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The Waffle Shop: Re-Imagining The Performance Venue
KDKA Pittsburgh ^ | 10/17/2011 | Daniel McCloskey

Posted on 10/17/2011 10:01:30 AM PDT by surroundedbyblue

The Waffle Shop is a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants live variety talk show and restaurant. It opened in October of 2008 as a two semester social experiment for an art class at Carnegie Mellon University.

Two years after the experiment was scheduled to end, I found myself on the smallish stage tag-team ad-libbing a fantasy story with the local writer and zinester Artnoose while a man pantomimed our tale in a full gorilla costume.

Local writer Artnoose at Waffle Shop (Photo Credit: Daniel McCloskey) Carnegie Mellon professors joke that the Waffle Shop was made to prepare art students for working in the food industry post graduation, but the project is 50 percent food at most. The employees encourage the audience/customers to make their own talk show or performance, and often get onstage themselves. All the while a small crew is bustling around what might be called the “tech nook” between the stage and kitchen. The folks changing levels, cutting video, and clipping mics are as busy as the servers. They’re the ones maintaining the link between the physical shop and where the performances stream as they happen in real life.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
What a boatload of crap. Guess this is what passes for a college education these days. I'd be pissed if this was my kid.

So lemme get this straight: snots spend tons o'cash on college for this garbage, then can't get a job post graduation, so they turn up on Wall St protesting that their education should be free???

Sheesh. I guess I was pretty stupid. I actually busted my rear in school for 7 years to get a good job, only to have outstanding student loan debt & almost half of my paycheck gone in taxes before it hits my bank account.

1 posted on 10/17/2011 10:01:33 AM PDT by surroundedbyblue
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If it was such a great idea KDKA would have stolen it. There has been nothing worth listening to on that station since they lost Rush to FM several years ago.

2 posted on 10/17/2011 11:09:17 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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