Season One Roundup

This episode is all about talking about what we have learned from the 12 artists we talked with. We review their final thoughts and their projects for season 2. 

 

We also discuss what is the next phase in KDOI Podcasting, stay tuned in April when we start up season 1.5 with projects you can do with Tim, send in pictures of your projects to kdoipodcasting@gmail.com and lets see how you have been inspired. 

I’d like to thank Nelson, Annessa, Ashly, John, Mike Finlay, Mike Porter, Ken, Curt, Heather Moon and Heather Meyers and Ethan for spending time with me and providing their insight. 

 

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Stage managementvand literary manager as art

So we end out our first season with  Heather Meyers. I have known her for a few years now, about 8 since I lived in Chicago and was introduced at a Vet Art Project meetup. She currently works with American Blues Theater in Chicago and has a number of side projects with that group.  

So yes we are Theater folks and this episode has a lot of theater jargon and just a touch of political view points. 

 

As stated earlier we met with Vet Art  Project and moved onto Warrior Art Studio. Heather helps run the Blue Ink Playwritting Contest and Ripped from the Headlines. Full disclosure I had a play produced through Ripped and it was an amazing experience. 

Listen in as she tackles and almost becomes the first person to score worse than myself in the Satanic Seven Questions, she does redeem herself, but this set up a road trip. 

 

 

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Professional Painter Discusses the craft

Long time friend and co-conspirator, Heather Moon has many avenues available to express her creativity. In this episode we are discussing her paintings.

We started our friendship back in Rockford Illinois in 2006 when we met at a mutual friends house discussing art, poetry and philosophy.

Heather comes from a long line of artists and has always been painting or participating in art in one form or another. It started with her painting alongside her mother, each of them using brushes and paint. She did her first art show in High school with her parents in an art shop window. Her first success was her senior year in high school where she competed and won an art scholarship for college. Heather’s experience in the art scene in Rockford has been much more positive as she has seen the growth and vibrancy whereas I saw the derth after the recession of the early 80’s.

Heather praises the Rockford Area Arts Council for creating the environment of collaboration and support vs competition.

(Podcast not supported by RACC, but we support their work.)

We take a little trip down memory lane for Cafe Esperanto where we attended poetry readings and drank rum and cokes and smokes clove cigarettes, Djarum to be exact.

Heather enjoys the scene now that it is more cooperative because she can get her work critiqued more honestly vs someone just saying oh that’s nice and not sharing their true feelings.

We discuss our first show together at Phoenix Traders in Rockford. Titled Kimo and The Moon Breakin the Rules. Here is the announcement. This was way back in Sept 2008.

Tim gets into a small rant about businesses not sponsoring this show.

Currently Heather is preparing for the latest Art Scene in Rockford with a number of totem poles.

If you want to see Heather’s stuff check out her FB page Viking Moon

We delve into Bob Ross and the impact he has on our lives and art.

First Fridays in Fredericksburg with he trolley is discussed and Heather promises a visit just for the trolley.

We discuss the pricing of art and what it costs to actually cme up with a decent work.

We get into an enthusiastic Satanic Seven Question Session with Heather, of special not is question #3 where Heather refuses to tell cashiers at Walgreens that she is an artist, Walgreens, yet another company not sponsoring this podcast, talk to the cashiers about this and make them sponsor us. Heather scores a respectable 7.5 out of a possible 7.0, yes folks another perfection or greater, how the hell did I only score 3. The judges are getting soft.

Heather’s final project would be a mural that brings harmony to the world, lets see how she does in season 2 with this mural.

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What is Happening at KDOI Podcasting

Hey friends, so we released our interview with Curt Cabot click here for the link. Truly a great time between two Veterans and artists. Yeah folks Veterans can be artists, some of the best artists are Veterans, and you can check out two greats. 

I am excited to get you all introduced to the 2 Heather’s over the next 2 episodes. Heather Moon will be our first full time painter and she is up on Saturday 24 Feb where she will reveal what it takes to be a painter in Rockford Illinois, yes that Rockford Illinois. An art mecca for those of us who remember when Rockford was the murder capital of the US. 

Our next Heather is Heather Meyers whom I met in Chicago and consider to be my big sister. She is involved with new play development, stage management and a ton of other things that you will need to have a good glass of wine handy to keep up with us. She takes the Mic Saturday 10 March. 

If you are a regular listener you know that I had neck surgery on Halloween in 2017. My voice is back 100 percent. These upcoming episodes are a testament to my dedication to you fine folks. Remember the best thing you can do for this podcast is to share it with a friend and email us to get behind the mic. kdoipodcasting@gmail.com we are also on twitter @kdoi_podcasting .

