April 20th at 1pm.  Poetry – FREE. Tompkins Square Library, 331 East 10th Street, near Avenue B.  Book party for an anthology of COVID poems.  Copies will be available for purchase.
    • ·        Monday, May 6th at 6:30pm.  Poetry and Prose - $5 donation.  Phoenix Reading Series at Shades of Green, 125 East 15th Street, NYC.
    • ·        Wednesday, May 8th at 8:30pm.  Comedy Show!  FREE.  Randy Epley’s show at the Selina Chelsea Hotel, in the HOWM Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, 518 West 27th Street, NYC.
    • ·        Friday, June 14th at 8pm.  Comedy Show!  $15 cover, no minimum at The Artist, 249 City Island Ave., City Island, Bronx, NY.  Featuring Tom Brennan, Paul Hallasy, and Joe Fulton; hosted by me.  Laughter guaranteed!!!


    Have a safe eclipse! 


    With constant love to CGG-M  ❤❤❤

    Mindy Matijasevic, April 2024





  2. This Friday night!!!  8pm  

    These women are bringing it for International Women's Day!




    249 City Island Avenue/ BX29 bus stops a half block away.  Cover only $15.  Light fare (vegetarian-inclusive) and delicious desserts by Jenny's Sweets available for purchase if desired; not required!  You may even BYOB.

    For tickets in advance: March 8th Comedy Show


    Hilarity guaranteed.  Hope to see you.


    Mindy Matijasevic / March 2024

    With constant love to CGG-M  ❤❤❤

     


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  4. Poetry, Comedy, and Dessert

    Sunday, November 26, 2023

     


     









    For those of you who write poetry and/or appreciate hearing other people’s poetry (especially short poems), I am part of the Brevitas Festival this Tuesday evening, Nov. 28, 2023, 6pm, at The Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, NYC.  Everyone is welcome for only ten dollars which includes a copy of the Brevitas anthology! There will be many readers, and then an open mic for you to share a poem of 14 lines or less if you wish to do so.

     



     

    Friday, December 8, 2023, 8pm, at The Artist, 249 City Island Avenue on City Island, Bronx, NY, brace yourself for hilarity at the Almost Winter Comedy Show hosted by me and featuring TJ Meyers, Joanne Filan, and Ken Watter.

     



    Only $15 and NO minimum!   You may BYOB.  The wait staff will happily provide a corkscrew if needed, glasses, and ice.  A menu of light fare (vegetarian inclusive) and a selection of desserts from Jenny’s Sweets might tempt you.   Jenny's Sweets

     

    On Saturday, December 16th, I’m doing stand-up in a talent show (mostly rappers performing, I believe).  Details to come. 

     

    Thanks for reading!

     

    Love always to CGG-M ❤❤❤

    Mindy Matijasevic, November 2023


  5. Killing & Comedy

    Sunday, November 5, 2023

     

     


     






    Hello everybody.  Do you ever feel like killing someone or something?  Please focus that impulse on these:

    https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Plants_Land_Water/PlantIndustry/Entomology/spotted_lanternfly/SpottedLanternflyAlert/Pages/default.aspx

     

    I try to kill each one I see, but some leap and get away.  I do get many, and I realize that having something that I’m encouraged to kill (and am not totally grossed out by, like waterbugs, roaches, rodents, and some so-called humans) can be kind of cathartic.  So people, I encourage you to kill those mf-ers.

     

    On to more pleasant kinds of killing, my next comedy show at The Artist on City Island is Friday, December 8th at 8pm.  The holiday season on City Island is beautiful.  Nice to spend the day, visit the shops, dine on some seafood (or other options), and then come to The Artist, 249 City Island Avenue, for comedy and dessert (from Jenny’s Sweets).  You are free to BYOB.  Laughter guaranteed.  For those who plan ahead, mark your calendars.

     

     The hilarious line-up:

     

    TJ Meyers



     

     








    Joanne Filan



      Ken Watter



     

     






    And me of course!



     









    Quality comedy for incredibly reasonable prices.  $15 admission and NO minimum.  Laughter guaranteed. 

     



     

     

     

    Deep love to CGG-M  ❤❤❤

    Mindy Matijasevic

    November 2023

     

     

     

     

     

     


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    I was a middle school boy in a scene from Greg Fuchs’ play “School Drill” in the BOOG City Arts Festival two Tuesdays ago.  It was fun for a few minutes to be a boy.  That night of the festival was in Bushwick, Brooklyn.  It is an interesting neighborhood.  To me, it seemed like a blend of the Bronx, the East Village, and the West Village.  Many food trucks, much colorful artwork on the brick buildings, and very lively. 





