Nicole Disson

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LA FOLK FEST & THE SERIES

Saturday, August 4th, THE SERIES made its second appearance at the third annual New LA FOLK FESTIVAL, held at the stunning Zorthian Ranch in Altedena, CA, taking the theatrical antics off of the rooftop and into the mountains.   

SERIES producer Nicole Disson and return SERIES directors, D'Arcy F-M and Zoe Aja Moore, lead over a dozen performers throughout the ranch to engage with festival guests as 'The Zorthians.' Spoons were auctioned, fortunes were told, feasts were had and a parade ensued.

Actor Ben Hethcoat enjoying some freshly grinded watermelon.

Nicole serving lessons on the value of spoons to 

Folk Fest guests of all ages. 

Director Zoe Aja Moore and actress Gabriella Rhodeen share a dance on the Zorthian grounds.

The New Los Angeles Folk Festival celebrates the emergence of new folk inspired music and local culture, throwbacks, roots, experiments with tradition and modern folklore, often in environments inspired by the wild west and old country themes. 

THE SERIES participants paraded through the ranch as 'Zorthians' singing and shouting rhymes about not wanting to grow up and how they take they chew their cud like a cow and wear their shorts on their head. Excerpt of anthem by SERIES writer in residence, Mandy Kahn as follows  (sung to the tune of the lost boys "I wont grow up" from Peter Pan):

"I HANG FROM TREES

AND WATCH THE MOON

AND EAT DESSERT

AT HALF PAST NOON

I DRINK CHAMPAGNE

FROM JELLY JARS

ON SUNNY DAYS

I EAT CIGARS

I CLEAN MY HAIR

WITH RIVER MUD

AND LIKE A COW

I CHEW MY CUD

I WEAR MY SHORTS

UPON ON MY HEAD

I EAT MY SCOTCH

AND DRINK MY BREAD

I WEAR NO WATCH

I LIVE FOR FREE

I DRINK MY WEIGHT

IN MINT ICED TEA

SO KEEP YOUR RUSH

AND CITY RULES

ON THIS OLD RANCH

WE ALL PLAY FOOLS"

Nicole and actor David McElwee auction off a set of spoons: 

"Ahbuhdeeabuhddeeahbudee got a spoon for sale, a small spoon, a tea spoon, a dainty spoon, a ladies’ spoon, spoon for a lady, spoon for a lady mouth, spoon for droppin’ honey in tea, spoon for scone-eatin’, spoon for raspberry tarts, dainty spoon, small spoon, thin stem, dainty stem, floral design on the throat, good spoon for a married lady, lady with a handbag, lady with a lapdog, lady with a florist for a husband, lady with eyelashes, lady with a thin nose, lady with pantyhose, nice lady, clean lady, lady who stands erect, lady with deportment, lady who crochets, lady who plays the piccolo. Do I hear a fifty-cent piece? Do I hear a fifty-cent piece and a hankie? Do I hear a fifty-cent piece and a hankie with initials on it? Do I hear a fifty-cent piece, a monogrammed hankie and nosegay? Do I hear a fifty-cent piece, a monogrammed hankie, a nosegay and a curtsie? SOLD for a fifty-cent piece, a monogrammed hankie, a nosegay, a curtsie and a hand-written thank-you note." 

Text by Many Kahn

SERIES Participants at the New LA FOLK FESTIVAL:

* Ally Caldicott

* Ashley Hendra

* Ben Heathcoat

* Benny Wills

* David McElwee

* Gabriella Rhodeen

* Jenny Greer

* Kate Bergstrom

* Kevin Kosteinik

* Michael Van Schock

* Mitch Lewis

* Nik Kazoura

Photos by Dominoe Farris- Gilbert were taken for grimygoods.com, D'Arcy F-M and Randal Coombs.  For more information on the New LA Folk Fest visit: 

http://lafolkfest.com/

and to become a friend of THE SERIES click here!   

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