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Nairobi Jack and the Lost Gold of the Atlantimengani – 01 Hunter’s Rest

Welcome to the first episode of Nairobi Jack and the Lost Gold of the Atlantimengani! For this series, we’re going to feature a member of the cast in each episode. Today’s featured performer, Eric Lang, who portrays Nairobi’s trusty partner in adventure (sidekick just doesn’t do him justice), Dusty Jim Slayback!

Through the magic of radio, Eric debuted with ARTC by playing a nimble-fingered mechanic (Dusty Jim Slayback in Nairobi Jack Rackham and the Lost Gold of the Atlantimengani) despite the fact that in reality he has trouble replacing the batteries in his t.v. remote. A former English teacher, Eric is now a professional film and theater actor. Favorite performances around town include Francis in Forever Plaid (Marietta Theatre Company), Felix Ungar in The Odd Couple (Magari Theatre Company) and Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Tavern). Eric is represented by Kathleen Schultz Associates, and his website is ericdlang.wix.com/elang.

 

Look for more performer features as the series goes on! And remember, the Centauri Express will come to you twice each month now on the second and fourth Thursday…barring disaster.

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Dr. Will Ward, Science Wizard: Sherlock Gnomes

Size: 7.7M Duration: 16:30

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A fan con for all things Sherlock Holmes

Performed live at 221B Con! Yet another installment in this ongoing serial. Like it? Want more? Let us know!

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Musings on Bumpers Crossroads

by Daniel Taylor

I’ve been thinking lately about what exactly BUMPERS CROSSROADS is, and how I do it. This is dangerous. You may remember the story about the centipede who was asked, however did he manage to keep all those feet coordinated. The centipede stopped and thought about it — and couldn’t take another step.

I think BUMPERS CROSSROADS is the most pure expression of my sense of humor that I have ever been able to achieve — part LUM & ABNER, part GARRISON KEILLOR, part NORTHERN EXPOSURE, but not really “like” any of these. I astound myself that I am able to be alternately surreal and silly; to put pathos and pratfalls in the same script and make them work together. I’m very proud of it, and more pleased than I can say that people seem to like it.

When it comes right down to it, I feel pretty good about my writing — almost good enough to explain the favorable reaction BC evokes.

I THINK its appeal comes from the fact that it DOES reflect a distinct perspective, a human voice, not a committee consensus. The fact that it is mine is secondary. Given all the margarine on broadcast television, the relentless pop music on the radio, the determined obsequiousness of the daily newspapers — I think people are STARVED for a discernable viewpoint and personality.

(Especially when it is clearly different from what can be called the Dominant Media Culture’s generally leftist lean. I think that’s why Rush Limbaugh is so popular, even among those who disagree vehemently. He remains an individual person, expressing a point of view uniquely his own.)

Although I hesitate to make the comparison, BUMPERS is essentially me on paper. Woody is the forceful, decisive presence I’ve always wanted to be; Grandpa is the genial, blithe potato I suspect is the best I can hope for; Luke is the distracted state of mind I probably spend most of my time in. And I put these three parts of me in the place I’d most like to live; a small town where you can safely ignore whatever’s going on, secure in the knowledge that empires will not crumble no matter which way the coin falls.

Certain aspects of life will never find their way into BUMPERS, because I don’t find them entertaining. I’ve mentioned the concept of gayness; I haven’t ruled out the possibility of a gay character, though I refuse to write one for the sake of social responsibility. But AIDS will never be mentioned, because it is not nohow funny.

There are also no black characters, and there will likely never be. Communities tend to be homogenous, ROOM 222 and its decendants to the contrary, and I can’t credibly introduce a black character, or explain how he came to be there, in a manner that rings true to me.

Anyway, I intend to stick with what I know. Social responsibility has no place in BUMPERS CROSSROADS. This may limit its appeal in certain markets, but so be it: We (as a culture) are drowning in things that try to be all things to all people. Which was my original point, come to think of it.

All I really wanted to do was amuse myself — but, just the same, I’m glad I’m not making the trip alone.

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Unresolved Mysteries Episode Guide

The Loch Ness Monster
Daniel Kiernan and Clair Whitworth Kiernan journey to Scotland to solve the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster once and for all — by draining Loch Ness!

Past Lives Regression
With arch-skeptic Randy Zwinge keeping an eye on things, Daniel and Clair are regressed to their past lives together as — Rhett and Scarlett?

Phrenotherapy
Daniel finds that the latest developments in phrenology can be a real kick in the head…

UFO Abductions
Daniel and Clair disrupt eastern Kansas to hitch a ride on a UFO. (Parental warning: Contains nudity.)

Terror on the Prairie!
Randy Zwinge goes to Black Helicopter Country to investigate the latest in UFO abductions.

The Great White Hunter
He wants to put a stuffed Yeti head on his den wall — and that’s only the beginning of his plans!

Stealth
Daniel and Clair infiltrate Area 51 to see the latest in aeronautical technology. Or maybe not…

Collins’ Best “Unresolved Mysteries” Commercial
Daniel and Clair investigate the origins of the “kick” in Collins’ Best.