Moving Like Ex-Lax

Dearest Poopers, I hope you have been feeling balanced and regular as we transition into this autumn season.  It’s been over a month since we returned from the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival with the premiere of Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World. We couldn’t have asked for a better reception.

We spread the message of bottom-up sustainability to hundreds of poopers in the audience, passed out thousands of postcards packed with important potty facts, and Scotland’s national newspaper, The Scotsman, praised us as “…the most important show on the fringe…ahead of its time.” Perhaps most importantly, there are now hundreds of people all over the world proudly sporting "I'm A Pooper!" pins.

There's still a lot of work to do but, needless to say, we are happy poopers. And we’re not resting on our bums just yet. (See below for events happening this very week!)

Nov. 19th is World Toilet Day in honor of the 2.6 billion people still living without safe toilets. Stay tuned for more information about a Big Squat in Times Square, a sanitation hackathon, and a one night only showing of Eat $h*t on Nov. 19th. But that’s not all. We’ll soon be rolling out a new, easy-to-use website, a DVD of the Edinburgh production, potty songs for toddlers, and more.

In the meantime, join the poop crew Wed, Oct. 10 for GrowNYC’s 7th Annual New Green City, FREE in Union Square from 10am-5pm. Come for the awesome workshops and locavore delicacies, stay for the infamous turd toss.

Thurs morning, Oct. 11, check out Skraptacular’s Earthfest, a district-wide event in celebration of our planet in Fort Tryon Park. The Puru will be teaching a workshop on waste consciousness you won’t soon forget…just follow your nose! (Skip to :45 in the video below to check out the last year's event.)

Skraptacular! from Megan Paznik on Vimeo.

Peaceful pooping until then,

Shawn “The Puru” Shafner

A Ballerina's Bowels

Dearest Poopers, There's much big news! The POOP Project is excited to be participating in the NY Green Festival this April 21 and 22 at the Javits Center. It's going to be HUGE, packed to the gills with green goodies.  And tickets are cheapish!

What's more (What is, Puru? What is more?), we've been officially accepted to premiere Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival.  It's a fantastic opportunity to make feces the focus at the world's largest arts festival. We're working hard behind the scenes to get everything ready, bringing in partners, designing, scripting, all that and a bag of poo-tato chips.  More info on how you can help coming soon...

In the meantime, maybe you'll join me in taking in some tasteful, highbrow entertainment? A ballet perhaps? Oh! This one sounds nice!

"A satirical ballet designed to confront one of the last taboos of man, shit. In this nightmarish dreamscape, we follow a very refined lady as she battles her darkest fear, her own excrement. Horror, humor, wild theatrics, silent movie era kitsch, you truly don't want to miss this one. Remember, behind even the nastiest crap is a good man or woman- or at the very-very least, a great show."

YES!

I'm going this Thursday at 8pm to Bowel Movement by Jamie Benson (it was pictured in the preceding post). It's also playing Fri April 13 as part of the Comedy in Dance festival at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn.

Peaceful pooping,

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner

Tuesday: Technology for Green Communities

Dearest Poopers, First off, thanks so much to all those who made it out to Dixon Place for the work-in-progress premiere of Eat $h*t: How Our Waste Can Save the World. Ironically, I was quite artistically constipated in the weeks leading up to the premiere, and then filled page after page with text in the days just before the show. It was a little messy in the end, but what do you expect from crappy art? Looking forward to future revisions and a finished piece in the new year.

I also enjoyed my first radio interview this past Monday with Danny Valdes of Radio Provacateur. If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen in HERE.

It was fun to be the one answering questions, but now I'm looking forward to heading back into the moderator's chair this Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8:30 for the penultimate panel in the Fall Speaker Series with the Visitor Center at Newtown Creek, "Technology for Green Communities."

Join me for presentations and a panel discussion with special guests:

Michael Heimbinder, creator of HabitatMap, an online mapping and social networking platform that connects citizens to their communities.

Shai Lauros, helping New York City's buildings go green with sustainable building methods and materials as Executive Director of GreenHomeNYC.

Gennaro Brooks-Church from Eco Brooklyn, a full service design and building firm creating Brownstones with zero waste, zero new materials, and zero energy to run.

Inger Staggs Yancey from Brooklyn Greenroof, using thirsty plants to and high-tech soil containers to transform city roofs into ecological mega-machines.

Tuesday, October 25 6:30-8:30pm Visitor Center at Newtown Creek in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (Click here for directions.)

Looking forward to seeing you there, and peaceful pooping.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner