Beginning with Woodstock ‘99, director Michelle Esrick has spent ten years documenting the life of Wavy Gravy.I checked out the DVD from my local library, check yours to see if its available. Its also on Netflicks and iTunes,
Saint Misbehavin’ journeys from the hills of California to the Himalayan Mountains to reveal the life of this one of a kind servant to humanity. The film blends Wavy’s own words with magical stories from an extraordinary array of fellow travelers both cultural and counter-cultural, revealing the man behind the clown’s grin and the fool’s clothing.
In Saint Misbehavin’ Wavy is revealed more than the tie-dyed entertainer and ice-cream flavor namesake that often defines him in the popular imagination. Audiences will come to know the activist, the optimist, and the healer who reaches beyond political, economic, and cultural divisions in his commitment to social change and the alleviation of human suffering.
Wavy’s life is his message, serving as deeply needed inspiration that we can change the world and have fun doing it.
Satirist Paul Krasner describes Wavy as “The illegitimate son of Harpo Marx and Mother Theresa, conceived one starry night on a spiritual whoopie cushion,” to which Wavy has replied, “Some people tell me I’m a saint, I tell them I’m Saint Misbehavin’.”
Featuring: Wavy Gravy, Jahanara Romney, Jordon Romney, Dr. Larry Brilliant, The Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Odetta, Patch Adams, Lisa Law, Buffy Sainte Marie, Denise Kaufman, Tom Law, Steven Ben Israel, The Hog Farm and more!
I followed that up with a post on his 77th birthday, "We Pray for Children who sneak popsicles after supper" - Happy birthday Wavy Gravy.
That was a year ago today and its time to wish him another happy birthday, this time with a request from the clown himself, buy a SEVA Foundation hat.
Back in 1984, I lost my right eye from a failed cataract surgery and the left eye had a 50/50 chance of the same thing happening so I let it go and became legally blind for eight years. In 1992 it was so bad my doctors and I took the plunge and they did a cataract removal and a vitrectomy. Holy crap I've got 20/15 vision now! (with a contact lens).
This is what Wavy and SEVA do.
Tikka Maya was blind and deaf, until her daughter took her to a Seva sight camp happening near their village.Thus the title of this diary.
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