Celebrate…Celebration!

Greetings Blind Daters.

Have I mentioned that you all are invited to the Blind Date Anniversary Party on Friday? This invite is open to one and all. Even if you can only stay five minutes, one act, or the whole time; it doesn’t matter. I’m sure all the artists would love the support, as would I. It’s always nice to see friendly faces. Again, for those who have forgotten, the show starts at 7PM and it is being held at the Rudyard Kipling. There is a suggested donation of $ 5 -10, but no one will be turned away if they can’t swing it. This is an opportunity to have fun and see some art. Also, if you like any of the artists, make sure to hit up the merch table. I may even put out some of my limited edition tapes from my music project. You’ll just have to wait and see…

Also, check out LVAA’s radio show on ArtxFM this Friday at 1 PM. I’ll be guest hosting with Sarah on PUBLIC, and Chervon will be the featured artist. We’ll be chatting about her work, Blind Date, and promoting the celebration with some awesome jams.

Besides getting all prepped for Friday’s show, I’ve been binge reading like crazy. First off, I just received my copy of essays by Carey Mercer, ‘Clouds Of Evil’. For those of you who don’t know Mercer is the primary force behind music projects Frog Eyes and Blackout Beach as well as a part of the ‘supergroup’ Swan Lake.

The usually hilarious pieces in the book were put together for his son, and tend to lean toward autobiography told in Mercer’s colorful vocabulary. Finished it the first day I got it.

Speaking of hilarious wit, I’ve almost finished John Waters’ book ‘Role Models’. I got it to prep myself for his new book ‘Carsick’. I’ve been waiting for ‘Carsick’ awhile, but I realized I’ve never got around to reading ‘Role Models’, so I bolted to the library to hold me over. To totally understate the book, it’s basically John paying tribute to the many different influences throughout his life. I’ve learned about obscure musicians and literature, a bit of history of Baltimore’s bar scene, fashion trends, Waters’ zealous appreciation for art, and much more. A humorous look into what made John Waters the cult film success he is.

And just this morning over some cold brewed coffee (stuff is POTENT!) I was reviewing the mass amounts of poetry Tristan Palmer submitted for his reading at the Anniversary party. I must say since his collection ‘I Can’t Stand To Be Sober In This Place‘, he has made great bounds. He seems to be writing with a much more confident strength and flow. I look forward to see what he chooses for Friday.

I hope to see you on the 20th, as well. We can find out together.

PS Click the first link above to remind yourself of who and what you get to see.

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Summer of….

Hey readers.

June is looking to be a pretty great month for Blind Date, and things all related. It’s kind of like the ‘Summer of George’, but for me…

So question, do you by chance know what ASMR means? The video above may help provide a little insight. Art in all its form is context sensitive, so I understand if it will seem odd without the details. Worry not, by this time next week, it will make much more sense. I am super excited about next week’s episode; it will be one of my most unique guests yet. I leave you with a mystery till then….

June 12th, Cutter Williams will be having a release party for the long awaited Issue 4 of Cavalcade Magazine and the new Jonathan Glen Wood’s album, ‘Ballad of Jon’. It will be hosted at Decca (812 E Market St), at 8PM. Free to the public. Readings will begin at 8pm featuring words by Jonathan Wood, Brian Manley, and Joey Keegin. At 9pm, Grayson Hall will graciously play a set followed by what will certainly prove to be a moving performance by Jonathan Wood.

Pick up a copy, and if you look hard enough, you’ll see some familiar names.

Of course, June 20th is the Blind Anniversary party…birthday party…celebration, what have you. Ben, with maybe a little help, is cooking up something interesting. Chervon says she’s pumped! Max Moore will be on LVAA’s ArtxFM radio show PUBLIC, to help promote. Erin will be reading poems, some of which from her newest Bruce Springsteen-centric book of poetry. And Tristan Palmer of Weirdo Beardos fame, will be contributing words from his body of work.

Closing out the month on June 25th will be my discussion with Alexander W.G. Rickel. Besides being one of the members of the Dream Eye Color Wheel live band, he sculpts, illustrates, and generally creates how & when he can. This is definitely one you don’t want to miss out on.

Happy Birthday to ya….

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So I’ve been putting this together for a little bit, and it seems to finally be falling into place. Blind Date, as I may have mentioned a few times, turns one year old this June. And to mark this small milestone, I put together a little art party.

Friday June 20th at the Rudyard Kipling, we celebrate Blind Date’s first awesome, though at times rocky, year. It’s been really great meeting so many individuals from so many background…both culturally and creatively. To say the least, it has been inspiring. I got the chance to talk to people from all over…artists I know well, not at all, that I’ve admired from afar, and those close to me.

The evening will feature an interesting group of creative folk, such as international known filmmaker Max Moore. Or the first guest I ever had on the show, my close personal friend Ben Traughber (Dream Eye Color Wheel). There will also be poetry readings by both Tristan Palmer of Weirdo Beardos fame, and Erin Keane (who just published a new collection of poems titled Demolition of the Promised Land.) And I can’t forget the always impressive Chervon Koeune.

