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Jul 29 2010

Red Carpet/Full Circle stuff for all you “SD” readers

Hey guys – so you know the movie I went off to southern France to film/do stunts for in the middle of the book? Well…it’s finally time for it’s premier, which means it’s time for the cast & crew¬† (including yours truly) to walk the Red Carpet. so, yes, I’ll be above ground for a night : )

Here’s the invite and some fun bits of info I thought you’d like to peruse – ya’ know, in case you were wondering how that all turned out…

Subject: Invitation To A Red Carpet
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2010 12:25:39 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Heidi,
The New York International Film Festival has invited us to have a “Red Carpet”¬†New York premiere of our film, “Tied To A Chair.” ¬†The event will be this Thursday, July 29th, 2010. ¬†As photographers, press and cable interviews are scheduled, the cast and crew are asked to arrive in their “red carpet attire” (fancy dress) at 7:30, or earlier if they would like to change when they arrive. ¬†All interviews and photographs are planned to be inside the theater where there is air conditioning! ¬†The screening will be at 8:00 P. M.
The theater is:
Village East Cinemas, Screen 2
181 Second Avenue (at East 12th Street)
New York 10003
and I very much hope you can attend.
Here is the link to the trailer:
The film received the “Best In Festival” Tammie Award at the Tamworth International Film Festival 2009, and here is the film’s first review, garnered at the Del Ray Beach Film Festival just a few weeks ago:
I do hope you can be there.  I would love to see you.
Warmly,
Bonnie Loren – “Tied To A Chair”
______

Yes I walked the red carpet and did the interview thing but I just had to do some formal-wear lamppost danglin

...and a bit more - "ah...now I'm back to center"

Jul 19 2010

A heartfelt from Alice Tan Ridley

As many of you America’s¬† Got¬† Talent fans¬† probably already¬† know –¬† our¬† Underground¬† friend¬† fellow¬† Diva,¬† Alice¬† tan¬† Ridlely¬† is¬† in the¬† final¬† group¬† going¬† to¬† LA¬† to¬† compete¬† live on¬† July 20th¬† on¬† America’s¬† Got¬† Talent

She sent¬† back a¬† message¬† today to¬† the¬† ‘Underground¬† Divas’ as¬† Tim¬† (our¬† fearless¬† leader) calls us.

GOOD VIBES FROM ALL OF MY WELL-WISHERS. JUST KNOW THAT I FEEL YOU. I WILL BE THINKING ABOUT OUR PROGRAM, (MUNY) AND ALL WHO MAKES THIS PROGRAM WORK. ¬†YOU ALL SHOULD KNOW, THERE ARE OTHER’S WHO WOULD LIKE TO BE WHERE WE ARE. SO EVERYTIME YOU STEP ON YOUR SPOT TO PERFORM, JUST GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO TALK-ABOUT. WE ALL ARE MAKING HISTORY HERE IN THE NY. UNDERGROUND. ONE OF THE BEST PROGRAMS IN NY. THAT KEEPS ¬†HOPE ALIVE. AND DREAMERS DREAMING.

ALICE TAN RIDLEY

My¬† take on¬† Alice having gotten¬† to¬† know¬† her over¬† the¬† past¬† few years –¬† not¬† only is she a phenomenal vocalist¬† but¬† a rare human¬† being,¬† diplomat, and has a way¬† with¬† words,¬† insight and wisdom¬† that¬† is¬† unmatched.

Alice¬† Tan¬† Ridley¬† for¬† President! ūüôā

PS here’s a little extra from today’s NY Post about our Diva rising to the top

http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/not_just_precious_mom_now_Hki8uvfau0CRTNN5iOwo9K

Jul 15 2010

Feel the heat

This¬† has been the¬† hottest¬† summer here¬† in¬† NYC in¬† 9 years. Amp¬† that up¬† by a¬†¬† 10 –¬† 12 degrees and you get the feel¬† of¬† the underground in¬† this¬† heat.¬† it’s¬† beyond a sauna.¬† When¬† done¬† each¬† day I’m¬† soaked¬† from head to¬† toe –¬† hair drenched, shirt drenched poor¬† guitar¬† getting¬† dripped¬† on¬†¬† for¬† hours.¬† I¬† loose¬† so¬† much¬† fluid I¬† now¬† carry a¬† little¬† container of¬† salt¬† to¬† replenish¬† what¬† I¬† loose in¬† the 3-4¬† hrs in the heat.

