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Online Home of Ron Ehmke & Co.

And just who IS Ron Ehmke, anyway? He's a writer, performer, media artist, curator,  archivist, editor, minister, and other things. He often refers to himself in the third person. This site is a work-in-progress, but so is life itself, so keep stopping by and see if anything has happened since your last visit.

 

Here comes THE WORLD'S SMALLEST DISCO!

For a few brief hours on the evening of Saturday, November 25, 2017, the most exclusive nightspot in downtown Buffalo, New York—if not the entire planet—will be a black 2016 Chrysler Town & Country van. 

At 8 p.m. that evening, the World's Smallest Disco will open its teeny doors to an elite clientele: as many partygoers as can fit into the rear of the vehicle. "Dancing" may prove challenging for those lucky enough to make it past the velvet rope, as it is physically impossible for an adult human being to stand up on the "dance floor," let alone do the Hustle, but the organizers are confident that generations of party people limbered up by years of yoga, Pilates, and bellying up to a crowded bar for an overpriced cocktail will be able to adjust to this minor limitation.

The immersive art experience is the latest micro-event conceived and executed by the team at Choose Yer Own Adven-Tours, masterminded by Western New York-based improvisational performers Ron Ehmke and Paula Watkins with assistance from a floating cast of accomplices. (In their best-known earlier collaboration, If You Love Buffalo So Much, Why Don't You Marry It?, presented as part of the 2016 Buffalo Infringement Festival, Watkins and Ehmke performed a mass wedding of area residents to their beloved Queen City itself in the shadow of City Hall.)

The sound, light, and video-equipped van—a "performance truck" modeled on the current fashion for food trucks—will become the Choose Yer Own team's mobile base of operations for several projects beginning in the Summer of 2018, for which the World's Smallest Disco is intended as a bite-sized sneak preview. 

The van—which should be hard to miss—will be parked as close to the entrance of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (itself surrounded by Pearl, West Mohawk, Pearl, and Franklin Streets) as possible. The specific location of the pop-up venue will be announced via social networks on the afternoon of the event. Portions of the proceedings will also be livecast via Facebook.

Admission to the World's Smallest Disco will be free, and while a doorman/bouncer will use his discretion regarding occupancy, there will be no dress code. Would-be attendees of all sizes and shapes are welcome; brace for cold, wet weather, prepare for a short wait to get in, and cancel all other plans, because if you miss out, the only sound you will hear is the world’s tiniest violin.

BUFFALO INFRINGEMENT 2016 is here!

One of my favorite times of the summer is here: the 11 crazy days and nights that form the Buffalo Infringement Festival. There are more than 400 shows this year in nearly 100 venues all over Buffalo—and I'm involved in three. All of 'em are FREE, by the way, and all depend on YOUR participation.

*Self Infringement / Thursday, July 28—Sunday, August 7, 2016: Head to Rust Belt Books (415 Grant St.), look for the beautifully colored cardboard box (thanks, Esther Niesen!), reach in, and take one of the mystery envelopes containing instructions for creating your very own Infringement performance. If you document your event, remember to use the hashtag #infringeyourself when you share the images online. Brian Milbrand and I have been doing this one for at least a decade now; our personal tip of the hit to our Fluxus foremothers and fathers. Here's the Facebook page for it.


*Shakespeare in the Parking Lot / Friday, July 29, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.: Ronawanda and his or her evil twin cousin North Ronawanda occupy Ye Olde Holley Farms Parking Lot (233 Allen St.) for a tribute to the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare himself. All death scenes this year—and all performed by YOU! (You can watch from the sidelines if you insist, but it's more fun to join in.) Here's the Facebook invite.
 

*"If You Love Buffalo So Much, Why Don't You Marry It?" / Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6, 2016: The time has come to pledge your commitment to the City of No Illusions. We don't care whether it's the New Buffalo or the Old one you love. We just want to help you tie the knot. Head to the Stag Party and/or Bridal Shower on Friday night, then grab some shut-eye on your last night as a single person. Saturday at 3 pm we'll gather at Lafayette Square in the shadow of the majestic twin phalli which are City Hall and the McKinley Monument. Watch this space for more details in the days ahead!