You know, it's never the weeks when you have the time for everything to be crazy that things do indeed get crazy.. it's always the weeks that are already off the hook that somehow magnetize even more craziness ... but you know, that's how the world works and at one point you just have to give in to it and accept that ones evening is just going to go off the rails. March 21st was kind of like that.
I originally had booked Pete Finland for the night and then CB Kirby (my sometimes partner in Bingo who was on board representing the Tom of Finland Foundation who are based in Los Angeles) booked ventriloquist April Brucker for the evening. Somewhere along the line AB suggested that I book Lailah Lancing and since it'd been ages since we'd all seen her, I thought "why not?".
It was at this point in the planning process when DJ Chris Padilla announced that March 14th would be his last night as he needed to devote the rest of his month to packing and moving. Understandable. And then out of the blue DJ Chauncey Dandridge dropped into our lives (courtesy of AB btw, thanks AB!) which really saved the Pieces staff from having to dash back and forth to and from the DJ booth during the evening.
Then, my best friend Matthew (who lives in San Fran and comes to call a round when he comes to visit New York) announced he would be arriving directly from the airport to our show! And yes then there was Christopher from the Saint at Large who joined us for the fourth and final week selling the final round of fortune cookies to benefit Braking the Cycle. And oh yeah, AB announced before the start of the show that it would officially be Chauncey's birthday at midnight... but that he had it covered. Plus, we had a new waiter who was in his second week and the previous waiter, Josh, was now our bartender.
See? At one point I just had to give in to the madness and accept that it was going to be one of Those shows where it all kind of happened and everyone had a good time but I couldnt really tell you what order everything happened because it became a bit of a mash. Surely there should be an ap for this.
Along the way Lailah sang happy birthday to Chauncey while AB had cupcakes, the new waiter, Peter, stripped Pete who later sold his jockstrap to one of our patrons, while another patron was super generous and matched funds with the bidding of the jockstrap.. so a $200 jock became a $400 jock. And that's not even including the rest of the money that was raised from Bingo cards... so that is some serious awesomeness right there. :)
By the end, we weren't exhausted at all but energized by the fun we'd had and the money we'd raised. As we do nearly every night after Bingo, we stopped off at Julius' afterwards for more drinks and cheap grub (I have always thought it would have been fun to do an "After The Will Clark Show" show there).