Thursday, December 18, 2008

Creative Minds need help with the internets…

So, as you saw me rant about how too many A) Windsorites and B) creative class inhabitants are clueless about how to maximize their viewership/readership/listenership/sales, I am putting my money where my mouth is…

Tuesday, January 27th, there will be a FREE education night for those artists, musicians, writers, etc. who want to expand their dismal presence online, using free web applications that are being proved to grow webs of connectivity among the tech, education, and corporate communities.

There will be several presenters, who will talk for 7-10 minutes each, about a particular program they are proficient in using, and share their knowlege of these programs. Presenters will SHOW on a projection screen, all the steps from clueless, to daily user of each web application they share. They’ll simply plug into the projector with their computer. Some presentations will be video only, pre-produced, and sent in from around Ontario from some people I know who are very gifted with these apps.

ONE lucky person will be chosen (to stay for the entire thing) and be registered for EVERY web app. (which they can choose to use or lose after the symposium), thus injecting some continuity to the process of registering for these sites. The presentations will ALL consist of a walk-through of how to:

A) register, B) use, and C) manage their existence online with that particular app, and, D) be taught why this app is usable, important, and pertinent to get ideas to others.

The talks will hopefully inspire a bigger presence on the web, and some more eyes, ears, minds being amazed by our Windsor talents.

It’s going to be awesome.

Oh, by the way, if you think you have something to offer in this regard, a little talk in front of some non-techies…tell me so I can schedule you for a presentation!! COME ONE, COME ALL!!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Windsor Detroit/Live Music & Art: Black Kettle Bistro

Friend of Phog, Rino Bortolin, has been running Black Kettle Bistro, located at 357 Ouellette Avenue (the old Quizno's) for a while.

He has recently placed a focus on supporting the arts, musicians, photographers, and the like.
One problem, they don't know he's looking for them (you).

Rino wants you to simply get a hold of him, and let him know who you are, what your artwork is...and if you're willing to show your stuff in his soup and sandwich shop.

They provide for a breakfast crowd, a huge lunch crowd, and a growing after-hours crowd...most of whom are not frequent visitors of the usual art haunts. It's a fantastic opportunity to grow your personal web of art buyers and contacts...from people who work downtown during the day!

I think you (as an artist reading this) would be silly to not e-mail Rino to take advantage of this.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

T-Shirt Art Show report

Shirts are selling. People are dancing.
The show runs until the end of the month, and there is way more than just t-shirts available.
Mittens, scarves, bags, etc.

Also, if you want to know what an awesome show is all about with should have been at Made In Windsor a week or so ago.
Awesome. Look at the activity in this place...
Go to the next the spring or next winter.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Alcohol and Alchemy: SUCCESS!

The First Monthly Alcohol and Alchemy was a success, with a heap-load of liquor-laced hot chocolates being guzzled to and fro while Frank Sinatra crooned Christmas songs between short features put on by The Super Fun Film Society.

NEXT Alcohol and Alchemy night: Tuesday January 6th!!!
The drink of great machinations and effort will be the Apple Cider Mojito (served cold) which is a painstaking process with this crazy recipe that Tom will undertake the night before the event. We will also be making HOT apple cider drinks with various liquor-mixes.

For those curious, this recipe was taken from the website which is a community artist/blog website based in San Francisco:

Apple Cider Mojito

¾ oz. freshly-squeezed lime juice

¾ oz. apple mint brown sugar (*recipe below)

1 ½ oz. rum

Splash of club soda

Mint sprig

Add lime juice, apple mint brown sugar, and rum to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake 8 times and and strain into a pint glass filled with ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

*Making your own apple mint brown sugar is way easier than you think. Plus, this recipe makes a big ol’ batch of the stuff so you can whip these things out with the greatest of ease once this task is out of the way.

Bring 3 quarts of unfiltered apple cider, 3 quarts of brown sugar, and 12 apples (cubed) to a simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, strain out apple chunks, and add roughly torn mint leaves (no stems) and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain mint, cool, and refrigerate.

December 9th's Alcohol and Alchemy was hot chocolate...and it was AWESOME. Very well attended and a lot of chocolate goodness was consumed.

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