THE WEBLOG ARCHIVE: The Gallivants of Fame
June 05, 2007
Off to Vegas! | 08:29 PM
For some more of this sort of thing:
April 10, 2006
Now THIS is the way to celebrate a Birthday | 02:36 PM
(Those related to me by birth or marriage might want to skip this one.)
photo by Dale Harris More from the event
April 02, 2006
Tonight! | 01:18 PM
JVG Birthday Show
January 03, 2006
New Years | 03:03 PM
What did I do this New Years?
What, in fact, could be better?
UKNOWWHO comments: "cheat...cheat...CHEAT."
July 16, 2005
Writing Report: Van Gieson's Off His Ass | 02:01 AM
2 dogs, 4 cats, 2 gerbils, and a turtle: Housesitting, 4 days. A play completed. (Disclaimer: first draft.)
Vital Stats, New Play:
Author's Current Feeling About Work: Perplexed
Frequency of occurrence in script, certain words:
Working Title of Play:
Number of times title word ("nude") appears in play: 34
A play completed: Spam is sure to follow. Want to be sure not to miss it?
neilfred comments: "Number of people other than the author who find these statistics interesting: 1"
aeu comments: "I don't give a rats ass about the play. Write the damn book."
March 14, 2005
March: Plans Have Been Made | 02:08 PM
Yes, it's March, and the jvg.com social calendar is full, full, full. So very many things to do — care to join me?
3/17 @ TBD: Imbibe quantites with Lockhart — caution: Epic Times Ahead!
3/18 @ 10pm: Nasty's back in Siberia with Big City After Dark. Afterwards, Karaoke birthday party for Izzy!
3/22 @ 6pm: Eliot's opening: photos, photos, phot - ohs!
3/23 @ 2pm: Matinee of Lazer Vaudeville UGH.
3/24 @ 9ishpm: Wuthering High One Month Reunion at Raccoon Lodge
3/25 @ 9pm: Full moon!
3/27 @ 3pm: TheaterSounds reading of Collected Stories
3/31 ALL DAY: All-out-full-day-birthday-madness. Can't be there for all of it? Be there for some of it. Can't be there for some of it? Be there for all of it. Full itinerary coming soon: check your inbox for details.
dunt matta comments: "yo, when you be changin the comix strip??? it be up there fo the longist time. "time fo a change!!!!" --dunt matta"
yoyo trt comments: "change the damn strip!!!!"
JVG comments: "Explanation: The !@#$@# HP Scanner."
Izzy Clinton comments: "Dude. March is really long. "
tracie comments: "im really looking forward to seeing your new comic strips "
January 26, 2005
Scences from Wuthering High's first party | 02:08 PM
by JVG & Xina
aeu comments: "Where's Heathcliff? He's dreamy!"
Hareton comments: "What, no classic JVG double chin shots?"
Bumpers comments: "That Lockhart Steele photo? Two words: "Trenchcoat Mafia.""
Izzy comments: "Dudes. I have a picture of his double chin from the first party. I didn't know it was classic, so I never sent it. Be right back."
Heathcliff comments: "Allright, listen, "Izzy" and "Hareton" — I was nice enough not to post the embarrassing pix of you from that party, but if this keeps up, I may have to reconsider."
October 08, 2004
Booze, politics, comedy, hula hoops, and boobies! | 01:54 PM
This evening's schedule. All below activities are approved by JVG.com. Engaging in any single activity will improve your evening by 67%, guaranteed. Following the complete schedule will result in "rockin' good times!" Can you dig it?
9:00pm: Can one be drunk enough to make the debates watchable? I suspect not. Tape them, instead, to watch at the end of your night on the town. But you can have a beer or two at...
11:30pm: Over to Galapagos to catch the end of Floating Vaudeville, hosted by the wunderbar Miss Saturn (who knew Hula could be so damn sexy?) and featuring the "sound comedy" of Zero Boy (Sounds terrible, I know, but it's really quite funny.)
