022: Rio Saito

Rio Saito is Program Manager at the Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM). She is also a professor at MCAD and assists with events there in addition to her work with JASM. We talk about Rio’s background in the arts, the many local events highlighting Japanese culture, and one distinctly Japanese tradition that she would like to introduce to the Twin Cities (hint: it involves drinking sake).

Show Notes & Links

MCAD Faculty - Rio Saito

Japan America Society of Minnesota (JASM)

Anime Detour

Schoolgirls & Mobile Suits


Novala Takemoto

Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival at Como Conservatory

St. Paul-Nagasaki Sister City


Moko Cakes

Tokyo TDC


Outro music in this episode is "Noto no kotoby robwalkerpoet. The short melodies are train chimes from JR West Osaka Loop and a Shinkansen announcement from Sound of Station.

Direct download: 022_-_Rio_Saito.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 8:49pm CDT

021: Hayley Matthews-Jones

Hayley is the Special Event Coordinator at Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. We talk about the importance of creativity in events and different approaches to planning that emphasize more structure and order, or creative experimentation.

Show Notes & Links

University of the Arts London

The Royal College of Anaesthetists

Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Trek America

American Refugee Committee

Girl Scouts


Music in this week’s episode is The Misfits - I Turned Into A Martian (Actual Rafiq 8-bit chiptune cover)

Direct download: 021_-_Hayley_Matthews-Jones.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 8:55pm CDT

020: Don Ball

Don Ball, co-founder of CoCo, talks about using a variety of events (including Jump! School) as a marketing tool to bring people in and make them aware of their coworking spaces.

Show Notes & Links


Kyle Coolbroth - Our Cultural Identity Crisis

Phil Wilson - Minnov8

Mykl Roventine

Jump! School

Direct download: 020_-_Don_Ball.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:33pm CDT

Mykl Roventine has run or co-founded many events including Ignite Minneapolis, Social Media Breakfast, and the MN Blogger Conference. We discuss the benefits of taking over an existing even, when to begin charging for a free event, and why the Twin Cities are such a great community for trying new things.

Show Notes & Links

Social Media Breakfast

Rick Mahn

Missy Berggren

Meg Knodl

Alena Finsky

514 Studios

St. Kate's



Ignite Minneapolis (episode 7)

MIMA Summit

Don Ball

The Local

Patrick Kuntz

"When good people pick bad fonts"

"Don't stop believin'--karaoke tips for anyone"

Tech Karaoke

Otter's Saloon

MN Blogger Conference

Jen Jamar

Arik Hanson

Prestige Conference

Amanda Costello, MinneWebCon (episode 15)

Mykl Roventine

Direct download: 019_-_Mykl_Roventine.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:34pm CDT

018: How to Approach Galleries

Excerpts from a panel discussion on “How to Approach Galleries.” I discuss the application and jury selection process for our Craftstravaganza and Craft’za art shows, plus some behind-the-scenes stories and insider advice for aspiring crafters.

Show Notes & Links



Tricia Khutoretsky

Direct download: 018_-_Panel_QA.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:14pm CDT

017: Beth Beutell

Beth is Senior Manager of Events at Capella University. She talks about the challenges of hybrid events, security needs of meetings for a large publicly-traded company, and what motivates her to continue planning corporate events.

Show Notes & Links

Carmen Sandiego by Rockapella: TV edit - YouTube

Capella University

MPI (Meeting Professionals International)

Why Apple's Live Stream Was So Bad During The iPhone 6 Launch 

Beth is on LinkedIn


Music in this episode is No te hagas (Acapella) by Andres Franco

Direct download: 017_-_Beth_Beutell.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:29pm CDT

016: Susan Campion

Susan is a co-founder of Giant Steps. She talks about how the event was started, their support from the creative community, and how they continue to run it on a volunteer basis. We also discuss why the skills that make a good hip-hop artist can make a great businessperson.

Show Notes & Links

High School for Recording Arts (aka Hip-Hop High)


Giant Steps: website | Facebook

Music in this episode is Por que by by El Klan de los DeDeTe

Direct download: 016_-_Susan_Campion.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:41pm CDT

015: Amanda Costello

Amanda is the Director of MinneWebCon, an annual two-day conference on the University of Minnesota campus. We talk about how she got that job, how she got her start as a public speaker through MinneWebCon, and how they encourage the participation of women speakers and attendees.

Show Notes & Links


Twitter: @MinneWebCon

Music in this episode is "12 05 13 Golias" by LestatV3

Direct download: 015_-_Amanda_Costello.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:08pm CDT

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)



Direct download: 014_-_Tricia_Khutoretsky.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 8:58pm CDT

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 CDT

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


Tipsy Pixels


Punderdome 3000

O.Henry Pun-Off

Club Underground


Katie Sisneros

Chowgirls Parlor

Riddle Room

Riddle Room 2 Kickstarter


Modern Antics

Art is on Twitter: @punsultant

Direct download: 012_-_Art_Allen.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:00pm CDT

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 CDT

009: Jamie Schumacher

Jamie Schumacher got her start in events working as a makeup artist and monster at Knott’s Scary Farm in Southern California, and went on to found Altered Esthetics in Northeast Minneapolis. She is currently Events Manager at ARTCRANK and Executive Director of the West Bank Business Association.

For this episode we talked about the disparate paths to a career in event management, how Jamie’s background prepared her for what she’s doing now, and whether event planning is a creative outlet, or more like training for a marathon.

