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How to get a free cone from Jeni’s every month for year (and a kitchen tour)

September 23, 2009

[Update, 10/1:] The details of the Jeni’s promotion have changed and are as follows:

Become a Friend of Local Matters during Local Foods Week (October 3-9, 2009) and get Jeni’s Ice Cream.

The first 250 Friends who sign-up to give $10 a month will receive a punchcard for four, buy one, get one free cones, available through September 2010.

The first 250 Friends who make a one-time, $120 gift will receive a punchcard for 12 monthly buy one, get one free cones, also through September 2010. You can sign up to be one of 1000 Friends of Local Matters on the website or in person at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream in the Short North on Saturday, October 3 from 4:00-10:00 p.m.

Stop by any Jeni’s location during Local Foods Week, October 3-9.

(Schedule for the week here.)

Join 1,000 Friends of Local Matters by signing up for $10, monthly donation (or a one-time gift of $120).

That’s it.

You’ll get a punch-card for a free cone once a month for a year.

And you’ll help Local Matters in its mission to make local, healthy, and delicious food accessible to everyone.

How to get a tour of the Jeni’s kitchen

Event: Kitchen Tour of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Time: Tuesday, October 6, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Location: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Headquarters and Kitchen

Cost: $20 per person

Registration: (limited to 20 people) call Jeni’s at 614-488-3224


[UPDATE:][UPDATE:] 9/23, 1:18pm


And more…

Including local dinners, beer + wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and a breakfast bike ride… here.

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

Clients on twitter

March 18, 2009

@madebyamyd

@jenisplendid & @jenishusband

@luckbros

@skreened

@surlygirlsaloon

@bettyscolumbus

@tiptopkitchen

@thecandlelab

@chrisahamrick

@simplygcleaners

@dirtyfranksdogs

@localohiofoods

@littlealouette

@deliciousre

@thecouchfire

@jenadrion

@artbomb112

@lifesandwichdan

@avltheatre

@ruthmilligan

Hot polaroids

January 23, 2009

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By Pretty Patti.

Help The Candle Lab after the Grandview fire, this Tuesday night (2/3), 7 – 9pm

January 21, 2009

[Update, 2/1: This event was postponed on 1/27 due to the snow!  We have rescheduled it for this Tuesday, 2/3.  Come out!]

[Note: There’s a chance this might be rescheduled so it doesn’t conflict with the COSI Tweetup (thanks for the heads-up @Irene_ExpCols).  What do you think?  Please weigh in.]

[Update, 1/21, 11:45am: This isn’t going to be rescheduled.  Make it happen and come to both, if you can.]

Here’s the deal.

A BUNCH of local businesses were affected by last Saturday’s by the fire in Grandview a couple weeks ago.

There are still a lot of unknowns at this point, in terms of who is going to need what, but one thing’s for sure: people are going to need some help.  From us (you and me).

My hope is that we’ll have a coordinated effort underway soon to help ALL the businesses involved, in a meaningful, responsible way.

And that there will be plenty of opportunities to do so.

Until then, however, if you’re looking for a way to help, here’s one fun, social way you can:

Pour Your Own.  Then Have Them Pour One For You.

When: Tuesday (2/3), from 7 – 19 pm

Where: The Candle Lab (Worthington location) + House Wine

What: Lounge in the Lab after hours, get to know Steve and Katesha, pour your own custom candle, then, while the wax cools, step next door and enjoy a glass of vino.

How much it’ll cost: $16 (one candle + one glass of wine.)

Why: Because you care.

Never been to The Candle Lab before?  Now’s the time.  Already a Lab member?  Share your love.  (Didn’t know you could become a member?  Come hither.)

Bring your spouse.  Bring your BFF.  Bring a neighbor.  Invite your twitter and Facebook friends.  Come show some love.

Here’s a map.

If you’re coming, maybe RSVP in the comments, if you want.

[Note: Since this is about supporting local businesses in their time of need, 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?]

(I won’t)

January 15, 2009

In case you weren’t ‘leisure working‘ yesterday, let me bring you up to speed.

Personal insurance is one thing — fine — but direct mail is another.

I promised before I wouldn’t waste your attention or pummel you with messages and I won’t.

Nobody wants that:

Just give me the $ and let me create something that might actually add value, instead.

(As @jonmyers said: but that would be too obvious.)

My goal has been to operate independently and create a new culture from the ground up — something I could believe in.

And I’ve done it.

