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Curating

May 15, 2009

Clients at Agora this weekend:

Wild Goose
Igloo Press
AmyD
Wholly Craft
Tigertree
Couchfire
Adam Brouillette
Jen Adrion
Mike Litzau
Dan Wilburn
Jeni’s
Rad Dog
Lucky Ladle
Available Light

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See you there.

The Evil Years

April 16, 2009

[Complete lyrics from the hip hop portion of Dirty Math]

Dear Abby: My father is a businessman who travels.
Each time he returns from one of his trips,
his shoes are covered in blood-

but he never forgets to bring me a nice present;
Should I say something?
Signed, America

Way way back in 73
The States of America all slept sound

Way way back in 73
But in South America some shit went down

There are 8 million stories in the world economy.
Stories of greed, stories of hope,
Stories of men with means and men with ideas,
This is one of them.

Now Milton was a Chi-town math kingpin,
Preachin bout the gods of supply & demand.
If he had it his way the market would lead.
He despised social government and John Maynard Keynes

Okay, down in Chile, Salvador Allende
Won a fair election saying “Fuck you CIA”
An opportunity for Milton Friedman’s machine
When Dick Nixon cried “Make their economy scream!”

So they spent 8 million try ta undermine Allende but they failed that
Too many people had his back
So the military coup starred Pinochet
Who had Milton in his office by noon the next day

Now shit went insane. In the stadiums
They rounded-up 13,000 people
who’d witnessed their evils
Troopers marched in to wave their guns (guns)
3000 dead, many more on the run (run)
Makin big m-o-n-e-y
Had to liquefy the vox populi
It’s demanded
Now deruglation is expanded,
It’s commanded to cut social spending, understand it?

Now Chile is a clean slate
Cleared by Pinochet
The Chi-town class-mates’
Ideas ruled the day
Chile fell to poverty
And shock therapy
Unemployment overdose
And human rights disgrace

But people at gunpoint learn to obey
When they’re homeless and hungry and dying away
So the Miracle of Chile was mythologized
And Milton Friedman got the Nobel Prize

You either pay American businesses to build American-style highways and powerplants that your people don’t need, dooming your nation to be forever in debt … or you get ousted by a CIA-organized coup.

Which would you choose?

Some folks live by the laws of the wild
Some learn slower and die in the mud
Some stand up to protest for a while
But that’s when the big dogs chew them up

Now John was a bad man
an Economic hitman
Making cash by makin kings a third world con men
Started with the oil plan
Roosevelt in Iran
Overthrew Mossadegh
And Replaced him with Ike’s man

CIA coup d’etat Arbenz in Guatamala
Victim of the red scare and propaganda
The CIA marched in with 400 troops (hooray!)
Colonialism to protect United Fruit
A few years later down in Panan
John got involved in a shipping drama
Torrijos, the man who controlled the canal
Wouldn’t capitulate to the U.S. cabal
He had had this idea to sell the rights to Japan
But he knew all about what went down in Iran
So he predicted that fate for himself, and sure enough
In August 81 his fuckin plane blew-up

But the one
that blows my mind
Totally on of a kind
Scheme to rob a nation’s people
completely blind

It was Indonesia, see
Victim of another coup of CIA
design

Cleansing time once the left was maligned
Shooting lists were distributed
for which they were pentagon armed and suited

OH rivers clogged with bodies OH hell embodied
But who stepped in to stop the massacre – that’s right nobody.

Turns out
It was all part of the master plan everybody
So hold no grudge
And hold your tongue
Cause
This Indonesian story’s far from done
Sure we had the rubber, the copper, and the oil, see
But there was plenty more where that came from
Opportunity
6 years passed
The country’s almost hobblin
So we went back in and sent John the hitman and his staff to ply their stage craft

So it’s an infrastructure
Bullshit kit
They say the poor need highways and electrics

They’ll be in debt forever
The leaders shoulda known better
For the record don’t think they didn’t profit from the metrics

So kill your national pride
And give into our demands or else
We’ll squeeze your land dry and fill it with ourselves

School for the imagination

February 10, 2009

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Hot polaroids

January 23, 2009

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By Pretty Patti.

Columbus Tweetup, Jan. 10th: Get Some Culture

December 29, 2008

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Do What You Want To Do.  Go Ahead.

When: January 10th — that’s a Saturday — 5:00ish*

*If you want to try and eat (together), a 5:00 arrival is recommended; otherwise, we’ll probably have to split up during the dinner rush and then convene at the bar. If you’re just coming for cocktails, we’ll be there from 5:00ish until 7:30ish.