The show starts at 7pm, with a suggested donation of $ 5-10 ( help cover the cost of the sound guy )
Please stay tuned, as details are subject to change. Even if you’re not planning on coming (though you should), pass the word around to people you like and dislike. Friends, family, enemies, co workers, peers of all types….
And if anyone would like to help to promote this event in their neighborhood, organization, school, etc, send me a personal message and I’ll get some flyers your way. I would greatly appreciate it, because I’d like to make this event great for you, my audience, and for my artists.
If you’d like to RSVP, go to the Facebook page. And, by the way, there links hidden all throughout the above paragraphs to each of the artists’ posts. Check them out, and get familiar or reacquainted. 
Till then..
 

 

 

Business as usual

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I’m back, and it’s business as usual readers!

I had an awesome, and at times exhausting, time in NYC. I ate a lot of great food (practically fell in love with some sausage), saw a lot of awesome sights, and of course, a lot of art. You guys should expect a photo album on the Facebook page soon. Unfortunately, there were a lot of exhibits that prohibited photography, and though tempted, I remained respectful. We just got in yesterday evening, so we haven’t even looked at all the photos. I promise to exclude all the touristy and love-dovey images (it was my wedding anniversary, after all.) I’m pretty excited to show them off. You can see a sampling on the Instagram!

Besides all that, I mostly wanted to check and in and remind you of what to expect in the coming months. Next week, my guest will be experimental musician and show promoter, Cher Von Koeune. I’ll tell you more about her next week. In the weeks to come expect more creatives, some working in mediums you may not even be aware of….sculptors, sound collage makers, and video makers of a special sort.

By the way, June 20th will be the Blind Date Anniversary party…!! Blind Date will hit its year long mark in June, and the Rudyard Kipling is graciously hosting the show. It will feature poetry reading by the likes of Erin Keane as well as music by Ben Traughber & Cher Von…much more to be announced….I’ll keep you in the loop.

Speaking of events, there are TWO art related block parties happening on record store day, which happens to be this Saturday. Jim Marlowe over at Astro Black (with a little help from some of his friends) is hosting a block party on Oak Street. Check it here.

The other is presented by Underground Sounds and the collective Saving Our Style. It’s on Highland Ave starting around noon. Performances start at 2pm.

So much great music to be heard at both.

Cheers!

Spring is here…hopefully.

There’s no denying it Blind Daters, I’m a spring baby. Spring is by far my favorite season. And it could be the rising temperatures, but I’ve definitely felt more motivated.

Just a couple of weekends ago, Sarah and I went on a daytrip to Indianapolis where I was pleasantly surprised by the art I saw. We stopped to check out the Prince Rama installation at iMoca, for the ‘The Empire Never Ended’ exhibition inspired by author Philip K. Dick and his novel VALIS. After that, we scoped out the Indianapolis Museum of Modern Art. There I discovered an awesome installation artist by the name of Julianne Swartz  who utilizes webs of tiny speakers and soft spoken, encouraging words. Expect a photo album on the Facebook page quite soon. Speaking of trips, in a couple of weeks I’m going up to New York for my wedding anniversary (the year has flown by). So, in short, be on the lookout for even more art related photos and the sort. I believe the plan as of right now is the hit up MoMA, the New Museum, Film Forum art house theater to see Jodorowsky’s Dune, and the International Center for Photography. Of course, we’re open to suggestions…wink wink. Oh yeah! Also speaking of photos, Blind Date is now on Instagram…find me here! Mainly consists of images of art, coffee, and record covers.

I’ve also been interviewing like crazy, editing, and planning. This month I’m giving you two…count ‘em, TWO episodes featuring some very talented ladies. One of these women is someone I talk about a lot on the show, someone who always inspires and encourages me. That’s all you get…those are your hints. The other is local experimental musician Cher Von Koeune. You’ll get more on her later into the month as well. I’ve been considering doing more than one episode a month, but yet to decide. Blind Date, as always, is a work in progress kind of project. Stay tuned.

Besides all this, there’s another Blind Date event in the works. Blind Date will soon be a year old (yet another anniversary!), and I want to celebrate!

Here are some events coming up this month I’d recommend:

Of course, first Friday of the month means First Friday Trolley Hop on E. Market St, as well as various galleries throughout the city. Galleries and shops alike open their doors displaying various art and wares. Definitely recommend it, if the weather contains itself.

Performance of Thaniel Ion Lee’s Text Sculptures

Through music, spoken word, and performance, local artists and musicians will interpret the nine text sculptures by Thaniel Ion Lee that are currently on display in the PRESS: Artist & Machine exhibition. Performers include Dane Waters, Nathan Hendrickson, Kris Abplanalp, Abigail Smith, and others. Friday April 4th, starting at 7pm.

