November 8th, 2020
I am re-reading Moby Dick.
I have done a lot of thinking about
Herman Melville’s great book and
have made 3 theater productions
based on the book.
This time I am going very slowly
through each chapter and feasting
on each delight.
There are some phrases that
haunt me such as the last
sentence of Chapter # 34
“And as when Spring and Summer
had departed that wild Logan of
the woods, burying himself in the’ hollow of a tree,
lived out the winter there,
sucking his own paws;
so, in his inclement, howling old age,
Ahab’s soul, shut up in a carved trunk of his body,
there fed upon the sullen paws of its gloom!”
This is such a beautiful and complicated
sentence it does one good to type each
word to understand the structure and
the content of the sentence.
November 5th, 2020
November 5, 2020
We are open this week-end Nov. 7-8 Sat./Sun
The TSL Staff is around all afternoon.
The theaters are open screening 2 concert
movies and one movie of the recent show
that Linda & Claudia performed a for the
fund-raiser recently. The Stuff Store is open.
The bbq is happening in the parking lot and
the EARL show is remaining in the gallery
with some select works…we hope you
will stop by and have a chat—TSL is
open inside and we are ready to keep the
screen busy—but we need to see you back
IN-SIDE—you and we cannot live by virtual
alone. The winter is coming and we are willing
to keep the screen busy —we can serve
you in the theater at 25% capacity. We
want to share our time and space with you
and know we can do this safely—the solar
is in (by the way)
and the staff is eager to continue our
journey together. TSL goes on. See you
September 30th, 2020
Did he step over the line.
That was the question that
we could not answer.
Well where was the line?
The line kept changing.
One time it was here
and then it was there.
Yes he stepped over the line
and yet some said
that they could not see the line.
And if they could not see the line
they could not decide if the line
was crossed or not.
I see so….
we are at a standstill.
Yes BUT we don’t know for sure
and if we are not sure we
are not sure.
Well he did say that the
whites(aka Proud Boys)
that they should “stand back”
and “stand by”.
What did that mean??
Well that meant that
the whites/“Proud Boys” should be
present and ready to stand
by and put their heals on the
throats of those that are not
acting on behalf of the whites
Are we in trouble?
September 29th, 2020
SOLAR & SOLAR
The solar panels are on the roof. We wait now for
the electric company to turn them on. It has been
about 1 1/2 years since we started this effort—we
have had fundraisers to assist with the funds.
We also have repaired the roof and done required
work to make this possible. All this has cost TSL
a substantial amount of money—the Solar is $70,000
alone—the roof work was $35,000. We continue
raising funds to pay for this. At this time we are
banking on a future for Time & Space Limited
that will see us open in the next year or years.
2021 or 2022 ? The idea of a return to normal
is not what we see—but a new re-imagined TSL.
Right now the TSL Gallery is the focus of our
time and space. We have been outside in the
parking lot hosting movies and performances
since July 2020—as the cold weather approaches
we will have to discontinue that effort and move
inside. We are planning for the spring of 2021
with outside events and other projects (to be
announced). Now we focus on a year end
campaign-and a fundraiser for October 10, 2020.
Claudia and Linda will be presenting a performance
event (including some chili/cornbread) —6:00pm
start time—dress for the outside—it will be on
the screen in the parking lot—as well as a
live presentation…see you soon.
September 3rd, 2020
Moving moving—we keep on moving.
TSL is moving on to our future projects–
The Solar Panels are being installed in
a few days—we could use some more
help paying for this installation.
In fact—we had to switch companies
and do more work on the roof—so
we won’t be shy—we can use some
more help in paying this bill.
As for the new TSL gallery space—we
are moving on to create THE EARL SHOW
opening Saturday Sept. 5th…it is
a vast impressive collection of Earl Swanigan’s
work—we are honored to show his work.
Also we are featuring the TSL “STUFF STORE”
in our basement space–a way to raise funds
for TSL–visit–prior to events–Movies (outdoors)
and the TSL GALLERY.
We hope to see you at TSL.
We don’t sleep much.
August 10th, 2020
TSL since closing our doors to the public on (March 17th, 2020)-
we have not been able to show movies in our two screening rooms
here at TSL.
Many are sad to see that we have closed our spaces to the public.
This decision to close is not ours alone—the Governor of the State
of New York has mandated the closing of all movie theaters in the
state of New York.
We are now screening movies in our parking
lot out side—it is only one or two times a week but it is a means
of gathering outside at a safe distance to share a movie experience.
