Robi Polgar: Musician, Writer, Director, Unrepentant Soccer Junkie; Austin, TX

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Life During Lockdown (Goes On), Now with More (Live) Music

Hello. I hope you and the ones you love are faring well during these trying times — more trying than usual, anyway. This is no “new normal” as anyone paying attention will have noticed starting around, let’s say, November of 2016 (May of 1979?). This is the latest, possibly toughest test of our ability to rally to each other, support each other, respect and — yes, I dare utter it — love one another.

I am certain we have it in us to get through all of our current challenges, and come out the other side a better, more empathetic world. There is such a thing as society, and we are smack dab in the middle of needing (demanding) a functioning, loving one — more than ever.

Among the things we need are the storytellers and artists and musicians and their (our) ilk to patch the holes rendered by this time of forced apartness.

For my part, I’m writing new things — stories and songs, mostly — and if you sign up for my mailing list, you’ll get advance warning and sneak early peeks at what irons I have in my various fires. If nothing else, perhaps it will serve as a brief diversion in your routine.

During our quarantine, please join me every Friday evening, when I’ll be live-streaming my weekly concert from the confines of my study. The music starts at 6pm CDT and winds up around 7pm, give or take.

If you have a request from my song menu, text or tweet me via the link in the menu, or email, and let's see just how much damage I can do to your favorite tune!

Stay safe, take care of each other, and I will see you on Friday.

Love, Robi

👉 Click here to watch and listen to my live-stream (Fridays, 6pm CDT)

Robi Polgar, live-streaming music from Austin, TX

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Hi, I’m Robi (What Is Art?)

I’m a musician, writer, director and unrepentant football (soccer!) junkie, living and creating in Austin, Texas.

I believe in the power of art as a force for good, and am compelled to share what I make with others. Sometimes my projects are tightly conceived and structured events; other times they’re unscripted, rocking and rolling live performances. Often they end up being a little of both!

Art knits communities together. In these challenging times, artists — through our stories, songs and imaginations — will light the way, in defiance of those who seek to divide us.

Good art draws you in and encourages you to open yourself to the new, the different, the unexpected. The best art leaves you exhilarated, buoyed by the feeling that anything is possible. Sometimes it’s a little dangerous, occasionally a bit of a slog, but most of all art should be fun — for artist and audience alike.

So write a song and sing it for your friends. Put on a play and perform it for strangers in dark halls or on the street. Cook dinner and invite your neighbors to the feast. Whatever it is, get together and share the experience.

Maybe one day soon I’ll see you at something I’ve made. Here is a smattering of some of the things I’ve been up to.


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Be among the first to know about new projects I’m cooking up, and maybe even try some samples before I serve them to the greater public! I promise not to inundate you with mountains of missives — usually I am capable of churning out a single, monthly (approx.) email...

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News — (Latest) Project(s)

Slick's Adventures in Lightbulb Land, by Robi Polgar Death Is a Laff Riot, a Paul Stark football noir by Robi Polgar The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited 1/26/19

At any given moment, I’m in the middle of a handful of projects — performing or recording songs new or old, hacking away at something literary or staging a bit of theatre. Often I’m juggling all of these at the same time.

Major projects seem to appear every couple of years. Below, you can read about my most recent artistic escapades, with links to deeper dives describing the where, why and how of a project, who I’ve collaborated with and how it all went down.

To get updates of new works in the making or recently released, please sign up on my (infrequent) mailing list and be first to know what I’ve been up to.

A Little More about Some of Those Current and Past Projects

Slick's Adventures in Lightbulb Land, by Robi Polgar Death Is a Laff Riot, a Paul Stark football noir by Robi Polgar The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited 1/26/19

Slick’s Adventures in Lightbulb Land

Death Is a Laff Riot:
A Paul Stark
football noir

Return to Wigan Pier:
A Right Ol’ Knees-Up

Thug Nation:
Songs from the Resistance

A whip-smart, smartass advertising creative with an uncontrollable imagination embarks on a series of hilarious misadventures that strain his relationships with friends and lovers, ultimately forcing him to confront an existential question.

...about Lightbulb Land

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American goalkeeper Paul Stark joins a historically, hilariously inept Yorkshire football team and must solve his predecessor’s brutal murder to save the club
— and himself in this football noir, the first in a series of soccer murder-mystery novels.

...about the Laff Riots

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On the 15th anniversary of The Road to Wigan Pier: A (Socialist) Tea-Time Travelogue & Historical Musical Revue, a one-night-only knees-up was in order. Songs, scenes, the raffle, a tea lady — that film — dredged up from the dark, carbonous depths.

👉 VISIT Wigan Pier

Protest songs in the key of resist, plus a couple of love ballads, because you gotta take the crunchy with the...uh...crunchier. Give the thing a listen before that aging, racist vengeance-fueled carrot-topped twitter-grifter throws the lot of us in the slammer!

...and learn more about
the [ samizdat ] project

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Robi Polgar: Singer-Songwriter, Musician; Austin, TX

I always have a song inside me. I don’t mean the ones I write. I mean I can hear music playing in my head all the time, and there’s no way to turn it off. This could drive lesser mortals mad, but not me! I’ve got a whole Web page as a door-opener where you can listen to songs, see where I’m playing next, read about various and sundry musical projects, book me to play your next fête and order a song from my online song menu (I’ll play it for you at my next happy hour gig!).

👉 LEARN MORE on my music page.

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Robi Polgar: Writer, Writing

“You’re a writer,” a university professor once told me, moons ago. I have suh-lowly worked my way around to believing this, though the proof is usually in the pudding, and I’m not much for pudding.

And now there are Big Writings: novels, plays and more. The most recent include these two novels:

Slick’s Adventures in Lightbulb Land — set in Austin in 1999, where a whip-smart, smartass advertising creative with an uncontrollable imagination embarks on a series of hilarious misadventures.

Death Is a Laff Riot — part one of what I plan as a four-part soccer-murder-mystery series, following the exploits of a hapless team of semi-professional footballers in a remote West Yorkshire village in 1978.

👉 READ MORE about my novels, plays and other projects.

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Robi Polgar: Theatre Director, Playwright, Producer

Theatre is what I’m actually trained to do — indeed, I earned not one but two degrees in the theatre arts (a B.A. in drama from Tufts University and an M.F.A. in directing from The University of Texas at Austin). Both come in handy when...ah. Yes. Actually, I’ve always believed theatre is the one art form that can bring a community together effectively. But that’s an argument for another day.

I was the artistic director of The Public Domain Theatre Company in Austin for a spell, where I directed or produced more than 40 plays. Since then, I’ve penned a few of my own and dragged them kicking and screaming onto stages of all sizes. From English coal miners to stranded polar bears to sentient trees to a subversively antic gameshow featuring Nazis, nothing is too sacred or profane to find its way from my page to the stage.

👉 RAISE THE CURTAIN to reveal my theatrical shenanigans.

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Robi Polgar's Day Job: Freelance Copywriting, Editing and Proofreading Services

When I’m not creating stuff for me, my bands, etc., I help others with their creative efforts, as a freelance copywriter, copy editor and proofreader.

👉 LEARN MORE about the day job.

👉 READ a proper-ish resume on LinkedIn.

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