1:00am-3:00am: Stay at Gpgos (and order more drinks) for Nasty Canasta's Late Night Burlesque-a-Go-Go. Burlesque-on-the-bar numbers in the lineup tonight include: Vegas, NastySuperGeek, and — in honor of the debates — a moving tribute to Bush, and America. Between Nasty sets: tunes spun by DJ Boyracer!
3:00am: Final nightcap at Grace? Perhaps. Or: stumble home drunk. Watch that debate tape. The future of this country is in your brooze-drenched hands!
July 18, 2004
Blossom | 12:31 AM
Finally, a reason to go to Restaurant Row: Blossom Dearie in Danny's Skylight Room. Tonight's show reminded me (among other things) of why it's so easy to love Cole Porter. If you haven't heard Blossom's version of "Give Him the Ooh-La-La" recently, then your music collection is sadly lacking; if you haven't heard a song called "Bruce," then you're just like me, earlier in the evening. I've since rectified my mistake.
aeu comments: "That is EXTREMELY cool."
May 03, 2004
Choose my own adventure | 12:00 AM
So many exciting events available for my attendance this evening! What shall I do? What shall I DO?
• The NYC Bloggers Event at the Apple Store from 6-8pm?
• A Gift for Stanley at 7pm?
Both events will likely be followed by the imbibement of alcohol in a group setting. In the absence of a clear winner, I look to you, my loyal readers, for assistance. What shall I do, loyal readers? What SHALL I do?
aeu comments: "well? what did you do?"
JVG comments: "Nothing."
Lock comments: "Sad."
JVG comments: "It was what I was told to do."
December 16, 2003
Notes on Simon & Gafunkel in D.C. | 02:25 PM
The whole "reunion tour" would be much more convincing had there been any indication whatsoever that Simon & Garfunkel could actually stand each other. The brief moments of bodily contact — a fleeting arm around the shoulders, a momentary touch of raised hands — were belied by the fact that the long-separated duo, over the course of a two-hour concert, never once made eye contact with each other. The overrehearsed "playfully off-the-cuff banter" about their multi-decade feud would have been much easier to chuckle at if the singers, when running through a fairly predictable Greatest Hits set, had been at any moment face-to-face rather than pointedly back-to-back.
Sad, because them boys sure do sound good together.
December 12, 2003
November 19, 2003
The Gallivants of Fame | 03:12 PM
Alcohol of Choice: Beer, with a brief foray into tequila
Cast of Characters: 9:30-10:45 MLW*; 9:30-11:30 SlayBelle* plus roommate, ColonialDick*, ToughGuyBallet*, Rebecca Hart†, several others; 9:30-5:30am Ninja McFatty*, No Ass O'Barkeep*, TheMidget* (Pseudonym provided by O'Barkeep), ChinaBoy*; 11:30-5:30 MarkTheKnife*; 9:30-6:20am Vaugn Filmy*
Venue Rundown: 9:30pm The Bitter End (on stage: Rebecca Hart†), 10:45pm Peculier Pub, 12:30am Senior Swankys, 1:10am Welcome to the Johnsons, 2:30am Whiskey Ward, 4:30am Apartment in Chinatown, 5:40am The Manhattan Bridge, 6:14am F Train, 6:45am Terrace Bagels
Final Analysis: Top to bottom, an evening to remember. Vaguely remember.
† This is not a pseudonym.
This Just In | 06:54 AM
Me. Just in from a night on the town that included music, drinking, and annoying Lockhart. What could be more epic? More details — and today's strip — after a brief nap.
November 12, 2003
Bar Owners, Check The Locks on Your Bathrooms | 12:00 AM
A drink with Lockhart at Local 138 takes an interesting turn when, attempting to take a bathroom break, I burst in on a female bar patron "powdering her nose." Being the gentleman that I am, I throw my hands up in the air, proclaim "sorry!" in a somewhat squeaky voice, and head to the other facility.