Show Notes & Links

Knott's Scary Farm

Altered Esthetics


West Bank Business Association

Peace Coffee

Q.arma Building


Charles Youel

Northeast Community Development Corporation

Jamie Schumacher


International Cartoonist Conspiracy

Kevin Cannon

Night on Bald Mountain performed by Skidmore College Orchestra / Anthony Holland, conductor

Direct download: 009_-_Jamie_Schumacher.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:02pm CDT

008: Tara Vojta

Tara and I talk about the history of steampunk, her experience as a vendor at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and her steampunk event, 13 Gears.

Social Media 


Twitter: @weeklyplannerd

Show Notes & Links

Hello Design

Junque in thy Trunk

Tara Vojta

Minnesota Originals

Steampunk MN

13 Gears

Nikola Tesla

Bakken Museum

Minnesota Renaissance Festival


music box sound from http://www.freesound.org/people/klankbeeld

outro music from The sounds of Stapleford Park Steam Fair

Direct download: 008_-_Tara_Vojta.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:34pm CDT

006: Carl Atiya Swanson

Carl is an actor and theater-maker, as well as the Director of Movement Building for Creative Exchange, at Springboard For the Arts.

In this episode we talk about the many resources offered by Springboard, their involvement in the community, and how they build for scale and sustainability. 

Carl Atiya Swanson

Springboard for the Arts

Hunter Franks - The League of Creative Interventionists

A replicant is a fictional bioengineered or biorobotic android in the film Blade Runner (1982).

TPT Rewire


Broken Windows Theory

Eclipse Records

Foxfire Lounge

Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA)

Savage Umbrella

YNPN Twin Cities

Stacy Ann Schwartz

Music in this episode is Colors by Dark Dark Dark

Direct download: 006_-_Carl_Atiya-Swanson.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 6:48am CDT

005: Lacey Prpic Hedtke

Lacey talks about the similarities between zine makers and zine fest organizers, the benefits of doing a show for a decade, and we answer the age-old question: does taking charge and telling people what to do make you bossy, or a leader? We also talk about quitting!

Show Notes & Links

Lacey Prpic-Hedtke

Twin Cities Zine Fest

SSCA (Stevens Square Center for the Arts)

Gerald Prokop

Red Hot Art

Sarah Morean

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Belfry Center

MN State Arts Board

Joshua Ploeg, the touring vegan chef

Austin Zine Fest

Minneapolis Indie Xpo (MIX)

MCTC Zine Library

Modern Times Cafe


Flyaway Zine Mobile

Music in this episode is Makeout Revolution by Bla Bla Blacksheep

Direct download: 005_-_Lacey_Prpic-Hedtke.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:33pm CDT

004: Cat Rocketship

Cat and I talk about impulsive decision-making, being in the public eye, how Dungeons & Dragons inspires her creative work, and getting other people to run craft fairs so that she doesn’t have to.

Show Notes & Links

Cat Rocketship - websitetwitter


Market Day Iowa


Spring Training

Hot Lady Band

Scott Kubie

Dani Ausen

Laura Palmer - Director of Making Friends


Pepper Potts

Review of Hot Lady Band’s show at House of Bricks “The second thing you need to know about [Hot Lady Band] is that they are horrible.”

Baldur's Gate

Music in this episode is Chiptune Sample by Raedon

Direct download: 004_-_Cat_Rocketship.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:28pm CDT

003: Levi Weinhagen

Levi and I talk about the benefits of going to college a little bit later in life, the nuts & bolts of planning a live performance, and how an improv background helps him not to freak out when something goes wrong.

Show Notes & Links

Levi Weinhagen

Comedy Suitcase

Joshua Scrimshaw

Brave New Workshop - Founded by Dudley Riggs in 1958, the Brave New Workshop is the longest running satirical theatre in the country specializing in political and social satire.

Minnesota Fringe

Louis C.K. tops $1 million in sales of $5 comedy special

Game of Thrones as a Seinfeld Sitcom - Episode #1

Pratfalls of Parenting - (here's the episode I'm on: episode 83)


Music in this episode is Chiptune Sample by Raedon

Direct download: 003_-_Levi_Weinhagen.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 9:34pm CDT

002: Karoline Wells (The Elixery)

Formula Chemist Karoline Wells is the founder of The Elixery, an independent and sustainable cosmetic manufacturer out of Minneapolis. In this episode I spoke with Karoline about pop-up shops, fashion shows, and the future of the craft fair.

Show Notes & Links

The Elixery

Danielle Stellner

Voltage: Fashion Amplified

Dessa Lipstick

Crist Ballas- Master of Make-up


Cosmetic Candy pop-up store

MN Rollergirls

BUST Craftacular's Primped Fair

Art vs. Craft (2003-2013, R.I.P.)

Our Lab | The Elixery

Music in this episode is Chiptune Sample by Raedon

Direct download: 002_-_Karoline_Wells.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 11:00pm CDT

001: Adam Turman

Adam Turman talks about how he became established as an artist, learning by doing, and answers the question... what's more work: planning a gallery show or a garage sale?

Show Notes & Links

Adam Turman

D. Witt (DWITT)

Gig Posters

The band X

Leslie Plesser

Chank Diesel

Jawsh Lemke

Music in this episode is Chiptune Sample by Raedon

Direct download: 001_-_Adam_Turman.mp3
Category:podcast -- posted at: 7:38am CDT





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