We will close out our first season on Saturday 24 March with a look back at the 12 interviews and what we learned. Look for us in season 2 where we actually attempt the project we dreamed about in season 1. That means that yes I will have another podcast or two launching in the near future. Oh heaven forbid. 

Remember create more than you consume and join us in celebrating all the arts. 

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Discussing tech theater on the job

We welcome to the mic for lucky episode 10, Curt Cabot. I have known Curt since our days at VCU in the Theater Department. Life happened and the wonders of Facebook brought us back together.

We now share similar hairstyles, okay my male pattern baldness is well advanced, so much so I shave my head, but Curt keeps pressing on.

Curt is a former student of mine and let me tell you how proud of him I am. We met in Intro to Drama and Scene shop at VCU. He attended the now infamous come as your favorite Porn Star party which served as the Freshmen mixer for the Theater Dept.

Curt began his exploration in art at the ripe old age of 6 singing and acting in musicals and Broadway type shows. Some painting occurred later for him, but his experience with art and creation goes back a long time. He experienced Bob Ross in high school but didn’t pursue it.

He played numerous instruments in band from 10 to 21 years old rounding out his artistic education.

We give a shout out to Merchants of Dirt Podcast Kyle Bondo who got me started back into podcasting. So its Kyle’s fault folks for all of this.

We then discuss fine Scotch, specifically Oban 18 Year old Scotch. We discuss Scotch Vs Whiskey, specifically how Jameson makes us both want to beat up the Pope. We decide that drinking is an art form unto itself.

Dedication to art is similar to dedication to your job in the military, if you seriously approach either it will take you places where you never knew you could go.

Due to his military job he was able to parlay his acting experience for television as a liaison for shows. He has worked for NCIS and no Abby doesn’t work at the real NCIS in Quantico but here is a picture to drool over.

Okay listen to the show now. Abby approved.

Curt worked with Gibbs and Ziva as well on many shoots.

Tim discusses his Oh my Gawd story of meeting Charlton Heston in Mombasa Kenya for the 132548th time. Curt listens politely and tells his better oh my gawd story. He met the actors from the Boondock Saints and did some workouts with them and he also met Toby Keith and played a rousing game of beer pong due to insomnia. Obviously Tim joined the wrong branch.

Curt now applies the lessons learned in his artistic life by looking for art in his travels and looking for something that he has never seen or experienced. This gives him more inspiration to go further and create better works.

Curt volunteers for Habitat for humanity and from his shop class in theater has really helped him in his carpentry skills and he is able to give to his community.

Future projects he is contemplating is directing a show.

The Satanic 7 questions pay attention to question number 1 is of special note where we discuss minimalism and using your monthly discharge as your paint. Curt got 6.75 out of 7 correct. He got our first quarter point for mentioning the Village.

shout outs to Art of Manliness Podcast and Order of Man podcasts.

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Noise music and rap as art

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Welcome to our 2nd show of 2018, we invite my nephew Ethan Rush to the Mic.

Ethan currently resides in Madison WI and works with the underground Hip Hop scene. We begin our discussion with Ethan breaking my heart, yes I do have one, with a discussion on pizza. He is about to order a Dominoes Pizza because they are the only ones that deliver, however, he concedes that the pizza he ate in Chicago is far superior, pizza from Chicago’s Pizza where they flavor profiled the pizza and discovered that Merlot went best with deep dish pizza, specifically Bogle Merlot.

Before we get into the interview, you will notice our bump in music was a wee bit different, we started with the into to Ethan’s song Satan is for Goth Kids. You can pick up more music from Ethan on his Soundcloud Page.

We delve into the proper pronunciation of Bogle and discover that if you play bogle while drinking Bogle Merlot and eat deep dish pizza from Chicago Pizza in Ravenswood Chicago you will open up a slipstream into another universe and really who has time for that.

We discuss the first album/cd that I gave Ethan when he was 8 Miles Davis Kind of Blue. Go get that on vinyl, don’t screw with cd or mp3 bullshit, get the vinyl. This changed his life and was the foundation for his musical exploration. We start the patreon fund for having Miles Davis Quartet from the Kind of Blue era put on Mt Rushmore and removing the other hacks that are currently there. Ethan promises to be the first to do a monthly contribution.

We learn about Ethan’s penchant for finger painting. Also he discusses the benefits of having a marker board on his refridgerator and the need for more space on it and the benefits of seeing a sign after a hard day to make you smile and feel better about yourself.

