Coming up in September…

Photo by Stacey Reason

Photo by Stacey Reason

Hello everyone. As we slip out of August, we’re going to be hit by wave of art come September.

To start out, Friday September 5th at the Huff Gallery, there will be a special collection of prints from one of Louisville’s newest up and coming print studio. You’ll hear all about it next week, as I’ll be posting an episode featuring some of the folks involved. Till then….

Also on Friday the 5th is the Open Studio Exhibition and Launch Party at the Cressman Center. This is a pre-Open Studio show displaying samples of what you’ll see in the various spaces. The show starts at 6, and the actual Open Studio Weekend tour is on Sept. 13 & 14th. To learn more and snag yourself some tickets, you can go here. And, (shameful self promotion just to let you know), my fledgling collective will have a space on the tour at the Clifton Center. Consider stopping by, and saying hi.

If you need help finding studios, there’s a Louisville Art Finder app you can download for free. TECHNOLOGY!

And next Friday being the first Friday of the month, it will be the Gallery Hop on Market street. Always a good time, weather permitting.

Of course, I can’t forget Cropped Out Fest at the end of the month…Sept 26 through the 28th to be precise. Cropped Out is a locally ran music fest that celebrates musicians, artists, and artisans they feel reflect a greater undercurrent of sonic, visual, and conceptual exploration. Much like Blind Date, they feature talents often omitted, overlooked, or cropped out of “the big picture.” This year’s lineup features the Sun Ra Arkestra, Ma Turner, and White Reaper among many, many more interesting folks. Check out their website here.

I’m sure much more will pop up. That’s all for now though…

 

November 13th, 2013

Clint Ackerman performing at Open. Photo by Bridget Case.

Clint Ackerman performing at Open. Photo by Bridget Case.

I’ve pulled it off again listeners. Another great interview, despite tripping all over my words. They always say you’re your own worst critic, and as much as I second guess myself, I’d believe it.

Before I introduce today’s episode, I’d just like to thank everyone who came out Monday evening for the show at the Clifton Center. It was a great time, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I really look forward to similar events in the future. I want to thank again my artists, the Clifton Center, and our awesome tech Adam.

Now, today’s episode! Last week I chatted with local musician Clint Ackerman. He has been playing music the majority of his life; as early as young childhood per the family legends. Clint is a musician that doesn’t let production perfection trump the creative merit of his work. Much of his work is about capturing the energy of a particular moment…the spirit of what he’s going for. His debut album, ‘Failing in Love’, definitely has a very bubbly psychedelic feel akin to the music of the late 60’s. The songs he’s been working on since have been much more varied sonically, and he says his next collection may be much more in the vein of ‘Berlin Trilogy’ era David Bowie. If this proves true, I’ll be eagerly awaiting the release date!

To learn more about Clint’s musically output, you can visit his Facebook page. His album from spring of 2012, ‘Failing in Love’, is available in the iTunes store. Give it a listen!

Catch everyone next week…

November 6th, 2013

It’s the middle of the week once again listeners. The weekend is almost here. It definitely should be a pretty interesting one in Louisville, due to the Open Studio Weekend hosted by LVAA. To learn more about this first time event, visit louisvillevisualart.org. Speaking of first time events, only a few more days till Glances: an evening of short films and performances. If you haven’t heard yet, click here for more info.

Without further delay, today’s episode. Today’s post is a discussion I had with the gallery director of Open, Mark James. Open is a relatively new space to the Louisville Metro. Besides housing four resident artists, the gallery also offers weekly events, workshops, and open mic nights. Mark and I discuss the beginnings of the gallery, his views on art and artists, and how creative expression is impacted by society & vice versa.

Learn more at thegalleryisopen.com, or on their Facebook page.

Only a week away…

Oh, hi November. The holidays are around the corner, as is Blind Date’s first hosted event Glances: An evening of short films and performances. For only five dollars, you get to see work from creative people of Louisville, its sister cities, and beyond. This will be an evening of short films, music videos, and visual/auditory performances showcased at the Clifton Center’s Eifler Theatre. Doors at 7, show should start around 7:15 (so please don’t be late). You can find out more information on the Blind Date Facebook page, in the events section. Learn more about the Clifton Center at their site, cliftoncenter.org,

Also, be sure to take some time to listen to this week’s episode (posted on Wednesday as always), featuring a hearty discussion with Mark James. Mark is the gallery director of Open. Open provides a forum for artists of all mediums including visual, audio, and performance art, helping them to develop their vision and then provide them a venue to present their work. It is a contemporary art gallery that houses four resident artists, with five studio spaces.