I remind my readers that this pandemic has put great stress on
places like Time & Space Limited who have a long history of
presenting movies and high definition broadcasts such as the
Met Opera, National Theater of London, Bolshoi & a host of
rarely seen Independent movies. Our income has been
reduced to zero. The Covid-19 not only affects us but touches
the lives of all the distributors, movie makers, crews, writers,
directors, and the people like us who serve you these
delicious treats from the minds and talents of so many who
are the canaries of the cultural mines. These amazing
performers, singers, dancers, designers reflect who
we are in this time & space ————
without their voices, images, we are missing so
It is important to preserve a space like Time & Space
Limited—WHY?— because it is a space that is committed to
surviving this nightmare that will not doubt linger not only
for now but well into the future. There is only ONE TSL.
We are ready to re-open all of our spaces but right not it is not
We have for the time being converted our shows (movies &
performances of music, and theater)——to the out of doors
—and the cafe area is now a huge gallery space where
we can show art—BUT the movie spaces are
We encourage you to contribute to TSL at this
time it is more important than ever to keep hope alive
by guaranteeing that TSL will be able to continue into the
Please contribute now.
www.timeandspace.org for more info.
August 7th, 2020
August already of the year 2020
Time so illusive. The Covid-19 rages here in America.
We keep our distance from one another. We mask up-
wash up—and shop fast—no lingering—no idle chatter-
We march on fast—do our business and move on
move on. We have served over 5000 meals here
Since March 17th when we closed our doors to the
public. Now we are presenting movies and live
performances out side on our stage and our screen.
We are getting ready for the EARL show opening
September 5th. We go on. The crickets are present
fall sounds are in the air. The Hurricane season
begins. The election looms. Black lives matter.
The economy shakes—it heaves and reels with
each blow that the virus sends to us. We go on.
July 21st, 2020
Making Things Work
It has been awhile since I have written on this blog
a lot has happened since Covid-19 hit us all in March 2020.
TSL closed it doors on the 17th and started a comfort food
project to help our friends and neighbors get some prepared
meals delivered to those who wanted an affordable meal—
and to those who just live at the edge—(no one was turned
away.) 100’s of meals went out weekly. We continue to
prepare 200 meals a week still. The kitchen at TSL became
the center of TSL activities—our staff joined in to make this
work —we applaud them for their generosity and their “can do
spirit”. We also provide our members with Virtual Movies
starting in June and continue to do so.
As it became clear that we could not open TSL to our usual
steady stream of Indy movies, (live HD Opera – National Theater- Bolshoi)
+ book readings and performances we decided
to prepare for outdoor events —this meant building a
stage. We have now opened this July 17th. We
continue providing outdoor events our our new stage until
fall (weather permitting). We are screening movies and
hosting musical performances every Friday and Saturday.
No movies indoors and no performances are in the near future so
we have made the cafe into an art gallery—
this has been on going project
to get the walls ready and the space prepared—
we will open Sept. 1.
So we have had to move quickly and with re-inventing
the TSL that will be very different than before.
IN addition to all of this work we are continuing with
the Solar installation. And last but not least we have
a new website that holds the Mussmann/Bruce archives.
Please check it out and join us when you can—as we
navigate this era of Covid-19.
And on a final note—as you can imagine our income has
has diminished — since we have been hampered by
our ability to provide programing—but so far so good.
If you are feeling generous we are eager to accept your
June 19th, 2020
The Civil war goes on. The Black Lives Matter a movement
that never stops—the killing of George Floyd a short time
ago by a blue-suited policeman kneeling on George Floyd’s
neck (as the whole nation watched)
brings us back to these words: “I can’t breathe”
—this phrase represents the call of the Corona-19 Virus-victims
“I can’t breathe”.
Black people-people of Color-people who are Other
(all struggle to breathe in this “yet America”)
—it was 2 years until the slaves in Texas
received news that they were free—June 19, 1865.
Today we celebrate and note this day in history—
as we search for freedom and liberty for ALL.
People are still being bought and sold—slavery is alive and
well….we need reform and re-imagining.
2020 is pushing us all to think of everything
all at once—
And asking that a new way be found
—the old normal is not good enough to return to
—no not now—not never,
May 24th, 2020
Cultural Commerce are two words that I have trouble linking together. Now that the novel coronavirus has come to live in our land of milk and honey it seems that there is a conflict of interest in these 2 words living together. Linking money with culture is always limiting. Art being the driver of economics is rife with problems. Culture and art are products of thinking and the results of handiwork….not necessarily the desire to make money—most of the things I have made cost me time, space & cash.