We discuss the best way to go to the D.A.’s office and I recommend a rum and coke and not to fight people there, Ethan decides that he would like a Jack and coke and agrees to no fighting.

At 16:30 we drop in the full version of Satan is For Goth Kids from Ethan.

We get back into the great pizza debate and my history of delivering pizzas for Little Ceaser’s, home of the 5 buck pizza that stays soggy all day. Also they are not an official sponsor of our show.

At 26:12 we feature If the Birds Don’t Eat Their Wings

Ethan discusses the empowering nature of hip op that often gets lost in all the glitz and glamour.

Discussion of the Word Up Poetry Slam in Chicago and his thoughts on what he learned and how he learned and how that experience made him a better writer.

We discuss what fuels Ethan’s creativity, and it is coffee, but not just any coffee, French Press Coffee, specifically coffee from Metropolis Coffee from Rogers Park Chicago. (Again not an official sponsor of the show, but hey make sure you grab some from the link and tell them we sent you). We discuss the 4 year cleansing process that one must go through to have French Press coffee with me on Sundays. this conversation devolves around Khali and Shiva, old neighbors of mine in Chicago.

We delve into thoughts about being a receptacle vs being and active participant at shows we have seen specifically Saul Williams shows in Chicago. Then we get into Ethan’s knowledge of hockey. His 5 fine points of hockey knowledge.

The Satanic 7 questions are answered. Ethan does struggle with the Hitchiker’s Guide question and the Monty Pytheon Question, but ends strong with 4.5 points our of 7. Respectable and there is no question of favoritism. The magic wand question finds Ethan writting a book about small towns and certain places in small towns, we decide it will take him years but we will see his progress in season 2.

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Indie Film Director and Veteran talks about Inspiration

Episode 9

We are pleased to welcome a good friend of mine and versatile artist Ken Reed to the mic this week. And yes my voice still i snot 100 percent this week, but here is a video of the procedure I had to endure for you my listeners. 

 

So that is how I imagine Ken looks, we are protecting his actual picture because he may or may not have appeared on the previous iteration of Kimo’s Den of Iniquity as the ever present “Chicago” who battled with “Tennessee” Mike Finlay, episode 6. 

Ken has recently moved out to the West Coast and during the interview he was keeping one eye on his computer and one eye on the fires in Cali as hey were nearing his abode.

Ken has a rich film background doing independent films mainly in the Chicago area with various people. I met up with Ken originally on the job and we quickly discovered that real recognizes real. We had him in the Word Up Poetry Improv Slams and we discuss that aspect of our relationship.  Check out his debut on Word Up Click Here Specifically we discuss the first time that Ken practiced with the troupe and I advised him he would do great and the Chicago Bears wouldn’t win another game that season, sure enough they didn’t win again until this guy came to town. 

We do attempt to get into a discussion about prehensile tailed brown shirted Lemurs, however, that never materializes. 

 

Our show is not sponsored by Leapin Lemurs, but isn’t that a nice cereal box, I’d buy some right away if I were you. 

We explore Ken’s background in Chicago and how that affected his artistic beginnings. Dick Cavett, Benny Hill, Johnny Carson and David Letterman are among his earliest influences in comedy and started doing Comedy in his early 20’s before he joined the Army. He talks about his time at Columbia College in Chicago and how that influenced his artistic sensibilities. 

He has participated in a number of 24, 48 and 72 hour film festivals where he wrote, acted and even produced a film. These festivals usually have a theme and participants have a limited amount of time to make a short film based on the theme. 

Ken advised anyone that is interested in film to pursue it, don’t think about it just do it, find people around you and make it happen. Ken talks about future projects in directing, writing and podcasting. 

Ken takes on the Satanic 7 questions and scores 8.5 points, and refuses to give any points to the Chicago Bears to help them out. Of note check out question #1 Where he utilizes the Move Inception to discuss his path to creativity. Question #4 is our first question to get a full bonus point, anyone can get a half point, but Ken gets the first full bonus point. His answer to the last question the magic wand question makes us all happy when he mentions Salo , go check out this movie its inspired by the Marquis de Sade. Ken’s project will be a movie without cliche’s. We will make that happen for him next season as a podcast. See you next season. Remember as ken says stab a mime in the gut and see how professional they really are. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KDOI and Mike Porter Talk Comics and Art

Episode 8 Click here for it

 

Talking with Mike Porter about Comic Books and Art at his Comic Book Store Little Fish Comics that is Closing 31 Dec 2017.

