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When life hands you lemons...

Steven Henry Erdman’s alter ego, the Human Lard dog, enthralled the sold-out crowd at the NaCL in Highland Lake.

June 14, 2012

I’ve never been very good at making lemonade, and truth be told-don’t care for its bitter aftertaste. There are times, though, when we have to weigh our options and just squeeze the darned fruit and hope for the best. I’m grateful that my truck is not a lemon, but getting around still proved to be a challenge this past week and thankfully, I got out a few times before being temporarily grounded.

With summer upon us, my schedule has once again blossomed, and I’ve discovered conflicts already cropping up in my garden of entertainment destinations. Unwilling to choose, I placed a call to the box office at the Forestburgh Playhouse ( to exchange my seats for “Guys and Dolls,” which opens this week and was threatening to interfere with my plans to experience country pop sensation Lady Antebellum at Bethel Woods ( on the same night.

Unsuspecting that driving was about to become an issue, I zipped over to the playhouse, switched out my seats, and and took a sneak peek at some of the cast rehearsing “The Oldest Established,” a classic tune from the classic show. By the time this column hits newsstands, I’ll have seen the opening season production, so stay tuned.

My next scheduled stop was the North American Cultural Laboratory ( and its presentation of “The Human Lard Dog and the Band of Shy” ( The title alone confounded me, but I was more than curious, having heard little else being talked about (online and in the streets) during the preceding weeks. The website raised even more questions like “Are you now or have you ever been a human Lard Dog?” and the list of band interests on the Facebook page included “He’s a Ploop,” “Mr. Peeples” and “colanders, noodles and peanuts.” Making my reservation, I expressed befuddlement to the theatre’s co-founder, Tannis Kowalchuk, who promised that the experience was going to be “amazing.”