Where: Tip Top –> Riffe Center (Studio Two).

What: Food and drinks, then hoofing it a couple blocks to catch Available Light‘s new show The Internationalist (starts at 8:00).

How much it’ll cost: At Tip Top, you can order anything you want and pay full price for it.  Happily.  For The Internationalist — and EVERY Available Light show — you can pay what you want.

(Note: tickets are cash only at the door.)

Why: Because it’s good for you.

Brought to you by @Jim1Coe and @slimgoodies.

Please RSVP in the comments so we can keep Tip Top in the loop.

Here’s a map.

Any questions?  Good.  See you then.

*Subject to change.  (Might have to be 5:00ish.)

[Update, 12/31: Is Available Light Theatre for you?]

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[Note: Since this is about culture and community, not tools, it’s worth mentioning that being on twitter isn’t a prerequisite for joining us, and neither is blogging or being on facebook, etc.  OK?]

Pay what you want

December 10, 2008

Two organizations I respect the hell out of are doing this.

First, there’s GOOD.

‘Media for people who give a damn.’

However much you decide to pay, 100% of it goes to one of their twelve non-profit partners — and you get to choose which one (I just re-upped our subscription and gave $20 to Kiva).

In addition to all the GOOD online content, you get a one-year subscription to GOOD magazine — six print issues — which is why this is such a GOOD gift for like-minded family and friends.

(Note: giving GOOD as a gift costs $20.)

But you get all sorts of compelling content — like this recent piece on everybody’s new favorite MD (or at least mine) Jay Parkinson and Hello Health — plus infograhics galore and design from Open.

And, if you haven’t broken your Starbucks habit yet, every Thursday while you’re picking up your triple grande latte or whatever, you can also pick up a GOOD sheet for free.

Here’s a peek at No. 11:

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Go ahead: sign up, pay what you want!

Example two: Available Light [Theatre].


Historically, I’m not much of a theater guy.

And I’ve got no excuse — except for that I’m a bit uncultured, maybe.  It’s just never really been on my radar.

That all changed (not the uncultured bit) back in September when I saw Available Light eulogize David Foster Wallace live at Independents’ Day.

THEN I realized it was time to start paying attention.

(You should, too, and you can start by subscribing to their RSS feed, connecting with them on facebook, and/or following them on twitter.)

(You can also follow Artistic Director Matt Slaybaugh here.)

But so they’ve got a gig coming up called Foolin’ around with Infinity on 12/19 and 12/20, at Denison, and I was checking it out and saw this:

I asked Matt about it last week, via email, and he said (quoting without permission — sorry, Matt):

Pay What You Want is something I wanted to do forever. We tried it earlier this year and it was a huge hit… So we’re sticking with it. I think it’s better for everyone.

Pretty revealing about the level of confidence in the value of their work, don’t you think?

(The word ‘ballsy’ comes to mind, but I don’t think that’s quite right.)

So I’m going to the show on 12/20.

And I haven’t figured out how much I want to pay yet, no.

But I’m going.

And I’m already thinking about the value of the experience, in advance, and how I might best make a meaningful contribution, support-wise.

So… who wants to come with me?

It’ll be fun.  We’ll pay what we want!

[Note: There are two non-profits you’re going to be hearing A LOT about in ’09.  BOTH are dedicated to bringing healthy, organic, locally-grown goodness to Columbus:

  1. Available Light
  2. Local Matters

The question isn’t DO you want to get involved.  The question is HOW INVOLVED do you want to get?]

HighBall

October 23, 2008

Live in Columbus?  Like good things?

Hopefully you’ve heard about HighBall then.

If not, here’s the deal:

Next Friday — October 31st, Halloween — from 6:00pm to midnight, High Street is going to be blocked off/closed to traffic from Buttles to Hubbard, in the Short North.

And we’re throwing a masquerade…

Think: Carnivale

Think: Mardi Gras

Think: Halloween

Think: Short North

As Funkadelic put it: free your mind… and your ass will follow.

Admission is FREE (booze is not).

On the north end, you’ll have live music: The Floorwalkers from 6:00 to 7:30; Flypaper (with Anna and the Androids) from 8:00 to 9:30; and Buzzcrush from 10:00 to 12:00.

On the south end, you’ll have DJs Moxy and Sonya, spinning from 6:00 to 9:00 and 9:00 to 12:00, respectively.

Plus a — get this — ginormous T-shaped runway in the middle of High Street (the top of the T backs up to Dr. Mojoe, if you’re trying to picture this; the stem is like 30 ft) for the Costume Couture Fashion Show.