Find out more by listening in.

Till then.

October 23, 2013

'Sirius A and Pups' by Alexia Serpentini

‘Sirius A and Pups’ by Alexia Serpentini

Hello there listeners.

Are you ready for this!? Special extended episode! I won’t judge you if you can’t take it all in with one sitting. That’s why you should subscribe to the podcast!! Anytime, anywhere, straight through, or take your time…at your convenience. Available in iTunes store.

Today’s episode of Blind Date features a good friend, the always warm, the always inspirational, Alexia Serpentini. I forget sometimes how similar we are, as well as how similar our goals are. It’s via Skype, so the sound quality is little funky. Such is Skype.

Alexia received two BFAs from the University of Louisville; one in 2D and one in 3D art. Currently she is a MA Creative Cities Candidate at King’s College London, in the United Kingdom.  Her focus is Post-Conflict Cultural Policy Development in the Middle East, Egyptian Cultural Regulation. Alexia has done work such as glass sculpture, film, photography, installation, and experiential pieces.

We touch on things such as education, creative solutions to socio-political matters, and briefly on my motivations for Blind Date. Figures an interview with Alexia would turn out different.

See samples of her work either at cargocollective.com/alexiaserpentini, or on November 11th, at the first ever Blind Date hosted event.

LIVE. In person. Artists. Musicians. Film.

Click through the following links for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/646093162088300/

https://www.facebook.com/blinddateart

blinddateart.wordpress.com

cliftoncenter.org

I hope to see you there!

October 16th, 2013

'Ancestor' by Katy Traughber.

‘Ancestor’ by Katy Traughber.

Guess what day it is, listeners….Blind Date Day! Or, as most of you know it, Wednesday!

Once again, the Traughbers welcome me into their home. This time around, I sit with Katy Traughber. Katy is currently enrolled in the BFA Program at IUS over in New Albany. She is really drawn to objects with a past or hold a record of time, though the materials she works with and the forms they take are dependent on inspiration.  Much of her muse consist of coming from a family who created out of necessity, parenting, and open communications with her children and husband. As you’ll hear in the interview she’s tried photography, music, sculpting, installation, and painting. Currently, you can find a small collection of Katy’s work at Dragon King’s Daughter’s New Albany location. Be sure to check it out; it runs through the rest of October.

You can keep up with Katy by visiting katytraughber.blogspot.com. You can hear the interview right below.

Enjoy!

Oh, by the way, Blind Date is sponsoring its first ever event! It will be a showcase of art with a focus on music and film. The event is at the Clifton Center’s wonderful Eifler Theatre Monday, November 11th. Doors at 7, and show will start soon after. Just five dollars to spend an evening full of creativity.

Live performances by Lady Pyramid and Douglas Lucas. Both accompanied by visuals. And a viewing of some short films and music videos.

http://ladypyramid.com/

http://douglaslucas.tumblr.com/

The lineup, for your convenience:

‘Never Forever’

A Now Age psych-opera by Astral Projects starring Prince Rama. You can get acquainted with Prince Rama, Never Forever, and the ‘Now Age’ by going to the following links:

www.neverforeverfilm.com
www.princerama.net/
www.facebook.com/princeramaofayodhya

Learn more about Lily X, the director, and Astral Projects here

www.astral-projects.com

‘Shoot the Moon’

Short directed by Sarah Katherine Davis & Alexia Serpentini

www.sarahkatherinedavis.com

http://cargocollective.com/alexiaserpentini

‘Through the Window Pane’

Music video for the Cheyenne Mize’s track of that name

Directed by Lindsay Sant & Nate Jones

http://cheyennemize.com/

‘Are You Hungry?’

Music video for the Psychic Skin track of that name

Directed by B. Barbour

http://cargocollective.com/bbarbour
http://salutatorianblues.bandcamp.com/

You can find out more on the Blind Date Facebook page…just click ‘Events’.  As time approaches, I’ll get more and more vocal about this so you don’t forget. To learn more about the Clifton Center, you can go to their website, www.cliftoncenter.org. As always, thank you guys for listening and supporting Blind Date.

I hope to see you there! Till then.