Aspiring Filmmakers Boot Camp

The Aspiring Filmmakers Boot Camp will roll into Cleveland January 25-27 (Sorry for the late notice) I wonder if they make you do push-ups one handed with a camera in the other. Perhaps they make you do laps with the camera, and that’s how all this shaky video stuff has come into vogue. Regardless of my joking, if you think this might be your big break or at least a fabulous learning experience check out http://www.filmboot.com for all the information you need on how to sign up for the workshop.

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The perfect blog for music and film buffs.

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My friend Derek is this talented artist-type who just so happens to be rather interested in electronic music and cool artsy film stuff. So it’s no wonder his blog is filled with all sorts of music and film gems. You can visit his blog and find film clips, music mixes and remixes, some cool photography, and plenty of features and commentary on the local (and non-local) music scene, as well as blurbs on all sorts of other quirky and interesting topics. Not only that though, his writing is intelligent, at times a social commentary, and at other times simply witty.

Visit him at http://www.blogacide.blogspot.com

Valentines Day was not invented by Hallmark.

My husband refuses to acknowledge Sweetest day, as he says it’s a commercial holiday invented by corporations to sell stuff. I’ll give him that…but Valentines Day has a place in history so I say it’s legit. With that in mind do you have a honey you want to find something for this year? Why not go handmade and heartfelt instead of buying some mass produced product. The following items might give you a few ideas to get you started (Many are from local Clevelanders!):

You can avoid the mass produced cards and give something that has some sentiment with a handmade love note…from “Handmade” They’re quite lovely and you can even buy a set of three.

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Got an environmentally conscious sweetie? How about this 100% cotton reusable tote bag from Quill Avenue Studios?

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Here’s a creation of my own: Two Hearts in Love Earrings
Simple sterling silver hearts and swarovski crystal.

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Looking more for a wee one? How about a sweet swaddling blanket from LazyMama Designs
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Show that your love is “rock solid” with the “She Loves You Necklace“from Stonz
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Are you the practical sort? Keep your loves head warm (or your own!) with this cute“Be Mine” hat from Strawberry Lemonade. It’s in lovely shades of pink and super soft!
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If you’re just looking for something festive that isn’t too risque’ check out this cute top from Spiderlily Clothing.
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Of course, if you insist on things being anatomically correct there’s always the “My Beating Heart” t-shirt available for girls or guys from Various and Sundry
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Change Cleveland in 2008

Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine. ~Robert C. Gallagher
With that being said, why not make a few small changes this year that can create some positive change in your local community. Even small changes, if changes for good, are worth the effort. Here’s a few ideas to get you started:
1. Hunger doesn’t only strike during the holidays. Consider making a food or monetary donation to the Cleveland Foodbank. Or, sign up to be a volunteer. There are many different opportunities for you to lend a helping hand. Interested? Visit the Cleveland Foodbank.
2. Put more effort into recycling. The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District offers a web guide and printable guide detailing the recycling programs of each city in the county.

3. Give the gift of literacy. Cleveland Reads is a resource and advocate for both child and adult literacy. Find out how you can donate, help or volunteer at Cleveland Reads.
4. Make sure your politicians work for you. Register to vote in Cuyahoga County. Then write to your politicians and tell them what you want. You can visit Write to Your Politician.com of any number of sites to find out how to contact yours.
5. Shop for your food locally. (Especially organic!) You can still even do this in the dead of winter at the North Union Farmers Market.
6. Support the Arts. It’s no secret I think the arts are vital to our economy, our lifestyle and our environment. I won’t list any organization or artist in particular as that is one of the major purposes of this blog. Simply visit the theater, purchase your goods from local artists and crafters, check out local art galleries, watch a dance performance, donate to arts organizations, take an art class, etc… There’s an entire wealth of possibilities.

More ideas to come soon…!

Derek Plaslaiko @ Touch Supper Club 2/16/08

Yippee, hippy, hooray.  Back when we were throwing events DJ Derek Plaslaiko was on our “to book in Cleveland” list.  Of course, life took over and we got busy doing other things and never managed to do so.  Fast foward a few years and I decided to repeatedly bugged the Tek-know crew to book him.  (Of course, methinks he was already on their radar anyhow and my begging did little to persuade them, but I digress.)

