Tuesday, March 20, 2007

April Phoole-A-Thon: The Phoolifesto!

I'm CRAZY, and that's just true. But I'm especially crazy about a couple of things coming up soon for me and for my alter ego, Jane the Phoole, Official Municipal Jester of the City of Milwaukee. And you're in a position to help make both of them even more absurd and fun!

From May 26 to June 1, I'll be participating in the Festival of Fools at Muncaster Castle, in the mountains of Cumbria in the far north of England. Tom Fool himself was once the fool of Muncaster Castle, and the family who lives there has revived the tradition of jestering and foolery by holding a Festival of Fools every year, culminating in an International Tournament of Jesters. This year, I'll be participating in the Festival -- and competing on behalf of my very silly country and my extremely silly city, Milwaukee!

I'm up against absurd competitors -- they all juggle, ride unicycles, light themselves on fire, play 100 characters in 10 seconds, do their own taxes, and drive cars and EVERYTHING. Will I be able to coast on the novelty of being a girl AND an American with a terrible fake British accent? Can a street-performing court jester hope to show well against high-powered A-list solo-circus acts? Only time -- and plenty of false-backside gags -- will tell!

Get swept up in the craze to be one of JtP's noble patrons and come to the April Phoole-a-Thon, on Sunday, April 1, 6:30-9pm, at Milwaukee's Darling Hall, 601 S. 6th Street, Milwaukee, WI! The evening will feature songs, sketches, and unclassifiable entertainment by various Friends of the Phoole, and it'll even include me premiering my new-and-improved material I'm writing for the International Tournament of Jesters! My dad, the amazing and accomplished jazz bassist Dan Shapera, and my brother, the reigning avant-garde jazz drummer, Joseph Shapera, are even contributing a set! And the enjoyment of this grand spectacular spectacle can be yours for only $15 (or $11 with an Illinois ID -- thanks for trekking to the Frozen North)! Your cost of admission will help get me and my gigantic costume on a series of planes, across the Atlantic, and up to Goofy and Ridiculous Acclaim!

I really hope you can make it to the Phoole-A-Thon -- I'm Thrilled and Excited and Other Superlative Adjectives about the whole thing, and I can't believe I'm finally Living the Jester Dream -- taking a shot at becoming Muncaster's honorary fool, and having the chance to carve my name in Tom Fool's hat! Of course, even if the crowd there votes up the flaming-unicycle jugglers and self-tax-doers, it'll be a tremendous experience to be set loose, as Jane, on the hallowed grounds of one of the grand old capitols of Court Jester lore, and I know it'll be fantastic to meet like-minded lunatics from all around the world. But it'll also be a mighty honor to represent Milwaukee and shout to the world, "WE, TOO, ARE SILLY!"

Come to the Phoole-A-Thon, and tell everyone you know!

Yours for International Guffaws,

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