Busy as a bee..

Sarah snapped a pic of me enjoying a much deserved popsicle.

Sarah snapped a pic of me enjoying a much deserved popsicle.

Hey there Blind Date enthusiasts!

Between all the ruckus of moving & working on my new home, I’ve been doing my best to keep up with the arts.

The Speed Art Museum just hired their new Curator of Contemporary Art, Miranda Lash. This ‘star curator’ (what she was dubbed by folks back when she was with NOMA) Lash will begin her new role at the Speed on Aug. 18. Previous curator, Suzanne Weaver, departed in January and is now an independent curator with the Zephyr Gallery. I’m super excited to see what she brings to the table when the Speed re-opens its doors. It is slated to reopen in spring 2016.

Also, on recommendation, I finally looked into the music of MA Turner. I’m a little ashamed to admit it has taken me this long; I’ve known of his work with his bands Cross and Salad Influence for quite a time. And most of the music sites I frequent mention him often enough. He just released a reconfiguration of the “ZOZ COLLECTION” box set on Vinyl titled ZOZ. Consisting of twelve cassettes cased inside a handmade box, the collection features eighty-three compositions and makes for roughly six hours of sound. Debuting on display at Lexington, Kentucky’s Institute 193 gallery in March of 2014, the boxes as well as tape covers, accompanying booklets and flags have all been hand drawn, screen printed, collaged, painted, and assembled by Turner himself. This is out today on Sophomore Lounge. Sophomore Lounge is a Louisville based record label with releases from many hometown heroes, as well as some of our neighbors. Other artists on SL include Tropical Trash, Phantom Family Halo, and Fielded.

Speaking of music, for those of us music appreciators on a budget, there are lots of options for you this weekend. One such would be Forecastle’s lesser known sister fest, Poorcastle. A bushel of local music for only $ 5. From what I gather, it’s a more down to earth, inexpensive response to Forecastle. This happens both this Saturday and Sunday at Apocalypse Brew Works. For more info, you can see the lineup here. Many Blind Date alumni on the bill.

If you’re free Friday night, you should also check out Chervon’s Oso osO night at OPEN Gallery (located on 2801 S. Floyd St). Doors at 7:30p. $5 cover. Music by tHingsHape, Jonathan Wood, and Camera Lucida to name a few.

I’ve heard through the grapevine that Shakespeare in the Park has been great this year. These are free performances in Central Park, each weekend in the summer. This weekend is the performance of Hamlet. I hope to catch it.

There’s much more I would love to mention but I’d be spending all night trying to type it all up.

Enjoy the weekend! Go see some art.

 

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May 28th, 2014

Readers. Listeners. Bloggers. How are you? The slow countdown to Blind Date’s birthday continues. An extra episode while you wait….

Today’s study in creativity is with Nick Hill. I’ve been sitting on this episode for awhile, and I hope you find it worth the wait. Nick is probably best known for his music project Phourist, though he also dabbles in visual art. Most of the tracks that make up the project are piano or  guitar (or combination of the two) driven with added flourishes and accents. These are usually comprised of found sound based textures, synth layers, or the efforts of his backing band, The Photons.

As far as tempo, there are songs of the more ambient, ‘empty theater echo’ variety as well as more upbeat and fast paced work. Either way, Nick has his own interesting character to what he does.

Listen in below to him chat about his creative process, ideas, and how he has had a love of ambient music since a young age, playing with the ‘sound wall’ at department stores.

To learn more about Nick Hill and his music visit his band site here, or his Facebook page. Peruse his music while you wait for his next release, which he is currently working on. Above is the video for his track ‘The Wave And The Powers That Be’.

If you’d like to meet him yourself, you can find him at OPEN this coming Saturday ( May 31st). He’ll be playing along with Tall Squares and Buffalo. Presented by Socius Opus. Roxell Karr will be providing projections. Doors at 7:30. $ 10 cover.

Best.

I doubt you’ll be bored this weekend…

Hey Blind Date bloggers,

I’m here again to bring all the happenings in one place. Here is a list of events coming up in the near future. If you’re like me, you’re probably going to have some hard choice to make Friday evening…

Wednesday (tonight!), March 5th

Figure Drawing at OPEN
OPEN opens its doors at 7pm for a casual and fun figure drawing session. $ 10 suggested donation. You’re encouraged to bring your own refreshments, though limited amount will be provided by the gallery.
OPEN, 2801 S Floyd St

Prince Smoke the Mic
Presented by Maxwellsounds, an open mic night at Prince Hookah of Louisville hookah bar. $5 for attendance, only $3 if you choose to perform. Doors at 8pm
Prince Hookah of Louisville, 1489 S 4th St

Thursday, March 6th

BrainbheatsIntrovert, & Visiting Nurse @ Zanzabar
Doors at 8pm, show promptly at 9pm. $5 admittance.
Zanzabar, 2100 S Preston St

Friday, March 7th

Art[squared] Anonymous Art Sale
The Louisville Visual Art Association presents this charity auction to raise money for its CFAC program. Work is provided by a large variety of artists on 8 x 8 canvases who will remain anonymous. Friday March 7th is the opening reception, which will be held at their gallery PUBLIC from 6pm to 8pm. Each piece is $100 and all proceeds go to fund art classes for children. There’s also a Selfie contest….just sayin’!
PUBLIC, 131 West Main Street

A Night of Experimental Music @The Bard’s Town!!!
From 7pm to 10:30pm, The Bard’s Town will be hosting a variety of experimental musician. In order of performance:
Thaniel Ion Lee ( experimental improvisational drone, ambient, free noise)
https://humanhoodrecordings.bandcamp.com/
Mathias Davey (improvisational acoustic, melodic noise, punk)
http://mathias1.bandcamp.com/
Institute for Psychic Reform (experimental electronica, ambient, improvisational)
http://www.psychicreform.com/
Cher Von (looped guitars, tribal vocals)
www.chervonmusic.com
Slow Learner (experimental improvisational duo, drums and guitar)
www.soundcloud.com/slowlearner
The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Rd

Moonface, Saltland, and Tender Mercy at Headliners Music Hall
Blind Date Alumn Mark Kramer aka Tender Mercy along with Saltlands will be opening for Spencer Krug’s solo moniker, Moonface. Spencer Krug is a profilic Canadian musician who was a contributor of bands such as Wolf Parade and Frog Eyes, as well as the creative force behind the now defunct Sunset Rubdown. Moonface is his newest artistic outlet, and he has recently released a new album ‘Julia With Blue Jeans On’. The album is far stripped down from his previous work, only using vocals and piano.
Doors at 9m. $ 15 tickets at the door.
Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Rd

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.