BUT, brilliant is a boutique division of a traditional insurance agency, still (one of the top 25 independent agencies in Columbus, no less).  I got folks to answer to.

but But BUT… as somebody over at the Brains crew said at one point — and I firmly believe — you MUST:

Everything I’ve done so far has been for a purpose.

From whom I do it for: local, independent businesses, creatives, collectives, non-profits, etc — i.e., cultural entrepreneurs.

To how I do it: wherever (I’m mobile), whenever (day, night, week/end), I come to you — just make an appointment.

(That’s IF you want to meet.  If you’re too busy or in a pinch, we can do the whole thing via twitter, chat, text, email — whatever you prefer.  And you ALWAYS know how to get in touch.)

So here’s what I’m going to do.

I’m going to start handling some personal insurance.  On a limited basis.  Only by referral.

I will not work with just anybody.

This a boutique: I provide specialized services to select group of clients.  I have litmus tests.  I am picky.

I underwrite accounts with a curatorial eye.  My network of clients reflects that.  We work collaboratively towards the common good.

So you have to either already know me, know somebody I’m working with, or else we need to be connected somehow online.

(Likewise, if these conditions apply, you can refer friends.)

I figured out long ago that great clients inspire great service.  And I don’t bother feigning impartiality about either.  This is the deal.

One last semantic note:

From day one, the adjective in our name was meant to be descriptive of our clients, not us.  (Of course.)

I got the idea after doing this gift card.

Between you and me, I’ve always thought of it more in the cheeky, British sense — as in ‘particularly good’ or ‘unusually wonderful.’  Rather than meaning quite literally brilliant.

Think you might be a good fit?  Get in touch.

We heart you

January 13, 2009

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@SuprDave

@noelclarington

@phyllisnichols

@KelvinNichols

@ahuman

@formerfactory

@1datarecovery

@CherylHarrison

@emilyerhodes

Brenda Direen

Kevin Joy

Jami (my wife)

Thank you for joining us at Tip Top Saturday before the show.

(Am I forgetting anyone?)

Plus all the folks we saw later at The Riffe:

@artieisaac

@danielskreened

@jonmyers

@suziwest

@di418warren

@walkerevans

Anne Evans

Tim Lessner

(Definitely leaving some folks out.)

As @avltheatre put it:

Thanks to @Jim1Coe for making it happen.

And an Extra Big Thanks to Tim and the rest of the Tip Top crew; it was the Saturday night dinner rush and I was pretty much in the way the whole time; my apologies.

Thanks for being such gracious hosts.

Volume II coming: soon.

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:

goodsheet

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?]

sum of its parts

December 4, 2008

Top 3 BLTs in Columbus, in no particular order:

  1. BLT&A at Surly Girl
  2. Puebla BLT at Cafe Corner
  3. The BLT (can’t remember the name) at Bodega

Please correct me if I’m wrong.

Masquerade on High

November 3, 2008

[Above image courtesy of klj_francis.]

In some cases, pics actually do do justice.

Take a look:

[Note: best experienced in slideshow view; click on the top right.]

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http://flickr.com/photos/imacaulae/sets/72157608563067880/with/2991943079/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shortnorth/sets/72157608571647763/

http://flickr.com/photos/wood-n-photography/sets/72157608598666860/

http://flickr.com/photos/becker271/sets/72157608599213396/


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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.]

Tuesday

September 16, 2008

Day 2 of forced digital nomadism due to the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

Hasn’t been that bad, really — our house isn’t damaged, we can still shower, the cars have gas, etc.

Jamo doesn’t have school…

Probably about .005% of what the folks down in Galveston and the Texas coast are experiencing.

A minor inconvenience, at worst.

Plus, about a month back I was having thoughts like this:

Which I did, like, the very next day:

So while neither my office nor the JDA office has power or phone service or Internet access, I’m holed up at the Cup O’ Joe in the Short North (pretty much all of which neighborhood has power, by the way) with full access to pretty much everything work-related.

And I’ll be damned if the tunes aren’t consistently good here.

If you’re a client, you already know how to get in touch.

If you want to be a client, you probably already know, too.

In case not:

Cell: 614.598.1729

Mobile email: ryan@areyoubrilliant.com

Gtalk: ryan@areyoubrilliant.com

Twitter: @slimgoodies

I’ll be in and out of meetings all day, so if you don’t get me, leave a message and I’ll get right back…

P.S. Anybody else going to the Wex tonight for Real You Inc?  I’ll be the skinny, balding, bespectacled guy… Shoot me an email, text, tweet — whatever.

P.P.S. Just shared a basked of potato chips with Jeb Stuard Magruder.