Over the weekend…

Happy Wednesday readers. I hope everyone is feeling better than me…I came down with something, some time Sunday evening. The rest of the weekend was great though.

Besides going to my first Squallis play, How to Fest, and see some local music, I spent an evening with my old friend Breck. It seems like each time I run into him, he has something new to introduce me to. This time was no different.

One thing you should know about Breck and I is that we share an affinity for bizarre electronic music. Recently, he’s been on another vinyl kick, and introduced me to Warning. Warning is a German electronic duo that started in the early 80’s. I think the thing that really draws me to these guys is the full circle that their aesthetics possesses. They created characters to play roles within the music…the costumes, the album art, and the music come together to display the personalities of what some reviewers call these ‘Space War Lords’. A little bit early electronic, a little bit metal ( supposedly they were supported by the Austrian Death Metal Band Pungent Stench for some of their studio work.)

To further that love of electronic music, Breck showed me another recent purchased he made. If you’ve been wanting a inexpensive alternative to synthesizers, you’ll find it in littleBits. littleBits are tiny electronic components you can snap together, to do various things. One such set deals with sound manipulation, like a tiny synthesizer…or at least its differing dials. Click here to watch this promo clip and  learn even more about littleBits and the founder, Ayah Bdeir, by hitting up the wikipedia page.

Last thing Breck offered up is related to both the Simpsons and Prince Rama. Remember Homer’s car? How about Never Forever? Both reference a film called The Apple. Breck has been hounding me quite some time to watch this movie, and I finally sat down to watch it. The Apple is a retro-futuristic rock opera of sorts that has themes of anti-conformity and ties in the Adam and Eve story. I think I’ll just let the trailer below speak for it. Enjoy.

 

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.

Monday is only a couple of days away

Monday slowly approaches, listeners. And with it comes the Blind Date sponsored event Glances: an evening of short films and performances. I thought it might be nice to give you a couple of teasers before the show, to get you excited and all that.

Here’s a video clip of Lady Pyramid performing ‘Oranges’

And here is the trailer for the Astral Projects production ‘Never Forever’, featuring Prince Rama.

If this doesn’t incite you, I’m not sure what will. Learn more here.

Just one more piece of FYI worthy material, next Wednesday’s episode will feature an interview I did with local musician Clint Ackerman. A man after my own heart, due mostly to his love of Bowie…haha, I kid, there’s more to it than that. Make sure to keep your ears peeled or subscribe to the podcast, so you never miss a beat.

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.