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Backstage: How to Live Dada: LIVE Shorts

April 13, 2009

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An evening of gentlemen bearing questions and channeling the great books that will answer them! Also, elder aerialist sages, minstrels, and the Dance of the Seven Veils! Tristan Tzara and Charlie Chaplin will be in the audience!

Andrei Codrescu's book The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess, is his chief oracle in this orgy of bibliomania. Codrescu was introduced to Mark Twain by Nikola Tesla in the novel Messiah.

Is old age a form of Dada expression? At what point does "eccentric" turn into "Dadaist?" Recounting examples of odd behavior from Henry Alford's book How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth), characters such as Eugene Loh, a retired aerospace engineer who uses an emptied Frosted Flakes box as his briefcase, talk about how old age can be a wonderful time to become Dada. Paul Holdengräber makes a cameo appearance as Mark Twain, with projected REAL TIME conversation drawing by Flash Rosenberg and "Unexceptional Tricks" by Max rada dada.