(Now.  Before you even begin to rehash the 35 pages of debate on CU about what exactly ‘fashion’ is and what does Columbus have to do with it anyway, let us acknowledge that it (‘fashion’) is indeed subjective and amorphous and, to most of us, fleeting, but that it does have something to do with, I think, ‘freedom of expression through your wardrobe,’ plus ‘being creative within certain bounds’ and ‘intentionality’ — yes.)

That being said, we’ve got a veritable gaggle of talented designers in Columbus and we’re going to be featuring couture costume designs — plus three or four ready-to-wear looks a piece — from eleven of them right here.

On the catwalk.

Sexy folk like Kelli Martin.  And Terri Stevens.  (Don’t think I even need to mention the show anymore so I won’t.)  And Akira Burgess. And Esther Myong Chung.  To name a few…

And a certain super drag queen — 2008 National Entertainer of the Year, no less — emceeing?

That’s at 8:30.

Plus then costume contests from 9:30 to 12:00 with, I’m led to believe, a couple thousand dollars at stake.

All while legally drinking booze on the street!

Obviously there’s A LOT going on.  Probably I’m forgetting all sorts of stuff (like Dogtober Howloween).  So be sure and check out highballhalloween.com or the Facebook page or the official Short North blog for the full story.

Any questions?

Here’s your map:

See you then.

[Updated 10/28: street closure is at 6:30pm, not 6:00, though The Floorwalkers do start at 6:00 in the Haiku parking lot.]

Chances are good

October 9, 2008

I’m 95% behind on pretty much everything in my life right now.

Not a complaint, just an observation; it’s good to be busy.

Just need an intern, is all.

Plus 85% of it’s interchangeable parts of a BIG project involving the total integration of my work and personal lives to the point of: It’s Just What I Do Because It Interests Me.

Anywhere, anytime.  Work hours?  What’s that.

Building that bridge.

And following — no, chasing — passion, both mine and others.

Until everything I do (and don’t do) (paid or otherwise) is driven by a single unifying purpose: to help build a local living economy in Columbus.

In other words: making things better.

Paying-gig-wise, without exception, ALL the people I’m working with these days — 100% — are smarter, more creative, and exponentially more interesting than I am.

That’s by design, of course — I don’t have an inferiority complex.

They’re all so just f**king cool.

Case in point: Little Alouette.

Based right here in Columbus, OH.

A true, small-family-biz: Renaissance Mom, Artisan Wood-Working Dad, and two ‘wee ones,’ crafting wooden toys by hand, with love.

Using Ohio Maple whenever possible…

And finishing each product with certified organic seed oil!

In other words: all the savvy moms dig Little Alouette.

(Probably you should, too.)

REALLY feeling this Lil Ellie Roller right now:

Maple Lil Ellie Roller Toy

And this Balance Toy:

Solid Wood Bowler Hat Man Weights and Balance Toy

Of course, I’m biased; it’s impossible for me to be objective, they’re my clients — I believe in what they do.

So if you don’t feel you can trust me, tune into some of the chatter here, here, here, and here.

Plus, you know who else loves them?

Whole Foods — read about that here.

And say you really want to be the cool uncle (or whatever), bundle one of LA’s treasures with this here onsie from Skreened:

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Like a wee sartorialist in training.

[Update, 12/12: check out Little Alouette and Skreened on Good Day Columbus with @jdiloretto from a couple weeks back here and here, respectively.]

DFW

September 25, 2008

So Wallace committed suicide on 9/12.  Hung himself.

The number of posthumous appraisals written in the short time between then and now is staggering.

Tried keeping up for a bit, but good luck.

If you’re wondering why all the fuss, there’s an exhaustive catalogue of what’s been written so far here.  Dig in.

My personal favorite, by far, was the live eulogy performed by the Available Light crew (plus special guest, Artie Isaac, whose thoughts on DFW you can read here, along with a mini-review in the comments from Advergirl, who obviously knows her lit) as part of the Independents’ Day festival last Saturday on Gay St.

I’d forgotten how funny Brief Interviews with Hideous Men could be.

And how it felt the first time to read (and re-read, a couple times, alternately flipping from the story to the inside blurbs to the back cover’s author pic and back, before going on, trying to make sense) that opening scene from Infinite Jest, my intro to Wallace.

A book which, for a while, I re-read about once every other year.  Losing myself.  Again.  With characters people like Pemulis and that sideways, ‘drine-fueled glance; Lenz with those rats; Poor Tony.  Big Don Gately.  Picking up on stuff I’d missed before.

