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Oct20

The Road Through Paris

Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, Kansas City, Missouri

Join us to learn:
-- Why are the December negotiations in Paris so critical?
-- What can each of us do that is meaningful?
-- How serious is the climate crisis threat to our children's futures? These questions and more will be answered with compelling video, word and music.

Winston will be doing a keynote presentation on the climate crisis and performing solo.  The dynamic duo Soular will also be performing.  

Supporting Organizations include The Sierra Club, The Heartland Renewable Energy Society, Populists in Action, 350KC, Sustainable Sanctuary, True Blue Women, and Greenability Magazine

Oct13

KC 4 Bernie Biggest Debate Watch Party

Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway, Kansas City, MO

Winston will be speaking and performing as part of the pre-debate portion of the evening.  The Jerusalem Cafe Food Truck, voted best food truck 2013, 2014, 2015 by the Pitch Weekly, will be there.  Bernie swag giveaways, including tickets to a dinner in Des Moines, Iowa where Bernie will be speaking.

Other speakers include Lauren Gepford, Executive Director of the Jackson County Democrats and a representative of Stand Up KC.

$5 donation to cover cost of venue

Oct10

March to get ALEC Out of Kansas Legislature

South Park, 1311 Massachusetts, Lawrence, Kansas

Winston will be leading the march while singing and playing guitar.  For this show he has decided that he will be performing as (wait for it) - The Woody Guthrie Memorial One-Man Marching Band.

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REALITY SHOWS  (Written by Winston Apple)

When you try to capture reality for television, the Heisenberg Principle comes into play
The presence of a camera crew alters reality in subtle (and not so subtle) ways

There are a whole lot of people tuning in every week to their favorite reality shows
They get hooked on the illusion of reality and over time the illusion grows 
But the people on the screen knew that everything they said and did 
Was being taped and might be seen
By millions of viewers who have better things to do, yet choose to watch TV
And hours and hours of footage has been edited down into a few choice scenes
This is just a reality show, it's not reality

Be-bopping, non-stop at the Disco Apocalypse 
Where angry drunks mingle with the terminally mellow and the tragically hip
The put-downs fly, feelings get hurt, people are quick to shoot from the lip
Knowing full well that their screen time increases with each pithy quip
Under constant surveillance voluntarily, they air their dirty laundry publically 
This is just a reality show, it's not reality

From the battered beaches of "The Jersey Shore"
Straight through the heart of the country to the O. C.
Ordinary people are being transformed into instant celebrities
There are a whole lot of people who will do whatever it takes to get on TV
They are perfectly willing to sacrifice themselves, their privacy and dignity
They know getting chosen to be on a reality show is like winning the lottery

Real housewives willingly share intimate details of their tawdry lives
We've got Guidos who do whatever it takes to keep the audience mesmerized
The wacky antics, double-dealing and schemes take on a train-wreck intensity
Contestants attempt to gain fame and fortune
Through the sheer force of their personalities
They know somebody's going to get kicked off the island at the end of every episode
Oh, but this is not reality, no, it's just reality shows

America's idle watch American Idol, Big Brother is dancing with the stars
There is no thought too trivial to share, no questions asked, and no holds barred
So won't you, turn on your television
Tune in to your favorite reality show
Drop out of the real world, baby
All you gotta do is let yourself go
This is not reality, no, it's just reality shows

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, have we got some shows for you?  (Why, yes, we do)
All cleverly designed to simulate reality, to entertain, to shock and amuse
We've got stunning eliminations, contrived situations, angry confrontations and last minute twists 
No script, no actors, schadenfreude moments, does it get any better than this?  
(No) No, it does not!   
(This is just a reality show,it's not reality)Trading spaces, swapping wives
(This is just a reality show, it's not reality) Candid cameras?  You bet your life
(This is just a reality show, it's not reality) Although you can make it your reality
(Your life is just a reality show) Ask your doctor if reality shows are right for you  {It's not reality}

Side effects include losing your grip on reality; loss of motivation; a shortened attention 
span; elevated levels of tolerance for, and enchantment with, aberrant behavior; 
a pronounced lack of interest in real life; the inability to form original thoughts;
and addictions to schadenfreude moments, living vicariously, and a dystopian reality

© 2011 Gary Winston Apple 
Used by permission. All rights reserved.