Beauty Love Truth

Beauty Love Truth

Doug Gillard (special solo acoustic set), Ed Illades, Shannon Manning, Chris Mills, Louie Pearlman, Matt Higgins, Mary Regan, Micah Sherman, introduction by Catie Lazarus

Wed · September 10, 2014

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

** Please note this event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.

Beauty Love Truth
Beauty Love Truth
Join Beauty Love Truth for an adventurous evening of music, inspiration, and comedy. Guest musicians kick things off by playing a song, and after each song a rotating cast of improvisers create scenes inspired by the mood, images, themes, or words from the song. Nothing is planned; sweet, tragic, or ridiculous relationships unfold, worlds are created or destroyed, souls enlightened or crushed, and magic truths underscored with laughter.

Musical guest: JEAN GRAE
Doug Gillard (special solo acoustic set)
Doug Gillard (special solo acoustic set)
Doug Gillard is a guitarist and songwriter who has performed with bands and artists such as Guided by Voices, Nada Surf, Richard Buckner, Death Of Samantha, Gem, Cobra Verde, Children's Crusade, Starvation Army, My Dad is Dead, The Mice, Bill Fox, Sally Crewe, Mascott, Anders and Kendall, Gramercy Arms, The Oranges Band, and as a solo artist.

Last year he released the album "Parade On" (Nine Mile Records) to great reviews. Gillard has also scored several independent films, including American Cannibal. Gillard presently lives in New York and is a member of Nada Surf.
Ed Illades
Ed Illades
Ed has studied and performed improv at Improv Olympic and Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, as well as various bars and festivals here and there. He was an instructor and coach at Improv Olympic until he set sail to perform on a cruise ship with Second City in January of 2008. Ed has performed with the groups Johnny Roast Beef, Brad Renfro, The Gambino Crew, and Pudding-Thank-You, written and performed sketch comedy with Sketchcore, and directed the sketch show Sandy Takes A Break, which played at the NY Sketch Festival and at Comedy Central’s performance space in Los Angeles (yes, that Los Angeles). He currently lives, teaches and performs in New York (Yes, that New York).
Shannon Manning
Shannon Manning
Shannon Manning is a writer and producer, and creator of Spark and Beauty Love Truth (improv inspired by guest musician) which has run for over a decade at UCB, PIT, Magnet, Barrow Street Theater, Standard Toykraft, and Union Hall with stellar musical guests. Shannon learned improv from the legendary comedy inspiration Del Close and loves to talk about it.
Chris Mills
Chris Mills
[Mills'] hidden elegance lies in the twist of lovesick metaphor, the wistful chord, the revisionist take on the slamming door. – NME

It’s been 17 years since Chris Mills released his first EP, “Chris Mills Plays And Sings.” That record’s plainspoken title laid out the disarmingly simple tone for his career; the development of his craft since then has resulted in sharper songwriting, more musical ornamentation, and tours with the likes of Andrew Bird and Califone. Now, with ALEXANDRIA, Mills has increased his band’s numbers (bass player Ryan Hembrey, pianist Christer Knutsen, and drummer Konrad Meissener) and geographic scope—the Brooklyn-based troubadour’s sixth studio album was largely conceived in Scandinavia, and recorded at Chicago’s Wall To Wall Studios. (Grammy-winning engineer Ryan Freeland mixed the album.) At once intensely personal and incredibly ambitious, ALEXANDRIA is a leap forward for Mills, yet it retains the wit and keen eye for human behavior that have defined his records up to this point.

The seeds for this record, Mills’s first since 2008′s LIVING IN THE AFTERMATH, were sown by his own maturing. “There was a lot of personal upheaval and renewal going on throughout the entire writing process,” Mills recalls. “I got married; I went through some rough times and pulled myself out of them. I began to refocus on how I thought about music and art, and playing and recording. This album looks backwards and forwards at the same time.”

As such, the characters populating Mills’s have weathered life’s storms, but are by no means swept away by their tumult; instead, they look for salvation in the world around them. The loneliness precisely described on “The Sweet Hereafter” is tempered by the knowledge that there’s “magic in the mountains,” while “Castaways”—a sea shanty turned rave-up—looks for redemption in the water.

“I spent a lot of time in Scandanavia when I was writing the songs and when Christer, Ryan and I were working on the demos, and I definitely feel like that informed some of the tracks. I feel like there’s a bit of desolation in a lot of the lyrics, and a sort of ‘no man’s land’ vibe, which reflects where we were at times in the Norwegian countryside. There’s a stillness at night when you get into the mountains over there, or above the Arctic Circle, and a little loneliness that I think crept into some of the songs.”

ALEXANDRIA’s opening track “Wild Places” opens with Mills singing, simply, “I have wandered in the wild places/ and I’ve brought a message back for you”; that sentiment sets the tone for this expansive, exploratory album, which is full of heartfelt words set to indelible melodies.
Louie Pearlman
Louie Pearlman
LOUIE PEARLMAN is a comedic performer, educator and song-writer living in Queens, NY. He is a producer, director, puppeteer and performer with the nationally-recognized entertainment company The Story Pirates. He also teaches a series of popular improv classes for teenagers.

Favorite past projects include playing J. Jonah Jameson in The Spidey Project, appearing in the music video for Tom Tom Club's Downtown Rockers and DJing Where The Action Is! A monthly sixties music night with Allison Boron.
Matt Higgins
Matt Higgins
MATT HIGGINS is an Andy Kaufman Award finalist and original member of Burn Manhattan and Centralia. Matt helped kick off Human Giant’s 24-hour take-over of MTV. His stand-up has been featured on Comedy Central. Matt’s favorite TV role was on the season finale of CBS’s cop show “NYC 22″. Film credits include supporting roles in “Girl Missing” (Amy Poehler, Kate Walsh, Adam McKay and Will Arnett), “Approaching Union Square” (IFC), and “Shadowboxer” a Lee Daniels film (Cuba Gooding Jr., Monique, Macy Gray, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Helen Mirren). Matt studied improvisation with Ralph Buckley and Paul Sills. Matt and Michelle Best co-wrote “Halfway There”, a TV pilot, which was an official selection to the 2009 NYTVF.

Matt is a founding member of UP Theater Company.
Mary Regan
Mary Regan
Mary Regan is an actor, improviser and artist who has appeared in shows at La Mama ETC., The NY Fringe Festival and The Looking Glass Theatre, as well as having studied improv at UCB Theatre and Magnet Theatre and performing on improv teams at both theatres and at various other venues around the city. She writes and draws a comic called "Sainted' and a webcomic for rebeatmag.com called "The Adventures of Mr. Schneider."
Micah Sherman
Micah Sherman
Micah Sherman performs with The Baldwins at The PIT every Saturday at 8pm. He's also performed with at The Second City, iO, Improv Asylum and Improv Boston theaters. He likes fun.
introduction by Catie Lazarus
introduction by Catie Lazarus
CATIE LAZARUS is a writer and comedian. ECNY (Excellence in Comedy in New York) awarded her "Best Comedy Writer" and Lewis Black says, "she's more brilliant than she'll ever know." Lazarus hosts the critically acclaimed podcast EMPLOYEE of the MONTH and has contributed drivel to Slate, The Daily Beast, TheBillfold, Splitsider, Bust Magazine, Cosmo, and edited the "Kvetch" section of Heeb Magazine. Lazarus has interviewed over a 100 artists, writers, comedians, and celebrities including Miss Piggy, Grover, Elmo, and Triumph The Insult Comic Dog. @catielazarus
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/