Helga Davis and When the Worst Could Actually Happen

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This is the fourth of five episodes in a series called The Best for the Worst which streams Fridays at 3 pm beginning Mar. 8 on Q2 Music. The Best for the Worst presents readings from The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook and insights from host and Einstein on the Beach principal Helga Davis along with a soundtrack of illustrative, dynamic new music. This week's episode: "When the Worst Actually Happens."

Host Helga Davis writes:

Last year, right before we began rehearsals for Einstein on the Beach, I was standing in a shop fondling a big, shiny, red and white suitcase. It was functional, hip, waterproof and had zippers that were guaranteed indestructible for the first three years!

I opened the suitcase to check the spacious inside. The next thing I remember was opening my eyes in the back of an ambulance. The paramedic was yelling questions at me, "What's your name? What day is it? Who is the President of the United States?"

"Who are you," I asked. "Where are you taking me?"

It seems that I'd passed out in the shop and had a seizure...

Me? I'm healthy and strong. I eat well. I exercise and, Hello!!!! I'm about to be in Einstein on the Beach... there can't be anything wrong with me!!!

Yet there I was, sirens blaring and alone; four minutes of my life, gone.

I don't know what made me think of that, but this week I've stopped laughing and I'm paying attention because these things...? They could really happen.

Scenarios excerpted from The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht, Copyright © 1999 Quirk Productions, Inc.


Alexander Berne - Amphibiana (excerpt)
Abbey Lincoln - Down Here Below
Donald Byrd - The Black Disciple
Don Byron - #3
David Lang - Cheating, Lying, Stealing (excerpt)
Charles Mingus - Better Get Hit In Your Soul
Caleb Burhans - 1960 #1 and #2
David Lang - (Untitled): I'm Not Paying For This
Fela Kuti - Zombie