Attention, those of you who think of Ron Ehmke as "That guy who posts all those New Yorker-length political rants on Facebook [and here!] and/or stages those one person shows that go on for 2 1/2 hours, and who keeps threatening to restage THE DARK TIMES, his epic autobiographical monologue trilogy from the 1990s that spans 5 1/2 hours over 3 nights," allow me to say:
1. You're welcome. Just doin' mah job.
2. You are mostly accurate, but that guy ALSO does a shitload of OTHER stuff, most of which is nothing like what you saw the last time. YOU DON't KNOW THE HALF OF IT, PAL!
In fact, on Saturday, April 14. 2018 he'll unveil the latest test drive of his years-in-the-planning new art project/business venture, THE PERFORMANCE TRUCK, at Trimania 2018, an action-packed art party fundraiser for Buffalo Arts Studio. Read more about the party—complete with a nice shout-out to THE PERFORMANCE TRUCK—in Buffalo News writer Colin Dabkowski's preview here, check my own plug for the whole thing in my monthly "Sounds of the City" column in the April 2018 Buffalo Spree here, and visit the event's website here, where you can also buy a ticket (while they last!).
Now about this Performance Truck: it's just like a food truck but you order from a menu of wildly different tailor-made performances BY Ron himself FOR audiences of 2 to 5 people at a time—and here's the best part:
THEY'RE ONLY FIVE MINUTES APIECE!!!!
Some will even feature NO WORDS WHATSOEVER. ZERO!
And that's not ALL!
Because this is a chance to road test yet another of his ideas that no one else will think of doing for at least another week or so, and there will surely be some kinks in the system,
ALL OF SATURDAY NIGHT'S MINI-PERFORMANCES WILL BE FREE!!! (with admission to the party, of course)
but NO less spectacular and/or half-assed than the ones you will be able to pay good money for when you start spotting the Performance Truck around town in the months and/or years ahead. You may eventually be able to RENT the Truck, and Ron's services, to cater your next chi-chi affair!
But that's all in the future. For now, there is Trimania this weekend, and THE PERFORMANCE TRUCK is but one of hundreds of cool things you can see, hear, and do at the party while helping the wonderful Buffalo Arts Studio pay its bills.
See You in the Back of the Van, Kids!
PS. Use #theperformancetruck to tag and find pix and video of this historic event on all your favorite social networks.