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!

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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.