 

This podcast is the first released after my spinal surgery, my voice is a bit rough and we are actually doing the interview from Mike’s Comic Book Shop Little Fish Comics in Fredericksburg. 

 

Mike has been running this shop for 12 years and has decided that now is the best time to shut down and still come out ahead. We begin talking about his first comic book Uncanny X-Men #143. The story in this comic book really affected Mike and it is where he began his journey. 

 

I do prod Mike about being an artist and a great conversation is had, we even disagree on the definition of artist and what it means to be an artist. 

Mike goes into what he feels that Marvel and DC should be doing by reaching out to under served markets and we learn of his plans after the store shuts down, take a month off then write and finish off a novel or two. We discuss a specific project that he has with Alfred from the Batman Saga, he wants to explore the past of Alfred and why and how he ended up in service to the Waynes. Hopefully one day soon we can all purchase this book and be entertained. 

We also get Mike’s perspective on the community that has surrounded his store and as evidenced by the customers coming in and out while we were recording he is busy. 

This was our first attempt at doing a remote interview on location, it is not an excuse, it is simply a statement that we try new things here at KDOI, sometimes it is beautiful, sometimes it falls flat, but we try and we want to encourage you to try.

 

Mike scored a 7.5 out of 8 questions, technically he didn’t score perfect, however, we did change our questionaire from the Satanic Seven to the Solstice 7 and then the Naughty Nine. Technically Mike has scored more than a perfect score, but I am sure some purists will argue the point.  We are sad to see this store go, it has been a great part of my life for the past 4 years since I moved here from Chicago. Mike got me back into comics, and I have done my best to support his store. We did anti adds in the previous Kimo’s Den of Iniquity where we stated Little Fish Comics was not a sponsor, it was fun and we did our part to keep Mike going. I have had some truly enlightening conversations with him and we will continue thee conversations when he has going through is mourning. Folks, I can’t say this enough, support your local artists however you can. Maybe its not financial, maybe its sharing their info with friends and people in your neighborhood. Support your local artists and businesses. Go out there and Create More Than You Consume. Thank you Mike and oh by the way listeners, its his birthday on release date. Send him some love.   

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Interview with Ramon Charriez

Lucky Episode 7

A Lively Discussion with Ramon Charriez of Salsation Latino Sketch Comedy troupe in Chicago Illinois. 

 

Ramon is a graduate of the Improv Olympic (I.O.) Chicago, played on the teams “Steel Kitty”, and “Cowboys and Aliens”, also served as an adviser to the late great Improv guru Del Close on one of his last directed shows “Slam Dunk and the Holy Fools”.  Performed in Jason Chins spoof on the star wars original trilogy “The Phathom Menace” performed here in Chicago and L.A. Founding member of the Salsation Theatre Company, NFP “Comedy with a Latin flavor” and I’m one half of the comedy duo Madre Mia. 

We had the pleasure of speaking to Ramon one evening where we discusses Salsa Sketch and our connection. This is a show that Salsation does where actors gather together for 10 hours to create a show from scratch.

We also delve into the poetry scene of Chicago slap poetry under Marc Smith at the Green Mill.

We break down our co project Word Up, a  poetry/improv collusion that brings the best of two worlds together. 

Ramon takes on the Satanic Seven Questions and scores 6.5 out of 7 and Ramon has stated he will run a telethon in season 2. 

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We revisit Improv as an At Form with Ramon Charriez

 

Episode lucky 7

A Lively Discussion with Ramon Charriez of Salsation Latino Sketch Comedy troupe in Chicago Illinois. 

 

Ramon is a graduate of the Improv Olympic (I.O.) Chicago, played on the teams “Steel Kitty”, and “Cowboys and Aliens”, also served as an adviser to the late great Improv guru Del Close on one of his last directed shows “Slam Dunk and the Holy Fools”.  Performed in Jason Chins spoof on the star wars original trilogy “The Phathom Menace” performed here in Chicago and L.A. Founding member of the Salsation Theatre Company, NFP “Comedy with a Latin flavor” and I’m one half of the comedy duo Madre Mia.

We had the pleasure of speaking to Ramon one evening where we discusses Salsa Sketch and our connection. This is a show that Salsation does where actors gather together for 10 hours to create a show from scratch.

We also delve into the poetry scene of Chicago slap poetry under Marc Smith at the Green Mill.

We break down our co project Word Up, a  poetry/improv collusion that brings the best of two worlds together.

Ramon takes on the Satanic Seven Questions and scores 6.5 out of 7 and Ramon has stated he will run a telethon in season 2.