"That was an embarrassing experience," I note, when I return to the bar. A few moments later, the woman on whom I intruded approaches and introduces herself, explaining that — since we know each other so well already — she thought she should say hello. She goes on to explain that 1. she was sure she had locked the door, 2. this was the second time she had been walked in on recently, and 3. her strange toilet posture — perched atop the seat as if ready to pounce on a passing rat — was due to lessons learned during her recent travels in India.
"The one thing more embarrassing than walking in on someone," opines Lock when she departs, "is the conversation afterwards."
Perhaps. Or perhaps the most embarassing of all is blogging about the experience.
September 17, 2003
Upcoming Event | 03:14 PM
JVG.com, in conjunction with LS.com, is pleased to announce:
THE JVG.com/LS.com AFTERPARTYDue to the exclusive nature of this event, the party will take place at an undisclosed location. Invitations will be hand-delivered to the crème de la crème of the blognoscenti this afternoon. Please, no phone calls.
September 10, 2003
New York be warned | 03:12 AM
Another epic night on the town with Shanky Locust* is long overdue, and will likely be occurring in the not-too-distant future.
No Ass O'Barkeep, put the Ketel on. And expect us no earlier than 3:45am.
* Remember pseudonyms?
May 09, 2003
More Theatrical Gallivants | 06:26 PM
May I recommend the vaudevillian antics of The Golden Age in their newest show Is There A Doctor in the House? I caught opening night on Wednesday at the Metropolitan Playhouse, which delivered a cavalcade of great bits stolen from the "era of lunatic virtuosity." In fact, I stole many of the same bits — including the classic line "A girl backed into an airplane propeller: disaster" — for my junior year playwriting effort, Burlesque, written at the tender age of 20. The Golden Age does it much better than I did, but then again, I only wrote the damn thing to meet girls. Is There a Doctor in the House? runs through May 17th. More info here.
March 01, 2003
Tonight's Gallivants | 04:36 PM
Off this evening to duck behind the secret bookcase at Partners & Crime and into the 1950's W-WOW Radio Studio, where they'll perform episodes of the classic mystery series "Broadway is my Beat" and "The Saint." Fun. Mysterious. Highly recommended.
January 28, 2003
The Gallivants of Fame | 12:01 PM
For no apparent reason, it was blind date night over at Grace last night. To quote myself: the disappointment hung in the air "so low and so thick that a short guy with a knife could cut it with a fork." One couple's lack of enthusiasm radiated across the bar even as they introduced themselves. ("Are you Jim?" "Yes, are you Mary?" "Yes." "Hi!" "Hi!" —long pause— "So, let's, um, sit down...") The other couple seemed to be hitting it off – they were both slightly more attractive – until I noticed that the woman was spending more time listening to our conversation than to her date.
January 10, 2003
Dateline: D.C. - The Gallivants of
Started the evening in classic District style, watching the sun set over the phallus of the Washington monument from the steps of the Capitol building. BarnRaiser*, my guide, filled me in on some startling omissions in the Library of Congress' Law Section.
January 05, 2003
The Gallivants of Fame | 04:18 AM
Just in from a bon voyage fete for The Winner, who returns to P-Land on an AM flight. Started off the eve – joined by Not S'Dumb, Shelly Blonde, HookahG* (in from Philly), surprise guest AlleyBird*, and latecomer JuBall* – with a dance party at Duane Hall to the beats of JayBird.
December 31, 2002
The Gallivants of Fame | 01:05 PM
The 9th or 10th Annual Night Before New Years Eve Party was – as always – a raging success, with famous friends dropping in from all corners of the globe.
December 29, 2002
The Gallivants of Fame | 11:43 AM
An eight o'clock Sunday morning doorbell ring usually means JoHos, but this AM produced instead The Winner* – freshly deplaned from Oregon – accompanied by his brother Not S'Dumb, and Shelly Blonde*. A bagel store stop and two sides of the park later, we're tucking away breakfast at the S'Dumb/Blonde residence. The Winner produced a pocketful of bones, encouraging the group to perpetrate a postprandial round of Hot Dice.
December 22, 2002
The Gallivants of Fame | 03:14 PM
Still recovering from a night on the town at semi-fashionable one-syllable bars.
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