And then which book I also raved frothingly about to anybody who’d listen.  Friends, family.  People who LOVE to read!  I’d corner them: Read this. And, yet, to this day, I only know of one person whom I recommended/gave the book to who ever actually finished it.  The rest couldn’t hack it or just didn’t get it and gave up.

On some of the most spectacular writing.  Ever.

Anyhow, all that came flooding back on Saturday, at Due Amici, with ALT’s performance.  And though I was lathered up pretty good with sunblock because of the skin thing — and, yes, some did get in my eye, thank you — I’ll confess that there were a couple real tears interspersed in there, somewhere.

And, in my more self-directed moments, I like to think the performance was in some way for/because of me.

So thanks, Matt, regardless if it was or wasn’t.

I’m just glad to finally know an actual fellow Wallace fan in the flesh.

la caprichosa

June 22, 2008

caught the annual student show of flamenco del corazon today.

two words:

hot fun.

WAY better than mowing the grass.

art & conversation

January 18, 2008

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couchfire collective open house.

saturday, february 9th.

6 – 9 pm.

junctionview (here’s a map).

see what’s up with the couchfire crew.

el santo: uno

January 9, 2008

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from trent’s oal show circa ’05 by way of our home-office wall.

making it better

December 28, 2007

back in november, in his keynote speech at the 2007 futuretrends conference in miami, fl, piers fawkes issued the following challenge:

if there is an economic reason to change the world…

…as a trends analyst, researcher, innovation director or concerned party, it’s your job, should you choose to accept it, to create that change.

your job is to inspire your companies. inspire them:

  • to lead
  • to be good
  • to make things better

right about that same time, 1200 miles away, here in columbus, i was issuing a similar challenge to our agency principal at jda, except with a singularly immodest proposal attached: give me the resources, backing, and budget, and let me create a new agency — from the ground up, on my terms — so we can lead and help shape the future.

he said ‘yes.’

that night, i unpacked the still-germinating idea into a clumsy powerpoint and uploaded it:

jump cut a month-and-a-half forward, and we’re getting ready to meet piers’ challenge with brilliant.

this is about columbus.

this is about passion for the potential for the future.

and, if you’re engaged locally in the commercial application of creativity — a cultural entrepreneur — this is about you.

stay tuned.

length / height =

December 17, 2007

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in this context, it’s almost as if howard’s seen the deep fuchsia of our office carpeting for the first time.

that, or the wallpaper.

or — better yet — it’s as if he’s just seen the first of 100-some holiday cards come trickling back in with this stamped across the front: ‘return to sender. 17¢ additional postage. non-standard surcharge.’

this was confounding, at first. until we started trolling through obscure statutes and codes on the usps website looking for ostensible causes of 17¢ surcharges, and found the following mathematic expression of what makes an envelope “non-machinable”:

If the aspect ratio (length divided by height) is not within 1.3 to 2.5 (inclusive), the piece is a nonmachinable letter. For example:

For a letter-size piece that is 5 inches by 8 inches, if the address is parallel to the 5-inch (shorter) dimension, the piece is 5 inches long and 8 inches high. The aspect ratio of this piece is 0.625, which is not within 1.3 to 2.5, so it is mailable as a nonmachinable letter.

our envelopes, though they fit within the proffered slot of the trusty ‘first-class-mail-rate-classification-guide’ tool issued to us earlier this year, are 6″ by 6″. giving our holiday piece an aspect ration of 1. clearly not within the neighborhood of 1.3 to 2.5.

mailable but, alas, nonmachinable.

if this were an episode of numb3rs, i’d get that smart guy to calculate the probability of whether or not all of the individual pieces were going to get returned, the daily rate at which they would arrive, and then the likelihood of us getting them sent back out with the additional 17¢ in postage and delivered before … 2008.

know your aspect ratios.

business. highly unusual.

December 16, 2007

you live in columbus. you’re a crafter. an artist. a designer. you run a creative small business. maybe you’ve got a blog. you’re passionate. you shop local. you create original things from scratch that didn’t before exist; or, you combine old ideas in never-tried-before ways to create something new. status quo? rejected it. at some point you took a look around and said: if nobody else can get it right, i’m just going to do it myself. you embrace failure. you’re independent. you prefer interestingness to not. you ‘get it.’ you’re creatively-engaged. you’re a participant. you’re shaping the future. you want to do well by doing good. you want to give something back. are you brilliant? we think so.