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We played in Alsdorf, Germany

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Two days ago, we played in Alsdorf, Germany.  Alsdorf is a municipality in the district of Aachen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Until the 21st century Alsdorf was a mining area. Alsdorf has an indoor arena, a cinema, a mining museum, a zoo, and our itty bitty theatre, Das Kartenhaus.

It wasn’t quite as small on stage as I had prepped for, but you can see that there isn’t much room for 4 dancers, two string players, 2 backup vocalists, and 1 MJ to move out of a straight line!

We were sold out for this show, which included the balcony upstairs.  We had a local news team interview Tejai, tape some of our mic check, and I believe tape some of the show, too.

Here are the ads outside the theater…

This art is pretty cool…each puppet’s limbs move independently!  Narada and Travis and I saw some of these puppet statues in the Aachen Markt (marketplace) earlier that  day.

My favorite part of the piece is the hobo clown who had a bird on his shoe…cute detail.

I tried to google the town of Alsdorf to see if it had been leveled during a war, to the point that they had to completely rebuild, because Doug and I couldn’t see anything “old” on our walkabout.  This church is pretty new…

But I guess maybe because it was a mining town, maybe the city’s attitude was not set on prestige, which would account for no interesting, grand buildings.  Even the castle I researched online just looks like a red brick small mansion…not too exciting.

We also found some more art a few blocks from the theater.  Here I am conducting the train to go faster…

Found some diehard TUT fans waiting in a nearby field for their tickets…

This guy looks especially impatient…

So I guess the most exciting part of our day (besides the goats) was finding the Burger King!!!  I experienced my first “frie pick”.  I guess Germans don’t eat fries with their hands…so I tried it out and I feel way too prissy eating that way!

Shhhhhhhhhhhhhh!  Don’t tell Tejai we found one!!!

Back at the venue, there were about 10 cool paintings directing us to the stage or water closets…

This was my favorite one outside the female bathrooms…

Another cool one…

And my anticlimactic dressing room.  They had to put the dining room where the girls’ dressing room would probably go, but since there’s just me in the show, they put me way down two halls and 4 door into…here…and it smelled like BUTT!  I couldn’t even shower after the show.  Bad males, baaaaaaaad gentleman points for putting me in here!

The show was sold out and everyone had a great time as usual…and at midnight, we surprised Barry, our front house sound guy, with a birthday cake…Happy Birthday from yesterday, Barry!!!

~Jenn