If you don’t know who he is–look him up.  I think I was hooked on his music when we heard him at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2004 I believe?  Anyhow, mark the date on your calendar if you like some serious dance music.  Prepare to wear some comfy shoes and get down to creative and energetic beats.

On a personal note: I publicly thank Paul of Tek-know for this booking.  You rock!

Here’s the details that were posted at Clevelandnightlife.net:

 $5

Sat Feb 16 2008

For the next installment of Tek-Know @ Touch we’re finally answering your calls. One of the most respected techno acts coming from the US


Derek Plaslakio [Detroit / NYC]
Ghostly International, Wolf + Lamb

Some people filter through the record bins, taking what are on the wall or record store employee suggestions. Then there are people who dig deeper into the dusty crates, and absorb music like a sponge; ignoring labels, bucking trends and are forever on a quest to find the perfect record. The ones that make the staunchest of chin stroking, note taking trainspotters lose their shit on the dancefloor, hanging on every record from one to the next.

Derek Plaslaiko unquestionably falls into the latter category. As a teen equally transfixed by Mojo and Wizard cassettes and Minor Threat 7”s, Plaslaiko followed the beats from his hometown 20 miles south of Detroit to the epicenter of Detroit techno, then enjoying its third wave of success. He quietly paid his dues on Detroit’s rave circuit, and was a crucial piece of the puzzle for the legendary Poorboy and Analog parties of the mid-nineties. He quickly earned a reputation for forward thinking DJ sets that were clinical, sophisticated and extremely sensual. This combination resulted in a residency for Family, the weekly party at Detroit’s legendary Motor.

With a reputation for high energy sets that were versatile and tasteful, Plaslaiko slowly became in demand on the Midwestern club circuit; sharing the stage with such techno luminares as John Acquaviva, Kevin Saunderson, Richardo Villalobos, Baby Ford, and Matthew Herbert. It was also during that time Plaslaiko was asked by Carl Craig to perform at the inaugural edition of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival.

In 2003, Plaslaiko became part of the original team of DJs at Detroit’s Untitled parties, sharing a residency with Tadd Mullinix (aka James T. Cotton), Matthew Dear and Mike Servito. In 2004 he made the decision to head east and set up camp in New York City, determined to bring a slice of the Motor City to the Big Apple.

Currently, Derek is one of the resident DJs at the Bunker (Subtonic) in NYC, as well as an integral part of the Wolf + Lamb monthly parties. Most recently, he was honored in the Village Voice 2006 “Best Of” poll as New York’s Best Techno DJ.

Sets are available here -> http://plaslaiko.net/me/

Local support from
Jamie Tyler [Tek-Know | Cleveland]
Funk Detective [Tek-Know | Cleveland]

and more TBA!

 

So you think YOU can dance…

If you believe you’ve got smooth moves here’s a chance to show your stuff. The Cleveland Gladiators are holding an open audition on Saturday, January 19th for their dance team. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel. Check out the Gladiators web-site for full details including requirements and the registration form.

Art and Wine…perfect!

I was taking a look at the Studio of 5 rings web-site and was looking at their events and noticed the following:

Saturdays: WINE TASTINGS

  • 1:00pm and again at 5:00pm
  • Tasting leader provides guidance through our California collection. Our Art Gallery provides a friendly, supportive environment.
    • Learn tasting basics
    • Pick up new tips
    • Ask the wine maker questions
    • Five 2 oz. samples, complimentary appetizers and desserts
    • $10/person
    • RSVP required – seating is limited

Sounds good to me. $10 is very reasonable for a tasting, and when you couple it with art–well that just makes me a happy camper. They have events listed clear through April on the site such as a book signing, happy hour specials, and a chicken paprikash cook-off. If you didn’t already know–The Studio of 5 Rings is an art gallery in Rocky River and a Winery where they also make their own wine on premises. Two of my favorite things; not a bad combination!