Friday, October 30, 2009

Broad Ripple Gazette, vol 6. no 22

Gary Wasson’s open stage
Sundays 6:00 pm
The Wine Cellar (the Corner Wine Bar)
6331 Guilford Avenue

I’m excited that Gary Wasson’s open stage moved closer to my house! Gary has run the well-respected open stage for years, first in Noblesville and most recently in Fishers. Open stage shows are a great way to see several musicians play in one evening. And you never know what you’ll hear --everything from new to playing in public folks to established musicians trying new songs. Bonus: Gary plays an opening and closing set, often joined by other stellar folks.

The food at the Corner Wine bar is available in the Wine Cellar also – I’m a big fan of the Sunday – Thursday filet special. I’ll see you there soon.

Hero House - Comics, Anime and Pop Culture, grand opening
Shawn Crystal, artist of Deadpool (Marvel Comics) 

Friday, November 6, Saturday, November 7, 2009 

1112 E. Prospect Street (Fountain Square)

There is a new store full of comic books and coolness in Fountain Square. The owners are two talented guys – artist, Wayne Bertsch and musician Mike Shimmercore (Red Light Driver). You might recognize Wayne’s work from the Barfly comix in NUVO – I like his cartoon version of Nora – he draws me a little curvier than I am in real life.

The store carries comic books, Anime and other pop culture goodness. What is Anime you ask? I thought I knew, and that it had something vaguely to do with the Hello Kitty style of comic drawing. Anime is the abbreviated pronunciation of the Japanese word for animation. It does not just apply to Japanese work, but it is a blanket term for all types of animation.
The Hero House is celebrating its grand opening with the super-star artist Shawn Crystal, of the Marvel Comics’ Deadpool series. He’ll be making a rare Midwest appearance to meet fans and sign autographs.

D tour documentary
November 10, 2009, 10 pm
Network premier
WFYI TV(20.1)

The tag line for the film is: A rock ‘n roll film about life, death and bodily functions. The film movie follows Indiana musician Pat Spurgeon in his quest to find a living kidney donor as his band, Rogue Wave, starts to find success. The film examines Pat’s choice to keep touring while focusing on this health and finding a potential organ donor. The movie is racking up awards at film festivals all over the country. I can’t wait to see it.


Johnny Socko
October 16, 2009

I can’t tell you how excited I get by seeing a line out the door of the Vogue for live music –it’s a beautiful thing! The kickoff show for the Broad Ripple Music Fest had feeling of a college Homecoming weekend – lots of nostalgia and catching up with old friends.

I arrived just in time to catch the Johnny Socko reunion show. The band was just as remembered: danceable ska silliness. There were plenty of not-so-subtle reminders that we’d all aged in the fourteen years since the original lineup of the band had been together. Lead singer Mike Wiltrout made his entrance on a Rascal wearing a banana suit and sang “The Girl from Ipanema” in a wobbly voice. The crowd was enthusiastic and sang and danced along. I squished down in front of the stage for a few songs and got pulled in to several groups of dancers.

It also loved connecting with out of town folks. Monumental Marathon founder Carlton Ray was visiting from D.C., where he’s in charge of cleaning the Potomac River. Jeff Zuckerman and Carrie Sloo Zuckerman were visiting from the other coast. Jeff is embracing his California-ness with zest. He’s sporting longer hair, a bit of a beard and sandals. My little sister, Ann, was in town from Phoenix and tagged along to say hello to lead singer, Mike Wiltrout’s parents. One of Ann’s first jobs was with the Wiltrouts (in the wire biz, if you’re wondering).

I’d like to give hearty congratulations to the organizers of the Broad Ripple Music Fest. It has turned in to an amazing event in only three years.

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