Chrstine McKinley

Today I went to the Eugene public library and got to hear some sexy chemistry jokes from Christine McKinley. She also played us some lovely songs about physics in promoting her new book “Physics for Rock Stars.” She encourages girls to go into fields in the math and sciences because its awesome and they can make real money. She was certainly inspirational and quite funny. and she liked my quark joke. Maybe its time for me to begin performing again my old staple about heat death, “Only time will tell if intelligent life will survive the inevitable collapse of our universe,” in my live shows.  100_3531

Kan Wakan and Mother Falcon

KAN WAKAN kicked ass at Cozmic pizza. Their epic shimmering, glamorous and dark 80s-influenced pop was gorgeous and the sound was done so well.

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Mother Falcon played a tight set, they had 10 members present, and played a dozen beautiful songs.

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I liked the pained expressions of joy on the drummers face. Also extra points because his name is Isaac.

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Here’s to the current trend of chamber pop! It would be a blast to bring them to Alaska someday. According to their site, they sometimes have “rock camps,” like Cello Fury! COOL! If they come near you, please go see them. It will tug your heartstrings and enliven your sensibilities!

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Portland – Alberta Street Fair

 At the Alberta Street Fair I met some Parrots: Rico and Ziggy! They were charming gentlemen, with a touch of red in feathers on his back Ziggy looks dapper indeed.

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My brother sells his Meltybead (or Pearler Bead) paintings of pop culture icons.

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He is not the only one with the idea, here are some more by another artist: they take patience and perfection.100_3464 100_3465100_3463The street fair is really cool, and its suprising what turns up when there are NO FEES for a booth. They have a website here 

 

 

Mecca- Zentangles, Exquisite corpse

 First day of Woodcut, students made Zentangles, to experiment with line, texture, and shape.100_3474

First day of “Faces” students played “Exquisite Corpse.” In addition to learning how to draw faces, we will explore media and culture. This is a game where 3 students draw a figure without seeing the whole drawing. Then we gave them funny names.

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I made this list for the wall if students claim they have “nothing to do.

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This is where art happens. The NCA Studio at Mecca.

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Paul Baribeau, Kimya Dawson, Dan Firmin, Joe Ransdell Green

I went to a lovely outdoor concert last night. It was at the Jack Townsend Point, where Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre has shows.

 

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Paul Baribeau

Paul Baribeau. He sang sweetly about depression. Most of his songs seemed to be about growing up in Michigan. He reminded me of “Gregory Pepper and his Problems” because they both play catchy short songs.

 

 

Kimya Dawson

Kimya Dawson

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Kimya Dawson

 

I was so glad she played “same shit/complicated” because it has a real sweet message that I love. “There are some mean teachers, but no one can be mean all the time, and no one can be nice all the time.” I was hoping she would play Loose Lips, “we won’t stop until somebody calls the cops, and then again we’ll start again and just pretend, nothing ever happened.” It was on the Juno soundtrack, so she might be sick of playing it by now. I can’t complain, she played a very intimate show with lots of personal stories and conversations with audience members. She is touring with her kid! Proving that it can be done.

 

Dan Firmin

Dan Firmin

Dan Firmin, to hear his music click here.

 

 

Joe Ransdell Green

Joe Ransdell Green

Another great opener wasJoe Ransdell Green. He will play at the Fair on August 2.

 

 

Thank you Nick Meurlott for bringing these fantastic, nationally touring acts here to Fairbanks, and thank you KSUA for organizing the show!

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Bustin Jeiber from Eugene, OR

 

This band is unexplainable. They are Bustin Jeiber from Eugene, Or. Their new album is available here. As Dusty sang into a fuzz pedal about gravy and gravyrobbers, I said to my partner, “uh, does this sound like Primus?” She said simultaneously, “sounds like Frank Zappa, huh?”

Without a guitar, Andy on sax does the melodic heavy lifting, sometimes playing into wah wah pedals. Susan plays meticulous and precise drums with a determined wit.  No, they don’t sound like anything else. They are part of the weird wonderful Eugene scene. They are on tour selling their new album and comic book. Too cool.

 

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Historical Figures Burlesque

 

 

 

 

 

I attended a fun show at Countdown Studios! it was the annual Historical Figures burlesque show, Jorah Defleur hosted as the big bad wolf. There was also appearances by Charlie Chaplin, Princess Leia, Audrey Hepburn, JFK, Marilyn Monroe, and Jackie O.100_3213

Featuring Ophelia Woody as the Unabomber.

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