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
715 W Main St
Free

Elizabeth Nelson | Amy Ritter

ROY G BIV Gallery presents two exhibitions that explore the imagery of identity and culture. One of which is past guest and Amy Ritter. Amy’s new work features bold cutout figures of herself, that challenge traditional representations of the female body. Along side her is Elizabeth Nelson’s lurid installations that call attention to society’s image-saturated environment.

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5, from 7–10 p.m.
Artists’ Talk: Saturday, April 26, at 2:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Nelson: www.arsdiutinus.com
Amy Ritter: www.amy-ritter.com

997 N. High Street
Columbus OH, 43201

Erin Keane reading at Carmichael’s Bookstore

On Wednesday, April 9th at 7 PM Erin Keane will be reading from her new book “Demolition of the Promised Land.” Keane was featured on Blind Date back in September last year. She also has two other collections of poetry, “Death-Defying Acts” and “The Gravity Soundtrack.”

Carmichael’s Bookstore
2720 Frankfort Ave

Attack of the Pacifists/Phourist/Cher Von

Also on Wednesday, starting at 8pm, these three acts will be playing at the New Vintage. Both Cher Von and Phourist will be coming at you in the near future via Blind Date. Stay tuned for discussion from both of these interesting individuals.

2126 S Preston St
$ 10 cover

Tim Kaiser / Camera Lucida / Thing Shape (Ben Traughber, etc)

For those of you that have stuck with me since the beginning, you’ll remember that Ben was my first guest. I recently spoke to him about what he has planned for this show and it’s going to be good. He’s going to be putting on a perform full of sights and sounds….Nintendos may or may not be involved. That’s all you get.

Camera Lucida is another auditory/visual performance experience. It is an artistic collaboration incorporating live interactive video and music for dancers and movement artists! Camera Lucida is a creative duo, Roxell Karr and Jon Silpayamanant.

Words on Tim Kaiser: ‘Minnesota’s raison d’être for musical exploration and all-around tinkering with instruments, Tim Kaiser commands his creations with simple sweeps of his hands, willing sounds into existence. He has scored films, been featured on PBS as well as in magazines, and has toured extensively. How he gets by airport security with his devices is anyone’s guess, but his hand-built instruments are as alluring as the sounds they make. Kaiser has been a founding contributor and champion of the Weirdo Industrial Complex for more than 30 years.’

Lisa’s Oak St. Lounge (1004 E Oak St.)
9 PM, $ 5 cover

And so many more to come…I’ll keep you in the loop. Don’t worry.

 

Event round up

What’s up listeners?

Wednesday again. This week for your benefit, here is a list of events coming up around our fair city.

Thursday, Feb. 6th

Mind Over Mirrors, Matt Christensen, Shedding
Dreamland, 810 E. Market Street (in the alley behind Decca Restaurant)
As part of the New Media Project, Jaime Fennelly as Mind Over Mirrors, Matt Christensen, and Shedding will be performing at Dreamland Performing and Visual Arts Space. Doors open at 7 PM, and the first act begins at 8 PM. $ 10 admission.

Friday, Feb. 7th


Scholastic Art Awards Exhibit Opening Reception

KMAC, 715 W Main St
Showcasing award winning creative high school students within the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program. The Louisville Metropolitan Regional Scholastic Art Awards are administered  by Jefferson County Public Schools with support from the Fund for the Arts and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Reception starts at 6 PM.

The Empire Never Ended
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, 1043 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203
A group exhibition based on the Philip K. Dick novel VALIS featuring Blind Date featured artist Prince Rama among many others such as Marc Bijl, Serge Onnen and Benny Sanders. Opening reception 6 PM to 11 PM. The exhibits will run with iMOCA’s new hours of Tuesday-Wednesday 4-8 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday 1-8 p.m.


Shape Show!

Zanzabar, 2100 S Preston St
Blind Date collaborators Ben Traughber (Dream Eye Color Wheel) and Lady Pyramid are performing along with Tall Squares. Doors open at 8 PM, first act begins at 9 PM. $ 5 admission.

Saturday, Feb. 8th

Annual XXX Art Show
Ultra Pop!, 960 Barret Ave
Ultra Pop is holding its 3rd annual group show with a focus on Adults Only subject matter.
Reception opens at 7 PM to 10 PM.

Good things over the horizon…

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Got my copy of Dream Eye Color Wheel’s first release.

 

Last weekend, I hung out with the Traughbers. If you guys remember, Ben Traughber was the very first guest on Blind Date. This time though, I spoke with his equally artistic wife Katy. It was a wonderfully open interview with so much insight. I really enjoyed it; it really got me thinking…we discussed staying creative being a parent, the joys of found objects & raw materials, and fading female roles in certain family cultures. Listen in this Wednesday…you’ll be glad you did.

Oh yes, just a little FYI,  a special Blind Date presented event is in the works!! It will be a varied showcase of creativity individuals from Louisville, its sister cities, and beyond. Stay tuned for more information. Keep an eye out on my blog, Facebook, Tumblr, and during upcoming podcasts.

Peeves photo-bombing some of Katy's work.

Peeves photo-bombing some of Katy’s work.