    There’s no pay involved, but it was fun.  The weird part was I hadn’t realized this was for the BOOG Festival until I was there.  When I was asked to do this, though it was by the man who runs the festival, I thought this was a separate thing.  I was under the impression a friend of his, who teaches middle school in the Bronx and works with particularly challenging students, needed actors to perform in a play that he and his students wrote, but I didn’t connect that it was for the festival.  His class had read Anne Frank, the play, and then wrote their own scenes tied to confinement. 

     

    Though I have not been accepting unpaid acting jobs due to my pathetic financial situation, this touched my heart.  I’m a Bronxite.  I spent several decades teaching adults who weren’t able to complete their basic education for many very different reasons.  One year, we also read Anne Frank.  It was very eye-opening for many.  So I agreed to do it.  I wanted his students to feel the magic of their words being acted out on stage.  I mistakenly assumed we were performing in the school for the students, parents, and staff.  However, there were no rehearsals, and it was being done in Brooklyn.  I was very puzzled.  








    I tried to dress as a 12-year-old boy using whatever items I owned.  I even brought a jacket to cover any sign of boobage.  When I left my house, I realized I forgot to wear sneakers.  I had sandals on and red toenail polish.  I worried that middle school boys would torment their peer for looking like a girl.  I didn’t go back upstairs because I was afraid I was running late.  It turned out that I worried about many unnecessary things.  It was not at a school.  The play was written several years ago.  No middle school students would be there.  It was at a lovely performance space, IVY HOUSE STUDIO on Troutman Street, where most performers shared poetry and music.



    Greg Fuchs, playwright
    Mindy Matijasevic, actor
    after the scene from
    School Drill

     

    That evening of the festival was hosted by the talented and beautiful Didi Champagne who also performed later with her band Blueberry High Heels.



    Didi is the one in the long black dress.

     

    Regarding health concerns, the specialist I met with was wonderful!  He introduced himself as Marc.  That was a first in my experience.  I am grateful he was who I saw.  Seemed like a beautiful human being.  The next step is I get another CT scan in February (instead of in a year).  Then we look at it again and decide if a biopsy should be done.  I am okay right now.  So let’s keep on having a good time as much as we can! 

     

     

    Tremendous love to CGG-M  ❤❤❤

    Mindy Matijasevic, September 19, 2023

     

     


  7. Great Comedy and Emaciated Clowns

    Wednesday, September 6, 2023

     


     



    I planned to update you, readers, yesterday (since I am the Tuesday “She”), but the day in the heat and on too little sleep exhausted me.  So I’m here on Wednesday with my fan blowing in my direction.

     

    Regarding last blog’s concerns, I am scheduled with a specialist for an intensive interview and a couple of more tests.  Thanks to those of you who expressed concern in emails and private messages.

     

    I want to remind you of the beautiful and funny line-up for this Friday’s comedy show.

     

     

    You can, if you choose, get tickets in advance here:

    https://starvingartistci.square.site/product/friday-september-8-8-pm-almost-fall-comedy-show/56?cs=true&cst=custom&fbclid=IwAR3WPdUNZweXUVNvJvecVfcOcBDVswPz7vVHCH2s6ZfKQb32ZiITG6BDec0

     

    Or you can pay at the end of the show at the venue.  Just get your tush there!

     

    Yesterday, I had a new and interesting experience.  I was booked as a make-up model for a class where students learning to be make-up artists work on the model as their assignment for the evening.  I was paired with a lovely person named Bless.  From the initial hello, it felt good.  That makes all the difference to me.  The experience went well.  She showed concern for my comfort.  That makes me want to do my best, so she can do her best.  Her teacher was what I consider a good teacher – supportive, knowledgeable, and helpful, besides enjoying his job. 

     

    The experience reminded me of many thinner years ago when I often posed for art classes.  That was harder and paid less.  But it was something where schedules could be flexible.  It served as a second job for me back in my mid-twenties.  Anyway, that whole thing is for another blog another time.

     

    These students were given different assignments and they were given their models.  The teacher made the choices.  We, the models, were to show up wearing black clothing, no make-up, and nothing scented.

     

    When I entered the classroom, the teacher said, “Clown.”  I and the rest of the class laughed.  The student with the clown assignment told me where to sit.  While my face was a canvas, people walked by and seemed very amused.  I couldn’t wait to see what I looked like.  When the work time was over, each model was seated on a director’s chair and the class observed while the teacher gave feedback to each student make-up artist.

     

    Bless got a raving review.  That felt good.  But that is when I learned that ‘clown’ was only part of the assignment.  She was to make me look like an emaciated clown.  Since I am now overweight, it made me laugh.  However, it also made me understand why I looked like such an ugly clown.  That was the assignment, and she aced it.

     


     

    Come to the Almost Fall Comedy Show and make this clown smile.

     

    Great Comedy Show!

     

     

     

     

    Constant love to CGG-M ❤💕❤

    Mindy Matijasevic

    September 6, 2023