Oh. It’s like THAT.

Posted by Lacy on May 14, 2008

School Shows

Intrigued by Donnell and Tai’s dueling impersonations of Laura, I swung by Loyola Park tonight to watch the final run-through of the Chalmers show.

...Oh my heavens, my friends. I was NOT disappointed. 

First of all, there was ‘The Missing Owner,’ which spawned all the aforementioned antics.  You can see Laura here, in the middle of the story. Context: This is where she kidnaps a penguin from Alaska, before she takes it back to the Lower 48 and leaves it to die of heatstroke, in the street, then later uses its lifeless corpse to make a YouTube movie.
Laura: Hey There. My name’s Norbit, and I’m gonna be your new daddy.

Dixie: (worried penguin sounds)

Also, what do you love about Barrel of Monkeys? Is it the whimsy? Is it the range of genres? Is it the ambitious storytelling? IS IT THAT WE HAVE A BOLLYWOOD NUMBER IN THIS SCHOOL SHOW??
Sorry. Did you catch that?


The Chalmers Show stories CANNOT get into Grandma fast enough, friends.  Oh la la.

No, no, no, it’s more like THIS.

Posted by Lacy on May 13, 2008

That's Weird Grandma School Shows

Monkeys is a big company. Not all of us can be in the same show at the same time, so a lot of times we’ll end up hearing about characters and sketches we don’t actually get to see in person.

Last night after “That’s Weird, Grandma,” Donnell and Tai spent a good ten minutes losing their minds laughing and trying to explain how hilarious Laura McKenzie is in the [currently in rehearsal] Chalmers show.

Donnell:  She does this thing like THIS…

Tai: Yeah - yeah, but then it’s THIS thing…

Donnell: No, and then she’s ... [incoherent laughter] ... hang on… okay THIS…

Tai: And then she…

They finally gave up. 
Now we GOTTA go see whatever it is that Laura does in the Chalmers show.

Ten years with Communities in Schools

Posted by Heidi on May 13, 2008

School Residencies

This morning BOM’s Program Director, Dixie Uffelman, and I attended Communities in Schools of Chicago‘s annual Partner Recognition Breakfast. CISC is a great organization that helps match under-served community schools with community organizations like ours that can fill critical unmet needs—everything from providing health screenings to anger management and so on. This year CISC honored us as a ten-year agency partner by giving us a lovely plaque.


That’s Dixie, showing it off.

The event was at US Cellular Field, which is always exciting. Dixie claims that she’s spent more time at the Cell as a guest of CISC then as a patron of the White Sox.

That aside, it was really great to see other partner organizations and some of the school principals and site coordinators and hear about the other ten year partners. Our friends at CISC were extremely nice (as always) and had a giant poster board depicting one of our school residencies. It’s always exciting to be in an environment where everyone in the room is committed to “meeting unmet needs” and serving the schools and communities. CISC got to thank us this morning, but I’d like to thank them—their help and guidance allows us to serve the schools that can most benefit from our specific programs and over ten years has provided us with many fruitful partnerships. We rely on their network to make sure that we can serve the most appropriate communities and help us make the first crucial contacts with new school partners. Here’s looking forward to another ten years of collaboration.

TWG May 12th 2008

Posted by Heidi on May 10, 2008

That's Weird Grandma

Last week’s awesome “That’s Weird, Grandma” ran short, so this week we’re only adding a story. No cuts! Crazy!

The new story is the awesome “How to make an Omelet” by Stephen P. from the 4th grade at Reavis. It’s a dance extravaganza.

You know you can’t wait.

Full running order after the jump.

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Not unlike what we do

Posted by Rachel on May 9, 2008

. . . but in a different medium. I’ve recently come across a couple of photographers with series that adapt the brain children of, well, children.

Note: These links will take you away from the Barrel of Monkeys website. The immediate links contain kid-friendly images, but these are artists’ websites, not designed specifically for children. Explore with care.

Check out Jan Von Holleben’s Dreams of Flying series, based on children’s dreams. I love that on his site, he features a series of photos taken by kids, inspired by their own dreams.

And artist Yeondoo Jung’s Wonderland series adapts children’s drawings to photography.