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A Poison Cabinet? 

Carved out of a real book dating from the 1600s, the pages have been replaced by eleven drawers, each with a small wooden and silver knob and a paper label identifying a plant, and a glass jar clasped into place.

The auction catalogue identified the book as a ‘poisoner’s cabinet’, and much of the press coverage centered on its potential as an assassin’s arsenal. However, many think that the plants included have, or were reputed to have curative as well as toxic properties so this could likely be a wise women’s or apothecary’s case as much as an assassin’s tool kit. (Source)

Criss’ acoustic version of “I Dreamed a Dream,” from Les Misérables, was intimate and sad, even heart-wrenching in its sincerity. And in a first for the National Symphony Orchestra, they played a song from The Book of Mormon, as Criss (and even Reineke, for a little bit) sang the hilarious “You and Me (But Mostly Me).”

While both Criss and Wolfe were great on their own, they were even better together. Their version of “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors was upbeat and rowdy, while “Falling Slowly” from Once (with Criss playing guitar) was intimate and intense. It was easy to see that Criss is most comfortable with a guitar in his hands and singing in a more folk style. Their encore, “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent was fun and sassy—a perfect sendoff for the audience

LOOKING FOR A GUIDE TO GETTING OFF PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS?

Check out the new BOOK VERSION of Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs!

Only $8 here from Pioneers Press!

The Icarus Project and Freedom Center’s expanded 52-page guide gathers the best information we’ve come across and the most valuable lessons we’ve learned about reducing and coming off psychiatric medication. Includes info on mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs, risks, benefits, wellness tools, withdrawal, detailed resource section, information for people staying on their medications, and much more. Written by Will Hall, with a 14-member health professional Advisory board providing research assistance and 24 other collaborators involved in developing and editing. The guide has photographs and art throughout, and a beautiful original cover painting by Ashley McNamara.

Darren Criss owned the stage with his near-palpable charisma and his fantastic acting of the song. With his energetic opener, the fun “I Love Betsy” from Honeymoon in Vegas, by Jason Robert Brown, to the emotional intensity of “The Streets of Dublin” from A Man of No Importance, by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, he showed off his legit Broadway chops, yet with his own pop twist.

COUNTRY CLUB GREENLIGHT BAYBEE!

It’s official! My brother @chrishoughtonart and I have created an original animated series over at Disney TV Animation!

We can’t wait to get started! Don’t forget to set your DVR’s to record COUNTRY CLUB, on Disney XD!  …in 2018. See ya then!

From the press release:

Country Club centers on Cricket Green, a mischievous and optimistic country boy who moves to the big city with his family. Cricket’s curiosity and enthusiasm leads his wildly out of place family on epic journeys and into the hearts of his new neighbors. Director Rob Renzetti (Gravity Falls) serves as executive producer and the Houghton brothers serve as co-executive producers.

‘Animation is strongly resonating with the Disney XD audience, and we are dedicated to expanding our roster of world-class creators including Aaron, Chris and Shane,’ said Marc Buhaj, senior vice president of programming and general manager of Disney XD. ‘Our audience will be treated to engaging, original comedic storytelling through the unique visions of each of our creators.’”