This is home to many of the photos I've taken in the last two years. I haven't been motivated enough to cull through my archives and scan old shots. Perhaps one day. Perhaps one day I'll also get a nice digital SLR and get some friggin depth of field in my shots. Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps.
This is a dance class I started with former roommate Jenn Martin. It's a chapter of the phenomenon sweeping the nation in which ladies get together, get down, and get sweaty. It is entirely PG-13. And it's the most fun "working out" you'll ever have.
Mule Magazine is a small run, independent arts magazine based in Chicago that documents individuals operating below the radar and doing excellent things. I'm serving as an editor and have also written three articles for the publication.
Speaking of photography - through sheer luck many of my random Chicago shots were used in Vice Magazine's Guide to Chicago, which was published in the summer of 2006.
Rebecca Grady, Ilana Percher, Aay Preston-Myint, and Charlie Vinz are the artists of the Soft Shop - a Chicago collective who built a shanty and dragged it out to Minnesota's Medicine Lake to live in it for a month. Sound strange? It was - strangely wonderful. I got to do a story on them for Chicago Public Radio's 848. Click the link to listen up.
I had the fine opportunity to interview some of the world's foremost percussionists, Hamid Drake and Michael Zerang, about their 16th annual Winter Solstice Concert. They could be the most humble and easy going superstars in the world.
Bryan Kersten, a good friend of mine from Madison, was living in Indonesia for two years. When a string of earthquakes hit last year, he created a NFP organization called Java Friends Fund which helps small villages rebuild through private donations. In Chicago, I organized a musical benefit at MoJoe's Hothouse and friends Katie Todd, Nick Gage, and Bahhaj Taherzadeh played. We raised enough money to build a few houses and a medical center, and our efforts were featured on Chicago Public Radio's Worldview.
I'm just getting back into radio, and this is the first piece I've ever actually done. It's about my friend Dave Fischoff and his musical process. Check him out at: www.davefischoff.com
Other published photos of mine can be found in musician Dave Fischoff's press alcove.
For me, 2006 was largely consumed by Bad Penny Films and the making of the dark comedy, Chasing Robert. I was a creative consultant on the film and wrote a few scenes, as well as acted in it (I'm the one in the chicken costume). Chasing Robert will hopefully be available on DVD soon. Fingers, eyes crossed.
I always thought a think tank was where a bunch of people sit around and come up with creative solutions to big, messy, philosophical problems. This image has always been incredibly appealing to me. Well, it's true, and I'm now living the dream as a part time creative consumer for Thoughtly Crew. Check them out.
My friend Sarah Chazin wanted to help good people and affordable art find each other, so she opened the excellent store Sacred Art in Roscoe Village. I help out there a couple of days a week, usually spending any money I earn on more art. The circle of life.
Friend Mike Salvatore has started a web-based audio tour company called Audiosnacks. I wrote the web copy for the site. They have audio tours of locations around the world that you can download to an MP3 player. The site explains it better...
I volunteer for a non-profit writing center for kids that was started by novelist Dave Eggers. This is a link to a blog entry I wrote for the site.
I hawk JennJenn craft works from time to time at Depart-ment sales in Chicago. The sales happen a few times a year - check the site for the next event. They are not to be missed.
This is one of my bro's website. He's the raddest Realtor/Painter you'd ever hope to know. Check it.