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The Muse and Whirled Retort May 2010

The Muse and Whirled Retort May 2010
Chris Chandler's Muse and Whirled Retort May 2010

April 28, 2010
Vol. XI issue viii
Silver Spring, MD


***Please help spread the word ??" it has been a crazy month and I am a bit behind so
I am counting on you to help spread the word about this infrequent visit to the

Immediate Destinations: (with Paul) Connecticut; Paterson, NJ; Brooklyn, NY; Long
Island; The Susquehanna Music Festival; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; Boston,

(with Jen) DC, Ashville, NC; Atlanta, GA; New Orleans, LA Austin. TX; Kerrville, TX

(with Paul again) El Paso, Tucson, Phoenix, We need work in Southern CA!

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April, 28 2010
Vol. XI issue viii
Silver Spring, MD

Hey everybody,
It's that time of the month again...

I just saw all of my possessions drive away aboard a Greyhound bus. (really)

In Case you were wondering it fits in 22 boxes and I was pleased to discover that it
will indeed all STILL fit in a van (which is kind of a box... a box truck.)

It is an important point in a person's life when their possessions will no longer
fit in their car.  Kinda like your first steps, your first words, the first time you
loose a tooth, and the first time you loose a tooth (the second time around) as we
continue on our endless thrift store pub crawl in pursuit of more boxes and things
to put in them.  

Ya see, I am relocating to the west coast to be with Jen!  

I am ummm… getting a new mail box.  

At present I have one foot in the Chesapeake Bay and the other in the San Francisco
Bay .  But at the end of next month I will be pulling one foot out and slowly
rambling to the west where I will have both feet in the same bay ??" Oh and my stuff
too.  Which is why it is in boxes.

Even though my life is inside of boxes, that is not to say my thinking is inside the
box. There are those that would say MY thinking is WAY outside the box

       but they would be wrong!

       Because if you think there is a box ??" then you, my friend, are the one that is in

And you always will be until you realize ??" there is no box…

…there is no cutting edge...  
                                         …there are no lines to color inside of…

Only the thin yellow lines that dot the highways of fat America which carry me ??" and
my boxes -- forever through the black box theatre of my life…

…past a few ballot boxes along the way.

… trying to fill my lunch box.

…spittin  rhymes with a human beat box…

…slippin pennies underneath the fuse box.

As I drive…
                         … drive

                                         …forever towards that inevitable pine box.

…where I may just open Pandora's box.

Only to discover the most important tool in the tool box:  The realization that if
the world you see in your rear view mirror is not better than the one you see in
your windshield ??" then you should be put in the penalty box.

That's all I got this month.


Crossed the country in 71 hours this month ??" No where near my record but worth


Lost my phone and all the phone #s in it.  If you are someone I correspond with on
the phone please (OH PLEASE) respond to this news letter with your phone number so I
will have it again,
Paul Flies in tomorrow and we head up the East Coast!  If you are in Boston, NYC,
Philly, DC or anywhere in between check the dates below.

At the end of this Run Paul Flies to Paris, and Jen Flies to me and Jen and I go
visiting through Ashville, Stone Mtn, New Orleans, Austin and then  head to the
Kerrville Folk Festival!


Paul Flies to Kerrville from Paris (France not Texas), We continue on a tour through
the SW and then the west coast. Yee Haw!


Neither Jen nor Paul has ever been to the QVR and I need all those Kerrverts who
read this newsletter to chime in step up and help welcome them into my family. We
will be there from Fajita Thursday to Wild Women's Nite.

Paul and I are booking this summer around a few festivals ??" if you are in the area
and think you would like to bring this show in please give a holler. A rough sketch
of the dates follows.
Paul and I look forward to participating in the 20th anniversary of the High Sierra
Festival.  Congratulations High Sierra.
The 2 CDs I made with { Anne Feeney} are now available for
download at CD Baby
Live from The Wholly Stolen Empire and Flying Poetry Circus
Me and Paul with Anne Feeney at The Kerrville Folk Festival!


Jen Delyth, Paul Benoit, Marianne Bowie, Shirley Myers, Anne Feeney, Celene DeLoach,
Heather, Jason, Kiristen, George Mann, The Berkeley UU Church, The Berkeley Poetry
Slam, Brian QTN, Liz Harrison, Amy Malkoff, Atmo

H.E.R.E.S. .D.A. .D.A.T.E.S.

Friday, April 30th, 2010
with Paul Benoit
House Concert at the Home of  Barbara Getsinger
potluck supper starts at 6:00, show at 7:30
Watertown, CT
or Phone:               860-274-2654

Saturday, May 1st, 2010 1:00 PM
Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council and
the NJ Council for the Arts Present a Labor Day Celebration
American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark
83 Norwood Street
Haledon, NJ
phone:  973-595-7953

Other performers include Roy Zimmerman, The NJ Industrial Union Council Solidarity
Singers, George Mann.  There is a $10 entrance fee, which includes light
refreshments, entertainment, a museum tour.

Saturday, May 1 at 10 PM
Brooklyn, NY ??"
George Mann  (11:00 PM) and the dynamic duo of Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit (12:00
AM) are all on the bill at this fundraiser for the New York General Management
Branch of the IWW and its Starbucks campaign.

Location: Surreal Estate, 13-15 Thames Street in Brooklyn, $5 - $10 sliding scale
admission. L Train to Morgan is the nearest subway stop.

Sunday May 2 4:00 PM
House Concert at Pincrest
Long Island, NY
53 Chestnut Avenue
Poquott, NY 11733

Contact Mike Stein at  631.786.7553  with any questions.
Please RSVP so we can be sure to accommodate.

Monday May 3 8:00 PM featured set
Brewer's Alley Restaurant
124 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701-5422
(301) 631-0089

Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Baltimore, MD
Andrew Byrne Presents
Baltimore Hostel
17 W Mulberry Street.
Baltimore, MD

Thursday May 8th 8 PM
Philadelphia, PA
House Concert
Delilah's Den
Philadelphia, PA
A house concert by XFS goddess Courtney Malley

Friday, May 7th, 2010 8 PM

Fare Well to DC show!

House Concert at the Home of  Elise Bryant
1609 N. Springwood Drive,
Silver Spring , MD   20910

Saturday, May 8th, 2010
Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival
Havre de Grace, MD

Sunday, May 9th, 2010
Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival
Havre de Grace, MD

Sunday, May 09, 2010 5 PM
Chris Chandler and Paul Benoit
Klekolo World Coffee

phone: 860.343.9444        

Monday May 10 2010
Geoff Bartly's Feature
Can Tab Central Square
Cambridge, MA

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 8 PM
Brookline Village, MA
a portrait Party with my good friend Jim Infantino Hosted by Liz Linder
Liz Linder's Studio
2 White Place
Brookline Village, MA

phone:               617-232-3202


This will be a very fun show!

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 7:30
Speak UP! Hosted by: Don White
70 Market St
Lynn, MA 01901
phone:               (781) 477-0700

June 8
Kerrville TX
Threadgill Stage with Paul Benoit
Also on the Bill: Anne Feeney!

Tentative: Friday June 11
El Paso, TX

Tentative: Saturday June 12
Tempe, AZ

We need something in Southern CA on June 13 and 14


July 1-4
High Sierra Music Festival

July 8-11 Oregon Country Fair

July 23-25
Islands Folk Festival


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