Here’s a taste of the underground, on one of the hottest¬† days yet¬† courtesy of Melissa Donovan, superb¬† Cinematographer¬† who you¬† can¬† find¬† at www.melissadonovanproductions.com

Video link below РFeel  the heat : )

Jul 09 2010

New rays of hope!

Hi all!

This has¬† been one heck of a hot summer so far, right? One of the biggest challenges¬† being just hangin’ onto my¬† guitar¬† pick while I’m soaking wet from the heat Underground ūüôā

Yesterday as I came up¬† from Herald Square I¬† noticed theair above ground had finally cleared, all the way down to the 80’s – “ahhhhhh…” so the coolness is¬† bound to trickle down to the trains sooner or later…we hope!

Along with the recent influx of comparatively refreshing air¬† comes¬† some strong¬† rays of hope from the Underground. This past week,¬† City Lore’s Executive Director Steve Zeitlin had a productive meeting with the new NYPD Transit Chief, Raymond Diaz and all NYPD transit borough commanders. At issue was latest Police harassment of street performers. I spoke with Steve today and I’m very encouraged at¬† both the appointment of a new chief of Transit¬† Police and his responsiveness to our ever escalating plight of harassment over the past few years. Steve and City Lore had requested a meeting for over three years and only with the¬† appointment of a new chief did the meeting happen.

But happen it did.

Rays of hope with Diaz

Catch you in the cool breeze when the train doors open underground¬† ūüôā

Heidi

Jul 09 2010

5 stars A Fascinating Read, February 21, 2010 By M. Lanciaux

A fascinating glimpse into a world that few really understand. In this book, Heidi Kole presents a first-hand account of performing in the New York subway system in an honest and elegant voice. From her initial fright at the idea of performing to gradual understanding of the ‘code of the underground’ to her acceptance and befriending of fellow performers, this book is filled with interesting insights and philosophy. Each chapter reads like a short story, and those short stories are beautifully woven into a compelling narrative that I found impossible to put down.

Jul 05 2010

Thanks Heidi for the Insights – Alice H

Heidi is a free spirit in the best sense of the phrase….trusting her own instincts to be a creative human being. This is the truth, I will never look at people on the Metro or downtown DC the same way after reading her book.

I read a couple of chapters in the evenings as a way to experience New York since I have only been there a couple of times. Thanks for the enjoyable read and for modeling a life based on art and openess to new relationships. Alice

Jul 04 2010

Great read, worth checking out – Mark T

This is a great read and insight into the underground world/code, that many pass by everyday without knowing, overall just a great experience to read and definitely worth a look.

Jul 03 2010

An amazing read – Bobby T

This book should be mandatory reading for every American !!I could not put it down.The underground culture described by Heidi is an amazing model of trust, caring for each other,and unity. If all people would read and apply the features of the model our world would be an amazing place!!

Jul 02 2010

The Heartbeat Of New York – Dan Orange

Reminiscent of an urban, underground Celestine Prophecy (but much more well written), Heidi Kole takes her readers through an incredible journey – filled with larger than life characters, personal revelation, love, compassion, heartache and fear – without ever leaving the confines of the New York City subway system. Through short chapter-like diary entries that keep the story moving at a quick, exciting pace, Kole gives us an insider’s look at the lives of some of the city’s best, and least well-known, musicians as they deal with background noise, foul odors, bizarre on-lookers, and the fight for their right to exist – all in the name of entertaining their audiences – and while asking for very little in return. Heidi is part story-teller and part philosopher in a guided tour of a city’s underground that will change the way you look at the people who make your commute a little more bearable.

Jul 01 2010

The Subway Diaries Review – Therese Fergo

Wow! Wow! Wow! I thought I would just take a peak at Heidi Kole’s book, “The Subway Diaries” instead I found myself hours later, past midnight, with red tired watery eyes and a night getting shorter and shorter…not being able to put her book down! I kept on scrolling page after page, reading about her amazing world. I felt like being propelled into a C.S. Lewis world! My! I am so fascinated!! Who would have ever imagined what is actually happening on the platforms under our streets??? Tomorrow I am rushing myself to buy hard copies and give them to my friends! I want them to know that Hey! Heidi Kole is FANTASTIC!!!
Therese
Washington, DC – New York City