It's the final weekend for this event, and it's entertainment for a most worthy cause, so I thought I'd give it a shout-out. The artist involved is someone who did a really fine Fringe show back in 2005 - Swim Home - which removed a lot of the stigma off of miming for me. When done well, it can be pretty amazing. And he does it well. When he's not fighting for his life, which at the moment, he is.
A friend emailed me about this event last week and she says it best, so...
A friend of mine is fighting a hard battle with leukemia. Leukemia that he developed from his treatment for colon cancer last year.
His name is Mikael Rudolph.
My friend is a long standing member of the local performing community that you may know, or have at least seen perform. He delights both children and adults and has a generous heart and spirit as a professional clown. He competes and teaches ballroom dancing. He is also an actor that has graced many a Twin Cities stage.
But, even if you don't know him, I want you to know about him, because he's fighting a really hard battle to save his own life right now.
And his friends in the performing community have gathered together to form their own 'army' to fight one battle for him - his growing medical bills. Their 'battle' is taking the form of a two week cancer benefit aptly titled the "Vaudeville Variety Extravaganza". It opens today, Wed Oct 7, and runs through Sun Oct 18.
Please take a moment to check out the website to see the list of performers: www.pushpinpush.com
I hope you'll consider going - it promises to be very entertaining (even for the kiddies!) and it helps give back to someone who has contributed to our rich performing community.
Tickets are available only at the door (no pre-sales) and the Box Office will open one hour before each performance.
And even if you can't go - you can still go to the website and make a donation. Every cent helps!
Thank you for letting me share Mikael's story with you."
So, if you're looking for a fun outing Wednesday through Sunday this week, with the added benefit of helping out an artist in need, this fits the bill nicely. Check it out.
More info here, and here plus more about Mikael at www.mikaelthemime.com