Below the Bible Belt

Dearest Poopers, The POOP Project is officially out of hibernation with THREE events this month!

  1. This Saturdary, 3/10, 3-4pm: "Burying Your Feet: What Can the Bible Tell Us About Bathrooms?" as part of R&R at the JCC Manhattan. This text study will blaze beyond biblical euphemism to uncover how our ancestors pooped, and how they felt about it.
  2. Saturday, 3/25, 2-5pm: Stop by the POOP table at Sustainable Flatbush's annual neighborhood extravaganza, "Greening Flatbush: Gardening Where You Are." Stay for the communal dinner from 5-7pm, and get everything you need to make your own poop!
  3. Saturday, 3/31, 2 and 3pm: "From Food to Flush: An Interactive Digestion Experience" at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. Kids 5+ will become the food they eat in this magical ride down the digestive tract and make a flipbook to take home. At 4pm, Artie Bennett will read from his new book Poopendous!

The timing couldn't be better for this Saturday's peek below the Bible belt.

This evening marked the beginning of Purim, a carnival holiday featuring a topsy-turvy tale of hidden identity, revenge killings, heroes, fools and villains. By the end, the Jews of Shushan are spared ethnic cleansing and take revenge. Yay!...? In honor of the story, it is traditional to dress up in costumes and have a great time--such a great time that the traditional lines of society are blurred and you can't tell the difference between right and wrong, good and evil.

Now, I was going to write a deep meditation on texts that would set the tone for this Shabbat's very respectful study...

But then I got thinking: what if tomorrow, in the Purim spirit, we woke up and poop smelled like food, while food smelled like poop?

I put this question to a few revelers at the Storahtelling Purim celebration, which I attended tonight. Here are some of their responses:

"I would go back to sleep."

"It would be hard to eat, but I wouldn't eat my poop."

"I would probably throw up to see what that smelled like."

"I guess I'd eat shit? Only my own. I don't eat other people's chewed food, so I wouldn't eat their poop."

"It would be nauseating. I'd lose my appetite."

"It would smell nice to poop. I hope it'd smell like greasy potato diner breakfast and eggs."

"Wait, wait, wait. So...does the food look like poop? I mean do beans still look like beans, but they're actually poop? Would we have a cable network dedicated to cooking up slightly more bearable poop food?"

"What would I have to eat to get my poop smelling like brownies? That'd be ironic."

If we do happen to wake up in this Kafka-esque nightmare tomorrow, you can be sure that this is the first place you'll hear about it. In the meantime...

Peaceful pooping,

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner

I'm a Plumber

At The People's Own Organic Power Project, we know that plumbers sometimes get the short end of the plunger. So on Purim night, March 19, 2011, I decided to do something about it: sing.  And strip.

Now, with the state of technology today, you can watch it from your very own home computer as if you were really there!  You lucky people...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOq6zJZpi-c

Show your favorite plumber some love this weekend, and peaceful pooping.

Shawn "The Puru" Shafner

Pooping on Purim

As Winter comes to a close and Spring buds begin bursting through the ground, the time has come to celebrate light, Lent and the eternal triumph of Good vs. Evil. For Jews around the world, this will manifest itself in the form of Purim--a holiday of endless joy where the reveler is commanded to drink so much, she can't tell the difference between good and evil, day and night, shit and gold.  Which is where we step in. The POOP Project is thrilled to be participating this year in YOU BETTER WORK, a homegrown Purim party Saturday, March 19 sponsored by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) and Great Small Works, with support from PURSUE: Action for a Just World.  An art-full, fun-filled, liquor-heavy evening of dancing, music, cabaret--with the Puru on hand to sing the plumber's blues.

A VERY PRECARIOUS PURIM A PURIM FOR LOVERS AND LABORERS DANCING::MUSIC::PROCESSIONS::CABARET::INSTALLATIONS

7:30PM->LATE

St. Cecilia's
$12-20 SLIDING SCALE//NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF COSTUME OR CASH

COSTARRING: * Avi Fox-Rosen's Musical Madness * Schmeckel: 100% Trans Jews * Yiddish Princess * The Rude Mechanical Orchestra * Amazing Amy, the Yoga Yenta, and her Kosher Kontortion * Shawn "The Puru" Shafner * exHOTic other * Mira Stroika * Best Bites leyning megillah * Haman's Drag Race * DJ Shomi Noise * The Curious Shape of Hens * Delicious food for sale by Domestic Workers United

...and more!

L train to Graham Ave: walk down Graham towards the BQE, right on Richardson, at the corner of Richardson and N. Henry.

May you have Spring in your step and, as always, peaceful pooping.
Shawn "The Puru" Shafner