WordPress Louisville Meetup Tonight

The monthly WordPress meetup is upon us! I’ll be talking child themes, Scott Gilbertson is going over image optimization, and we have another guest speaker showing off some professional WordPress creations.

It’s a laid-back meeting with lots of opportunities for questions, discussion, and finding help for any problems you may have with your own projects.

RSVP to attend on the Meetup.com event.

June Meetup

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016, 6:15 PM

Mirazon Group
1640 Lyndon Farm Court #102 Louisville, KY

12 WordPress Users Went

Come on down and talk WordPress with us for the June WordPress Meetup.  I hope to have another guest speaker come in and share a site they recently built.

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Team Owlbear Runs Throo the Zoo

Back in December Ber made her intentions clear. Once the baby was here and she was cleared to exercise again, she wanted to get back to running. She decided to run in the Throo the Zoo 5k, which happens every year at the Louisville Zoo on the 2nd Saturday in May (the week after Derby.) Her enthusiasm spread throughout our family Christmas and my sister, Julie, said that she’d love to come down and join her for the run in May.

Fast forward to the spring and the time had come. Grace is here and healthy, and Ber was cleared to run once more. Her best friend and running partner, Kirsten, joined the team. Kirsten’s fiancé, Cory, joined alongside her. I’ve been jogging and working out for several months, so I decided I would run as well (so long as we could get a babysitter – Grandma was excited to help with that.) Together we formed Team Owlbear.

It proved to be a cool, cloudy day – perfect for a race. All had a good time!

Pre-race

Finish Line

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Team Owlbear’s results

Get Involved with WordCamp Louisville

At last week’s WordPress Louisville meetup, I got the ball rolling on discussion for a WordCamp Louisville 2016. It got more interest than I would’ve guessed, and had several people all express a willingness to help. But no one seemed too interested in being a lead organizer. So I decided I’d wrangle that job, since a lot of people were there and willing to help.

Since then, I’ve worked with WordCamp Central to become the lead organizer of an upcoming WordCamp Louisville. There’s nothing official to announce other than we’re now in pre-planning and it’s my fault if we don’t get beyond that.

There’s been some continued planning in the #WordPress channel of the louisville.io slack team, and we’ve decided to meet in-person next week on Thursday, March 24th at 6pm to start planning stuff we need to figure out early on. These include venues (and backups,) potential sponsors, and divvying up some of the jobs that need to be handled in these next few months. If you love WordPress and want to help, let me know and I’d love to have you join us.

If you’d like to volunteer at, or even just attend, the WordCamp later this year please let me know that too. These early planning meetings would not be necessary for you, but I’ll surely be contacting you closer to the event.

Talking Calypso at WordPress Louisville

A couple weeks ago we launched the New WordPress.com, a project we code-named “Calypso” at Automattic.

If you’d like to hear more about Calypso, I’ll be speaking about it for tomorrow’s meeting of WordPress Louisville.

The meeting starts at 6:15pm on Tuesday, Dec. 8th. Hosted by Mirazon Group at 1640 Lyndon Farm Court #102, Louisville, KY, 40223. It’s free to attend, but it’s helpful if you’ll join the WordPress Louisville meetup and RSVP to the night’s event. If you have any questions, please comment here or join the #wordpress channel in the louisville.io Slack.

H.M.S. Pinafore at Actors Theatre

The Hypocrites, a performing company based in Chicago, have made their return to Actors Theatre of Louisville. Last year they performed an adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance where the setting was as if performed by the kids from Lord of the Flies. This year, they brought us an adaptation of H.M.S. Pinafore setup like a slumber party. A slide leading into a pillow pit and bunk beds were prominent features of the set. The cast were costumed in pajamas and robes.

Both Pirates and Pinafore were excellent experiences. They were presented in promenade style, where not only the performers but also much of the audience was down on stage, on the set, singing along (if you wanted to.) If you happened to be sitting in the wrong place at the wrong time, a cast member or stage manager would tap you on the shoulder or give you a strong point to let you know you need to move.

It lead to some fun interactions that can’t really make it into a script. Like a man professed his love for a woman in character, then a little girl reacted out loud with a sudden exclamation, “that’s creepy!” The kid got just as good a laugh as any joke. “Yes! And you’re about to see a lot more of it!” the actor replied, not missing a beat.

One woman sat on a bench that was a soloist’s primary staging for a song, and had to keep switching seats throughout the tune while he moved around. Just as she got comfortable on a different bench, the soloist headed that way and interrupted the song with a quick “I’m afraid I’ll need that bench too!” where she moved yet again while the soloist was then joined by another cast member for a brief duet.

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The best thing about these adaptations is that they cause reactions just as the originals would’ve in their day. A patter song itself doesn’t get the laughs or wows from a popular opinion today, but when the Hypocrites put their spin on a patter song it sure does. They disregard the need to keep Pinafore pure, and instead perform the hell out of it so it will be appreciated as entertainment, not as a history.

Another great choice made in this adaptation was to gender-swap most of the roles. Having a crew full of women and a “good boy” as the captain’s son let some talented actresses play more fleshed-out roles. G&S had great musical sense for their day (and in today’s standards too, I’d argue) but equality in women’s roles wasn’t their strong suit. If your first introduction to Pinafore was this one, you may very well have not noticed anything odd about it because the swap was done so well. The man playing Buttercup may get most of the praise for that seamlessness.

H.M.S. Pinafore will be playing at Actors Theatre through December 13th. I’d recommend seeing it and bringing a friend. It’s a really short show, about 80 minutes with a 1 minute intermission. Yes, really, a 1-minute intermission. Enough time to do four 15-second things, or a two 30-second things. Anyway, you get a lot of bang for your buck and there’s still time to go out for a drink afterwards.

Or, you can go home and watch “Cape Feare,” an episode of the Simpsons where Bart convinces Sideshow Bob to sing the entirety of H.M.S. Pinafore before murdering him. You’ll get to sing along!

Honorable mention to Picard, Worf and Data singing “A British Tar:”