014: Tricia Khutoretsky

Tricia is the Director/Curator at Public Functionary, a contemporary art exhibition and social space in Northeast Minneapolis. We discuss how the gallery was funded through Kickstarter, their mission to de-mystify artwork, and her long-term plans for the community.

Show Notes & Links

Public Functionary

Power to the Public

Public Functionary: A Responsive Art Space (Kickstarter campaign)

Current Exhibition: OVERTURF + VAN GIESON: IN SEARCH OF…

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Direct download: 014_-_Tricia_Khutoretsky.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 8:58pm CST
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013: Jeff Larson

Jeff Larson is Executive Director of Minnesota Fringe. In this episode we talk about how much work goes into planning the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Jeff’s background before taking the Director job, and his newfound celebrity as the public face of the festival.

Show Notes & Links

Minnesota Fringe Festival

Robin Gillette - previous Executive Director of MN Fringe

Bob McFadden - founder of MN Fringe

At Starbucks, Data Pours In. But What to Do With It?

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Music in this episode is Chopin - Nocturne in E minor Op. posth. 72 no 1

Direct download: 013_-_Jeff_Larson.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 8:39pm CST
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012: Art Allen

In my first interview with a full-time event planner, Art Allen talks about his original, offbeat events like the Beard-Off, Pundamonium, and Buzzed Words. We discuss his love for variety, why Riddle Room was "the most nervewracking leap" he's ever made, and what's coming next (hint: it's on Kickstarter!)

Show Notes & Links

Beard-Off

Tipsy Pixels

Pundamonium

Punderdome 3000

O.Henry Pun-Off

Club Underground

BuzzedWords

Katie Sisneros

Chowgirls Parlor

Riddle Room

Riddle Room 2 Kickstarter

GOOFDA!

Modern Antics

Art is on Twitter: @punsultant

Direct download: 012_-_Art_Allen.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:00pm CST
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011: Darren Ennis

Darren talks about his numerous past events including Magic 8-Ball, Pink Carpet, and the Really Really Blonde Party. We also spend some time discussing how he operates The Sample Room in NE Minneapolis, and how managing a restaurant compares to putting on a show. Plus we answer once and for all the question of whether great event planners are born or made.

Show Notes & Links

Night of the Penguin

The Sample Room

Sheba Productions

Moods of Norway

Really Really Blonde Party

Lola Red PR

Pink Carpet

Zach Sussman

Anthony Bourdain

Direct download: 011_-_Darren_Ennis.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:08pm CST
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010: Barry Zelickson

Barry and I talk about how he transitioned from managing an annual multi-attraction theme park (Spooky World) to a full-time family entertainment center (Big Thrill Factory).

As a yearlong business in a large, permanent venue, running Big Thrill Factory is a slightly bigger scope and totally different challenge than most of the events we’ve discussed so far in previous episodes. As you'll hear in our conversation, Barry is up to the task, excited about the future, and passionate about his mission of selling fun for all ages.

Show Notes & Links

Big Thrill Factory

Limited Warranty

Murphy's Landing

Tom Savini

Linda Blair

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Canterbury Park

Border Foods

Direct download: 010_-_Barry_Zelickson.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 8:36pm CST
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